The Catalyst line of modular and fixed-configuration switches provides speed and control at the access, aggregation, and core areas of converged voice, HD video, and data networks for businesses that range in size from small businesses and branches to multi-campus enterprises and service providers. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants can provide remote and on-premises expertise with Catalyst family switches to assist you to design an efficient infrastructure that meets your specific business requirements, configure pilot testing systems, install Catalyst switches, establish and verify a sensible security plan, streamline network management and performance tracking, deliver troubleshooting and support services, optimize switch capacity, and set up Catalyst's fault-tolerant solutions to achieve non-stop operation.

Progent can assist you to maintain and troubleshoot your legacy Catalyst switches or upgrade seamlessly to up-to-date models of Catalyst switches adhering to leading practices to ensure that you realize the most business value from your investment in your network.

The need for smart, high-speed switching is driven by a confluence of fairly new networking patterns whose overall impact is a virtual avalanche of data traffic:

  • Cloud and Internet of Things networking and a consequent reliance on massive network virtualization
  • The proliferation of personal endpoints
  • Bandwidth-intensive rich media applications
  • Social business technologies
  • The rise of Big Data in data analytics
  • Ever more sophisticated cyberattacks such as ransomware
Private, public and hybrid clouds are only made practical by utilizing network virtualization. Virtualized data centers slash expenses by allowing very high hardware utilization and demanding minimal data center space and power consumption. But this also requires that comparatively sparse network resources have to support large volumes of data. The Bring-Your-Own-Device revolution has created a steep increase in the amount of mobile users that have be supported by IT networks, and these clients run a great deal of data-intensive, HD video applications. Social business technologies are displacing email as the main enabler of collaboration and is generating a growing demand for data. Businesses who want to remain competitive are resorting to Big Data techniques to search through enormous and varied repositories of corporate data, which in turn generates Big Network Traffic. These trends are fairly new, and combined they create a serious demand for a new generation of switches that feature significantly more performance, intelligence, uptime and manageability than previous solutions were built to deliver.

Cisco's latest lineup of Catalyst switches are best suited for the distribution and core layers levels of campus environments where office workers must be accommodated by providing predictable high throughput, strict user access management, careful segregation, application intelligence, and wired and wireless convergence. Catalyst series switches address the need for performance and intelligence with features that include high-port-count 10, 40, and 100 Gigabit Ethernet support, switching performance over 25T for each chassis, a powerful catalog of technologies including Easy Virtual Network to simplify the deployment of VLANs, Virtual Switching System (VSS) technology for switch failover with subsecond virtual switch recovery and "five nines" (99.999%) uptime, IPv6 capability, Application Visibility and Control (AVC) to maximize network utilization, and advanced QoS tools for critical traffic prioritization.

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Cisco Can Provide Catalyst Switching Solutions for Organizations of Any Size

Catalyst switches allow organizations of any size to benefit from incorporating intelligent switching and routing services into their network infrastructure, creating an environment that can meet current requirements, scale to accommodate future capacity demands, guard vital information, and differentiate and control tasks 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 branch offices with as many as 250 users and with minimal internal IT expertise. The Catalyst 1000 Series includes fanless versions for quiet operation outside a wiring closet in an office venue. Mounting kits include desktop, wall mount, rack mount, and DIN. Designed as a simple upgrade for Cisco Catalyst 2960-L/2960-Plus deployments, Cisco's Catalyst 1000 family includes versions with 8 to 48 Gigabit Ethernet ports or 24 to 48 Fast Ethernet 10/100M Mbps ports.

Catalyst 1000 set up and management are simple using a web interface or command-line interface, cybersecurity is enterprise-class, and Power over Ethernet ports with an automatically distributed budget of 740W allows a wide range of Internet of Things deployments. As many as eight Catalyst 1000 Gbit Ethernet model switches can be managed at once with single IP. Catalyst 1000 appliances are line-rate devices, and all are powered by Cisco's familiar IOS operating system software. Quality-of-Service features include egress queues for each port as well as priority queuing to provide optimized throughput for time-critical data. Catalyst Series 1000 switches also feature SRR scheduling and WTD congestion avoidance.

