Our IT and Production/Media teams are working on getting friendlier with each other (aka working together on solutions rather that just being silos). One thing I’m working on with them is the network on which all of their stuff talks with each other. They use a few “self-contained” solutions (Dante, Art-Net, and a 10G switch for video-editing), but some of their equipment (e.g. live streaming stuff, devices that need to connect with our normal network and those self-contained networks, etc.) connect with our “normal” network via switches that are also hosting regular network devices such as APs, wall ports, etc. While nothing is explicitly/obviously going wrong as a result of these devices being on the same switch, they occasionally experience connection glitches that they can find no explanation for outside of the potential of there being a bandwidth bottleneck somewhere (or some other unknown issue).
That said, I am wanting to make sure that our equipment is set up in a best practice format, so that I can say without a doubt (inasmuch as that is possible in our field!) that our equipment wouldn’t be bottlenecking their stuff. Currently they have a Cisco SG500-52P Gigabit switch in their booth which is the device handling anything of theirs that’s going to be on our normal network (along with some APs, wall ports, etc.). They also have a Cisco SX350X-08 8-Port 10G switch used internally for video-editing stuff (not normal network connected). The SG500 is the device in question for whether or not something is getting bottle-necked somewhere. They and I had a few thoughts on how to improve performance/separation of media stuff, if it’s even necessary:
- First of all, is it possible I can put this concern to rest if the SG-500 is a non-blocking switch (so every port gets the full 1G bandwidth)? Are most modern, especially Cisco, managed switches going to be non-blocking?
If that’s not a good answer, here were some of potential solutions. Are any of them “best” practice for a situation like this?
- Get a second switch for their booth and have “main” network devices (APs, wall ports, etc.) be on one and media stuff the another, while still allowing internet traffic to both.
- VLAN out Production stuff and prioritize its traffic.
- Get a 10G switch with more ports and put everything in the Production room on it. (So essentially upgrade the 1G switch.)
- Double NIC devices so that they can talk to each other both on their own local switch and the main network switch.
Or is there potentially something else I’m missing? Thanks in advance!