Upgrade for a 6509 Sup 2 question

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Jan 20th, 2009

I'm working on a limited budget (who isn't) and want to upgrade my 6509's running a Sup 2 with an MSFC card to something a bit newer. I'd like to be able to go for the Sup 720's but I doubt I can. Would the Sup 32 work? I need a full layer 3 ability as this is my core router and switch.

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Correct Answer by Mark Yeates about 8 years 5 days ago

The SUP32 is a good alternative (and cheaper too) to the SUP720. It is very capable and robust supervisor that can do most of what a SUP720 can do. The only difference is that it can't handle the load of a SUP720. Here are the datasheets for both and you can compare what is best for your network.

SUP32

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/prod/collateral/modules/ps2797/ps5972/product_data_sheet0900aecd801c5cab.html

SUP720

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/prod/collateral/switches/ps5718/ps708/product_data_sheet09186a0080159856_ps4835_Products_Data_Sheet.html

HTH,

Mark

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Mark Yeates Tue, 01/20/2009 - 10:52

The SUP32 is a good alternative (and cheaper too) to the SUP720. It is very capable and robust supervisor that can do most of what a SUP720 can do. The only difference is that it can't handle the load of a SUP720. Here are the datasheets for both and you can compare what is best for your network.

SUP32

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/prod/collateral/modules/ps2797/ps5972/product_data_sheet0900aecd801c5cab.html

SUP720

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/prod/collateral/switches/ps5718/ps708/product_data_sheet09186a0080159856_ps4835_Products_Data_Sheet.html

HTH,

Mark

Jon Marshall Tue, 01/20/2009 - 11:47

Roland

Just to add to Mark's post. If you don't have an SFM (Switch fabric Module) in your existing switch then Sup32 is fine. If you do have an SFM then be aware that the Sup32 only supports the shared bus architecture so any fabric enabled line cards will only be able to access the shared bus with a Sup32.

Jon

rshum Tue, 01/20/2009 - 11:50

Jon

Thanks for the heads up, no I don't have the SFM.

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