The Catalyst line of modular and fixed switches provides performance and intelligence at the access, aggregation, and core areas of converged IP voice, HD video, and high bandwidth data networks for organizations that range from small businesses and branches to global enterprises and SPs. Progent's Cisco-certified CCIE consultants can provide online and on-premises support for Catalyst switches to help you to plan an efficient infrastructure that meets your specific business requirements, set up pilot testing systems, deploy Catalyst switches, implement and validate a sensible security plan, streamline network management and performance tracking, provide repair and maintenance services, maximize switch performance, and set up Catalyst's high-availability (HA) solutions for non-stop operation.

Progent can help you to maintain and troubleshoot your older Catalyst switches or migrate efficiently to up-to-date models of Catalyst switches adhering to industry best practices to make sure that you receive the highest business value from your investment in your network.

The need for intelligent, fast switching is driven by a combination of fairly new computing trends whose overall impact is a cyber tsunami of data traffic:

  • Cloud and Internet of Things computing and a consequent reliance on intensive network virtualization
  • The pervasiveness of BYOD computing
  • Data guzzling rich media applications
  • Social media for business
  • The popularity of Big Data in analytics
  • Increasingly advanced cyberattacks such as ransomware
Private, public and hybrid clouds are only financially feasible by utilizing network virtualization. Virtualized data centers radically reduce expenses by allowing aggressively high hardware utilization and requiring minimal real estate and energy use. But this also requires that relatively sparse network resources have to accommodate substantial volumes of data. The Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) paradigm has caused a dramatic increase in the number of mobile clients that must be handled by IT networks, and these users run a great deal of bandwidth-intensive, HD video apps. Social business applications are displacing email as the primary enabler of collaboration and is producing a growing requirement for bandwidth. Enterprises who are trying to remain competitive are resorting to Big Data technology to mine enormous and varied silos of corporate data, which in turn produces Big Network Traffic. All of these trends are fairly recent, and combined they create a serious demand for a new generation of switches that feature significantly more speed, control, availability and ease of management than previous platforms were engineered to provide.

Cisco's current portfolio of Catalyst switches are best suited for the distribution/core levels of enterprise campus environments where mobile and stationary workers must be supported with dependable high throughput, strict access management, careful segmentation, application awareness, and wired/wireless convergence. Catalyst switches address the demand for speed and intelligence with features that include high-port-count 10G/40G/100G support, switching capacity over 25T per chassis, a powerful collection of tools including Easy Virtual Network (EVN) to simplify the creation of virtual networks, Virtual Switching System (VSS) technology for switch failover with instant virtual switch restoration and "five nines" (99.999%) availability, IPv4 and IPv6 capability, AVC to maximize system utilization, and sophisticated QoS capabilities for critical traffic prioritization.

Catalyst Switches Consulting and Troubleshooting

Cisco Has Developed Catalyst Switching Solutions for Businesses of Any Size

Cisco Catalyst switches enable businesses of all sizes to benefit from incorporating intelligent switching and routing services into their network infrastructure, creating an ecosystem that can handle real-time needs, expand to support expected growth, guard sensitive data, and differentiate and manage processes to enhance network productivity.

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

Catalyst Series 1000 configuration and management are easy via a web interface or command-line interface, cybersecurity is enterprise-grade, and PoE+ ports with an automatically distributed budget of 740W allows a wide range of Internet of Things deployments. Up to eight Catalyst 1000 Gbit Ethernet Series switches can be managed at once with single IP. All Catalyst 1000 models are line-rate switches, and all are based on Cisco's venerable IOS operating system software. QoS features include egress queues on every port plus priority packet queuing to deliver wire-speed performance for all classes of traffic. Catalyst Series 1000 switches also support SRR service scheduling and Weighted Tail Drop (WTD) congestion avoidance.

