The Catalyst line of modular and fixed-configuration managed switches offers speed and intelligence at the access, aggregation, and backbone areas of converged IP voice, HD video, and data networks for businesses that range from small businesses and branches to global enterprises and SPs. Progent's Cisco-certified CCIE consultants offer online and on-premises expertise with Catalyst switches to assist you to design a cost-effective network architecture that meets your specific business requirements, configure proof-of-concept testing systems, deploy Catalyst switches, establish and validate a sensible security plan, automate system management and monitoring, deliver troubleshooting and maintenance services, maximize switch performance, and configure Catalyst's fault-tolerant solutions to achieve near-zero downtime.

Progent can help you to maintain and troubleshoot your legacy Catalyst switches or upgrade with minimal disruption to up-to-date versions of Catalyst switches adhering to industry best practices to make sure that you receive the highest business value from your investment in your IT infrastructure.

The need for smart, fast switching is driven by a combination of relatively recent computing trends whose overall effect is a virtual avalanche of traffic:

  • Cloud and IoT computing and an associated reliance on intensive network virtualization
  • The proliferation of always-connected mobile devices
  • Bandwidth-intensive HD video apps
  • Social business technologies
  • The rise of Big Data in data analytics
  • Increasingly advanced threats such as ransomware
Private, public and hybrid clouds are only financially feasible because of virtualization on a massive scale. Virtualized infrastructures radically reduce costs by allowing very high resource utilization and requiring very little data center space and energy use. But this also requires that relatively limited network resources must accommodate large amounts of data. The Bring-Your-Own-Device paradigm has resulted in a dramatic rise in the number of mobile users that must be supported by business networks, and these clients run a great deal of bandwidth-intensive, rich media applications. Social media for business is displacing traditional email as the primary driver for workforce collaboration and is producing a growing demand for bandwidth. Enterprises 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 generates Big Network Traffic. All of these computing trends are fairly recent, and combined they cause a critical demand for a new generation of switches that feature much higher performance, control, availability and ease of management than older solutions were designed to deliver.

Cisco's latest portfolio of Catalyst switches are best suited for the distribution/core layers of enterprise campus environments where office workers must be accommodated by providing dependable high speed, secure access control, tight segmentation, application intelligence, and wired/wireless convergence. Catalyst switches address the need for speed and control with features that include high-port-count 10G/40G/100G support, switching capacity over 25 Tbps per switch, an extensive collection of tools including EVN to facilitate the creation of VLANs, Virtual Switching System (VSS) technology for stateful failover with subsecond backup switch restoration and "five nines" (99.999%) uptime, IPv4 and IPv6 support, Application Visibility and Control to optimize system utilization, and sophisticated Quality of Service (QoS) capabilities for business-critical data prioritization.

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Cisco Can Provide Catalyst Switching Solutions for Organizations of All Sizes

Catalyst switches enable organizations of all sizes to build smart switching features into their network infrastructure, deploying an environment that can meet current requirements, scale to support expected capacity demands, protect sensitive data, and differentiate and manage processes to optimize network productivity.

Catalyst 1000 Series Fixed Ethernet Switches
Catalyst 1000 Series Switches SupportCisco's Catalyst 1000 Series access switches are small form factor, fixed-configuration switches intended for small businesses and branches with up to 250 users and with minimal internal IT expertise. Cisco's Catalyst 1000 family includes fanless versions for noiseless operation outside a wiring closet in an office venue. Mounting options include desktop, wall mount, standard rack mount, and DIN. Created as an easy upgrade for Cisco Catalyst 2960-L or 2960-Plus deployments, the Catalyst 1000 Series includes models with 8 to 48G Ethernet ports or 24 to 48 Fast Ethernet 10/100M Mbps ports.

