According to Cisco, there are over 800,000 Catalyst 6500s in its deployment base.
“The Catalyst 6800 is the 6500 on steroids,” Inbar Lasser-Raab, senior director of marketing for enterprise networking at Cisco, told Enterprise Networking Planet.
The Catalyst 6800 platform benefits from a new chassis design and includes updated silcon. The ASIC is EARL8, which the Nexus 7K platform also uses. This ASIC is optimized for scalable core deployments with rich services and will offer programmability with Cisco’s Software Defined Networking efforts, including onePK and OpenFlow.