Catalyst 9000 Series Fixed and Modular Managed Switches
The Cisco Catalyst 9000 line of managed switches includes modular and fixed units and can support all deployment models including access, aggregation, and core switching. The Cisco Catalyst 9000 series includes switches with the appropriate price/performance to connect people and things in scenarios from small businesses and branches to global enterprises. Catalyst 9000 Series switches can be configured to support any mix of onsite facilities, private/public clouds, and hybrid networks. Modern network management tools and cutting-edge cybersecurity features reduce expenses by saving time and safeguarding vital network assets. Cisco's 9000X line of managed switches offer converged switching and routing, introducing the first combination of 400G QSFP-DD ports along with full mGig Ethernet and Power-over-Ethernet ports.

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Cisco Catalyst 9000 Switches Are Built for a Hybrid Landscape

Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series Switches ConsultantsWith double the backplane stacking bandwidth for around half the price of the legacy Catalyst 2960-X and 2960-XR switches they are intended to replace, Cisco's Catalyst 9200 Series switches are a compelling infrastructure improvement for small branch offices and midsize campuses. The 9200 product line includes models that support 24 or 48 ports with full PoE+; 80-160 Gbps backplane stacking bandwidth; and Layer 3 capabilities that include Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) routing, EIGP distance routing protocol, IS-IS link-state protocol, and routed access. Catalyst 9200 Series switches are powered by the Cisco IOS XE operating system.

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

Catalyst 9300 Switches ExpertsCisco's Catalyst 9300 Series switches are fixed, stackable devices for high-density enterprise access switching. Advanced features provided with various models in the Catalyst 9300 product line include 1T stacking capacity, stackable SFP fiber, up to 448 mGig Ethernet ports and 288 ports of 90W UPOE+ with an 8-unit configuration, line rate IPsec tunnel with AES-256 with MACsec 256-bit encryption and speeds as high as 100G, high-availability redundant fans and power, plus StackPower cables compatible across the entire Catalyst 9300 product line.

Powered by Cisco IOS XE, switches in the Catalyst 9300 product line offer auto device provisioning, API-based configuration, high-granularity visibility for close to realtime monitoring, and seamless software updates and patching. Advanced security features include Encrypted Traffic Analytics (ETA) as well as AES-256 MACsec and IPSec encryption, plus Cisco Trust Anchor Technologies with Image signing. Cloud cybersecurity is enhanced because Catalyst 9300 Series switches can host the Cisco Umbrella agent directly. This makes it possible for businesses to design their DNS policies at user or group level to prevent BYOD or IoT users from visiting dangerous websites.

The value-priced Cisco Catalyst 9300L switch delivers as much as 320G backplane stacking performance and supports 12 100M/1G/2.5G/5G/10G ports and 36 10M/100M/1G ports. The 9300L utilizes fixed rather than modular uplink hardware for 4 1G, 4 10G, or 2 40G uplink ports. The Cisco Catalyst 9300 appliance offers 480G of backplane stacking capacity and can provide 48 100M/1G/2.5G/5Gbps Ethernet ports, 24 100M/1G/2.5G/5G/10Gbps ports, or 48 1G SFP ports. Modular uplink performance supported are 1G, 10G, 25G, or 40G. The high-end Cisco Catalyst 9300X appliance delivers 1T backplane stacking bandwidth and offers 48 10G port density. The 9300X supports 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. Cisco offers hardware to support 100G IPsec.

Catalyst 9400 Switches ExpertsCisco's Catalyst 9400 Series appliances are modular switches powered by Cisco IOS XE and designed for midsize and large campus access deployments. Offering double the throughput and over quadruple the chassis bandwidth as the Catalyst 6500 it is designed to replace, the Catalyst 9400 family ushers switch capability into the modern age of connectivity impelled by security, 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 redundant supervisor cards, leaving 2, 5, or 8 slots available for line cards. Maximum bandwidth scalability per line-card slot is 480 Gbps. Switching capacity can reach 1.44 Tbps and forwarding rate on Supervisor Module is as high as 9 Tbps for the 10-slot chassis. All Catalyst 9400 appliances offer 90W UPOE+ on every port, secure network 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 Ethernet ports, 5G/10G 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 models can support 2 non-blocking 40 Gigabit Ethernet Quad Small Form-Factor Pluggable uplinks and up to 8 non-blocking 10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ uplinks.