Catalyst Series 1000 set up and administration are easy via a web interface or CLI, security is enterprise-grade, and Power over Ethernet ports with an automatically allocated budget of 740W allows a broad variety of Internet of Things solutions. Up to eight Catalyst 1000 Gbit Ethernet Series switches can be managed together with single IP. Catalyst Series 1000 units are line-rate devices, and all are based on Cisco's venerable IOS Software. Quality-of-Service features include egress queues on each port as well as priority packet queuing to deliver optimized performance for data, IP voice, and video data. Catalyst Series 1000 switches also feature Shaped Round Robin scheduling and WTD congestion management.

Catalyst 9000 Fixed and Modular Managed Switches
The Cisco Catalyst 9000 line of managed switches includes modular and fixed appliances and supports all deployment models including access, distribution, and core switching. The Cisco Catalyst 9000 family includes devices with the appropriate value proposition to connect people and things in venues ranging from small businesses and branches to global enterprises. Catalyst 9000 switches can be configured to support any mix of onsite deployments, private and public clouds, and hybrid networks. Modern management platforms and advanced security solutions lower cost of ownership by saving time and protecting vital IT assets. Cisco's 9000X series of switches provide converged switching/routing, delivering the first combination of 400G optical transceivers along with full mGig Ethernet and Power-over-Ethernet ports.

Catalyst 9000 Series Fixed and Modular Switches Experts

Cisco Catalyst 9000 Series Switches Are Designed for a Hybrid World

Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series Switches ConsultantsWith twice the stacking bandwidth for around half the cost of the end-of-life Cisco Catalyst 2960-X and 2960-XR switches they are intended to replace, Catalyst 9200 Series switches are a compelling infrastructure update for small branch offices and midsize campuses. The Catalyst 9200 portfolio includes switches that support 24 or 48 ports with full Power over Ethernet; 80-160 Gbps backplane stacking bandwidth; streaming telemetry; and Layer 3 capabilities that include Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) routing, EIGRP, IS-IS link-state protocol, and routed access. Catalyst 9200 switches run Cisco IOS XE.

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

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Switches ExpertsCisco's Catalyst 9300 Series switches are fixed, stackable units for high-density access switching. Advanced capabilities available with various models in the Catalyst 9300 family include up to 1Tbps stacking bandwidth, stackable high-speed fiber, up to 448 mGig Ethernet ports and 288 ports of 90W UPOE+ with an 8-unit stack, end-to-end IPsec with AES-256 with MACsec 256-bit encryption and performance as high as 100G, redundant fans and power supplies, plus data stack cables compatible throughout the entire Catalyst 9300 product line.

Powered by Cisco IOS XE, devices in the Catalyst 9300 family offer auto device provisioning, API-based configuration, high-granularity visibility for near realtime monitoring, and transparent software updates. Security features include Encrypted Traffic Analytics (ETA) as well as AES-256 MACsec and IPSec encryption, and Trust Anchor Technologies with Secure Boot. Cloud security is strengthened because Catalyst 9300 switches have the ability to host Cisco's Umbrella agent directly. This allows businesses to design their DNS policies granularly to prevent BYOD or IoT users from accessing malicious websites.

The value-priced Cisco Catalyst 9300L switch delivers as much as 320G backplane stacking performance and offers 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 ports. The Cisco Catalyst 9300 switch offers 480G of backplane stacking bandwidth and supports 48 100M/1G/2.5G/5Gbps ports, 24 100M/1G/2.5G/5G/10Gbps ports, or 48 1G SFP ports. Modular uplink performance supported are 1G, 10G, 25G, or 40G. The high-end Cisco Catalyst 9300X switch delivers up to 1Tbps backplane stacking performance and supports 48 10G ports. The 9300X supports uplink modules with dual-rate 100G/40G, multirate 25G/10G/1G, or mGig. Cisco 90W Universal Power Over Ethernet+ supports dense IoT environments such as smart buildings. Hardware is available to provide 100G IPsec.

