I'm looking to select a switch solely for use in a DMZ. It's a small business network (around 30 users), with mail, VPN, Sharepoint, etc in the DMZ. Nothing too complicated. All connected to a leased line.
I'm thinking that just a decent unmanaged switch will do. Perhaps a Cisco 100 series? Having said that, I can see where SNMP monitoring of traffic on the ports and port mirroring might come in handy at some point. Also, maybe QoS if VoIP is installed in the future. Other than that, can anyone suggest other reasons why you might want to use a managed switch in a DMZ of this size/complexity? What advantages could it provide in future?
Regarding managed switches - Some people seem to be of the opinion that smart web managed switches are great for more simple requirements. The Cisco 200 series is a good example. Other people seem to have a problem with them, and recommend always going for something like a Cisco 2960 series unless price is really an issue. To me, it seems something like the Cisco 200 series are great if you don't have a CCNA/IOS experience and don't need the advanced features. Am I missing something here? Buying something like a 2960 seems like a bad idea if you don't have the extra skills required to configure & manage it. Is there a reason for installing something like a 2960 if you're not making use of it's advanced capabilities?