The Catalyst line of modular and fixed-configuration managed switches offers performance and intelligence at the access, aggregation, and core levels of converged voice, HD video, and data networks for organizations that range in size from small businesses and branch offices to global enterprises and SPs. Progent's Cisco-certified CCIE consultants offer online and onsite expertise with Catalyst family switches to assist your organization to plan a cost-effective infrastructure that addresses your unique business requirements, configure proof-of-concept testing systems, deploy Catalyst switches, establish and validate a sound security plan, automate network management and monitoring, deliver repair and support services, optimize switch performance, and configure Catalyst's fault-tolerant technology to achieve non-stop operation.

Progent can assist you to manage and troubleshoot your legacy Catalyst switches or migrate smoothly to current models of Catalyst switches adhering to industry best practices to ensure that you realize the most business value from your investment in your IT infrastructure.

The need for smart, high-speed switching is driven by a confluence of fairly new networking patterns whose net effect is a virtual tsunami of data:

  • Cloud and Internet of Things computing and a consequent reliance on intensive network virtualization
  • The pervasiveness of BYOD computing
  • Data guzzling HD video apps
  • Social media for business
  • The popularity of Big Data in enterprise analytics
  • Ever more sophisticated threats like ransomware
Cloud computing is only financially feasible because of virtualization technology. Virtualized infrastructures radically reduce expenses by allowing very high hardware utilization and requiring minimal real estate and power use. But this also means that relatively limited network resources must accommodate substantial volumes of data. The Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) revolution has created a steep increase in the number of mobile clients that must be handled by business networks, and these users tend to run a great deal of data-intensive, rich media applications. Social business technologies are replacing email as the primary driver for workforce collaboration and is producing an ever increasing requirement for data. Enterprises who want to remain competitive are adopting Big Data techniques to mine enormous and disparate silos of corporate data, which in turn produces Big Traffic. These trends are relatively recent, and combined they cause a critical need for an advanced generation of switches that offer much more speed, intelligence, availability and ease of management than older solutions were designed to deliver.

Cisco's latest portfolio of Catalyst switches are designed for the distribution/core layers of campus environments where office workers must be supported with unvarying high speed, strict access management, careful group isolation, application awareness, and wired and wireless convergence. Catalyst switches are designed to meet the need for speed and control with features that include high-port-count 10G/40G/100G support, switching performance more than 25 Tbps for each switch, a comprehensive collection of tools such as Easy Virtual Network (EVN) to simplify the creation of VLANs, VSS technology for stateful failover with subsecond virtual switch restoration and "five nines" (99.999%) uptime, IPv6 support, Application Visibility and Control to maximize network utilization, and advanced Quality of Service (QoS) tools for critical data control.

Catalyst Switches Consulting and Troubleshooting

Cisco Has Developed Catalyst Switching Solutions for Organizations of Any Size

Catalyst switches allow organizations of any size to build intelligent switching features into their network infrastructure, deploying an ecosystem that can handle real-time needs, scale to support future growth, guard vital information, and differentiate and control tasks to optimize network productivity.

Catalyst 1000 Series Fixed Ethernet Switches
Cisco Catalyst 1000 Family Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 1000 access switches are compact, fixed-configuration switches intended for small businesses and branches with up to 250 workers and with minimal internal IT support. The Catalyst 1000 family includes fanless models for quiet operation outside a wiring closet in an office environment. Mounting alternatives include desktop, wall mount, standard rack mount, and DIN rail mount. Designed as an easy replacement for Catalyst 2960-L or 2960-Plus Series deployments, the Catalyst 1000 Series includes versions with 8 to 48G Ethernet ports or 24 to 48 Fast Ethernet 10/100M ports.

Catalyst Series 1000 set up and administration are easy using a web interface or CLI, cybersecurity is enterprise-class, and PoE+ ports with an automatically distributed power budget of 740W supports a wide range of Internet of Things implementations. As many as eight Catalyst 1000 Gbit Ethernet model switches can be controlled together with single IP. All Catalyst Series 1000 models are nonblocking line-rate devices, and all are powered by Cisco's familiar IOS operating system software. QoS capabilities include egress queues for each port as well as priority packet queuing to deliver wire-speed throughput for all classes of data. Catalyst Series 1000 switches also offer Shaped Round Robin scheduling and Weighted Tail Drop (WTD) congestion management.

