Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches

Powerful Campus Backbone Switches

Get the scale, security, and simplified management you need to address today's business challenges. The Catalyst 6800 Series are powerful campus backbone switches. They're optimized for 10, 40, and 100 Gigabit Ethernet services, with slot capacity up to 880 Gbps. They are also compatible with Catalyst 6500 switches, helping you protect your investment.

Scale Your Campus Backbone

Scale Your Campus Backbone

Catalyst 6800 innovations can help you scale and improve performance. (3:06 min)

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Features and Capabilities

Catalyst 6800 switches are:



  • Includes Smart Operations features like Cisco Virtual Switching System, Smart Install, and Embedded Event Manager
  • Supports Catalyst Instant Access, which extends backbone features to the access layer to simplify configuration and management


  • Programmable with software-defined networking (SDN) support. Easily build applications to automate operations and create services.
  • Supports the industry-standard OpenFlow interface, for custom network services such as network slicing and traffic steering.
  • Delivers high availability with our next-generation Virtual Switching System.

Highly Secure

  • Cisco TrustSec for scalable and dynamic role-based access control
  • Cisco IOS Flexible for visibility into your traffic flows through your network management system
  • MACsec encryption to help you comply with security regulations

Specifications at a Glance

  • Highest-density 10 GE ports
  • Advanced enterprise Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS), Virtual Private LAN Service (VPLS), and Multicast functionality
  • Multirate interfaces for easy migration from 1 GE to higher throughput services

Catalyst 6800 Series Supervisor Engine 6T provides:

  • Improved fabric that unlocks 880 Gb per slot on the 6807-XL chassis
  • Large table sizes of up to 1 million IPv4 routes and 1 million NetFlow entries
  • 8 x 10 GE and 2 x 40 GE uplinks for high-bandwidth applications
  • 2.5 GHz x86 dual core CPU to enhance control-plane scale
Simplifying a 100-Building Network

Simplifying a 100-Building Network

Rice University goes virtual with Catalyst 6800 switches. (3:01 min)

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Less Downtime, Lower Costs

Less Downtime, Lower Costs

DB Systel connects more devices, with the 6800 for its backbone. (3:14 min)

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