Cisco's Catalyst line of modular and fixed managed switches offers speed and control at the access, aggregation, and backbone levels of converged IP voice, HD video, and high bandwidth data networks for businesses that range in size from small businesses and branch offices to global enterprises and service providers. Progent's Cisco-certified CCIE consultants can provide online and onsite support for Catalyst family switches to help your organization to design an efficient network architecture that addresses your specific business requirements, configure proof-of-concept testing, deploy Catalyst switches, establish and verify a sensible security and compliance strategy, streamline system management and performance tracking, provide repair and support services, maximize switch performance, and set up Catalyst's fault-tolerant technology for near-zero downtime.

Progent can help you to manage and troubleshoot your legacy Catalyst switches or upgrade smoothly to the latest models of Catalyst switches adhering to industry best practices to ensure that you receive the maximum return from your investment in your network.

The demand for intelligent, high-speed switching is driven by a confluence of relatively new computing trends whose net effect is a virtual avalanche of data traffic:

  • Cloud and Internet of Things (IoT) networking and a consequent requirement for massive network virtualization
  • The pervasiveness of personal endpoints
  • Data guzzling rich media apps
  • Social business technologies
  • The popularity of Big Data in analytics
  • Increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks like ransomware
Cloud computing is only made practical because of virtualization technology. Virtualized data centers radically reduce expenses by permitting very high resource utilization and requiring very little real estate and energy consumption. But this also means that relatively sparse network resources have to accommodate substantial volumes of traffic. The BYOD paradigm has created a steep rise in the number of mobile clients that have be handled by IT networks, and these clients tend to run a great deal of data-intensive, rich media apps. Social media for business is displacing traditional email as the main driver for collaboration and is producing an ever increasing thirst for bandwidth. Enterprises who are trying to remain competitive are adopting Big Data techniques to mine vast and disparate silos of information, which as a result generates Big Network Traffic. These trends are fairly recent, and combined they create a critical demand for a new generation of switches that feature much higher capacity, intelligence, availability and manageability than older solutions were engineered to deliver.

Cisco's current portfolio of Catalyst switches are ideal for the distribution and core layers levels of campus environments where mobile and stationary workers must be accommodated by providing unvarying performance, strict user access management, tight segregation, application intelligence, and wired and wireless convergence. Catalyst switches address the demand for speed and control with features such as high-port-count 10G/40G/100G services, switching capacity over 25T for each appliance, a powerful collection of technologies such as Easy Virtual Network to simplify the creation of VLANs, Virtual Switching System (VSS) technology for switch failover with instant virtual switch recovery and "five nines" (99.999%) uptime, IPv6 capability, Application Visibility and Control (AVC) to optimize system resource usage, and sophisticated Quality of Service capabilities for business-critical traffic prioritization.

Catalyst Switches Consultants

Cisco Has Developed Catalyst Switching Solutions for Businesses of Any Size

Cisco Catalyst switches enable businesses of any size to build intelligent switching and routing services into their network infrastructure, deploying an ecosystem that can handle real-time needs, expand to accommodate future growth, protect vital information, and differentiate and manage processes to enhance network productivity.

Catalyst 1000 Series Fixed Ethernet Switches
Cisco Catalyst 1000 Series Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 1000 Series access switches are small form factor, fixed-configuration switches targeted for smaller businesses and branch offices with as many as 250 workers and with minimal internal IT support. Cisco's Catalyst 1000 family includes fanless versions for noiseless operation outside a wiring closet in an office venue. Mounting options include desktop, wall mount, rack mount, and DIN. Designed as an easy upgrade for Catalyst 2960-L or 2960-Plus deployments, Cisco's Catalyst 1000 portfolio includes versions with 8 to 48 Gigabit Ethernet ports or 24 to 48 Fast Ethernet 10/100M ports.

