The Catalyst family of modular and fixed switches offers performance and control 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 branch offices to multi-campus enterprises and SPs. Progent's Cisco-certified CCIE consultants can provide online and on-premises support for Catalyst family switches to help your organization to plan an efficient network architecture that addresses your specific business needs, configure pilot testing, install Catalyst switches, establish and verify a sensible security plan, automate network management and monitoring, deliver repair and maintenance services, maximize switch performance, and set up Catalyst's fault-tolerant solutions for near-zero downtime.
Progent can help you to manage and troubleshoot your older Catalyst switches or upgrade efficiently to current models of Catalyst switches following industry best practices to make sure that you realize the most business value from your investment in your IT infrastructure.
The demand for intelligent, high-speed switching is driven by a combination of relatively new networking patterns whose net impact is a virtual tsunami of data:
Cloud computing is only made practical because of virtualization on a massive scale. Virtualized data centers radically reduce costs by allowing aggressively high resource utilization and requiring very little data center space and power consumption. However this also requires that comparatively sparse network resources must accommodate substantial volumes of data traffic. The Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) revolution has caused a dramatic rise in the amount of mobile clients that have be handled by business networks, and these users run a great deal of data-intensive, rich media apps. Social business technologies are displacing traditional email as the main driver for collaboration and is producing an ever increasing requirement for bandwidth. Enterprises who are trying to stay competitive are resorting to Big Data technology to mine enormous and varied repositories of information, which as a result generates Big Network Traffic. All of these trends are fairly recent, and put together they create a serious demand for a new class of switches that offer significantly higher speed, intelligence, availability and ease of management than previous platforms were built to deliver.
- Cloud and IoT computing and a consequent need for massive virtualization
- The proliferation of personal endpoints
- Bandwidth-intensive HD video apps
- Social business technologies
- The rise of Big Data in analytics
- Ever more sophisticated threats like ransomware
Cisco's current lineup of Catalyst switches are designed for the distribution and core layers levels of enterprise campus environments where mobile and stationary employees must be accommodated by providing unvarying high speed, secure client access management, careful group isolation, application awareness, and wired/wireless convergence. Catalyst series switches address the need for performance and intelligence with features such as high-density 10, 40, and 100 Gigabit Ethernet services, switching performance more than 25 Tbps for each switch, a comprehensive suite of tools such as EVN to simplify the creation of VLANs, Virtual Switching System technology for switch failover with subsecond virtual switch restoration and "five nines" (99.999%) availability, IPv4 and IPv6 capability, Application Visibility and Control to maximize system utilization, and sophisticated Quality of Service (QoS) tools for business-critical traffic prioritization.
Cisco Offers Catalyst Switching Solutions for Businesses of Any Size
Cisco Catalyst switches allow businesses of all sizes to build smart switching and routing features into their network architecture, deploying an environment that can meet real-time needs, expand to accommodate expected capacity demands, protect sensitive data, and separate and manage processes to enhance network operations.
Catalyst 1000 Series Fixed Ethernet Switches
Cisco's Catalyst 1000 Layer 2 network access switches are compact, fixed-configuration switches targeted for small businesses and branch offices with up to 250 users and with little if any internal IT support. The Catalyst 1000 Series includes fanless models for silent operation within an office venue. Mounting options include desktop, wall mount, standard rack mount, and DIN rail mount. Created as an easy replacement for Cisco Catalyst 2960-L or 2960-Plus Series deployments, Cisco's Catalyst 1000 Series includes versions with 8 to 48G Ethernet ports or 24 to 48 Fast Ethernet 10/100M ports.
Catalyst 1000 configuration and management are simple using a web interface or CLI, cybersecurity is enterprise-class, and PoE+ capability with a dynamically distributed budget of 740W allows a wide range of IoT solutions. Up to eight Catalyst 1000 Gbit Ethernet model switches can be managed at once with single IP. Catalyst Series 1000 units are line-rate devices, and all are based on Cisco's venerable IOS Software. QoS capabilities include egress queues for each port plus priority packet queuing to deliver wire-speed throughput for data, IP voice, and video data. Catalyst Series 1000 switches also support SRR service scheduling and Weighted Tail Drop (WTD) congestion avoidance.
