The Catalyst family of modular and fixed switches provides performance and intelligence at the access, distribution, and core areas of converged IP voice, HD video, and high bandwidth data networks for organizations that range in size from small businesses and branch offices to multi-campus enterprises and SPs. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants can provide remote and on-premises expertise with Catalyst family switches to help your organization to plan a cost-effective network topology that addresses your unique business requirements, set up proof-of-concept testing, deploy Catalyst switches, establish and validate a sensible security plan, streamline system management and monitoring, provide troubleshooting and maintenance services, maximize switch performance, and set up Catalyst's high-availability (HA) solutions to achieve non-stop operation.

Progent can assist you to maintain and repair your older Catalyst switches or upgrade seamlessly to up-to-date versions of Catalyst switches adhering to leading practices to ensure that you get the highest business value from your investment in your network.

The need for intelligent, high-performance switching is driven by a confluence of relatively recent computing patterns whose overall impact is a virtual avalanche of data traffic:

  • Cloud and IoT networking and a consequent need for massive virtualization
  • The pervasiveness of personal endpoints
  • Data guzzling rich media apps
  • Social media for business
  • The rise of Big Data in enterprise analytics
  • Increasingly advanced cyberattacks such as ransomware
Cloud computing is only operationally realistic by utilizing network virtualization. Virtualized data centers radically reduce expenses by permitting very high hardware utilization and demanding minimal data center space and power consumption. But this also requires that relatively sparse resources must support large amounts of data. The BYOD paradigm has caused a dramatic rise in the amount of mobile users that must be handled by business networks, and these users tend to run a great deal of data-intensive, rich media applications. Social business technologies are displacing email as the primary enabler of workforce collaboration and is generating an ever increasing demand for bandwidth. Enterprises who want to remain competitive are resorting to Big Data techniques to search through vast and disparate silos of information, which in turn generates Big Network Traffic. These computing trends are relatively new, and put together they create a serious demand for a new generation of switches that offer significantly more capacity, intelligence, availability and manageability than older platforms were engineered to deliver.

Cisco's current lineup of Catalyst switches are best suited for the distribution/core layers of enterprise campus environments where office workers must be supported with predictable high speed, secure access control, careful segregation, application awareness, and wired and wireless convergence. Cisco's Catalyst switches are designed to meet the need for performance and intelligence with capabilities that include high-port-count 10, 40, and 100 Gigabit Ethernet support, switching capacity over 25 Tbps per chassis, a powerful catalog of technologies such as Easy Virtual Network to simplify the deployment of virtual networks, Virtual Switching System technology for stateful failover with subsecond virtual switch restoration and "five nines" (99.999%) availability, IPv4 and IPv6 capability, Application Visibility and Control (AVC) to maximize system utilization, and advanced QoS tools for business-critical data prioritization.

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Cisco Can Provide Catalyst Switches for Organizations of All Sizes

Cisco Catalyst switches enable businesses of all sizes to benefit from incorporating smart switching services into their network infrastructure, creating an ecosystem that can deal with real-time requirements, expand to support expected growth, protect sensitive data, and differentiate and control processes to optimize network operations.

Catalyst 1000 Series Fixed Ethernet Switches
Catalyst 1000 Series Switches SupportCisco's Catalyst 1000 access switches are small form factor, fixed-configuration switches targeted for smaller businesses and branch offices with up to 250 workers and with minimal in-house IT support. The Catalyst 1000 Series includes fanless models for quiet operation within an office venue. Mounting options include desktop, wall or shelf mount, standard rack mount, and DIN. Created as a simple replacement for Catalyst 2960-L/2960-Plus deployments, the Catalyst 1000 portfolio includes models with 8 to 48G Ethernet ports or 24 to 48 Fast Ethernet 10/100M Mbps ports.

