Cisco's Catalyst line of modular and fixed switches offers performance and control at the access, aggregation, and backbone levels of converged IP voice, HD video, and high bandwidth data networks for businesses that range in size from small businesses and branch offices to multi-campus enterprises and service providers. Progent's Cisco-certified CCIE consultants can provide remote and on-premises expertise with Catalyst family switches to assist your organization to plan an efficient network topology that meets your unique business needs, set up pilot testing, deploy Catalyst switches, establish and validate a sensible security strategy, automate system management and performance tracking, provide repair and support services, optimize switch performance, and set up Catalyst's high-availability (HA) technology for near-zero downtime.

Progent can assist you to manage and repair your legacy Catalyst switches or upgrade with minimal disruption to up-to-date models of Catalyst switches following industry best practices to ensure that you receive the maximum return from your investment in your network.

The need for intelligent, fast switching is driven by a combination of relatively new networking trends whose overall effect is a virtual tsunami of data:

  • Cloud and Internet of Things (IoT) networking and a consequent reliance on intensive network virtualization
  • The proliferation of personal endpoints
  • Data guzzling rich media apps
  • Social media for business
  • The popularity of Big Data in analytics
  • Increasingly advanced threats such as ransomware
Private, public and hybrid clouds are only made practical because of virtualization technology. Virtualized data centers radically reduce expenses by allowing aggressively high resource utilization and demanding very little data center space and energy consumption. But this also means that relatively limited network resources have to support substantial amounts of data traffic. The Bring-Your-Own-Device paradigm has resulted in a dramatic rise in the amount of mobile clients that have be handled by IT networks, and these users run a great deal of data-intensive, rich media applications. Social business technologies are replacing traditional email as the main enabler of collaboration and is producing a growing demand for bandwidth. Businesses who are trying to remain competitive are resorting to Big Data techniques to mine vast and disparate repositories of corporate data, which as a result produces Big Traffic. All of these computing trends are relatively recent, and put together they cause a critical demand for a new class of switches that offer significantly higher throughput, control, availability and manageability than previous platforms were built to provide.

Cisco's current portfolio of Catalyst switches are designed for the distribution/core levels of campus environments where mobile and stationary workers must be provided for by offering dependable high speed, strict client access management, tight group isolation, application awareness, and wired and wireless convergence. Cisco's Catalyst series switches address the need for speed and intelligence with features that include high-density 10, 40, and 100 Gigabit Ethernet support, switching throughput more than 25T for each chassis, a powerful suite of tools such as EVN to simplify the creation of virtual networks, Virtual Switching System (VSS) technology for switch failover with instant virtual switch restoration and 99.999% availability, IPv4 and IPv6 support, AVC to optimize system resource usage, and sophisticated Quality of Service (QoS) capabilities for business-critical data prioritization.

Cisco Catalyst Switches Consulting and Troubleshooting

Cisco Can Provide Catalyst Switching Solutions for Businesses of All Sizes

Catalyst switches allow organizations of any size to build intelligent switching features into their network infrastructure, deploying an environment that can meet real-time needs, expand to support expected capacity demands, guard vital information, and differentiate and manage tasks to optimize network operations.

Catalyst 1000 Series Fixed Ethernet Switches
Cisco Catalyst 1000 Family Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 1000 Series Layer 2 network access switches are small form factor, fixed-configuration switches intended for smaller businesses and branches with as many as 250 workers and with minimal in-house IT support. The Catalyst 1000 Series includes fanless versions for silent operation within an office environment. Mounting kits include desktop, wall or shelf mount, rack mount, and DIN. Created as an easy replacement for Cisco Catalyst 2960-L/2960-Plus deployments, the Catalyst 1000 portfolio includes models with 8 to 48 Gigabit Ethernet ports or 24 to 48 Fast Ethernet 10/100M ports.

