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Product Catalog: Cisco: Switches: Campus LAN Switches - Core and Distribution: Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switches

Deliver Comprehensive 1/10/40G Backbone Services

Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switches deliver comprehensive network services, performance, and scale, optimized for your campus core and distribution network. Find out why more than 45,000 customers worldwide have made the Catalyst 6500 Series their strategic platform.

Features and Capabilities

At Cisco, we will continue to invest -- hundreds of million dollars over the next 3 years alone -- in a 3-dimensional roadmap to:

  • Improve performance and scale
  • Advance our comprehensive, high-quality network services
  • Bring you innovative campus features and designs that will lower total cost of ownership

Greater Scalability with Supervisor Engine 2T

You can unlock the full potential of the Catalyst 6500 Series with the Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Supervisor Engine 2T. It provides the scale, security, and simplified management to help you address emerging trends such as the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) workplace and interactive collaboration.

A Lippis Report concluded that the upgrade to the Supervisor Engine 2T "is (Cisco's) most ambitious and thoughtful yet." Features include:

  • Superior support for comprehensive network services
  • 80 Gbps-per-slot capacity, 180 Gbps-per-slot capable
  • 1, 10, and 40 Gigabit Ethernet modules shipping, 100 GE ready
  • Integrated Service Modules to support wireless, network analysis and security
  • Virtual Switching System for next-generation resiliency

Catalyst 6500 Series Supervisor Engine 2T also demonstrates our continuous innovation in hardware and software, and our commitment to operational consistency and investment protection.

New Software Capabilities

The latest software release 15.1(1)SY1 adds support for two cutting-edge technologies that strengthen network resiliency and virtualization capabilities:

  • VSS Quad Sup SSO (VS4O) helps assure 99.999% uptime in the enterprise network through multi-level failover protection with a single resilient control plane
  • Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP) is a scalable routing architecture that simplifies network virtualization and IPv6 transition in the campus
Cisco Catalyst 6503-E Switch (Cisco)
View Details Fast Ethernet modules (with IEEE 802.3af Power over Ethernet [PoE])

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Cisco Catalyst 6504-E Switch (Cisco)
View Details The 4-slot Cisco Catalyst 6504-E Switch a compact 5 rack-unit height that is ideally suited for multi-Gbps secure data centers, remote access, e-commerce, and converged network solutions.

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Cisco Catalyst 6506-E Switch (Cisco)
View Details The 6-slot Cisco Catalyst 6506-E Switch provides intermediate port densities, ideal for many wiring closet and core network deployments. Catalyst 6506-E supports Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series end-to-end operational consistency benefits.

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Cisco Catalyst 6509-E Switch (Cisco)
View Details Fast Ethernet modules (with IEEE 802.3af Power over Ethernet [PoE])

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Cisco Catalyst 6509-NEB-A Switch (Cisco)
View Details The 9-slot, vertical-chassis Cisco Catalyst 6509-NEB-A Switch has front-to-back airflow and is ideally suited for service-provider environments or for those enterprise customer environments in which front-to-back airflow is preferred.

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Cisco Catalyst 6509-V-E Switch (Cisco)
View Details Greater Bandwidth, Enhanced Management

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Cisco Catalyst 6513 Switch (Cisco)
View Details Advanced Switching for Converged Networks

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Cisco Catalyst 6513-E Switch (Cisco)
View Details Use Advanced Switching for Converged Networks

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