The Catalyst family of modular and fixed-configuration managed switches offers speed and intelligence at the access, aggregation, and backbone levels of converged voice, HD video, and high bandwidth data networks for businesses that range from small businesses and branches to multi-campus enterprises and SPs. Progent's Cisco-certified CCIE consultants can provide remote and onsite support for Catalyst family switches to help you to plan a cost-effective network topology that addresses your unique business needs, set up proof-of-concept testing, install Catalyst switches, implement and validate a sensible security and compliance plan, automate network management and performance tracking, deliver troubleshooting and maintenance services, maximize switch performance, and set up Catalyst's high-availability (HA) solutions to achieve near-zero downtime.

Progent can help you to maintain and troubleshoot your legacy Catalyst switches or migrate efficiently to current models of Catalyst switches adhering to leading practices to ensure that you receive the maximum return from your investment in your IT infrastructure.

The need for smart, fast switching is driven by a combination of fairly new networking patterns whose overall impact is a virtual tsunami of traffic:

  • Cloud and Internet of Things (IoT) networking and an associated reliance on massive virtualization
  • The pervasiveness of BYOD computing
  • Bandwidth-intensive HD video applications
  • Social business technologies
  • The rise of Big Data in enterprise data analytics
  • Ever more advanced cyberattacks like ransomware
Private, public and hybrid clouds are only financially feasible by utilizing virtualization technology. Virtualized infrastructures slash expenses by allowing very high resource utilization and demanding minimal real estate and power consumption. However this also means that comparatively sparse network resources have to accommodate substantial amounts of traffic. The Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) revolution has caused a steep rise in the amount of mobile users that have be supported by business networks, and these clients tend to run a high percentage of bandwidth-intensive, HD video applications. Social media for business is replacing traditional email as the main enabler of collaboration and is producing a growing requirement for data. Enterprises who are trying to remain competitive are adopting Big Data techniques to search through enormous and disparate repositories of information, which as a result generates Big Network Traffic. These trends are relatively new, and combined they create a critical demand for a new class of switches that feature much more capacity, control, uptime and ease of management than older solutions were designed to deliver.

Cisco's latest portfolio of Catalyst switches are best suited for the distribution and core layers levels of enterprise campus deployments where office workers must be provided for by offering predictable high throughput, strict user access control, careful group isolation, application awareness, and wired and wireless convergence. Catalyst series switches are designed to meet the need for speed and control with features that include high-port-count 10, 40, and 100 Gigabit Ethernet services, switching capacity more than 25T per switch, a powerful catalog of tools such as EVN to simplify the deployment of virtual networks, VSS technology for stateful interchassis failover with subsecond backup switch restoration and 99.999% availability, IPv4 and IPv6 support, Application Visibility and Control to optimize network resource usage, and advanced Quality of Service tools for critical data control.

Catalyst Switches Consulting and Troubleshooting

Cisco Has Developed Catalyst Switching Solutions for Businesses of Any Size

Cisco Catalyst switches enable businesses of all sizes to benefit from incorporating intelligent switching services into their network architecture, creating an environment that can handle current requirements, scale to support expected growth, protect sensitive data, and separate and control processes to optimize network productivity.

Catalyst 1000 Series Fixed Ethernet Switches
Catalyst 1000 Series Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 1000 Layer 2 network access switches are small form factor, fixed switches intended for small businesses and branches with up to 250 users and with minimal in-house IT expertise. The Catalyst 1000 line includes fanless models for noiseless operation outside a wiring closet in an office environment. Mounting kits include desktop, wall or shelf mount, standard rack mount, and DIN rail mount. Designed as an easy upgrade for Catalyst 2960-L or 2960-Plus Series deployments, Cisco's Catalyst 1000 portfolio includes versions with 8 to 48G Ethernet ports or 24 to 48 Fast Ethernet 10/100M ports.

