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switch fabric module

In http://www.cisco.com/univercd/cc/td/doc/product/lan/cat6000/6000hw/inst_aug/01over.htm

they speak about the Switch Fabric Module (WS-C6500-SFM or WS-X6500-SFM2) (Catalyst 6506 switch only)

what is the function of this module? ok it's the switch fabric but

when we buy a 6506 switch, do we need to buy this module separately? or is it integrated in the 6506?

thx

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Re: switch fabric module

The following URL should answer your questions on SFM

http://www.cisco.com/warp/public/cc/pd/si/casi/ca6000/prodlit/c6sfm_ds.htm

No the SFM does not come integrated with 6506. It's a add on module and you need to have fabric enabled line cards to fully utilize the SFM. Also the SFM only works with a Supervisor 2 Engine. The SFM cannot function in a chassis with a Supervisor 1 or Supervisor 1A.

Regards,

-Prashanth

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