I am looking at replacing our 6509s, I have been waiting for the 9600s to come out for a while.
However the first iteration of software does not support stackwise virtual, which I'm sure 99% of people require.
Can anyone tell me when they expect this feature to be available in this switch?
I work in the marketing team that covers the 9600.
The best I can say right now is that the next major code release is planned to have support for 9600 + SWV. That would be the IOS XE 16.12 release.
As far as timeframe, the best I can say is that it is planned for end of July at this point, but that is subject to change as roadmap items always are. I wish I could give an exact date, but it is too far out with too much testing to be done for that kind of commitment at this point.
I have a pair of older 6506E chassis with a VSS-720 configuration. The VSS 720 uses a pair of ISLs that are 10G singlemode fiber links between the two chassis to provide the control plane link. Do the new 9600s use the same type of connections for the control plane link or is there some new type of stacking cable that must be used? The older VSS 720 configuration only supported two chassis for VSS. Do you know if the newer chassis ( assuming they are using stackwise ) can be configured with more than two chassis? For example, could I have three 9600R chassis operating under a common control plane?