Cisco Catalyst 9400 Switches ExpertsCisco's Catalyst 9400 Series appliances are modular switches based on the Cisco IOS XE operating system and designed for medium-size and enterprise campus access networks. Offering double the performance and more than four times the chassis bandwidth as the legacy Catalyst 6500 it is designed to replace, the Catalyst 9400 family ushers switch technology into the modern era of connectivity driven by cybersecurity, 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 the chassis are dedicated to redundant supervisor cards, leaving 2, 5, or 8 slots open for line cards. Maximum capacity for each line-card slot is 480G. Switching capacity can reach 1.44 Terabits per second and forwarding performance on Supervisor Module is as high as 9 Tbps with the 10-slot chassis. All Catalyst 9400 models can provide 90W UPOE+ on every access port, protected network segmentation with SD-Access and N+N/N+1 power redundancy for high resilience. The Catalyst 9400 4-slot switch supports 96 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, 5G/10G 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 models can provide 2 non-blocking 40G Quad Small Form-Factor Pluggable uplinks and 8 non-blocking 10G SFP+ uplinks.

Catalyst 9500 Switches ExpertsThe Catalyst 9500 family includes fixed core and edge services switches intended for the enterprise campus. Catalyst 9500 switches are powered by Cisco IOS XE and the series includes the first network technology to deliver switching speeds above 25 Tbps.

Cisco's Catalyst 9500 models deliver up to 6.4 Terabits per second switching capacity with forwarding throughput up to 2 Bpps. Catalyst 9500 switches can support up to 32 nonblocking 100 Gigabit QSFP28 optical ports, 32 nonblocking 40G QSFP+ ports, 48 nonblocking 25G SFP28 ports, or 48 nonblocking 10G ports. You can configure MEC multipathing across Cisco StackWise-Virtual members to achieve high availability.

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

Cisco Catalyst 9600 Switches ExpertsCatalyst 9600 Series switches are modular core and distribution switches for the enterprise campus. The 6-slot 9600 Series chassis with 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 Ethernet ports, 96 nonblocking 40/100G Gigabit ports, or 8 nonblocking 200/400 Gigabit QSFP-DD ports. The Catalyst 9600 also supports dual-rate 40G/100G and 10G/25G optics. Two chassis slots are dedicated for high-availability supervisors. You can mix and match a selection of line cards for core and aggregation deployments. 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 Supported by Progent
Progent's Cisco certified network consultants have broad backgrounds delivering remote and onsite consulting and troubleshooting services for legacy Catalyst switches for which Cisco has announced End of Life or End of Support. These outdated Catalyst switches usually are more expensive to operate and maintain than current switches, deliver less capacity and fewer features, and for many situations can expose businesses to regulatory and even liability issues. Progent are available to assist you to support and repair these older Cisco products and can in addition help you to plan and implement non-disruptive migrations to current models from the Catalyst line or to devices from the Cisco Nexus portfolio of network switches which take advantage of Catalyst technology.

Catalyst Express 500 Family
Catalyst Express 500 Family Switches Professional ServicesCisco's Catalyst Express 500 line of managed Ethernet switches are designed for businesses with as many as 250 workers and provide the reliability, protection, expandability, and feature set small businesses need at an affordable price. Power over Ethernet support makes it easy to install network appliances such as VoIP phones and IP cameras.

Versions of the Cisco Catalyst Express 500 managed switches support up to 24 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet ports as well as optional redundant power with automatic fail-over for extra reliability. Interoperation with Cisco access points allows businesses to set up a wireless LAN network quickly and easily. The Catalyst Express 500 platform provides solid security against malicious attacks With the Cisco Self-Defending Network technology and Clean Access solutions. Cisco Catalyst 2940 Switch
Catalyst 2900 Series Switches ConsultantsCatalyst 2900 fixed-configuration, managed 10/100 Ethernet switches offer basic small-group networking for small to medium-size businesses (SMBs). These wire-rate desktop switches offer Cisco IOS Software functions for simple mixed-media traffic control at the edge of the network. The Cisco Catalyst 2940 family of switches are compact, entry-level devices with eight Ethernet connections and one built-in Fast Ethernet or Gbit Ethernet uplink. They can be installed away from the wiring closet in cramped locations such as on or under a worker's desk or in a classroom.

