1. Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switches Product Overview

Deploy a comprehensive enterprise backbone

The Catalyst 6500 is a modular chassis network switch manufactured by Cisco Systems since 1999, capable of delivering speeds of up to “400 million packets per second”. A 6500 comprises a chassis, power supplies, one or two supervisors, line cards and service modules.

Get resiliency, security, and more. Catalyst 6500 Series Switches are widely deployed campus backbone switches. They are optimized for Multigigabit Ethernet services to help you protect your network investment.

You may also like: Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switches Data Sheet

Catalyst 6500 Series models

Cisco Catalyst 6513-E switch

  • 13 slots, 19 RU
  • 10/100/1000, 1G, 10G, 40G ports
  • Forwarding capacity up to 720 Mpps

Cisco Catalyst 6509-E switch

  • 9 slots, 14 RU
  • 10/100/1000, 1G, 10G, 40G ports
  • Forwarding capacity up to 510 Mpps

Cisco Catalyst 6506-E switch

  • 13 slots, 19 RU
  • 10/100/1000, 1G, 10G, 40G ports
  • Forwarding capacity up to 720 Mpps

2. Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switches Compare Models

 Catalyst 6503-ECatalyst 6504-ECatalyst 6506-ECatalyst 6509-ECatalyst 6513-ECatalyst 6509-V-E
Slots3469139 vertical
Max 10/100/1000 ports97145241385529385
Max 1 GE ports199147243387534387
Max 10 GE ports2345082130180130
Max 40 GE ports81220324432
Maximum forwarding performance (IPv4)150 Mpps210 Mpps330 Mpps510 Mpps720 Mpps510 Mpps
Height (RU)4511141921
Weight (chassis)33 lbs
(15 kg)
40 lbs
(17.8 kg)
50 lbs
(22.7 kg)
60 lbs
(27.3 kg)
79.1 lbs
(35.9 kg)
121 lbs
(54.9 kg )
  1. Assumes use of supervisor uplinks in single supervisor configuration
  2. Assumes use of supervisor uplinks in single supervisor configuration

References

  1. Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switches
  2. Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switches Compare Models
  3. Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switches At-a-Glances
  4. Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switches Data Sheets
  5. Cisco Catalyst 6500-E Series Chassis Data Sheet
  6. Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switches End-of-Life and End-of-Sale Notices
  7. Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switches Support

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