Catalyst 1000 configuration and administration are easy via a web UI or command-line interface, cybersecurity is enterprise-class, and PoE+ ports with a dynamically allocated budget of 740W allows a wide variety of IoT deployments. As many as eight Catalyst 1000 Gigabit Ethernet model switches can be controlled at once with single IP. Catalyst Series 1000 appliances are nonblocking line-rate devices, and all are based on Cisco's venerable IOS Software. Quality-of-Service capabilities include egress queues for each port plus priority queuing to provide wire-speed performance for all classes of data. Catalyst Series 1000 switches also offer Shaped Round Robin (SRR) scheduling and Weighted Tail Drop (WTD) congestion management.

Cisco Catalyst 9000 Fixed and Modular Managed Switches
The Catalyst 9000 line of managed switches offers modular and fixed units and supports all deployment models including access, aggregation, and core switching. The Cisco Catalyst 9000 line offers devices with the right value proposition to connect people and things in scenarios ranging from small businesses and branch offices to the largest enterprises. Catalyst 9000 Series products can be set up to support any mix of onsite facilities, private/public clouds, and hybrid networks. Unified management utilities and advanced cybersecurity features lower expenses by streamlining operations and safeguarding critical network assets. Cisco's 9000X family of managed switches provide converged switching and routing, introducing the first combination of 400G optical transceivers along with full mGig Ethernet and Power-over-Ethernet ports.

Cisco Catalyst 9000 Fixed and Modular Switches Experts

Cisco Catalyst 9000 Series Switches Are Designed for a Hybrid Landscape

Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series Switches ConsultantsWith twice the stacking bandwidth for around half the price of the end-of-life Catalyst 2960-X and 2960-XR switches they are designed to replace, Cisco's Catalyst 9200 Series switches are a natural infrastructure update for small branches and midsize campus environments. The 9200 portfolio includes models that offer 24 or 48 ports with full PoE+; 80-160 Gbps stacking performance; and Layer 3 capabilities such as OSPF, EIGRP, IS-IS link-state protocol, and RIP. Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series switches are powered by the Cisco IOS XE operating system.

The Catalyst 9200 delivers 160-Gbps stacking throughput, features onsite-replaceable redundant power supplies and fans, and accepts swappable modules with 4x1G, 4x1/10G, 2x25G, or 2x40G uplink. The Catalyst 9200 Enhanced VN model supports up to 32 Virtual Networks and delivers 160-Gbps backplane stacking capacity. The Catalyst 9200L delivers 80-Gbps backplane stacking throughput. The Catalyst 9200L multigigabit and the Catalyst 9200 multigigabit support wireless bandwidth tuning with 8 or 12 mGig ports as fast as 10G.

Catalyst 9300 Switches ExpertsCatalyst 9300 Series switches are fixed, stackable appliances for high-density enterprise access switching. Advanced capabilities available with models in the Catalyst 9300 product line include 1T stacking throughput, stackable high-speed fiber, up to 448 mGig Ethernet ports including 288 ports of 90W UPOE+ with an 8-device configuration, line rate IPsec with AES-256 with MACsec 256-bit encryption and performance up to 100G, redundant fans and power, plus data stack cables compatible across the complete Catalyst 9300 product line.

Based on the Cisco IOS XE operating system, switches in the Catalyst 9300 family offer automated provisioning, API-based configuration, high-granularity visibility for near realtime monitoring, and seamless software updates and patching. Security features include Encrypted Traffic Analytics (ETA) as well as AES-256 MACsec and IPSec encryption, and Trust Anchor Technologies with Secure Boot. Cloud security is strengthened because Catalyst 9300 Series switches have the ability to host the Cisco Umbrella agent directly. This allows organizations to design their DNS policies granularly to block BYOD or IoT clients from accessing malicious websites.

The entry-level Cisco Catalyst 9300L switch delivers as much as 320G backplane stacking capacity and offers 12 100M/1G/2.5G/5G/10G ports and 36 10M/100M/1G ports. The 9300L uses fixed rather than modular uplink components for 4 1G, 4 10G, or 2 40G uplink ports. The Cisco Catalyst 9300 appliance offers 480G of backplane stacking capacity and supports 48 100M/1G/2.5G/5Gbps Ethernet ports, 24 100M/1G/2.5G/5G/10Gbps ports, or 48 1G SFP ports. Modular uplink performance available are 1G, 10G, 25G, or 40G. The top-of-the-line Cisco Catalyst 9300X switch delivers up to 1Tbps backplane stacking bandwidth and supports 48 10G Ethernet ports. The 9300X accepts modular uplinks with dual-rate 100G/40G, multirate 25G/10G/1G, or mGig. Cisco 90W Universal Power Over Ethernet+ supports IoT-intensive environments such as smart buildings. Hardware is available to provide 100G IPsec.

