Progent's Expertise with Cisco Switches
Progent's Cisco-certified CCIE network consultants can provide expert online and onsite support and troubleshooting for Cisco's Catalyst, Nexus and Meraki families of managed switches for environments that range from small businesses and campus LANs to enterprise data centers and service providers. Progent can show you how to deploy Cisco's quickly evolving switching technology to achieve the performance, scale, availability, virtualization support, security and manageability required for your organization. To learn about Progent's support services for Cisco's Nexus Series of data center switches, refer to Nexus switch consulting and troubleshooting.

To find out about Progent's online and onsite consulting expertise for Cisco's Meraki line of cloud-managed switches, visit Cisco Meraki switch consultants. For information about Progent's support for Cisco's extensive portfolio of Catalyst switches, read on.

Cisco's Catalyst Series Managed Switches
Cisco's flagship Catalyst line of fixed and modular managed switches has evolved for almost three decades. Catalyst switches offer intelligence and performance at the access, distribution, and core levels of converged voice, video, and wired/wireless data networks for organizations of all sizes.

Progent's Cisco-certified consultants can provide online and onsite expertise with Catalyst switches to help you design an efficient network topology that addresses your specific business needs, set up proof-of-concept testing, deploy Catalyst switches, implement and verify a sound security and compliance strategy, streamline network management and monitoring, provide troubleshooting and maintenance services, optimize switch performance, and configure Catalyst's high-availability (HA) technology to achieve near-zero downtime. Progent can help you maintain and troubleshoot your legacy Catalyst switches or migrate smoothly to the latest generation of Catalyst switches following industry best practices to ensure that you maximize the business value of your investment in advanced infrastructure.

The need for intelligent, fast, secure, and resilient switching is driven by a confluence of computing trends whose net effect is a flood of data traffic:

  • Cloud and IoT computing and a consequent demand for massive virtualization
  • The proliferation of always-connected mobile devices
  • Bandwidth-intensive rich media applications
  • Social business technologies
  • The popularity of Big Data in data analytics
  • Increasingly sophisticated and costly cyber attacks such as ransomware
Private, public and hybrid clouds are only made practical because of virtualization technology. Virtualized data centers slash costs by allowing very high hardware utilization and very low real estate and power demands, but this also means that relatively limited network resources must support large volumes of data traffic. The BYOD revolution has created a dramatic increase in the number of mobile clients that must be accommodated by business networks, and these clients run a high percentage of data-intensive HD video applications. Social business software is displacing email as the primary driver for collaboration and is generating an ever increasing demand for bandwidth. Enterprises who want to remain competitive are adopting Big Data technology to mine vast and varied repositories of information, which in turn generates Big Traffic. In combination, these trends create a critical need for a new class of switches that offer significantly higher performance, scale, intelligence, availability and manageability than previous solutions.

Catalyst switches address the need for performance, segmentation, and intelligence with features that include high-density services, switching capacity greater than 25 Tbps per switch, a comprehensive suite of technologies with subinterfaces to simplify network virtualization, StackWise Virtual technology for stateful interchassis failover with subsecond virtual switch recovery and 99.999% uptime, IPv6 support, and advanced QoS capabilities for critical traffic prioritization.

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Cisco Offers Catalyst Switches for Organizations of All Sizes

Catalyst switches allow businesses of any size to benefit from incorporating intelligent services into their network architecture, creating an ecosystem that can handle realtime requirements, scale to support future growth, guard sensitive data, and differentiate and manage processes to enhance network operations.

Catalyst 1000 Series Fixed Ethernet Switches
Cisco Catalyst 1000 Family Switches SupportCisco's Catalyst 1000 Series of Layer 2 network access switches are compact, fixed switches intended for small businesses and branch offices with up to 250 users and with minimal in-house IT support. The Catalyst 1000 family includes fanless versions for quiet operation outside a wiring closet in an office environment, and mounting options and kits include desktop, wall or shelf mount, standard rack mount, and DIN rail mount. Designed as an easy upgrade for Cisco's Catalyst 2960-L or 2960-Plus Series deployments, the Catalyst 1000 line includes models with 8 to 48 Gigabit Ethernet ports or 24 to 48 Fast Ethernet 10/100M ports.

