Cisco Catalyst 6800 Review
May 04, 2021

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Review

Zakarieya Abderoef | TrustRadius Reviewer
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Overall Satisfaction with Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches

The Cisco Catalyst 6800 switch is a chassis based switch which can be used within various network layers depending on your requirements. I have been involved in deploying it in the network core layer due to its performance, scalability and flexible network line cards options which this switch can be configured with.
  • High-availability options i.e. redundant fans, power supplies and supervisor modules.
  • Flexible line card options.
  • High-performance.
  • Offers up to 11.4 Tb/s VSS capability.
  • Modular switch with various slot options.
  • Cisco no longer offers the WISM module and you need to use a wireless controller.
  • The ACE module is no longer available for this product.
  • Performance.
  • Reliability.
  • Scalability.
  • Maximum Return on Investment.
We have configured the Virtual Switching System (VSS) feature of this switch which clusters two switches and thus can be seen as a single switch to the network. This is advantageous in terms of simplifying the network and also adds high-availability by increasing the forwarding capacity while increasing availability by eliminating Spanning Tree loops.
We have integrated the Catalyst 6800 switches with Cisco Prime Infrastructure for centralized management of the network infrastructure.
Since Cisco has been in the market for a much longer period, the Catalyst 6800 is known for its reliability, stability, availability, performance and scalability as it is built on the previous success of the Catalyst 6500.

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The Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series switch is ideal to build a performing network backbone as this switch can provide the required performance and ports typically required by large campus networks. I have worked with the 6807 model which can be configured with dual supervisor modules increase system availability in event of a supervisor card failure. It also offers the Virtual Switching System (VSS) capability where two 6800 switches can be configured to be seen as a single switch. The 6807 chassis module can scale to 4 power supplies allowing you to expand the 6807 switch as the environment grows.