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Cisco upgrades the Catalyst 6500…but some wonder why

Rivka Gewirtz Little

Cisco served up comfort food for the networking masses at Cisco Live in 2011, announcing a major upgrade to the Catalyst 6500. The upgrade included the Catalyst 6500 Series Supervisor

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Engine 2T, a 2-terabit card that triples the throughput capability of the 6500 switch from 720 Gbps to 2Tbps, and adds virtualization segmentation.

It's not that Cat users weren't excited about the upgrade, but many wondered what this would mean for Cisco's Nexus switching line. Fast Packet blogger, Greg Ferro criticized Cisco for pushing the Nexus switching line over the years and then turning back to a Catalyst upgrade. He says Cisco realized that selling Nexus would mean a full rip-and-replace of the chassis, which would lead customers to consider less expensive competitors.

Here's what Greg had to say in his blog “Catalyst 6500 Supervisor 2T may not be your upgrade answer.”

Next up, forget perimeter security, how's your physical breach policy?

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