Catalyst 9000 Series Fixed and Modular Managed Switches
The Cisco Catalyst 9000 family of managed switches includes modular and fixed appliances and supports all deployment scenarios including access, aggregation, and core switching. The Cisco Catalyst 9000 line includes switches with the appropriate price/performance to connect workers and things in venues from small businesses and branches to global enterprises. Catalyst 9000 Series products can be set up to support any combination of local facilities, private/public clouds, and hybrid networks. Unified network management utilities and advanced cybersecurity features reduce cost of ownership by streamlining operations and protecting critical IT assets. Cisco's 9000X series of managed switches offer converged switching/routing, delivering the first combination of 400G QSFP-DD ports plus full mGig and PoE ports.

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Cisco Catalyst 9000 Switches Are Designed for a Hybrid Landscape

Catalyst 9200 Series Switches ConsultantsWith double the backplane stacking bandwidth for around half the price of the legacy Cisco Catalyst 2960-X and 2960-XR switches they are intended to replace, Catalyst 9200 Series switches are a natural network update for small branches and midsize campus deployments. The Catalyst 9200 product line includes switches that offer 24 or 48 ports with full Power over Ethernet; 80-160 Gbps stacking performance; and Layer 3 capabilities that include OSPF Interior Gateway Protocol, EIGRP, IS-IS link-state protocol, and routed access. Catalyst 9200 switches are powered by Cisco IOS XE.

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

Catalyst 9300 Switches ExpertsCatalyst 9300 Series switches are fixed, stackable units for high-density access switching. Advanced capabilities available with models in the Catalyst 9300 family include 1T backplane stacking throughput, stackable SFP fiber, up to 448 mGig Ethernet ports and 288 ports of 90W UPOE+ with an 8-unit configuration, line rate IPsec with AES-256 with MACsec 256-bit encryption and speeds as high as 100G, high-availability redundant fans and power, plus data stack cables common across the complete Catalyst 9300 product line.

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

The entry-level Cisco Catalyst 9300L switch delivers up to 320G stacking performance and supports 12 100M/1G/2.5G/5G/10G ports and 36 10M/100M/1G ports. The 9300L utilizes fixed rather than modular uplink components for 4 1G, 4 10G, or 2 40G uplink ports. The Cisco Catalyst 9300 appliance offers 480G of stacking bandwidth and can provide 48 100M/1G/2.5G/5Gbps Ethernet ports, 24 100M/1G/2.5G/5G/10Gbps ports, or 48 1G SFP ports. Modular uplink performance supported are 1G, 10G, 25G, or 40G. The high-end Cisco Catalyst 9300X appliance provides up to 1Tbps stacking performance and supports 48 10G ports. The 9300X accepts uplink modules with dual-rate 100G/40G, multirate 25G/10G/1G, or mGig. Cisco 90W UPOE+ supports dense IoT environments such as smart buildings. Hardware is available to provide 100G IPsec.

Catalyst 9400 Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 9400 Series devices are modular switches based on the Cisco IOS XE operating system and designed for medium-size and enterprise campus access networks. Offering twice the performance and more than quadruple the chassis bandwidth as the legacy Catalyst 6500 line it is built to replace, Cisco's Catalyst 9400 portfolio brings switch technology into the current age of connectivity driven by cybersecurity, mobility, IoT, and cloud.

Catalyst 9400 appliances are available with 4-slot, 7-slot, and 10-slot chassis. Two of the slots on the chassis are reserved for redundant supervisor cards, leaving 2, 5, or 8 slots available for line cards. Max bandwidth scalability per line-card slot is 480 Gbps. Switching capacity can reach 1.44 Terabits per second and forwarding performance on Supervisor Module can reach 9 Tbps for the 10-slot chassis. All Catalyst 9400 chassis can provide 90W UPOE+ on every port, secure segmentation with Software-Defined Access and N+N/N+1 power redundancy for high resilience. Cisco's 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 switches can provide 2 non-blocking 40G Quad Small Form-Factor Pluggable uplinks and up to 8 non-blocking 10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ uplinks.

