The Catalyst line of modular and fixed-configuration managed switches provides speed and intelligence at the access, distribution, and backbone levels of converged voice, video, and high bandwidth data networks for businesses that range in size from small businesses and branches to global enterprises and SPs. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants can provide online and on-premises support for Catalyst switches to help you to plan an efficient network topology that meets your unique business needs, configure pilot testing, deploy Catalyst switches, establish and verify a sound security strategy, automate network management and monitoring, provide repair and support services, optimize switch performance, and set up Catalyst's high-availability (HA) solutions for non-stop operation.

Progent can help you to manage and troubleshoot your legacy Catalyst switches or upgrade with minimal disruption to current versions of Catalyst switches adhering to industry best practices to ensure that you get the maximum return from your investment in your IT infrastructure.

The demand for smart, high-performance switching is the result 0f a confluence of relatively recent networking patterns whose net effect is a virtual tsunami of traffic:

  • Cloud and IoT networking and an associated reliance on massive virtualization
  • The proliferation of always-connected mobile devices
  • Bandwidth-intensive HD video apps
  • Social media for business
  • The popularity of Big Data in analytics
  • Ever more sophisticated threats such as ransomware
Cloud computing is only made practical by utilizing network virtualization. Virtualized infrastructures slash expenses by allowing aggressively high hardware utilization and demanding very little data center space and power consumption. But this also means that relatively sparse resources have to support substantial volumes of traffic. The Bring-Your-Own-Device paradigm has resulted in a dramatic rise in the amount of mobile clients that must be handled by business networks, and these users run a high percentage of data-intensive, rich media applications. Social business technologies are displacing traditional email as the primary enabler of workforce collaboration and is producing a growing requirement for bandwidth. Businesses who are trying to remain competitive are resorting to Big Data techniques to mine vast and disparate silos of information, which in turn produces Big Traffic. These trends are relatively new, and combined they create a serious need for an advanced generation of switches that offer much higher capacity, intelligence, uptime and ease of management than previous platforms were engineered to deliver.

Cisco's latest portfolio of Catalyst switches are ideal for the distribution and core layers levels of enterprise campus deployments where office workers must be supported with consistent high speed, secure user access management, tight segmentation, application awareness, and wired and wireless convergence. Cisco's Catalyst series switches are designed to meet the demand for speed and control with features that include high-port-count 10G/40G/100G services, switching capacity more than 25T per appliance, a comprehensive suite of tools including EVN to facilitate the deployment of VLANs, VSS technology for switch failover with subsecond virtual switch recovery and "five nines" (99.999%) availability, IPv4 and IPv6 capability, AVC to optimize system utilization, and advanced QoS capabilities for critical traffic prioritization.

Cisco Catalyst Switches Planning and Support Services

Cisco Offers Catalyst Switching Solutions for Businesses of Any Size

Catalyst switches enable businesses of all sizes to benefit from incorporating smart switching and routing services into their network infrastructure, deploying an environment that can handle real-time needs, scale to support future capacity demands, protect vital data, and differentiate and control tasks to enhance network operations.

Catalyst 1000 Series Fixed Ethernet Switches
Catalyst 1000 Family Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 1000 Layer 2 network access switches are compact, fixed switches intended for small businesses and branches with as many as 250 users and with minimal internal IT expertise. Cisco's Catalyst 1000 family includes fanless models for noiseless operation within an office environment. Mounting kits include desktop, wall mount, standard rack mount, and DIN rail mount. Designed as a simple upgrade for Cisco Catalyst 2960-L/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 CLI, cybersecurity is enterprise-grade, and Power over Ethernet ports with a dynamically distributed power budget of 740W supports a broad variety of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. As many as eight Catalyst 1000 Gigabit Ethernet Series switches can be controlled together with single IP. All Catalyst Series 1000 models are nonblocking line-rate switches, and all are based on Cisco's venerable IOS Software. QoS features include egress queues on each port as well as priority packet queuing to allow optimized throughput for time-critical traffic. Catalyst 1000 switches also feature SRR service scheduling and Weighted Tail Drop (WTD) congestion management.

