Catalyst 6500: Old Car or Super Soldier?
Recently, bloggers have alternately compared the Catalyst 6500 to the fifteen-year old car they finally got rid of and to a super soldier for the new millennium. Which is it? Being a Cisco employee, I might be a bit biased. And, being a car guy, I’m really tempted to pick apart the old car analogy, but I think my Detroit roots might start to show. And that’s not what this is about. So let’s look at old device vs. established platform.
If I bought one of the first Apple Macintosh computers in 1984 (was it really that long ago?), I’d have no expectation that it would meet my needs today. But, looking at a good percentage of my peers, it’s apparent that no one questions whether the Mac is a viable platform. It has evolved, creating a unique cache and a loyal following.
It’s clearly an established platform. With more than 44,000 customers and 700,000 chassis, it clearly has a loyal following. And the latest release, with the Supervisor Engine 2T, is just one more step on the path of continuous improvement for the platform that includes a number of firsts and a series of patents that have made the Catalyst 6500 the network services platform. Rapid adoption of the Sup 2T only reinforces the point.
What’s next? There’s a roadmap that will enable the platform to retain its leadership position in campus networks. Stay tuned. More news is coming soon.
We really appreciate it. But we prefer “the reliable services workhorse for today’s campus networks.” What do you think?