Catalyst 9000 Series Fixed and Modular Managed Switches
The Catalyst 9000 line of managed switches offers modular and fixed appliances and supports all deployment models including access, distribution, and core switching. The Catalyst 9000 line offers devices with the right value proposition to connect people and things in scenarios from small businesses and branches to the largest enterprises. Catalyst 9000 switches can be configured to implement any mix of onsite deployments, private and public clouds, and hybrid networks. Unified network management utilities and cutting-edge security features lower cost of ownership by streamlining operations and protecting critical network assets. Cisco's 9000X family of switches offer converged switching and routing, delivering the first combination of 400G QSFP-DD ports plus full mGig Ethernet and Power-over-Ethernet ports.

Cisco Catalyst 9000 Series Managed Switches Consultants

Cisco Catalyst 9000 Series Switches Are Built for a Hybrid World

Catalyst 9200 Switches ConsultantsWith double the stacking bandwidth for around half the price of the legacy Catalyst 2960-X and 2960-XR switches they are designed to replace, Catalyst 9200 Series switches are a compelling infrastructure update for small branches and midsize campus environments. The 9200 portfolio includes switches that offer 24 or 48 ports with full Power over Ethernet; 80-160 Gbps stacking bandwidth; streaming telemetry; and Layer 3 capabilities such as OSPF Interior Gateway Protocol, EIGRP, IS-IS link-state protocol, and RIP. Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series switches run the Cisco IOS XE operating system.

The Catalyst 9200 offers 160-Gbps stacking bandwidth, features field-replaceable redundant power supplies and fans, and accepts swappable interface modules with 4x1G, 4x1/10G, 2x25G, or 2x40G uplink. Cisco's Catalyst 9200 Enhanced VN switch allows as many as 32 Virtual Networks and delivers 160-Gbps backplane stacking bandwidth. The Catalyst 9200L offers 80-Gbps stacking throughput. Both the Catalyst 9200L multigigabit and the Catalyst 9200 multigigabit support wireless performance tuning with 8 or 12 multigigabit ports as fast as 10Gbps.

Catalyst 9300 Switches ExpertsCisco's Catalyst 9300 Series switches are fixed, stackable devices for high-density access switching. Advanced capabilities provided with various models in the Catalyst 9300 product line include up to 1Tbps backplane stacking performance, stackable SFP fiber, up to 448 mGig ports including 288 ports of 90W UPOE+ with an 8-device stack, line rate IPsec tunnel with AES-256 Encryption and speeds as high as 100G, high-availability redundant fans and power, plus StackPower cables compatible across the complete Catalyst 9300 family.

Powered by Cisco IOS XE, switches in the Catalyst 9300 product line offer auto provisioning, API-driven configuration, granular visibility for near realtime monitoring, and transparent software updates. Security features include Encrypted Traffic Analytics (ETA) as well as AES-256 MACsec and IPSec encryption, and Cisco Trust Anchor Technologies with Secure Boot. Cloud security is strengthened because Catalyst 9300 Series switches can host the Cisco Umbrella agent directly. This allows businesses to customize their DNS policies at a granular user or group level to prevent BYOD or IoT clients from visiting dangerous websites.

The value-priced Cisco Catalyst 9300L switch features up to 320G 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 components for 4 1G, 4 10G, or 2 40G ports. The Cisco Catalyst 9300 appliance features 480G of backplane stacking bandwidth and supports 48 100M/1G/2.5G/5Gbps 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 appliance delivers up to 1Tbps backplane stacking capacity and offers 48 10G port density. The 9300X supports modular uplinks with dual-rate 100G/40G, multirate 25G/10G/1G, or mGig. Cisco 90W UPOE+ supports dense IoT environments such as smart buildings. Hardware is available to provide 100G IPsec.