Cisco Catalyst 9000 Fixed and Modular Managed Switches
The Cisco Catalyst 9000 series of switches includes modular and fixed appliances and can support all deployment models including access, aggregation, and core switching. The Catalyst 9000 family offers devices with the appropriate value proposition to connect people and things in scenarios from small businesses and branch offices to major enterprises. Catalyst 9000 switches can be set up to implement any combination of local deployments, private and public clouds, and hybrid networks. Unified network management utilities and cutting-edge cybersecurity solutions reduce expenses by cutting operational overhead and safeguarding critical IT assets. Cisco's 9000X series of switches offer converged switching and routing, delivering the first mix of 400G optical transceivers along with full multigigabit Ethernet and PoE ports.
Catalyst 9000 Switches Are Designed for a Hybrid Landscape
With twice the stacking bandwidth for around half the price of the end-of-life Cisco Catalyst 2960-X and 2960-XR switches they are designed to replace, Catalyst 9200 Series switches are a natural network update for small branch offices and midsize campuses. The 9200 family includes models that support 24 or 48 ports with full PoE+; 80-160 Gbps stacking bandwidth; and Layer 3 capabilities such as OSPF Interior Gateway Protocol, EIGP distance routing protocol, IS-IS, and RIP. Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series switches run the Cisco IOS XE operating system.
The Catalyst 9200 delivers 160-Gbps backplane stacking bandwidth, features field-replaceable redundant power supplies and fans, and supports swappable interface modules with 4x1G, 4x1/10G, 2x25G, or 2x40G uplink. Cisco's Catalyst 9200 Enhanced VN model allows up to 32 Virtual Networks and delivers 160-Gbps backplane stacking performance. The Catalyst 9200L offers 80-Gbps backplane stacking throughput. Both the Catalyst 9200L multigigabit and the Catalyst 9200 multigigabit support wireless bandwidth optimization with 8 or 12 mGig ports as fast as 10G.
Cisco's Catalyst 9300 Series switches are fixed, stackable devices for ultra-high-density access switching. Advanced capabilities provided with various models in the Catalyst 9300 portfolio include up to 1Tbps stacking performance, stackable SFP fiber, up to 448 multigigabit ports and 288 ports of 90W UPOE+ with an 8-unit configuration, line rate IPsec tunnel with AES-256 Encryption and speeds as high as 100G, HA fans and power supplies, plus StackPower cables compatible throughout the complete Catalyst 9300 family.
Based on the Cisco IOS XE operating system, devices in the Catalyst 9300 product line support auto device provisioning, API-driven configuration, granular visibility for near realtime monitoring, and seamless software updates. Security features include Encrypted Traffic Analytics (ETA) along with AES-256 MACsec and IPSec encryption, plus Cisco Trust Anchor Technologies with Image signing. Cloud cybersecurity is strengthened because Catalyst 9300 switches have the ability to host Cisco's Umbrella agent directly. This allows organizations to customize their DNS filtering policies granularly to prevent BYOD or IoT clients from visiting dangerous websites.
The entry-level Cisco Catalyst 9300L switch delivers up to 320G stacking capacity and supports 12 100M/1G/2.5G/5G/10G ports and 36 10M/100M/1G ports. The 9300L uses fixed rather than modular uplink components for 4 1G, 4 10G, or 2 40G uplink ports. The Cisco Catalyst 9300 appliance features 480G of backplane stacking bandwidth and can provide 48 100M/1G/2.5G/5Gbps ports, 24 100M/1G/2.5G/5G/10Gbps Ethernet ports, or 48 1G SFP ports. Modular uplink speeds available are 1G, 10G, 25G, or 40G. The high-end Cisco Catalyst 9300X appliance provides 1T stacking capacity and supports 48 10G Ethernet ports. The 9300X accepts modular uplinks with dual-rate 100G/40G, multirate 25G/10G/1G, or mGig. Cisco 90W UPOE+ supports dense IoT applications. Cisco offers hardware to support 100G IPsec.