Cisco Catalyst 9000 Series Fixed and Modular Managed Switches
The Catalyst 9000 series of managed switches offers modular and fixed switches and supports all deployment models including access, distribution, and core switching. The Catalyst 9000 series offers switches with the right value proposition to connect workers and things in venues from small businesses and branch offices to the largest enterprises. Catalyst 9000 products can be set up to support any mix of onsite facilities, private/public clouds, and hybrid networks. Modern network management utilities and advanced security features reduce cost of ownership by cutting operational overhead and safeguarding vital IT assets. Cisco's 9000X series of switches provide converged switching and routing, introducing the first combination of 400G QSFP-DD ports plus full multigigabit and PoE ports.

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Catalyst 9000 Series Switches Are Designed for a Hybrid World

Catalyst 9200 Series Switches ExpertsWith double the backplane stacking bandwidth for about half the cost of the legacy Cisco Catalyst 2960-X and 2960-XR switches they are designed to replace, Cisco's Catalyst 9200 Series switches are a compelling network upgrade for small branches and midsize campuses. The 9200 product line includes models that offer 24 or 48 ports with full Power over Ethernet; 80-160 Gbps backplane stacking bandwidth; streaming telemetry; and Layer 3 capabilities such as OSPF, EIGP distance routing protocol, IS-IS link-state protocol, and RIP. Catalyst 9200 switches are powered by the Cisco IOS XE operating system.

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

Catalyst 9300 Switches ConsultantsCatalyst 9300 Series switches are fixed, stackable devices for high-density enterprise access switching. Advanced capabilities available with models in the Catalyst 9300 portfolio include up to 1Tbps stacking capacity, stackable high-speed fiber, up to 448 multigigabit ports including 288 ports of 90W UPOE+ with an 8-device configuration, end-to-end IPsec with AES-256 with MACsec 256-bit encryption and speeds as high as 100G, high-availability redundant fans and power, plus StackPower cables common across the entire Catalyst 9300 product line.

Powered by Cisco IOS XE, devices in the Catalyst 9300 product line support auto provisioning, API-based configuration, high-granularity visibility for near realtime monitoring, and seamless software patching. Security features include Encrypted Traffic Analytics (ETA) as well as AES-256 MACsec and IPSec encryption, and Cisco Trust Anchor Technologies with Image signing. Cloud security is strengthened because Catalyst 9300 Series switches have the ability to host Cisco's Umbrella agent directly. This makes it possible for organizations to design their DNS filtering policies at a granular user or group level to block BYOD or IoT clients from visiting malicious websites.

The value-priced Cisco Catalyst 9300L switch delivers up to 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 hardware for 4 1G, 4 10G, or 2 40G ports. The Cisco Catalyst 9300 appliance offers 480G of stacking throughput 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 up to 1Tbps backplane stacking bandwidth and offers 48 10G port density. The 9300X accepts uplink modules with dual-rate 100G/40G, multirate 25G/10G/1G, or mGig. Cisco 90W UPOE+ 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 powered by Cisco IOS XE and designed for medium-size and large campus access deployments. Delivering double the throughput and over quadruple the chassis bandwidth as the legacy Catalyst 6500 it is designed to replace, the Catalyst 9400 family ushers switch capability into the modern era of connectivity impelled by cybersecurity, mobility, Internet of Things, and cloud.

Catalyst 9400 switches are offered with 4-slot, 7-slot, and 10-slot chassis. Two slots on the chassis are reserved for high-availability supervisor cards, leaving 2, 5, or 8 slots open for line cards. Max capacity per line-card slot is 480G. Switching performance can achieve 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 models offer 90W UPOE+ on every access port, protected network segmentation with SD-Access and N+N/N+1 power redundancy for high resilience. The 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 appliances can provide 2 non-blocking 40 Gigabit Ethernet Quad Small Form-Factor Pluggable uplinks and up to 8 non-blocking 10G Ethernet SFP+ uplinks.