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Switches ExpertsThe Catalyst 9500 family includes fixed core and edge services appliances intended for the enterprise campus. Catalyst 9500 models are based on the Cisco IOS XE operating system and the the family includes the first network technology to provide switching speeds above 25 Terabits per second.

Catalyst 9500 appliances deliver up to 6.4 Terabits per second switching performance with forwarding speed up to 2 Bpps. Catalyst 9500 switches can provide up to 32 nonblocking 100 GB QSFP28 ports, 32 nonblocking 40 Gigabit QSFP+ ports, 48 nonblocking 25 Gigabit SFP28 ports, or 48 nonblocking 10G ports. You can configure MEC multipathing across StackWise-Virtual members for high resiliency.

Catalyst 9500X products can provide up to 25.6 Terabits per second switching performance 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 Gigabit QSFP-DD ports. The 9500X product line also includes chip-level support for line-rate 256-bit 802.1AE Media Access Control Security (MACsec) and WAN-MACsec1 data encryption.

Cisco Catalyst 9600 Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 9600 Series switches are modular core and distribution switches intended for the enterprise campus. The 6-slot chassis loaded with a Catalyst 9600X Series Supervisor has switching performance as high as 25.6 Tbps and can support up to 256 nonblocking 10/25/50 G Ethernet ports, 96 nonblocking 40/100G G ports, or 8 nonblocking 200/400 GE QSFP-Double Density ports. The Catalyst 9600 switch also provides dual-rate 40G/100G and 10G/25G optics. Two chassis slots are dedicated for redundant supervisors. You can combine a variety of line cards for core and aggregation environments. The chassis is equipped with a passive backplane, so you can change out fan tray, power supplies, and line cards without disruption.

Legacy Catalyst Products Still Supported by Progent
Progent's Cisco CCIE-certified consultants have extensive backgrounds providing online and on-premises support expertise for older Catalyst switches for which Cisco has announced End of Life (EOL). These outdated switches often cost more to operate and support than contemporary models, deliver lower capacity and functionality, and in some situations can expose businesses to regulatory and even liability issues. Progent can help you to maintain and troubleshoot these legacy switches and can also help you to design and carry out seamless migrations to newer models within the Catalyst family or to solutions from the Cisco Nexus portfolio of switches which build upon Catalyst design experience.

Cisco Catalyst Express 500 Family
Catalyst Express 500 and 520 Family Switches ConsultingCisco's Catalyst Express 500 and 520 family of Layer 2 switches are intended for companies with up to 250 workers and deliver the reliability, security, extensibility, and feature set small companies require at an affordable price. PoE support makes it simple to install network appliances like VoIP phones and IP cameras.

Models of the Catalyst Express 500 switches offer up to 24 10/100/1000BT ports plus the option of redundant power supplies with auto fail-over for extra reliability. Integration with Cisco wireless access points helps organizations to build a local wireless network rapidly and effectively. The Cisco Catalyst Express 500 and 520 family provides strong security against viruses thanks to the Cisco Self-Defending Network strategy and Cisco Clean Access agents. Cisco Catalyst 2940 Switch
Catalyst 2900 Series Switches SupportCatalyst 2900 Series fixed-configuration, managed Ethernet switches offer fundamental workgroup networking for small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs). These wire-rate desktop switches deliver Cisco IOS Software features for basic data, video, and voice services at the network edge. The Cisco Catalyst 2940 line of fixed-configuration switches are compact, stackable switches with 8 Ethernet ports plus a single integrated Fast or Gigabit uplink. The enclosures can be installed outside the wiring closet in cramped locations like on or under a worker's desk or in a classroom.