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Switches ConsultantsThe Catalyst 9500 product line consists of fixed core and edge services switches intended for the large campus. Catalyst 9500 models are based on Cisco IOS XE and the series incorporates the first infrastructure technology to provide switching speeds above 25 Tbps.

Catalyst 9500 appliances deliver up to 6.4 Tbps switching capacity with forwarding throughput up to 2 Billion Packet per Second. Catalyst 9500 appliances can support up to 32 nonblocking 100 GB QSFP28 ports, 32 nonblocking 40 Gigabit QSFP+ ports, 48 nonblocking 25G SFP28 ports, or 48 nonblocking 10 Gigabit SFP+ ports. You can deploy MEC multipathing across StackWise-Virtual members to achieve high availability.

Catalyst 9500X appliances support up to 25.6 Tbps switching performance with up to 2 Billion Packet per Second forwarding speed. Catalyst 9500X models support 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 hardware capability for line-rate 256-bit 802.1AE Media Access Control Security (MACsec) and WAN-MACsec1 encryption.

Cisco Catalyst 9600 Switches ExpertsCisco's Catalyst 9600 Series switches are modular core and distribution appliances intended for the enterprise campus. The 6-slot chassis with a Catalyst 9600X Series Supervisor delivers switching capacity as high as 25.6 Terabits per second and can support up to 256 nonblocking 10/25/50 Gigabit ports, 96 nonblocking 40/100G G ports, or 8 nonblocking 200/400 Gigabit QSFP-DD ports. The Catalyst 9600 switch also provides 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 is equipped with a passive backplane, making it possible to replace fan tray, power supplies, and line cards without disruption.

End-of-Life Catalyst Switches Supported by Progent
Progent's Cisco certified consultants have extensive backgrounds delivering remote and on-premises support services for older Catalyst Series switches for which Cisco has announced End of Life or End of Support. These legacy Catalyst switches typically are more expensive to operate and support than contemporary switches, provide less capacity and fewer features, and in many situations can subject businesses to regulatory compliance and even liability risks. Progent's consultants can help you to maintain and repair these older Cisco products and can in addition assist you to design and implement non-disruptive migrations to newer products within the Catalyst line or to solutions from Cisco's Nexus line of switches which build upon Catalyst design experience.

Cisco Catalyst Express 500 and 520 Family
Cisco Catalyst Express 500 and 520 Series Switches ConsultantsThe Catalyst Express 500 and 520 line of Layer 2 switches are designed for organizations with up to 250 employees and provide the dependability, protection, scalability, and features small businesses require at an affordable price. Power over Ethernet support makes it simple to add network devices like VoIP phones and IP cameras.

Versions of the Catalyst Express 500 and 520 switches offer from 8 to 24 10/100/1000BT ports as well as optional backup power with automatic fail-over for additional dependability. Integration with Cisco access points helps businesses to build a wireless LAN environment quickly and effectively. The Catalyst Express 500 family provides solid protection against viruses With Cisco's Self-Defending Network technology and Clean Access solutions. Cisco Catalyst 2940 Switch
Cisco Catalyst 2900 Series Switches ConsultantsCisco Catalyst 2900 Series non-modular, managed Ethernet switches offer basic workgroup connectivity for small to midsize companies. These wire-speed desktop switches deliver Cisco IOS Software features for simple data, video, and voice control at the network edge. The Catalyst 2940 Series switches are compact, entry-level devices featuring 8 Ethernet connections and one built-in Fast Ethernet or Gigabit uplink. They can be deployed outside the wiring closet in cramped office spaces like on a user's desk or in a classroom.