Catalyst Series 1000 configuration and management are simple via a web UI or command-line interface, security is enterprise-grade, and PoE+ capability with a total dynamically allocated budget of 740W supports a broad range of Internet of Things (IoT) implementations. As many as eight Catalyst 1000 Gigabit Ethernet Series switches can be managed together with single IP. All Catalyst Series 1000 models are nonblocking line-rate switches, and all are powered by Cisco's familiar IOS Software. QoS features include egress queues on each port plus priority queuing to provide optimized, wire-speed performance for data, voice, and video traffic. Catalyst 1000 switches offer Shaped Round Robin scheduling and Weighted Tail Drop congestion avoidance.

Catalyst 9000 Series Fixed and Modular Managed Switches
The Cisco Catalyst 9000 family of switches include modular, fixed and compact switches for all deployment models including access, aggregation, and core switching. The Catalyst 9000 line offers appliances with the right price/performance to connect people and things in scenarios ranging from small businesses and branch offices to the largest enterprises. Catalyst 9000 Series products can be configured to support any combination of local facilities, private and public clouds, and hybrid network models. Modern management tools and advanced security features reduce cost of ownership by saving time and protecting vital IT assets. Cisco's 9000X family of switches offer converged switching and routing, introducing the first combination of 400G optical transceivers along with full mGig and PoE ports.

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Cisco Catalyst 9000 Switches Are Designed for a Hybrid World

Cisco Catalyst 9200 Switches ConsultantsWith twice the backplane stacking bandwidth at about half the cost of the legacy Catalyst 2960-X and 2960-XR switches they are designed to replace, Cisco's Catalyst 9200 Series switches are a natural infrastructure upgrade for small branches and midsize campuses. The 9200 product line includes models that offer 24 or 48 ports with full PoE+; 80-160 Gbps stacking bandwidth; streaming telemetry; and Layer 3 capabilities that include OSPF, EIGRP, IS-IS, RIP, and routed access. 9200 switches are powered by the Cisco IOS XE operating system.

The Catalyst 9200 delivers 160-Gbps stacking bandwidth, features field-replaceable redundant power supplies and fans, and supports swappable network modules with 4x1G, 4x1/10G, 2x25G, or 2x40G uplink. The Catalyst 9200 Enhanced VN model supports up to 32 Virtual Networks and offers up to 160-Gbps stacking bandwidth. The Catalyst 9200L supports 80-Gbps stacking bandwidth. The Catalyst 9200L multigigabit and the Catalyst 9200 multigigabit offer wireless bandwidth optimization with 8 or 12 multigigabit ports up to 10G.

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 9300 Series switches are fixed, stackable appliances for ultra-high-density enterprise access switching. Advanced features available from various models in the Catalyst 9300 product line include stacking bandwidth of up to 1Tbps, stackable high-speed fiber, up to 448 multigigabit ports and 288 ports of 90W UPOE+ with an 8-unit stack, IPsec tunnel with AES-256 Encryption and speeds up to 100G, redundant fans and power supplies, plus data stack and StackPower cables compatible across the entire Catalyst 9300 product line.

Powered by the Cisco IOS XE operating system, switches in the Catalyst 9300 family support automated device provisioning, API-driven configuration, granular visibility for near-real-time monitoring, and seamless software updates and patching. Advanced security features include Encrypted Traffic Analytics (ETA), AES-256 MACsec and IPSec encryption, plus Cisco Trust Anchor Technologies with Image signing and Secure Boot. Cloud security is enhanced by the ability of Catalyst 9300 switches to host the Cisco Umbrella agent directly. This allows business to customize their DNS filtering policies granularly at user or group level to block BYOD or IoT users from accessing malicious websites.

The entry-level Cisco Catalyst 9300L switch delivers 320G of stacking bandwidth and supports 12x10G mGig ports and 36x10M/100M/1G ports. The 9300L uses fixed rather than modular uplink hardware for 4x1G, 4x10G, or 2x40G. The Cisco Catalyst 9300 switch offers 480G of stacking bandwidth and supports 48 100M/1G/2.5G/5Gbps, 24 100M/1G/2.5G/5G/10Gbps ports, or 48 1G SFP ports. Modular uplink speeds supported are 1G, 10G, 25G, or 40G. The top-of-the-line Cisco Catalyst 9300X switch provides 1Tbps of stacking bandwidth and supports 48x10G mGig density. The 9300X offers modular uplinks of dual-rate 100G/40G or multirate 25G/10G/1G. Cisco 90W UPOE+ supports IoT-intensive applications such as smart buildings. Hardware is available to support 100G IPsec.

