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Boost speed, performance, and security with our latest high-density, modular-core enterprise network switches. 

Why upgrade?​ | See the Catalyst 9600 Series

Deploy a comprehensive enterprise backbone

Get resiliency, security, and more. Catalyst 6500 Series Switches are widely deployed campus backbone switches. They are optimized for Multigigabit Ethernet services to help you protect your network investment.


Choose from 5 different chassis and 8 supervisors.

Cisco Catalyst 6513-E Switch

  • 13 slots, 19 RU
  • 44 x 40 GE ports
  • 180 x 10 GE ports
  • 534 x 1 GE ports
  • 529 x 10/100/1000 ports
  • Forwarding capacity up to 720 Mpps

Cisco Catalyst 6509-E Switch

  • 9 slots, 14 RU
  • 32 x 40 GE ports
  • 130 x 10 GE ports
  • 387 x 1 GE ports
  • 385 x 10/100/1000 ports
  • Forwarding capacity up to 510 Mpps

Cisco Catalyst 6506-E Switch

  • 6 slots, 11 RU
  • 20 x 40 GE ports
  • 82 x 10 GE ports
  • 243 x 1 GE ports
  • 241 x 10/100/1000 ports
  • Forwarding capacity up to 330 Mpps

Cisco Catalyst 6504-E Switch

  • 4 slots, 5 RU
  • 12 x 40 GE ports
  • 50 x 10 GE ports
  • 147 x 1 GE ports
  • 145 x 10/100/1000 ports
  • Forwarding capacity up to 210 Mpps

Cisco Catalyst 6503-E Switch

  • 3 slots, 4 RU
  • 8 x 40 GE ports
  • 34 x 10 GE ports
  • 99 x 1 GE ports
  • 97 x 10/100/1000 ports
  • Forwarding capacity up to 150 Mpps

Cisco DNA software fuels the intent-based network

Simple, flexible software subscription suites help you achieve the latest DNA innovations in policy-based automation, secure connectivity, and critical analytics and assurance across your network. Not what you need? Maybe Cisco ONE for Access perpetual software for secure converged management is right for you.


Cisco Digital Network Architecture

Only Cisco delivers a digital-ready approach that starts at the edge and extends to where applications reside.


The Catalyst 6500 is powered by Smart Operations and Catalyst Instant Access. Now you can extend backbone features to the access layer to simplify configuration and management.


Integrated service modules support wireless, network analysis, automated operations, and pervasive security. Virtual Switching System supports resiliency and high availability.


Cisco TrustSec and IOS Flexible NetFlow protect Catalyst 6500 switches for secure, scalable, dynamic, role-based access control and network visibility.


Catalyst 6500 Series Switches are optimized for secure 1-10 Gb services. They offer forwarding performance of up to 720 Mpps.


Manage your network proactively, avoid migration risks, and optimize your business architecture. 

Network design best practices

Use tested and validated designs to improve application performance and build resilience.

Helping ensure safe and reliable BYOD

"We wanted a flexible platform that would support growth, along with bandwidth-hungry new business areas such as multimedia."

Markus Stangl, technical coordinator and deputy head of the technical division at Radio Max.

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