Catalyst Series 1000 configuration and management are simple via a web interface or CLI, security is enterprise-grade, and Power over Ethernet capability with an automatically distributed budget of 740W supports a broad range of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. As many as eight Catalyst 1000 Gbit Ethernet model switches can be controlled together with single IP. Catalyst Series 1000 appliances are nonblocking line-rate devices, and all are powered by Cisco's familiar IOS operating system software. Quality-of-Service capabilities include egress queues for every port as well as priority queuing to deliver wire-speed performance for time-critical traffic. Catalyst 1000 switches also offer SRR scheduling and Weighted Tail Drop (WTD) congestion management.

Cisco Catalyst 9000 Series Fixed and Modular Managed Switches
The Catalyst 9000 line of managed switches offers modular and fixed switches and can support all deployment models including access, distribution, and core switching. The Catalyst 9000 family offers switches with the right price/performance to connect workers and things in scenarios from small businesses and branch offices to the largest enterprises. Catalyst 9000 products can be configured to implement any mix of local facilities, private and public clouds, and hybrid networks. Unified network management platforms and advanced security solutions lower expenses by saving time and safeguarding critical network assets. Cisco's 9000X line of switches provide converged switching/routing, introducing the first mix of 400G QSFP-DD ports plus full multigigabit and Power-over-Ethernet ports.

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Cisco Catalyst 9000 Series Switches Are Designed for a Hybrid Landscape

Cisco Catalyst 9200 Switches ExpertsWith twice the backplane stacking bandwidth for about half the price of the legacy Catalyst 2960-X and 2960-XR switches they are intended to replace, Catalyst 9200 Series switches are a natural infrastructure update for small branch offices and midsize campuses. The 9200 family includes switches that support 24 or 48 ports with full PoE+; 80-160 Gbps stacking performance; and Layer 3 features such as Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) routing, EIGRP, IS-IS link-state protocol, and routed access. Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series switches run Cisco IOS XE.

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

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Switches ExpertsCisco's Catalyst 9300 Series switches are fixed, stackable appliances for ultra-high-density access switching. Advanced capabilities available with models in the Catalyst 9300 family include up to 1Tbps backplane stacking bandwidth, stackable SFP fiber, up to 448 multigigabit ports including 288 ports of 90W UPOE+ with an 8-device stack, end-to-end IPsec tunnel with AES-256 with MACsec 256-bit encryption and speeds as high as 100G, high-availability redundant fans and power, plus data stack and StackPower cables common across the complete Catalyst 9300 product line.

Based on the Cisco IOS XE operating system, appliances in the Catalyst 9300 product line support automated device provisioning, API-driven configuration, high-granularity visibility for close to realtime monitoring, and seamless software updates and patching. Security capabilities include Encrypted Traffic Analytics (ETA) along with AES-256 MACsec and IPSec encryption, and Trust Anchor Technologies with Secure Boot. Cloud cybersecurity is strengthened because Catalyst 9300 switches can host Cisco's Umbrella agent directly. This allows organizations to design their DNS policies at user or group level to block BYOD or IoT users from accessing malicious websites.

The value-priced Cisco Catalyst 9300L switch features up to 320G stacking bandwidth and supports 12 100M/1G/2.5G/5G/10G ports and 36 10M/100M/1G ports. The 9300L uses fixed rather than modular uplink components for 4 1G, 4 10G, or 2 40G ports. The Cisco Catalyst 9300 switch offers 480G of backplane stacking performance 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 speeds supported are 1G, 10G, 25G, or 40G. The top-of-the-line Cisco Catalyst 9300X appliance delivers up to 1Tbps backplane stacking bandwidth and supports 48 10G Ethernet ports. The 9300X accepts modular uplinks with dual-rate 100G/40G, multirate 25G/10G/1G, or multigigabit. Cisco 90W UPOE+ supports dense IoT environments such as smart buildings. Cisco offers hardware to provide 100G IPsec.

Catalyst 9400 Switches ExpertsCisco's Catalyst 9400 Series appliances are modular switches based on Cisco IOS XE and designed for medium-size and large campus access deployments. Delivering double the throughput and over four times the chassis bandwidth as the Catalyst 6500 line it is designed to replace, Cisco's Catalyst 9400 family brings switch capability into the modern age of connectivity impelled by security, mobility, Internet of Things, and cloud.

