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7200 & 7600 Comparison

Hi all,

May I know the main difference between Cisco 7200 and 7600 boxes.

From architecture perspective as well as features perspective.

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Re: 7200 & 7600 Comparison

They are significant. The 7600 is the 6500 rebranded and modified to address the service provider/carrier/optical market. It has 30 Mpps central or up to 400 Mpps forwarding capacity and up to 720 Gbps backplane.

The 7200 is a mid-range router with only (up to) 2Mpps forwarding capacity and a 1.8 Gbps backplane.

See the Cisco Product Quick Reference Guide for more details.

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Re: 7200 & 7600 Comparison

Hello Aneesh,

a C7200 is a software based router with a main cpu involved also on packet fowarding even if using CEF.

A C7600 is a multilayer switch that has different levels of hardware based ASICs for packet forwarding implementing a mixture of central and distributed CEF but with hardware assistance.

So C7600 is much more strong in performance and C7200 has a broader range of features.

Cisco has recently introduced the ASR 1000 family of devices that are in between the two above for performance and features.

Hope to help