Establishing borderless leadership is now easier than ever to achieve with the new Cisco® Catalyst® 4500E Supervisor Engine 7-E (Figure 1), an enterprise-class Borderless Networks access and aggregation supervisor engine designed to provide 848 Gbps per system with E-Series chassis. Cisco Catalyst 4500E Supervisor Engine 7-E is the first Cisco Catalyst supervisor engine to provide 48 Gbps per slot with Flexible NetFlow (FNF) and Advanced Security combined with reduced total cost of ownership (TCO) and excellent investment protection. With these capabilities; four 10 Gigabit Ethernet uplinks; and 10/100/1000 Power over Ethernet (PoE), PoE Plus (PoEP), and Cisco Universal PoE (UPoE) ports, this supervisor engine is undoubtedly Cisco's leading Borderless Networks access supervisor engine in the Cisco Catalyst Family. Supervisor Engine 7-E is built with price-performance aggregation deployments in mind, providing increased Gigabit Ethernet and 10 Gigabit Ethernet fiber density along with hardware capabilities to support enterprise-class aggregation functions. Supervisor Engine 7-E facilitates user experiences for enterprise, public sector, mid-market, and commercial customer deployment business-critical applications.
Cisco leadership in Borderless Networks is extended with important features - hardware readiness for Cisco TrustSec® technology, medianet, Flexible NetFlow, Cisco EnergyWise™ technology, Cisco Powered Workspace - and other feature enhancements enabled by the Cisco Catalyst 4500E Supervisor Engine 7-E. Backward and forward compatibility with most existing Cisco Catalyst 4500 and 4500E line cards helps assure deeper customer satisfaction with the industry's best investment protection architecture. Cisco Catalyst Supervisor Engine 7-E is supported in Cisco Catalyst 4500 E-Series chassis only.
The Cisco Catalyst 4500E Supervisor Engine 7-E delivers several new technology breakthroughs and industry firsts, extending the Cisco Catalyst 4500 Series placement from a premium wiring closet solution into next-generation borderless access and aggregation deployments.
The Cisco Catalyst 4500E Supervisor Engine 7-E is the first Cisco Catalyst supervisor engine to provide nonblocking 48-Gbps per-slot bandwidth and FNF for optimized application visibility. In addition, the enterprise-class Cisco Catalyst 4500E Supervisor Engine 7-E offers the following:
◦ Scalable routing (IPv4, IPv6, and multicast) tables, Layer 2 tables, and access-control-list (ACL) and quality-of-service (QoS) entries to use 8 queues/port and comprehensive security policies per port
◦ Optimized application performance through deep visibility with FNF supporting rich Layer 2/3/4 information (MAC, VLAN, and TCP Flags) and synthetic traffic monitoring with IP service-level agreement (IP SLA)
The Cisco Catalyst 4500E Supervisor Engine 7-E is compatible with classic Cisco Catalyst 4500 line cards and power supplies, providing full investment protection. The Supervisor Engine 7-E is not compatible with classic Cisco Catalyst 4500 chassis. When you deploy the Cisco Catalyst 4500E Supervisor Engine 7-E with classic line cards, all of the new features except the 24- and 48-Gbps per-slot switching capacity are inherited.
The Supervisor Engine 7-E is the first Cisco Catalyst supervisor engine to provide 48-Gbps per-slot switching capacity. Table 1 highlights the performance and scalability enhancements of the Cisco Catalyst 4500E Supervisor Engine 7-E.
● 125 Mpps for IPv6
The Supervisor Engine 7-E is also optimized for multimedia applications with its advanced multicast support offered by features such as Protocol Independent Multicast (PIM) and Source-Specific Multicast (SSM), giving your network additional scalability to support multimedia applications.
Cisco IOS XE Software is the next-generation operating system for the Cisco Catalyst 4500E Supervisor Engines, beginning with the Supervisor 7-E. Cisco continues to evolve Cisco IOS Software to support next-generation switching hardware and provide increased architectural flexibility to deliver quick adoption of future Cisco Borderless Networks services, while making sure of customer investment protection in Cisco IOS Software.
● Cisco IOS XE Software makes sure of customer investment protection in the existing Cisco IOS Software. With Cisco IOS XE Software, today's Cisco IOS Software becomes a “Cisco IOS Software package” with a consistent feature set and similar operational user interface allowing a transparent migration experience.
