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Enterprise-Class Security and Reliability for the Medium-Sized Business
Exclusive to the Cisco
® 4503-E and 4503 Switches chassis, the Cisco Catalyst 4500 Series Supervisor Engine II-Plus-TS (shown with a Cisco Catalyst 4503 Switch and two line cards in Figure 1) offers 64-Gbps, 48-millions of packets per second (mpps) switching with 12 ports of wire-speed 10/100/1000 802.3af Power over Ethernet (PoE) and eight wire-speed Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP) ports directly on the supervisor engine. These additional ports scale the maximum density of the Cisco Catalyst 4503 to 116 ports when deployed with a Cisco Catalyst 4500 Series Supervisor Engine II-Plus-TS.
Optimized for small offices, the Cisco Catalyst 4500 Series Supervisor Engine II-Plus-TS (Figure 2) provides a highly flexible and scalable deployment alternative to medium-sized businesses for end-user and server connectivity.
Figure 1. Cisco Catalyst 4503 Switch with Cisco Catalyst 4500 Series Supervisor Engine II-Plus-TS and Two Line Cards
Figure 2. Cisco Catalyst 4500 Series Supervisor Engine II-Plus-TS
Integrated Reliability and Serviceability
The Cisco Catalyst 4503 minimizes network downtime with 1+1 redundant hot-swappable power supplies, a hot-swappable fan tray with redundant fans, and hot-swappable line cards. The centralized switching architecture of the Cisco Catalyst 4500 Series Switches helps ensure consistent backplane performance, even if a line card should fail.
The Cisco Catalyst 4500 Series Supervisor Engine II-Plus-TS includes a dedicated 10/100 copper RJ-45 management port located on the supervisor engine faceplate for disaster recovery. If all the flash storage devices local to the switch are corrupted or completely full, the supervisor engine can download an image from a Trivial File Transfer Protocol (TFTP) server within seconds, minimizing network disruptions.
The Cisco Catalyst 4500 Series Supervisor Engine II-Plus-TS extends enterprise-class switching capacity and predictable performance to the medium-sized business. A robust 64-Gbps backplane delivers 48 mpps of forwarding throughput in hardware to support high-density gigabit to the desktop and server connections. Extensive ternary content addressable memory (TCAM) resources provide extensive capacity for concurrent wire-rate intelligent services and help enable new services quickly.
Comprehensive Management for Ease of Use
The Cisco Catalyst 4500 Series Supervisor Engine II-Plus-TS can be managed with Cisco Network Assistant, embedded CiscoView, or the command-line interface (CLI). Cisco Network Assistant is a Web-based application that provides automated routines that perform easy setup and configuration of one or more switches. Data, voice, video, and security automated routines allow quick configuration of advanced enterprise features.
Part of the Cisco Catalyst 4500 Family
The Supervisor Engine II-Plus-TS is the entry-level supervisor engine in the growing family of Cisco Catalyst 4500 Series Switches. There are other supervisor engines specifically for user access with Layer 2 features and supervisor engines for full Layer 3 capability for access, aggregation, and distribution functions. For a list of all Cisco Catalyst 4500 Series supervisor engines, visit:
Table 1 compares the features of the Cisco Catalyst 4500 Series supervisor engines specifically for Layer 2 access
Table 1. Cisco Catalyst Supervisor Engines for Layer 2 Access Only
Cisco Catalyst 4500 Series Supervisor Engine II-Plus-TS
Cisco Catalyst 4500 Series Supervisor Engine II-Plus
Cisco Catalyst 4500 Series Supervisor II-Plus-10GE
Layer 2-4 Performance
48 mpps and 64 Gbps
48 mpps and 64 Gbps
81 mpps and 108 Gbps
Basic Layer 2-4 services
Basic Layer 2-4 services
Basic Layer 2-4 services
Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP),Open Shortest Path First (OSPF), Intermediate System-to-Intermediate System (IS-IS), and Border Gateway Protocol (BGP)
• CLI-based management console to provide detailed out-of-band management
• Remote Monitoring (RMON) software agent to support four RMON groups (history, statistics, alarms, and events) for enhanced traffic management, monitoring, and analysis
• Support for all nine RMON groups through the use of a Cisco SwitchProbe® analyzer (Switched Port Analyzer [SPAN]) port, which permits traffic monitoring of a single port, a group of ports, or the entire switch from a single network analyzer or RMON probe
• Analysis support, including ingress port, egress port, and VLAN SPAN
Cisco Technical Support Services: Extending Network Intelligence That Protects Your Network Investment Now
Cisco Technical Support Services help to ensure that your Cisco products operate efficiently, remain highly available, and benefit from current system software to assist you in effectively managing your network service while controlling operational costs.
