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Spare Network Switches

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Hi,

My question is more of an IT infrastructure one but since I couldn't find a more relevant forum I thought I post it here. So here is it is:

I am a clinical engineer in a Hospital and currently we are designing new Biomed Data closets (Similar to tel/data closets) for a new building. These closets are used for the biomedical equipment on the network. We are planning to have some extra switches on each rack as spares or standby switches so in case any of the active switches broke down we can quickly switch to the standby network switch. What I need to know however is that how many of these spare units I need to consider for each rack depending on the number of active switches. Is there a way to simply estimate these numbers? I don't have failure probability numbers for these switches so this only a general rough estimation.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks       

RE: Spare Network Switches

If you need immediate repair then you would at the very least want one full switch on standby.  Whatever is the smallest failure module.

What about the routers?

Keith Cress
kcress - http://www.flaminsystems.com

RE: Spare Network Switches

You might trot over to Tek-Tips the computer analog to Eng-Tips and see what they say.

Keith Cress
kcress - http://www.flaminsystems.com

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