Cisco Catalyst 2960-S Switch
The Catalyst 2960-S Series are fixed switches designed for small companies and branches. Available models incorporate either 24 or 48 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, four 1GE or two 10GE uplink ports, and deliver throughput of 176 Gbps. Cisco's FlexStack feature allows up to four 2960-S chassis to be grouped in a FlexStack stack to act as one switching unit that offers 40 Gbps of stacking performance and that cuts administrative expense because of one-switch setup. Cisco's IPv6 FHS technology guards against address interception and other threats.

Catalyst 3560 Family Switches
Cisco Catalyst 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 10/100/1000 configurations. Cisco's Catalyst 3560 Series switch is a proven Layer 2 switch for midsize business LAN access or satellite-office environments, offering both Gigabit and Power over Ethernet (PoE) configurations for high productivity while streamlining the deployment of vital applications such a VoIP, wireless connectivity, video monitoring, and building management systems. Customers can activate network-wide smart services such as quality of service, rate limiting, ACLs, multicast management, and high-performance IP routing while maintaining the simplicity of conventional LAN switching.

The Catalyst 3560 family switch offers a robust set of features that allow for network expandability and enhanced resilience through IP routing as well as a full complement of Spanning Tree Protocol improvements aimed to increase availability in a Layer 2 network. Improvements to the standard Spanning Tree Protocol, including PVST+, Uplink Fast, and Port Fast, as well as innovations such as Flex Links, improve network efficiency. PVST+ allows for Data Link Layer load sharing on redundant connections to efficiently use the additional capacity associated with a redundant architecture.

Important technologies including Open Shortest Path First (OPSF), Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP), BGP, static routing, and PBR increase network capacity; PIM increases utilization of network resources; and Virtual Route Forwarding Lite (VRFLite) secures network traffic.

Catalyst 3750 Family Switches
Cisco Catalyst 3750 Family Switches Professional ServicesFor midsized businesses and enterprise branches, Cisco's Catalyst 3750 Series eases deployment of unified technologies and adapts to evolving competitive needs by providing setup versatility, ability to manage unified network traffic, and management-free set up of intelligent network functions. Also, the Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series switch is engineered for high-volume Gigabit environments and includes a diverse selection of switches that meet the access, distribution, and backbone-interface demands of small or midsized systems.

The Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series has the IP Base image or the IP Services image. The IP Base image features include industry-leading quality of service (QoS), rate-management, access control lists, and basic static and RIP routing support. The IP Services image provides a richer selection of enterprise-class functions, including advanced built-in IP unicast and multicast routing.

Cisco StackWise technology is a stacking architecture optimized for 1000 Ethernet. StackWise is intended to react to additions, deletions, and relocations while providing predictable performance. StackWise unites up to 9 individual switches into one functional unit, using special stack-interface cables and software. Any of the switches can be any mix of Cisco's Catalyst 3750 switches and the Cisco Catalyst 3750-E Series. The stack operates as a single switching appliance that is managed by a master switch, selected from one of the stack of switches. The control switch automatically creates and keeps current all the switching and user-selected routing tables. A deployed stack can accept new devices or remove existing switches with no service discontinuity.

Cisco Catalyst 2960 Series Switches and 3560-CX Switches
Catalyst 2900 Series Switches ConsultingCisco's Catalyst 2960-CX is a fixed-port switch that is low-profile, fanless, low power, and includes flexible mounting alternatives. The Catalyst 2960-CX has eight 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports and two 1-GE uplinks and has an option for PoE+ power. Cisco's Catalyst 3560-CX is a fixed-port switch packaged in a compact, quiet and low-power enclosure that can be placed almost anywhere outside a wiring closet. Versions are available with 8 or 12 1-GE ports or with 6 1-GE ports plus 2 multigigabit Ethernet ports. Up to four uplinks are offered, and PoE+ power is also an option.