Catalyst 9400 appliances are offered with 4-slot, 7-slot, and 10-slot chassis. Two slots on each chassis are reserved for high-availability supervisor cards, leaving 2, 5, or 8 slots open for line cards. Max bandwidth scalability for each line-card slot is 480 Gbps. Switching capacity can reach 1.44 Tbps 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, secure segmentation with Software-Defined Access and N+N/N+1 power redundancy for high resilience. Cisco's Catalyst 9400 4-slot switch can support 96 10/100/1000 ports, 5G/10G mGig ports, or 10G SFP+ ports. The Catalyst 9400 7-slot supports 240 ports, and the Catalyst 9400 10-slot supports 384 ports. All Catalyst 9400 appliances can support 2 non-blocking 40 Gigabit Ethernet QSFP uplinks and up to 8 non-blocking 10G Ethernet SFP+ uplinks.

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 9500 product line includes fixed core and edge services switches designed for the enterprise campus. Catalyst 9500 models are based on Cisco IOS XE and the the family incorporates the first infrastructure technology to deliver switching rates above 25 Terabits per second.

Catalyst 9500 appliances provide up to 6.4 Tbps switching performance with forwarding speed as high as 2 Bpps. Catalyst 9500 switches can support as many as 32 nonblocking 100 Gigabit QSFP28 optical ports, 32 nonblocking 40 Gigabit QSFP+ ports, 48 nonblocking 25 Gigabit SFP28 ports, or 48 nonblocking 10 Gigabit SFP+ ports. You can deploy Multichassis EtherChannel (MEC) across StackWise-Virtual members for high resiliency.

Catalyst 9500X products can provide up to 25.6 Tbps switching performance with 2 Bpps forwarding capacity. Catalyst 9500X devices deliver 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 chip-level capability for line-rate 256-bit 802.1AE Media Access Control Security (MACsec) and WAN-MACsec1 encryption.

Cisco Catalyst 9600 Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 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 delivers switching capacity up to 25.6 Terabits per second and can contain as many as 256 nonblocking 10/25/50 G Ethernet ports, 96 nonblocking 40/100G G ports, or 8 nonblocking 200/400 Gigabit QSFP-Double Density ports. The Catalyst 9600 also provides dual-rate 40G/100G and 10G/25G optics. Two chassis slots are dedicated 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 disrupting operation.

Legacy Catalyst Switches Supported by Progent's Consultants
Progent's Cisco CCIE-certified consultants have broad backgrounds delivering remote and on-premises support services for early-generation Catalyst switches for which Cisco has announced End of Life or End of Support. These outdated Catalyst switches usually are more expensive to manage and support than contemporary models, deliver lower capacity and fewer features, and for many cases may expose organizations to compliance and even liability risks. Progent are available to assist your business to maintain and repair these older Cisco products and can also help you to plan and carry out non-disruptive migrations to newer products within the Catalyst line or to solutions from the Cisco Nexus line of network switches which build upon Catalyst design experience.

Cisco Catalyst Express 500 Family
Cisco Catalyst Express 500 Family Switches HelpThe Catalyst Express 500 and 520 line of managed Ethernet switches are intended for businesses with up to 250 workers and deliver the dependability, protection, extensibility, and features small companies need at an affordable cost. PoE capability makes it easy to add network appliances such as VoIP phones and closed-circuit TV cameras.

