Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switches

End of Sale announcement of MSM for Catalyst 6500 Series

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Product Bulletin, No. 1084

Product Substitution

Overall Benefit of the MSFC solution

Product Bulletin, No. 1084

End of Sale announcement for Multilayer Switch Module (MSM) for Catalyst 6000 family Switches


The Workgroup Business Unit announces the end of sale (EOS) of the following Catalyst 6000 family module listed in Table 1.

Table 1: Affected Product..

Product Number

Catalyst 6000 Multilayer Switch Module


Catalyst 6000 Multilayer Switch Module, Spare

Last date to enter product - 7/6/2000

End of Life Date- 7/6/2005

Product Substitution

The MSM module is effectively replaced by Multilayer Switch Feature Card (MSFC) that delivers much higher performance multilayer forwarding at 15 Mpps. MSFC is a daughter card that can be ordered on the Catalyst Supervisor 1A. It combines the benefits of Cisco IOS with the performance of Catalyst 6000 to support a broad array of features including:

Much higher IP/IPX/IP Multicast performance at 15 Mpps

A wide set of protocols including IP, IPX, AppleTalk, DECnet, VINES, XNS,OSI, CLNS

InterDomain Routing Support---BGP4, ISIS

Multimedia services---Protocol-Independent Multicast (PIM) (both sparse and dense mode), and Cisco Group Management Protocol (CGMP) and Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP) snooping

Class of Service (CoS) enablers---Resource Reservation Protocol (RSVP), and Weighted Fair Queuing (WFQ)

TABLE 2 outlines the MSFC module. All new orders for Layer 3 functionality should use the part number listed in Table 2.

Table 2: New Product

New Product Number

Catalyst 6000 Supervisor Engine1-A, 2GE, plus MSFC & PFC


Catalyst 6000 Supervisor Engine1-A, 2GE, plus MSFC & PFC


Catalyst 6000 Redundant Supervisor 1A, 2GE, w/ MSFC & PFC

Overall Benefit of the MSFC solution

Requires one less slot in the chassis

Cost for Sup 1A with MSFC is same as Sup1A with MSM)