Catalyst Series 1000 set up and management are easy via a web interface or CLI, security is enterprise-class, and Power over Ethernet capability with an automatically allocated 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 1000 appliances are nonblocking line-rate devices, and all are based on Cisco's venerable IOS Software. Quality-of-Service (QoS) capabilities include egress queues on every port as well as priority packet queuing to provide optimized throughput for data, IP voice, and video data. Catalyst 1000 switches also feature Shaped Round Robin (SRR) scheduling and Weighted Tail Drop congestion management.

Cisco Catalyst 9000 Series Fixed and Modular Managed Switches
The Catalyst 9000 line of switches includes modular and fixed units and supports all deployment models including access, aggregation, and core switching. The Cisco Catalyst 9000 family includes switches with the appropriate value proposition to connect people and things in venues ranging from small businesses and branches to major enterprises. Catalyst 9000 switches can be configured to implement any combination of onsite facilities, private/public clouds, and hybrid network models. Unified management utilities and cutting-edge security solutions reduce expenses by cutting operational overhead and protecting critical IT assets. Cisco's 9000X family of switches offer converged switching and routing, introducing the first combination of 400G QSFP-DD ports along with full multigigabit and Power-over-Ethernet ports.

Cisco Catalyst 9000 Series Managed Switches Experts

Cisco Catalyst 9000 Switches Are Built for a Hybrid Landscape

Catalyst 9200 Series Switches ExpertsWith double the backplane stacking bandwidth for around half the cost of the end-of-life Catalyst 2960-X and 2960-XR switches they are intended to replace, Catalyst 9200 Series switches are a natural infrastructure upgrade for small branches and midsize campus environments. The 9200 product line includes models that support 24 or 48 ports with full PoE+; 80-160 Gbps stacking bandwidth; and Layer 3 features such as OSPF, EIGRP, IS-IS link-state protocol, and routed access. Cisco Catalyst 9200 switches are powered by Cisco IOS XE.

The Catalyst 9200 offers 160-Gbps backplane stacking bandwidth, supports onsite-replaceable redundant power supplies and fans, and supports swappable modules with 4x1G, 4x1/10G, 2x25G, or 2x40G uplink. The Catalyst 9200 Enhanced VN model supports as many as 32 Virtual Networks and delivers 160-Gbps stacking performance. The Catalyst 9200L delivers 80-Gbps backplane stacking throughput. The Catalyst 9200L multigigabit and the Catalyst 9200 multigigabit offer wireless bandwidth tuning with 8 or 12 multigigabit ports as fast as 10G.

Catalyst 9300 Switches ExpertsCatalyst 9300 Series switches are fixed, stackable devices for high-density enterprise access switching. Advanced capabilities provided with models in the Catalyst 9300 family include 1T backplane stacking performance, stackable high-speed fiber, up to 448 mGig Ethernet ports and 288 ports of 90W UPOE+ with an 8-device configuration, end-to-end IPsec tunnel with AES-256 Encryption and speeds up to 100G, redundant fans and power, plus StackPower cables common throughout the entire Catalyst 9300 family.

Based on Cisco IOS XE, devices in the Catalyst 9300 family support automated device provisioning, API-based configuration, high-granularity visibility for close to realtime monitoring, and seamless software updates and patching. Security capabilities include Encrypted Traffic Analytics (ETA) as well as AES-256 MACsec and IPSec encryption, and Trust Anchor Technologies with Image signing and Secure Boot. Cloud cybersecurity is strengthened because Catalyst 9300 Series switches have the ability to host the Cisco Umbrella agent directly. This makes it possible for businesses to implement their DNS policies at a granular user or group level to block BYOD or IoT users from accessing dangerous websites.

The entry-level Cisco Catalyst 9300L switch provides up to 320G backplane stacking bandwidth and supports 12 100M/1G/2.5G/5G/10G ports and 36 10M/100M/1G ports. The 9300L utilizes fixed rather than modular uplink hardware for 4 1G, 4 10G, or 2 40G ports. The Cisco Catalyst 9300 switch offers 480G of backplane stacking capacity 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 performance supported are 1G, 10G, 25G, or 40G. The top-of-the-line Cisco Catalyst 9300X switch delivers 1T backplane stacking throughput and offers 48 10G port density. The 9300X supports modular uplinks with dual-rate 100G/40G, multirate 25G/10G/1G, or mGig. Cisco 90W Universal Power Over Ethernet+ (UPOE+) supports IoT-intensive environments such as smart buildings. Cisco offers hardware to support 100G IPsec.

