Looking for recommendations for HP Procurve/Aruba Core Switch. We are upgrading what we consider our Core Switch: all servers connected, acting as router (multiple VLANs), link to firewall, etc. This is currently an HP 2900 48G with 10GB backbone. I’m in the process of doing the research but wanted to see what you HP Procurve guru’s recommend.
A little bit about our network: VMware Essentials Plus shop with three host HA. Running approximately 30 VMs across these three hosts for everything from Exchange, SQL, MP, WSUS, Terminal Servers, Financial Edge, etc. LAN side multiple Gig interfaces (per host) goes to Core Switch… SAN side is an EqualLogic Array with dedicated dual switches. In addition to this setup, we have a physical dell server with md1200 DAS for file storage, IP-PBX, Ruckus Wireless Controller, and Barracuda Web Gateway that land to the core, and then hit our Cisco ASA for Internet and site-to-site VPN. We have 16 other switches on the main campus that make their way back to the Core, either directly or by stacking to another that is direct.
Thanks for you help, and suggestions. It’s great to have a community to bounce ideas off when making critical purchases.