Catalyst 1000 set up and management are simple using a web interface or CLI, security is enterprise-class, and Power over Ethernet capability with an automatically distributed power budget of 740W supports a wide range of Internet of Things solutions. Up to eight Catalyst 1000 Gbit Ethernet model switches can be controlled at once with single IP. All Catalyst Series 1000 appliances are line-rate devices, and all are powered by Cisco's venerable IOS operating system software. Quality-of-Service (QoS) capabilities include egress queues for every port plus priority packet queuing to allow optimized throughput for data, IP voice, and video traffic. Catalyst Series 1000 switches also feature Shaped Round Robin service scheduling and Weighted Tail Drop (WTD) congestion management.

Catalyst 9000 Fixed and Modular Managed Switches
The Cisco Catalyst 9000 series of switches offers modular and fixed switches and can support all deployment models including access, distribution, and core switching. The Catalyst 9000 series includes switches with the appropriate value proposition to connect people and things in venues ranging from small businesses and branches to the largest enterprises. Catalyst 9000 switches can be configured to support any combination of onsite facilities, private/public clouds, and hybrid networks. Modern management platforms and advanced cybersecurity features lower expenses by streamlining operations and safeguarding critical IT assets. Cisco's 9000X series of switches offer converged switching/routing, delivering the first combination of 400G QSFP-DD ports along with full mGig Ethernet and PoE ports.

Cisco Catalyst 9000 Series Managed Switches Consultants

Cisco Catalyst 9000 Switches Are Built for a Hybrid World

Cisco Catalyst 9200 Switches ConsultantsWith double the stacking bandwidth at about half the price of the legacy Cisco 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 branches and midsize campuses. The Catalyst 9200 product line includes models that offer 24 or 48 ports with full Power over Ethernet; 80-160 Gbps stacking bandwidth; streaming telemetry; and Layer 3 capabilities that include OSPF, EIGRP, IS-IS, and routed access. Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series switches run the Cisco IOS XE operating system.

The Catalyst 9200 delivers 160-Gbps backplane stacking bandwidth, supports field-replaceable redundant power supplies and fans, and supports add-in network modules with 4x1G, 4x1/10G, 2x25G, or 2x40G uplink. The Catalyst 9200 Enhanced VN switch allows up to 32 Virtual Networks and delivers 160-Gbps backplane stacking bandwidth. The Catalyst 9200L delivers 80-Gbps backplane stacking throughput. Both the Catalyst 9200L multigigabit and the Catalyst 9200 multigigabit support wireless performance tuning with 8 or 12 multigigabit ports up to 10Gbps.

Catalyst 9300 Switches ConsultantsCatalyst 9300 Series switches are fixed, stackable appliances for high-density enterprise access switching. Advanced features available with various models in the Catalyst 9300 portfolio include 1T backplane stacking performance, stackable high-speed fiber, up to 448 multigigabit Ethernet ports including 288 ports of 90W UPOE+ with an 8-device configuration, end-to-end IPsec with AES-256 Encryption and performance up to 100G, HA fans and power supplies, plus data stack and StackPower cables compatible throughout the entire Catalyst 9300 product line.

Based on the Cisco IOS XE operating system, switches in the Catalyst 9300 family support auto provisioning, API-driven configuration, granular visibility for close to realtime monitoring, and seamless software updates. Security capabilities include Encrypted Traffic Analytics (ETA) as well as AES-256 MACsec and IPSec encryption, and Cisco Trust Anchor Technologies with Image signing and Secure Boot. Cloud cybersecurity is enhanced because Catalyst 9300 switches can host the Cisco Umbrella agent directly. This makes it possible for organizations to implement their DNS policies granularly to block BYOD or IoT users from accessing dangerous websites.

The entry-level Cisco Catalyst 9300L switch provides up to 320G backplane stacking capacity and offers 12 100M/1G/2.5G/5G/10G ports and 36 10M/100M/1G ports. The 9300L utilizes fixed instead of modular uplink hardware for 4 1G, 4 10G, or 2 40G uplink ports. The Cisco Catalyst 9300 appliance features 480G of backplane stacking performance and can provide 48 100M/1G/2.5G/5Gbps Ethernet ports, 24 100M/1G/2.5G/5G/10Gbps Ethernet 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 stacking capacity and supports 48 10G port density. The 9300X supports uplink modules with dual-rate 100G/40G, multirate 25G/10G/1G, or multigigabit. Cisco 90W Universal Power Over Ethernet+ supports IoT-intensive applications. Hardware is available to support 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 enterprise campus access networks. Offering double the performance and over four times the chassis bandwidth as the legacy Catalyst 6500 line it is built to replace, the Catalyst 9400 portfolio ushers switch technology into the modern age of networking impelled by cybersecurity, mobility, IoT, and cloud.