Catalyst 9400 Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 9400 Series appliances are modular switches based on Cisco IOS XE and intended for medium-size and large campus access deployments. Delivering twice the throughput and more than quadruple the chassis bandwidth as the legacy Catalyst 6500 line it is built to replace, Cisco's Catalyst 9400 family brings switch technology into the modern age of connectivity driven by security, 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 redundant supervisor cards, making 2, 5, or 8 slots available for line cards. Maximum bandwidth scalability for each line-card slot is 480 Gbps. 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 appliances offer 90W UPOE+ on every port, secure network segmentation with Software-Defined Access (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 switch supports 240 ports, and the Catalyst 9400 10-slot supports 384 ports. All Catalyst 9400 appliances can support 2 non-blocking 40 Gigabit Ethernet Quad Small Form-Factor Pluggable uplinks and 8 non-blocking 10G SFP+ uplinks.

Catalyst 9500 Switches ExpertsThe Catalyst 9500 product line consists of fixed core and edge services appliances intended for the enterprise 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 above 25 Tbps.

Catalyst 9500 appliances deliver up to 6.4 Tbps 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 40 Gigabit QSFP+ ports, 48 nonblocking 25 Gigabit SFP28 ports, or 48 nonblocking 10G ports. You can configure MEC multipathing across StackWise-Virtual members to achieve high availability.

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

Cisco Catalyst 9600 Switches ConsultantsCatalyst 9600 Series switches are modular core and distribution appliances intended for the enterprise campus. The 6-slot 9600 Series chassis using a Catalyst 9600X Series Supervisor delivers switching capacity up to 25.6 Terabits per second and can support up to 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 also supports dual-rate 40G/100G and 10G/25G optics. Two chassis slots are reserved for high-availability supervisors. You can mix and match a variety of line cards for core and aggregation environments. The Catalyst 9600 chassis uses a passive backplane, so you can replace fan tray, power supplies, and line cards without disruption.

Legacy Catalyst Products Still Supported by Progent
Progent's Cisco certified network consultants have extensive experience delivering remote and on-premises support expertise for legacy Catalyst switches for which Cisco has announced End of Life. These outdated Catalyst switches typically cost more to manage and support than contemporary models, deliver less capacity and functionality, and for many situations can expose organizations to compliance and even liability risks. Progent are available to help your business to support and repair these older switches and can in addition help you to plan and execute seamless migrations to newer products within the Catalyst line or to solutions from the Cisco Nexus portfolio of switches which build upon Catalyst design experience.

Catalyst Express 500 and 520 Switches
Catalyst Express 500 and 520 Series Switches ConsultantsThe Catalyst Express 500 line of managed Ethernet switches are intended for organizations with as many as 250 workers and provide the reliability, protection, expandability, and feature set small and mid-sized companies require at an affordable price. PoE capability makes it easy to install network appliances like VoIP phones and IP cameras.

Models of the Cisco Catalyst Express 500 and 520 managed switches support from 8 to 24 10/100/1000BASE-T ports as well as optional redundant power supplies with automatic fail-over for extra dependability. Integration with Cisco wireless access points allows organizations to build a wireless LAN network quickly and easily. The Catalyst Express 500 platform provides solid protection against viruses With Cisco's Self-Defending Network technology and Cisco Clean Access solutions. Catalyst 2940 Switch
Cisco Catalyst 2900 Series Switches Professional ServicesCatalyst 2900 non-modular, managed Ethernet switches provide fundamental small-group networking for small to medium-sized businesses. These wire-rate desktop switches deliver Cisco IOS Software features for simple mixed-media traffic control at the edge of the network. The Cisco Catalyst 2940 line of fixed-configuration switches are compact, entry-level switches with eight Ethernet ports plus a single built-in Fast or Gigabit Ethernet uplink. The enclosures can be deployed outside the wiring cabinet in space-constrained areas like on or under a worker's desk or in a classroom.

