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Are Cisco Catalyst 5000 / 5500 series chassis still viable?

I recently aquired 4 new in box, cisco 5000 series chassis (2x 5000's and 2x 5509's).  They are loaded with WS-5225R's, Dual Sup III WS-5530's, RSM's, etc...

I'm thinking about putting them into my production enviornment?  I can put smartnet on them, however I was going to use one of each in production and use the second one of each as spares?  I have put dozens of these chassis in service over the last 6 years and had great success with them.  I'm looking for other's opinions as to how viable these units are still and how many companys still depend on these pieces of hardware?

Would you recommend other professional's deploy these chassis in their production enviornmenet's?

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I have a very hard time justifying putting end-of-life products with zero support into any production environment. Most of the 5000/5500 series products have already reached the end of support or will very soon.
EOS or not, I'd argue long and hard against putting them into a production environment.

Some of the 5500 series is single-bus with 1.2GBps to/from each linecard.  That means that a 24-port 10/100 card is only capable of 50% throughput.  A 2-port GE card is oversubscribed!

Some of the 5500 series is triple-bus with 1.2Gbps per bus to/from each linecard (three bus connections in some/most/all linecards).  Carefully engineered, your 24-port 10/100 card is fine, but this means a 4-port GE card would be oversubscribed.

Etherchannels are limited to SPECIFIC port groups, with incredible limitations on the interface assignment hashing routine.  Etherchannels can NOT span multiple line cards, so you have NO CHOICE but to watch a channel die completely if a line card fails.

You can do so much better on the aftermarket that I just wouldn't go down this road.
naiadminAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the great feedback.  I should have clarified that these devices were to be deployed in low demand enviornments.  Mostly desktop users checking email and light web traffic.  I have deployed 6500 series devices in the larger MDF's, colo's and server rooms.  These units I was looking at were sub $500 for multiple units.  I agree that in high demand environmenets with complex configurations these might not be the best choice...

thanks again.

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