Cisco's Catalyst 9400 Series appliances are modular switches powered by Cisco IOS XE and intended for medium-size and enterprise campus access networks. Delivering double the performance and more than quadruple the chassis bandwidth as the legacy Catalyst 6500 it is built to replace, Cisco's Catalyst 9400 portfolio brings switch technology into the current era of networking driven by security, mobility, Internet of Things, and cloud.
Catalyst 9400 switches are available with 4-slot, 7-slot, and 10-slot chassis. Two of the slots on each chassis are reserved for redundant supervisor cards, making 2, 5, or 8 slots open for line cards. Max bandwidth per line-card slot is 480 Gbps. Switching performance can reach 1.44 Terabits per second and forwarding performance on Supervisor Module can reach 9 Tbps with the 10-slot chassis. All Catalyst 9400 chassis offer 90W UPOE+ on every access port, secure segmentation with Software-Defined Access and N+N/N+1 power redundancy for high availability. The Catalyst 9400 4-slot switch can support 96 10/100/1000 ports, 5G/10G mGig ports, or 10G SFP+ ports. The Catalyst 9400 7-slot switch supports 240 ports, and the Catalyst 9400 10-slot supports 384 ports. All Catalyst 9400 switches can support 2 non-blocking 40 Gigabit Ethernet Quad Small Form-Factor Pluggable uplinks and 8 non-blocking 10 Gigabit SFP+ uplinks.
The Catalyst 9500 product line includes fixed core and edge services switches designed for the large campus. Catalyst 9500 switches are powered by Cisco IOS XE and the the family includes the first infrastructure technology to deliver switching rates above 25 Terabits per second.
Catalyst 9500 appliances provide up to 6.4 Tbps switching performance with forwarding throughput up to 2 Billion Packet per Second. Catalyst 9500 appliances can support up to 32 nonblocking 100 GB QSFP28 optical ports, 32 nonblocking 40 Gigabit 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 for high availability.
Catalyst 9500X switches support up to 25.6 Terabits per second switching performance with up to 2 Billion Packet per Second forwarding capacity. Catalyst 9500X devices deliver up to 28 nonblocking 40/100 Gigabit QSFP28 optical ports or 8 nonblocking 40/100/200/400 G QSFP-DD ports. The 9500X product line also includes chip-level capability for line-rate 256-bit 802.1AE Media Access Control Security (MACsec) and WAN-MACsec1 data encryption.
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 performance as high as 25.6 Tbps and can support as many as 256 nonblocking 10/25/50 Gigabit ports, 96 nonblocking 40/100G Gigabit ports, or 8 nonblocking 200/400 GE QSFP-DD ports. The Catalyst 9600 switch also provides 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 environments. The Catalyst 9600 chassis uses a passive backplane, so you can change out fan tray, power supplies, and line cards without disruption.
End-of-Life Catalyst Products Still Supported by Progent's Consultants
Progent's Cisco CCIE-certified consultants have broad backgrounds providing remote and on-premises support expertise for legacy Catalyst switches which have reached End of Life or End of Support. These legacy Catalyst switches often cost more to operate and support than current switches, provide lower performance and fewer features, and for some cases may expose businesses to compliance and liability risks. Progent's consultants can help you to support and repair these legacy Cisco products and can in addition assist you to design and execute non-disruptive migrations to newer models within the Catalyst family or to solutions from the Cisco Nexus portfolio of network switches which build upon Catalyst design experience.
Catalyst Express 500 Family of Switches
Cisco's Catalyst Express 500 family of fixed-configuration switches are intended for companies with up to 250 workers and provide the dependability, security, extensibility, and feature set small businesses need at an affordable cost. Power over Ethernet support makes it easy to add network devices like wireless access points and IP TV cameras.
Models of the Catalyst Express 500 switches support up to 24 10/100/1000BASE-T ports plus the option of backup power with auto fail-over for extra reliability. Interoperation with Cisco access points helps organizations to set up a local wireless network rapidly and effectively. The Catalyst Express 500 platform offers solid security against malicious attacks With the Cisco Self-Defending Network technology and Cisco Clean Access solutions.