Catalyst 9500 Switches ExpertsThe Catalyst 9500 product line consists of fixed core and edge services appliances designed for the enterprise campus. Catalyst 9500 models are powered by Cisco IOS XE and the series includes the first network technology to provide switching speeds above 25 Tbps.

Catalyst 9500 appliances provide as high as 6.4 Terabits per second switching capacity with forwarding speed as high as 2 Bpps. Catalyst 9500 switches 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 10 Gigabit SFP+ ports. You can configure Multichassis EtherChannel across Cisco StackWise-Virtual members to achieve high availability.

Catalyst 9500X products can provide up to 25.6 Tbps switching performance with 2 Billion Packet per Second forwarding capacity. Catalyst 9500X devices support up to 28 nonblocking 40/100 Gigabit QSFP28 ports or 8 nonblocking 40/100/200/400 G QSFP-DD ports. The 9500X line also includes chip-level support for line-rate 256-bit 802.1AE Media Access Control Security (MACsec) and WAN-MACsec1 encryption.

Catalyst 9600 Switches ExpertsCisco's Catalyst 9600 Series switches are modular core and distribution appliances for the enterprise campus. The 6-slot 9600 Series chassis loaded with a Catalyst 9600X Series Supervisor delivers switching capacity up to 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-DD ports. The Catalyst 9600 switch also supports dual-rate 40G/100G and 10G/25G optics. Two chassis slots are reserved for redundant supervisors. You can combine a variety of line cards for core and aggregation deployments. The chassis has a passive backplane, so you can change out fan tray, power supplies, and line cards without disruption.

Legacy Catalyst Series Switches Still Supported by Progent
Progent's Cisco CCIE-certified consultants have broad backgrounds providing remote and on-premises support expertise for older Catalyst Series switches for which Cisco has announced End of Life (EOL). These outdated Catalyst switches typically cost more to manage and maintain than contemporary products, provide lower performance and functionality, and for some situations can expose organizations to regulatory compliance and liability risks. Progent's consultants are available to help your business to maintain and repair these legacy switches and can in addition assist you to design and carry out non-disruptive migrations to newer models from the Catalyst line or to devices from the Cisco Nexus portfolio of switches which build upon Catalyst design experience.

Catalyst Express 500 Line of Switches
Cisco Catalyst Express 500 Series Switches Consulting FirmCisco's Catalyst Express 500 and 520 family of Layer 2 switches are intended for organizations with as many as 250 workers and deliver the dependability, protection, extensibility, and features small companies require at an economical price. Power over Ethernet capability makes it easy to install network devices such as VoIP phones and IP cameras.

Models of the Catalyst Express 500 and 520 switches support up to 24 10/100/1000BASE-T ports as well as optional backup power supplies with auto switch-over for additional reliability. Interoperation with Cisco wireless access points helps organizations to build a local wireless network rapidly and easily. The Catalyst Express 500 and 520 family provides strong protection against malicious attacks thanks to the Cisco Self-Defending Network technology and Cisco Clean Access agents. Cisco Catalyst 2940 Switch
Cisco 2900 Family Switches ConsultantsCisco Catalyst 2900 Series non-modular, managed 10/100 switches provide fundamental workgroup networking for small to medium-size companies. These wire-rate desktop switches deliver IOS Software functions for basic mixed-media traffic services at the network edge. The Cisco 2940 line of managed switches are compact, entry-level devices featuring 8 Fast Ethernet ports plus one built-in Fast or Gigabit Ethernet uplink. The enclosures can be installed away from the wiring closet in space-constrained office spaces like on a user's desk or in a classroom.

