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Re: [HELP] Why Cisco instead other brands?
I totally agree with what snarohyans, PEBKAC an
the others have said. Yeah they price can seem
a bit high, but most of the equipment is enterprise
grade. When treated properly (ie conditioned power,
UPS, etc), these things will last forever (err well
just about). I've lost my screen print, but we
had a few devices that up until a major power outtage
a few months back and our diesel generator ran out
of fuel, had an uptime of 9years 6 months and some
change. These obviously haven't had to be rebooted,
upgraded but still amazing.
Cisco's routers are built to route and move serious packets.
The C3745 router if you look at the clock speed, you'd think
350Mhz is kinda slow, but believe me it's not. The thing
that ends up limiting your options on what you can do,
usually ends up being how much memory (dram) and how much flash you have in your router. There are soo many flavors
of Cisco IOS, that it will make your head spin, but you've
got the option to pick the IOS that best suits your needs.
Which brings me to the switches. Besides being managed
switches, with the ability to have multiple vlans on the same switch, trunk ports, and etherchannel you can group
uplink ports and create a large uplink trunk, and also factor in redundancy. Most of the higher level
IOS based switches (ie c3550,3750, etc) also have the ability to do layer 3 routing. If advance routing features are needed, you just swap out the SMI version of the IOS for a EMI version. The ASIC circuits and other hardware features in these switches allow you to restrict users/
devices, and such to ports, down to the MAC level. You can
also utilize 802.1X security.
Since Cisco bought linksys some time back, I'm really looking forward to what they're doing to do with that