Catalyst 9400 Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 9400 Series devices are modular switches based on the Cisco IOS XE operating system and intended for medium-size and large campus access deployments. Delivering double the throughput and more than quadruple the chassis bandwidth as the legacy Catalyst 6500 it is built to replace, Cisco's Catalyst 9400 portfolio ushers switch capability into the current age of connectivity driven by cybersecurity, mobility, IoT, and cloud.

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

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 9500 family consists of fixed core and edge services appliances intended for the enterprise campus. Catalyst 9500 switches are powered by the Cisco IOS XE operating system and the series includes the first infrastructure technology to deliver switching rates higher than 25 Tbps.

Catalyst 9500 models provide up to 6.4 Tbps switching capacity with forwarding speed up to 2 Bpps. Catalyst 9500 appliances can support as many as 32 nonblocking 100 Gigabit QSFP28 ports, 32 nonblocking 40G QSFP+ ports, 48 nonblocking 25G SFP28 ports, or 48 nonblocking 10 Gigabit SFP+ ports. You can deploy Multichassis EtherChannel (MEC) across Cisco StackWise-Virtual members to achieve high resiliency.

Catalyst 9500X switches support up to 25.6 Terabits per second switching capacity with up to 2 Billion Packet per Second forwarding speed. Catalyst 9500X devices support up to 28 nonblocking 40/100 Gigabit QSFP28 optical ports or 8 nonblocking 40/100/200/400 G QSFP-DD ports. The 9500X product line also includes hardware support for line-rate 256-bit 802.1AE MACsec and WAN-MACsec1 encryption.

Cisco Catalyst 9600 Switches ExpertsCisco's Catalyst 9600 Series switches are modular core and distribution appliances intended for the enterprise campus. The 6-slot 9600 Series chassis with a Catalyst 9600X Series Supervisor has switching performance as high as 25.6 Tbps and can support as many as 256 nonblocking 10/25/50 Gigabit ports, 96 nonblocking 40/100G Gigabit ports, or 8 nonblocking 200/400 Gigabit QSFP-Double Density 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 environments. The Catalyst 9600 chassis uses a passive backplane, making it possible to change out fan tray, power supplies, and line cards without disrupting operation.

End-of-Life Catalyst Series Switches Still Supported by Progent
Progent's Cisco CCIE-certified consultants have broad backgrounds providing online and on-premises support expertise for legacy Catalyst Series switches which have reached End of Life or End of Support. These outdated Catalyst switches usually cost more to manage and support than current switches, provide less performance and functionality, and for some cases can expose businesses to regulatory compliance and liability risks. Progent's consultants can help you to support and troubleshoot these legacy Cisco products and can also assist you to design and execute non-disruptive migrations to current models within the Catalyst family or to devices from Cisco's Nexus portfolio of switches which build upon Catalyst design experience.

Cisco Catalyst Express 500 Switches
Cisco Catalyst Express 500 and 520 Family Switches ConsultingCisco's Catalyst Express 500 family of fixed-configuration switches are designed for organizations with up to 250 workers and provide the dependability, protection, scalability, and feature set small and mid-sized companies require at an economical cost. Power over Ethernet support makes it easy to add network devices like wireless access points and closed-circuit cameras.

Versions of the Catalyst Express 500 switches offer from 8 to 24 10/100/1000BT Ethernet ports as well as the option of backup power with auto fail-over for extra reliability. Integration with Cisco wireless access points allows businesses to build a local wireless environment quickly and effectively. The Cisco Catalyst Express 500 and 520 family offers strong security against malicious attacks With the Cisco Self-Defending Network strategy and Cisco Clean Access solutions. Catalyst 2940 Switch
Cisco 2900 Series Switches ConsultantsCatalyst 2900 Series fixed-configuration, managed Ethernet switches offer basic workgroup networking for small to midsize organizations. These wire-rate desktop switches offer IOS Software features for simple data, video, and voice control at the edge of the network. The Cisco 2940 family of fixed-configuration switches are small-footprint, stackable switches featuring 8 Ethernet ports and one built-in Fast Ethernet or Gbit Ethernet uplink. They can be installed away from the wiring cabinet in space-constrained locations like on a worker's desk or in a conference room.

