Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switches

Campus WAN Extension Solutions

Securely Extend Network Virtualization over the WAN

Business is more distributed than ever and enterprises are looking for easy ways to secure and scale applications across many locations. Virtualization can help reduce data center costs while increasing business continuity, but as we look beyond the data center for virtualization, connecting over the WAN to geographically dispersed locations or server clusters presents challenges in simplicity, scalability, and security.

Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series IP Security (IPsec) VPN aggregation and Layer 2 Data Center Interconnect solutions solve the problem of providing simple, scalable, and secure virtualization deployment over the WAN.

Catalyst 6500 Series VPN Services Port Adapter

Meet information privacy and regulatory compliance requirements

  • Scale WAN security without complexity; tripled IPsec performance
  • Scale remote access security with application transparency
  • Facilitate teleworking; stay productive and go "green"

Speed: Up to 8Gbps per VSPA, up to 10 modules per chassis.
Security: Leading Cisco IPSec VPN solutions for secure branch and VPN aggregation, remote access aggregation, and WAN backup.
Simplicity: Cisco Group Encrypted Transport VPN and TrustSec ready.

Catalyst 6500 Series Layer 2 Data Center Interconnect

  • Scale applications more easily across many locations
  • Minimize data center interconnect costs, maximize business continuity
  • Achieve workload mobility with virtual machines to enhance productivity
  • Use service provider global IP/MPLS transport to maximize flexibility

Speed: Extend Layer 2 applications between remote data centers at 1G-10G interconnect speeds to support geocluster, high availability cluster, and virtual machine deployments.
Security: Catalyst 6500 integrated security services with encryption option.
Simplicity: Cost-effective alternative to dark fiber and Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) - interconnect anywhere IP transport is available. Extend Layer 2 applications to multiple locations without reconfiguring IP addresses.

Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switches

Our flagship switching platform, the Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series provides the highest levels of services scalability and is optimized for core, distribution, and wiring closet deployments.

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Featured Content

High-performance Secure Communications for Collaborative Business
Solution overview of the new Catalyst 6500 VPN Services Port Adapter (VSPA), including deployment scenarios and customer benefits.

White Paper: Layer 2 Extension
Details the extension of Layer 2 networks beyond the campus using technologies such as Multichassis Etherchannel, IP, and Generic Routing Protocol, including discussion of options for extending Layer 2 with and without MPLS in the core network.

At a Glance: Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Enterprise WAN (PDF - 574KB)
Overview of solutions, products, features, deployment scenarios, and customer benefits, including VSPA and Layer 2 Data Center Interconnect solutions.

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Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Enterprise WAN
Explains the features of the Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series, a high-performance modular switch and router ideal for convergence of data center, campus, and WAN services in a single system.

Solution Overview

Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series VPN Services Port Adapter: Secure High-Performance Communications for Collaborative Business

White Papers

Cisco IOS Software Modularity on the Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switch
Provides detailed technical insight into the benefits, features, and capabilities of Cisco IOS Software Modularity on Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches.

Layer 2 Extension Between Remote Data Centers - Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Virtual Switching System and L2VPNoGRE
Explores the different solutions and recommendations that Cisco offers to geographically extend Layer 2 networks over multiple distant data centers while addressing the requirement of high performance and fast convergence.

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