Cisco Catalyst 2960-S Switch
The Catalyst 2960-S Series are fixed-configuration switches intended for small companies and branches. Current versions incorporate either 24 or 48 1Gb Ethernet ports, four 1-Gigabit or two 10-GB Ethernet uplink ports, and deliver throughput of 176 Gbps. Cisco's FlexStack technology permits four 2960-S chassis to be grouped in a FlexStack stack to perform like one switch that provides 40 Gbps of stacking bandwidth and that reduces operational costs because of one-switch configuration. IPv6 First Hop Security capability protects against IPv6 address theft and malicious attacks.

Catalyst 3560 Series Switches
Cisco 3560 Family Switches Professional ServicesCisco's Catalyst 3560 family is a selection of non-modular switches that features IEEE 802.3af and Cisco PoE functionality in 10/100 Ethernet and Gigabit configurations. The Cisco Catalyst 3560 Series switch is an ideal access-layer switch for small enterprise LAN connectivity or branch-offices, combining both Gigabit and Power over Ethernet (PoE) options for high productivity while streamlining the deployment of key applications such a Voice over IP, wireless connectivity, video surveillance, and building management systems. IT managers can activate comprehensive intelligent features including quality of service, rate limiting, access control lists, multicast administration, and high-performance IP routing with the ease of conventional LAN switching.

The Cisco Catalyst 3560 family switch has a powerful array of capabilities that allow for network scalability and higher availability through IP routing plus a full suite of Spanning Tree Protocol enhancements designed to increase availability in an access Layer LAN. Enhancements to the conventional Spanning Tree Protocol, including Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Plus (PVST+), Uplink Fast, and Port Fast, as well as innovations such as Flex Links, contribute to network uptime. Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Plus (PVST+) supports Data Link Layer load balancing on redundant connections to take advantage of the extra bandwidth associated with a redundant design.

Efficient routing protocols including Open Shortest Path First (OPSF), Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP), BGP, and Policy Based Routing improve network scale; Protocol Independent Multicast improves resource utilization; and VRFLite secures network traffic.

Catalyst 3750 Family Switches
Cisco Catalyst 3750 Family Switches ConsultantsFor mid-size businesses and corporate branches, Cisco's Catalyst 3750 switch facilitates integration of unified applications and adapts to changing competitive environments by providing configuration flexibility, ability to manage converged network traffic, and management-free configuration of intelligent system functions. In addition, Cisco's Catalyst 3750 Series is designed for high-density Gigabit Ethernet environments and incorporates a wide range of switches that meet the access, aggregation, and backbone-interface demands of small or mid-size networks.

The Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series switch has the IP Base or the Services image. The IP Base image features include advanced quality of service, rate-limiting, ACLs, and basic static and Routing Information Protocol routing capability. The IP Services image provides a richer selection of enterprise-grade functions, including advanced hardware-based IP unicast/multicast routing.

StackWise technology is an architecture designed for Gigabit interfaces. This technology is designed to react to additions, deletions, and relocations while providing consistent performance. StackWise technology unites up to nine individual switches into a single functional device, utilizing custom stack-interconnect cables and utilities. Any of the switches can be any mix of Cisco's Catalyst 3750 Series and the 3750-E Series. The stack operates as a single switching device that is directed by a master switch, chosen from one of the member switches. The master switch intelligently builds and keeps current all the switching and optional routing databases. A running stack can accept new switches or delete old switches with no operational interruption.

Catalyst 2960 Series Switches and Catalyst 3560-CX Switches
Cisco Catalyst 2900 Series Switches Integration and TroubleshootingCisco's Catalyst 2960-CX is a fixed-port switch that is low-profile, fanless, low power, and allows a variety of mounting options. 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-configuration switch housed in a sleek, quiet and low-power enclosure that can be mounted almost anywhere outside a wiring closet. Versions are offered with 8 or 12 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports or with six 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports and 2 multigigabit Ethernet ports. Two or four uplinks are available, and Power over Ethernet is also an option.