Catalyst 2960-S Switch
The Cisco Catalyst 2960-S Series are fixed-configuration switches designed for small businesses and branches. Current models incorporate 24 or 48 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, four 1-Gigabit or two 10-Gigabit uplink connections, and deliver throughput of up to 176 Gbps. Cisco's FlexStack feature permits four Catalyst 2960-S switches to be combined in a stack to act like one switch that provides 40 Gbps of stacking bandwidth and that reduces administrative costs with one-switch setup. IPv6 FHS capability protects networks against address interception and other threats.

Catalyst 3560 Switches
Cisco Catalyst 3560 Family Switches Professional ServicesThe Catalyst 3560 family is a selection of non-modular switches that features IEEE 802.3af and Power over Ethernet (PoE) functionality in 10/100 and Gigabit configurations. The Catalyst 3560 switch is an ideal Layer 2 switch for midsize business LAN connectivity or local-office environments, offering both Gigabit and Power over Ethernet (PoE) configurations for high efficiency while streamlining the deployment of key technology including VoIP, wireless access, video monitoring, and building management systems. Customers can activate network-wide smart features including quality of service, rate limiting, access control lists (ACLs), multicast administration, and broadband IP routing with the ease of traditional network switching.

The Cisco Catalyst 3560 Series switch offers a powerful array of capabilities that permit network scalability and enhanced resilience through IP routing plus a complete complement of Spanning Tree Protocol enhancements designed to increase throughput in a Layer 2 LAN. Improvements to the conventional STP Protocol, such as PVST+, Uplink Fast, and Port Fast, combined with enhancements such as Flex Links interfaces, improve network uptime. Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Plus allows for Layer 2 traffic sharing on backup links to efficiently use the extra bandwidth associated with a redundant architecture.

Efficient routing protocols such as Open Shortest Path First, EIGRP, Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), and Policy Based Routing increase network scale; Protocol Independent Multicast helps improve resource utilization; and Virtual Route Forwarding Lite (VRFLite) protects network traffic.

Catalyst 3750 Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series Switches ConsultingFor mid-size businesses and enterprise branch offices, the Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series eases deployment of converged applications and adapts to evolving business needs by providing setup versatility, ability to manage unified network traffic, and management-free set up of intelligent system services. In addition, the Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series switch is designed for high-density 1000 Ethernet environments and includes a diverse range of switches that address the access, distribution, and backbone-interface demands of small or midsized systems.

The Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series switch has either the IP Base image or the Services image. The IP Base image capabilities include advanced quality of service, rate-limiting, access control lists (ACLs), and basic static and RIP routing support. The IP Services image provides a broader selection of enterprise-grade features, such as sophisticated hardware-based IP unicast and multicast routing.

Cisco StackWise technology is a mechanism designed for Gigabit Ethernet. This technology is designed to respond to additions, deletions, and redeployments while maintaining dependable operation. StackWise combines as many as 9 separate switches into a single functional device, using custom stack-interconnect cables and utilities. Each of the switches can be any mix of the Cisco Catalyst 3750 switches and the 3750-E switches. The stack operates as a single switching device that is directed by a master switch, chosen from one of the stack of switches. The master switch automatically creates and updates all the switching and user-selected routing tables. A working stack can accept new devices or remove old devices without service interruption.

Cisco Catalyst 2960 Series Switches and Catalyst 3560-CX Switches
Catalyst 2900 Family Switches Integration and TroubleshootingCisco's Catalyst 2960-CX is a fixed-port managed switch that is compact, fanless, power efficient, and includes flexible mounting alternatives. The switch has eight 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports and two 1-GE uplinks and has an option for Power over Ethernet. Cisco's Catalyst 3560-CX appliance is a fixed-port switch packaged in a compact, quiet and low-power enclosure that can be mounted almost anywhere outside a wiring closet. Versions are available with 8 or 12 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports or with six 1-GE ports and two multigigabit Ethernet ports. Two or four uplinks are offered, and PoE+ power is also available.