Cisco Catalyst 9400 Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 9400 Series switches are modular switches powered by Cisco IOS XE and intended for enterprise-class midsize and large campus access networks. Offering double the throughput and more than quadruple the chassis bandwidth as the Catalyst 6500 it is designed to replace, the Catalyst 9400 product line brings switch technology into the modern era of networking driven by security, mobility, IoT, and cloud.

Catalyst 9400 switches are available with 4-slot, 7-slot, and 10-slot chassis. Two slots on each chassis are reserved for redundant supervisor cards, leaving 2, 5, or 8 slots available for line cards. Bandwidth per line-card slot is 480G. Switching capacity can reach 1.44 Terabits per second (Tbps) and forwarding performance on Supervisor Module is as high as 9 Tbps with the 10-slot chassis. All Catalyst 9400 models offer 90W UPOE+ on every access port, secure segmentation with SD-Access, and N+N/N+1 power redundancy for high availability. The Catalyst 9400 4-slot switch supports 96 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, 5G/10 G multigigabit ports, or 10G SFP+ ports. The Catalyst 9400 7-slot switch supports 240 ports, and the Catalyst 9400 10-slot supports 384 ports. All Catalyst 9400 switches can support 2 non-blocking 40 Gigabit Ethernet QSFP uplinks and up to 8 non-blocking 10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ uplinks.

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 9500 family consists of fixed core and edge services switches intended for the enterprise campus. Catalyst 9500 models are powered by Cisco IOS XE and the series incorporates the first network technology to deliver switching speeds as high as 25.6 Tbps. This is more than 50 times greater performance than the legacy Catalyst 3850 Fiber Series fixed-core switches that the Catalyst 9500 series is designed to replace.

Catalyst 9500 models deliver up to 6.4 Tbps switching capacity with forwarding performance as high as 2 Billion Packet per Second. The Catalyst 9500 appliances can provide up to 32 nonblocking 100 Gigabit Ethernet QSFP28 ports, 32 nonblocking 40 Gigabit QSFP+ ports, 48 nonblocking 25 Gigabit Ethernet SFP28 ports, or 48 nonblocking 10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ ports. You can configure Multichassis EtherChannel across StackWise-Virtual members to achieve high resiliency.

Catalyst 9500X appliances can provide up to 25.6 Tbps switching performance with 8 Bpps forwarding capacity. Catalyst 9500X models support up to 28 nonblocking 40/100 Gigabit Ethernet QSFP28 ports or 8 nonblocking 40/100/200/400 Gigabit Ethernet QSFP-DD ports. The 9500X line also includes hardware support for line-rate 256-bit 802.1ae MACsec and WAN-MACsec1 data encryption.

Cisco Catalyst 9600 Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 9600 Series switches are modular core and distribution appliances for the enterprise campus. The 6-slot chassis with a Catalyst 9600X Series Supervisor has a switching capacity as high as 25.6 Tbps and can support up to 256 nonblocking 10/25/50 Gigabit ports, 96 nonblocking 40/100G ports, or 8 nonblocking 200/400 Gigabit Ethernet QSFP-DD ports. The Catalyst 9600 also supports dual-rate 40G/100G and 10G/25G optics. Two chassis slots are reserved for redundant supervisors. You can mix and match a variety of line cards for core and aggregation deployment scenarios. The chassis has a passive backplane, so you can replace fan tray, power supplies, and line cards without disruption.

Legacy Catalyst Switches Supported by Progent
Progent's Cisco certified consultants have extensive experience providing online and onsite consulting and troubleshooting services for legacy Catalyst switches for which Cisco has announced End of Life or End of Support. These legacy Catalyst switches often cost more to manage and maintain than current models, deliver less performance and functionality, and in some cases may expose businesses to compliance and liability issues. Progent can help you support and troubleshoot these older switches and can also help you to plan and carry out seamless migrations to newer models within the Catalyst family or to Cisco's Nexus line of switches which build upon Catalyst technology. High availability features supported by the Cisco IOS XE operating system include In-Service Software Upgrade (ISSU), Software Maintenance Upgrades (SMU), Graceful Insertion and Removal (GIR), and Cisco StackWise Virtual technology.