Catalyst 9400 switches are available with 4-slot, 7-slot, and 10-slot chassis. Two slots on each chassis are reserved for high-availability supervisor cards, making 2, 5, or 8 slots open for line cards. Maximum bandwidth per line-card slot is 480G. Switching performance can achieve 1.44 Terabits per second and forwarding rate on Supervisor Module is as high as 9 Tbps with the 10-slot chassis. All Catalyst 9400 switches can provide 90W UPOE+ on every port, protected segmentation with Software-Defined Access (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 mGig 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 switches can support 2 non-blocking 40 Gigabit Ethernet QSFP uplinks and up to 8 non-blocking 10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ uplinks.

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Switches ExpertsCisco's Catalyst 9500 product line consists of fixed core and edge services switches designed for the large campus. Catalyst 9500 models are powered by the Cisco IOS XE operating system and the the family includes the first network technology to provide switching speeds higher than 25 Tbps.

Cisco's Catalyst 9500 models provide up to 6.4 Terabits per second switching capacity with forwarding speed as high as 2 Billion Packet per Second. Catalyst 9500 switches can support 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 across StackWise-Virtual members for high availability.

Catalyst 9500X appliances support as high as 25.6 Tbps switching capacity with up to 2 Billion Packet per Second forwarding capacity. Catalyst 9500X models support up to 28 nonblocking 40/100 GB QSFP28 optical 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 MACsec and WAN-MACsec1 data encryption.

Cisco Catalyst 9600 Switches ConsultantsCatalyst 9600 Series switches are modular core and distribution appliances for the enterprise campus. The 6-slot 9600 Series chassis using a Catalyst 9600X Series Supervisor has switching capacity as high as 25.6 Terabits per second and can support as many as 256 nonblocking 10/25/50 G ports, 96 nonblocking 40/100G Gigabit ports, or 8 nonblocking 200/400 GE QSFP-DD ports. The Catalyst 9600 switch also supports 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 Catalyst 9600 chassis uses a passive backplane, making it possible to change out fan tray, power supplies, and line cards without disrupting operation.

Legacy Catalyst Series Switches Supported by Progent
Progent's Cisco certified consultants have extensive experience delivering online and onsite consulting and troubleshooting expertise for early-generation Catalyst Series switches for which Cisco has announced End of Life or End of Support. These legacy Catalyst switches typically cost more to manage and support than contemporary products, deliver less performance and fewer features, and for some situations may subject organizations to compliance and even liability risks. Progent are available to help you to maintain and troubleshoot these older Cisco products and can also help you to design and carry out non-disruptive migrations to newer models from the Catalyst family or to solutions from the Cisco Nexus line of network switches which take advantage of Catalyst design experience.

Cisco Catalyst Express 500 and 520 Family
Catalyst Express 500 Family Switches HelpThe Catalyst Express 500 line of managed Ethernet switches are designed for businesses with up to 250 workers and provide the dependability, security, extensibility, and feature set small companies need at an economical price. Power over Ethernet capability makes it easy to add network appliances like wireless access points and closed-circuit TV cameras.

Models of the Cisco Catalyst Express 500 and 520 switches offer from 8 to 24 10/100/1000BASE-T ports plus optional backup power with automatic switch-over for additional dependability. Integration with Cisco wireless access points helps businesses to build a wireless LAN environment rapidly and effectively. The Catalyst Express 500 and 520 platform offers strong security against viruses thanks to the Cisco Self-Defending Network technology and Clean Access agents. Cisco Catalyst 2940 Switch
Cisco Catalyst 2900 Series Switches Professional ServicesCisco Catalyst 2900 fixed-configuration, managed Ethernet switches provide basic small-group connectivity for small to medium-size organizations. These wire-speed desktop appliances deliver IOS Software features for simple data, video, and voice control at the edge of the network. The Cisco 2940 line of managed switches are compact, stackable switches featuring eight Ethernet connections plus a single built-in Fast or Gbit uplink. They can be installed outside the wiring cabinet in space-constrained areas like on a user's desk or in a classroom.