Versions of the Cisco Catalyst Express 500 and 520 managed switches support up to 24 10/100/1000BT Ethernet ports as well as optional redundant power supplies with automatic switch-over for extra reliability. Integration with Cisco access points helps businesses to set up a local wireless network quickly and effectively. The Catalyst Express 500 and 520 family provides strong protection against malicious attacks With the Cisco Self-Defending Network technology and Cisco Clean Access solutions. Cisco Catalyst 2940 Switch
Cisco Catalyst 2900 Family Switches SupportCisco Catalyst 2900 fixed-configuration, managed Ethernet switches provide fundamental small-group connectivity for small to medium-sized companies. These wire-speed desktop switches offer Cisco IOS Software features for basic mixed-media traffic control at the network edge. The Cisco Catalyst 2940 Series fixed-configuration switches are small-footprint, stackable switches featuring 8 Ethernet ports and one built-in Fast Ethernet or Gigabit Ethernet uplink. The enclosures can be installed outside the wiring cabinet in space-constrained areas 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. Current models feature 24 or 48 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, four 1-Gigabit or two 10GE uplink connections, and deliver switching capacity of up to 176 Gbps. Cisco's FlexStack technology permits up to four Catalyst 2960-S chassis to be grouped in a FlexStack stack to perform as one switch that provides 40 Gbps of stacking bandwidth and that cuts administrative expense with single-switch configuration. IPv6 First Hop Security (FHS) technology protects networks against IPv6 address interception and other attacks.

Catalyst 3560 Family Switches
Catalyst 3560 Series Switches Consulting FirmCisco's Catalyst 3560 Series is a selection of non-modular switches that features IEEE 802.3af and Power over Ethernet (PoE) capability in 10/100 Ethernet and 10/100/1000 configurations. The Cisco Catalyst 3560 is an ideal Layer 2 switch for small enterprise network connectivity or satellite-offices, combining both Gigabit and Power over Ethernet (PoE) configurations for high efficiency while facilitating the installation of vital technology including Voice over IP, wireless connectivity, video monitoring, and remote video kiosks. Customers can deploy comprehensive intelligent services including QoS, rate management, ACLs, multicast administration, and broadband IP routing with the simplicity of traditional LAN switching.

The Cisco Catalyst 3560 family switch is equipped with a robust array of features that allow for network scalability and higher availability through IP routing plus a full suite of Spanning Tree Protocol improvements aimed to increase availability in an access Layer LAN. Enhancements to the conventional Spanning Tree Protocol, such as PVST+, and Uplink Fast, combined with innovations like Flex Links Layer 2 interfaces, improve network efficiency. PVST+ supports Data Link Layer load balancing on redundant connections to efficiently use the extra capacity associated with a redundant architecture.

Efficient routing protocols such as Open Shortest Path First, Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP), Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), and Policy Based Routing increase network capacity; Protocol Independent Multicast helps improve resource utilization; and VRFLite secures data.

Catalyst 3750 Family Switches
Cisco 3750 Family Switches ConsultingFor mid-size businesses and enterprise branch offices, Cisco's Catalyst 3750 Series simplifies integration of unified technologies and adapts to evolving business needs by offering setup versatility, ability to manage converged network patterns, and automatic set up of intelligent system functions. In addition, the Cisco Catalyst 3750 switch is designed for high-volume Gigabit Ethernet deployments and incorporates a diverse selection of switches that address the access, aggregation, and backbone-connectivity requirements of small or mid-size deployments.

Cisco's Catalyst 3750 Series switch includes the IP Base or the IP Services image. The IP Base image features include advanced QoS, rate-management, access control lists, and basic static and Routing Information Protocol (RIP) routing capability. The IP Services image offers a broader selection of enterprise-level features, such as sophisticated hardware-based IP unicast/multicast routing.

Cisco StackWise technology is a stacking architecture designed for Gigabit Ethernet. This technology is intended to respond to additions, deletions, and redeployments while providing dependable operation. StackWise technology unites up to 9 separate switches into a single functional device, utilizing custom stack-interconnect cables and software. Any of the switches can be any mix of the Catalyst 3750 Series switches and Cisco's Catalyst 3750-E Series. The stack operates as a single switching device that is directed by a master switch, chosen from among the stack of switches. The control switch automatically creates and updates all the switching and optional routing tables. A running stack can accept new switches or delete old devices without service discontinuity.