Catalyst 2900-L Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 2960-L family includes entry-level fixed-configuration switches designed for small offices, retail venues, and other places where space is at a premium. These low-profile switches have 8 to 48 GE ports and either 2 or 4 Small Form-Factor Pluggable uplink ports. Power over Ethernet support saves space and fanless operation for most versions does away with noise. RJ-45 connectors handle 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T and 1000BASE-T SFP-ports.

Catalyst 2960-X and 2960-XR Series switches improve on the 2690-S line by offering switching throughput of 216 Gbps and providing Cisco's FlexStack-Plus stacking technology by means of a hot-swappable plug-in that can combine 8 Catalyst switches in a FlexStack Plus stack capable of 80 Gbps of stacking performance. Catalyst 2900 Series switches also support NetFlow-Lite for application visibility and control. The Catalyst 2960-XR Series switch is capable of L3 dynamic routing, providing the convenience of using a single device for Layer 2 and Layer 3 routing.

Catalyst 3650 and 3850 Series Switches
Catalyst 3650 Switch and Catalyst 3850 Series Switches ConsultantsCisco Catalyst 3650 and Catalyst 3850 series switches are fixed-configuration, stackable network access devices based on Cisco's IOS XE OS and incorporating full wireless network controller functionality that lets you control wired and wireless infrastructure on a one platform managed by a single operating system. Cisco offers versions with 24 or 48 built-in 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports with Power over Ethernet plus, four 1-Gigabit or four 10-GB Ethernet uplink connections, and support for up to nine Catalyst switches in a FlexStack stack. All versions provide modular QoS, fast switchover for maximum uptime, software support for IPv4/IPv6 routing, multicast, and enhanced security features.

Because wireless data traffic is present at the Catalyst 3000 Series switch, it is possible to spot and prioritize wireless traffic using Cisco's Flexible NetFlow solution along with sophisticated QoS features for an improved user environment and faster problem mediation. Fast Ethernet switching can handle the high-bandwidth defined by the new 802.11ac Wave 2 wireless standard on currently in-place cabling infrastructure. (For information about Progent's support for Cisco's 802.11ac Aironet wireless technology, and Meraki cloud-managed Wi-Fi APs, refer to Planning and Deployment Consulting Services for Cisco Wireless Technology.)

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

Catalyst 4500-E Series and Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches
Cisco's Catalyst 4500-E and and Catalyst 4500-X Series switches are designed for campus and distribution deployments where physical space for infrastructure equipment is limited. Powered by Cisco's IOS XE software, both the Catalyst 4500-E and Catalyst 4500-X product lines simplify network virtualization by supporting Cisco's Easy Virtual Network and Virtual Switching System (VSS) solutions. Network virtualization allows you to divide a hardware network into multiple virtual networks (VNs) whose data and control planes are logically segregated. This makes possible the efficient utilization, protection, recoverability, and simplified management needed for Cloud computing or other scenarios where a common resource pool is shared by applications and services that must operate in complete isolation from each other. Easy Virtual Network simplifies the task of creating VNs and scales to 32 VNs per switch. EVN incorporates features of Multi-virtual routing and forwarding and provides additional technologies including VNET Tags and a simple technique for duplicating replicating routes connecting VNs. VSS makes it easy to configure Catalyst 4500-E and Catalyst 4500-X Series switches to create zero-downtime virtual networks with advanced load balancing.

