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I picked up this switch and don't know much about it : CISCO WS-X6748-GE-TX w/ WS-F6700-DFC3B Gigabit Ethernet Blade 6748 DFC3B. I want to know how I can use this particular one for for a remote office where worker (world wide0 can log in to  a work space and perform their duties, Everything will be server based physical as well as virtual machines. We will also be integrating cloud service.
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ffleismaSenior Network EngineerCommented:
The WS-X6748-GE-TX is basically what you would call a hardware module/line card for the Cisco Catalyst 6500 switch chassis.
WS-X6748-GE-TXIn itself, it doesn't do anything. Different modules is put into place into the Cisco 6500 series switch chassis
Cisco-6500.jpgA basic 6500 chassis will require a supervisor module + line modules. Different module will provide different kinds of ports (Ex: 48-port GigEth PoE, 24-port GigEth, fiber connections, etc.

In simple terms
Think of the supervisor as the CPU
Think of line modules as the NIC card

I'm not sure why you are going to use a 6500 switch for your remote office since 6500 switches are considered relatively big switches used for distribution layers and core layers of the network.

Just having the WS-X6748-GE-TX module without the chassis will accomplish nothing. Its like having a NIC card but no CPU. Can you clarify if you have the chassis as well and can you provide further details on your requirement:
WAN connections/internet connection
what devices do you have on your main site?
existing network
mc2exploreAuthor Commented:
I most likely put the cart in from of the horse. I am trying to set up the hardware requirement for a closet where the computers will be based; 2 multi-cores servers, 2 virtual machines for running specific operating systems; switch; router. I want to create an environment where employees access a landing page, login, enter their work space (software and access privileges) and do their word. It will he a highly interactive collaborative environment. I really need a system integrator to plan is out for me as I do not have the know how. I know what I want to do, but don't know the details of the hardware requirement to get there.
ffleismaSenior Network EngineerCommented:
So from what i understand you are requiring a network design and hardware recommendations for a remote site correct?

Do you have an existing main site and you wish to connect between this new remote and the existing main site? If this is the case, these are the things you have to consider:

1. What is the current infrastructure for your main site?

What devices do you have on your main site? (router/switch/firewall/services and number of servers/number of host)

2. WAN connectivity

Does the main site have its own internet connection?
How would you wish to connect the main site and remote site? (point-to-point leased lines or via site-to-site VPN) Using just an internet connection for the remote site and connect to the main site via site-to-site VPN would be a cheaper option since commercial DSL internet would be cheaper than a leased line. With a point-to-point leased line option, you can centralized the internet at the main site. Inter-site connection would just require a router/switch which may or may not be cheaper than a firewall depending on your hardware requirement (number of users, bandwidth requirements, application requirements, high-availability requirements).
If you are going for site-to-site-VPN, does your current main site device have this capability?

3. Remote site requirements

The server you mentioned for the remote site, what are your planned services? (Active Directory, DHCP, DNS, Shared Drive/folder, etc?). If you have the services mentioned already in place in your main site, then you won't really need them on your remote site unless you wish to provide redundancy (when main site is unreachable). So in this regard it would be a matter of preference and policy you wish to accomplish. Would you rather provide redundant connectivity between sites while having services centralized at the main site or would you rather create a remote site that can stand-alone in case of main site being unreachable?
Does your remote site require wi-fi access, approximately host many users do you require?
Would your remote site require PoE access as well?
How would you wish to manage your internet security (VPN, filtering, NAT)? Depending on your company policy you might require a dedicated firewall device that can provide these network security services for you
For firewall you can check out the Cisco ASA.
The 800 series routers offer integrated LAN ports (about 8), which you can use for host directly connected or buy a separate access switch to scale up to 48-ports per switch. It can also have integrated wi-fi option.

4. With regards to using a 6500 switch for a remote site

6500 switches are relatively big switches. Even on the smallest chassis a 6503-E (last digit 3 indicates how many modules it can support but 1 module is required for the supervisor/"CPU"), it can support up to 2x48 ports.
Buying a 6500 switch would be a bit pricier instead of buying 2 or even 4 48-port switch (depending on the options). Usually you would go for a 6500 when you need tons of ports and require high network throughput. But in most cases 2960, 3650, or 3850 would suffice.
In simple terms, 6500 switches is like using Xeon processors for your desktop, while you can use i7, i5, AMD instead.

5. Are you limited to use Cisco devices?

It should be noted there are lots of other network vendors you can choose and even go open-source in some case (Firewall-pfSense, network-Mikro Tik, etc)
I'm more of a Cisco network guy that's why I mostly mentioned about Cisco device but by all means, depending on your budget I could think of tons of other vendor solutions you can use.
Hopefully this gives you more ideas and insights, my apologies for giving more questions than answering but the question for a network design is a bit broad. Let me know if you have further questions don't hesitate to ask, I'll be glad to help out!

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ffleismaSenior Network EngineerCommented:
Another option is to go full cloud bonkers.

Here a link regarding Amazon Workspace - a cloud-based virtual desktop solution
mc2exploreAuthor Commented:
Good advise and willing to help very encouraging. He is the type of person I would want on my team.
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