Catalyst 2960 Swiches and 3560-CX Switches
Catalyst 2900 Series Switches Integration and TroubleshootingCisco's Catalyst 2960-CX is a fixed-configuration managed switch that is compact, fanless, low power, and allows flexible mounting options. The device incorporates eight 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports and two Gigabit Ethernet uplink ports and has an option for PoE+ power. Cisco's Catalyst 3560-CX is a fixed-port managed switch packaged in a sleek, noiseless and low-power enclosure that can be placed almost anywhere outside a wiring closet. Models are offered with eight or 12 1-GE ports or with six 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports plus two multigigabit ports. Two or four uplinks are offered, and Power over Ethernet is also an option.

Catalyst 2900-L Switches ConsultingCisco's Catalyst 2960-L line consists of entry-level fixed-configuration switches intended for small offices, retail venues, and other places where space is at a premium. These compact appliances have 8 to 48 Gigabit Ethernet ports and 2 or 4 SFP uplink ports. PoE support reduces clutter and fanless design for the 8- versions eliminates noise. RJ-45 interfaces support 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T and 1000BASE-T SFP-ports.

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X and 2960-XR Series switches enhance the 2690-S family by offering switching throughput of up to 216 Gbps and providing Cisco's FlexStack-Plus stacking technology via a live-swappable module that allows 8 Catalyst switches in a stack with 80 Gbps of stacking performance. Catalyst 2900 Series switches also work with NetFlow-Lite for conserving forwarding data for analysis. The Catalyst 2960-XR Series switch features L3 dynamic routing, providing the simplicity of using one device for L2 and L3 routing.

Catalyst 3650 and Catalyst 3850 Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 3650 Switch and 3850 Series Switches Consulting and TroubleshootingCatalyst 3650 and Catalyst 3850 switches are fixed-configuration, stackable network access devices based on Cisco's IOS XE operating system and featuring comprehensive wireless network controller functionality that allows you to control wired and wireless infrastructure on a one device managed by a single OS. Cisco offers models with either 24 or 48 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports with Power over Ethernet plus, four 1GE or four 10-Gigabit uplinks, and support for up to nine switches in a FlexStack stack. All models provide expandable QoS, fast failover for maximum availability, software support for IPv4/IPv6 routing, multicast routing, and enhanced security features.

Since wireless traffic is visible at the Catalyst 3000 family switch, administrators can spot and prioritize wireless traffic by means of Cisco's FNF solution along with advanced Quality of Service capabilities for an improved wireless user environment and quicker problem mediation. Multigigabit Ethernet switching supports the high-bandwidth defined by the new 802.11ac Wave 2 wireless specification using currently in-place cabling infrastructure. (To find out about Progent's consulting services for Cisco's 802.11ac Aironet wireless technology, and Cisco's Meraki cloud-managed APs, refer to Configuration and Troubleshooting Consulting Services for Cisco Wireless Technology.)

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

Cisco Catalyst 4500-E Series and Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches
Cisco's Catalyst 4500-E and and Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Series switches are intended for campus and distribution environments where space for infrastructure hardware is limited. Powered by Cisco's IOS XE OS software, the Catalyst 4500-E and Catalyst 4500-X families simplify network virtualization thanks to Cisco's Easy Virtual Network (EVN) and Virtual Switching System technologies. Network virtualization allows you to divide a physical network into a number of virtual networks whose data and control planes are logically segregated. This makes possible the high resource utilization, security and compliance, resilience, and simplified management needed for Cloud environments or other scenarios where a common infrastructure is shared by applications and services that must run in total isolation from each other. Easy Virtual Network simplifies the task of deploying virtual networks and scales to 32 VNs for each switch. EVN incorporates the capabilities of Multi-virtual routing and forwarding (VRF) and provides new features such as VNET Trunks and an easy way for duplicating replicating routes connecting virtual networks. VSS technology makes it easy to set up Catalyst 4500-E and Catalyst 4500-X Series switches to produce non-stop VNs with optimized load balancing.

