I've used a bit of everything. Dislike brocade, avaya, nortel, and Dell.
HP is good, but limited feature sets (mostly worked with 28xx, 29xx and zl chassis. CLI is very close to Cisco
Juniper is my current favourite (disclaimer, I'm a Juniper partner, but also a Cisco Partner) I love...
Curious what most people are doing in this scenario. I've got a few hosts with 4 1Gb NICs, currently have a DvSwitch with ports 0 and 1 for vm traffic, mgmt, and vmotion, and a standard vSwitch with port 2 and 3 for my iSCSI with the virtual initiators bound to physical ports as per the relevant...
if orion/npm is too pricey, there is always ipmonitor (also from solarwinds). HP sitescope sucks. Zabbix is pretty cool, and cacti+thold works pretty well if you have the time to set it up. Lot's of love around here for nagios as well, but I don't use it personally.
I've switched to using nothing but Juniper in new deployments at work, mostly EX4200. We've got EX-2200's in our office though. They're good switches, and the CLI is the same across all product lines running JUNOS, so it's nice that the switches and firewalls have the same config setup.
They're R610's mostly, also an R410, P4100, 2x R200, and some R210's
none of them are very quiet, but it doesn't really matter at the colo. The 12g series are much better, the R420 isn't bad, I deployed one of them in an office environment.
Currently leaning towards Control4, doing a few window coverings, all the lights, garage door, 5 zones of audio, and eventually when I finish my basement, I'll be building another dedicated home theater. Crestron is tempting, but like twice the cost of Control4 for a lot of stuff.
Took possession of my new house last week, started installing gear. Have a Juniper SRX, Ubiquiti APs, APC UPS, and a few other goodies to go in yet. Will also be rebuilding my home theater, and doing some home automation, so lots of work to do.
I really like JUNOS, have only deployed a few of the EX switches, but we'll be changing out our HP's for a stack of EX4200's in the colo fairly soon, and I've deployed dozens of the SRX series. They are a good value for your dollar, rock solid, and support has been pretty good. an SRX100 beats...
I use the pro-3000 as well, it's nice having the clips for voice/fax troubleshooting.
also, since I'm onto voice/fax a bit, nice to have one of these too: http://www.flukenetworks.com/datacom-cabling/installation-tools/TS-30-Series-Test-Sets
I have most of the hand tools mentioned, all fluke/klein, but I do it for a living. spending a few thousand on tools really isn't much. I wouldn't mind getting setup to do fiber, but we usually sub out on any large structured data cabling jobs. a good splice kit and OTDR is very pricey.
yup, I contemplated it. I have a 100A ATS and an extra subpanel for it, along with all the wire, twistlock plugs etc.
/usr/home PM me, don't want to highjack the thread, wasn't planning on doing a FS thread on here, I mostly sell the equipment through my company to other local IT providers.
Pay for it and it's all yours, sitting in my Saskatoon warehouse right now. All of my gear is moving into colo, so I have piles of racks, servers, SANs and UPS's, pretty much everything to start a small datacenter.
the IP550 handset is jsut my desk line, and there's an IP6000 for conference calls. I'm just using a hosted voip provider right now until I have my colo up, then probably going to play around with shoretel. I do have an asterisk box on my test server, but haven't had much time to get it...
you can get narrow sections of ladder rack (like 6" wide), and suspend the ladder rack from the drop ceiling with threaded rod. That would probably be the most "proper" way. Not sure I understand your aversion to using ladder rack.