Cisco introduces the Cisco® Catalyst® 6500 Enhanced Series Chassis (6500-E Series) delivering up to 2 terabits per second of system bandwidth capacity and 80 Gbps of per-slot bandwidth. In a system configured for VSS, this translates to a system capacity of 4 Tbps. The Cisco® Catalyst® 6500 Enhanced Series Chassis will be capable of delivering up to 180 Gbps of per-slot bandwidth with a system capacity of up to 4 terabits per second. A system configured for VSS will be capable of delivering up to 8 Tbps of system bandwidth.
The Cisco Catalyst 6500-E Series Switch offers the broadest range of interface modules with industry-leading performance and advanced feature integration. The Cisco Catalyst 6500-E Series Switch also offers high port densities and comes in 3-, 4-, 6-, 9, 9-Vertical, and 13-slot versions that make it ideal for a range of deployment scenarios.
The Cisco Catalyst 6500-E Series Chassis provides superior investment protection by supporting multiple generations of products in the same chassis, lowering the total cost of ownership. The Cisco Catalyst 6500-E Series Chassis (Figure 1) supports all the Cisco Catalyst 6500 Supervisor Engines up to and including the Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Supervisor Engine 2T, and associated LAN, WAN, and services modules.
Figure 1. Cisco Catalyst 6500-E Series Chassis
The versatile Cisco Catalyst 6500-E Series Chassis is ideal for addressing high-performance, high- port-density Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, and 10 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet applications in all parts of the network. This series is ideally suited for enterprise core and aggregation environments.The Cisco Catalyst 6500-E Series chassis offers industry-leading 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet, 10 Gigabit Ethernet and 40 Gigabit Ethernet port densities while providing high levels of network resilience.
Features and Benefits
Table 1 lists the Cisco Catalyst 6500-E Series Chassis features and benefits.
Table 1. Features and benefits
3, 4, 6, 9, 9-V and 13-slot modular chassis
Allows flexibility and room for future growth
Delivers up to 2 terabits per second of system bandwidth capacity and 80 Gbps per-slot for all slots. A system configured for VSS has a system capacity of 4 terabits per second.
Capable of delivering up to 4 terabits per second of system bandwidth and 180Gbps of per-slot bandwidth. A system configured for VSS will be capable of delivering up to 8 Tbps of system capacity.
Scales the system capacity for future needs
High interface capacity
Scales to high-density 40 Gigabit Ethernet, 10 Gigabit Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet configurations
Standby fabric hot sync
Decreases the supervisor engine switchover time of Supervisor Engine 720 and 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 with redundant supervisor engine options
Redundant power supply option
Supports redundant power supplies for increased availability
Supports hot-swappable fan tray
The 6509-V-E provides for redundant, hot-swappable fan trays