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I am about to set up a private cloud using Eucalyputs on CentOS, and I am confused about buying a network switch. Right now there will be 4 node controllers on my cloud, but in the near future I am planning to add more nodes to it.

So I am interested in know which switch I should I opt for, whether a managed switch or an unmanaged switch. Which would be the better option to go for?

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closed as off-topic by Shane Madden, Greg Askew, dawud, Dave M, mdpc Sep 13 '13 at 19:19

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Better how? This question is too vague and won't result in good answers, only arguments over which better is better. – Drew Khoury Sep 13 '13 at 13:54
@DrewKhoury I dunno, this particular question only has one possible answer. – Michael Hampton Sep 13 '13 at 14:44
The rationale for the close votes is invalid. I happened to suggest a particular model of hardware, but the question and the primary part of my answer were about general infrastructure principles. – chrylis Sep 13 '13 at 19:40
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You absolutely want a managed switch so that you can monitor reliability and performance; expanded management features such as VLANs and LACP may not be needed now but are very helpful to have available. Most basic managed layer-2 switches should be fine for your needs. Cisco has become rather unfriendly with their feature licensing on fixed-port switches, and I would recommend looking at an HP 24-port gigabit switch such as the 2810-24G.

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Hi @Chrylis, thanks for your suggestion, that was really helpful. – Enimeros Sep 13 '13 at 15:52

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