The Rule of 3
When one is looking to expand the network edge, the OEMs typically encourage one to create a stack of switches. The idea being, buy one switch, and if you need to expand, buy another switch and stack them. It’s a “use only what you need” approach. When talking to the OEM, they will recommend a stack of 1ru switches. These recommended switches can be any amongst the platforms of 3560’s, 3750’s, 3850’s, 2960s, etc.
These units are priced more economically than a chassis based solution…or, are they?
One of great aspects of the independent market is our access to very economical, pre-owned hardware. With our price points, a network designer will actually find a chassis-base solution to be a more economical solution as well as a solution with greater capabilities.
Rather than purchase three 3850 switches, one can purchase a 4500, 6500, or 6800 modular chassis solution for LESS. A chassis-based solution allows for future line card expansion at a fraction of the price per port. It allows for dual supervisors, dual power, and a completely modular option for the long term.
Add the value of a Level4 lifetime warranty, and your replacement cost, upgrade costs, and maintenance costs all fall dramatically.
It’s the Rule of 3. If you are buying three or more switches in a stack, it’s cheaper to buy a chassis.
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