Cisco Catalyst 2960-S Switch
The Cisco Catalyst 2960-S Series are fixed switches designed for small companies and branches. Current models feature either 24 or 48 1Gb Ethernet ports, four 1GE or two 10-GB Ethernet uplink connections, and provide switching capacity of 176 Gbps. Cisco's FlexStack feature permits up to four 2960-S chassis to be combined in a FlexStack stack to act like one switching unit that provides 40 Gbps of stacking bandwidth and that reduces operational expense because of one-switch configuration. Cisco's IPv6 FHS technology protects networks against IPv6 address theft and malicious threats.

Cisco Catalyst 3560 Series Switches
Cisco 3560 Series Switches Professional ServicesThe Catalyst 3560 Series is a line of fixed-configuration switches that includes IEEE 802.3af and Cisco PoE capability in Fast Ethernet and 10/100/1000 implementations. Cisco's Catalyst 3560 is a proven Layer 2 switch for midsize business LAN access or branch-offices, combining both Gigabit Ethernet and Power over Ethernet (PoE) options for high productivity while facilitating the deployment of key applications including Voice over IP, wireless access, video monitoring, and remote video kiosks. IT managers can deploy network-wide smart features including QoS, rate limiting, ACLs, multicast management, and broadband IP routing with the ease of conventional network switching.

Cisco's Catalyst 3560 switch is equipped with a powerful array of features that allow for network scalability and enhanced resilience through IP routing as well as a complete complement of STP enhancements designed to increase availability in a Layer 2 network. Enhancements to the conventional STP Protocol, such as Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Plus (PVST+), and Uplink Fast, as well as enhancements like Flex Links Layer 2 interfaces, contribute to network uptime. Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Plus supports Layer 2 traffic sharing on redundant connections to take advantage of the additional bandwidth associated with a redundant architecture.

Efficient protocols including OPSF, EIGRP, BGP, and static routing improve system capacity; Protocol Independent Multicast (PIM) helps improve the efficiency of system resource use; and Virtual Route Forwarding Lite (VRFLite) protects network traffic.

Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series Switches
Cisco 3750 Series Switches ConsultingFor midsized businesses and enterprise branch offices, the Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series switch facilitates integration of unified technologies and accommodates evolving competitive environments by offering setup versatility, support for converged network traffic, and automatic set up of intelligent system functions. In addition, Cisco's Catalyst 3750 Series switch is designed for high-density 1000 Ethernet deployments and includes a wide range of switches that address the connectivity, distribution, and backbone-connectivity demands of small or midsized networks.

The Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series switch has the IP Base or the IP Services image. The IP Base image capabilities include advanced quality of service (QoS), rate-limiting, access control lists, and simple static and Routing Information Protocol routing capability. The IP Services image provides a broader selection of enterprise-grade functions, such as advanced hardware-based IP unicast and multicast routing.

StackWise technology is a mechanism designed for Gigabit interfaces. Cisco StackWise is intended to respond to additions, deletions, and relocations while maintaining dependable performance. Cisco StackWise technology combines as many as nine individual switches into a single logical unit, using special stack-interface cables and software. Any of the switches can be any mix of the Cisco Catalyst 3750 switches and Cisco's Catalyst 3750-E Series switches. The stack behaves as an individual switching appliance that is managed by a master switch, chosen from among the stack of switches. The master switch automatically creates and keeps current all the switching and optional routing tables. A running stack can accept new devices or delete existing devices without service interruption.

Catalyst 2960 Swiches and 3560-CX Switches
Cisco Catalyst 2900 Series Switches ConsultingCisco's Catalyst 2960-CX is a fixed-port switch that is ultra-compact, fanless, power efficient, and allows flexible mounting options. The Catalyst 2960-CX has eight 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports and two Gigabit Ethernet uplinks and optionally provides Power over Ethernet (PoE). Cisco's Catalyst 3560-CX appliance is a fixed-port switch housed in a sleek, noiseless and energy-efficient unit that can be placed almost anywhere outside a wiring closet. Versions are available with 8 or 12 1-GE ports or with 6 1-GE ports plus 2 multigigabit Ethernet ports. Up to four uplinks are available, and PoE+ power is also an option.

