Re: [nsp] 6500 Native or Hybrid ( was [nsp] Cat 6500... what is really possible together...)

From: Steve Francis (
Date: Fri Feb 08 2002 - 12:55:40 EST

My reason for going with hybrid on a recent roll out - better failure cases.

I'd rather do native, for the unified admin, but if the router part
crashes in native, the whole box dies or reloads. In hybrid, the switch
still runs and layer 3 can be rerouted via HSRP etc.

Also, the redundant sup failover is not as neat yet in native...

Stephen Sprunk wrote:

>Thus spake "Cisco List" <>
>>What is the general feeling from those running 65XXs in production
>>regarding Hybrid CatOS/IOS or Native IOS?
>That depends on if you're using the device primarily for L2 or for L3. If
>it's an L3 box, Hybrid requires twice as much configuration and management
>to accomplish the same thing. OTOH, Native is a bit clunky if you have a
>large number of L2 ports.
>Cisco's desire is that all customers migrate to Native, and already many
>features and hardware upgrades are not available in Hybrid.

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