Catalyst 9400 Switches ExpertsCisco's Catalyst 9400 Series appliances are modular switches powered by Cisco IOS XE and targeted for midsize and enterprise campus access networks. Delivering twice the performance and more than four times the chassis bandwidth as the legacy Catalyst 6500 line it is built to replace, Cisco's Catalyst 9400 family ushers switch capability into the current era of networking driven by security, mobility, IoT, and cloud.

Catalyst 9400 appliances 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. Max bandwidth scalability per line-card slot is 480G. Switching capacity can achieve 1.44 Terabits per second and forwarding rate on Supervisor Module can reach 9 Tbps with the 10-slot chassis. All Catalyst 9400 appliances can provide 90W UPOE+ on every port, secure network segmentation with SD-Access and N+N/N+1 power redundancy for high availability. Cisco's Catalyst 9400 4-slot switch supports 96 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, 5G/10G multigigabit ports, or 10G SFP+ ports. The Catalyst 9400 7-slot supports 240 ports, and the Catalyst 9400 10-slot supports 384 ports. All Catalyst 9400 models can support 2 non-blocking 40 Gigabit Ethernet QSFP uplinks and up to 8 non-blocking 10G Ethernet SFP+ uplinks.

Catalyst 9500 Switches ExpertsCisco's Catalyst 9500 product line includes fixed core and edge services switches designed for the enterprise campus. Catalyst 9500 switches are based on Cisco IOS XE and the the family incorporates the first infrastructure technology to deliver switching rates above 25 Terabits per second.

Cisco's Catalyst 9500 appliances deliver up to 6.4 Terabits per second switching performance with forwarding speed as high as 2 Billion Packet per Second. Catalyst 9500 appliances can provide up to 32 nonblocking 100 Gigabit QSFP28 optical ports, 32 nonblocking 40G QSFP+ ports, 48 nonblocking 25 Gigabit SFP28 ports, or 48 nonblocking 10G ports. You can deploy Multichassis EtherChannel (MEC) across StackWise-Virtual members to achieve high resiliency.

Catalyst 9500X appliances support up to 25.6 Terabits per second switching performance with 2 Billion Packet per Second forwarding capacity. Catalyst 9500X models deliver up to 28 nonblocking 40/100 GB QSFP28 ports or 8 nonblocking 40/100/200/400 Gigabit QSFP-DD ports. The 9500X product line also includes hardware capability for line-rate 256-bit 802.1AE Media Access Control Security (MACsec) and WAN-MACsec1 data encryption.

Cisco Catalyst 9600 Switches ExpertsCatalyst 9600 Series switches are modular core and distribution appliances 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 contain up to 256 nonblocking 10/25/50 Gigabit ports, 96 nonblocking 40/100G G ports, or 8 nonblocking 200/400 Gigabit QSFP-Double Density ports. The Catalyst 9600 switch also supports dual-rate 40G/100G and 10G/25G optics. Two chassis slots are dedicated for high-availability supervisors. You can combine a variety of line cards for core and aggregation deployments. The Catalyst 9600 chassis uses a passive backplane, making it possible to change out fan tray, power supplies, and line cards without disruption.

Legacy Catalyst Models Supported by Progent's Consultants
Progent's Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants have broad experience delivering remote and onsite support expertise for legacy Catalyst Series switches for which Cisco has announced End of Life. These outdated Catalyst switches typically cost more to operate and maintain than contemporary switches, provide lower performance and fewer features, and in many situations may expose businesses to compliance and liability issues. Progent's consultants are available to help your business to manage and troubleshoot these legacy Cisco products and can in addition assist you to plan and carry out seamless upgrades to newer models from the Catalyst line or to solutions from Cisco's Nexus portfolio of switches which take advantage of Catalyst technology.

Cisco Catalyst Express 500 and 520 Line of Switches
Cisco Catalyst Express 500 Series Switches ConsultantsThe Catalyst Express 500 line of fixed-configuration switches are intended for companies with as many as 250 employees and deliver the dependability, security, extensibility, and feature set small companies require at an economical price. Power over Ethernet capability makes it simple to install network devices like VoIP phones and closed-circuit cameras.

