A Love Letter Honoring the Cisco Catalyst 6509-E

By Jim Burns, CXtec Senior Product Engineer

Some people enjoy fine wines, and some are connoisseurs of artwork or antiques. And that’s all well and good. But here at CXtec, every now and again we like to proclaim our admiration for certain pieces of technology. Yes, network technology is what captures our hearts.

In this edition, we’re extolling the virtues of the Cisco Catalyst 6509-E chassis solution. If you’ve installed a 6509, or if you’re considering it or other solutions, think about what you get with this bad boy.

Simply the best

In our humble opinion, this is one of the BEST chassis on the face of the planet. At this point in its tenure, if you work with the right vendor you could even get your hands on one for less money than an equivalent stack of 3750-X switches. That is madness!

The 6509-E chassis is a tank. It’s the king of reliability – it’s the Cadillac of features and functionality. Cisco’s stackable switches are just fine, but they cannot hold a candle to this solution.

Outstanding flexibility

It provides incredible flexibility. The supervisor engine has 10 gig uplink ports, and a virtual switching system (VSS). This allows you to join 2 of these chassis together for the best available redundancy features.

All the blades (except for the PoE blades) are near full throughput – each slot in this chassis is capable of passing 40 Gbps. You can use this as a core or an edge solution, and there’s plenty of room to expand. You could add a second supervisor for redundancy or more port blades.

Choices, choices, choices

It offers LOTS of choices.  There’s even a whole other generation of sup engine (the sup2T) and port blades (6900) that DOUBLE the throughput from 40 Gbps to 80 Gbps per slot!

Also keep in mind that Cisco considers this chassis, and the customers that own them, so important that they designed the next generation chassis system (the 6807) to be partially compatible with the 6500 Series. So you don’t have to totally ditch this when it’s upgrade time.

All the popular kids are doing it

With 20 times the deployment of its nearest competitor (more than 800,000 systems sold worldwide), the 6509-E is the most popular chassis system in the world. There’s a reason for its popularity. It provides the customization, flexibility, power, and scalability to handle all your switching needs. Keep this in mind when you consider your switch solutions.


Learn even more about the 6509-E in this product spotlight.

Click here to download our free Smart Buyer’s Guide to Getting Value from Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switches and find out more about the benefits and value of the 6500 Series.

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