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Cisco Catalyst 4500 E-Series Switches


The Cisco Catalyst 4500 E-Series with CenterFlex technology is a high-performance next-generation extension of the Cisco Catalyst 4500 series, the most widely deployed modular switch in the industry.

The Cisco Catalyst 4500 E-Series CenterFlex technology comprises industry-leading innovations that are enabled by application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) developed by Cisco on the new Cisco Catalyst 4500 Supervisor Engine 6-E. CenterFlex technology builds on the Cisco Catalyst 4500’s centralized architecture delivering enhanced centralized and flexibility features: Centralized

  • Higher performance Features: 320 Gbps and 250 mpps, 24Gbps per slot and twice the control plane resources
  • Nonstop communications: Resiliency in hardware and software helps minimize planned and unplanned downtime
  • Centralized management: Optimized for deterministic troubleshooting
  • Low latency: Enhances real-time voice, video, and data applications


  • Backward compatibility: Mix and match new high-performance E-series and classic* line cards without performance degradation to lowest card speed
  • Investment enhancement: Classic line cards can inherit new CenterFlex features with a Supervisor 6-E upgrade
  • Dynamic and user configurable: Security and QoS hardware resources with 8 queues per port
  • IPv4 and IPv6: Optimized for simultaneous IPv4/IPv6 deployment or migration
  • Power over Ethernet (PoE): Up to 30 watts of PoE per port
  • TwinGig converter module: Upgrade from gigabit Ethernet (GbE) to 10 GbE in seconds

The Cisco Catalyst 4500 Supervisor Engine 6-E with CenterFlex technology increases network optimization for real-time voice, video, and data communications to deliver a better user experience and provide customers with the deployment flexibility required to meet their organization’s evolving needs.

Cisco Catalyst 4500 E-Series Product Portfolio

Cisco Catalyst 4500 Supervisor Engine 6-E with CenterFlex Technology Industry-Leading Centralized Performance

  • 320 Gbps switching fabric 250 mpps Layer 2, 3, and 4 throughput
  • Supported in classic and E-Series chassis
  • Simultaneously supports classic and E-Series line cards with no performance degradation
  • Twin Gigabit converter module support: 2x10GbE or 4x1GbE SFP port (ships standard)
  • IPv6 in hardware
  • Optimized for simultaneous IPv4 and IPv6 deployments or migration
  • Dynamic QoS, security and IPv6 resource optimization to optimize services
  • User-configurable queuing with 8 queues per port

Cisco Catalyst 4500 E-Series Line Cards High-Performance Copper Line Cards With Standard PoE

48-port 10/100/1000 PoE

  • 24-Gig per slot
  • IEEE 802.3af PoE

48-port 10/100/1000 Premium PoE

  • 24-Gig per slot
  • IEEE 802.3af PoE
  • Up to 30 watts per port PoE

6-port 10 GbE

  • 24-Gig per slot
  • X2 or twin gigabit modules
  • Mix and match X2/TwinGig converter modules

Cisco Catalyst 4500 E-Series Chassis Maximize Supervisor 6-E CenterFlex Performance

  • Available in 3, 6, 7 and 10-slot models
  • 7 and 10-slot models support redundant supervisor engines
  • Up to 384 10/100/1000 PoE ports or 34 10GbE ports
  • Mix and match E-Series and classic line cards
  • Support for E-Series and classic supervisor engines
  • Same power supplies as classic Cisco Catalyst 4500 chassis