Cisco Catalyst 2940 Switch
Catalyst 2900 Series non-modular, managed 10/100 Ethernet switches provide basic small-group networking for small to medium-sized companies. These wire-rate desktop switches deliver Cisco IOS Software features for basic data, video, and voice support at the network edge. The Catalyst 2940 family of managed switches are compact, stackable devices with eight Ethernet connections plus one integrated Fast Ethernet or Gbit Ethernet uplink. The enclosures can be deployed away from the wiring cabinet in cramped office spaces like on a worker's desk or in a classroom.
Cisco Catalyst 2960-S Switch
The Cisco Catalyst 2960-S Series are fixed switches intended for small companies and branches. Current versions have 24 or 48 1Gb Ethernet ports, four 1-Gigabit or two 10-GB Ethernet uplink connections, and deliver switching capacity of up to 176 Gbps. Cisco's FlexStack technology permits as many as four 2960-S chassis to be grouped in a FlexStack stack to act like one switching unit that offers 40 Gbps of stacking throughput and that reduces management expense with single-switch configuration. Cisco's IPv6 FHS capability protects against address interception and malicious attacks.
Catalyst 3560 Family Switches
Cisco's Catalyst 3560 family is a line of non-modular switches that includes IEEE 802.3af and Power over Ethernet capability in Fast Ethernet and 10/100/1000 Ethernet configurations. The Cisco Catalyst 3560 Series switch is an ideal Layer 2 switch for small enterprise network connectivity or branch-offices, offering both 10/100/1000 and Power over Ethernet (PoE) options for high productivity while facilitating the deployment of vital technology including Voice over IP, wireless access, video surveillance, and remote video kiosks. Customers can deploy network-wide intelligent features including quality of service (QoS), rate management, ACLs, multicast management, and fast IP routing with the ease of conventional LAN switching.
Cisco's Catalyst 3560 family switch has a powerful array of features that permit network expandability and enhanced availability through IP routing as well as a complete suite of Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) improvements aimed to maximize availability in a Layer 2 network. Improvements to the conventional Spanning Tree Protocol, such as PVST+, Uplink Fast, and Port Fast, as well as enhancements like Flex Links Layer 2 interfaces, contribute to network efficiency. PVST+ allows for Data Link Layer load sharing on backup connections to efficiently use the extra capacity associated with a redundant architecture.
Efficient technologies such as Open Shortest Path First (OPSF), Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol, Border Gateway Protocol, static routing, and PBR increase system capacity; Protocol Independent Multicast increases resource utilization; and Virtual Route Forwarding Lite (VRFLite) secures network traffic.
Cisco Catalyst 3750 Family Switches
For midsized businesses and enterprise branch offices, Cisco's Catalyst 3750 switch simplifies deployment of converged technologies and accommodates changing competitive needs by offering setup versatility, ability to manage converged network traffic, and management-free configuration of smart network services. In addition, the Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series switch is engineered for high-volume Gigabit Ethernet deployments and incorporates a wide selection of switches that meet the access, aggregation, and backbone-connectivity demands of small or mid-size networks.
The Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series has either the IP Base or the IP Services image. The IP Base image features include industry-leading quality of service (QoS), rate-limiting, access control lists (ACLs), and simple static and RIP routing support. The IP Services image offers a richer selection of high-end functions, such as advanced built-in IP unicast and multicast routing.
StackWise technology is a stacking architecture optimized for Gigabit interfaces. This technology is intended to react to installs, deletions, and redeployments while maintaining dependable operation. StackWise unites as many as 9 individual switches into a single functional device, utilizing custom stack-interface cables and software. The individual switches can be any mix of Cisco's Catalyst 3750 Series switches and the Cisco Catalyst 3750-E Series switches. The stack behaves as a single switching unit that is directed by a control switch, selected from one of the stack of switches. The control switch automatically creates and keeps current all the switching and optional routing databases. A working stack can accommodate new members or remove existing switches with no service discontinuity.
