Let's do a quick comparison of a specific Cisco switch and its close HPE equivalent. In this instance let's compare the Cisco WS-C3650-48FQM-S 48-port switch with full PoE and 4 SFP+ ports with the HPE JL558A - 2930F 48-port PoE+ switch with 740W power and 4 SFP+ ports.
In general, there are three types of switching solutions: standalone, stacked, and chassis. As the middle child, I’m biased towards a stacked switching solution – my reasons may be skewed, but even within the stacking world there is stacking and then there is true stacking. One of the major benefits to all stacking is simplified management. Before stacking came along, you had to daisy chain multiple switches together and configure them separately by logging in with a different IP address one by one.
When it comes to purchasing networking equipment, you will find the OEM always pushing the latest and greatest – whether you need it or not. More than often, most organizations end up paying for features they don’t need or use. Knowing your options during the buying process is imperative to saving money and optimizing budget spend. Now more than ever, IT pros are leveraging the secondary market to reap its many budget benefits.