Friday, March 15, 2013

Cisco Catalyst 4500-e Switch Review

While we've done product reviews in the past, we have yet to focus on a networking product. So since networking was feeling neglected, we’re going to take a look at the Cisco Catalyst 4500-E switch, the newest addition to  the Cisco Catalyst 4500 family of modular access switches.

The Cisco Catalyst 4500-E is a current generation, chassis-based switch. All models offer 10GbE capabilities, and full level redundancy is available in the 4507R-E and 4510R-E models, but not the 4506-E. Not to blow your mind or anything, there are actually 6 models of Cisco Catalyst 4500-E switches.

The 6 different models include Cisco 4510R+E, Cisco 4507R+E. Cisco 4510R+E, Cisco 4507R-E, Cisco 4506-E and Cisco 4503-E. Due to their modularity, all 4500-E switches can scale to fit your exact needs. However, each model does have unique characteristics, especially when it comes to the number of total slots and the line card slot speed.

Let’s break it down for you:

  • Cisco 4503-E – Offers the lowest amount of total slots (3) with options for line card speeds of 6 Gbps, 24 Gbps, and 48 Gbps. 
  • Cisco 4506-E – Offers the second lowest amount of total slots (6) with options for line card speeds of 6 Gbps, 24 Gbps, and 48 Gbps.
  • Cisco 4507R-E – Offers the second highest amount of total slots (7) with options for line card speeds limited to 6 Gbps and 24 Gbps.
  • Cisco 4507R+E – Offers the second highest amount of total slots (7) with options for line card speeds of 6 Gbps, 24 Gbps, and 48 Gbps.
  • Cisco 4510R+E – Offers the highest amount of total slots (10) with options for line card speeds limited to 6 Gbps and 24 Gbps.
  • Cisco 4510R+E – Offers the highest amount of total slots (10) with options for line card speeds of 6 Gbps, 24 Gbps and 48 Gbps.

Overall, the Cisco Catalyst 4500-E is a good purchase if you are looking for a high performance switch that will allow you to build a secure, reliable campus network while at the same time lowering your total cost of ownership (TCO). To be honest, it’s not really ever a bad purchase. Unless you were asked to purchase an entirely different product, like a game console…and then there will be tears my friend.

-KH

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