Cisco Catalyst 2960 Series Switches and Catalyst 3560-CX Switches
Cisco's Catalyst 2960-CX is a fixed-configuration managed switch that is compact, fanless, power efficient, and includes a variety of mounting alternatives. The device has eight 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports and two Gigabit Ethernet uplinks and has an option for Power over Ethernet. Cisco's Catalyst 3560-CX appliance is a fixed-port managed switch housed in a compact, noiseless and low-power enclosure that can be placed virtually anywhere convenient. Versions are offered with 8 or 12 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports or with six 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports plus 2 multigigabit Ethernet ports. Up to four uplink ports are available, and Power over Ethernet is also an option.
Cisco's Catalyst 2960-L line includes value-priced fixed-configuration managed switches designed for small offices, retail areas, and other environments where space is at a premium. Catalyst 2900-L low-profile switches include eight to 48 Gigabit Ethernet ports and either 2 or 4 Small Form-Factor Pluggable uplink ports. Power over Ethernet support reduces clutter and fanless operation for the 8- versions eliminates noise. RJ-45 interfaces accommodate 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T and 1000BASE-T SFP-based ports.
Cisco Catalyst 2960-X and Catalyst 2960-XR switches improve on the 2690-S family by delivering switching performance as high as 216 Gbps and providing Cisco's FlexStack-Plus stacking technology via a hot-swappable module that can combine 8 Catalyst switches in a stack with 80 Gbps of stacking performance. Cisco Catalyst 2900 family switches also work with NetFlow-Lite for conserving forwarding data for analysis. The Catalyst 2960-XR switch is capable of L3 dynamic routing, offering the convenience of using a single switch for L2 and L3 routing.
Cisco Catalyst 3650 and Catalyst 3850 Switches
Catalyst 3650 and Catalyst 3850 switches are fixed-configuration, stackable access switches based on Cisco's IOS XE control software and featuring comprehensive wireless network controller capability that lets you converge wired and wireless networks on a single device powered by a single operating system. Cisco offers models with 24 or 48 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports with PoE plus, four 1GE or four 10GE uplinks, and support for up to nine switches per FlexStack stack. All models provide expandable QoS, fast switchover for maximum uptime, software support for IPv4 and IPv6 routing, multicast routing, and enhanced security.
Since wireless traffic is visible at the Catalyst 3000 Series switch, administrators can spot and assign priorities to wireless data by means of Cisco's FNF technology along with advanced Quality of Service features for a better user environment and faster problem mediation. Multigigabit Ethernet switching supports the high-throughput called for by the new 802.11ac Wave 2 wireless specification using existing cabling solutions. (For information about Progent's consulting services for Cisco's 802.11ac Aironet wireless technology, and Meraki cloud-managed access points, visit Configuration and Troubleshooting Consulting Services for Cisco Wireless Products.)
The Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series switch offers stacking throughput of 160 Gbps and supports as many as 25 wireless APs and 1000 wireless clients per stack. The Catalyst 3850 delivers stacking performance of 480 Gbps and can control up to 50 Wi-Fi access points and 2000 Wi-Fi clients per stack. Catalyst 3850 SFP Fiber Switches incorporate 12 or 24 1G fiber connections at line rate, offering long distance connectivity, enhanced protection, and a consistent wired and wireless experience.
Catalyst 4500-E and Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches
Cisco's Catalyst 4500-E Series and and Catalyst 4500-X Series switches are designed for campus access and distribution environments where space for infrastructure hardware is at a premium. Powered by Cisco's IOS XE control software, the Catalyst 4500-E and 4500-X product lines simplify virtualization by supporting Cisco's Easy Virtual Network (EVN) and VSS technologies. Virtualization makes it possible to segment a physical network into a number of virtual networks (VNs) whose data and control planes are logically separate. This provides the high resource utilization, security and compliance, resilience, and simplified management needed for Cloud environments or other scenarios where a single resource pool is shared by applications and services that need to run in total isolation from one another. EVN simplifies the task of deploying VNs and can be expanded to 32 VNs for each switch. Easy Virtual Network incorporates features of Multi-virtual routing and forwarding (VRF) and includes additional features including VNET Tags and a simple technique for duplicating replicating routes between VNs. VSS technology makes it easy to configure Catalyst 4500-E and 4500-X Series switches to create zero-downtime virtual networks with optimized load balancing.
