The New Cisco Catalyst 4500E Supervisor Engine 9-E

Cisco Catalyst 4500 family has its new member, the new Supervisor 9-E-the next generation of enterprise-class switching engine.

Now with the new Supervisor 9-E, these Cisco 4500 Series switches offer 928 Gbps of wired and wireless converged access per system.

YES! The Supervisor Engine 9-E is supported in Cisco Catalyst 4500E Series chassis.

Converged wired and wireless access

The Supervisor Engine 9-E, 8-E, and 8L-E come with a built-in wireless controller, extending wired features to wireless. They support up to 20-Gbps wireless throughput, 50 access points, and 2000 wireless clients on single system.

Foundation for Cisco Open Network Environment (ONE)

The center of Supervisor 9-E is the new Unified Access Data Plane (UADP) ASIC. The UADP ASIC is field-reprogrammable for next-generation features and intelligence, with converged APIs across wired and wireless.

The Supervisor Engine 9-E provides 48 Gbps per slot with Flexible NetFlow (FNF), integrated Wireshark, and advanced security, combined with reduced Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and excellent investment protection.

These capabilities, along with four 10 Gigabit Ethernet and two 40 Gigabit Ethernet uplink ports and 384 10/100/1000 access ports with Power over Ethernet (PoE), PoE Plus (PoE+), and Cisco Universal PoE (Cisco UPOE ), make this supervisor engine the leading Cisco access supervisor engine in the Cisco Catalyst Family.

Supervisor Engine 9-E facilitates user experiences for enterprise, public sector, midmarket, and commercial customer business-critical applications.

The Catalyst 4500E Supervisor Engine 9-E-Full Features
Feature highlights

The Cisco Catalyst 4500E Supervisor Engine 9-E offers the following:

Performance and capabilities
  • Up to 928 Gbps wired switching capacity with 250 Mpps of throughput
  • Up to 20 Gbps of wireless termination capacity. Support for up to 50 access points and 2000 wireless clients on each switching entity
  • Up to two 40 Gigabit Ethernet uplinks (Quad Small Form-Factor Pluggable Plus [QSFP+])
  • Up to 4 nonblocking 10 Gigabit Ethernet uplinks (Small Form-Factor Pluggable Plus [SFP+])
  • SFP support on uplinks to offer flexibility for up to 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports
  • 384 ports of nonblocking 10/100/1000
  • PoE+ (30W) capabilities on all ports in a line card simultaneously
  • Cisco UPOE (60W) capabilities on all line card slots
  • Energy Efficient Ethernet (IEEE 802.3az)
  • 196 ports of nonblocking Gigabit Ethernet SFP (4 uplink ports plus 192 line card ports)
  • 100 ports of 10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ (4 uplink ports plus 96 line card ports)
  • Up to 128,000 FNF entries in hardware
  • SD card support for flexible storage options
  • 256,000 routing entries for high-end campus access and aggregation deployments
  • IPv6 support in hardware, providing wire-rate forwarding for IPv6 networks
  • Dual stack support for IPv4/IPv6 and dynamic hardware forwarding-table allocations for ease of IPv4-to-IPv6 migration
  • Scalable routing (IPv4, IPv6, and multicast) tables and Layer 2 tables
  • Scalable and dynamic allocation of Access Control List (ACL) and Quality of Service (QoS) entries to use 8 queues per port and comprehensive security policies per port
  • SD-Access: The Supervisor Engine 9-E forms the foundational building block for SD-Access – Cisco’s leading enterprise architecture, which includes:
  • Policy-based automation from edge to cloud
  • Segmentation and micro-segmentation made easy, with predictable performance and scalability
  • Automation through the Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller – Enterprise Module (APIC-EM)
  • Policy through the Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE)
Infrastructure services
  • Cisco IOS XE Software, the modular open application platform for virtualized borderless services
  • Maximum resiliency with redundant components, Nonstop Forwarding/Stateful Switchover (NSF/SSO), and Cisco In-Service Software Upgrade (ISSU) support
  • Network virtualization through Multi-Virtual Route Forwarding (VRF) and Easy Virtual Networking (EVN) technology for Layer 3 segmentation
  • Virtual Switching System (VSS) for simplified loop-free topologies without Spanning Tree dependencies. (software roadmap)
  • Flexible and future-ready uplinks with Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) to support next-generation protocols
  • Automation through Embedded Event Manager (EEM), Cisco Smart Call Home, AutoQoS, and Auto SmartPorts for fast provisioning, diagnosis, and reporting
Cisco Services
  • Optimized application performance through deep visibility with FNF, supporting rich Layer 2, 3, and 4 information (MAC, VLAN, and TCP flags) and synthetic traffic generation with IP Service-Level Agreement (IP SLA-VO)
  • Energy-efficient design with Cisco EnergyWise® technology to manage network, PoE+, personal computers, and laptops
Investment protection and reduced TCO
  • Full backward compatibility with 24-Gbps, and 48-Gbps slot line cards with no performance degradation
  • The Supervisor Engine 9-E is compatible with classic Cisco Catalyst 4500 Series line cards and power supplies, providing full investment protection. It is not compatible with the classic Cisco Catalyst 4500 Series chassis. When you deploy the Supervisor Engine 9-E with classic line cards, all of the new features except the 24- and 48-Gbps per slot switching capacity are inherited
Predictable performance and scalability