Cisco Catalyst 4500-E Switches
Cisco Catalyst 4500-E Series Switches ConsultantsCisco's Supervisor Engine 8-E for the Catalyst 4500-E switch has an integrated wireless controller that supports Cisco's Unified Access solution for wired and wireless convergence. The Supervisor Engine 8-E is the first Cisco Catalyst supervisor engine to support wired plus wireless services on one platform powered by Cisco's IOS XE. Technologies include Cisco's Flexible NetFlow technology for traffic analytics encompassing wired and wireless networks, TrustSec/SGT2 wired and wireless data security, predictable Quality of Service for wired and Wi-Fi clients, plus the extension of NSF/SSO to include wireless traffic for enterprise-class high availability.

Available in chassis that have from three to 10 plug-in slots, Cisco Catalyst 4500-E Series switches with Supervisor 8-E can handle as many as 384 1-Gigabit Ethernet ports, up to 192 1GE fiber fiber connections, 96 10GE fiber ports, and eight 10GE uplink ports. The Catalyst 4500-E Supervisor Engine 8-E provides up to 928 Gbps of wired throughput per system and 20 Gbps of wireless termination performance. 50 wireless access points and 2000 wireless clients can be supported per chassis, and up to 250 access points and 4000 wireless users can be supported in a multi-switch deployment without requiring a separate wireless controller.

Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches
Catalyst 4500-X Family Switches Planning and Support ServicesCatalyst 4500-X switches are fixed-configuration 10-Gigabit Ethernet aggregation switches that deliver 800 Gbps of backplane switching performance per chassis. The Catalyst 4500-X supports as many as 32 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports on the unit's baseboard and eight additional 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports on the expansion module for a total of 40 non-blocking 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections. Eight 10-Gigabit Ethernet uplink ports are also available via a separate module. In addition to offering non-stop operation and easy management, Cisco's virtual switching system technology on Catalyst 4500-X Series switches provides higher system performance of up to 1.6 Tbps by activating all possible bandwidth between VSS-linked Catalyst 4500-X switches. Other advanced features include Cisco's FNF solution for capacity planning, TrustSec security, and wire-rate IPv6 forwarding.

Catalyst 6500 Series and Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches
Catalyst 6500 and Cisco Catalyst 6800 switches are campus backbone platforms that incorporate the field-proven technology of the Cisco Catalyst 6500 line of switches, 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 provide the same general features and operation, and the modular Catalyst 6807-XL accepts the Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Supervisor Engine 2T and its extensive family of line cards and modules. This cross compatibility and commitment to ongoing enhancement preserves your infrastructure expenditures and enables you to update your network backbone with minimal service interruption or IT staff retraining.

Common attributes of Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Catalyst 6800 Series modular switches that have Cisco's Supervisor Engine 2T include Cisco's ISE technology for simple, centralized administration to put in place unvarying policy throughout a distributed environment, Virtual Switching System capability for maximum uptime via multi-level failover, and Cisco's Campus Locator/ID Separation Protocol to support client roaming and device mobility and to simplify virtualization and migration to IPv6. Additional virtual networking tools to segment distinct user groups and support the unique security/compliance and QoS policy needs of every group include L2/L3 VPN, full Multiprotocol Label Switching, Easy Virtual Network (EVN), VPN Routing and Forwarding-aware applications for NAT NetFlow, IPv6 over IPv4 GRE Tunnel Protection, and L2 extensions with VPLS. For unified wired/wireless environments, the WiSM2 for Catalyst 6500 Series and Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series modular switches includes support for as many as 1000 APs and 15,000 wireless clients.

Cisco Catalyst 6500-E Switches
Catalyst 6500 Series Switches Consulting and TroubleshootingThe Catalyst 6500-E family of modular switches are designed for distribution and enterprise backbone networks that require world-class availability and high densities of 10/100/1000 Ethernet, 1 GE fiber, or 10 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet ports. Models include three to 13 expansion slots and work with a wide range of interface modules. Integrated service modules enable wireless, network monitoring, and data protection. Just E-Series versions of Cisco's broad line of Catalyst 6500 switches accept the Supervisor Engine 2T.

