Should you upgrade to the 6500-E?
Consider these facts and decide what's right for you.
|6500 Chassis -
Extend support on the classic or upgrade to the 6500-E?
|Stay with the Classic 6500 chassis||Upgrade to the new E chassis|
|Upgrading to the 6500-E with Supervisor 2T -
Know the facts.
This new supervisor provides up to 80Gbps/slot throughput for all slots, including those of the WS-C6513-E chassis, so a Sup2T/WS-C6513-E system is no longer restricted to only 5 high performance cards. Like the Sup720 series, the Sup2T is available in two forms, a LAN-oriented part that can accept 239k routing table entries, and a WAN-oriented part that can accept the full 1M routing table entries.
Additional improvements over the Sup720/VS-S720 parts are:
The card and chassis compatibility for the Sup2T is heavily restricted. Those restrictions and notes are as follows:
The Sup2T, like the VS-S720, supports VSS mode, allowing the user to run a pair of Cat6500s as a single logical switch, much like a stack of Catalyst 3750s. Restrictions are similar to that of the VS-S720, and are listed here:
IOS licensing on the Sup2T remains the same as other Cat6500 systems; no license keys of any sort are used with this platform.
Along with the Sup2T, there are several new linecard parts available:
Rebranded part IDs for 40Gbps/slot cards
To indicate a Sup2T compatible card, several of the WS-X67xx cards have a changed part ID when ordered with a DFC4or DFC4XL preinstalled. Those parts are:
There is no WS-X68xx equivalent to the WS-X6704-10GE card, even though the WS-X6704-10GE is 100% compatible, and can be upgraded with a WS-F6K-DFC4 part.