Catalyst 4500-E Series Switches
The Supervisor Engine for for the Catalyst 4500-E switch includes an integrated wireless controller that supports Cisco's Unified Access solution for wired and wireless convergence. this is the initial Catalyst supervisor to allow wired plus wireless services on a single platform powered by Cisco's IOS XE software. Features include Cisco's Flexible NetFlow solution for traffic analytics encompassing wired and Wi-Fi networks, TrustSec/SGT2 wired/wireless data security, predictable QoS for wired and Wi-Fi networks, and the expansion of Nonstop Forwarding with Stateful Switchover to cover Wi-Fi traffic for world-quality availability.
Available in chassis that have from three to 10 plug-in slots, Catalyst 4500-E Series switches with Supervisor 8-E can support as many as 384 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, 193 1GE fiber fiber ports, 96 10GE fiber connections, and eight 10-Gigabit Ethernet uplink ports. Cisco's Supervisor Engine 8-E delivers as much as 928 Gbps of wired capacity for each system and up to 20 Gbps of wireless termination performance. 50 wireless APs and 2000 wireless users can be handled on each chassis, and 250 access points and 4000 clients are managed in a multi-switch installation without a separate wireless network controller.
Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches
Cisco's Catalyst 4500-X Series switches are fixed 10GE aggregation platforms that can deliver 800 Gbps of core switching performance per chassis. The Catalyst 4500-X switch supports as many as 32 10GE connections on the baseboard and eight additional 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports on the optional expansion module for a total of 40 10GE connections. Eight 10-Gigabit Ethernet uplinks are also available via another module. In addition to offering zero-downtime operation and easy management, Cisco's VSS technology on Catalyst 4500-X switches provides increased system performance of up to 1.6 Tbps by enabling all available capacity across redundant Catalyst 4500-X switches. Additional advanced features include FNF technology for capacity planning, TrustSec protection, and fast, hardware-based IPv6 forwarding.
Catalyst 6500 and Catalyst 6800 Series Switches
Catalyst 6500 Series and Catalyst 6800 switches are campus core platforms that share the proven DNA of the Catalyst 6500 family of products, which were introduced more than a decade ago and which have been continually enhanced ever since. Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Cisco Catalyst 6800 switches offer identical features and operation, and the modular Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL switch accepts the Catalyst 6500 Series Supervisor Engine 2T and its family of line cards and modules. This mutual compatibility and commitment to ongoing improvement preserves your information technology expenditures and enables you to update your network with minimal downtime or management staff retraining.
Shared features of Catalyst 6500 Series and Cisco Catalyst 6800 modular switches that have Cisco's Supervisor Engine 2T include the Cisco ISE technology for convenient, centralized management to ensure consistent policy throughout a distributed environment, VSS Quad Sup SSO (VS4O) capability for 99.999% uptime via multi-level redundancy, and Cisco's LISP protocol to facilitate roaming and device mobility and to simplify network virtualization and migration to IPv6. Other virtual networking features to partition specific user groups and support the special security and QoS policy needs of every group include Layer 2 and Layer 3 VPN, full MPLS, EVN, VPN Routing and Forwarding-aware technology for NAT NetFlow, IPv6 over IPv4 GRE Tunnels, and Layer 2 extensions with virtual private LAN services. For unified wired/wireless environments, the WiSM2 controller Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Catalyst 6800 Series modular switches supports up to 1000 wireless access points and 15,000 wireless users.
Catalyst 6500-E Switches
The Catalyst 6500-E family of modular switches are intended for aggregation and campus backbone networks that require maximum uptime and high concentrations of 10/100/1000 Ethernet, 1 GE fiber, or 10 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet access ports. Models come with three to 13 slots and work with a wide selection of interface modules. Integrated service modules support wireless, network monitoring, and security and compliance. Just E-Series versions of Cisco's extensive line of Catalyst 6500 switches accept Cisco's Supervisor Engine 2T.