Catalyst 2960-S Switch
The Cisco Catalyst 2960-S Series are fixed-configuration switches intended for small companies and branches. Available models incorporate 24 or 48 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, four 1-Gigabit or two 10GE uplink connections, and provide switching capacity of up to 176 Gbps. Cisco's FlexStack feature allows up to four 2960-S chassis to be grouped in a stack to act like a single switch that provides 40 Gbps of stacking performance and that reduces operational costs because of single-switch setup. IPv6 First Hop Security (FHS) capability protects against address theft and malicious attacks.

Catalyst 3560 Switches
Cisco 3560 Family Switches ConsultantsThe Catalyst 3560 family is a selection of fixed-configuration switches that features IEEE 802.3af and PoE capability in 10/100 Ethernet and 10/100/1000 Ethernet implementations. The Cisco Catalyst 3560 switch is a proven access-layer switch for small enterprise LAN access or satellite-offices, offering both Gigabit and Power over Ethernet (PoE) configurations for high efficiency while facilitating the installation of key technology including IP telephony, Wi-Fi, video surveillance, and building management systems. IT managers can activate comprehensive smart features such as QoS, rate limiting, access control lists, multicast administration, and fast IP routing while maintaining the simplicity of conventional LAN switching.

Cisco's Catalyst 3560 family switch offers a robust array of capabilities that allow for network scalability and enhanced resilience through IP routing as well as a full suite of Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) enhancements aimed to maximize availability in a Layer 2 network. Improvements to the standard STP Protocol, including Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Plus (PVST+), and Uplink Fast, as well as enhancements such as Flex Links interfaces, contribute to network efficiency. Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Plus (PVST+) supports Data Link Layer load balancing on redundant links to exploit the extra capacity inherent in a redundant architecture.

Efficient routing protocols including Open Shortest Path First, Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol, Border Gateway Protocol, and Policy Based Routing increase network scale; PIM improves the efficiency of system resource use; and VRFLite protects network traffic.

Cisco Catalyst 3750 Family Switches
Catalyst 3750 Series Switches Consulting FirmFor mid-size businesses and enterprise branch offices, Cisco's Catalyst 3750 Series simplifies integration of unified technologies and adapts to changing competitive needs by offering configuration versatility, support for converged network patterns, and automatic set up of smart network functions. Also, Cisco's Catalyst 3750 switch is engineered for high-volume Gigabit deployments and includes a diverse selection of switches that address the access, aggregation, and backbone-interface demands of small or midsized systems.

Cisco's Catalyst 3750 Series has either the IP Base image or the IP Services image. The IP Base image functions include industry-leading quality of service (QoS), rate-management, ACLs, and basic static and Routing Information Protocol routing capability. The IP Services image offers a broader selection of enterprise-class features, including advanced built-in IP unicast and multicast routing.

StackWise technology is a stacking architecture optimized for Gigabit Ethernet. StackWise is designed to respond to installs, deletions, and relocations while providing predictable performance. StackWise technology combines up to 9 separate switches into a single functional unit, utilizing special stack-interface cables and utilities. The individual switches can be any combination of the Catalyst 3750 Series switches and Cisco's Catalyst 3750-E Series switches. The stack behaves as an individual switching unit that is directed by a master switch, selected from one of the stack of switches. The control switch intelligently creates and updates all the switching and user-selected routing tables. A deployed stack can accommodate new devices or delete existing switches with no service discontinuity.