Cisco Catalyst 2900-L Switches ConsultingCisco's Catalyst 2960-L line includes entry-level fixed-configuration switches targeted for branch offices, retail venues, and other places where space is at a premium. Catalyst 2900-L low-profile appliances have eight to 48 GE ports and 2 or 4 SFP uplink ports. PoE support saves space and fanless design for most models does away with noise. RJ-45 interfaces handle 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T and 1000BASE-T SFP-based ports.

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X and 2960-XR switches improve on the 2690-S line by offering switching capacity of up to 216 Gbps and supporting Cisco's FlexStack-Plus stacking technology by means of a live-swappable module that can combine 8 Catalyst switches in a FlexStack Plus stack with 80 Gbps of stacking performance. Cisco Catalyst 2900 Series switches also support NetFlow-Lite for flow-based traffic monitoring. The Catalyst 2960-XR switch is capable of L3 dynamic routing, providing the convenience of having one switch for L2 and L3 routing.

Cisco Catalyst 3650 and Catalyst 3850 Switches
Cisco Catalyst 3650 Switch and Catalyst 3850 Switches ConsultantsCatalyst 3650 and Catalyst 3850 switches are fixed, stackable network access devices powered by Cisco's IOS XE operating system and featuring comprehensive wireless controller functionality that lets you control wired and wireless networks on a single platform powered by one operating system. Cisco offers versions with 24 or 48 10/100/1000 Ethernet connections with PoE plus, four 1GE or four 10-GB Ethernet uplinks, and support for as many as 9 Catalyst switches per stack. All models offer expandable QoS, fast failover for maximum availability, support in software for IPv4 and IPv6 routing, multicast routing, and enhanced security.

Since wireless data traffic is visible at the Catalyst 3000 family switch, administrators can spot and prioritize wireless traffic by means of Cisco's FNF technology and sophisticated Quality of Service capabilities for a better wireless user environment and faster problem isolation. Multigigabit Ethernet switching can handle the high-throughput defined by the new 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi standard using currently in-place cabling infrastructure. (To find out about Progent's consulting and support services for Cisco's 802.11ac Aironet wireless access points and wireless controllers, and Cisco's Meraki cloud-managed Wi-Fi APs, visit Configuration and Troubleshooting Support for Cisco Wireless Products.)

The Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series switch offers stacking throughput as high as 160 Gbps and can control up to 25 wireless APs and 1000 Wi-Fi clients on each stack. The Cisco Catalyst 3850 switch offers stacking performance of up to 480 Gbps and can control as many as 50 wireless APs and 2000 Wi-Fi users per stack. Cisco Catalyst 3850 SFP Fiber Switches incorporate 12 or 24 1G fiber ports at line rate on every port, offering long distance connections, enhanced security, and an identical wired/wireless user experience.

Cisco Catalyst 4500-E and Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches
Cisco's Catalyst 4500-E Series and and Catalyst 4500-X Series switches are designed for campus and distribution environments where physical space for infrastructure equipment is at a premium. Running Cisco's IOS XE operating system, both the 4500-E and 4500-X product lines facilitate network virtualization by supporting Cisco's Easy Virtual Network (EVN) and VSS technologies. Virtualization allows you to divide a hardware network into a number of virtual networks (VNs) whose data and control planes are logically distinct. This provides the high resource utilization, protection, recoverability, and ease of management required for Cloud computing or other scenarios where a single resource pool is used by software and services that need to operate in total privacy from each other. Easy Virtual Network speeds up the process of creating virtual networks and scales to 32 VNs for each switch. Easy Virtual Network utilizes features of Multi-VRF and provides additional technologies including VNET Tags and a simple way for duplicating replicating routes connecting virtual networks. Virtual Switching System technology makes it easy to set up Catalyst 4500-E and Catalyst 4500-X Series platforms to produce non-stop VNs with advanced traffic load balancing.

