For a more detailed description of this topic and what Cisco has to offer in this space, please see Understanding the different types of Ethernet Switches
It can mean the difference between dependable service and frustrating downtime
When considering buying a new switch for your small business, you need to ask yourself a few questions: How many devices will the switch need to support? What kinds of devices will I be connecting? Has our network grown to the point where we need a switch with more advanced management capabilities? And don’t forget one more important decision: whether this going to be a “core” or “edge” switch.