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Beginning November 30, 2012, Cisco will no longer support a number of its Catalyst 6500 non-E chassis, including the 6503, 6506, and 6509 models, under its current SMARTnet support program. This event will require organizations across the globe to migrate … Continue reading
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We have all seen the press releases from Cisco and are all excited that the Catalyst 6000 series (yes we know Cisco has now added 500 to this) may be around for a few years to come. Who would have thought all those years ago when the Catalyst 6000 series was launched we would still be writing about new cards for it some twelve years later—will this thing ever die? The Supervisor 2T (Sup2T) does seem to provide some reasonable performance increase to the aged 6500, but the question on people’s minds has to be “do I upgrade to a Sup2T?”
On the face of it, a move to the Sup2T seems like a good idea as it is just a quick Supervisor change isn’t it? Well no, there are a few things that need to be taken into consideration when thinking about a change to the Sup2T.
Here is what to expect:
• E-Series Only – Well, that older non E-Series Catalyst 6500 that has been running for years is not going to accept the new Sup2T, which means that a chassis change will be required (potentially with some linecards—see later). However with Cisco TAC support being removed for the non E-Series chassis from 30th November 2012, the chassis change may be inevitable for most customers.
• Enough Power? – Your existing Catalyst 6500 E series may not have enough power to support the Sup2T as there are some definite power requirements. The 6, 9, and 13 slot chassis must use the now EoS 2500W power supply as a minimum; although, for all new sales, we recommend the 3000W version. The 6503-E chassis must be using the 1400W power supply, and the 6504-E must have the 2700W supply.
• Terabit Performance – At last Terabit performance comes to a Catalyst 6500 near you. With forwarding capacity of two Terabits the Supervisor 2T really does promise great things; although, this is dependent on the linecards you install in the chassis. Cisco has resurrected the term ‘classic’ to refer to older linecards that will not benefit from the increased performance that the Sup2T offers.
• Backward Compatible – Ahh! There is the sticking point with the Sup2T upgrade as it is no longer just a case of dropping new Sups into your Catalyst 6500 chassis. You need to know what cards you have and decide if the upgrade is for you.
o Certain WS-X61XX cards are compatible as are almost all WS-X67XX with a Central Forwarding Card (CFC) installed; the WS-X6708-10GE-3C/3CXL is not compatible.
o There is no support for any WS-X62XX, WS-X63XX, WS-X64XX, or WS-X65XX series linecards.
o If you have any WS-X67XX linecards with Distributed Forwarding Cards (DFC), these will not be compatible until the DFC cards are changed for the new DFC4 range in either XL or CXL versions.
There is a new range of WS-X68XX and WS-X69XX series of linecards that will make use of the new performance that the Sup2T offers, but these will be a new purchase with no trade-in program offered by Cisco. However, with a wide range of buy-back programs offered by Hardware.com, your account manger can help soften that particular blow.
So, on the face of it, a move to the Sup2T could be expensive as new chassis, power supplies, linecards, and/or DFC cards may be required. This means a great deal of both technical and budgetary planning is required as the upgrade will not be a case of a couple of takeaway pizzas and a quick Supervisor swap one evening.
The question on whether or not to upgrade your existing Catalyst 6500 series switches with the Sup2T is a difficult one to answer, and it really depends on what you are looking to achieve from the upgrade. If you need to extend the life of your existing 6500-E series chassis and do not require a huge port density of 10Gbps ports, the Sup2T could be the way to go after careful consideration of additional costs. If you are looking for a high 10Gbps port density then the Nexus 7009 seems the ideal way to go given that it has now established itself in the marketplace.