Models of the Cisco Catalyst Express 500 switches offer from 8 to 24 10/100/1000BASE-T ports as well as optional redundant power with auto fail-over for additional reliability. Integration with Cisco wireless access points allows businesses to set up a wireless LAN network rapidly and effectively. The Cisco Catalyst Express 500 platform provides strong security against viruses thanks to Cisco's Self-Defending Network strategy and Cisco Clean Access agents. Cisco Catalyst 2940 Switch
Catalyst 2900 Family Switches ConsultantsCatalyst 2900 Series fixed-configuration, managed Ethernet switches offer basic workgroup networking for small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs). These wire-speed desktop appliances deliver Cisco IOS Software features for basic data, video, and voice support at the network edge. The Catalyst 2940 line of fixed-configuration switches are small-footprint, entry-level devices with 8 Ethernet connections and a single integrated Fast or Gbit uplink. They can be installed away from the wiring closet in cramped areas such as on a worker's desk or in a classroom.

Cisco Catalyst 2960-S Series Switch
The Catalyst 2960-S Series are fixed-configuration switches intended for small companies and branches. Available versions feature 24 or 48 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, four 1GE or two 10-GB Ethernet uplinks, and deliver throughput of 176 Gbps. Cisco's FlexStack technology permits as many as four 2960-S chassis to be combined in a FlexStack stack to act as a single switch that provides 40 Gbps of stacking bandwidth and that reduces operational expense with one-switch configuration. Cisco's IPv6 First Hop Security (FHS) capability protects networks against address theft and malicious threats.

Catalyst 3560 Family Switches
Catalyst 3560 Series Switches HelpThe Catalyst 3560 family is a line of non-modular switches that includes IEEE 802.3af and Cisco PoE functionality in Fast Ethernet and 10/100/1000 implementations. The Cisco Catalyst 3560 switch is a proven access-layer switch for small enterprise LAN access or branch-offices, offering both 10/100/1000 and Power over Ethernet options for high productivity while facilitating the installation of key technology such a Voice over IP, wireless connectivity, video surveillance, and remote video kiosks. Customers can activate network-wide smart features such as quality of service (QoS), rate management, access control lists, multicast administration, and fast IP routing with the ease of conventional LAN switching.

Cisco's Catalyst 3560 switch is equipped with a powerful array of features that permit network scalability and higher availability via IP routing plus a full complement of Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) enhancements designed to maximize availability in a Layer 2 LAN. Enhancements to the standard Spanning Tree Protocol, such as Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Plus (PVST+), and Uplink Fast, as well as enhancements such as Flex Links interfaces, improve network uptime. Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Plus (PVST+) supports Layer 2 load balancing on redundant connections to efficiently use the additional capacity associated with a redundant architecture.

Important technologies such as OPSF, Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol, BGP, and static routing improve system capacity; Protocol Independent Multicast (PIM) improves utilization of network resources; and VRFLite secures data.

Catalyst 3750 Family Switches
Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series Switches Consulting FirmFor mid-size businesses and enterprise branch offices, the Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series simplifies integration of converged technologies and accommodates changing business needs by offering configuration versatility, support for converged network patterns, and management-free configuration of smart system services. Also, the Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series switch is engineered for high-density 1000 Ethernet environments and includes a wide selection of switches that meet the connectivity, aggregation, and backbone-interface requirements of small or midsized networks.

Cisco's Catalyst 3750 Series switch includes the IP Base image or the IP Services image. The IP Base image functions include advanced quality of service (QoS), rate-limiting, access control lists, and simple static and RIP routing capability. The IP Services image provides a broader set of enterprise-grade features, including advanced built-in IP unicast and multicast routing.

StackWise technology is a stacking architecture designed for Gigabit Ethernet. Cisco StackWise is designed to respond to additions, deletions, and relocations while providing dependable operation. StackWise unites up to nine individual switches into one logical unit, using special stack-interface cables and software. Any of the switches can be any mix of the Catalyst 3750 Series and the Cisco Catalyst 3750-E Series switches. The stack operates as a single switching appliance that is managed by a master switch, selected from among the member switches. The control switch intelligently builds and keeps current all the switching and optional routing tables. A deployed stack can accept new switches or remove old switches with no service discontinuity.

