Whether you have an environment that’s primarily on-premise, or you have your own public or private cloud, one component that is not going away any time soon are the switches. Smaller networks may only have one or two smaller switches, such as Linksys or Netgear switches. Larger networks have dozens or even hundreds of switches with brand names such as HP, Dell, Cisco, or Arista.
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While smaller environments may not need advanced switch configurations, larger networks need to take advantage of Quality of Service (QoS), Virtual LANs (VLANs), Etherchannel, Trunking, and other advanced networking functionality to ensure a scalable and stable network.
Switches are at the core of a network, and regardless how redundant or resilient the servers and storage in use are, or whether cloud services are utilized, switches can potentially be the single point of failure and responsible for performance degradation.
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