The entry-level Catalyst 6503-E switch has a 4RU form factor, holds 3 slots, and offers as much as 180 Gbps of switching bandwidth on each slot. The Catalyst 6503-E can support 97 1-Gigabit Ethernet ports, up to 99 1GE fiber connections, up to 34 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports, and up to 8 40-Gigabit Ethernet ports.
The top-of-the-line Cisco Catalyst 6513-E switch has a 19 rack unit, 13-slot form factor and offers as much as 180 Gbps of capacity on each slot, providing a system bandwidth as high as 4 Tbps. A Virtual Switching System configured system can handle 8 Tbps of throughout. The Cisco Catalyst 6513-E Series switch supports a maximum of 529 10/100/1000 Ethernet access ports, up to 534 1GE fiber ports, 180 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports, and up to 44 40GE access ports.
Catalyst 6800 Series Switches
Catalyst 6800 switches are campus backbone platforms designed to provide optimal 10/40/100 Gigabit Ethernet services. The Catalyst 6880-X switch is a fixed, compact switch for high-density Ethernet designed for small or midsize campus cores. The 6880-X switch supports as much as 2 Tbps capacity and includes four slots for plug-in port cards. The top port density per chassis is 80 10/100/1000 Ethernet connections or 10GE access ports or as many as 20 40-Gigabit Ethernet access ports. With VSS, these switches can deliver 4 Tbps bandwidth and support as many as 158 1 Gigabit Ethernet access ports or 10-Gigabit Ethernet access ports or up to 20 40GE ports.
The modular Catalyst 6807-XL switch comes in a 10-rack-unit form factor that has 7 expansion slots and accepts existing Supervisor Engine 2T cards and modules. (Two of the slots are reserved for the Supervisor Engine and five are for expansion modules.) The Catalyst 6807-XL switch offers as much as 880 Gbps of switching capacity on each slot and a total of 11.4 Tbps of full-duplex switching capacity while supporting up to 240 1 Gigabit Ethernet access ports or 1GE fiber connections, up to 80 10GE ports or 20 40GE ports. an 6807-XL system configured with Cisco's Virtual Switching System can support 22.8 Tbps of switching capacity, 480 1 Gigabit Ethernet access ports or 1GE fiber connections, up to 160 10GE access ports or 40 40GE access ports.
How Progent Can Assist You with Catalyst Switches
Progent can provide the remote or onsite support services of Cisco CCIE-certified consultants who have broad backgrounds delivering Catalyst switch technology support for small and medium sized businesses, branches, enterprises, data centers, Cloud environments, and service providers. Progent's practice areas include Cisco's Catalyst and Nexus lines of managed switches and Cisco's IOS, IOS-XR and NX-OS operating systems. Services offered by Progent's experts for Cisco Catalyst switches include proof-of-concept testing and validation, system analysis and monitoring, network architecture planning, migrations and project management, network virtualization, wired and wireless unification, network management, performance optimization, problem mitigation, disaster recovery and business continuity planning, and network security assessment and verification.
Progent's Cisco-certified consultants have broad expertise with open standards as well as with Cisco-owned protocols and technologies associated with switching and routing including Border Gateway Protocol, MPLS, PIM, VPNs, Spanning-Tree Protocol, VLANs, Cisco FabricPath, VPC, HSRP, VRRP, OSPF, Virtual Switching System (VSS), and Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP). Progent's network consultants also offer familiarity with key networking technologies such as TCP/IP protocols, IPv4, IPv6, EIGRP, Routing Information Protocol (RIP), and IGMP. Progent's CISSP-ISSAP certified data security and compliance consultants can assist you to develop an enterprise-wide security and compliance strategy and implement Catalyst switches so that they provide optimal support for your security posture.
In case you require the highest available Ethernet density or extremely low latency switches for an enterprise-class data center, Progent can assist your organization to analyze, plan, and manage a transition to Cisco's Nexus Series switches. To learn about Progent's consulting services for Nexus Series switches, see Cisco Nexus Switch consulting services available from Progent. Progent can also help you to connect Catalyst data center switches with Meraki aggregation switches. (See Cisco Meraki switch integration consultants.)
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