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Difference between hardware and IOS in 6500 specs.

Hi We have Two Core switches 6500 non enhanced and 6509-E

where 6500(Non enhanced) switch is running as Primary HSRP and 6509E is secondary.

We are planning to replace the 6500 non enhanced with 6509-E switch and the management are looking for the basic difference/advantages between them to buy. below are the platform and Os Version currently running.

Could you please help me with more than 10-15 advantages/differences.

COre1:
Hardware Platform: 6500 (Non-Enhanced) Hybrid-Mode

SUPII Cat OS Version: 7.6(16)

MSFC2 IOS Version: Version 12.1(11r)E1, RELEASE SOFTWARE (fc1)

Core2:

Hardware Platform: 6509-E (Enhanced)

IOS Version: Version 12.2(18)SXF12a Release Software (fc1)

Thanks,

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Hall of Fame Super Blue

Re: Difference between hardware and IOS in 6500 specs.

Could you please help me with more than 10-15 advantages/differences.

You don't want much then

There really aren't 10 - 15 advantages. The main ones are -

1) most importantly the non E chassis is now not supported ie. it has gone past EoS/EoL

2) you can power more devices with the E chassis in terms of PoE. May or may not be an issue for you

3) the 68xx cards and later require an E chassis

4) if you decide to upgrade the supervisors at a later date the sup2T only works with the E chassis

that's about it. Obviously you could move to native IOS as you are currently running hybrid but you could do that anyway ie. you don't need the E chassis for this.

Jon

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Re: Difference between hardware and IOS in 6500 specs.

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Jon has hit all the highlights.  To expand a little on what Jon has already noted.

On power, the non-E chassis is limited to 6k(?) powersupplies  The E chassis can take the later, bigger, power supplies.  The need for additional power isn't usually too much of a problem unless you're doing PoE.  (The E chassis increased the capacity of its power bus.)

The E chassis also supports 80 Gb per slot, including all the slots on the 6513-E.  However, at the moment, only the sup2T takes advantage of this.  (The sup2T can also have CEF720 [40 Gb] cards in all the slots of a 6513-E.)

To the original poster, if you're looking to purchase a new chassis, you might also want to look at the 6807.  (I.e. consider any 6500-E chassis EoL.)

New Member

Difference between hardware and IOS in 6500 specs.

hi,

Thanks for the inputs , this is really helpfull. I have few other things to be known on this.

6509-E basic difference between 6500 (Non E)

Throughput support default? can we extend this ?

supports GB per Slot?

Can we install WISM card ? is 6500(Non-E) doesnt support ?

Comes with SUP 720 by default ? Can we have any other Sup installed ?

Thanks,

Silver

Difference between hardware and IOS in 6500 specs.

Hi Srikanth,

The main difference betwen the 6509-E and non E is 6700 series line cards are not supported on the non-E and the SUP 2T is also not supported on the non-E chassis. Sup 2T will only be supported by E chassis.

You can have any other Sup like Sup32, Sup2 and others on both E and non-E.

Your maximum per slot throughput is 80G in 1 direction or 160 for both directions for the E-Series chassis. For the non-E chassis it's 40G in each direction.

As for as WISM is concerned, check this out:

The Chassis on which the Cisco WiSM is installed needs a Supervisor 720 module.

This table shows the supported slots for the Cisco WiSM:

Slot6503-E6504-E650665096513
1-3XXXX
4 XXX
5-6 XX
7-8 X
9 XX
10-13 X

Thanks

Ankur

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Hall of Fame Super Blue

Difference between hardware and IOS in 6500 specs.

Hi Ankur

The main difference betwen the 6509-E and non E is 6700 series line cards are not supported on the non-E

not sure about this. The WS-X6748 for example  is supported in non E chassis and some of the later 67xx 10Gbps cards are also supported if you use a fan tray 2.

Unless the data sheets are wrong.

Jon

Silver

Difference between hardware and IOS in 6500 specs.

Jon,

Some of them are indeed not supported in couple of non-E chassis, like 6503. Not too sure about the bigger chassis as the data sheet do show that 6700s are supported.

Thanks

Ankur

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