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Very newbie question: SNASW on Catalyst

Hi to all,

I've got a very basic question on snasw.

Can SNASW be implemented on a Catalyst 6500 in any way, for example using a particular model of supervisor engine?

Thanks.

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Re: Very newbie question: SNASW on Catalyst

Hi Marco,

No, the SNASw feature is not available on any version of the Catalyst 6500. The reasoning is that SNASw is heavily process bound, the Catalyst 6500 is optimized for IP packet forwarding, and combining the two is too great a compromise. We suggest using a one armed router attached to the Catalyst 6500, so that the SNA processing is not in the direct path of the IP packet forwarding.

Rgds, Dan

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Re: Very newbie question: SNASW on Catalyst

Hi Marco,

No, the SNASw feature is not available on any version of the Catalyst 6500. The reasoning is that SNASw is heavily process bound, the Catalyst 6500 is optimized for IP packet forwarding, and combining the two is too great a compromise. We suggest using a one armed router attached to the Catalyst 6500, so that the SNA processing is not in the direct path of the IP packet forwarding.

Rgds, Dan

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Re: Very newbie question: SNASW on Catalyst

Thanks Dan for the quick reply.

Marco.

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