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Cisco Catalyst 5000 Series family features a Gigabit Ethernet and ATM-ready platform offering users high-speed trunking technologies, including Fast EtherChannel® and OC-12 ATM. The Catalyst 5000 Series also features a redundant architecture, dynamic VLANs, complete intranet services support, and media-rate performance with a broad variety of interface modules.
Modules for the Catalyst 5000 family chassis -- Catalyst 5500, 5509, 5505, 5000, and 5002 -- are designed for complete interoperability and investment protection. Catalyst 5000 family supports multiprotocol NetFlow Switching for scalable convergence of Layer 2 and Layer 3 switching, adding the benefits of multiprotocol, multilayer switching and other Cisco IOS network services.
The range of media support in the Catalyst 5000 family enables network managers to deliver high-performance backbone access to accommodate Web browser-based traffic across the intranet. A variety of interface modules operate in any Catalyst 5000 family switch to deliver dedicated bandwidth to users through high-density group switched 10BaseT or 100BaseT Ethernet; flexible 10/100BASE-T Ethernet, fiber-based Fast Ethernet, and Fast EtherChannel; Token Ring; CDDI/FDDI; ATM LAN Emulation (LANE) and Multiprotocol over ATM (MPOA); the Route/Switch module (based on the Route/Switch Processor for the Cisco 7500 series router); and Gigabit Ethernet. Unique to the Catalyst 5500 Series are the ATM Switch Processor and ATM switch interface modules and port adapters.
The Cisco Catalyst 5000 Series consists of the following multilayer switching systems:
- Catalyst 5000
The Catalyst 5000 platform is a 5-slot chassis that supports both wiring closet and data center applications. The Catalyst 5000 supports all supervisor engines and will support all new line cards to create a complete networking solution.
- Catalyst 5002
The Catalyst 5002 is a 2-slot chassis, and is designed to address the needs of smaller environments that require Catalyst 5000 performance. One slot is used by the supervisor engine, which supports two built-in FastEthernet ports, and the second slot connects to any Catalyst 5000 Family module tenable Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Token Ring, FDDI, or ATM.