Introduction to the Control Processor
The WS-X4013+10GE Cisco Supervisor Engine II-Plus-10GBPS Control Processor is a high-performance networking device that provides advanced switching capabilities for the Cisco Catalyst 4500 Series Switches. The Supervisor Engine II-Plus-10GBPS Control Processor is designed to deliver high-speed connectivity and network resiliency to help meet the demands of modern enterprise networks.
The WS-X4013+10GE Supervisor Engine provides a variety of features and benefits that make it a popular choice for network administrators:
- High-speed connectivity: The Supervisor Engine supports 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GE) connectivity, providing fast data transfer speeds for demanding applications and workloads.
- Advanced switching capabilities: The Supervisor Engine provides advanced switching capabilities, including support for Layer 2 and Layer 3 switching, QoS, and security features, such as Access Control Lists (ACLs).
- Network resiliency: The Supervisor Engine supports various features that help ensure network resiliency, including hot-swappable modules, dual modular power supplies, and redundant components.
- Flexible deployment options: The Supervisor Engine can be deployed in a variety of configurations, including standalone, redundant, and distributed forwarding architectures.
- Simplified management: The Supervisor Engine supports various management and monitoring tools, including CiscoWorks, Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), and Remote Monitoring (RMON), which help simplify network management and troubleshooting.
Network Topology and Architecture
The WS-X4013+10GE is a supervisor engine module for the Cisco Catalyst 4500 series of switches. It provides centralized control and management for the switch, and supports advanced features such as Quality of Service (QoS), Access Control Lists (ACLs), and Layer 3 routing protocols.
The WS-X4013+10GE module supports a variety of network topologies and architectures, depending on the specific needs of the network. Some common examples include:
- Single-switch topology: In this configuration, the WS-X4013+10GE module is installed in a single Catalyst 4500 switch, which serves as the core of the network. Access switches and other devices are connected to the core switch, which provides centralized management and control.
- Redundant supervisor engine topology: In this configuration, two WS-X4013+10GE modules are installed in the same switch chassis, providing redundancy for the control and management functions of the switch. If one module fails, the other can take over.
- Distributed core topology: In this configuration, multiple Catalyst 4500 switches are connected together in a mesh topology, providing high-speed connectivity between different parts of the network. Each switch has its own WS-X4013+10GE module, which provides centralized management and control for that switch.
- Layer 3 routed access topology: In this configuration, the Catalyst 4500 switch with the WS-X4013+10GE module acts as a Layer 3 router, providing routing between different VLANs or subnets. Access switches and other devices are connected to the router through Layer 2 connections.
In terms of architecture, the WS-X4013+10GE module uses a distributed architecture, with separate processing engines for control and data plane functions. The control plane is responsible for managing the switch, running routing protocols, and processing management traffic. The data plane is responsible for forwarding data packets between ports and VLANs.
Diagnostic and Monitoring Tools
The WS-X4013+10GE Cisco Supervisor Engine II-Plus-10GBPS Control Processor provides a variety of diagnostic and monitoring tools that help network administrators monitor and troubleshoot network issues. Here are some of the diagnostic and monitoring tools provided by the Supervisor Engine:
- Cisco IOS CLI: The Supervisor Engine provides a Command Line Interface (CLI) that allows network administrators to configure and monitor the switch. The CLI provides access to a variety of commands that can be used to view and troubleshoot network issues.
- Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP): The Supervisor Engine supports SNMP, which is a protocol used for network management and monitoring. SNMP can be used to retrieve information about the switch, including performance metrics, configuration settings, and status information.
- Remote Monitoring (RMON): The Supervisor Engine supports RMON, which is a protocol used for network monitoring and troubleshooting. RMON can be used to monitor network traffic and detect issues that may be impacting network performance.
- CiscoWorks: The Supervisor Engine supports CiscoWorks, which is a network management tool used for configuring and monitoring Cisco devices. CiscoWorks provides a variety of features, including device discovery, configuration management, and performance monitoring.
- Embedded Event Manager (EEM): The Supervisor Engine supports EEM, which is a feature that allows network administrators to automate tasks and troubleshoot network issues. EEM can be used to trigger actions based on events, such as interface failures or high CPU usage.
- Syslog: The Supervisor Engine supports Syslog, which is a protocol used for collecting and storing log messages. Syslog can be used to monitor system events and troubleshoot issues.
- Manufacturer: Cisco
- Manufacturer Part Number: WS-X4013+10GE
- Product Name: Catalyst 4500 Supervisor Engine II-Plus
- Product Type: Supervisor Engine
- Application/Usage Data Networking
- Interfaces/Ports Details-
- 1 x RJ-45 10/100/1000Base-T Management
- 1 x RJ-45 Female Console Management
Media & Performance
- Data Transfer Rate 10 Gbps Gigabit Ethernet
- Expansion Slots-
- 4 x SFP (mini-GBIC) Free
- 2 x X2 Free
- 1 x CompactFlash Card Slot
Management & Protocols
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- Cisco Network Assistant support
- Single console port and single IP address to manage all system features
- Software configuration management, including local and remote storage
- SNMPv1, v2, and v3 instrumentation, delivering comprehensive in-band management
- CLI-based management console to provide detailed out-of-band management
- Remote Monitoring (RMON)
- Manageable through CiscoWorks
- Analysis support, including ingress port, egress port, and VLAN SPAN
- MAC Address Notification
- Remote SPAN (RSPAN)
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