#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists. Today we’re talking with Cisco Technical Marketing Engineer Shawn Wargo about the Catalyst 6k and VSS. Lauren Friedman (@Lauren) moderates and Chris Nickl and Denise Fishburne are this week’s Cisco Champion guest hosts.
May is fast approaching. Many people at Cisco, myself included, are making a lot of preparations for Cisco Live US which is May 18 – 22, 2014 in San Francisco. This is a special year when Cisco Live returns to San Francisco. You might be wondering what’s special, and here’s a quick tip. It happens only every five years, when it’s a major Cisco anniversary year. Last time it happened, it was 2009 when Cisco celebrated its 25th anniversary. Over 10,000 people attended Cisco Live US that year. This year is Cisco’s 30th anniversary. The attendance is expected to be more than doubled. Here’re a few reasons that explain the rapid growth, based on 2013 the Cisco Live surveyed attendee feedback:
99% believe that Cisco Live was a good investment of their time
98% advised they gained valuable knowledge at the event that can be implemented by their company
Every year, new content and topics are being added so that you can keep up with technology evolutions and progress. I want to bring your attention to an exciting new hands-on, instructor-led training session: LTRCRS-2004 Catalyst Virtual Switching System – Instant Access (VSS – IA) Lab. It was first offered at Cisco Live Milan in January this year. It was a full house event – many people were put on the wait list because they did not register early enough. Read More »
The Global Certification Team (GCT) is proud to announce the addition of the Catalyst 6500-E to the Unified capabilities (UC) Approved Products List (APL). The Cat6K was tested as a switch in Virtual Switching System (VSS) mode with Software Release (Rel.) 15.0(1)SY1, Tracking Number (TN) 1132001, as an Assured Services Local Area Network (ASLAN) – Layer 2/Layer 3 Access, Core, and Distribution switch. The UC APL Memo can be found here.
The Cisco® Catalyst® 6500 and 6500-E Series sets the new standard for IP Communications and application delivery in enterprise campus and service provider networks by maximizing user productivity and enhancing operational control. As the premier intelligent, multilayer modular Cisco switch, the Catalyst 6500 Series delivers secure, converged, end-to-end services, from the wiring closet to the core network, the data center, and the WAN edge.
For more information on the Catalyst 6500-E Series, please visit Cisco.com.
Cisco’s been doing virtualization in various forms on the network side for quite a long time. One incredibly powerful feature that I think is still amazingly under utilized is the Cisco VSS or Virtual Switching System.
The ability to make two 6500’s look like a single switch so that you can have your cake and eat it too. Its the epitome of giving us the redundancy and availability we need while simultaneously allowing us to use the extra capacity that could normally sit unused. Easier management and configuration make this a no-brainer that more network managers should consider as ‘required’ in their design. Check out our ‘Fundamentals of VSS‘ to get yourself started.
Networking is a lot like life. For example; remember your first stereo and how great it sounded out of the box? Oh yeah! Tunes jamming and you added +5 to your cool points. But after a few weeks you find yourself looking at other models with “new features”.
Now remember the first Virtual Switching System? A prized center piece of any network design for sure. Then as time passed we wondered; “If it could only have quad Supervisor support”.