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Cisco Catalyst 4500 Supervisor Engine 6-E with CenterFlex Technology

August 16 2013 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Cisco Switches - Cisco Firewall

Cisco Catalyst 4500 Supervisor Engine 6-E with CenterFlex Technology-Secure, Flexible, Nonstop Communications.

The Cisco Catalyst 4500 E-Series, including the new Cisco Catalyst 4500 Supervisor Engine 6-E, three new E-Series line cards, and four new E-Series chassis, is a next-generation extension to the widely deployed Cisco Catalyst 4000 and 4500 Series of switches. Cisco Catalyst 4500 E-Series with CenterFlex technology, provides secure, flexible, nonstop communications to facilitate business resilience for enterprises, small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), and Metro Ethernet customers deploying business-critical applications.

CenterFlex technology is enabled by the Supervisor Engine 6-E centralized application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs), which deliver the highest centralized performance and configuration flexibility in the industry. CenterFlex technology facilitates granular optimization of real-time voice, video, and data communication, maximizing performance and enhancing user experience. The new E-Series with CenterFlex technology is designed with unprecedented backward and forward compatibility, delivering exceptional investment protection and deployment flexibility to meet the evolving needs of organizations of all sizes.

Figure1. Cisco Catalyst 4500 Supervisor Engine 6-E


Cisco Catalyst 4500 Supervisor Engine 6-E with CenterFlex Technology Feature Highlights


• Centralized 320-Gbps switching capacity with 250 Mpps of throughput

• IPv6 support in hardware, providing wire-rate forwarding for IPv6 networks

• Dual 10 Gigabit Ethernet uplinks (X2 optics)

• Hardware forwarding entries: 256,000

• Quality-of-service (QoS) services hardware entries: 64,000

• Security services entries: 64,000

• Low latency



• Flexibility to operate at 6 or 24 Gbps per line-card slot

• Ability to mix and match 6-Gbps classic and 24-Gbps E-Series line cards, with no performance degradation

• Twin gigabit converter modules that enable flexibility for up to 4 Gigabit Ethernet (Small Form-Factor Pluggable [SFP]) uplinks in the X2 optic slots

• Dynamic hardware forwarding table allocations for ease of IPv4-to-IPv6 migration

• Advanced QoS support with up to 8 queues per port, dynamic queue sizing, and hierarchical policing to provide flexibility and control

• Enhanced security with Unicast Reverse Path Forwarding (URPF) for added protection against network spoofing attacks

• File allocation table (FAT)-based file system for easier network administration


The Cisco Catalyst 4500 Supervisor Engine 6-E is compatible with classic Cisco Catalyst 4500 line cards, chassis, and power supplies, providing full investment protection. The Supervisor Engine 6-E delivers 24 Gbps per slot of switching capacity when deployed with the E-Series line cards in a Cisco Catalyst 4500 E-Series chassis. You can mix and match classic line cards and E-Series line cards within a Cisco Catalyst 4500 E-Series chassis with no performance degradation. When you deploy the Cisco Catalyst Supervisor Engine 6-E with classic line cards, all of the new features except the 24-Gbps per-slot switching capacity are inherited.

The Cisco Catalyst Supervisor Engine 6-E also provides flexibility and an easy migration path to 10 Gigabit Ethernet uplinks with dual-purpose X2 slots that can accommodate wire-speed 10 Gigabit Ethernet optics or Cisco Twin Gigabit Converter modules (Figure 2), enabling Gigabit Ethernet SFP optics.


The Cisco Twin Gigabit Converter Module, which ships standard with the Supervisor Engine 6-E (unless you order 10 Gigabit Ethernet optics on the configuration tool), converts a single 10 Gigabit Ethernet X2 interface into two Gigabit Ethernet port slots that can be populated with appropriate SFP optics, providing a total of 4 Gigabit Ethernet uplinks if used in both X2 interface slots. With the flexibility offered by the Cisco Twin Gigabit Converter Module, you can initially use the gigabit uplinks and then, as your business demands change, you can simply remove the Cisco Twin Gigabit Converter Module and insert 10 Gigabit Ethernet X2 optics to provide full line-rate 10 Gigabit Ethernet uplinks without having to upgrade. The ability to support both Gigabit Ethernet uplinks and 10 Gigabit Ethernet uplinks on a single supervisor engine further demonstrates the flexibility and the investment protection of the Cisco Catalyst 4500 Series.

Cisco Twin Gigabit Converter Module: Converting 10 Gigabit Ethernet X2 Interface Into Two Gigabit Ethernet SFP Interfaces


The increased capabilities and investment protection provided by the Supervisor Engine 6-E and CenterFlex technology facilitates not only scalability for today's network requirements but also investment protection by providing significant hardware resources for future growth.


Cisco Catalyst 4500 E-Series Line Cards




The Cisco Catalyst 4500 E-Series line cards include the following options:

• 48-port 10/100/1000 E-Series Power over Ethernet (PoE) line card (2:1 oversubscribed)

• 48-port 10/100/1000 E-Series Premium PoE line card (2:1 oversubscribed)

• 6-port 10 Gigabit Ethernet E-Series line card (2.5:1 oversubscribed)

The Cisco Catalyst 4500 48-port 10/100/1000 PoE and premium PoE E-Series line cards are designed for high-performance LAN access applications. The Cisco Catalyst 4500 6-Port 10 Gigabit Ethernet E-Series Line Card can be deployed for high-performance 10 Gigabit Ethernet aggregation in the campus, in small to medium-sized networks as a core switch, or in high-performance wiring closets where additional 10 Gigabit Ethernet uplinks are required. The Cisco Catalyst 4500 6-Port 10 Gigabit Ethernet E-Series Line Card supports standard X2 optics as well as Cisco Twin Gigabit Converter modules as orderable options.

For more information, refer to the Cisco Catalyst 4500 Line Card data sheet at: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/prod/collateral/modules/ps2710/ps5494/product_data_sheet0900aecd802109ea.html.

More detailed reference of Cisco Catalyst 4500 Supervisor Engine 6-E with CenterFlex Technology you can read at: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/prod/collateral/modules/ps2797/ps9294/product_data_sheet0900aecd806df543_ps4324_Products_Data_Sheet.html

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