What are core and edge switches and why should you care? A core switch is a backbone device, a switch that is central to your network’s successful operation. You use it to connect to servers, your Internet service provider (ISP) via a router, and to aggregate all switches that your company uses to connect crucial pieces of equipment that your company can’t afford to lose to downtime. As a result, your core switch should always be a fast, full-featured managed switch.
Core switches come in different sizes to support the maximum aggregate connections and throughput you may be considering.
KHIPU have a long background in designing and supporting small to highly complex large International networks. We work with leading manufacturers and design networks with the best products for your requirements.
Edge switches, connect client devices, such as laptops, desktops, security cameras, and wireless access points, to your network.
For this reason, edge switches may or may not be critical infrastructure. Options are available to ensure an entire network is resilient depending upon your business requirements.
If you can’t tolerate any downtime whatsoever, want to maintain tight security throughout your office, or have the infrastructure to be able to add multiple different types of applications in the future, you should consider outfitting your entire network with managed switches. For example, you might want to control who’s connected to the network when to avoid unauthorized access as well as to better balance the workload on the network; or, if you’re running voice as well as data over your network and need to ensure call quality and continuity. In these cases, you’ll want managed switches on the “edges,” too.
If you’re unsure which switch will meet your business’s needs, KHIPU can help you choose the product that fits your requirements and provides some level of future proofing.