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Cat6500 + SUP-2T & MPLS Features

Hello all,

I have done quite a bit of research on the Catalyst 6500 and the SUP-2T. Historically the 7600/6500 series has had support issues and stringent requirements on certain hardware modules in order to support L2VPN/L3VPN (ES+ Card, SIP cards etc). Essentially this kept the Cat6500 as more of an enterprise switch.

With the release of the SUP-2T though, the box has been brought up to scale. We now have support for 1 million+ routes and supposedly support across the board for MPLS features regardless of line card type. With this being said, what we would like to do is move towards the 6500+SUP-2T as an aggregation-access box for our fiber customers. We have a need to support full VPLS featureset on 100meg fiber customer facing interfaces. We have accomplished this in the past by using ME3600s but would like to get to something a bit more scalable. Thoughts are to use a redundant SUP-2T Cat6500 with WS-X6148-FE-SFP cards. My concerns are the following:

1. Will all MPLS features really be available on this card? Looking to attach these ports as part of L2VPN VPLS and to perform port-based and VLAN-based xconnects (EVC/EFP configurations).

2. For those that have experience with both Cat6500 and ME3600/3800, are these two comparable from a configuration standpoint? We would be migrating from daisy chained ME3800s to this chassis if we went with it. I want to make sure that the configuration migration would be very straightforward and future provisioning would be similar to that of ME series switches.

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