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upgrading 6506 to what

i want to upgrade 6506 chassis as its full with module what will be the best replacemet cisco 6500 vss or nexus.

module installed

1) fwsm

2)10G 4 PORT

3)UTP 48

4)sfp 48

5)TWO SUP 720

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Re: upgrading 6506 to what

What's your chassis? Get a 6509E.


Re: upgrading 6506 to what

As you have a FWSM you cannot go to Nexus, so something in the Cat6500 series is the way forward.

A 6509 chassis will give you room to grow, but also the VSS way will give you more room. however, that will require a design review as it is strongly recommended to have everything dual-attached to a VSS setup. And if you ony have one 6506 chassis, you'll have to purchase yet another chassis, too.


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Re: upgrading 6506 to what

As the other posters have noted, a 6509 might be the next choice (as it would add 3 more card slots). The 6513 might be an option too, and would more than double your card slots, but not all line cards are supported in all card slots.

If you stay with just one larger 6500, you might be able to use all existent cards and power supplies. (If you add cards, you might need larger power supplies.)

If you move to a VSS or Nexus, the former requires sup720C variants, a second chassis (also noted by another poster), and there other VSS requirements and restrictions. Nexus (also noted by another poster) is a different platform, so you would need to buy all the components (I believe).


Another option you might consider, depending on what kind of additional ports you need, use a standalone appliance switch to "fan out" your port density.


Also depending on your port requirements, another option might be to use a higher port density card. E.g. 8 or 16 port 10 gig to replace the 4 port and the 96 port 10/100 Ethernet.