[nycbug-talk] OT: Juniper or Cisco Switches?

Jason Dixon jason at dixongroup.net
Thu Feb 17 23:01:53 EST 2011

On Thu, Feb 17, 2011 at 10:57:41PM -0500, Francisco Reyes wrote:
> Setting up a new network and looking into switches.
> So far considering Cisco and Juniper.
> For example
> Cisco Small Business 300 Series Managed Switch SG300-52 - switch - 52 ports
> http://www.cdw.com/shop/products/default.aspx?edc=2198250
> $979.99
>  Juniper EX 2200 48T - switch - 48 ports - managed - desktop
> http://www.cdw.com/shop/products/default.aspx?edc=1971214
> $1,614.99
> Price wise the Cisco seems like a better deal, but I am trying to make 
> sure whatever I recommend will play nice with FreeBSD+LAG.
> Also, how about ease of learning? I don't consider myself a "network  
> person", but right now I will be the one setting up whatever switches we  
> get. And of course networking is neither my primary role, nor what I am  
> expected to spend most of my time.... but I will have to manage the 
> network for the foreseable future.

I'm sorry for being "that guy", but have you considered the Foundry
FastIrons? I've been very happy with their performance and support for
*BSD network protocols.  We used quite a few LS-648's at OmniTI and were
quite pleased with their price/performance.

P.S. Oops, they're s/Foundry/Brocade/ now.

Jason Dixon
DixonGroup Consulting

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