First Look: Cisco Catalyst 6800 switch and friends

Company heats up Cisco Live event with new Catalyst 6800 Ethernet switch and more


Cisco has significantly updated its enterprise network line-up with programmable campus and branch switches and routers designed to tightly bind applications to network hardware and services. Here’s a look at Cisco’s newest offerings. Read the story version.

Catalyst 6800

The Catalyst 6800 is an outgrowth of the ubiquitous – and 10+ year old – Catalyst 6500. The 6800 is targeted at programmable campus backbone 10/40/100Gbps services. It includes the 7-slot, 11Tbps 6807-XL, the 4.5RU 6880-XL, and the 6800ia access switch.

Supervisor Engine 8E

The new Supervisor Engine 8E for the Catalyst 4500-E modular access switch includes Cisco’s new programmable UADP ASIC for wired and wireless convergence. It is designed to unify wired and wireless policies and management. The 8E works with existing Catalyst 4500-E chassis and line cards, Cisco says.

For large branch deployments, Cisco’s new ISR 4451-AX router features up to 2Gbps forward performance with native Cisco WAAS-based WAN optimization, and “LAN-like experience” at the branch, Cisco says.

Catalyst 6800

The Catalyst 6800 is said to be supervisor and line card compatible with Cisco's 10+ year old and ubiquitous Catalyst 6500 campus core switch.

Catalyst 6800

The Catalyst 6800 is expected to compete with HP's 10500 switch, and Juniper's EX8200 and EX9200 switches.