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HP Procurve Switch modules - what about Cisco modules ?

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Hi Experts,

I have some switches from HP Procurve in one chassis with several modules.
This switch is very old and we gonna move to a new location.
With this step we want to change to CISCO.
Does CISCO also have a Chassis with modules ?
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by:Casey Weaver
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I'm guessing you're talking about switch chassis? Where the modules slot in as blades on the chassis? If so, yes Cisco has many many models to choose from.  

http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/switches/index.html
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by:Don Johnston
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Yes.

The 4500 and 6500 series are modular chassis with linecards.
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by:Eprs_Admin
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Thanks for the link.
But I just can find chassis for 10GE ports.
But I need access ports with 1Gbps ports. Do they have it ?
Or is stacking of some more switches easier ?
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by:Don Johnston
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There are line cards for the 4500 and 6500 chassis with 1GE ports.

For example, the 4500 has the WS-X4748-SFP-E 48-port 1GE linecard

The 6500 has the WS-X6848-SFP-2T, 48-port 1GE linecard

You could use stacked switches too.  Hard to say the best solution without more information on your needs.
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by:Eprs_Admin
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ok I see thanks.
What is the difference between 4500 and 6500 ?
Now we use 1GE ports. Is it also possible to buy a chassis with option of 10GE ports ?
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by:Don Johnston
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Backplane speed (720g for the 6500 and 64g for the 4500) and number of slots (up to 13 for the 6500 and 10 for the 4500).  Both chassis have 10GE linecards.  The 6500 has 40GE linecards.
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by:Eprs_Admin
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ok for the future it is better to use 6500 series right ?
because of 40GE linecards.
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by:Don Johnston
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If that's a technology that you could be deploying soon, then yes.  

But by the time you start to install 40g links, there could be less expensive (and better) platform available.

You could also look at the Nexus 7000 and 7700.  They have 100g line cards.  :-)
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by:Eprs_Admin
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ok thanks
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by:Eprs_Admin
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do you know prices for the chassis ?
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by:Don Johnston
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Impossible to say.  Pricing from cisco is dependent on your relationship with Cisco.

Outside of cisco, I would Google the P/N.  Third party vendor pricing will show.
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by:Eprs_Admin
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ok thanks, what would you recommend, when I have several floors and for each floor I need 2 switches.
use a chassis with 3 slots or better 5?
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Hard to say.  This is a design issue.  In the labs for the network design class, there will a couple pages of information you have to go through before deciding on a switch type.

For example, you could put in some number of stacking switches in each floor like the 3850's and run them back to the core with channeled 1g links or a single 10g link.  Or you could take those same switches and run each switch back to the core.
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by:Eprs_Admin
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I have to ask something more.
Why the linecards so expensive  and the modules not ?
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by:Don Johnston
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I don't understand.  Linecard is another word for module.  Can you give me some specifics?
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by:Eprs_Admin
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Leave it I go for Nexus solution :-)
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