[CentOS] Redundant LAN routing possible?

Sun Jul 11 22:38:01 UTC 2010
Chan Chung Hang Christopher <christopher.chan at bradbury.edu.hk>

> Idea being that the dumb switches are used solely for local data
> transfer between up to X number of App servers and storage nodes. The
> managed switch then handles only external communications as well as
> any firewalling.

Oh you have dumb switches in the mix? Not going to work as Gordon has said.

> Would connect bond0 to both switches still work without STP in this
> kind of a setup, or is this when STP comes in? Or is there a better
> network topology, given that I don't have the budget for awsome HP
> ProCurves ;) Reusing existing router/switch (DLink DFL-800) and dumb
> Gb switches.

You don't need HP ProCurves...unless you need good jumboframe support. 
You will need at least D-Link 3100 switches for what you want.