Cisco Catalyst 2960-S Switch
The Cisco Catalyst 2960-S Series are fixed-configuration switches intended for small businesses and branches. Available models offer either 24 or 48 1Gb Ethernet ports, four 1-Gigabit or two 10GE uplinks, and deliver throughput of 176 Gbps. Cisco's FlexStack technology permits four 2960-S switches to be grouped in a FlexStack stack to act like a single switching unit that offers 40 Gbps of stacking performance and that cuts administrative expense because of one-switch setup. Cisco's IPv6 First Hop Security technology guards against IPv6 address interception and other threats.

Cisco Catalyst 3560 Family Switches
Cisco Catalyst 3560 Family Switches SupportThe Catalyst 3560 family is a selection of non-modular switches that includes IEEE 802.3af and Cisco Power over Ethernet capability in 10/100 and 10/100/1000 Ethernet implementations. The Catalyst 3560 is an ideal Layer 2 switch for midsize business LAN connectivity or satellite-offices, combining both Gigabit Ethernet and PoE configurations for high productivity while streamlining the installation of vital technology including Voice over IP, Wi-Fi, video monitoring, and remote video kiosks. Customers can deploy comprehensive intelligent services including quality of service (QoS), rate management, access control lists (ACLs), multicast administration, and fast IP routing while maintaining the ease of conventional network switching.

The Cisco Catalyst 3560 Series switch offers a robust array of features that allow for network expandability and enhanced resilience via IP routing plus a full complement of Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) improvements aimed to increase throughput in an access Layer network. Enhancements to the conventional Spanning Tree Protocol, including Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Plus, and Port Fast, combined with innovations like Flex Links Layer 2 interfaces, improve network uptime. Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Plus (PVST+) allows for Layer 2 load balancing on redundant connections to efficiently use the extra capacity associated with a redundant design.

Important routing mechanisms such as Open Shortest Path First, Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP), BGP, and static routing improve network scale; Protocol Independent Multicast helps improve utilization of network resources; and Virtual Route Forwarding Lite protects data.

Catalyst 3750 Series Switches
Catalyst 3750 Series Switches Consulting FirmFor midsized businesses and corporate branch offices, the Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series switch eases deployment of unified applications and adapts to changing competitive environments by providing setup flexibility, support for converged network patterns, and automatic set up of smart network functions. Also, the Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series is designed for high-density Gigabit deployments and incorporates a diverse selection of switches that address the connectivity, aggregation, and backbone-interface requirements of small or midsized deployments.

Cisco's Catalyst 3750 Series switch includes either the IP Base image or the IP Services image. The IP Base image features include industry-leading QoS, rate-management, access control lists (ACLs), and basic static and Routing Information Protocol (RIP) routing support. The IP Services image provides a richer set of enterprise-level features, such as sophisticated hardware-based IP unicast and multicast routing.

Cisco StackWise technology is an architecture designed for 1000 Ethernet. Cisco StackWise is designed to react to installs, deletions, and relocations while providing consistent operation. Cisco StackWise technology combines as many as 9 separate switches into one logical device, using custom stack-interconnect cables and software. Each of the switches can be any combination of Cisco's Catalyst 3750 Series and the Cisco Catalyst 3750-E switches. The stack behaves as a single switching unit that is directed by a master switch, elected from one of the member switches. The master switch intelligently creates and keeps current all the switching and optional routing databases. A running stack can accept new devices or remove old members without service discontinuity.

Catalyst 2960 Swiches and Catalyst 3560-CX Switches
Catalyst 2900 Series Switches Integration and TroubleshootingCisco's Catalyst 2960-CX is a fixed-port switch that is compact, fanless, power efficient, and allows flexible mounting options. 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 is a fixed-configuration switch packaged in a sleek, quiet and low-power enclosure that can be mounted almost anywhere outside a wiring closet. Versions are offered with eight or 12 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports or with 6 1-GE ports and two multigigabit ports. Two or four uplink ports are offered, and Power over Ethernet (PoE) is also an option.