The Cisco Catalyst 6503-E has a 4RU form factor, holds 3 slots, and delivers 180 Gbps of switching throughput per slot. The Catalyst 6503-E can support 97 1-Gigabit Ethernet access ports, up to 99 Gigabit Ethernet fiber access ports, 34 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports, and 8 40GE access ports.

The high-end Cisco Catalyst 6513-E switch has a 19 rack unit, 13-slot form factor and can deliver as much as 180 Gbps of bandwidth per slot, with a total system bandwidth as high as 4 Tbps. A Virtual Switching System configured system can deliver 8 Tbps of throughout. The Catalyst 6513-E switch offers up to 529 10/100/1000 Ethernet connections, up to 534 Gigabit Ethernet fiber connections, up to 180 10GE access ports, and 44 40-Gigabit Ethernet ports.

Catalyst 6800 Switches
Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 6800 switches are campus backbone switches designed to provide optimal 10/40/100 GE support. The Cisco Catalyst 6880-X switch is a fixed, compact switch for Ethernet aggregation designed for small or medium-size enterprise campus backbones. The 6880-X switch supports up to 2 Tbps switching performance and includes four slots for port cards. The maximum port concentration on one chassis is 80 1 Gigabit Ethernet ports or 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections or as many as 20 40GE connections. Configured with Cisco's Virtual Switching System, a two-chassis system can deliver 4 Tbps switching capacity and support up to 158 1 Gigabit Ethernet access ports or 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections or up to 20 40GE ports.

The modular Catalyst 6807-XL switch has a 10-rack-unit chassis that has 7 expansion slots and supports existing Supervisor Engine 2T cards and service modules. (Two of the slots are for the Supervisor Engine and five are for modules.) The Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL switch offers as much as 880 Gbps of switching bandwidth per slot and a total of 11.4 Tbps of switching capacity while providing up to 240 1 Gigabit Ethernet connections or 1GE fiber ports, up to 80 10-Gigabit Ethernet access ports or up to 20 40GE ports. A two-chassis 6807-XL system with VSS can handle 22.8 Tbps of switching throughput, 480 1 Gigabit Ethernet access ports or Gigabit Ethernet fiber ports, up to 160 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports or 40 40GE connections.

Ways That Progent Can Assist Your Business with Cisco Catalyst Switches
Progent offers the remote or on-premises services of CCIE-certified network consultants who have broad experience providing Catalyst switch solutions for small and medium sized businesses, branches, enterprises, data centers, Cloud networks, and SPs. Progent's skills include Catalyst and Nexus lines of managed switches and Cisco's IOS, IOS-XR and NX-OS operating systems. Support services offered by Progent for Catalyst switches include pilot testing, network analysis and monitoring, topology design, migrations and project management, network virtualization, wired and wireless unification, management automation, performance optimization, troubleshooting, disaster recovery preparedness, and network security testing and remediation.

Progent has deep knowledge of industry standards and with proprietary Cisco protocols and technologies associated with switching and routing including Border Gateway Protocol, MPLS traffic engineering, PIM, VPNs, ISIS, VLANs, Cisco FabricPath, Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), Hot Standby Router Protocol (HSRP), Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol, OSPF, VSS, and LISP. Progent's network consultants also offer experience with crucial technologies such as TCP/IP protocols, IPv4, IPv6, EIGRP, RIP, and Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP). Progent's CISSP-ISSAP certified network security and compliance consultants can assist you to create a comprehensive security strategy and deploy Catalyst switches so that they offer optimal support for your network security posture.

If you require ultra high Ethernet density or extremely low latency switches for a world-class data center, Progent can assist your organization to evaluate, design, and manage a transition to Nexus Series switches. To find out about Progent's consulting and support capabilities for Nexus Series switches, refer to Cisco Nexus Switch consulting services. 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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