Cisco Catalyst 4500E, which we refreshed completely in October last year with the Supervisor 7-E, new line cards, and open application platform (IOS XE), has been winning kudos – both from customers and press. Customers tell us they value the scalability, integrated high-availability, and application visibility that Supervisor Engine 7-E brings to campus access switching. They also tell us that although Supervisor 7-E is great for larger campus deployments, it needs a complementary supervisor that offers rich network services but is better optimized for smaller and medium sized campus deployments.
Our new Supervisor Engine 7L-E enables right-sized solutions by optimizing scalability, port density, and performance with size of deployment while providing comprehensive network services. Here is a quick comparison of how these supervisors are optimized for right-sizing your campus deployments:
You don’t have to settle with good enough network services for small- and mid-size deployments, thanks to the Supervisor 7L-E on the Catalyst 4500E. This supervisor brings Flexible NetFlow, which gives deep visibility to better manage the flood of network traffic hitting the campus access layer with the proliferation of wireless devices. Flexible NetFlow is integrated with Cisco IOS Embedded Event Manager – giving you the tools to automate policy-based responses to pre-defined network events. In-Service Software Upgrade helps minimize planned downtime. Integrated protocol analyzer (Wireshark) in IOS XE eliminates stand-alone sniffer solutions. Borderless Network Services such as Cisco TrustSec and Cisco EnergyWise help you deploy integrated security and energy management services.
What do you think? Will Supervisor Engine 7L-E on Catalyst 4500E help you bring rich network services to your small- and mid-sized access campus switching deployments?