Catalyst 2960-S Switch
The Cisco Catalyst 2960-S Series are fixed switches designed for small businesses and branch offices. Available versions feature either 24 or 48 1Gb Ethernet ports, four 1GE or two 10-Gigabit uplink ports, and provide switching capacity of 176 Gbps. Cisco's FlexStack technology permits up to four Catalyst 2960-S switches to be grouped in a stack to act as a single switch that provides 40 Gbps of stacking bandwidth and that reduces management expense because of one-switch configuration. Cisco's IPv6 FHS technology protects networks against IPv6 address theft and other threats.

Cisco Catalyst 3560 Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 3560 Series Switches ConsultantsThe Catalyst 3560 family is a selection of fixed-configuration switches that includes IEEE 802.3af and Power over Ethernet (PoE) functionality in 10/100 Ethernet and Gigabit implementations. Cisco's Catalyst 3560 Series switch is an ideal Layer 2 switch for midsize business network connectivity or branch-offices, offering both Gigabit Ethernet and PoE options for high productivity while streamlining the installation of vital applications including IP telephony, wireless connectivity, video surveillance, and remote video kiosks. Customers can deploy comprehensive smart services such as QoS, rate limiting, access control lists (ACLs), multicast management, and broadband IP routing with the simplicity of traditional network switching.

Cisco's Catalyst 3560 switch has a robust set of capabilities that permit network expandability and enhanced availability via IP routing plus a full suite of Spanning Tree Protocol enhancements aimed to maximize throughput in an access Layer LAN. Enhancements to the standard Spanning Tree Protocol, such as Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Plus, Uplink Fast, and Port Fast, as well as innovations such as Flex Links, contribute to network efficiency. PVST+ supports Data Link Layer traffic balancing on backup links to take advantage of the extra capacity associated with a redundant architecture.

Important protocols including Open Shortest Path First, EIGRP, Border Gateway Protocol, static routing, and Policy Based Routing improve network capacity; PIM improves utilization of network resources; and Virtual Route Forwarding Lite protects data.

Catalyst 3750 Family Switches
Catalyst 3750 Series Switches Professional ServicesFor midsized businesses and corporate branch offices, the Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series switch eases integration of converged technologies and accommodates changing competitive needs by providing setup flexibility, support for unified network patterns, and management-free configuration of smart system functions. In addition, the Cisco Catalyst 3750 switch is designed for high-volume Gigabit environments and includes a diverse range of switches that meet the access, distribution, and backbone-interface requirements of small or midsized systems.

Cisco's Catalyst 3750 Series switch has the IP Base image or the IP Services image. The IP Base image features include advanced QoS, rate-management, ACLs, and basic static and RIP routing capability. The IP Services image provides a richer selection of enterprise-grade features, such as advanced hardware-based IP unicast and multicast routing.

StackWise technology is a stacking architecture optimized for Gigabit interfaces. StackWise is intended to react to additions, deletions, and relocations while providing predictable operation. Cisco StackWise technology unites as many as nine individual switches into a single logical device, using special stack-interconnect cables and software. Each of the switches can be any combination of the Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series and the Catalyst 3750-E Series switches. The stack behaves as an individual switching appliance that is directed by a control switch, elected from one of the member switches. The control switch automatically builds and updates all the switching and user-selected routing tables. A running stack can accept new devices or remove old switches with no operational discontinuity.

