[K12OSN] Recommendations for gigabit switches?

Jim Kinney jim.kinney at gmail.com
Mon Feb 27 17:18:53 UTC 2012

Don't go cheap on the high port count portions. Netgear looks great but
tends to buckle under load. Cisco is solid but $$$$$$$$$! ouch!

There are several middle tier brands that are fine. The things to looks for
are command line management and not just a web gui. With cli tools you can
poll from the ltsp servers for switch port locations of a mac and use that
to set up many rules like default printers and availability of applications
(some teachers are OK with puzzle games, others are not).

At 30TB/mo, you only need a big gig switch to split out to the classrooms
then 100M/1G-uplink in the classrooms. Most schools seem to have only 1
cat5e line per room. With only 60 clients a single decent server with 16G
RAM will drive the entire school. Think 8 cores in the server. I did this
in 2007 with 4 cores per server and 8GB ram and could run 100 clients per
server with the caveat that extensive flash use would bog things down

On Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 11:32 AM, Joseph Bishay <joseph.bishay at gmail.com>wrote:

> Good day,
> I hope everyone is well.
> I am in the process of moving our school to a new facility, and I need
> to order our network switches.  Everything will be running at gigabit
> speed so I'm looking for some good recommendations on hardware.  Based
> on ntop, we move about 20 TB of data per month but I expect that to
> grow to 30 TB in the new facility.  We will have about 60 thin clients
> in that new building so I will need several switches.
> What do you think?
> Thank you
> Joseph
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