Cisco Catalyst 4500-E Switches
Cisco Catalyst 4500-E Family Switches Consulting FirmCisco's Supervisor Engine 8-E for the Catalyst 4500-E modular switch has a built-in wireless controller that works with Cisco's Unified Access solution for wired and wireless convergence. this is the initial Catalyst supervisor engine to allow wired plus wireless services on one platform powered by IOS XE. Features included are Cisco's Flexible NetFlow technology for application visibility across both wired and Wi-Fi networks, Cisco TrustSec/SGT2 wired/wireless data security, consistent QoS for wired and wireless networks, and the expansion of Nonstop Forwarding with Stateful Switchover (NSF/SSO) to include Wi-Fi traffic for enterprise-class high availability.

Offered in chassis with from three to 10 plug-in slots, Cisco Catalyst 4500-E switches can handle as many as 384 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, 193 Gigabit Ethernet fiber fiber ports, 96 10-Gigabit Ethernet fiber connections, and eight 10-Gigabit Ethernet uplinks. 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 capacity. 50 Wi-Fi APs and 2000 wireless clients can be supported on each chassis, and 250 access points and 4000 wireless clients are managed in a multi-switch installation without a standalone wireless network controller.

Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Switches
Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Family Switches Planning and Support ServicesCatalyst 4500-X Series switches are fixed 10GE aggregation platforms that provide up to 800 Gbps of core switching capacity per chassis. The Catalyst 4500-X switch supports up to 32 10GE ports on the unit's baseboard and eight additional 10GE ports on the optional expansion module for a total of up to 40 non-blocking 10GE ports. Eight 10GE uplink ports are also available via a separate module. In addition to offering non-stop performance and simple manageability, Cisco's virtual switching system technology on Catalyst 4500-X switches provides higher system performance of as much as 1.6 Tbps by activating all available capacity between redundant Catalyst 4500-X Series switches. Other advanced features include FNF technology for capacity planning, TrustSec protection, and fast, hardware-based IPv6 forwarding.

Cisco Catalyst 6500 and Catalyst 6800 Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 6500 and Cisco Catalyst 6800 switches are enterprise campus core switches that incorporate the proven DNA of the Catalyst 6500 line of products, which were introduced over a decade ago and which have been continually improved since then. Catalyst 6500 Series and Catalyst 6800 switches provide identical general features and operational consistency, and the modular Catalyst 6807-XL switch supports the Catalyst 6500 Supervisor Engine 2T and its portfolio of line cards and modules. This backwards compatibility and program of continual improvement preserves your technology expenditures and allows you to update your network backbone with minimal business disruption or management staff retraining.

Common attributes of Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Catalyst 6800 modular switches that have the Supervisor Engine 2T include the Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) for convenient, single-point management to ensure consistent policy throughout a distributed network, VSS technology for 99.999% uptime via multi-level redundancy, and Cisco's Campus Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP) to support roaming and device mobility and to simplify network virtualization and migration to IPv6. Other virtualization features to partition specific user groups and serve the unique security and QoS policy needs of every group include L2/L3 VPN, full Multiprotocol Label Switching, Easy Virtual Network (EVN), VPN Routing and Forwarding-aware technology for Network Address Translation (NAT) NetFlow, GRE for v4/v6, and L2 extensions with virtual private LAN services. For converged wired and wireless networking, the WiSM2 for Catalyst 6500 Series and Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series modular switches supports up to 1000 wireless APs and 15,000 wireless users.

Cisco Catalyst 6500-E Switches
Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switches ConsultantsThe Catalyst 6500-E family of modular switches are intended for distribution and campus core environments that need maximum availability and high densities of 10/100/1000 Ethernet, 1 Gigabit Ethernet fiber, and/or 10 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet ports. Available versions include three to 13 slots and work with a broad range of interface modules. Integrated service modules support wireless, network monitoring, and data protection. Just E-Series models of Cisco's broad line of 6500 switches work with Cisco's Supervisor Engine 2T.

