The Catalyst family of modular and fixed switches offers speed and intelligence at the access, distribution, and backbone levels of converged voice, 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 CCIE consultants offer remote and onsite expertise with Catalyst family switches to help your organization to design a cost-effective infrastructure that addresses your unique business requirements, set up pilot testing, install Catalyst switches, establish and verify a sensible security and compliance strategy, streamline network management and monitoring, deliver repair and support services, optimize switch capacity, and configure Catalyst's high-availability (HA) technology for non-stop operation.

Progent can help you to manage and troubleshoot your older Catalyst switches or upgrade smoothly to current models of Catalyst switches adhering to industry best practices to make sure that you receive the most return from your investment in your network.

The need for intelligent, high-speed switching is the result 0f a combination of relatively new computing patterns whose net impact is a virtual avalanche of traffic:

  • Cloud and IoT networking and an associated need for massive virtualization
  • The proliferation of always-connected mobile devices
  • Bandwidth-intensive rich media applications
  • Social business technologies
  • The popularity of Big Data in enterprise data analytics
  • Ever more sophisticated threats like ransomware
Cloud computing is only made practical because of virtualization on a massive scale. Virtualized infrastructures radically reduce costs by allowing very high resource utilization and requiring minimal data center space and power consumption. But this also means that relatively limited network resources have to support substantial amounts of traffic. The BYOD paradigm has caused a steep rise in the number of mobile users that have be handled by business networks, and these users tend to run a high percentage of bandwidth-intensive, HD video applications. Social media for business is displacing traditional email as the primary driver for collaboration and is producing an ever increasing requirement for data. Businesses who are trying to stay competitive are adopting Big Data techniques to search through vast and varied repositories of corporate data, which in turn produces Big Network Traffic. These trends are fairly new, and combined they cause a critical need for an advanced generation of switches that offer significantly higher speed, control, uptime and ease of management than older platforms were designed to provide.

Cisco's current portfolio of Catalyst switches are designed for the distribution and core layers levels of campus deployments where mobile and stationary employees must be provided for by offering dependable high speed, secure client access management, careful group isolation, application awareness, and wired/wireless convergence. Cisco's Catalyst series switches are designed to meet the need for speed and control with capabilities that include high-port-count 10, 40, and 100 Gigabit Ethernet support, switching performance more than 25 Tbps for each appliance, an extensive catalog of technologies including EVN to simplify the deployment of VLANs, Virtual Switching System technology for stateful failover with subsecond backup switch recovery and 99.999% availability, IPv4 and IPv6 capability, Application Visibility and Control to optimize system resource usage, and sophisticated QoS tools for critical traffic prioritization.

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Cisco Offers Catalyst Switches for Organizations of Any Size

Cisco Catalyst switches allow businesses of any size to benefit from incorporating intelligent switching features into their network architecture, creating an ecosystem that can handle real-time requirements, expand to support future growth, guard vital information, and separate and control processes to enhance network productivity.

Catalyst 1000 Series Fixed Ethernet Switches
Catalyst 1000 Series Switches SupportCisco's Catalyst 1000 Layer 2 network access switches are compact, fixed-configuration switches targeted for small businesses and branches with as many as 250 users and with little if any in-house IT expertise. The Catalyst 1000 Series includes fanless versions for silent operation within an office venue. Mounting alternatives include desktop, wall or shelf mount, rack mount, and DIN. Designed as an easy replacement for Catalyst 2960-L/2960-Plus Series deployments, Cisco's Catalyst 1000 line includes versions with 8 to 48 Gigabit Ethernet ports or 24 to 48 Fast Ethernet 10/100M ports.

Catalyst Series 1000 set up and administration are simple via a web UI or CLI, cybersecurity is enterprise-class, and PoE+ ports with an automatically distributed budget of 740W allows a wide variety of Internet of Things (IoT) implementations. Up to eight Catalyst 1000 Gbit Ethernet model switches can be managed together with single IP. Catalyst Series 1000 models are nonblocking line-rate switches, and all are based on Cisco's venerable IOS operating system software. Quality-of-Service (QoS) features include egress queues for every port as well as priority packet queuing to allow optimized performance for all classes of traffic. Catalyst 1000 switches also offer Shaped Round Robin scheduling and WTD congestion management.

Cisco Catalyst 9000 Fixed and Modular Managed Switches
The Cisco Catalyst 9000 series of managed switches offers modular and fixed appliances and can support all deployment models including access, distribution, and core switching. The Catalyst 9000 series includes devices with the right price/performance to connect workers and things in scenarios ranging from small businesses and branch offices to global enterprises. Catalyst 9000 Series products can be set up to support any combination of local facilities, private and public clouds, and hybrid network models. Unified management tools and advanced security features lower cost of ownership by cutting operational overhead and safeguarding vital network assets. Cisco's 9000X family of managed switches provide converged switching/routing, introducing the first combination of 400G optical transceivers along with full mGig and PoE ports.

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Cisco Catalyst 9000 Switches Are Designed for a Hybrid Landscape

Catalyst 9200 Series Switches ExpertsWith twice the stacking bandwidth at about half the cost of the end-of-life Cisco Catalyst 2960-X and 2960-XR switches they are designed to replace, Cisco's Catalyst 9200 Series switches are a natural network upgrade for small branch offices and midsize campuses. The 9200 family includes switches that support 24 or 48 ports with full Power over Ethernet; 80-160 Gbps stacking performance; and Layer 3 features that include Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) routing, EIGP distance routing protocol, IS-IS link-state protocol, and RIP. Catalyst 9200 Series switches run Cisco IOS XE.