Catalyst 2900-L Switches Integration and TroubleshootingCisco's Catalyst 2960-L line consists of entry-level fixed-configuration switches designed for branch offices, retail areas, and other places where space is limited. These compact switches have 8 to 48 Gigabit Ethernet ports and either 2 or 4 Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP) uplink ports. Power over Ethernet support reduces clutter and fanless design for the 8- models eliminates noise. RJ-45 connectors support 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T and 1000BASE-T SFP-ports.

Catalyst 2960-X and 2960-XR Series switches improve on the 2690-S line of switches by delivering switching throughput of 216 Gbps and providing Cisco's FlexStack-Plus stacking technology by means of a hot-swappable plug-in that allows 8 switches in a FlexStack Plus stack with 80 Gbps of stacking throughput. Catalyst 2900 Series switches also work with NetFlow-Lite for application visibility and control. The Catalyst 2960-XR Series switch is capable of L3 dynamic routing, offering the convenience of having one switch for L2 and L3 routing.

Catalyst 3650 and Catalyst 3850 Switches
Catalyst 3650 Switch and Catalyst 3850 Switches Planning and Support ServicesCisco Catalyst 3650 and Catalyst 3850 series switches are fixed, stackable network access devices based on Cisco's IOS XE control software and incorporating comprehensive wireless network controller functionality that allows you to control wired and wireless infrastructure on a single platform powered by one operating system. Cisco has versions with 24 or 48 built-in 1Gb Ethernet connections with Power over Ethernet plus (PoE+), four 1-Gigabit or four 10-GB Ethernet uplink connections, and support for as many as 9 Catalyst switches in a stack. All models provide expandable QoS, fast failover for high availability, support in software for IPv4 and IPv6 routing, multicast routing, and enhanced security features.

Since wireless data traffic is visible at the Catalyst 3000 family switch, network managers can identify and assign priorities to wireless data with Cisco's Flexible NetFlow (FNF) technology along with sophisticated QoS capabilities for a better user environment and quicker problem isolation. Fast Ethernet switching can handle the high-throughput defined by the new 802.11ac Wave 2 wireless specification on currently in-place cabling infrastructure. (For information about Progent's consulting services for Cisco's 802.11ac Aironet Wi-Fi technology, and Cisco's Meraki cloud-managed access points, visit Configuration and Troubleshooting Support for Cisco Wireless Technology.)

The Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series switch delivers stacking throughput as high as 160 Gbps and can control up to 25 wireless access points and 1000 wireless users on each switch. The Catalyst 3850 switch offers stacking throughput of 480 Gbps and supports as many as 50 wireless APs and 2000 wireless clients on each switch or stack. Cisco Catalyst 3850 SFP Fiber Switches incorporate 12 or 24 1G fiber connections at line rate, offering far reaching connections, enhanced protection, and a consistent wired and wireless user experience.

Cisco Catalyst 4500-E and Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches
Catalyst 4500-E and and Catalyst 4500-X Series switches are intended for access and distribution environments where space for infrastructure equipment is limited. Running Cisco's IOS XE operating system, the Catalyst 4500-E and Catalyst 4500-X product lines simplify network virtualization thanks to Cisco's Easy Virtual Network (EVN) and VSS solutions. Network virtualization allows you to segment a hardware network into multiple virtual networks whose data and control planes are logically distinct. This provides the efficient utilization, protection, recoverability, and manageability needed for Cloud computing or other scenarios where a common infrastructure must be shared by software and services that need to run in complete isolation from each other. EVN speeds up the task of creating VNs and can be expanded to 32 VNs per switch. EVN incorporates features of Multi-VRF and provides additional technologies such as VNET Tags and an easy technique for duplicating replicating routes connecting virtual networks. VSS technology makes it possible to configure Catalyst 4500-E and 4500-X Series switches to create non-stop virtual networks with advanced traffic load balancing.

