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does anyone have experience using a 4500e as a distribution layer switch. We currently have 2 3750x setup for task. I was wanting to upgrade the hardware and was wanting to go down the 4500 road, however the 4500x is sort of pricey so was looking for input on the e. Our infrastructure is a small to medium size company. 5 access switches, 2 nexus 5000 for data center, as well as EIGRP for internal to 3945 core.
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We are currently running a 4507e as a layer 3 switch. We put it in when we were housing our own servers. We now us a CoLo and have made the move to virtualization.  We now run 2960's in a stack. Much cheaper. We don't need the layer 3 capabilities in the switch. We let the router handle that. We still have the 4507 at our office.

Keep in mind that much of the 4500 is already EOS/EOL.

http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/switches/catalyst-4500-series-switches/eos-eol-notice-listing.html
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I was looking at trying to get away from our routers doing the internal routing. As well as having a dist layer with horsepower. Do you think the 3750x would be a legit stack for that? It seems to be fine now but we are looking to upgrade the hardware and I have been told the 4500 are superior to 3750 for that, with access list logging and other tasks.
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If the 3750's are working as desired now I personally would consider staying on that hardware thread(stacked). The cost of the 45xx series is rather high. We have redundant management modules and 3 48 port switch modules (2 are POE). That leaves us with While it only requires 2 power supplies those are rather large. We have a 22U chassis that could have been done in only 6U. We do have two available (4U) module slots.

You may want to review https://supportforums.cisco.com/discussion/10916101/3750x-stack-vs-4500-e for some of the pro/con comparisons.
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Thanks for that link it was a good resource.
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