Catalyst 2960 Series Switches and 3560-CX Switches
Cisco Catalyst 2900 Family Switches Integration and TroubleshootingCisco's Catalyst 2960-CX is a fixed-port switch that is low-profile, fanless, power efficient, and includes flexible mounting alternatives. The switch incorporates eight 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports and two 1-GE uplink ports and optionally provides Power over Ethernet (PoE). Cisco's Catalyst 3560-CX is a fixed-port switch packaged in a compact, quiet and energy-efficient unit that can be mounted almost anywhere convenient. Versions are available with eight or 12 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports or with 6 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports and 2 multigigabit Ethernet ports. Two or four uplink ports are available, and PoE+ power is also an option.

Catalyst 2900-L Switches ConsultingCisco's Catalyst 2960-L line includes value-priced fixed-port managed switches targeted for small offices, retail areas, and other places where space is limited. These compact appliances have eight to 48 Gigabit Ethernet ports and either 2 or 4 Small Form-Factor Pluggable uplink ports. PoE support reduces clutter and fanless operation for most versions eliminates noise. RJ-45 connectors support 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T and 1000BASE-T SFP-ports.

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X and Catalyst 2960-XR Series switches improve on the 2690-S family by offering switching performance of 216 Gbps and supporting Cisco's FlexStack-Plus Stacking by means of a live-swappable module that can combine 8 Catalyst switches in a FlexStack Plus stack capable of 80 Gbps of stacking performance. Catalyst 2900 family switches also work with NetFlow-Lite for application visibility and control. The Catalyst 2960-XR switch is capable of L3 dynamic routing, providing the simplicity 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 3850 Switches Planning and Support ServicesCatalyst 3650 and Catalyst 3850 switches are fixed, stackable access devices based on Cisco's IOS XE control software and featuring full wireless controller functionality that lets you control wired and wireless networks on a one device powered by a single OS. Cisco offers versions with 24 or 48 10/100/1000 Ethernet connections with PoE plus, four 1-Gigabit or four 10-Gigabit uplink ports, and capacity for as many as 9 switches per FlexStack stack. All models provide modular Quality of Service, stateful switchover for maximum availability, software support for IPv4/IPv6 routing, multicast routing, and advanced security.

Since wireless traffic is present at the Catalyst 3000 Series switch, network managers can spot and prioritize wireless data using Cisco's Flexible NetFlow (FNF) solution along with advanced QoS features for a better wireless user experience and quicker problem isolation. Multigigabit Ethernet switching can handle the high-bandwidth defined by the latest 802.11ac Wave 2 wireless standard on existing cabling infrastructure. (To find out about Progent's consulting and support services for Cisco's 802.11ac Aironet wireless products, and Cisco's Meraki cloud-managed Wi-Fi APs, refer to Configuration and Troubleshooting Support for Cisco Wireless Access Points and Controllers.)

The Cisco Catalyst 3650 offers stacking bandwidth as high as 160 Gbps and supports as many as 25 wireless access points and 1000 wireless clients per switch. The Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series switch delivers stacking performance of 480 Gbps and can control as many as 50 Wi-Fi APs and 2000 Wi-Fi clients per switch or stack. Catalyst 3850 SFP Fiber Switches have 12 or 24 1G fiber data ports at line rate on every port, providing long distance connectivity, advanced security, and a consistent wired and wireless user experience.

Catalyst 4500-E Series and Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches
Cisco's Catalyst 4500-E and and Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Series switches are intended for campus and distribution deployments where space for infrastructure hardware is at a premium. Running Cisco's IOS XE software, the Catalyst 4500-E and 4500-X product lines simplify network virtualization thanks to Cisco's Easy Virtual Network (EVN) and Virtual Switching System (VSS) technologies. Network virtualization allows you to segment a physical network into a number of virtual networks whose data and control planes are logically separate. This provides the high resource utilization, protection, recoverability, and simplified management needed for Cloud computing or other situations where a common resource pool is shared by applications and services that need to operate in complete isolation from one another. Easy Virtual Network simplifies the task of deploying VNs and can be expanded to 32 VNs per switch. Easy Virtual Network incorporates the capabilities of Multi-virtual routing and forwarding and provides additional features including VNET Trunks and an easy way for duplicating replicating routes between VNs. Virtual Switching System makes it easy to configure Catalyst 4500-E and 4500-X Series platforms to produce zero-downtime VNs with optimized load balancing.

