Optics Solutions for Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Series Switch

Optics Solutions for Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Series Switch

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The enterprise campus network has evolved over the last 20 years to become a primary element in business computing and communication infrastructure. The Cisco Catalyst 4500-X series is an intriguing new solution as an aggregation switch for campus LANs that want to bring in 10GbE uplinks without the cost or complexity of a chassis based switch. It delivers best-in-class scalability, simplified network virtualization, and integrated network services for space-constrained environments in campus networks which meets the business growth objectives with unprecedented scalability. This article provides basic knowledge and optics solutions for 4500-X series switch that will allow you to easily deployment this series switch in your network.

Overview of Cisco 4500-X Series Switch

As shown in the figure below, the Catalyst 4500-X series switch is a 1RU unit that provides either 16 or 32 10GBASE-X (SFP+) or 1000BASE-X (SFP) ports. An additional 8 ports of 1000BASE-X (SFP) or 10GBASE-X (SFP+) are available in a removable Ethernet uplink module that mounts in a bay on the front of the switch chassis, and the uplink module is hot swappable. The SFP+ interface supports both 10 Gigabit Ethernet and 1 Gigabit Ethernet ports, allowing customers to use their investment in 1 Gigabit Ethernet SFP and upgrade to 10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ when business demands change, without having to do a comprehensive upgrade of the existing deployment.

Cisco Catalyst 4500-X

VSS on Cisco 4500-X Series Switch

The most prominent feature for 4500-X series switch may be built-in VSS (Virtual Switch System) support. VSS is a method to combine two physical switches into one logical switch to achieve physical redundancy, Spanning-Tree blocking elimination, and increased bandwidth. Any two Cisco Catalyst 4500-X series switches can be pooled together into a VSS (shown in the figure below). Once a VSS is created, it acts as a single virtual Cisco Catalyst switch which simplifies configuration while providing a higher level of availability. Besides, the 4500-X series switch may therefore provide up to 80 ports of 10 Gigabit Ethernet per system and scale system bandwidth capacity to 1.6 Tbps.

VSS on Cisco 4500-X Series Switch

In a Cisco 4500X VSS, the data plane of both clustered switches is active at the same time in both chassis. VSS members are connected by virtual switch links (VSLs) using standard Gigabit or 10 Gigabit Ethernet connections between the VSS members. The VSL serves as logical connection that carries critical system control information such as hot-standby supervisor programming, line card status, Distributed Forwarding Card (DFC) programming, system management, diagnostics, and more. In addition, VSL is also capable of carrying user data traffic when necessary.

Optics Solutions for Cisco 4500-X Series Switch

The network interface ports on the Catalyst 4500-X switch front panel require either an SFP or an SFP+ transceiver to operate. However, not all SFP or SFP+ transceivers might be supported by the Catalyst 4500-X switch. Additionally, when you use the SFP-10G-ZR SFP+ transceiver on the Catalyst 4500-X series switch, there are some restrictions as the followings.

  • For Catalyst 4500-X switch chassis operating with front-to-back airflow, the SFP-10G-ZR transceiver is supported on ports 1 through 32 (part no. WS-C4500X-32SFP+) or on ports 1 through 16 (part no. WS-C4500X-16SFP+).
  • For Catalyst 4500-X switch chassis operating with back-to-front airflow, the SFP-10G-ZR transceiver is not supported on ports 1 through 32 (part no. WS-C4500X-F-32SFP+) or on ports 1 through 16 (part no. WS-C4500X-F-16SFP+).
  • The SFP-10G-ZR transceiver is supported on ports 1 through 8 on the optional network uplink module (part no. C4KX-NM-8SFP+) irrespective of the chassis airflow direction.

1000 Mbps SFP transceiver modules supported for Cisco 4500-X Series Switch

FS P/N Description
GLC-T Cisco compatible 1000BASE-T copper SFP, up to 100m
GLC-SX-MM Cisco compatible 1000BASE-SX 850nm SFP, up to 550m
GLC-LH-SM Cisco compatible 1000BASE-LX/LH 1310nm SFP, up to 10km
GLC-ZX-SM Cisco compatible 1000BASE-ZX 1550nm SFP, up to 70km
GLC-SX-MMD Cisco compatible 1000BASE-SX 850nm SFP, with DOM, up to 550m
GLC-LH-SMD Cisco compatible 1000BASE-LX/LH 1310nm SFP, with DOM, up to 10km
GLC-ZX-SMD Cisco compatible 1000BASE-ZX 1550nm SFP, with DOM, up to 70km
GLC-EX-SMD Cisco compatible 1000BASE-EX 1310nm SFP, with DOM, up to 40km
GLC-BX-D Cisco compatible 1000BASE-BX-D TX1490nm/RX1310nm BiDi SFP, with DOM, up to 10km
GLC-BX-U Cisco compatible 1000BASE-BX-U TX1310nm/RX1490nm BiDi SFP, with DOM, up to 10km
GLC-BX40-D-I Cisco compatible 1000BASE-BX-D TX1550nm/RX1310nm BiDi SFP, with DOM, up to 40km
GLC-BX40-U-I Cisco compatible 1000BASE-BX-U TX1310nm/RX1550nm BiDi SFP, with DOM, up to 40km
GLC-BX40-DA-I Cisco compatible 1000BASE-BX-D TX1490nm/RX1310nm BiDi SFP, with DOM, up to 40km
Cisco CWDM SFP Cisco compatible CWDM SFP, 1470nm~1610nm, with DOM, up to 120km
Cisco DWDM SFP Cisco compatible DWDM SFP, 1530.33nm~1560.61nm, with DOM, up to 120km