Cisco Catalyst 2960 Swiches and Catalyst 3560-CX Switches
Catalyst 2900 Family Switches ConsultingCisco's Catalyst 2960-CX is a fixed-port managed switch that is low-profile, fanless, power efficient, and includes a variety of mounting options. The device incorporates eight 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports and two 1-GE uplinks and optionally provides PoE+ power. Cisco's Catalyst 3560-CX appliance is a fixed-configuration switch packaged in a sleek, quiet and low-power unit that can be mounted almost anywhere outside a wiring closet. Models are available with 8 or 12 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports or with 6 1-GE ports and two multigigabit Ethernet ports. Two or four uplinks are available, and Power over Ethernet (PoE) is also available.

Cisco Catalyst 2900-L Switches Integration and TroubleshootingCisco's Catalyst 2960-L family consists of entry-level fixed-port managed switches intended for small offices, retail areas, and other environments where space is limited. Catalyst 2900-L compact appliances have eight to 48 GE ports and two or four SFP uplink ports. Power over Ethernet support reduces clutter and fanless design for most models does away with noise. RJ-45 connectors support 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T and 1000BASE-T SFP-based ports.

Catalyst 2960-X and 2960-XR Series switches enhance the 2690-S line of switches by offering switching performance of up to 216 Gbps and supporting Cisco's FlexStack-Plus stacking technology by means of a live-swappable plug-in that can combine 8 switches in a FlexStack Plus stack with 80 Gbps of stacking performance. Catalyst 2900 family switches also work with NetFlow-Lite for application visibility and control. The Catalyst 2960-XR switch features Layer 3 dynamic routing, providing the convenience of having a single switch for Layer 2 and Layer 3 routing.

Cisco Catalyst 3650 and Catalyst 3850 Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 3650 Switch and Catalyst 3850 Switches ConsultantsCisco Catalyst 3650 and Catalyst 3850 series switches are fixed, stackable network access devices based on Cisco's IOS XE control software and featuring comprehensive wireless controller functionality that lets you converge wired and wireless infrastructure on a one platform managed by a single operating system. Cisco offers models with 24 or 48 1Gb Ethernet ports with Power over Ethernet plus, four 1-Gigabit or four 10-GB Ethernet uplink ports, and capacity for as many as 9 Catalyst switches in a FlexStack stack. All versions provide expandable Quality of Service, stateful switchover for high uptime, support in software for IPv4 and IPv6 routing, multicast, and enhanced security.

Because wireless data traffic is visible at the Catalyst 3000 Series switch, it is possible to spot and prioritize wireless data with Cisco's FNF solution along with advanced QoS features for an improved wireless user environment and quicker problem isolation. Multigigabit Ethernet switching supports the high-throughput defined by the latest 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi standard using existing cabling solutions. (To find out about Progent's consulting services for Cisco's 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology, and Meraki cloud-managed access points, visit Configuration and Troubleshooting Consulting Services for Cisco Wireless Access Points and Controllers.)

The Catalyst 3650 Series switch delivers stacking bandwidth as high as 160 Gbps and supports up to 25 wireless APs and 1000 wireless clients per stack. The Cisco Catalyst 3850 offers stacking throughput as high as 480 Gbps and can control as many as 50 Wi-Fi access points and 2000 Wi-Fi clients on each switch or stack. Cisco Catalyst 3850 SFP Fiber Switches incorporate 12 or 24 1G fiber connections at line rate, providing long distance connections, advanced protection, and a consistent wired and wireless experience.

Cisco Catalyst 4500-E and Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches
Cisco's Catalyst 4500-E and and Catalyst 4500-X Series switches are intended for campus and distribution environments where physical space for infrastructure equipment is at a premium. Powered by Cisco's IOS XE OS software, the Catalyst 4500-E and Catalyst 4500-X product lines simplify virtualization thanks to Cisco's Easy Virtual Network and Virtual Switching System solutions. Network virtualization makes it possible to segment a physical network into a number of virtual networks (VNs) whose data planes and control planes are logically segregated. This makes possible the high resource utilization, protection, recoverability, and manageability required for Cloud environments or other scenarios where a common resource pool must be shared by applications and services that need to run in complete privacy from one another. Easy Virtual Network speeds up the task of deploying virtual networks and scales to 32 VNs per switch. EVN utilizes features of Multi-virtual routing and forwarding and provides additional features such as VNET Trunks and a simple technique for duplicating replicating routes between virtual networks. VSS makes it possible to configure Catalyst 4500-E and Catalyst 4500-X Series platforms to create zero-downtime virtual networks with advanced load balancing.