Cisco Catalyst 4500-E Series Switches
Catalyst 4500-E Family Switches Consulting and TroubleshootingThe Supervisor Engine 8-E for the Catalyst 4500-E switch includes a built-in wireless network controller that works with Cisco's Unified Access technology for wired/wireless convergence. this is the initial Cisco Catalyst supervisor engine to support wired as well as wireless services on one switch based on IOS XE. Features included are Cisco's FNF solution for traffic analytics across wired and wireless networks, Cisco TrustSec/SGT2 wired and wireless security, consistent Quality of Service for wired and wireless clients, plus the extension of NSF/SSO to include wireless traffic for enterprise-class availability.

Offered in chassis that have from three to 10 plug-in slots, Catalyst 4500-E switches can handle as many as 384 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, 193 Gigabit Ethernet non-blocking fiber connections, 96 10-Gigabit Ethernet fiber connections, and eight 10-Gigabit Ethernet uplink ports. The Catalyst 4500-E Supervisor Engine 8-E delivers as much as 928 Gbps of wired access for each system and 20 Gbps of wireless termination capacity. 50 wireless APs and 2000 wireless users can be handled per switch, and up to 250 wireless access points and 4000 clients can be managed in a multi-switch installation without a separate wireless controller.

Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches
Catalyst 4500-X Family Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 4500-X Series switches are fixed-configuration 10GE aggregation switches that can provide 800 Gbps of backplane switching performance per device. The Catalyst 4500-X switch supports as many as 32 10GE ports on the unit's baseboard and eight extra 10GE ports on the expansion module for a total of up to 40 10GE connections. Eight 10-Gigabit Ethernet uplink ports are available via another module. In addition to providing non-stop operation and simple manageability, Cisco's virtual switching system solution on Catalyst 4500-X Series switches offers higher system throughput of as much as 1.6 Tbps by enabling all available capacity across VSS-linked Catalyst 4500-X switches. Additional advanced features include Cisco's FNF solution for capacity planning, Cisco TrustSec protection, and fast, hardware-based IPv6 forwarding.

Cisco Catalyst 6500 and Catalyst 6800 Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 6500 and Catalyst 6800 switches are campus backbone switches that share the proven technology of the Cisco Catalyst 6500 family of switches, which were introduced over a decade ago and have been continually improved since then. Cisco Catalyst 6500 and Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series switches provide the same features and operation, and the modular Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL switch accepts the Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Supervisor Engine 2T and its portfolio of compatible line cards and modules. This mutual compatibility and program of ongoing improvement protects your information technology investment and permits you to update your network with little service interruption or IT team retraining.

Shared attributes of Catalyst 6500 Series and Catalyst 6800 Series modular switches equipped with the Supervisor Engine 2T include Cisco's Identity Services Engine for convenient, single-point control to put in place unvarying policy across a distributed network, Virtual Switching System capability for 99.999% uptime via multi-level redundancy, and Cisco's Campus Locator/ID Separation Protocol to support client roaming and device mobility and to streamline virtualization and transition to IPv6. Additional virtualization tools to partition distinct user groups and serve the unique security and Quality of Service policy needs of each group include L2/L3 VPN, complete MPLS, Easy Virtual Network, VRF-aware technology for Network Address Translation (NAT) NetFlow, GRE for v4/v6, and L2 geographic extensions with VPLS. For unified wired and wireless networking, the WiSM2 controller Catalyst 6500 and Cisco Catalyst 6800 modular switches can manage up to 1000 APs and 15,000 wireless clients.

Cisco Catalyst 6500-E Series Switches
Catalyst 6500 Family Switches Planning and Support ServicesThe Catalyst 6500-E family of modular switches are designed for aggregation and enterprise core networks that require world-class uptime and high densities of 1 Gigabit Ethernet, 1 GE fiber, and/or 10 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet ports. Models have three to 13 slots and accept a wide range of modules. Integrated service modules enable wireless management, traffic monitoring, and security and compliance. Only E-Series versions of Cisco's broad line of 6500 switches are compatible with the Supervisor Engine 2T.