● Cisco IOS XE Software supports service virtualization capability that allows the Cisco Catalyst 4500E to host applications other than Cisco IOS Software, such as customer-written applications or third-party applications in parallel with Cisco IOS Software. The hosted application can communicate with Cisco IOS Software to use its rich feature sets. This benefit allows a customer to quickly adopt new technologies using proven code, while keeping Cisco IOS Software simple and robust. Cisco IOS XE Software enables the Cisco Catalyst 4500E to be an open service platform and is a primary anchor to enable future Cisco Borderless Networks innovations.
The Cisco Catalyst 4500E Series was designed for excellent nonstop communications with noninterrupted hardware switching. With Cisco IO XE Software, customers continue to reap the benefit of this best-in-class resiliency in various ways.
ISSU allows you to upgrade or downgrade complete Cisco IOS Software images with minimal (less than 200 msec) to no disruption to the network when using a redundant Cisco Catalyst 4500E Series system with dual Supervisor Engines 7-E. Facilitating rapid, nondisruptive software upgrade for new line cards, new power supplies, new features, or bug fixes, ISSU offers continuous packet forwarding during the supervisor-engine switchover running different Cisco IOS Software releases.
NSF/SSO offers continuous packet forwarding during supervisor-engine switchover. Information is fully synchronized between supervisor engines to allow the standby supervisor engine to immediately take over in subsecond time if the primary fails.
NSF/SSO and ISSU dramatically improve the network reliability and availability in a Layer 2 or Layer 3 environment. NSF/SSO and ISSU are essential for business-critical applications such as voice over IP (VoIP). These features help ensure that VoIP calls are not dropped.
In addition to redundant power supplies, fans, and clock modules, the Cisco Catalyst 4510R+E, 4507R+E, 4510R-E, and 4507R-E chassis models support 1 + 1 supervisor-engine redundancy, using the Supervisor Engine 7-E. The primary supervisor engine is active and is responsible for normal system operation. The secondary supervisor engine serves as a standby, monitoring the operation of the primary supervisor engine. The resiliency features of the Cisco Catalyst 4500E prevent network outages that could result in lost business and revenue.
Any two Cisco® Catalyst® 4500E Series Switches with this supervisor engine can be pooled together into a VSS. The two switches are connected with 10/1 Gigabit Ethernet links called Virtual Switch Links (VSLs). These links are enabled through fiber as well as on copper connectivity. After a VSS is created, it acts as a single virtual Cisco Catalyst switch delivers up-to 1.6-terabit of aggregate bandwidth with 500Mpps performance. The solution supports up to 768 ports of 1-Gbps and 200 ports of 10-Gbps systems deployed with VSS. Cisco VSS on the Cisco Catalyst 4500E provides the following primary benefits:
● Simplified network operations:
◦ Providing a single point of management (with single IP address), it allows any updates, policy changes, and configurations to be synchronized between the two switches, eliminating error-prone manual synchronization.
◦ Forming Multichassis EtherChannel (MEC) to the logical switch, Cisco VSS provides a loop-free topology, no longer needing to rely on Spanning Tree Protocol.
◦ A single routing instance on the virtual switch eliminates the issues of managing, tuning, and troubleshooting first-hop routing protocols such as Hot Standby Router Protocol (HSRP) and Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol (VRRP).
◦ Cisco Prime™ 4.2.2 now enables users to centrally manage the pair of switches as a single virtual chassis.
◦ Stateful failover between the supervisors on the two chassis provides subsecond failover and transparent failover even to delay-sensitive applications such as voice and video.
◦ With EtherChannels extended across two physical chassis, it provides for increased resiliency. These links are configured as MEC, minimizing traffic disruption from switch or uplink failure.
● Increased system bandwidth:
◦ The active-active MEC extended across two physical chassis provides for dual bandwidth utilization, increasing return on investment (ROI) and reducing additional capital expenditures (CapEx) to add capacity.
Simplified Operations through Automation
As campus switching has grown to support increasing enterprise demands, so has the need to deploy and manage new and evolving technologies. Simplified operations are critical in meeting these challenges and achieving increased operational efficiency through proactive management and reduction in unplanned network downtime.
