Note that the 6509-E is probably what you want although you may get away with a 6506-E chassis. The chassis is not really the expensive part of the 6500 so best to allow for some future growth. Don't go 6513 though unless you really need to though as their are module limitations with this chassis.
Edit - by the way there are a lot of options for the 6500 so start here with the 6500 documentation and come back if you have further questions -
Could someone correct me if I'm wrong, in order to take advantange of the FWSM, the hardware, software and virtual firewall (optional) are basic requirements?
I'm looking at the sup720 (integrated PFC and MSFC) and it look good, when selecting the FWSM, there are two options, the hardware only and the Security Bundles (WS-C6509-E-FWM-K9 and WS-6509EXL-2FWM-K9).
What this means by "Enhanced Chassis, Supervisor 720 3Bxx" is this means I don't have to get the sup720 and only sup2 or 32 is only enough?
For starters, the Sup will come with an IP Base firmware. Note that I didn't say CatOS or IOS (monolithic or modular). You'll have to specify what you want in the purchase order. By default, they'll send you the CatOS.
You can purchase the higher firmware services but I'm not sure whether Cisco will load this up for you or not.
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