Catalyst 2900-L Switches Integration and TroubleshootingCisco's Catalyst 2960-L family consists of value-priced fixed-port managed switches intended for branch offices, retail areas, and other environments where space is limited. These low-profile switches include eight to 48 Gigabit Ethernet ports and either 2 or 4 SFP uplink ports. Power over Ethernet support saves space and fanless operation for 16- and 24-port models eliminates noise. RJ-45 connectors handle 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T and 1000BASE-T SFP-ports.

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X and 2960-XR switches improve on the 2690-S family of switches by delivering switching throughput of 216 Gbps and supporting Cisco's FlexStack-Plus Stacking via a hot-swappable module that can combine 8 Catalyst switches in a stack capable of 80 Gbps of stacking throughput. Cisco Catalyst 2900 family switches also work with NetFlow-Lite for application visibility and control. Cisco's Catalyst 2960-XR switch features Layer 3 dynamic routing, providing the simplicity of having a single switch for L2 and L3 routing.

Catalyst 3650 and 3850 Switches
Cisco Catalyst 3650 Switch and Catalyst 3850 Series Switches Consulting and TroubleshootingCisco Catalyst 3650 and Catalyst 3850 series switches are fixed, stackable access switches powered by Cisco's IOS XE operating system and featuring comprehensive wireless controller functionality that allows you to control wired and wireless infrastructure on a one platform powered by one OS. Cisco offers models with either 24 or 48 built-in 1Gb Ethernet ports with Power over Ethernet plus (PoE+), four 1GE or four 10-GB Ethernet uplink connections, and capacity for up to 9 Catalyst switches in a FlexStack stack. All models offer modular QoS, stateful failover for high uptime, software support for IPv4 and IPv6 routing, multicast routing, and enhanced security features.

Because wireless traffic is visible at the Catalyst 3000 Series switch, it is possible to identify and assign priorities to wireless traffic using Cisco's Flexible NetFlow solution along with sophisticated QoS features for an improved wireless user experience and quicker problem mediation. Multigigabit Ethernet switching can handle the high-throughput defined by the latest 802.11ac Wave 2 wireless standard on currently in-place cabling infrastructure. (For information about Progent's consulting services for Cisco's 802.11ac Aironet Wi-Fi access points and wireless controllers, and Cisco's Meraki cloud-managed access points, refer to Configuration and Troubleshooting Support for Cisco Wireless Products.)

The Cisco Catalyst 3650 switch delivers stacking performance as high as 160 Gbps and supports as many as 25 wireless access points and 1000 Wi-Fi clients on each stack. The Catalyst 3850 switch delivers stacking throughput of up to 480 Gbps and supports as many as 50 Wi-Fi access points and 2000 wireless clients on each switch or stack. Catalyst 3850 SFP Fiber Switches have 12 or 24 1G fiber connections at line rate, providing long distance connections, enhanced protection, and an identical wired and wireless experience.

Catalyst 4500-E and Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches
Cisco's Catalyst 4500-E and and Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Series switches are intended for access and distribution environments where physical space for infrastructure hardware is limited. Powered by Cisco's IOS XE control software, both the Catalyst 4500-E and Catalyst 4500-X product lines facilitate virtualization by supporting Cisco's Easy Virtual Network and Virtual Switching System (VSS) technologies. Network virtualization allows you to segment a physical network into a number of virtual networks (VNs) whose data and control planes are logically segregated. This provides the efficient utilization, security and compliance, recoverability, and simplified management needed for Cloud environments or other scenarios where a single infrastructure must be shared by applications and services that must operate in complete isolation from one another. EVN speeds up the task of deploying virtual networks and can be expanded to 32 VNs for each switch. EVN incorporates features of Multi-VRF and provides new technologies such as VNET Tags and an easy technique for duplicating replicating routes connecting virtual networks. Virtual Switching System technology makes it easy to set up Catalyst 4500-E and 4500-X Series platforms to produce zero-downtime VNs with advanced load balancing.

