Cisco 6500 Goes Virtual - Checking Hardware and Software Requirements

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

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.

 
 
 
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The conversion tool checks for hardware and software requirements. For example, both Catalyst 6500 switches must be running IOS 12.2(33)SXH1. (Note that the switches don't need to be configured with identical hardware.)

 
 
 
 
 
Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant has been with the Labs since 1997, and before that paid his IT management dues at a software publishing firm working with several Fortune 100 companies. 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, with a focus on Android in the enterprise. 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 reviews and analysis are grounded in real-world concern. Cameron is a regular speaker at Ziff-Davis Enterprise online and face-to-face events. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at csturdevant@eweek.com.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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