Catalyst 2900-L Switches Integration and TroubleshootingCisco's Catalyst 2960-L line includes value-priced fixed-port switches intended for branch offices, retail areas, and other environments where space is limited. These compact switches have eight to 48 Gigabit Ethernet ports and two or four Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP) uplink ports. PoE support reduces clutter and fan-free operation for most models eliminates noise. RJ-45 interfaces accommodate 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T and 1000BASE-T SFP-ports.

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X and 2960-XR switches improve on the 2690-S family by offering switching performance of 216 Gbps and supporting Cisco's FlexStack-Plus Stacking via a live-swappable plug-in that can combine 8 Catalyst switches in a stack capable of 80 Gbps of stacking throughput. Cisco Catalyst 2900 Series switches also support NetFlow-Lite for flow-based traffic monitoring. Cisco's Catalyst 2960-XR Series switch features Layer 3 dynamic routing, offering the simplicity of using one switch for Layer 2 and Layer 3 routing.

Cisco Catalyst 3650 and 3850 Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 3650 Switch and Catalyst 3850 Series Switches Planning and Support ServicesCisco Catalyst 3650 and Catalyst 3850 series switches are fixed, stackable network access devices based on Cisco's IOS XE operating system and incorporating full wireless network controller capability that lets you converge wired and wireless networks on a single platform powered by a single OS. Cisco offers versions with either 24 or 48 built-in 10/100/1000 Ethernet connections with PoE plus, four 1GE or four 10GE uplinks, and support for as many as 9 Catalyst switches in a stack. All models provide expandable QoS, stateful switchover for high uptime, support in software for IPv4 and IPv6 routing, multicast routing, and enhanced security.

Because wireless data traffic is present at the Catalyst 3000 Series switch, administrators can spot and assign priorities to wireless traffic with Cisco's FNF technology along with advanced QoS capabilities for an improved wireless user experience and quicker problem isolation. Multigigabit Ethernet switching supports the high-throughput defined by the latest 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi specification on currently in-place cabling infrastructure. (For information about Progent's support for Cisco's 802.11ac Aironet Wi-Fi technology, and Cisco's Meraki cloud-managed Wi-Fi APs, refer to Planning and Deployment Consulting Services for Cisco Wireless Products.)

The Catalyst 3650 Series switch offers stacking performance of 160 Gbps and supports up to 25 wireless access points and 1000 Wi-Fi clients on each stack. The Catalyst 3850 switch delivers stacking performance of 480 Gbps and supports up to 50 Wi-Fi APs and 2000 Wi-Fi clients per stack. Catalyst 3850 SFP Fiber Switches incorporate 12 or 24 1G fiber ports at line rate on every port, providing long distance connections, advanced protection, and an identical wired/wireless experience.

Catalyst 4500-E Series and Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches
Catalyst 4500-E and and Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Series switches are designed for campus access and distribution deployments where space for networking hardware is at a premium. Running Cisco's IOS XE control software, the Catalyst 4500-E and 4500-X families simplify network virtualization by supporting Cisco's EVN and Virtual Switching System solutions. Virtualization allows you to divide a physical network into multiple virtual networks whose data and control planes are logically segregated. This provides the efficient utilization, protection, resilience, and simplified management needed for Cloud computing or other situations where a single infrastructure must be shared by software and services that must operate in complete isolation from each other. EVN speeds up the process of creating virtual networks and scales to 32 VNs per switch. EVN incorporates the capabilities of Multi-virtual routing and forwarding (VRF) and provides new features such as VNET Trunks and a simple technique for duplicating replicating routes connecting VNs. Virtual Switching System technology makes it easy to configure Catalyst 4500-E and Catalyst 4500-X Series platforms to produce non-stop virtual networks with advanced traffic load balancing.