The performance and scalability enhancements of the Cisco Catalyst 4500E Supervisor Engine 9-E

The uplink options and associated bandwidth allocation on the Supervisor Engine 9-E

High Availability, Uplink, and Wireless Options

Supervisor Configurations Uplink Ports Wireless Termination Line Card/Chassis Considerations
Single supervisor 4x 10 GE 10-slot chassis: None
3-, 6-, and 7-slot chassis: None
Single supervisor 4x 10 GE 20x GE 10-slot chassis: Last slot restricted to 4700-level line cards
3-, 6-, and 7-slot chassis: None
Single supervisor 2x 40 GE 10-slot chassis: Last slot restricted to 4700-level line cards
3-, 6-, and 7-slot chassis: None
Single supervisor 2x 40 GE 20 GE 10-slot chassis: 10th slot disabled
3-,6-, and 7-slot chassis: No restriction
Dual supervisor Active supervisor: 2x 10 GE 10-slot chassis: None
Standby supervisor: 2x 10 GE 7-slot chassis: None
Dual supervisor Active supervisor: 2x 10 GE 20 GE 10-slot chassis: Last slot restricted to 4700-level line cards
Standby supervisor: 2x 10 GE 7-slot chassis: None
Dual supervisor Active supervisor: 1x 40 GE 10-slot chassis: Last slot restricted to 4700-level line cards
Standby supervisor: 1x 40 GE 7-slot chassis: No restriction
Dual supervisor Active supervisor: 1x 40 GE 20 GE 10-slot chassis: 10th slot disabled
Standby supervisor: 1x 40 GE 7-slot chassis: None

The Cisco Catalyst 4500 Supervisor Engine 9-E supports IPv6 unicast and multicast in hardware for full line-rate forwarding performance of up to 125 Mpps.

The Supervisor Engine 9-E also dynamically allocates hardware table space between IPv4 and IPv6 routes to increase table-space usage for optimal IPv4-to-IPv6 migration It supports Multicast Listener Discovery (MLD) snooping for IPv6, enhancing performance and reducing network traffic by allowing a switch to dynamically add and remove hosts from a multicast group.

Summary of Supervisor Engine 9-E IPv6 Capabilities

Feature and Description Capabilities
IPv6 support Unicast and multicast forwarding done in hardware
IPv6 performance 125 Mpps
IPv6 routing entries 128,000
Dynamic hardware route table allocations Yes
MLD snooping for IPv6 Yes, in hardware
Unicast Reverse Path Forwarding Version 6 (URPFv6): Strict mode Yes, in hardware

Investment protection with chassis and line card support

Previously installed Cisco Catalyst 4500E Series chassis with classic and E-Series line cards can take advantage of the new features and functions of the Supervisor Engine 9-E on all ports with a simple supervisor engine upgrade. However, to take advantage of the switching capacity of 48 Gbps per slot, the Cisco Catalyst 4500E Series chassis (including R+E chassis) and select new E-Series line cards are required. You can mix and match Cisco Catalyst 4500E Series line cards and classic line cards in an E-Series chassis with no performance degradation to either line card type. Table 4 shows the supervisor engine and line card slot assignment options in the Cisco Catalyst 4500E Series chassis.

Chassis slot assignment options

Bandwidth per slot for different chassis

  Cisco Catalyst 4503-E Chassis Cisco Catalyst 4506-E Chassis Cisco Catalyst 4507R+E Chassis Cisco Catalyst 4510R+E Chassis
Supervisor Engine 9-E (WS‑X45-Sup9-E) 48 Gbps per slot 48 Gbps per slot 48 Gbps per slot 48 Gbps per slot

Features at a glance

  1. Cisco IOS XE Software LAN Base: This feature set provides Layer 2 features for access.
  2. Cisco IOS XE Software IP Base: This feature set is upgradable with a Software Activation License (SAL). It includes all Layer 2 features and some basic Layer 3 features. ISSU/SSO is supported in this package.
  3. Cisco IOS XE Software Enterprise Services: This feature set is upgradable with a SAL; it supports full Layer 3 protocols and advanced features such as complete routing scalability (256,000), BGP, VRF, Policy-Based Routing (PBR), and so on.

More detailed data sheet of new Catalyst 4500E Supervisor Engine 9-E, you can read here: https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/collateral/switches/catalyst-4500-series-switches/nb-09-cat-4500e-sup-engine-ds-cte-en.html

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