I'm working on a network migration project as we will be moving our local office.
In the new building we have 5 floors with 50 employees in each one. I need 5 switches with at least 72 ports that support VLAN and STP and a switch layer 3 that will be in data center, and that will interconnect servers to others switches.
I need VLANs to be capable of full GigE-communication between ports, and at least 4 fiber ports as the link between the data center and floors is fiber.
We have an HP Procurve 5803xl switch that will be in the data center, but it's missing some GbE modules and also mini-GBIC modules for fiber Ethernet.
While looking for Ethernet switch with Gb support I came with some candidates SMC, Netgear, Nortel or may be others? Based on your experience what is the most stable of these switches? Also what would be the future topology for such network ?