Cisco Catalyst 4500-E Switches
Cisco Catalyst 4500-E Series Switches Consulting FirmThe Supervisor Engine for for the Catalyst 4500-E switch has a built-in wireless controller that works with Cisco's Unified Access technology for wired and wireless convergence. The Supervisor Engine 8-E is the first Cisco Catalyst supervisor engine to permit wired plus wireless services on one switch based on IOS XE. Technologies include Cisco's FNF technology for traffic analytics across both wired and wireless networks, Cisco TrustSec/SGT2 wired/wireless security, predictable Quality of Service for wired and wireless networks, and the extension of Nonstop Forwarding with Stateful Switchover to cover Wi-Fi data traffic for world-class availability.

Available in chassis that have from three to 10 plug-in slots, Catalyst 4500-E Series switches with Supervisor 8-E can support up to 384 1-Gigabit Ethernet ports, up to 192 Gigabit Ethernet fiber fiber ports, 96 10GE fiber ports, and eight 10-Gigabit Ethernet uplink ports. Cisco's Supervisor Engine 8-E provides as much as 928 Gbps of wired capacity per system and as much as 20 Gbps of wireless termination capacity. 50 Wi-Fi access points and 2000 Wi-Fi clients can be handled on each switch, and 250 access points and 4000 wireless clients are managed in a dual-switch installation without requiring a separate wireless network controller.

Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Switches
Catalyst 4500-X Family Switches Consulting and TroubleshootingCisco's Catalyst 4500-X switches are fixed 10GE aggregation platforms that can provide 800 Gbps of core switching performance per device. The Catalyst 4500-X supports as many as 32 10GE ports on the baseboard and eight more 10GE ports on the optional expansion module for a maximum of 40 non-blocking 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports. Eight 10-Gigabit Ethernet uplink ports can be added via another module. In addition to offering zero-downtime performance and easy manageability, Cisco's VSS technology on Catalyst 4500-X switches offers higher system performance of up to 1.6 Tbps by activating all possible bandwidth across VSS-linked Catalyst 4500-X Series switches. Additional advanced features include Flexible NetFlow solution for application visibility, Cisco TrustSec protection, and fast, hardware-based IPv6 forwarding.

Catalyst 6500 Series and Catalyst 6800 Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series switches are enterprise campus backbone switches that incorporate the field-proven technology of the Catalyst 6500 line of switches, which were introduced over a dozen years ago and have been steadily enhanced ever since. Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Catalyst 6800 switches offer identical general features and operation, and the modular Catalyst 6807-XL accepts the Catalyst 6500 Supervisor Engine 2T and the associated portfolio of compatible line cards and modules. This cross compatibility and program of ongoing enhancement protects your technology expenditures and allows you to upgrade your network backbone with minimal service interruption or management team retraining.

Common attributes of Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Catalyst 6800 Series modular switches equipped with Cisco's Supervisor Engine 2T include Cisco's Identity Services Engine (ISE) for simple, single-point control to put in place consistent policy across a distributed environment, VSS technology for maximum availability via multi-level switchover, and Cisco's LISP protocol to support client roaming and mobility and to streamline network virtualization and migration to IPv6. Other virtual networking tools to segment distinct client groups and serve the special security and Quality of Service policy requirements of every group include Layer 2 and Layer 3 VPN, complete MPLS, Easy Virtual Network (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/wireless networking, the Wireless Services Module 2 controller Catalyst 6500 and Catalyst 6800 modular switches can manage 1000 APs and 15,000 wireless users.

Cisco Catalyst 6500-E Series Switches
Catalyst 6500 Family Switches ConsultantsThe Cisco Catalyst 6500-E Series of modular switches are designed for aggregation and enterprise backbone networks that require maximum uptime 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 expansion slots and accept a wide range of modules. Integrated service modules enable wireless, network monitoring, and security. Just E-Series versions of Cisco's extensive line of Catalyst 6500 switches accept the Supervisor Engine 2T.

The entry-level Catalyst 6503-E has a 4 rack unit (4RU) chassis, holds 3 slots, and offers 180 Gbps of switching bandwidth on each slot. The Cisco Catalyst 6503-E can support up to 97 10/100/1000 Ethernet access ports, up to 99 Gigabit Ethernet fiber ports, up to 34 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports, and 8 40GE ports.

