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Cisco Catalyst 4500 Supervisor Engine 8-E

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Converge Wired and Wireless Networks

The new Cisco Catalyst 4500E Supervisor 8-E helps to enable the Cisco Unified Access solution on the world's most widely deployed modular access switch—Cisco Catalyst 4500E. It brings the best of wired and wireless technologies together while preserving investment on existing wired infrastructure. It supports full wireless LAN controller functionality and common features across wired and wireless networks.

Features and Capabilities

Industry-Leading Performance

  • Up to 928 Gbps wired switching capacity; nonblocking 48 Gbps per slot
  • Eight nonblocking 10 GE uplinks with Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) devices to support next-generation protocols
  • Support for Universal Power over Ethernet (UPOE) (60 W) and PoE Plus (30 W) capabilities on all line-card slots
  • Quad CPU cores at 2.2 GHz, which offer improved control plane processing compared to the Cisco Catalyst 4500 Supervisor 7-E

Converged Wired and Wireless Access

  • Built-in wireless controller with single software image for wired and wireless infrastructure
  • Support for up to 20 Gbps wireless throughput, 50 access points, and 2000 wireless clients on a single system
  • Support for 250 access points and 4000 clients for a multi-switch controller-less deployment
  • Network-wide application visibility and control, and consistent QoS and security, on both wired and wireless networks
  • Extended Nonstop Forwarding/Stateful Switchover (NSF/SSO) to wireless traffic for critical business continuity

Distributed Intelligent Services:

  • Flexible NetFlow and Wireshark on all ports; wireless attributes included
  • Medianet capabilities included to simplify video QoS, monitoring, and security over a wireless and wired network
  • Maximum resiliency with redundant components, NSF/SSO, In-Service Software Upgrade (ISSU) support, and Virtual Switching System (VSS)
  • Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE) along with Cisco EnergyWise technology to manage the network, PoE+, and PCs

Foundation for Cisco Open Network Environment

The center of Supervisor 8-E is the new Unified Access Data Plan application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC). You can program this ASIC for next-generation features and intelligence to help protect your investment. You also get converged APIs across wired and wireless, which provides a foundation for software-defined networking (SDN) support and the Cisco One Platform Kit (OnePK) toolkit.

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