Cisco Technical Support Services (Table 4) provide significant benefits that go beyond what is offered under the Cisco warranty policy. Services available under a Cisco SMARTnet
® Service contract that are not covered under a warranty are:
• Latest software updates
• Rapid replacement of hardware in next-day, 4-hour, or 2-hour dispatch options
• Ongoing technical support through the Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC)
Offers maintenance and minor and major updates for licensed feature set. Downloading new maintenance releases, patches, or updates of Cisco IOS Software helps to enhance and extend the useful life of Cisco devices. Through major software updates it is possible to extend the life of equipment and maximize application technology investments by:
• Increasing the performance of current functions
• Adding new capability that, in many cases, requires no additional hardware investment
• Enhancing network or application availability, reliability, and stability
With more than 1000 highly trained customer support engineers, 390 CCIE® certified engineers, and access to 13,000 research and development engineers, the Cisco TAC complements your in-house staff with a high level of knowledge about voice, video, and data communications networking technology. Its sophisticated call-routing system quickly routes calls to the correct technology personnel. The Cisco TAC is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
This award-winning Website provides 24-hour access to an extensive collection of online product and technology information, interactive network management and troubleshooting tools, and knowledge-transfer resources that can help customers reduce costs by increasing staff self-sufficiency and productivity.
Advance Hardware Replacement
Advance-replacement and onsite field engineer options supply fast access to replacement hardware and field resources for installing hardware, minimizing the risk of potential network downtime.
Table 5 lists the benefits of Cisco Technical Support Services.
Table 5. Cisco Technical Support Services: Competitive Differentiators
Benefits or Advantages
Worldwide Virtual Lab
This extensive lab of Cisco equipment and Cisco IOS Software releases provides an invaluable engineering resource and knowledge base for training, product information, and recreation and testing of selected network issues to help decrease time-to-resolution.
Cisco TAC Training
• Technical Calls
• Technical Forums
Cisco is committed to providing customers the latest in technology support. These TAC training programs assist customers in case-avoidance as well as provide knowledge transfer of Cisco networking expertise.
Provides a powerful suite of Internet-enabled tools with firewall-friendly features; these secure, encrypted Java applets can turn a simple phone call into an interactive collaboration session, allowing a customer and Cisco TAC support engineer to work together more effectively.
Delivers award-winning, worldwide hardware-replacement support with 650 depots, covering 120 countries, at a US$2.3 billion investment in inventory, with 10,000 onsite field engineers.
Cisco IOS Software
Employs 100 discrete technologies with more than 2000 features; 400 new features are added each year. Cisco IOS Software is installed in more than 10 million devices and is running on more than 10,000 networks worldwide. It operates on the world's largest IPv6 and VoIP networks and in all major service provider networks worldwide.
1Up to 160 Watts (W) maximum -48 volt (V) DC PoE can be allocated to the 12 faceplate ports in any combination (up to 15.4W maximum on a single port). PoE can be enabled on the 12 10/100/1000 faceplate ports with a 1000W or 1400W AC power supply; however, PoE-enabled line cards would require a PoE-enabled power supply.