The top-of-the-line Cisco Catalyst 6513-E switch has a 19 rack unit, 13-slot chassis and can deliver as much as 180 Gbps of bandwidth per slot, providing a total system capacity as high as 4 Tbps. A VSS configuration can deliver 8 Tbps of switching throughout. The Cisco Catalyst 6513-E Series switch offers a maximum of 529 10/100/1000 Ethernet connections, up to 534 Gigabit Ethernet fiber ports, 180 10GE connections, and up to 44 40-Gigabit Ethernet access ports.

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Switches
Catalyst 6800 Family Switches Consulting FirmCisco's Catalyst 6800 Series switches are programmable backbone switches designed to deliver best-of-breed 10/40/100 GE services. The Cisco Catalyst 6880-X switch is a fixed-configuration, small form factor device for high-density Ethernet intended for small or medium-size campus backbones. The 6880-X switch supports up to 2 Tbps switching throughput and has four slots for plug-in port cards. The maximum port concentration on one chassis is 80 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports or 10GE connections or up to 20 40-Gigabit Ethernet ports. With Cisco's Virtual Switching System, a two-chassis system can deliver 4 Tbps bandwidth and support as many as 158 1 Gigabit Ethernet access ports or 10GE access ports or up to 20 40GE connections.

The modular Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL switch has a 10-rack-unit form factor with 7 expansion slots and supports existing Supervisor Engine 2T cards and service modules. (Two slots are for the Supervisor Engine and the other five are for expansion modules.) The Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL can deliver as much as 880 Gbps of switching capacity per slot and a total of 11.4 Tbps of full-duplex switching performance while supporting up to 240 1 Gigabit Ethernet access ports or 1GE fiber connections, up to 80 10GE access ports or 20 40-Gigabit Ethernet access ports. an 6807-XL system with Cisco's Virtual Switching System is capable of supporting 22.8 Tbps of switching bandwidth, 480 1 Gigabit Ethernet ports or 1GE fiber connections, 160 10GE connections or 40 40-Gigabit Ethernet connections.

How Progent Can Assist You with Cisco Catalyst Switches
Progent offers the remote or onsite services of CCIE-certified consultants who have broad experience delivering Catalyst switch support for small and medium sized businesses, branches, campuses, data centers, Cloud environments, and SPs. Progent's practice areas include Cisco's Catalyst and Nexus families of smart switches and Cisco's IOS, IOS-XR and NX-OS operating systems. Consulting and support services offered by Progent's experts for Cisco Catalyst switches include pilot testing, system analysis and monitoring, topology design, upgrades and project management, network virtualization, wired and wireless unification, network management, performance optimization, troubleshooting, business continuity planning, and information security and compliance assessment and remediation.

Progent offers broad expertise with open standards and with proprietary Cisco protocols related to switching and routing including Border Gateway Protocol, MPLS, Protocol Independent Multicast, VPNs, ISIS, virtual LANs, FabricPath, VPC, OTV, Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol, Open Shortest Path First (OSPF), Virtual Switching System (VSS), and Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP). Progent's network experts also offer experience with key technologies including TCP/IP protocols, IPv4, IPv6, EIGRP, RIP, and Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP). Progent's CISSP-ISSAP certified data security and compliance consultants can assist you to create a comprehensive security strategy and deploy Catalyst switches so they offer maximum support for your network security posture.

In case you need ultra high Ethernet density or sub-microsecond latency switches for a world-class data center, Progent can assist your organization to evaluate, design, and manage a migration to Cisco's Nexus switches. To find out about Progent's consulting services for Cisco's Nexus Series switches, see Cisco Nexus Switch configuration and support offered by Progent. Progent can also help you to connect Catalyst data center switches with Meraki aggregation switches. (See Cisco Meraki switch integration consultants.)

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To get in touch with Progent about consulting expertise for Cisco technology, call 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.

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