Cisco Catalyst 2960 Swiches and Catalyst 3560-CX Switches
Cisco Catalyst 2900 Family Switches Integration and TroubleshootingCisco's Catalyst 2960-CX is a fixed-port switch that is ultra-compact, fanless, power efficient, and includes a variety of mounting options. The switch incorporates eight 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports and two Gigabit Ethernet uplink ports and optionally provides Power over Ethernet (PoE). Cisco's Catalyst 3560-CX is a fixed-configuration managed switch packaged in a sleek, noiseless and low-power enclosure that can be placed virtually anywhere convenient. Versions are available with 8 or 12 1-GE ports or with six 1-GE ports and 2 multigigabit Ethernet ports. Two or four uplink ports are offered, and PoE+ power is also available.

Cisco Catalyst 2900-L Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 2960-L line consists of entry-level fixed-configuration managed switches intended for branch offices, retail areas, and other environments where space is limited. These compact switches include eight to 48 Gigabit Ethernet ports and two or four Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP) uplink ports. PoE support saves space and fanless design for 16- and 24-port models does away with noise. RJ-45 connectors handle 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T and 1000BASE-T SFP-based ports.

Catalyst 2960-X and 2960-XR switches enhance the 2690-S line of switches by offering switching capacity of 216 Gbps and providing Cisco's FlexStack-Plus Stacking by means of a hot-swappable module that can combine 8 switches in a stack with 80 Gbps of stacking throughput. Cisco Catalyst 2900 Series switches also support NetFlow-Lite for conserving forwarding data for analysis. The Catalyst 2960-XR Series switch is capable of L3 dynamic routing, offering the simplicity of using one switch for Layer 2 and Layer 3 routing.

Cisco Catalyst 3650 and 3850 Switches
Catalyst 3650 Switch and 3850 Switches Consulting FirmCatalyst 3650 and Catalyst 3850 series switches are fixed-configuration, stackable network access switches powered by Cisco's IOS XE control software and incorporating full wireless controller functionality that lets you converge wired and wireless networks on a single device managed by one operating system. Cisco has models with either 24 or 48 1Gb Ethernet ports with Power over Ethernet plus, four 1-Gigabit or four 10-GB Ethernet uplink connections, and support for up to 9 switches in a stack. All versions provide expandable QoS, stateful failover for high uptime, support in software for IPv4/IPv6 routing, multicast routing, and advanced security features.

Since wireless traffic is visible at the Catalyst 3000 Series switch, administrators can identify and assign priorities to wireless traffic using Cisco's Flexible NetFlow solution along with advanced Quality of Service capabilities for a better wireless user environment and quicker problem isolation. Fast Ethernet switching can handle the high-bandwidth called for by the latest 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi standard on currently in-place cabling infrastructure. (To find out about Progent's consulting services for Cisco's 802.11ac Aironet wireless products, and Meraki cloud-managed APs, visit Planning and Deployment Consulting Services for Cisco Wireless Access Points and Controllers.)

The Catalyst 3650 offers stacking throughput of 160 Gbps and can control as many as 25 wireless APs and 1000 Wi-Fi users per switch. The Cisco Catalyst 3850 offers stacking performance of up to 480 Gbps and supports up to 50 wireless APs and 2000 wireless users on each switch. Catalyst 3850 SFP Fiber Switches incorporate 12 or 24 1G fiber connections at line rate, offering long distance connections, enhanced protection, and a consistent wired and wireless experience.

Catalyst 4500-E and Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches
Cisco's Catalyst 4500-E and and Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Series switches are intended for access and distribution environments where physical space for infrastructure hardware is limited. Running Cisco's IOS XE software, the 4500-E and Catalyst 4500-X product lines facilitate virtualization by supporting Cisco's EVN and VSS technologies. Virtualization makes it possible to segment a hardware network into multiple virtual networks whose data planes and control planes are logically distinct. This provides the high resource utilization, protection, resilience, and manageability needed for Cloud computing or other scenarios where a common resource pool is used by software and services that must run in total isolation from one another. Easy Virtual Network simplifies the process of creating virtual networks and can be expanded to 32 VNs for each switch. EVN utilizes the capabilities of Multi-virtual routing and forwarding and provides additional features including VNET Trunks and a simple technique for duplicating replicating routes between virtual networks. Virtual Switching System technology makes it possible to configure Catalyst 4500-E and Catalyst 4500-X Series switches to create zero-downtime virtual networks with advanced traffic load balancing.

