Reliable (High Availability) networking with Linux

In a word: Bonding. See Nick Ferrier’s post to Debian-Administration. Grab my script from my Subversion respository so you can monitor your links. Get two managed switches (I like the DLink DGS-3324SR gigabit switches). Enable MSTP (Multiple vlan Spanning Tree Protocol) on ports 1, 2, 23 and 24, and disable spanning tree on all other ports; patch ports 23 to 1 on the next switch, and 24 to 2 on the next so you have two links between each switch. Plug your two interfaces into any of the other ports (3-22) on each switch. End of story.