Cisco Catalyst Express 500 and 520 Series Switches
Catalyst Express 500 and 520 Family Switches Consulting FirmThe Catalyst Express 500 family of fixed-configuration switches are designed for businesses with up to 250 employees and deliver the reliability, protection, scalability, and feature set small businesses need at an affordable price. Power over Ethernet support makes it easy to add network appliances like wireless access points and closed-circuit TV cameras.

Models of the Catalyst Express 500 managed switches support from 8 to 24 10/100/1000 BASE-T ports plus optional backup power with automatic switch-over for extra reliability. Interoperation with Cisco wireless access points allows organizations to build a local wireless environment rapidly and easily. The Cisco Catalyst Express 500 and 520 family offers strong security against malicious attacks thanks to the Cisco Self-Defending Network technology and Clean Access agents.

Catalyst 2940
Cisco 2900 Family Switches SupportCisco Catalyst 2940 fixed-configuration, managed 10/100 switches offer basic workgroup networking for small to medium-sized organizations. These wire-speed desktop switches offer IOS Software functions for mixed-media traffic services at the network edge. The Catalyst 2940 family of managed switches are small, entry-level devices with 8 Ethernet connections and a single built-in Fast or Gigabit Ethernet uplink. They can be installed outside the wiring cabinet in cramped locations such as on or under a worker's desk or in a conference room.

Catalyst 2960-S Series Switches
The Catalyst 2960-S Series are fixed-configuration switches designed for small businesses and branches. Available models offer 24 or 48 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, four 1GE or two 10GE uplink ports, and switching capacity of up to 176 Gbps. Cisco's FlexStack technology allows up to four 2960-S switches to be grouped in a stack to act as a single switching unit capable of 40 Gbps stacking bandwidth. IPv6 First Hop Security protects against IPv6 address theft and malicious attacks, and cross-stack QoS propagates QoS settings consistently across the stack.

Catalyst 2960 and 3560-CX Switches
Cisco Catalyst 2900 Family Switches SupportCisco's Catalyst 2960-CX is a fixed-configuration managed switch that is ultra-compact, fanless, low power, and includes flexible mounting options. The device has eight 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports and two 1-GE uplink ports and optionally provides PoE+ power. Cisco's Catalyst 3560-CX is a fixed-port managed switch packaged in a compact, noiseless and energy-efficient enclosure that can be mounted on the wall, under a desk, rack, DIN rail or virtually anywhere outside a wiring closet. Models are available with eight or 12 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports or with six 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports and two multigigabit Ethernet ports. Up to four uplink ports are available, and PoE+ is also an option.

Cisco Catalyst 2900-L Switches ConsultingCisco's Catalyst 2960-L series are entry-level fixed-port managed switches designed for branch offices, crowded work areas, retail venues, and other out-of-wiring closet environments where space is at a premium. These low-profile switches have 8 to 48 Gigabit Ethernet ports and two or four SFP uplink ports. Power over Ethernet support reduces clutter and fanless operation for the 8-, 16- and 24-port models eliminates noise. RJ-45 connectors support 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T and 1000BASE-T SFP-based ports.

The Catalyst 2960-X and Catalyst 2960-XR Series switches improve on the legacy 2690-S family by offering switching capacity of up to 216 Gbps and supporting Cisco's FlexStack-Plus Stacking via a hot swappable module that allows 8 switches in a stack capable of 80 Gbps of stacking throughput. The Catalyst 2960-X and Catalyst 2960-XR also support NetFlow-Lite for application visibility and control. The Catalyst 2960-XR offers Layer 3 dynamic routing for the convenience of Layer 2 and Layer 3 routing in a single switch.