Catalyst 4500-E Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 4500-E Series Switches Planning and Support ServicesThe Supervisor Engine 8-E for the Catalyst 4500-E modular switch has an integrated wireless controller that supports Cisco's Unified Access technology for wired/wireless convergence. this is the first Catalyst supervisor to permit wired as well as wireless services on a single platform based on IOS XE software. Features included are Cisco's FNF solution for application visibility across both wired and Wi-Fi networks, Cisco TrustSec/SGT2 wired and wireless security, identical Quality of Service for wired and Wi-Fi clients, and the extension of Nonstop Forwarding with Stateful Switchover (NSF/SSO) to cover wireless traffic for world-class availability.

Offered in chassis that have from three to 10 plug-in slots, Cisco Catalyst 4500-E Series switches with Supervisor 8-E can support up to 384 10/100/1000 Ethernet access ports, up to 192 1GE fiber fiber ports, 96 10-Gigabit Ethernet fiber connections, and eight 10GE uplink ports. Cisco's Supervisor Engine 8-E provides as much as 928 Gbps of wired capacity per system and up to 20 Gbps of wireless termination capacity. 50 wireless APs and 2000 wireless clients can be supported on each chassis, and 250 APs and 4000 wireless users are supported in a multi-switch installation without requiring a standalone wireless controller.

Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 4500-X Series switches are fixed 10-Gigabit Ethernet aggregation switches that can provide 800 Gbps of backplane switching capacity per chassis. The Catalyst 4500-X switch can have up to 32 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections on the baseboard and eight extra 10GE ports on the expansion module for a maximum of up to 40 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports. Eight 10-Gigabit Ethernet uplink ports are also available with a separate module. In addition to providing non-stop operation and simple management, Cisco's VSS technology on Catalyst 4500-X Series switches provides increased system performance of up to 1.6 Tbps by activating all available capacity between VSS-linked Catalyst 4500-X switches. Other features include FNF technology for traffic analysis, TrustSec security, and wire-rate IPv6 forwarding.

Catalyst 6500 Series and Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches
Catalyst 6500 and Catalyst 6800 Series switches are enterprise campus core platforms that share the field-proven DNA of the Cisco Catalyst 6500 family of switches, which were introduced more than a decade ago and have been steadily improved ever since. Catalyst 6500 and Catalyst 6800 Series switches offer identical general features and operation, and the modular Catalyst 6807-XL switch accepts the Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Supervisor Engine 2T and its extensive family of line cards and modules. This cross compatibility and commitment to ongoing enhancement protects your IT expenditures and permits you to upgrade your network backbone with little business disruption or IT team training.

Shared attributes of Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Cisco Catalyst 6800 modular switches that have the Supervisor Engine 2T include the Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) for convenient, single-point management to ensure unvarying policy across a distributed environment, VSS Quad Sup SSO (VS4O) technology for maximum uptime through multi-level failover, and Cisco's Campus Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP) to facilitate roaming and mobility and to simplify virtualization and transition to IPv6. Additional virtualization features to segment specific client groups and serve the special security/compliance and Quality of Service policy requirements of every group include Layer 2 and Layer 3 VPN, full Multiprotocol Label Switching, EVN, VPN Routing and Forwarding-aware applications for Network Address Translation NetFlow, IPv6 over IPv4 GRE Tunnels, and L2 geographic extensions with virtual private LAN services (VPLS). For converged wired/wireless networking, the Wireless Services Module 2 for Catalyst 6500 and Cisco Catalyst 6800 modular switches can manage up to 1000 wireless access points and 15,000 wireless users.

Cisco Catalyst 6500-E Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switches Consulting and TroubleshootingThe Cisco Catalyst 6500-E Series of modular switches are designed for distribution and campus core environments that need maximum availability and high concentrations of 1 Gigabit Ethernet, 1 GE fiber, and/or 10 and 40 GE access ports. Models have three to 13 slots and work with a broad range of interfaces. Integrated service modules enable wireless, network analysis, and security and compliance. Only E-Series versions of Cisco's broad family of 6500 switches are compatible with the Supervisor Engine 2T.

