The education market loves to use Brocade switching for two simple reasons. On is that the units are designed for low noise operation. The other is that they are priced economically and offer power-over-Ethernet (POE/POE+).
These switches can also be remotely managed to help cut down on support costs. The Brocade ICX 6450-C12 is very quiet, because it is fanless. If you need to support a large amount of devices, there is also the ICX 6450-48P model that is available. This option is great because it offers four times the ports of the ICX 6450-C12.
The 6400 series also can power up to three more switches. Many components are hot-swappable, so if you ever run into an issue with the power supplies or fans, they can be changed out without bringing the system down. There is also a limited lifetime warranty on these switches. Please let me know if we can provide any additional information and how I can assist with any of your current technology needs.