Catalyst 4500-E Switches
Cisco Catalyst 4500-E Family Switches Planning and Support ServicesThe Supervisor Engine 8-E for the Catalyst 4500-E modular switch includes a built-in wireless controller that works with Cisco's Unified Access solution for wired/wireless convergence. this is the first Catalyst supervisor engine to permit wired as well as wireless services on a single switch powered by Cisco's IOS XE. Technologies include Cisco's FNF solution for application visibility encompassing both wired and Wi-Fi networks, TrustSec wired and wireless data security, predictable QoS for wired and wireless networks, plus the expansion of Nonstop Forwarding with Stateful Switchover to include Wi-Fi traffic for world-quality high availability.

Available in chassis with from three to 10 slots, Catalyst 4500-E Series switches can support as many as 384 1-Gigabit Ethernet access ports, up to 192 1GE fiber fiber ports, 96 10GE fiber ports, and eight 10-Gigabit Ethernet uplinks. Cisco's Supervisor Engine 8-E provides as much as 928 Gbps of wired capacity per system and 20 Gbps of wireless termination capacity. 50 wireless access points and 2000 wireless users can be handled per switch, and 250 access points and 4000 wireless clients are supported in a dual-switch deployment without requiring a standalone wireless network controller.

Catalyst 4500-X Switches
Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches Planning and Support ServicesCatalyst 4500-X switches are fixed 10-Gigabit Ethernet aggregation platforms that can provide 800 Gbps of backplane switching performance per device. The Catalyst 4500-X supports as many as 32 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports on the baseboard and eight extra 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports on the expansion module for a total of up to 40 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports. Eight 10GE uplinks are also available with a separate module. In addition to offering zero-downtime operation and easy manageability, Cisco's VSS technology on Catalyst 4500-X switches offers higher system throughput of up to 1.6 Tbps by activating all possible capacity between VSS-linked Catalyst 4500-X Series switches. Additional features include FNF technology for application visibility, TrustSec security, and wire-rate IPv6 forwarding.

Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches
Catalyst 6500 Series and Cisco Catalyst 6800 switches are campus backbone switches that incorporate the proven technology of the Cisco Catalyst 6500 line of switches, which were introduced over a dozen years ago and have been steadily improved since then. Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Cisco Catalyst 6800 switches provide identical general features and operation, and the modular Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL switch supports the Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Supervisor Engine 2T and the associated portfolio of line cards and modules. This mutual compatibility and program of ongoing enhancement protects your information technology investment and allows you to upgrade your network backbone with little service interruption or management team re-education.

Shared attributes of Cisco Catalyst 6500 and Catalyst 6800 modular switches equipped with Cisco's Supervisor Engine 2T include the Cisco ISE technology for simple, centralized administration to ensure unvarying policy across a distributed environment, Virtual Switching System capability for 99.999% uptime via multi-level redundancy, and Cisco's Campus Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP) to facilitate roaming and mobility and to streamline network virtualization and migration to IPv6. Additional virtual networking tools to segment specific user groups and serve the unique security and QoS policy requirements of every group include L2/L3 VPN, complete MPLS, Easy Virtual Network, VRF-aware technology for NAT NetFlow, GRE for v4/v6, and L2 geographic extensions with VPLS. For unified wired and wireless networking, the Wireless Services Module 2 (WiSM2) controller Cisco Catalyst 6500 and Catalyst 6800 modular switches can manage 1000 wireless access points and 15,000 wireless users.

Catalyst 6500-E Series Switches
Catalyst 6500 Family Switches Planning and Support ServicesThe Cisco Catalyst 6500-E line of modular switches are designed for distribution and campus backbone environments that need maximum availability and high densities of 1 Gigabit Ethernet, 1 GE fiber, or 10 and 40 GE access ports. Available versions include three to 13 expansion slots and accept a wide selection of interface modules. Integrated service modules enable wireless management, traffic analysis, and data protection. Only E-Series models of Cisco's extensive line of Catalyst 6500 switches are compatible with Cisco's Supervisor Engine 2T.

