How to Redefine Modular Access for Enterprises with Cisco Catalyst 4500E Supervisor8L-E?

The Cisco Catalyst 4500E Supervisor8L-E has been introduced to customers since 2016. It is the latest generation of low-scale supervisors for the industry-leading Cisco Catalyst 4500E modular access platform.

Based on the best-in-class, high-performance Cisco Catalyst 4500E Supervisor8-E, the Cisco Catalyst 4500E Supervisor8L-E gives customers the same high availability, IT simplicity, security and other cutting edge features for low-scale deployments. Supervisor8-E and Supervisor8L-E will also work with the same IOS XE software for maximum operational simplicity and flexibility.

The Cisco Catalyst 4500E Supervisor8L-E supports Cisco Multigigabit Ethernet, a key Cisco innovation that enables customers to migrate to 802.11ac Wave 2 without having to rewire their access points to their Cisco Catalyst 4500E switches. The WS-X4748-12X48U line card on Cisco Catalyst 4500E, supported with Supervisor8L-E, is a 48 port line card with 12 Multigigabit Ethernet ports. The Multigigabit Ethernet ports are 10GBASE-T ports that can auto negotiate down to 5Gbps, 2.5Gbps or 1Gbps based on the connected host/access point capability, the type of cable used and the length of the cable. By connecting Cisco 802.11ac Wave 2 supported access points to Multigigabit Ethernet ports on the Cisco Catalyst 4500E, customers can get up to 5Gbps on existing Cat5e cables or up to 10Gbps on Cat6a cables.

Multigigabit Ethernet saves customers significant expenses by avoiding re-cabling access points to Catalyst 4500E switches with Cat6a cables or running two Cat5e cables between them to get higher speeds. By standardizing on the Cisco Multigigabit line cards on Cisco Catalyst 4500E, customers get maximum investment protection for whenever their wireless networks transition to 802.11ac Wave 2.

The Cisco Catalyst 4500E Supervisor8L-E is also fully integrated with Cisco APIC-EM and Cisco Prime Infrastructure for IT Simplicity. The Plug and Play (PnP) app on APIC-EM can be used to simplify deployment across multiple remote sites, saving enterprise IT teams time and money. With PnP, the Cisco Catalyst 4500E switches with Supervisor8L-E can be pre-provisioned and shipped to branches or other remote locations. Once the Cisco Catalyst 4500E switch with Supervisor8L-E is plugged in, the image and configuration are automatically downloaded and installed on it via the APIC-EM PnP server. The IT admin can monitor the status of the installs over multiple sites remotely.

The path trace app on APIC-EM also enables detailed flow-based visibility and troubleshooting by tracing a path between two hosts. It further provides in depth information about the nature of each hop, including information such as whether the path segment is Layer 2 or Layer 3 and which protocols are running on it.

In addition to these cutting edge features, the Cisco Catalyst 4500E Supervisor8L-E also supports all other Catalyst 4500E high availability, security and IT simplicity features. With Stateful Switchover (SSO) and In Service Software Upgrade (ISSU), customers can get supervisor redundancy on the C4507R+E chassis. The Supervisor8L-E also supports Virtual Switching System (VSS) for dual homing and inter-chassis redundancy in aggregation deployments. It also supports Network as a Sensor and Network as an Enforcer capabilities with Cisco TrustSec, Flexible Netflow, embedded Wireshark and MACSec encryption.

A number of customers across different verticals such as finance, health care, and education are already beginning to standardize on Catalyst 4500E with Supervisor8-E or Supervisor8L-E. For high scale deployments, the Cisco Catalyst 4500E Supervisor8-E continues to provide industry leading modular access performance for customers.

Video Show: Cisco Catalyst 4500 Supervisor Engine 8L-E

Compare the Main Supervisors
Model Supervisor 8E Supervisor 8LE Supervisor 7E Supervisor 7LE
Performance Supervisor 8E Supervisor 8LE Supervisor 7E Supervisor 7LE
Switching capacity 928 Gbps 560 Gbps 848 Gbps 520 Gbps
IPv4 throughput 250 Mpps 225 Mpps 250 Mpps 225 Mpps
IPv6 throughput 125 Mpps 110 Mpps 125 Mpps 110 Mpps
Bandwidth per slot 48 Gbps 48 Gbps 48 Gbps 48 Gbps
Scalability Supervisor 8E Supervisor 8LE Supervisor 7E Supervisor 7LE
Number of routes 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 128K
NetFlow entries 128K 128K 128K 128K
MAC learning rate per second 20K 14K 20K 14K
Dynamic Host Control Protocol (DHCP) snoop entries 12K 12K 12K 12K
Number of 10/100/1000 ports 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 / 4 1 GE 4 10 GE / 1 GE 2 10 GE / 4 1 GE
1 GE non-blocking fiber ports 384 + 8 uplinks 240 + 4 uplinks 384 + 4 uplinks 240 + 4 uplinks
10 GE fiber ports 96 + 8 uplinks 60 + 4 uplinks 96 + 4 uplinks 60 + 2 uplinks
Supported Chassis Supervisor 8E Supervisor 8LE Supervisor 7E Supervisor 7LE
4503-E Yes Yes Yes Yes
4506-E Yes Yes Yes Yes
4507R+E Yes Yes Yes Yes
4507R-E Yes Yes Yes Yes
4510R+E Yes Yes
4510R-E Roadmap Yes
System Supervisor 8E Supervisor 8LE Supervisor 7E Supervisor 7LE
CPU Quad core 2.2 GHz Quad core 1.8 GHz Dual core 1.5 GHz Dual core 1.5 GHz
DRAM 4 GB 4 GB 2 GB (upgradable to 4 GB) 2 GB (upgradable to 4 GB)
Bootflash 2 GB 2 GB 1 GB 1 GB
Layer 2 and 3 Services Scalability Supervisor 8E Supervisor 8LE Supervisor 7E Supervisor 7LE
Security and QoS entries (combined) 128K 64K 128K 64K
MAC address 55K 55K 55K 55K
Multicast routes 32K 32K 32K 32K
I/O policers 16K 16K 16K 16K
Spanning Tree instances 10K 10K 10K 10K
Active VLANs 4K 4K 4K 4K
Switch Virtual Interface (SVI) 4K 4K 4K 4K
VRF-Lite instances 64 64 64 64
Embedded Wireshark Yes Yes Yes Yes
LISP readiness Yes (hardware-ready) No No No
SDN readiness Yes (hardware-ready) Yes (hardware-ready) Yes (hardware-ready) Yes (hardware-ready)
Native wireless controller support Yes (hardware-ready) No No

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