The value-priced Cisco Catalyst 6503-E switch has a 4RU chassis, holds 3 expansion slots, and offers up to 180 Gbps of switching bandwidth per slot. The Cisco Catalyst 6503-E switch can support 97 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, up to 99 1GE fiber access ports, up to 34 10GE ports, and 8 40GE ports.

The high-end Cisco Catalyst 6513-E has a 19RU, 13-slot form factor and offers up to 180 Gbps of capacity on each slot, with a system capacity as high as 4 Tbps. A Virtual Switching System configured system can support 8 Tbps of capacity. The Cisco Catalyst 6513-E Series switch can support a maximum of 529 10/100/1000 Ethernet access ports, up to 534 Gigabit Ethernet fiber ports, 180 10GE access ports, and 44 40-Gigabit Ethernet connections.

Catalyst 6800 Switches
Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches Planning and Support ServicesCisco's Catalyst 6800 Series switches are programmable backbone platforms designed to provide best-of-breed 10/40/100 GE support. The Cisco Catalyst 6880-X switch is a fixed-configuration, small form factor device for high-density Ethernet intended for small or midsize campus cores. The 6880-X switch supports up to 2 Tbps switching performance and features four slots for plug-in port cards. The maximum port concentration per chassis is 80 1 Gigabit Ethernet connections or 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports or up to 20 40GE access ports. Configured with VSS, these switches can provide 4 Tbps switching capacity and handle as many as 158 1 Gigabit Ethernet access ports or 10GE access ports or up to 20 40-Gigabit Ethernet access ports.

The modular Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL switch has a 10 RU form factor that has 7 slots and accepts standard 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 switch offers up to 880 Gbps of switching bandwidth on each slot and a total of 11.4 Tbps of full-duplex switching capacity while providing up to 240 1 Gigabit Ethernet connections or 1GE fiber ports, 80 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections or 20 40-Gigabit Ethernet access 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, up to 160 10GE access ports or 40 40GE ports.

How Progent Can Help You with Cisco Catalyst Switches
Progent offers the remote or on-premises expertise of Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants who have extensive backgrounds providing Catalyst switch technology support for small and midsize organizations, branches, enterprise campuses, data centers, Cloud networks, and SPs. Progent's practice areas include Cisco's Catalyst and Nexus families of smart switches and with Cisco's IOS and NX-OS control software. Support services available from Progent's experts for Catalyst switches include proof-of-concept testing, system analysis, network architecture design, upgrades and project management, network virtualization, wired and wireless convergence, management automation, performance optimization, problem mitigation, business continuity planning, and data security assessment and validation.

Progent's Cisco-certified consultants have broad knowledge of industry standards as well as with proprietary Cisco technologies associated with switching and routing including BGP, MPLS, Protocol Independent Multicast, VPNs, Spanning-Tree Protocol, virtual LANs, Cisco FabricPath, VPC, HSRP, VRRP, Open Shortest Path First (OSPF), VSS, and Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP). Progent's network specialists also offer deep knowledge of crucial technologies including TCP/IP protocols, IPv4, IPv6, EIGRP, Routing Information Protocol, and Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP). Progent's CISSP-ISSAP certified network security and compliance consultants can show you how to develop an enterprise-wide security strategy and deploy Catalyst switches so that they offer maximum enforcement to your security policies.

In case you need ultra high Ethernet density or extremely low latency Cisco switches for a world-class data center, Progent can help your organization to evaluate, plan, and implement a migration to Cisco's Nexus family of switches. To learn about Progent's support services for Cisco's Nexus switches, refer to Cisco Nexus Switch consulting offered by Progent. Progent can also help you to integrate Catalyst core switches with Meraki aggregation switches. (See Cisco Meraki switch integration consultants.)

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