I have a client that needs to upgrade their 30 machine subnet to 10GE. Is there a recommended Switch that can handle this number of users? Does not need to be a Managed Switch. Need pricepoint under $3,000.
In the MS product line, you would need an MS425-32 if you want to provide 10GE connectivity to that number of clients. Unfortunately, that model will be nowhere near your $3,000 price point.
I am not aware of a competing product that would fit both the performance and budget requirements you've mentioned.
One thing to bear in mind if the require all 30 devices to have 10Gbps links I would assume they are fully utilising each machines connection. If so make sure the switch can handle the traffic you are wanting to through at it, cheap doesn't usually mean good.
I also assume that each client device has a 10Gbps NIC? If not you are wasting your time.
Good luck and let us know how you get on?
You could consider the Cisco Small Business SG550 series of stackable switches. This is a model comparison:
I would take a closer look at:
SG550XG-24T-K9 (22 x 10GBaseT)
SG550XG-48T-K9 (46 x 10GBaseT)
You can stack several switches together if needed to get whatever make of of port density that you like.
On the Meraki side I thing the most cost effective options would be:
MS355-48x2 - 24 x MGig ports (which can do 10GBaset) + 24 x 1G ports
Or a stack of two:
MS355-48X - 16 MGig ports + 32 x 1Gb ports (so a stack of two would give you 32 x MGig ports and 64 x 1Gbe ports)