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6516-GBIC Vs. 6516A-GBIC

Why does cisco still continue to sell 6516-GBIC? I think 6516A has all fatures as 6516 in addition 1MB port buffer.

Also 6516A is more cheaper than 6516 GBIC module. almost USD5000 Difference.

Appreciate somebody can help

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Re: 6516-GBIC Vs. 6516A-GBIC

Software requirements are different.

For example, with CAT OS, WS-X6516A-GBIC requires 7.5(1) while WS-X6516-GBIC is supported from 6.1(1d). Some customers prefer running general deployment( 6.4(8) is GD.) Both boards will be sold by Cisco.

With Native IOS, WS-X6516A-GBIC requires 12.1(19)E1 while WS-X6516-GBIC is supported from 12.1(5c)EX.

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