Switches choice for CCIE - 99% sure I know the answer...
I'm currently preparing for CCNA RS but end game is to become CCIE. It's something I need to have for couple reasons.
To deploy some working home lab I used Dell R710 wiht 2xX5675 hex core CPUs and 144 GB RAM. In conjunction with Xenserver device allowes me to run 20 x CSR 1000v and couple other small Linux images without smallest issue.
I'm looking now to get some switches. I found couple Cata 2960 which I managed to get for free but it looks like these switches can run only LanLite IOS and even thought I'm studying for CCNA now, I already feel lack of some functionality or things that function different than described in CCNA book by Wendell Odom. I looked into the CCIE RS v5 rack on INE website and it says that 4/5 x Cata 3750E running Catalyst IOS 15.0SE are required. I found some on ebay. Could you please advise if below switches can be used in my home lab while studying all the way up to CCIE? I would like to know if I will be able to cover all labs with these switches. Please see link to ebay below:
If you don't want to click on link please mind device is: Catalyst 3750E-24TD-S 24 Ethernet Port Switch (WS-C3750E-24TD-S). I already looked up on Cisco website and there is IOS version 15.x available.
Thanks in advance