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Re: Advice on hardware server to use for small a dedicated data center

Celejar wrote: 
> On Fri, 26 Jun 2020 15:41:13 -0400
> Dan Ritter <dsr@randomstring.org> wrote:
> ...
> > To give an idea of what you might buy:
> > 
> > a firewall/router
> > a switch
> > a load-balancer
> > 2 web servers
> > a database server
> > a mail server
> > a general utility box with lots of storage to handle backups
> > 
> > All of those duties except the switch can reasonable be run on
> > Debian servers. 
> I'm curious, although I don't know much about, and have little
> experience with, enterprise hardware. Am I correct in my understanding
> that it is actually possible to run (more-or-less) Debian on a switch
> by using OpenSwitch (OPX) on an Open Networking switch. I have no idea
> if this would be cost-effective in the OP's situation - basic switches
> are certainly a whole lot cheaper than the ones I looked at on the

Yes, and yes, those are fairly high-end switches compared to
what people tend to use in homes and offices.

In many situations, people don't even need a manageable
switch. Once you start to exceed, say, 40 connections, a managed
switch becomes first useful and then necessity. When you need
multi-chassis failover and intra-switch links of more complexity
than "each desktop gets an 8 port gig-e switch with one used as
an uplink to the office switch", you need high-end switch


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