I was working in one of the solution in which cusotmer suggested 7600 router with sup eng 32.
As the wan feeds were in ethernet , I had suggested 6500 switch to the customer.
Now I need to justify the fact of suggesting 6500 instead of 7600 series router.
pls let me know on what all points we can justify the same.
Your help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance
I've directly asked Cisco what's the difference between the platforms and initially received "the 6500 is a LAN platform and the 7600 is a WAN platform". But if you press them, they will admit they are pretty much the same box, however they also said they do intend to make them more different, as an example the recent separation in IOS trains. (This seems to agree with much what the other posters have noted.)
As to your question of suggesting a 6500, if everything looks "LAN" like, perhaps it's more suitable than a 7600. If the "WAN Ethernet" connections will need "WAN" features, then the 7600 might be more suitable (not sure there are many vs. 6500, at least today). Besides difference is software features (if any important to you), the biggest issue is likely what line cards you want to place in the chassis.
Just wondering, since you mentioned sup32, and "WAN Ethernet", are there features needed from the 6500/7600 chassis or might a lesser WAN or LAN platform do the job?