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The Cisco® I-Flex design combines shared port adapters (SPAs) and SPA interface processors (SIPs), leveraging an extensible design that enables service prioritization for voice, video and data services. Enterprise and service provider customers can take advantage of improved slot economics resulting from modular port adapters that are interchangeable across Cisco routing platforms. The I-Flex design maximizes connectivity options and offers superior service intelligence through programmable interface processors that deliver line-rate performance. I-Flex enhances speed-to-service revenue and provides a rich set of QoS features for premium service delivery while effectively reducing the overall cost of ownership. This data sheet contains the specifications for the Cisco 7600 Series/Catalyst® 6500 Series Services SPA Carrier-400 (Cisco Services SPA Carrier-400; refer to Figure 1).
The Cisco Services SPA Carrier-400 helps enable high-performance IP Security (IPSec) VPN services for secure transport of mission-critical data across the network. It provides enterprises and service providers tremendous flexibility and density as they scale their network infrastructure and expand secure, remote services to branch offices and offsite users.
Figure 1. Cisco Services SPA Carrier-400 with Two Cisco IPSec VPN SPAs
Cisco 7600 Series Routers and Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switches offer innovative, next-generation converged services for enterprises and service providers. The Cisco Services SPA Carrier-400 and Cisco 7600 Series/Catalyst 6500 Series IPSec VPN Shared Port Adapter (Cisco IPSec VPN SPA) form the cornerstone of the IPSec VPN technology, and they help enable tremendous cost savings and new revenue streams.
Features and Benefits
Table 1 gives the primary features of the Cisco Services SPA Carrier-400.
Table 1. Features and Benefits of Cisco Services SPA Carrier-400
Cisco Services SPA Carrier-400
Up to 2 Cisco IPSec VPN SPAs per Cisco Services SPA Carrier-400
Creates investment protection and offers flexibility across Cisco 7600 Series Routers and Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switches
Up to 5 Cisco Services SPA Carrier-400 modules and 10 Cisco IPSec VPN SPAs in a Cisco 7600 or Cisco Catalyst 6500 chassis
Offers high-density, high-performance IPSec VPN services while maintaining attractive footprint and tremendous scalability
Switch Fabric Connectivity
Enables the use of 720-Gbps switch fabric modules for data forwarding
Online Insertion and Removal (OIR)
Supports OIR of both the Cisco Services SPA Carrier-400 and the Cisco IPSec VPN SPA
Increases high availability, and provides operational ease of use
Table 2 gives specifications of the Cisco Services SPA Carrier-400.
Table 2. Product Specifications
• Cisco 7600 Series/Catalyst 6500 Series Supervisor Engine 720, 720-3B, or 720-3BXL
Minimum Software Compatibility
• Cisco IOS
® Software Release 12.2(18)SXE1 or later native Cisco IOS Software releases
Cisco 7600 Series/Catalyst 6500 Series IPSec VPN Shared Port Adapter
Cisco 7600 Series/Catalyst 6500 Series Services SPA Carrier-400
Cisco 7600 Series/Catalyst 6500 Series Introductory Bundle: Includes 1 Cisco IPSec VPN SPA and 1 Cisco Services SPA Carrier-400
Cisco 7600 Series/Catalyst 6500 Series Dual Bundle: Includes 2 Cisco IPSec VPN SPAs and 1 Cisco Services SPA Carrier-400
Service and Support
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For More Information
For more information about the Cisco Services SPA Carrier-400 and the Cisco SPA/SIP portfolio, visit
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