The Catalyst 6503-E switch has a 4 rack unit chassis, holds 3 expansion slots, and delivers 180 Gbps of switching bandwidth per slot. The Cisco Catalyst 6503-E supports 97 10/100/1000 Ethernet access ports, up to 99 Gigabit Ethernet fiber connections, up to 34 10GE ports, and up to 8 40GE ports.

The high-end Catalyst 6513-E has a 19RU, 13-slot chassis and offers 180 Gbps of throughput on each slot, with a total system bandwidth as high as 4 Tbps. A VSS configured system can deliver up to 8 Tbps of throughout. The Catalyst 6513-E Series switch supports up to 529 10/100/1000 Ethernet access ports, up to 534 1GE fiber connections, 180 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections, and 44 40-Gigabit Ethernet connections.

Catalyst 6800 Switches
Cisco Catalyst 6800 Family Switches Consulting FirmCatalyst 6800 Series switches are programmable core switches designed to deliver optimal 10/40/100 GE services. The Catalyst 6880-X switch is a fixed-configuration, small form factor device for Ethernet aggregation designed for small or medium-size campus backbones. The Catalyst 6880-X delivers up to 2 Tbps switching throughput and has four slots for plug-in port cards. The top port density per chassis is 80 1 Gigabit Ethernet connections or 10GE access ports or as many as 20 40-Gigabit Ethernet access ports. Configured with Cisco's Virtual Switching System, a two-chassis system can provide 4 Tbps throughput and handle up to 158 10/100/1000 Ethernet access ports or 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports or as many as 20 40-Gigabit Ethernet connections.

The modular Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL switch has a 10-rack-unit form factor that has 7 expansion slots and supports existing Supervisor Engine 2T line cards and modules. (Two slots are reserved for the Supervisor Engine and five are for expansion modules.) The Catalyst 6807-XL switch offers up to 880 Gbps of switching throughput on each slot and up to 11.4 Tbps of full-duplex switching capacity while handling up to 240 1 Gigabit Ethernet ports or 1GE fiber connections, up to 80 10GE connections or 20 40-Gigabit Ethernet access ports. A two-chassis 6807-XL system configured with VSS is capable of supporting 22.8 Tbps of switching bandwidth, 480 1 Gigabit Ethernet ports or 1GE fiber connections, up to 160 10-Gigabit Ethernet access ports or 40 40-Gigabit Ethernet connections.

How Progent Can Assist Your Business with Catalyst Series Switches
Progent offers the online or on-premises expertise of Cisco CCIE-certified consultants who have extensive experience providing Catalyst switch solutions for small and midsize organizations, branches, enterprise campuses, data centers, Cloud environments, and service providers. Progent's practice areas include Catalyst and Nexus families of smart switches and with Cisco's IOS, IOS-XR and NX-OS control software. Support services available from Progent for Cisco Catalyst switches include proof-of-concept testing and validation, system analysis, network architecture planning, migrations and project management, network virtualization, wired/wireless unification, network management, performance optimization, troubleshooting, disaster recovery planning, and IT security and compliance testing and validation.

Progent has deep expertise with open standards as well as with Cisco-owned protocols related to switching and routing including Border Gateway Protocol, MPLS, Protocol Independent Multicast, VPNs, STP, VLANs, Cisco FabricPath, VPC, HSRP, Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol, OSPF, Virtual Switching System (VSS), and LISP. Progent's infrastructure consultants also have familiarity with key technologies such as TCP/IP protocols, IPv4, IPv6, Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol, Routing Information Protocol, and IGMP. Progent's CISSP-ISSAP certified data security and compliance consultants can show you how to create an enterprise-wide security and compliance strategy and implement Cisco Catalyst switches so that they provide maximum enforcement to your network security posture.

In case you need ultra high Ethernet density or sub-microsecond latency Cisco switches for an enterprise-class data center, Progent can help you to analyze, design, and manage a migration to Cisco's Nexus family of switches. To learn about Progent's consulting and support services for Cisco's Nexus switches, see Cisco Nexus Switch configuration and support offered by Progent. Progent can also assist you to integrate Catalyst data center switches with Meraki distribution switches. (See Cisco Meraki switch integration consultants.)

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