We're setting up a branch office with no dedicated IT person (all IT support is remote from HQ) and trying to make the infrastructure as redundant as possible. We've dealt with Internet and power, but I'm still worried about what would happen if the switch failed. The desktops in the office are all basic PCs so they don't have the ability to bond their Ethernet connections, and there are a bunch of IP phones. The switches are two Cisco Catalyst 2900s.
In this kind of setup, is there a way of configuring things so that a switch failure doesn't take out half the desktops and phones in the office? Do only high-end data center switches provide that level of redundancy?
Thanks for any pointers!