Catalyst 4500-E Switches
Cisco Catalyst 4500-E Series Switches Consulting FirmCisco's Supervisor Engine 8-E for the Catalyst 4500-E switch has an integrated wireless network controller that supports Cisco's Unified Access solution for wired and wireless convergence. this is the first Catalyst supervisor engine to permit wired as well as wireless services on one platform powered by Cisco's IOS XE software. Technologies include Cisco's Flexible NetFlow technology for capacity planning encompassing wired and Wi-Fi networks, TrustSec wired/wireless data security, consistent QoS for wired and Wi-Fi clients, and the extension of Nonstop Forwarding with Stateful Switchover to cover wireless data traffic for enterprise-class availability.

Available in chassis that have from three to 10 slots, Cisco Catalyst 4500-E Series switches can handle as many as 384 10/100/1000 Ethernet access ports, 193 Gigabit Ethernet non-blocking fiber connections, 96 10GE fiber ports, and eight 10-Gigabit Ethernet uplink ports. The Catalyst 4500-E Supervisor Engine 8-E delivers as much as 928 Gbps of wired access per system and up to 20 Gbps of wireless termination performance. 50 Wi-Fi access points and 2000 wireless clients can be supported on each switch, and 250 access points and 4000 wireless users are managed in a dual-switch deployment without a separate wireless controller.

Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Switches
Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Family Switches Consulting and TroubleshootingCisco's Catalyst 4500-X switches are fixed 10GE aggregation platforms that deliver up to 800 Gbps of backplane switching capacity per chassis. The Catalyst 4500-X supports as many as 32 10GE ports on the baseboard and eight more 10GE ports on the expansion module for a maximum of 40 non-blocking 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports. Eight 10GE uplink ports can be added with a separate module. In addition to offering zero-downtime operation and easy manageability, Cisco's VSS solution on Catalyst 4500-X switches provides higher system throughput of up to 1.6 Tbps by enabling all available capacity across VSS-linked Catalyst 4500-X switches. Additional advanced features include Flexible NetFlow technology for traffic analysis, Cisco TrustSec security, and fast, hardware-based IPv6 forwarding.

Catalyst 6500 and Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Catalyst 6800 switches are enterprise campus core platforms that share the field-proven technology of the Cisco Catalyst 6500 line of products, which were introduced more than a decade ago and which have been continually enhanced since then. Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Cisco Catalyst 6800 switches offer identical features and operational consistency, and the modular Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL switch supports the Catalyst 6500 Supervisor Engine 2T and its extensive family of compatible line cards and service modules. This cross compatibility and program of continual improvement preserves your technology investment and enables you to upgrade your network backbone with little service interruption or IT staff re-education.

Shared attributes of Catalyst 6500 and Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series modular switches equipped with the Supervisor Engine 2T include Cisco's Identity Services Engine for simple, centralized control to put in place consistent policy across a distributed environment, Virtual Switching System capability for maximum uptime via multi-level switchover, and the Cisco Campus Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP) to facilitate roaming and mobility and to streamline network virtualization and transition to IPv6. Other virtualization features to partition distinct user groups and serve the unique security/compliance and QoS policy requirements of every group include Layer 2 and Layer 3 VPN, full MPLS, Easy Virtual Network (EVN), VRF-aware applications for Network Address Translation (NAT) NetFlow, IPv6 over IPv4 GRE Tunnel Protection, and Layer 2 extensions with virtual private LAN services (VPLS). For converged wired/wireless networking, the WiSM2 controller Cisco Catalyst 6500 and Cisco Catalyst 6800 modular switches includes support for up to 1000 wireless APs and 15,000 wireless clients.

Cisco Catalyst 6500-E Switches
Catalyst 6500 Family Switches Consulting FirmThe Catalyst 6500-E Series of modular switches are designed for distribution and campus backbone environments that need maximum availability and high densities of 1 Gigabit Ethernet, 1 Gigabit Ethernet fiber, or 10 and 40 GE access ports. Available versions have three to 13 expansion slots and accept a broad range of interfaces. Integrated service modules enable wireless, traffic monitoring, and security and compliance. Only E-Series versions of Cisco's extensive family of Catalyst 6500 switches accept the Supervisor Engine 2T.

