Chapter 3. Introduction to the Cisco Content Switching Module

This chapter introduces the reader to the architecture, features, and design details of Cisco’s module-based load balancer for the Catalyst 6500 (Cat6500), the Content Switching Module (CSM). The Cisco CSM is a line card for the Cisco Cat6500 Series Switch. The Cisco CSM provides a high-performance, cost-effective load-balancing solution for enterprise and Internet service provider networks, allowing these organizations to provide customers, employees, and business partners with the best possible online experience.

In this chapter, we will cover the details of the major software features and functionality of the CSM, including traffic flow and routing. We will also discuss several network ...

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