The 6800 line will not be shipping in time for me to make the decision and use the budget funds by Dec 1 on a 6800 solution. Thus, I am left to decide between a dual core running either 4500’s or 6500s. Port capacity/ density is not and issue as the 4500 has 10 slot chassis and we are offloading a ton to 10G stacks in the racks for virtualization anyhow. So, it boils down to wanting a rock solid core that runs VSS well and will last 7-9 years without needing forklifted. One concern I have is it is obvious Cisco realizes everyone loves the 6500 line and thus came out with the 6800 line. I sense they may EOL the 6500 line sooner than the 4500 line forcing folks to refresh to the 6800 and having them feel more comfortable there the decision to stay with Cisco will be easier. (My Cisco SE affirmed that too)
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