Cisco Catalyst 4500-E Series Switches
Catalyst 4500-E Series Switches ConsultantsThe Supervisor Engine for for the Catalyst 4500-E modular switch has a built-in wireless controller that works with Cisco's Unified Access technology for wired and wireless convergence. this is the first Catalyst supervisor engine to support wired plus wireless services on a single platform based on IOS XE software. Technologies included are Cisco's FNF technology for application visibility across wired and Wi-Fi networks, Cisco TrustSec/SGT2 wired and wireless security, predictable Quality of Service for wired and wireless networks, and the extension of Nonstop Forwarding with Stateful Switchover (NSF/SSO) to include wireless data traffic for world-class availability.

Available in chassis that have from three to 10 slots, Cisco Catalyst 4500-E Series switches can handle as many as 384 10/100/1000 Ethernet access ports, up to 192 Gigabit Ethernet fiber fiber ports, 96 10GE fiber connections, and eight 10-Gigabit Ethernet uplinks. The Catalyst 4500-E Supervisor Engine 8-E provides as much as 928 Gbps of wired throughput for each system and 20 Gbps of wireless termination capacity. 50 wireless access points and 2000 Wi-Fi clients can be handled on each switch, and 250 APs and 4000 clients can be supported in a dual-switch deployment without a standalone wireless network controller.

Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches Consulting FirmCisco's Catalyst 4500-X switches are fixed-configuration 10GE aggregation platforms that deliver 800 Gbps of core switching performance per device. The Catalyst 4500-X switch can have as many as 32 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections on the baseboard and eight extra 10GE ports on the expansion module for a total of up to 40 non-blocking 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections. Eight 10GE uplink ports are available with another module. In addition to providing zero-downtime operation and easy manageability, Cisco's virtual switching system solution on Catalyst 4500-X Series switches offers higher system performance of as much as 1.6 Tbps by activating all available capacity between redundant Catalyst 4500-X switches. Additional advanced features include Cisco's FNF solution for traffic analysis, Cisco TrustSec protection, and wire-rate IPv6 forwarding.

Catalyst 6500 Series and Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Catalyst 6800 switches are enterprise campus core switches that incorporate the field-proven DNA of the Cisco Catalyst 6500 line of products, which first appeared over a decade ago and which have been continually improved ever since. Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Cisco Catalyst 6800 switches provide the same general features and operation, and the modular Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL switch supports the Catalyst 6500 Series Supervisor Engine 2T and its extensive family of line cards and modules. This mutual compatibility and program of continual enhancement preserves your IT expenditures and permits you to upgrade your network backbone with little business disruption or management team re-education.

Common attributes of Catalyst 6500 Series and Catalyst 6800 modular switches that have the Supervisor Engine 2T include the Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) for simple, single-point management to ensure consistent policy across a distributed environment, Virtual Switching System technology for maximum uptime via multi-level redundancy, and the Cisco Campus Locator/ID Separation Protocol to support client roaming and mobility and to streamline network virtualization and transition to IPv6. Other virtual networking features to segment distinct user groups and serve the special security and Quality of Service policy requirements of each group include L2/L3 VPN, full Multiprotocol Label Switching, EVN, VRF-aware applications for Network Address Translation (NAT) NetFlow, IPv6 over IPv4 GRE Tunnels, and L2 extensions with virtual private LAN services (VPLS). For unified wired/wireless environments, the Wireless Services Module 2 (WiSM2) controller Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Cisco Catalyst 6800 modular switches includes support for as many as 1000 APs and 15,000 wireless users.

