Is the Cisco 6500 Series invincible?

By: Frank Kobuszewski, vice president of the technology solutions group at CXtec


We posed this question in a recent article on Network World. It certainly is a subject matter that many have been discussing recently. The answer may not be entirely clear, but one thing seems to be certain: the 6500 Series is going strong and shows very few signs of going away any time soon.

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The industry continues its move toward speeds of 10/40Gig and higher, so the need for bandwidth and port density increases. Software-defined networking (SDN) is gaining in popularity but is it the best option for everyone? This is where the Cisco 6500 Series remains so valuable.

Featuring a wide variety of available options and bandwidth potentail, the Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series continues to show incredible staying power.

Yet despite its value, there is still chatter in the IT industry about moving away from the Cisco 6500 Series to ensure longevity within the technology infrastructure. We asll need to ask ourselves why this is. While some may say the Cisco 6500 Series is past its prime, we can't deny that it remains a powerhouse.

There are so many factors to consider when assessing the ongoing value of the Cisco 6500 Series. We'll continue to track its influence and standing in the industry over the coming years. To learn even more about the current state of the 6500 Series, please check out this article.

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