Catalyst 3560 Series Switches
Catalyst 3560 Series Switches ConsultantsThe Catalyst 3560 family is a line of fixed-configuration switches that features IEEE 802.3af and Cisco Power over Ethernet (PoE) functionality in 10/100 Ethernet and 10/100/1000 Ethernet configurations. The Cisco Catalyst 3560 is a proven Layer 2 switch for midsize business network connectivity or branch-office environments, offering both Gigabit and PoE options for high efficiency while streamlining the deployment of the key applications such a Voice over IP, Wi-Fi, video surveillance, and remote video kiosks. Customers can deploy network-wide smart features such as high-end QoS, rate limiting, ACLs, multicast management, and broadband IP routing while maintaining the ease of traditional network switching.

The Catalyst 3560 Series switch has a wide array of capabilities that allow for network scalability and enhanced availability via IP routing as well as a complete suite of Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) enhancements designed to increase throughput in an access Layer network. Improvements to the standard Spanning Tree Protocol, such as Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Plus and Uplink Fast, combine with features like Flex Links Layer 2 interfaces, improve network efficiency. Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Plus allows for Data Link Layer load balancing on redundant connections to take advantage of the extra capacity inherent in a redundant architecture.

Advanced routing protocols such as OPSF, EIGRP, BGP, and Policy Based Routing increase network scale; PIM improves network resource utilization; and Virtual Route Forwarding Lite protects data traffic.

Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 3750 Family Switches HelpFor midsized organizations and enterprise branches, Cisco's Catalyst 3750 Series switch facilitates deployment of converged technologies and adapts to changing competitive needs by providing configuration flexibility, support for converged networks, and automatic configuration of smart system services. In addition, Cisco's Catalyst 3750 Series is optimized for high-volume Gigabit environments and includes a wide range of switches that meet the requirements of small to midsize access, aggregation, or backbone switching solutions.

Cisco's Catalyst 3750 Series includes either the IP Base or the Services image. The IP Base image features advanced QoS, rate-limiting, access control lists (ACLs), and basic static and RIP routing capability. The IP Services image provides a richer selection of enterprise network functions, such as sophisticated hardware-based IP unicast and multicast routing.

StackWise technology is a mechanism optimized for Gigabit Ethernet. StackWise is intended to react to additions, deletions, and relocations while providing consistent performance. Cisco StackWise unites as many as 9 individual switches into a single logical unit, utilizing special stack-interconnect cables and utilities. The individual switches can be any combination of Cisco's Catalyst 3750 Series and the Catalyst 3750-E Series. The stack behaves as an individual switching device that is directed by a master switch, chosen from among the member switches. The master switch automatically builds and updates all the switching and optional routing tables. A deployed stack can accept new devices or remove existing switches with no service interruption.

Catalyst 3650 and Catalyst 3850 Switches
Cisco Catalyst 3650 Switch and Catalyst 3850 Switch Consulting and TroubleshootingCisco's Catalyst 3650 and Catalyst 3850 Series switches are fixed, stackable access switches powered by IOS XE Software and incorporating full-featured wireless controller functionality that allows you to converge wired and wireless networks on a single device managed by a single operating system. Cisco offers models with 24 or 48 built-in 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports with PoE+, four 1GE or four 10GE uplinks, and capacity for up to 9 switches in a stack. All models offer modular QoS, stateful switchover for high availability, software support for IPv4 and IPv6 routing, multicast routing, and enhanced security features.

Because wireless traffic is visible at the Catalyst 3000 Series switch, it is possible to identify and prioritize wireless traffic using Flexible NetFlow (FNF) and advanced QoS capabilities for an improved user experience and faster problem isolation. Multigigabit Ethernet switching supports the latest 802.11ac Wave 2 wireless speeds and standards on existing cabling infrastructure. (For information about Progent's support for Cisco's 802.11ac wireless products, refer to Configuration and Troubleshooting Support for Cisco Wireless Technology.)

The Catalyst 3650 Switch offers stacking bandwidth of up to 160 Gbps and supports up to 25 wireless access points and 1000 wireless clients on each switch or stack. The Catalyst 3850 Switch has 480 Gbps stacking bandwidth and supports up to 50 access points and 2000 wireless clients. Cisco Catalyst 3850 SFP Fiber Switches incorporate 12 or 24 1G fiber data ports at line rate on every port, offering long-distance connectivity, enhanced security, and a consistent wired and wireless user experience.

