Cisco 6500 Goes Virtual

By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2008-01-28 Print this article Print

This screen shows two stand-alone Catalyst 6500 switches equipped with the Virtual Switching Supervisor 720-10G blade, both running HSRP (Hot Standby Router Protocol) and ready to be converted into a single virtual switch with Cisco's Virtual Switching System 1440. Both switches must have the latest supervisor blade.


eWEEK Labs visited Cisco's engineering labs in January for a first-hand look at the step-by-step process of converting two Catalyst 6500 switch chassis into one virtual chassis using the latest Virtual Switching Supervisor blade and Virtual Switching System 1440 software.

Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant is the executive editor of Enterprise Networking Planet. Prior to ENP, Cameron was technical analyst at PCWeek Labs, starting in 1997. Cameron finished up as the eWEEK Labs Technical Director in 2012. Before his extensive labs tenure Cameron paid his IT dues working in technical support and sales engineering at a software publishing firm . Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his analysis is grounded in real-world concern. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at

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