The Catalyst 6503-E has a 4 rack unit (4RU) chassis, holds 3 expansion slots, and offers up to 180 Gbps of switching capacity per slot. The Catalyst 6503-E switch supports 97 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, up to 99 1GE fiber ports, up to 34 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports, and up to 8 40-Gigabit Ethernet access ports.

The high-end Catalyst 6513-E switch has a 19 rack unit, 13-slot form factor and can deliver up to 180 Gbps of performance per slot, with a total system capacity of up to 4 Tbps. A Virtual Switching System configuration can handle up to 8 Tbps of throughout. The Catalyst 6513-E Series switch offers up to 529 1 Gigabit Ethernet access ports, up to 534 1GE fiber ports, 180 10GE access ports, and 44 40-Gigabit Ethernet connections.

Catalyst 6800 Series Switches
Catalyst 6800 Family Switches Planning and Support ServicesCatalyst 6800 switches are campus backbone platforms intended to deliver optimal 10/40/100 GE support. The Cisco Catalyst 6880-X switch is a fixed-configuration, small form factor device for Ethernet aggregation intended for small or medium-size campus backbones. The Catalyst 6880-X delivers up to 2 Tbps capacity and has four slots for port cards. The top port density on one chassis is 80 10/100/1000 Ethernet connections or 10-Gigabit Ethernet access ports or up to 20 40-Gigabit Ethernet access ports. Configured with Cisco's Virtual Switching System, these switches can deliver 4 Tbps throughput and support as many as 158 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports or 10GE ports or as many as 20 40GE connections.

The modular Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL switch comes in a 10 RU chassis with 7 slots and supports existing Supervisor Engine 2T cards and modules. (Two slots are for the Supervisor Engine and the other five are for expansion modules.) The Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL switch offers as much as 880 Gbps of switching performance on each slot and 11.4 Tbps of full-duplex switching performance while providing up to 240 10/100/1000 Ethernet access ports or Gigabit Ethernet fiber connections, up to 80 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections or up to 20 40-Gigabit Ethernet ports. A two-chassis 6807-XL system with VSS is capable of supporting 22.8 Tbps of switching capacity, 480 1 Gigabit Ethernet access ports or 1GE fiber ports, up to 160 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections or 40 40-Gigabit Ethernet connections.

How Progent Can Assist Your Business with Cisco Catalyst Series Switches
Progent can provide the remote or onsite expertise of CCIE-certified network consultants who have broad backgrounds delivering Catalyst switch technology solutions for small and medium sized organizations, branch offices, enterprise campuses, data centers, Cloud environments, and service providers. Progent's areas of expertise include Cisco's Catalyst and Nexus lines of smart switches and with Cisco's IOS, IOS-XR and NX-OS control software. Support services offered by Progent for Cisco Catalyst Series switches include proof-of-concept testing and validation, system analysis, topology design, upgrades and project management, virtualization, wired/wireless unification, management automation, capacity planning, troubleshooting, business continuity planning, and IT security and compliance assessment and remediation.

Progent's Cisco-certified consultants have deep expertise with industry standards and with proprietary Cisco protocols and technologies related to switching and routing including Border Gateway Protocol, MPLS, Protocol Independent Multicast, VPNs, Spanning-Tree Protocol, VLANs, FabricPath, VPC, OTV, VRRP, Open Shortest Path First (OSPF), VSS, and LISP. Progent's infrastructure consultants also have familiarity with key technologies including TCP/IP protocols, IPv4/IPv6, Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP), Routing Information Protocol, and Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP). Progent's CISSP-ISSAP certified data security consultants can assist you to develop a comprehensive security strategy and deploy Catalyst switches so that they provide maximum support for your network security posture.

If you need ultra high density or extremely low latency Cisco switches for an enterprise-class data center, Progent can help your organization to analyze, design, and manage a migration to Cisco's Nexus Series switches. For information about Progent's support services for Cisco's Nexus switches, see Nexus Switch consulting services available from Progent. Progent can also help you to connect Catalyst data center switches with Meraki distribution switches. (See Cisco Meraki switch integration consultants.)

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