Cisco Ethernet Switches Review

Cisco 6509 Ether Switches can be a one stop and do-it-all product for a huge enterprise.

Valuable Features

The blade module feature which provide the scalability for site expansion.

Improvements to My Organization

A Cisco Network Structure consisted of 3 Layers (Core, Distribution & Access). We used the FWSM (Firewall Services Module) to route the traffic and as a gateway to get to the WAN. As a result, we were able to collapse the Core Layer into the Distribution Layer with a few blade modules (FWSM, SUP & Ethernet).

Room for Improvement

A FoE module would be imminent in the future. This module can communicate with storage devices' and ESXi Servers' HBA (fiber) connection via fibre channel switches (Brocade or Cisco MDS). This can provide a cost effective method in a data center environment without upgrading to a more advanced Cisco Nexus core switch.

Use of Solution

5 years

Deployment Issues

The power supply requires certain sockets and UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply). Each device should require a designated UPS for it. The UPS should not be shared with other devices. An improper termination of the switch's power supply cased a power surge and took out a SUP module during an annual power test.

Stability Issues

No extraordinary issues. Just minor day-to-day issues.

Scalability Issues

The Chassis can run out of slots as the environment expand further along.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Customer Service: Great but Cisco outsources its customer support services to India since most of our issues and outages occurred after hours. Some support technicians have a heavy Indian accent which led to difficult comprehension and time consumption.Technical Support: 4.5 out of a 5 since Tech Support personnels are very knowledgeable of the product.

Previous Solutions

No, I have not due to our contract agreement with Cisco.

Initial Setup

The initial setup consist of the right personnel to set up and administer the product.

Implementation Team

All implementation were completed by in-house team members.


Centralized administration and reduced time consumption.

Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing

The SUP (Supervisor) module can provide up to 720 GBPS of data transmission compared to a stackable Cisco 3750 switches.

Other Solutions Considered

Yes, the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series core switches.

Other Advice

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Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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