Cisco Catalyst 4500-E Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 4500-E Family Switches Consulting and TroubleshootingThe Supervisor Engine 8-E for the Catalyst 4500-E modular switch has a built-in wireless controller that works with Cisco's Unified Access solution for wired/wireless convergence. The Supervisor Engine 8-E is the first Cisco Catalyst supervisor to allow wired plus wireless services on one switch based on Cisco's IOS XE. Features include Cisco's Flexible NetFlow technology for traffic analytics across both wired and Wi-Fi networks, Cisco TrustSec/SGT2 wired/wireless data security, predictable QoS for wired and Wi-Fi clients, and the expansion of Nonstop Forwarding with Stateful Switchover (NSF/SSO) to include wireless data traffic for world-quality availability.

Available in chassis with from three to 10 slots, Catalyst 4500-E Series switches with Supervisor 8-E can support as many as 384 1-Gigabit Ethernet access ports, up to 192 1GE non-blocking fiber ports, 96 10GE fiber connections, and eight 10GE uplink ports. The Catalyst 4500-E Supervisor Engine 8-E delivers as much as 928 Gbps of wired throughput per system and 20 Gbps of wireless termination capacity. 50 wireless APs and 2000 wireless clients can be supported per chassis, and 250 access points and 4000 wireless clients can be supported in a dual-switch deployment without requiring a separate wireless network controller.

Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches
Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches Consulting and TroubleshootingCisco's Catalyst 4500-X switches are fixed-configuration 10-Gigabit Ethernet aggregation platforms that provide as much as 800 Gbps of core switching performance per device. The Catalyst 4500-X can have up to 32 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections on the unit's baseboard and eight extra 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports on the optional expansion module for a total of 40 non-blocking 10GE connections. Eight 10GE uplinks are available via a separate module. In addition to providing non-stop operation and simple manageability, Cisco's virtual switching system technology on Catalyst 4500-X switches offers increased system performance of up to 1.6 Tbps by enabling all possible capacity between redundant Catalyst 4500-X Series switches. Additional features include FNF technology for application visibility, TrustSec protection, and fast, hardware-based IPv6 forwarding.

Catalyst 6500 Series and Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series switches are enterprise campus backbone platforms that share the field-proven DNA of the Catalyst 6500 family of switches, which first appeared more than a decade ago and have been continually improved ever since. Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series switches offer the same features and operational consistency, and the modular Catalyst 6807-XL supports the Catalyst 6500 Supervisor Engine 2T and the associated family of line cards and modules. This cross compatibility and program of ongoing enhancement protects your IT investment and allows you to upgrade your network with little service interruption or IT team retraining.

Common features of Catalyst 6500 and Cisco Catalyst 6800 modular switches that have Cisco's Supervisor Engine 2T include the Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) for simple, centralized control to ensure consistent policy throughout a distributed environment, Virtual Switching System technology for 99.999% uptime via multi-level failover, and the Cisco Campus Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP) to facilitate client roaming and device mobility and to streamline network virtualization and migration to IPv6. Other virtual networking features to segment specific user groups and serve the unique security and QoS policy needs of every group include Layer 2 and Layer 3 VPN, complete MPLS, EVN, VPN Routing and Forwarding-aware applications for Network Address Translation NetFlow, IPv6 over IPv4 GRE Tunnels, and L2 extensions with virtual private LAN services. For converged wired and wireless networking, the Wireless Services Module 2 (WiSM2) for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Cisco Catalyst 6800 modular switches includes support for 1000 wireless access points and 15,000 wireless clients.

Cisco Catalyst 6500-E Series Switches
Catalyst 6500 Series Switches Planning and Support ServicesThe Cisco Catalyst 6500-E line of modular switches are intended for distribution and enterprise core networks that need world-class availability and high densities of 10/100/1000 Ethernet, 1 Gigabit Ethernet fiber, or 10 and 40 GE access ports. Models come with three to 13 slots and accept a wide selection of interfaces. Integrated service modules enable wireless management, traffic monitoring, and security and compliance. Only E-Series models of Cisco's extensive line of Catalyst 6500 switches work with Cisco's Supervisor Engine 2T.

