Cisco Catalyst 4500-E & Cisco 4500 Series Model Comparison

Are you really familiar with this cool enterprise-class Catalyst 4500-E series? It is the enterprise-class switch that was designed for enterprise, public sector, mid-market, and commercial customers deploying business-critical applications.

With forward and backward compatibility spanning multiple generations, the Cisco Catalyst 4500E Series provides exceptional investment protection and deployment flexibility to meet the evolving needs of organizations of all sizes. The main parts of Cisco Catalyst 4500-E series are chassis and supervisor engine.

The Chassis of Cisco 4500-E series come in four different form factors: 3-slot (4503-E), 6-slot (4506-E), 7-slot (4507R+E), and 10-slot (4510R+E). These four types of chassis are extremely flexible and support either 24 or 48 Gbps per line-card slot. Well, what are the exact four chassis options of Cisco 4500-E series and the main features? So in this article, we will share some useful information related to Cisco 4500E series’ main chassis: Cisco Catalyst 4500-E Model Comparison.

Cisco Catalyst 4500E Series Chassis Features

Cisco Catalyst 4500E Series Chassis Features

  • 1Slot 1 is reserved for supervisor engine only; slots 2 and higher are reserved for line cards.
  • 2Slots 3 and 4 are reserved for supervisor engines only in Cisco Catalyst 4507R+E; slots 1-2 and 5-7 are reserved for line cards.
  • 3Slots 5 and 6 are reserved for supervisor engines only in Cisco Catalyst 4510R+E; slots 1-4 and 7-10 are reserved for line cards.
  • 46 Gbps only on slots 8-10.
  • 5WS-C4507R+E and WS-C4510R+E chassis support up to 24 Gbps per line-card slot when used with Supervisor Engine 6-E.

From the above comparison of main Cisco 4500-E CHASSIS: WS-C4503-E Chassis, WS-C4506-E Chassis, WS-C4507R+E Chassis and WS-C4510R+E Chassis. All of them support the Supervisor Engines 8-E, 7-E, and 6-E. Each provides a high-performance, centralized, shared-memory switch fabric, protecting your line-card investment by supporting the addition of optional higher layer engines.

Cisco Catalyst 4500E Series Supervisor Engine Support

Feature Cisco Catalyst 4500 Series Supervisor Engine 6L-E Cisco Catalyst 4500 Series Supervisor Engine 6-E Cisco Catalyst 4500 Series Supervisor Engine 8-E, 7-E Cisco Catalyst 4500 Series Supervisor Engine 7L-E
Cisco Catalyst WS-C4503-E chassis 24 Gbps/slot 24 Gbps/slot 48 Gbps/slot 48 Gbps/slot
Cisco Catalyst WS-C4506-E chassis 24 Gbps/slot 24 Gbps/slot 48 Gbps/slot 48 Gbps/slot
Cisco Catalyst WS-C4507R+E chassis 24 Gbps/slot 24 Gbps/slot 48 Gbps/slot 48 Gbps/slot
Cisco Catalyst WS-C4510R+E chassis Not supported 24 Gbps/slot (slot 1-7)6 Gbps/slot (slot 8-10) 48 Gbps/slot Not supported

 
More Cisco 4500 Model Comparison
The previous Cisco Catalyst 4500 series also includes four chassis: Catalyst 4510R (10-slot: redundant Supervisor Engine capable), Catalyst 4507R (7-slot: redundant Supervisor Engine capable, Catalyst 4506 (6-slot), and Catalyst 4503 (3-slot). A primary component of Cisco Service-Oriented Architecture (Cisco SONA), the Catalyst 4500 Series extends control to enterprise wiring closets, branch offices, and Layer 3 distribution points. And now the Cisco 4500 series’ three main Supervisor Engines were announced End of Sale. Here we also listed the main models of Cisco 4500 series as follows.

Cisco 4503 vs. 4506 vs. 4507R vs. 4510R

Model

4503

4506

4507R

4510R

Total Slots

3 6 7 10

Supervisor Engine Slots

11 11 22 22

Line Card Slots

2 5 52 82

Line Card Slot Speed

6 Gbps 6 Gbps 6 Gbps 6 Gbps

Supervisor Engine Redundancy

No No Yes (Supervisor Engine II-Plus, II-Plus-10GE , IV, V, V-10GE) Yes (Supervisor Engine V and V-10GE)

Supervisor Engines Supported

Supervisor Engine II-Plus, II-Plus-TS, II-Plus-10GE , IV, V, V-10GE Supervisor Engine II-Plus, II-Plus-10GE , IV, V, V-10GE Supervisor Engine II-Plus, II-Plus-10GE , IV, V, V-10GE Supervisor Engine V and V-10GE

Power Supply Bays

2

2

2

2

AC Input

Yes Yes Yes Yes

DC Input

Yes Yes Yes Yes

Integrated PoE

Yes Yes Yes Yes

Minimum Number of Power Supplies

1 1 1 1

Fan Tray Bays

1 1 1 1

Location of 19-inch Rack-Mount3

Front Front Front Front

Location of 23-inch Rack-Mount

Front (option) Front (option) Front (option) Front (option)

1 Slot 1 is reserved for supervisor engine only; slots 2 and higher are reserved for line cards.
2 Chassis can be mounted in racks and cabinets that meet ANSI/EIA-310-D and ETS 300 119-3.

Note: Supervisor engine slots do not support switching line card modules. Line card slots do not support supervisor engines.

 
More Cisco Catalyst 4500 Series Topics:
Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Series Switch Family
Cisco Catalyst 4500E Supervisor Engine 8-E Review
Cisco Catalyst 4500 Series Line Cards Overview

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