The value-priced Catalyst 6503-E switch has a 4 rack unit (4RU) form factor, holds 3 slots, and delivers up to 180 Gbps of switching bandwidth on each slot. The Catalyst 6503-E supports up to 97 1-Gigabit Ethernet ports, up to 99 Gigabit Ethernet fiber connections, up to 34 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports, and up to 8 40GE ports.

The top-of-the-line Cisco Catalyst 6513-E has a 19 rack unit, 13-slot form factor and offers 180 Gbps of bandwidth on each slot, providing a total system bandwidth of up to 4 Tbps. A VSS configuration can support up to 8 Tbps of bandwidth. The Cisco Catalyst 6513-E Series switch offers up to 529 10/100/1000 Ethernet access ports, up to 534 1GE fiber connections, 180 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports, and 44 40GE ports.

Catalyst 6800 Series Switches
Catalyst 6800 Family Switches Consulting FirmCatalyst 6800 switches are campus backbone switches designed to provide optimal 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 campus backbones. The 6880-X supports up to 2 Tbps capacity and includes four slots for plug-in port cards. The top port density per chassis is 80 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports or 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections or up to 20 40GE access ports. Configured with Cisco's Virtual Switching System, a two-chassis system can provide 4 Tbps performance and handle up to 158 1 Gigabit Ethernet ports or 10GE ports or up to 20 40-Gigabit Ethernet access ports.

The modular Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL switch has a 10-rack-unit form factor chassis with 7 slots and accepts standard Supervisor Engine 2T cards and service modules. (Two of the slots are reserved for the Supervisor Engine and five are for modules.) The Catalyst 6807-XL offers up to 880 Gbps of switching performance per slot and a total of 11.4 Tbps of full-duplex switching throughput while providing up to 240 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports or Gigabit Ethernet fiber ports, up to 80 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports or 20 40GE ports. A two-chassis 6807-XL system with Cisco's Virtual Switching System can support 22.8 Tbps of switching capacity, 480 1 Gigabit Ethernet connections or Gigabit Ethernet fiber connections, up to 160 10GE connections or 40 40GE ports.

How Progent Can Assist You with Cisco Catalyst Series Switches
Progent offers the remote or on-premises support services of Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants who have broad backgrounds providing Catalyst switch support for small and medium sized businesses, branches, campuses, data centers, Cloud environments, and service providers. Progent's areas of expertise include Cisco's Catalyst and Nexus lines of managed switches and Cisco's IOS, IOS-XR and NX-OS operating systems. Consulting and support services available from Progent for Catalyst switches include pilot testing, network analysis, network architecture design, migrations and project management, network virtualization, wired and wireless convergence, management automation, performance optimization, problem mitigation, business continuity preparedness, and data security testing and verification.

Progent offers broad knowledge of open standards as well as with proprietary Cisco protocols and technologies associated with switching and routing such as Border Gateway Protocol, MPLS traffic engineering, Protocol Independent Multicast, VPNs, STP, virtual LANs, Cisco FabricPath, Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), OTV, Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol, Open Shortest Path First (OSPF), VSS, and LISP. Progent's infrastructure consultants also offer experience with crucial technologies such as TCP/IP protocols, IPv4/IPv6, Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol, Routing Information Protocol (RIP), and Internet Group Management Protocol. Progent's CISSP-ISSAP certified network security consultants can assist you to develop a comprehensive security and compliance strategy and implement Catalyst switches so that they offer optimal support for your security posture.

If you need the highest available density or sub-microsecond latency Cisco switches for an enterprise-class data center, Progent can assist your organization to analyze, plan, and manage a migration to Nexus Series switches. To learn about Progent's consulting services for Nexus switches, see Nexus Switch configuration and support services. Progent can also help you to connect Catalyst core switches with Cisco Meraki aggregation switches. (See Cisco Meraki switch integration consultants.)

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