Smart Install Director simplifies management of images and configurations for enterprise switches in campus and branch networks. The Cisco Catalyst 4500E, now acting as Smart Install Director, provides a single management point for images and configuration of directly or indirectly connected Cisco Catalyst 2960, 3560, 3750, and 3850 Series Switches. It provides for:
● Plug and play in switch deployment
● Zero-touch replacement of switches with the same configuration and image as the switch it is replacing
● Single point of image and configuration management, in which configuration and image management are centralized
● On-demand image and configuration updates across all downstream switches from a single touchpoint
Smart Install Director reduces the customer’s TCO and operational expense, while providing ease of use to the user.
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Comprehensive Security with Cisco TrustSec
The Cisco Catalyst 4500E Supervisor Engine 7-E is a validated component of the Cisco TrustSec® 2.1 architecture. This allows the Cisco Catalyst 4500E Supervisor Engine 7-E to be transparently integrated into campus switching environments for a comprehensive security solution based on Cisco TrustSec. The Cisco Catalyst Supervisor Engine 7-E is a foundational element of the Cisco TrustSec architecture with support for the following functionalities:
● Device sensor: The device sensor on the Cisco Catalyst 4500E Supervisor Engine 7-E enables the ability to recognize the devices connected to the switch. This feature also interoperates with the Cisco Identity Services Engine, providing for centralized view of all devices' access the network in a scalable manner. When combined with AutoSmartPorts (ASP), it also provides the ability to dynamically apply policies on the switch based on the device type. For more information, visit .
● Identity-based networking: The Cisco Catalyst 4500E Supervisor Engine 7-E has the most rich and robust set of IEEE 802.1X-based identity features to provide the right level of authenticated access to users. It also simplifies identity deployments with features such as Flexible Authentication, WebAuth, and MAC Authentication Bypass (MAB), as well as open mode for undisrupted operations while providing visibility of network access. The identity features also provide integrated support for IP telephony. It also provides for flexible authorization policies with VLAN assignment and dynamic ACLs. For more information, visit .
● Network device authentication: Cisco TrustSec network device authentication provides for an authenticated network infrastructure, minimizing the risk of rogue access to the network using unauthorized network devices.
● Data confidentiality and integrity: The Cisco Catalyst 4500E Supervisor Engine 7-E supports line-rate 10G MACsec encryption based on IEEE 802.1ae with no additional latency. It supports both switch-to-switch and host-to-switch hardware-based encryption on all uplink ports and all WS-X47XX series line cards. For more information, visit .
Optimized Application Visibility with Flexible NetFlow
Cisco IOS Flexible NetFlow is the next generation in flow technology, allowing optimization of the network infrastructure, reducing operation costs, and improving capacity planning and security incident detection with increased flexibility and scalability. The Cisco Catalyst 4500E Supervisor Engine 7-E is the first Cisco Catalyst supervisor engine to provide optimized application visibility with FNF with a capability of 128,000 FNF entries. The Supervisor Engine 7-E, with a custom-built ASIC, delivers next-generation flow technology with unprecedented flexibility and comprehensive visibility extending from Layer 2 (MAC and VLAN) to Layer 4 (TCP, User Datagram Protocol [UDP] flags, and so on).
The flow data collected by FNF can be exported to an external collector for analysis and reporting, or tracked by the EEM. The Cisco Catalyst 4500E Supervisor Engine 7-E enables powerful, on-box, and customizable event correlation and policy actions with EEM, allowing the switches to trigger customized event alarms or policy actions when the predefined condition is met. With no external appliance required, customers are able to use existing infrastructure to perform traffic monitoring, making traffic analysis economical even on a large IP network.
Already-installed Cisco Catalyst 4500E chassis with classic and E-Series line cards can take advantage of the new features and functions of the Supervisor Engine 7-E on all ports with a simple supervisor-engine upgrade. However, to take advantage of the increased switching capacity of 48 Gbps per slot, the Cisco Catalyst 4500E Series chassis (including R+E chassis) and the select new E-Series line cards are required. You can mix and match Cisco Catalyst 4500E Series line cards and classic line cards in an E-Series chassis with no performance degradation to either line-card type. Table 2 shows the supervisor-engine and line-card slot-assignment options in the Cisco Catalyst 4500E Series chassis.
IPv6 is important for the future of IP networking and is critical for the expansion of IP address space in the future. IPv6 capability is required by many companies and is being mandated by governments worldwide. The Cisco Catalyst 4500 Supervisor Engine 7-E supports IPv6 Unicast and Multicast in hardware for full line-rate forwarding performance of up to 125 Mpps. The Supervisor Engine 7-E also dynamically allocates hardware table space between IPv4 and IPv6 routes to maximize table-space usage for optimal IPv4-to-IPv6 migration The Supervisor Engine 7-E supports Multicast Listener Discovery (MLD) Snooping for IPv6, enhancing performance and reducing network traffic by allowing a switch to dynamically add and remove hosts from a multicast group.
