What buffer size do I need in my Cisco switch?

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Let’s answer this question with a question…

What are you connecting?

Something with high traffic levels like servers?
Something with low traffic levels like workstations?

The traffic behavior makes a difference and will lead you to the correct switch for your application.

For lower traffic (such as an access switch for workstations) the Cisco Catalyst 2960 and 3560 switches have smaller buffers. These will be enough for your network and save you money.

If you try these with servers, however, you could run into trouble.

For the server environment, or any environment where your switch needs to handle microbursts without failing, the Cisco Catalyst 4500/4900/6500 switches have larger buffers.

It’s good to keep in mind that buffer size in the 4500/4900/6500 switches depends on the module in these modular switches.

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