Secure, Flexible, Nonstop Communications
The Cisco Catalyst 4500 Series Switches provide scalable nonblocking Layer 2-4 switching with secure, flexible, nonstop communications, enabling business resilience for enterprises, small and m
Secure, Flexible, Nonstop Communications
The Cisco Catalyst 4500 Series Switches provide scalable nonblocking Layer 2-4 switching with secure, flexible, nonstop communications, enabling business resilience for enterprises, small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), and Metro Ethernet customers deploying business-critical applications. The Cisco Catalyst 4500 delivers predictable and scalable high performance, with advanced dynamic quality-of-service (QoS) capabilities and configuration flexibility for enterprise wiring closets and SMB access/core. Integrated resiliency features in both hardware and software maximize network availability, helping to ensure workforce productivity, profitability, and customer success. Its centralized, innovative, and flexible system design helps ensure smooth migration to wire-speed IPv6 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet. The flexibility, scalability, and forward and backward compatibility between generations of the Cisco Catalyst 4500 Series extend deployment life, providing exceptional investment protection, reducing the total cost of ownership.
The Cisco Catalyst 4500 E-Series is a high-performance next-generation extension to the Cisco Catalyst 4500 Series. The new "E-Series" is composed of the Cisco Catalyst 4500 Series Supervisor Engine 6-E, E-Series line cards, and E-Series chassis that are designed for secure, flexible, nonstop communications with superior backward and forward compatibility delivering exceptional investment protection for organizations of all sizes.
Cisco Catalyst 4500 E-Series and Classic Line Cards
The Cisco Catalyst 4500 Series offers two classes of line cards: classic and E-Series. Classic line cards provide 6 gigabits of switching capacity per slot. E-Series line cards increase the per slot switching capacity to 24 gigabits. This increase in per slot switching capacity with the E-Series line cards requires the Cisco Catalyst 4500 E-Series chassis and the Cisco Catalyst 4500 Series Supervisor Engine 6-E. Classic line cards may be deployed in both classic and E-Series chassis with either classic Cisco Catalyst 4500 Series supervisor engines or with the Supervisor Engine 6-E. With the Supervisor Engine 6-E, the classic line cards per slot switching capacity remains at 6 gigabits per slot. However, because of the centralized switching architecture of the Cisco Catalyst 4500, the classic line cards will adopt all of the new Supervisor Engine 6-E features such as eight queues per port, dynamic QoS, and hardware-based IPv6 routing. Please refer to the Supervisor Engine 6-E data sheet for more feature details. Classic line cards and E-Series line cards may be mixed and matched within a Cisco Catalyst 4500 E-Series chassis with no performance degradation: classic line cards will operate at 6 gigabits per slot, and E-Series line cards will operate at 24 gigabits per slot.
Cisco Catalyst 4500 E-Series Gigabit Ethernet Line Cards
The Cisco Catalyst 4500 E-Series 48-port Gigabit Ethernet line cards provide high-performance 10/100/1000 switching at 24 Gbps per slot. (2:1 oversubscribed). The Cisco Catalyst 4500 48-port 10/100/1000 E-Series line cards are designed for LAN access applications where desktop users require gigabit connection speeds. The Cisco Catalyst 4500 48-port 10/100/1000 E-Series line cards are available in two versions: one with standard PoE 802.3af, and the second one with standard PoE 802.3af and PoEP ready features such as support for up to 30 Watts per port.
Cisco Catalyst 4500 E-Series 10 Gigabit Ethernet Line Card
The Cisco Catalyst 4500 E-Series now supports 10 Gigabit Ethernet line cards. The Cisco Catalyst 4500 6-port E-Series 10 Gigabit Ethernet line card (2.5:1 oversubscribed) can be deployed for high-performance 10 Gigabit Ethernet aggregation in the campus, in small to medium networks as a core switch, or for high-performance wiring closets where additional 10 Gigabit Ethernet uplinks are required. The Cisco Catalyst 4500 E-Series 6-port 10 Gigabit Ethernet line card supports standard X2 optics as well as the Cisco TwinGig modules. The Cisco Catalyst 4500 48-port 10/100/1000 E-Series linecards are available in two versions: one with data-only capabilities, and the second one with standard PoE 802.3af and PoEP ready features such as support for up to 30 Watts per port.
The Cisco TwinGig Converter Module converts a single 10 Gigabit Ethernet X2 interface into two Gigabit Ethernet port slots, which can be populated with appropriate Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP) optics, providing a total of 12 wire-speed Gigabit Ethernet ports if used in all 6 X2 interface slots. The flexibility provided by the TwinGig Converter Module enables customers to aggregate Gigabit Ethernet and 10 Gigabit Ethernet LAN access switches on a single line card. The ability to support either Gigabit Ethernet uplinks or 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports on a single line card further demonstrates the flexibility and the investment protection of the Cisco Catalyst 4500 Series architecture.
TwinGig modules convert a single X2 port into two Gigabit Ethernet SFP ports.
Cisco Catalyst 4500 E-Series and Classic Power over Ethernet Line Cards
The Cisco Catalyst 4500 Series offers line cards, power supplies, and accessories required to deploy and operate a standards-based PoE internetwork. PoE provides -48 VDC power over standard Category 5 unshielded twisted-pair (UTP) cable up to 100 meters when an IEEE 802.3af-compliant or Cisco prestandard powered device is attached to the PoE line-card port. Instead of requiring wall power, attached devices such as IP phones, wireless base stations, video cameras, and other IEEE-compliant appliances can use power provided from the Cisco Catalyst 4500 Series PoE line cards. This capability gives network administrators centralized control over power and eliminates the need to install outlets in ceilings and other out-of-the-way places where a powered device can be installed.
Although all references to "PoE," "inline power," and "voice" power supplies and line cards are synonymous, there are currently only two versions: Cisco prestandard and IEEE 802.3af compliant. Every Cisco Catalyst 4500 Series chassis and PoE power supply supports the IEEE 802.3af standard and the Cisco prestandard power implementation, helping ensure backward compatibility with existing devices powered by Cisco. All IEEE 802.3af-compliant line cards can distinguish an IEEE or Cisco prestandard powered device from an unpowered network interface card (NIC), helping ensure power is applied only when an appropriate device is connected.