Whenever a business wants to upgrade its network or replace a damaged part, the first question that pops into mind is that which device would be best. The same can be said when it is time to purchase a new switch for your network. It can be safely said that the best switches are designed by Cisco Systems. However Cisco has got a gigantic range of switches branded Cisco Catalyst Series and thus selection of an appropriate switch can be difficult. Here are 5 things to keep in mind to help choose which switch to purchase.
- What is the Size of your Business?
Naturally every Cisco Catalyst Series was designed to cater for specific business conditions and environments. As such the size of your business is important as generally the bigger the size the bigger the network and the larger/more advanced the switch is needed. Generally small sized businesses should consider the Cisco 2960 Catalyst Series Switches or 3560 Series, medium sized companies can go for the 3750 or 4500 series and the 6500 series would be ideal for large enterprises.
- What is your Budget?
It is obvious that the budget would directly influence your decision as to which switch should be purchased. The Cisco 2960 Catalyst Switch series as an example offers a very good balance between cost and performance.
- What Security Features you Require?
If a company suffered a brutal hacking or virus attack recently than they would put more emphasis on security. For those looking for an affordable switch with good security features, consider the Cisco 3750 Catalyst Series Switches.
- What is your Efficiency Requirement?
All Cisco Switches offer unmatched performance and good power and energy efficiency. If your business wishes to focus on efficiency than any of the following series i.e. 3750, 4500 and 6500 would be most suitable.
- Future Technologies
A good company always keeps in mind that new versions of every technology always come out. If you are looking to incorporate future technologies into your existing network than the latest series switches such as the 6500 Catalyst Series would be the best investment.