The Cisco Catalyst 6503-E has a 4 rack unit form factor, holds 3 slots, and delivers as much as 180 Gbps of switching throughput on each slot. The Cisco Catalyst 6503-E can support up to 97 10/100/1000 Ethernet connections, up to 99 1GE fiber access ports, 34 10GE ports, and up to 8 40GE access ports.

The high-end Catalyst 6513-E has a 19 rack unit, 13-slot chassis and offers as much as 180 Gbps of throughput per slot, with a total system bandwidth as high as 4 Tbps. A Virtual Switching System configured system can handle 8 Tbps of switching throughout. The Cisco Catalyst 6513-E Series switch offers up to 529 1 Gigabit Ethernet ports, up to 534 Gigabit Ethernet fiber ports, up to 180 10GE connections, and 44 40-Gigabit Ethernet access ports.

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Switches
Cisco Catalyst 6800 Family Switches Planning and Support ServicesCisco's Catalyst 6800 Series switches are campus core switches intended to deliver best-of-breed 10/40/100 GE services. The Catalyst 6880-X switch is a fixed, small form factor device for high-density Ethernet intended for small or medium-size enterprise campus cores. The Catalyst 6880-X delivers up to 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 connections or 10GE connections or as many as 20 40GE connections. Configured with VSS, these switches can provide 4 Tbps capacity and handle up to 158 1 Gigabit Ethernet ports or 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections or as many as 20 40-Gigabit Ethernet access ports.

The modular Catalyst 6807-XL switch has a 10 RU form factor chassis with 7 slots and accepts standard Supervisor Engine 2T cards and modules. (Two slots are for the Supervisor Engine and five are for modules.) The Catalyst 6807-XL switch offers as much as 880 Gbps of switching throughput per slot and a total of 11.4 Tbps of switching bandwidth while providing up to 240 1 Gigabit Ethernet connections or Gigabit Ethernet fiber ports, 80 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections or up to 20 40-Gigabit Ethernet ports. an 6807-XL system configured with VSS can handle 22.8 Tbps of switching bandwidth, 480 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports or Gigabit Ethernet fiber connections, 160 10GE access ports or 40 40-Gigabit Ethernet ports.

How Progent Can Assist You with Cisco Catalyst Switches
Progent offers the online or on-premises support services of Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants who have extensive backgrounds delivering Catalyst switch technology support for small and medium sized businesses, branch offices, campuses, data centers, Cloud networks, and SPs. Progent's skills include Cisco's Catalyst and Nexus lines of managed switches and with Cisco's IOS and NX-OS control software. Services available from Progent for Cisco Catalyst Series switches include pilot testing and validation, network analysis and monitoring, topology planning, upgrades and project management, network virtualization, wired/wireless unification, network management, capacity planning, troubleshooting, business continuity preparedness, and data security assessment and verification.

Progent offers broad knowledge of industry standards as well as with proprietary Cisco protocols and technologies associated with switching and routing including Border Gateway Protocol, MPLS traffic engineering, PIM, VPNs, Spanning-Tree Protocol, virtual LANs, FabricPath, Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), Hot Standby Router Protocol (HSRP), Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol, OSPF, Virtual Switching System (VSS), and LISP. Progent's network experts also have familiarity with key technologies such as TCP/IP protocols, IPv4/IPv6, Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP), Routing Information Protocol (RIP), and IGMP. Progent's CISSP-ISSAP certified network security and compliance consultants can show you how to create a comprehensive security and compliance plan and implement Catalyst switches so they offer optimal enforcement to your security policies.

If you need the highest available density or sub-microsecond latency Cisco switches for a world-class data center, Progent can help you to analyze, plan, and carry out a transition to Cisco's Nexus family of switches. For information about Progent's support services for Nexus switches, refer to Cisco Nexus Switch consulting and support services. Progent can also help you to integrate Catalyst data center switches with Meraki distribution switches. (See Cisco Meraki switch integration consultants.)

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