Catalyst 4500-E Series and Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches
Cisco's Catalyst 4500-E and Catalyst 4500-X Series switches are designed for campus access and distribution deployments where physical space for networking equipment is at a premium. Powered by Cisco's IOS XE operating system, both the 4500-E and 4500-X product lines simplify network virtualization through their support for Cisco's EVN and VSS technologies. Network virtualization makes it possible to segment a physical network into multiple virtual networks (VNs) whose data planes and control planes are logically distinct. This provides the economy, security and compliance, recoverability, and ease of management required for Cloud computing or other environments where a common infrastructure must be shared by applications and services that must operate in total isolation from one another. EVN, or Easy Virtual Network, simplifies virtual network creation and scales to 32 VNs per switch. EVN incorporates features of Multi-VRF and adds new features including VNET Trunks, VNET Tags, and a streamlined technique for replicating routes between virtual networks. VSS (Virtual Switching System) technology makes it possible to configure Catalyst 4500-E and 4500-X Series switches to create zero-downtime virtual networks with optimized traffic load balancing.

Catalyst 4500E Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 4500-E Series Switches Configuration and Support HelpCisco's Supervisor Engine 8-E for the Catalyst 4500E modular switch includes an integrated wireless controller that supports the Cisco Unified Access solution for wired and wireless convergence. The Supervisor Engine 8-E is the first Cisco Catalyst supervisor engine to enable wired plus wireless services on a single Cisco IOS XE Software-based platform. Features include Cisco's Flexible NetFlow technology for application visibility across wired and wireless networks, Cisco TrustSec/SGT2 advanced wired/wireless security, consistent QoS on wired and wireless networks, plus Nonstop Forwarding with Stateful Switchover (NSF/SSO) extended to wireless traffic for enterprise-class availability.

Offered in chassis with three to 10 slots, 4500E switches with Supervisor 8-E can support up to 384 10/100/1000 Ethernet access ports, up to 192 Gigabit Ethernet non-blocking fiber ports, 96 10GE fiber ports, and eight 10-Gigabit Ethernet uplinks. The Catalyst 4500-E Supervisor Engine 8-E provides up to 928 Gbps of wired access per system and 20 Gbps of wireless termination capacity. 50 wireless access points and 2000 wireless clients can be supported on each switch, and up to 250 wireless access points and 4000 clients can be supported in a multi-switch deployment without a standalone wireless controller.

Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 4500-X Series are fixed-configuration 10 Gigabit Ethernet aggregation switches that provide up to 800 Gbps of backplane switching capacity per chassis. The Catalyst 4500-X supports up to 32 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports on the baseboard and eight additional 10 GE ports on the optional expansion module for a total of up to 40 non-blocking 10 GE ports. Eight 10 GE uplink ports are also available via a separate module. In addition to offering non-stop operation and simple manageability, Cisco's VSS technology on Catalyst 4500-X Series switches offers increased system bandwidth capacity of up to 1.6 Tbps by activating all available bandwidth across redundant Catalyst 4500-X Series switches. Other features include Cisco's Flexible NetFlow technology for application visibility and capacity planning, Cisco TrustSec security, and IPv6 support in hardware for wire-rate forwarding for IPv6 networks.

Cisco Catalyst 6500 and Catalyst 6800 Series Switches
Cisco's Catalyst 6500 Series and Catalyst 6800 Series switches are campus backbone switches that share the field-proven technology of the 6500 Series switches, which were introduced more than a dozen years ago and which have been continually enhanced since then. The 6500 and 6800 series of switches offer the same features and operational consistency, and the modular Catalyst 6807-XL supports the Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Supervisor Engine 2T and its family of line cards and service modules. This protects your previous infrastructure investment and allows you to upgrade your network backbone with minimal service interruption or IT staff training.

Shared features of Catalyst 6500 and 6800 switches equipped with the Supervisor Engine 2T include the Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) for simple, single-point management to ensure consistent policy across a distributed network, VSS Quad Sup SSO (VS4O) technology for 99.999% uptime via multi-level failover, and the Cisco Campus Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP) to facilitate roaming and device mobility and to simplify network virtualization and transition to IPv6. Additional virtualization features to segment distinct user groups and serve the unique security and QoS policy needs of each group include L2/L3 VPN, full MPLS, EVN, VRF aware applications for NAT NetFlow, GRE for v4/v6, and L2 extensions with VPLS. For converged wired and wireless networking, the Wireless Services Module 2 (WiSM2) controller for Catalyst 6500 and 6800 modular switches includes support for up to 1000 wireless access points and 15,000 wireless clients.