Enterprise networks use single foundational infrastructure to build multiple logical overlay networks for diversified closed usergroups, regulatory, secure IT applications, etc. On campuses the traditional Multi-VRF solution is widely adopted and deployed to solve such network segmentation challenges. The Cisco Catalyst 4500E Series platform simplifies virtual network operation and maximizes scalability with the Cisco campus end-to-end Easy Virtual Network (EVN) technology.
Cisco EVN is a successor solution that offers numerous advantages over traditional Multi-VRF technology:
● Simplified: To simplify campus virtual-network solutions, the Cisco EVN is designed with following three major components:
◦ Virtual network (VNET) trunk: The Cisco EVN solution reduces 98 to 99 percent of configuration complexities.
◦ Route replication: A simplified unicast and multicast route-leaking capability enables shared network and application services to virtual-network users. It replaces traditional Border Gateway Protocol (BGP)-based route-leaking mechanics.
◦ Routing context: Simplified and optimized virtual-network operation and troubleshooting are supported on a per-VRF basis.
● Scalable: Cisco EVN enables flexibility to scale up to 32 virtual network solutions - operationally 4x virtual-network scalability capacity over Multi-VRF technology.
● Interoperable: Cisco EVN provides network topology isolation based on an RFC-defined control plane; for example, Enhanced IGRP (EIGRP), Open Shortest Path First (OSPF), Multicast etc. The data-plane security and protection are maintained through industry-standard IEEE 802.1Q. In addition, the Cisco EVN‑supported system interoperates with peer Cisco EVN, Multi-VRF, and MPLS systems.
Features at a Glance
Cisco IOS XE Software IP Base: This feature set is upgradable with a software activation license (SAL). It includes all Layer 2 features and some basic Layer 3 features. ISSU/SSO is supported in this package.
Cisco IOS XE Software Enterprise Services: This feature set is upgradable with a SAL; it supports full Layer 3 protocols and advanced features such as complete routing scalability (256,000), BGP, VRF, Policy-Based Routing, and so on.
● WS-X4748-SFP-E: Cisco Catalyst 4500E Series 48-port Gigabit Ethernet (SFP)
● WS-X4724-SFP-E: Cisco Catalyst 4500E Series 24-port Gigabit Ethernet (SFP)
● WS-X4712-SFP-E: Cisco Catalyst 4500E Series 12-port Gigabit Ethernet (SFP)
The Cisco Catalyst 4500E Series Supervisor Engine 7-E is supported only in Cisco IOS Software and is not supported in the Cisco Catalyst Operating System Software. The minimum software version is as follows:
This result is not indicative of the actual power draw during operation. It is the absolute maximum value recommended for facility power and cooling capacity planning. Typical power draw is about 20 percent lower than the maximum value shown.
The Cisco Catalyst 4500E platform with Supervisor 7-E enables software activation licensing. Each Supervisor 7-E will ship with a universal image containing all feature sets, LAN Base, IP Base, and Enterprise Services. The level of functions is determined by the license applied.
The Cisco limited lifetime hardware warranty (LLW) includes 10-day advance hardware replacement for as long as the original end user owns the product. Table 7 describes the limited lifetime hardware warranty.
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Adding a Cisco technical services contract to your device coverage provides benefits not available with warranty, including access to the Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC), a variety of hardware replacement options to meet critical business needs, updates for licensed Cisco IOS Software, and registered access to the extensive Cisco.com knowledge base and support tools. Table 7 describes the benefits and features of Cisco technical services.
Enable the innovative, secure, intelligent edge in the Cisco Borderless Networks Architecture using personalized services from Cisco and our partners. Through a discovery process that begins with understanding your business objectives, we help you integrate the next-generation Cisco Catalyst 4500-E Series Switches into your architecture and incorporate network services onto that platform. Sharing knowledge and leading practices, we support your success every step of the way as you deploy, absorb, manage, and scale new technology. Choose from a flexible suite of support services designed to meet your business needs and help you maintain high-quality network performance while controlling operational costs. Table 8 shows the Cisco technical services available for Cisco Catalyst 4500-E Series Switches.