Supervisor Engine 6-E vs. Supervisor Engine 7-E vs. Supervisor Engine 8-E

Cisco 4500 Series switch, a kind of so smart network switch, offers a network solution (also so powerful and flexible) that can be built with eight supervisor engine alternatives: Supervisor 8E, Supervisor 7E, Supervisor 7LE, Supervisor 6E, Supervisor 6LE, Supervisor V 10 GE, Supervisor V, and Supervisor IV. (Note: The Supervisor V 10 GE, Supervisor V, and Supervisor IV reached End of Life and have been announced End of Sale). Each provides a high-performance, centralized, shared-memory switch fabric, protecting your line-card investment by supporting the addition of optional higher layer engines. What benefits we can get while migrating to Cisco Catalyst 4500-E Switches with Supervisors 7-LE and 8-E? The following Cisco 4500-E Supervisor Engine COMPARISON of Performance, Scalability, Supported Chassis, and Layer 2 and 3 Services Scalability, you can check.

Performance: Supervisor 8E vs.7E vs.7LE vs. 6E vs. 6LE

Performance Supervisor 8E Supervisor 7E 

Supervisor 7LE 

Supervisor 6E Supervisor 6LE
Switching Capacity 928 Gbps 848 Gbps 520 Gbps 320 Gbps 280 Gbps
IPv4 Throughput 250 Mpps 250 Mpps 225 Mpps 250 Mpps 225 Mpps
IPv6 Throughput 125 Mpps 125 Mpps 110 Mpps 125 Mpps 110 Mpps
Bandwidth/Slot 48 Gbps 48 Gbps 48 Gbps 24 Gbps 24 Gbps

 

Scalability: Supervisor 8E vs.7E vs.7LE vs. 6E vs. 6LE

Scalability Supervisor 8E Supervisor 7E Supervisor 7LE Supervisor 6E Supervisor 6LE 

Number of Routes 256K for IPv4
128K for IPv6
256K for IPv4
128K for IPv6
64K for IPv4
32K for IPv6
256K for IPv4
128K for IPv6
64K for IPv4
32K for IPv6
Number of Packet Buffers 128K 128K 128K 64K 64K
NetFlow Entries 128K 128K 128K
MAC Learning Rate per Second 20K 20K 14K 13K 8K
Dynamic Host Control Protocol (DHCP) Snoop Entries 12K 12K 12K 12K 3K
Number of 10/100/1000 Ports Up to 384 access Up to 384 access Up to 240 access Up to 384 access Up to 240 access
10 GE and 1 GE Uplinks 8 10 GE / 1 GE 4 10 GE / 1 GE 2 10 GE / 4 1 GE 2 10 GE / 4 1 GE (TwinGig) 2 10 GE / 4 1 GE (TwinGig)
1 GE Non-Blocking Fiber Ports 192 192 120 138 120
10 GE Fiber Ports 96 96 60 30 30

 

Supported Chassis: Supervisor 8E vs.7E vs.7LE vs. 6E vs. 6LE

Supported Chassis   Supervisor 7E Supervisor 7LE Supervisor 6E Supervisor 6LE
4503-E Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
4506-E Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
4507R+E Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
4507R-E Roadmap Yes Yes Yes Yes
4510R+E Yes Yes Yes
4510R-E Roadmap Yes Yes

 

System: Supervisor 8E vs.7E vs.7LE vs. 6E vs. 6LE

System

Supervisor 8E

Supervisor 7E

Supervisor 7LE

Supervisor 6E

Supervisor 6LE

CPU 

Quad Core 2.2 GHz

Dual Core 1.5 GHz

Dual Core 1.5 GHz

1.3 GHz

1 GHz

DRAM

4G

2G (upgradable to 4G)

2G (upgradable to 4G)

512 MB (upgradable to 1G)

512 MB

Bootflash

2 GB

1 GB

1 GB

128 MB

128 MB

 

Layer 2 and 3 Services Scalability: Supervisor 8E vs.7E vs.7LE vs. 6E vs. 6LE

Layer 2 and 3 Services Scalability

Supervisor 8E

Supervisor 7E

Supervisor 7LE

Supervisor 6E

Supervisor 6LE

Security and QoS Entries (combined)

128K

128K

64K

128K

64K

MAC Address

55K

55K

55K

55K

55K

Multicast Routes

32K

32K

32K

32K

32K

Input/Output Policers

16K

16K

16K

16K

16K

Spanning Tree Instances

10K

10K

10K

10K

10K

Active VLANs

4K

4K

4K

4K

4K

Switch Virtual Interface (SVI)

4K

4K

4K

4K

4K

VRF-Lite Instances

64

64

64

64

64

Embedded Wireshark

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

LISP Readiness

Yes (hardware-ready)

No

No

No

No

SDN Readiness

Yes (hardware-ready)

Yes (hardware-ready)

Yes (hardware-ready)

No

No

Native Wireless Controller Support

Yes (hardware-ready)

No

No

No

No

 

More Cisco 4500 Supervisor Engine Comparison:

Supervisor Engine IV vs. Supervisor Engine V vs. V-10GE vs. Supervisor Engine 6-E

Supervisor Engine IV vs.V vs. 6-E

More Related Cisco 4500 Series Topics and Reviews:
Cisco Catalyst 4500-E & Cisco 4500 Series Model Comparison
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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