Cisco Catalyst 6500-E Series Switches
Catalyst 6500 Switches ConsultantsThe Cisco Catalyst 6500-E Series of modular switches are designed for enterprise, distribution and core aggregation environments that require world-class availability and high port densities of 10/100/1000 Ethernet, 1 GE fiber, 10 GE, and 40 GE. Available versions have from three to 13 slots and accept a broad range of interface modules. Integrated service modules support wireless, network analysis, and security. Only E-Series models of Cisco's extensive line of Catalyst 6500 switches accept the Supervisor Engine 2T.

The entry-level Catalyst 6503-E has a 4RU, 3-slot chassis and delivers up to 180 Gbps of switching capacity per slot. The Catalyst 6503-E can support up to 97 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, up to 99 1-GE fiber ports, up to 34 10-GE ports, and up to 8 40-GE ports.

The top-of-the-line Catalyst 6513-E has a 19RU, 13-slot chassis and can deliver up to 180 Gbps of bandwidth per slot with a system capacity of up to 4 Tbps. A VSS configured system can deliver up to 8 Tbps of switching bandwidth. The Catalyst 6513-E switch can support a maximum of 529 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, up to 534 1-GE fiber ports, up to 180 10-GE ports, and up to 44 40-GE ports.

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches
Catalyst 6800 Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 6800 Series switches are programmable campus backbone switches designed to provide optimal 10/40/100 Gigabit Ethernet services. The Cisco Catalyst 6880-X switch is a fixed-configuration, small form factor switch for Ethernet aggregation designed for small or midsize campus backbones. The 6880-X switch supports up to 2 Tbps switching capacity and includes four slots for port cards. The maximum port density per chassis is 80 10/1000/1000 or 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports or up to 20 40-Gigabit Ethernet ports. Configured with VSS, a two-chassis system can deliver 4 Tbps switching capacity and support 158 10/100/1000 or 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports or up to 38 40-Gigabit Ethernet ports.

The modular Catalyst 6807-XL switch has a 7-slot, 10-rack-unit (RU) form factor chassis and supports existing Supervisor Engine 2T line cards, and service modules. (Two slots are for the Supervisor Engine and five are for modules.) The 6807-XL offers up to 880 Gb of switching capacity per slot and 11.4 Tbps of full-duplex switching throughput while supporting up to 240 10/100/1000 Ethernet or Gigabit fiber Ethernet ports, 80 10-Gigabit Ethernet or 20 40-Gigabit Ethernet ports. A two-chassis 6807-XL system configured with VSS is capable of delivering 22.8 Tbps of switching capacity, 480 10/100/1000 Ethernet or Gigabit fiber Ethernet ports, 160 10-Gigabit or 40 40-Gigabit Ethernet ports.

How Progent Can Help You with Catalyst Switches
Progent can provide the online or onsite services of Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants who have extensive experience working with switching solutions for small and midsize business, branch office, data center, enterprise, Cloud, and service provider networks. Progent's expertise includes Cisco's Catalyst and Nexus families of managed switches and with Cisco's IOS, IOS-XR, IOS-XE, and NX-OS operating systems. Services offered by Progent for Cisco switches include proof-of-concept testing, network analysis and monitoring, topology design, migration planning and project management, network virtualization, wired/wireless convergence, management automation, capacity planning and performance optimization, troubleshooting, disaster recovery planning, and security and compliance assessments.

Progent has deep expertise with open standards as well with proprietary Cisco technologies associated with switching and routing including OSPF, ISIS, BGP, MPLS TE/LDP, PIM, VPNs, STP, VLANs, FabricPath, vPC, OTV, HSRP, VRRP, OSPF, VSS and LISP. Progent is also expert with networking technologies including TCP/IP, IPv4, IPv6, EIGRP, RIP, and IGMP. Progent's CISA certified security consultants can show you how to create a comprehensive security plan and implement switches so as to help support your security strategy.

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