Note: When use GLC-EX-SMD SFP on Catalyst 4500-X series switch, CPN 10-2624-01 or later only.

10 Gbps SFP+ transceiver modules supported for Cisco 4500-X Series Switch

FS P/N Description
SFP-10G-SR Cisco compatible 10GBASE-SR 850nm SFP+, with DOM, up to 300m
SFP-10G-LRM Cisco compatible 10GBASE-LRM 1310nm SFP+, with DOM, up to 220m
SFP-10G-LR Cisco compatible 10GBASE-LR 1310nm SFP+, with DOM, up to 10km
SFP-10G-ER Cisco compatible 10GBASE-ER 1550nm SFP+, with DOM, up to 40km
SFP-10G-ZR Cisco compatible 10GBASE-ZR 1550nm SFP+, with DOM, up to 80km
SFP-10G-SR-S Cisco compatible 10GBASE-SR 850nm SFP+, with DOM, up to 300m
SFP-10G-LR-S Cisco compatible 10GBASE-LR 1310nm SFP+, with DOM, up to 10km
SFP-10G-ER-S Cisco compatible 10GBASE-ER 1550nm SFP+, with DOM, up to 40km
SFP-10G-ZR-S Cisco compatible 10GBASE-ZR 1550nm SFP+, with DOM, up to 80km
SFP-10G-BXD-I Cisco compatible 10GBASE-BX10-D TX1330nm/RX1270nm BiDi SFP+, with DOM, IND, up to 10km
SFP-10G-BXU-I Cisco compatible 10GBASE-BX10-U TX1270nm/RX1330nm BiDi SFP+, with DOM, IND, up to 10km
SFP-10G-BX40D-I Cisco compatible 10GBASE-BX40-D TX1330nm/RX1270nm BiDi SFP+, with DOM, IND, up to 40km
SFP-10G-BX40U-I Cisco compatible 10GBASE-BX40-U TX1270nm/RX1330nm BiDi SFP+, with DOM, IND, up to 40km
Cisco DWDM SFP+ Cisco compatible DWDM SFP+, 1530.33nm~1561.41nm, with DOM, up to 80km

SFP+ cables supported for Cisco 4500-X Series Switch

FS P/N Description
SFP-H10GB-CU1M 1m Cisco compatible SFP+ to SFP+ Passive Copper Cable
SFP-H10GB-CU1-5M 1.5m Cisco compatible SFP+ to SFP+ Passive Copper Cable
SFP-H10GB-CU2M 2m Cisco compatible SFP+ to SFP+ Passive Copper Cable
SFP-H10GB-CU2-5M 2.5m Cisco compatible SFP+ to SFP+ Passive Copper Cable
SFP-H10GB-CU3M 3m Cisco compatible SFP+ to SFP+ Passive Copper Cable
SFP-H10GB-CU5M 5m Cisco compatible SFP+ to SFP+ Passive Copper Cable
SFP-10G-AOC 1m, 2m, 3m, 5m, 7m, 10m Cisco compatible SFP+ to SFP+ Active Optical Cable

Note: When use SFP-H10GB-CU1M, SFP-H10GB-CU3M and SFP-H10GB-CU5M on Catalyst 4500-X series switch, CPN 10-2624-01 or later only.

Conclusion

The Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Series Switch is an enterprise-class borderless network fixed aggregation switch that delivers best-in-class performance, scalability, resiliency, network virtualization, and integrated network services and is specially designed for space-constrained campus environments. To build the network, you don’t need to spend much time on searching cables or modules from the internet. FS.COM offers fiber patch cables and Ethernet cables for your connection. We also provide some compatible SFPs and SFP+s definitely compatible for Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Series switch. Every module has been strictly tested to make sure high quality. Just come to our site and you must get 100% compatible SFP or SFP+s for your Cisco switch.

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