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Cisco 6500 End-of-Life

What to do when Cisco ends support on your 6509.
Know your options.

There are new options available to extend support on your classic 6500 chassis. In November 2012, Cisco is ending support for the 6503, 6506 and 6509 chassis. This does not mean you have to upgrade to the new E chassis to retain support. With NetSure, NHRs premium maintenance program you can cover all 6500 series equipment in your network with 24x7 global technical support and next day replacement. If you are happy with your current 6500 configurations and want to avoid a large upgrade, NHR will continue to sell and support all classic 6500 chassis models for as long as you want to keep them in your network. Allowing you to upgrade on your timeline not Cisco's.

Carefully consider your options and don't be pressured to upgrade. Capital expense spent on IT equipment is one of the lowest ROI spends in a company. What if you could wait 2 to 4 years to upgrade? If you don't need 80Gbps capability from the Sup2T or have ultra-demanding PoE deployments requiring 6000W or 8700W power supplies, don't upgrade. NHR will work with you to extend your upgrade cycle and provide significant savings. We carry popular current generation, hard to find previous generation, and end-of-life items to support your existing network until you are ready.

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
  • NHR will continue to sell and support all 6500 series equipment.
  • Increase performance without moving to the E. Upgrade existing supervisors in your current chassis to increase performance to 40Gbps/slot and 10GbE capability.
  • By staying with the classic, you avoid a full forklift upgrade and delay the capital expenses required to upgrade.
  • Cover all 6500 equipment with NetSure™, our premium maintenance offering to get 24x7 support and next day replacement.
  • Upgrade on your timeline, not Cisco's.
  • You need 40GbE capability and want to use the Sup 2T for 80Gbps/slot performance.
  • You have demanding PoE deployments and need support for ultra-high output 6000W and 8700W power supplies.
  • You are looking for maximum 10GbE density in the 6500 platform and would like to utilize 67xx/68xx/69xx line cards in all slots of a WS-C6513-E and Sup2T.