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Cat 6500 in data center better than Cat 4500?

I am building a new data center LAN environment and am trying to decide between redundant 6500's or 4500's. the data center will house enterprise servers, not end users and I am trying to pick the scenario that will provide maximum availability.Why would I spend the money on 6500's versus 4500's?

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Re: Cat 6500 in data center better than Cat 4500?

The 6500 is the enterprise class switch. It is also the swiss army knife of switches where there is a blade for everything. If you use 4500s you can get copper and fiber blades an that's pretty much it. No OSM, no IDSM, no NAM, no...well you get the pitcure.

The sup720 on the 6500 does 720Gbps while the 4500 hits a ceiling of 96Gbps with the sup5.

If you are building an enterprise class data center its 6500s hands down. Flexibility, stability and configurability on the 6500s far exceeeds that of the 4500.

I have never actually seen the 4500 in an enterprise data center as a core/critical switch.

-Mark

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Re: Cat 6500 in data center better than Cat 4500?

I second Marks comment.

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