The Catalyst 6503-E switch has a 4 rack unit (4RU) form factor, holds 3 slots, and offers as much as 180 Gbps of switching capacity on each slot. The Catalyst 6503-E switch supports up to 97 1-Gigabit Ethernet access ports, up to 99 Gigabit Ethernet fiber connections, up to 34 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports, and 8 40GE ports.

The top-of-the-line Cisco Catalyst 6513-E switch has a 19RU, 13-slot chassis and offers 180 Gbps of bandwidth on each slot, with a total system capacity as high as 4 Tbps. A Virtual Switching System configuration can deliver up to 8 Tbps of bandwidth. The Cisco Catalyst 6513-E Series switch can support a maximum of 529 1 Gigabit Ethernet ports, up to 534 Gigabit Ethernet fiber connections, up to 180 10GE access ports, and 44 40-Gigabit Ethernet ports.

Catalyst 6800 Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches Consulting and TroubleshootingCisco's Catalyst 6800 Series switches are programmable backbone platforms intended to deliver optimal 10/40/100 GE services. The Catalyst 6880-X switch is a fixed, compact device for Ethernet aggregation intended for small or midsize campus backbones. The 6880-X switch delivers as much as 2 Tbps switching capacity and features four slots for plug-in port cards. The maximum port concentration per chassis is 80 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports or 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports or as many as 20 40-Gigabit Ethernet ports. With Cisco's Virtual Switching System, these switches can deliver 4 Tbps performance and support as many as 158 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports or 10GE ports or as many as 20 40-Gigabit Ethernet connections.

The modular Catalyst 6807-XL switch comes in a 10 RU form factor with 7 expansion slots and supports existing Supervisor Engine 2T cards and modules. (Two slots are reserved for the Supervisor Engine and five are for modules.) The Catalyst 6807-XL can deliver up to 880 Gbps of switching bandwidth on each slot and 11.4 Tbps of switching bandwidth while providing up to 240 10/100/1000 Ethernet connections or 1GE fiber ports, up to 80 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections or 20 40GE access ports. an 6807-XL system configured with VSS can handle 22.8 Tbps of switching performance, 480 1 Gigabit Ethernet ports or 1GE fiber connections, 160 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports or 40 40GE ports.

Ways That Progent Can Assist You with Cisco Catalyst Switches
Progent can provide the online or onsite support services of CCIE-certified network consultants who have extensive experience delivering Catalyst switch support for small and midsize businesses, branches, enterprises, data centers, Cloud environments, and service providers. Progent's practice areas include Catalyst and Nexus lines of smart switches and with Cisco's IOS, IOS-XR and NX-OS control software. Support services offered by Progent's experts for Catalyst switches include proof-of-concept testing and validation, system analysis, topology design, migrations and project management, virtualization, wired and wireless unification, management automation, capacity planning, problem mitigation, disaster recovery preparedness, and IT security testing and verification.

Progent's Cisco-certified consultants have broad knowledge of industry standards as well as with proprietary Cisco technologies associated with switching and routing including Border Gateway Protocol, MPLS, PIM, VPNs, ISIS, virtual LANs, FabricPath, VPC, OTV, Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol, Open Shortest Path First (OSPF), VSS, and Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP). Progent's infrastructure experts also offer experience with crucial networking technologies including TCP/IP, IPv4, IPv6, Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol, Routing Information Protocol, and IGMP. Progent's CISSP-ISSAP certified network security consultants can assist you to create an enterprise-wide security and compliance strategy and implement Cisco Catalyst switches so they offer maximum support for your network security posture.

If you require ultra high density or extremely low latency switches for a world-class data center, Progent can assist you to analyze, design, and manage a transition to Cisco's Nexus family of switches. To find out about Progent's support capabilities for Cisco's Nexus Series switches, see Nexus Switch configuration and support services available from Progent. Progent can also assist you to integrate Catalyst core switches with Meraki aggregation switches. (See Cisco Meraki switch integration consultants.)

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