Catalyst 6500-E Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switches Consulting and TroubleshootingThe Catalyst 6500-E family of modular switches are intended for distribution and campus core environments that require maximum availability and high concentrations of 1 Gigabit Ethernet, 1 Gigabit Ethernet fiber, or 10 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet ports. Available versions come with three to 13 slots and accept a wide selection of modules. Integrated service modules support wireless management, traffic monitoring, and data protection. Only E-Series models of Cisco's broad family of Catalyst 6500 switches are compatible with the Supervisor Engine 2T.

The value-priced Catalyst 6503-E switch has a 4 rack unit (4RU) form factor, includes 3 slots, and offers as much as 180 Gbps of switching performance on each slot. The Catalyst 6503-E switch can support 97 10/100/1000 Ethernet access ports, up to 99 Gigabit Ethernet fiber access ports, 34 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports, and up to 8 40-Gigabit Ethernet access ports.

The top-of-the-line Cisco Catalyst 6513-E has a 19RU, 13-slot form factor and offers 180 Gbps of performance per slot, providing a total system bandwidth of up to 4 Tbps. A VSS configuration can handle up to 8 Tbps of switching bandwidth. The Catalyst 6513-E switch offers up to 529 1 Gigabit Ethernet ports, up to 534 Gigabit Ethernet fiber connections, 180 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports, and up to 44 40GE connections.

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches
Catalyst 6800 Series Switches Consulting and TroubleshootingCisco's Catalyst 6800 Series switches are campus core switches intended to provide best-of-breed 10/40/100 Gigabit Ethernet services. The Cisco Catalyst 6880-X switch is a fixed-configuration, small form factor switch for high-density Ethernet intended for small or midsize campus cores. The 6880-X delivers as much as 2 Tbps switching bandwidth and features four slots for plug-in port cards. The top port density per chassis is 80 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports or 10-Gigabit Ethernet access ports or up to 20 40GE connections. Configured with VSS, a two-chassis system can provide 4 Tbps capacity and handle up to 158 1 Gigabit Ethernet access ports or 10GE ports or up to 20 40-Gigabit Ethernet connections.

The modular Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL switch comes in a 10-rack-unit form factor chassis with 7 expansion slots and accepts standard Supervisor Engine 2T line cards and modules. (Two of the slots are for the Supervisor Engine and the other five are for modules.) The Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL can deliver as much as 880 Gbps of switching bandwidth per slot and 11.4 Tbps of switching bandwidth while supporting up to 240 10/100/1000 Ethernet connections or Gigabit Ethernet fiber connections, up to 80 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections or up to 20 40GE ports. A two-chassis 6807-XL system with Cisco's Virtual Switching System can support 22.8 Tbps of switching bandwidth, 480 1 Gigabit Ethernet access ports or Gigabit Ethernet fiber ports, 160 10GE ports or 40 40-Gigabit Ethernet connections.

How Progent Can Help Your Business with Catalyst Switches
Progent offers the online or onsite support services of CCIE-certified consultants who have extensive backgrounds delivering Catalyst switch technology support for small and midsize businesses, branches, enterprises, data centers, Cloud networks, and SPs. Progent's areas of expertise include Catalyst and Nexus lines of managed switches and with Cisco's IOS and NX-OS operating systems. Services offered by Progent for 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, disaster recovery and business continuity planning, and IT security assessment and verification.

Progent has deep expertise with open standards as well as with Cisco-owned protocols associated with switching and routing such as BGP, MPLS, PIM, VPNs, STP, virtual LANs, FabricPath, Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), HSRP, Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol, Open Shortest Path First (OSPF), Virtual Switching System (VSS), and LISP. Progent's network consultants also offer experience with key technologies including TCP/IP, IPv4/IPv6, Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol, Routing Information Protocol, and Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP). Progent's CISSP-ISSAP certified network security and compliance consultants can assist you to create an enterprise-wide security and compliance plan and implement Catalyst switches so they provide optimal support for your network security policies.

If you need the highest available density or extremely low latency switches for an enterprise-class data center, Progent can help you to analyze, plan, and implement a transition to Nexus family of switches. To find out about Progent's consulting capabilities for Cisco's Nexus switches, refer to Nexus Switch consulting offered by Progent. Progent can also assist you to connect Catalyst data center switches with Cisco Meraki distribution switches. (See Cisco Meraki switch integration consultants.)

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