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Cisco Catalyst 4500 Series Switches


Important Features

Industry-Leading Modular Access Switch

Cisco Catalyst 4500E Series Switches with Supervisor 8-E offer exceptional scalability and comprehensive features to meet current and future network demands. This unit:

  • Delivers up to 928 Gbps system bandwidth and nonblocking 48 Gbps per slot
  • Has eight nonblocking 10 Gigabit Ethernet uplinks with a field-programmable gate array to support next-generation protocols
  • Can scale up to 384 Gigabit copper ports, 200 Gigabit fiber ports, or 104 10-Gigabit ports in non-virtual switching system (VSS) mode
  • Offers 116 Universal Power of Ethernet (UPOE) (60 W), 240 PoE+ (30 W), and 384 PoE (15 W) with 9000 W power supply

Converged Wired and Wireless Access

Cisco Catalyst Supervisor 8-E extends wired features to wireless, including infrastructure, resiliency, quality of service (QoS), and scalability. One common set of network capabilities and context-aware intelligence work across wired and wireless networks. You also get:

  • A built-in wireless controller with a single software image for the wired and wireless infrastructure
  • Support for up to 20 Gbps wireless throughput, 50 access points, and 2000 wireless clients on single system
  • Support for up to 250 access points and 4000 clients in a multi-switch controllerless deployment
  • Networkwide application visibility and control, and consistent QoS and security, on both wired and wireless networks
  • Nonstop Forwarding with Stateful Switchover (NSF/SSO) extended to wireless traffic

Distributed Intelligent Services

The Cisco Catalyst 4500E delivers comprehensive intelligent services and features across wired and wireless networks, including:

  • Flexible NetFlow and Wireshark on all ports, which includes wireless attributes
  • Medianet capabilities to simplify video QoS, monitoring, and security
  • Automation for fast provisioning, diagnosis, and reporting
  • Exceptional resiliency with redundant components, NSF/SSO, Cisco In-Service Software Upgrade (ISSU), and VSS
  • Energy-Efficient Ethernet (EEE) and Cisco EnergyWise technology to manage networks, PoE+, and PCs

Foundation for Cisco Open Network Environment

The center of Supervisor 8-E is the new Unified Access Data Plan application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC). You can program this ASIC for next-generation features and intelligence to help protect your investment. You also get converged APIs across wired and wireless, which provides a foundation for software-defined networking (SDN) support and the Cisco One Platform Kit (OnePK) toolkit.

Investment Protection and Reduced TCO

Supervisor 8-E is compatible with all Cisco Catalyst 4500E chassis, line cards, and power supplies to help make full use of your investment. You also get:

  • Industry-leading investment protection with more than 10 years of backward compatibility for line cards
  • A software lifecycle of greater than three years with extended maintenance releases
  • Forward compatibility for new supervisors to easily deploy future innovations