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Cisco LAN Switching Fundamentals by Basir Sakandar - CCIE No. 6040, David Barnes - CCIE No. 6563

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In the Beginning—Catalyst 5000/5500 (Project Synergy)

The origins of Cisco's best-selling LAN switching products took shape in 1994 as a project code named Synergy. The goal of project Synergy was to provide dedicated switching (with optional multilayer switching and routing) for 10 and 100 Mbps Ethernet and Token Ring workgroups to Fiber Distributed Data Interface (FDDI), 100 Mbps Ethernet, and Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) backbones. The network world has come to recognize the results of project Synergy as the Catalyst 5000 switch.

The Catalyst 5000 switch introduced a five-slot chassis with one slot reserved for a supervisor module, hot swappable line modules, redundant power supplies, redundant fans, and a 1.2-Gbps backplane bus.

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