Cisco Catalyst 4500E Supervisor Engine 8-E Review

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The new Cisco Catalyst 4500E Supervisor Engine 8-E extends one policy, one management, one network to the world’s most widely deployed modular access switch- Cisco Catalyst 4500E.

It is an enterprise-class, access and aggregation supervisor engine designed to provide up to 928 Gbps of wired access per system with an E-Series chassis. The supervisor also supports up to 20 Gbps of wireless termination in a controller-less unified access deployment. 

The Cisco Catalyst 4500E Supervisor Engine 8-E is the first Cisco Catalyst supervisor engine to bring wired and wireless convergence to a single platform.

Cisco Catalyst 4500E Supervisor Engine 8-E

Cisco Catalyst 4500E Supervisor Engine 8-E

Feature Highlights-Cisco Catalyst 4500E Supervisor Engine 8-E

The enterprise-class Cisco Catalyst 4500E Supervisor Engine 8-E offers main features as follows:

Performance and capability

  1. Up to 928 Gbps wired switching capacity with 250 Mpps of throughput
  2. Up to 20 Gigabits of wireless termination capacity for a wireless controller-less design. Support for up to 50 access points and 2000 wireless clients on each switching entity (software roadmap)
  3. Support of 250 access points and 4000 wireless clients in wireless controller-less deployments with multiple Catalyst 4500E systems forming a wireless domain (software roadmap)
  4. Up to eight nonblocking 10 Gigabit Ethernet uplinks (Small Form-Factor Pluggable Plus [SFP+])
  5. SFP support on uplinks to offer flexibility for up to eight Gigabit Ethernet ports
  6. 384 ports of nonblocking 10/100/1000
  7. Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE+; 30 W) capabilities on all ports in a line card simultaneously
  8. Cisco Universal PoE (UPOE; 60 W) capabilities on all line card slots
  9. Energy Efficient Ethernet (IEEE 802.3az)
  10. 200 ports of nonblocking Gigabit Ethernet SFP (eight uplinks ports plus 192 line card ports)
  11. 104 ports of 10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ (eight uplinks ports plus 96 line card ports)
  12. Up to 128,000 Flexible Netflow (FNF) entries in hardware
  13. Hardware ready to support flexible storage options using USB port
  14. Secure Digital (SD) card support for flexible storage options
  15. 256,000 routing entries for high-end campus access and aggregation deployments
  16. IPv6 support in hardware, providing wire-rate forwarding for IPv6 networks
  17. Dual stack support for IPv4/IPv6 and Dynamic hardware forwarding-table allocations for ease of IPv4-to-IPv6 migration
  18. Scalable routing (IPv4, IPv6, and multicast) tables and Layer 2 tables.
  19. Scalable and dynamic allocation of access-control-list (ACL) and quality-of-service (QoS) entries to use eight queues per port and comprehensive security policies per port

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 proofed 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)

-Medianet capabilities to enhance and simply video QoS, monitoring, and security

-Energy-efficient design with Cisco EnergyWise technology to manage network, PoE+, Personal Computers and Laptops

Investment protection and reduced total cost of ownership (TCO)

– Full backward compatibility with 6-, 24-, and 48-Gbps slot line cards with no performance degradation

– The Supervisor Engine 8-E is compatible with classic Cisco Catalyst 4500 line cards and power supplies, providing full investment protection. It is not compatible with the classic Cisco Catalyst 4500 chassis. When you deploy the Supervisor Engine 8-E with classic line cards, all of the new features except the 24- and 48-Gbps per-slot switching capacity are inherited

Supported Cisco Catalyst 4500E Series Line Cards and Modules

  • WS-X4748-UPOE+E: Cisco Catalyst 4500E Series, 48-port 802.3af PoE, 802.3at PoEP, and UPOE 10/100/1000
  • WS-X4748-RJ45-E: Cisco Catalyst 4500E Series, 48-port 10/100/1000 (RJ-45)
  • WS-X4748-RJ45V+E: Cisco Catalyst 4500E Series, 48-port PoE 802.3at 10/100/1000 (RJ-45)
  • WS-X4712-SFP+E: Cisco Catalyst 4500E Series, 12-port 10 Gigabit Ethernet (SFP+)
  • WS-X4648-RJ45V-E: Cisco Catalyst 4500E Series, 48-port 802.3af PoE 10/100/1000 (RJ-45)
  • WS-X4648-RJ45V+E: Cisco Catalyst 4500E Series, 48-port Premium PoE 10/100/1000 (RJ-45)
  • WS-X4648-RJ45-E: Cisco Catalyst 4500E Series, 48-port 10/100/1000 (RJ-45)
  • WS-X4640-CSFP-E: Cisco catalyst 4500E Series, 40- and 80-port SFP/CSFP Gigabit Ethernet line card
  • WS-X4606-X2-E: Cisco Catalyst 4500E Series, 6-port 10 Gigabit Ethernet (X2)
  • WS-X4624-SFP-E: Cisco Catalyst 4500E Series, 24-port Gigabit Ethernet (SFP)
  • WS-X4612-SFP-E: Cisco Catalyst 4500E Series 12-port Gigabit Ethernet (SFP)
  • CVR-X2-SFP: Twin gigabit converter module

Supported Cisco Catalyst 4500 Classic Line Cards and Modules

  • WS-X4148-FX-MT: Cisco Catalyst 4500 Fast Ethernet Switching Module, 48-port 100BASE-FX multimode fiber (MMF)
  • WS-X4148-RJ: Cisco Catalyst 4500 10/100 Module, 48 ports (RJ-45)
  • WS-X4248-RJ45V: Cisco Catalyst 4500 PoE 802.3af 10/100, 48 ports (RJ-45)
  • WS-X4248-FE-SFP: Cisco Catalyst 4500 Fast Ethernet Switching Module, 48-port 100BASE-X (SFP)
  • WS-X4306-GB: Cisco Catalyst 4500 Gigabit Ethernet Module, 6 ports (GBIC)
  • WS-X4448-GB-SFP: Cisco Catalyst 4500 Gigabit Ethernet Module, 48 ports 1000BASE-X (optional SFPs)
  • WS-X4548-GB-RJ45: Cisco Catalyst 4500 Enhanced 48-Port 10/100/1000 Module (RJ-45)
  • WS-X4548-GB-RJ45V: Cisco Catalyst 4500 PoE 802.3af 10/100/1000, 48 ports (RJ-45)
  • WS-X4548-RJ45V+: Catalyst 4500 PoE+ Ready 10/100/1000, 48 ports (RJ-45)

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