Network traffic has grown exponentially over the last several years, and this trend is expected to continue into the foreseeable future. By 2016, there will be 19 billion networked devices, up from 10 billion in 2011. Business IP traffic is expected to reach 13.1 exabytes per month in 2016
1. Networks must be capable of scaling well beyond the needs of today to deal with the traffic of tomorrow while at the same time providing investment protection.
With this in mind, Cisco is introducing the Cisco
® 6807-XL Modular Switch for the next-generation campus. The Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL Modular Switch is built on the rich DNA of the Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switch and provides high levels of scalability and performance. The Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL Modular Switch provides unprecedented investment protection for migrations and upgrades from the Cisco Catalyst 6500-E Series Switch.
The Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL chassis (Figure 1) is capable of delivering up to 11.4 terabits per second (Tbps) of system bandwidth capacity and up to 880 gigabits per second (Gbps) of per-slot bandwidth. In a system configured for VSS, this translates to a system capacity of 22.8 Tbps. The Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL Modular Switch is optimized for high-density 10 Gigabit Ethernet, 40 Gigabit Ethernet, and 100 Gigabit Ethernet.
The Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL chassis provides superior investment protection by supporting the Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Supervisor Engine 2T and associated line cards and service modules. Refer to Table 2 for the complete list of modules supported.
The Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL chassis offers integrated resiliency by providing 1+1 supervisor engine redundancy, redundant fans, and N+1 power supply redundancy, thereby limiting network downtime and making sure of workforce productivity, customer satisfaction, and profitability.
Figure 1. Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL chassis
Features and Benefits
The Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL Modular Switch is ideally suited for enterprise core and aggregation environments and offers industry-leading Gigabit Ethernet, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, and 40 Gigabit Ethernet port densities while providing high levels of network resilience. The platform is also ready to support 100 Gigabit Ethernet.
The Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL Modular Switch is built on the Cisco Catalyst 6500 DNA and runs the same Cisco IOS
® Software operating system as the Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switches. At FCS the switch will support all the features supported on the Cisco Catalyst 6500-E Series Switch.
At 10 rack unit, the Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL chassis is smaller than the Cisco Catalyst 6506-E chassis while providing an extra slot. This coupled with support for the Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Supervisor Engine 2T and its family of line cards means upgrading the campus backbone can be done with simplicity, speed, and full investment protection.
Table 1 lists the Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL chassis features and benefits.
Table 1. Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL Chassis Features and Benefits
Capable of delivering up to 11.4 terabits per second of system bandwidth capacity and 880 Gbps of per-slot bandwidth for all slots.
A system configured for VSS is capable of delivering 22.8 terabits per second of system bandwidth.
Scales the system capacity for future needs.
High interface capacity
Scales to high-density Gigabit Ethernet, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, and 40 Gigabit Ethernet and configurations. Capable of supporting 100 Gigabit Ethernet.
Standby fabric hot sync
Decreases the supervisor engine switchover time of Supervisor Engine 2T based systems to between 50 and 200 ms, depending on the modules being used.
Redundant control channel
Increases resiliency to protect against backplane control channel failures.
Redundant supervisor engine option
Increases availability by supporting a redundant supervisor engine.
Redundant power supply option
Provides N+1 power supply redundancy for increased availability.
Supports hot-swappable fan tray.
The variable speed fans in the fan tray can handle individual fan failures (N+1 redundancy) and still provide sufficient cooling to the chassis.
Consistent with existing Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series chassis to allow easy upgrades.
AC power supply
Supports up to 4 AC power supplies, which can be added incrementally as the system requirements grow.
Power supplies support both 110 volt and 220 volt inputs.
Network Equipment Building Standards Layer 3 (NEBS L3) compliant
Supports NEBS L3 compliance for deployment in demanding environments.
Table 2 lists the Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL product specifications.
Table 2. Product Specifications
Number of Slots
Number of Supervisor Engine Slots
Number of Module Slots
WS-X6704-10GE (with CFC or DFC4)
WS-X6748-GE-TX (with CFC or DFC4)
WS-X6748-SFP (with CFC or DFC4)
WS-X6724-SFP (with CFC or DFC4)
WS-X6716-10G-3C (with DFC4)
WS-X6716-10G-3CXL (with DFC4XL)
WS-X6716-10T-3C (with DFC4)
WS-X6716-10T-3CXL (with DFC4XL)
The chassis is capable of up to 880 Gbps per slot.
The performance of the individual modules is available in the module data sheets.
Power Supply Compatibility
AC: 3000W (up to 4 power supplies)
Software compatibility (minimum software version)
Reliability and Availability
Calculated Mean Time between Failure (MTBF)
Online Insertion and Removal (OIR)
OIR of the following components: supervisor engines, line card modules, power supplies, and fan tray.
Check the supervisor engine data sheet
Check the supervisor engine data sheet
Physical Dimensions (H x W x D)
17.45 x 17.37 x 18.1
44.3 x 44.1 x 46
Rack units (RU)
Chassis Only (lbs)
Fully Configured (lbs)
100 to 240 VAC
-48 to -60 VDC
UL 60950 Second Edition
CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 60950 Second Edition
EN 60950 Second Edition
IEC 60950 Second Edition
FCC Part 15 (CFR 47) Class A
VCCI Class A
EN55022 Class A
CISPR 22 Class A
AS/NZS 3548 Class A
GR-1089-Core NEBS Level 3
ETS 300 019 Storage Class 1.1
ETS 300 019 Transportation Class 2.3
ETS 300 019 Stationary Use Class 3.1
ATIS Pb Free and Energy Efficiency
ATIS-0600020.2010 Pb Free circuit packs
ATIS-0600015-2009 General Energy Efficiency Requirements (TEER)
ATIS-0600015.03-2009 Switch and Router Energy Efficiency
ATIS-0600015.01-2009 Server Energy Efficiency
VZ.TPR.9205 Verizon Energy Efficiency Requirements for Telecommunication Equipment (TEEER)
32°F to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
-4 to 149°F (-20 to 65°C)
0.5°C per minute (hot to cold)
0. 33°C per minute (cold to hot)
Ambient (noncondensing) operating: 5% to 90%
Ambient (noncondensing) nonoperating and storage: 5% to 95%
Certified for operation: 0 to 6500 ft (0 to 2000 m)
Designed and tested for operation: -200 to 10,000 ft (-60 to 3000 m)
Table 3 lists the ordering information for the Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL chassis. To place an order, visit the
Cisco ordering homepage.
Table 3. Ordering Information
Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL Chassis
Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL Chassis Spare
Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL Fan Tray Spare
Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL 3000 W AC Power Supply
Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL 3000 W AC Power Supply Spare