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

Catalyst 9300 Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 9300 Series switches are fixed, stackable devices for ultra-high-density enterprise access switching. Key features available with models in the Catalyst 9300 family include 1T stacking capacity, stackable SFP fiber, up to 448 mGig Ethernet ports including 288 ports of 90W UPOE+ with an 8-device configuration, line rate IPsec with AES-256 Encryption and speeds up to 100G, HA fans and power, plus data stack cables common throughout the entire Catalyst 9300 family.

Powered by Cisco IOS XE, switches in the Catalyst 9300 family offer automated device provisioning, API-based configuration, high-granularity visibility for close to realtime monitoring, and seamless software updates and patching. Security features include Encrypted Traffic Analytics (ETA) along with AES-256 MACsec and IPSec encryption, and Trust Anchor Technologies with Image signing and Secure Boot. Cloud cybersecurity is enhanced because Catalyst 9300 switches can host the Cisco Umbrella agent directly. This allows businesses to customize their DNS filtering policies granularly to block BYOD or IoT users from accessing dangerous websites.

The entry-level Cisco Catalyst 9300L switch provides up to 320G backplane stacking bandwidth and offers 12 100M/1G/2.5G/5G/10G ports and 36 10M/100M/1G ports. The 9300L uses fixed instead of modular uplink components for 4 1G, 4 10G, or 2 40G ports. The Cisco Catalyst 9300 appliance offers 480G of backplane stacking performance and can provide 48 100M/1G/2.5G/5Gbps Ethernet ports, 24 100M/1G/2.5G/5G/10Gbps Ethernet ports, or 48 1G SFP ports. Modular uplink performance available are 1G, 10G, 25G, or 40G. The top-of-the-line Cisco Catalyst 9300X switch provides 1T backplane stacking capacity and offers 48 10G port density. The 9300X supports modular uplinks with dual-rate 100G/40G, multirate 25G/10G/1G, or multigigabit. Cisco 90W UPOE+ supports IoT-intensive 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 the Cisco IOS XE operating system and targeted for midsize and enterprise campus access networks. Delivering double the performance and over four times the chassis bandwidth as the legacy Catalyst 6500 line it is designed to replace, the Catalyst 9400 family ushers switch capability into the current age of networking impelled by security, mobility, IoT, and cloud.

Catalyst 9400 switches are available with 4-slot, 7-slot, and 10-slot chassis. Two of the slots on each chassis are reserved for redundant supervisor cards, making 2, 5, or 8 slots open for line cards. Maximum bandwidth scalability for each line-card slot is 480G. Switching capacity can achieve 1.44 Terabits per second and forwarding rate on Supervisor Module is as high as 9 Tbps for the 10-slot chassis. All Catalyst 9400 models can provide 90W UPOE+ on every port, protected segmentation with SD-Access and N+N/N+1 power redundancy for high availability. Cisco's 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 up to 8 non-blocking 10G Ethernet SFP+ uplinks.

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Switches ConsultantsThe Catalyst 9500 product line consists of fixed core and edge services appliances designed for the enterprise campus. Catalyst 9500 switches are based on Cisco IOS XE and the series incorporates the first infrastructure technology to provide switching speeds above 25 Terabits per second.

Catalyst 9500 models deliver up to 6.4 Tbps switching capacity with forwarding speed as high as 2 Billion Packet per Second. Catalyst 9500 appliances can support up to 32 nonblocking 100 Gigabit QSFP28 optical ports, 32 nonblocking 40 Gigabit QSFP+ ports, 48 nonblocking 25G SFP28 ports, or 48 nonblocking 10G ports. You can deploy Multichassis EtherChannel across Cisco StackWise-Virtual members to achieve high availability.

Catalyst 9500X products can provide up to 25.6 Tbps switching capacity with up to 2 Billion Packet per Second forwarding speed. Catalyst 9500X devices deliver up to 28 nonblocking 40/100 Gigabit QSFP28 optical ports or 8 nonblocking 40/100/200/400 G QSFP-DD ports. The 9500X line also includes hardware support for line-rate 256-bit 802.1AE Media Access Control Security (MACsec) and WAN-MACsec1 encryption.

Catalyst 9600 Switches ExpertsCisco's Catalyst 9600 Series switches are modular core and distribution appliances intended for the enterprise campus. The 6-slot chassis loaded with a Catalyst 9600X Series Supervisor has switching performance up to 25.6 Tbps and can support as many as 256 nonblocking 10/25/50 G ports, 96 nonblocking 40/100G G ports, or 8 nonblocking 200/400 G QSFP-Double Density ports. The Catalyst 9600 also supports dual-rate 40G/100G and 10G/25G optics. Two chassis slots are reserved for redundant supervisors. You can mix and match a variety of line cards for core and aggregation deployments. The Catalyst 9600 chassis has a passive backplane, making it possible to replace fan tray, power supplies, and line cards without disruption.

End-of-Life Catalyst Series Switches Still Supported by Progent's Consultants
Progent's Cisco certified network consultants have extensive experience delivering online and onsite consulting and troubleshooting expertise for early-generation Catalyst switches which have reached End of Life (EOL). These legacy switches typically are more expensive to operate and maintain than current switches, provide less performance and functionality, and for many situations can expose organizations to regulatory compliance and liability risks. Progent are available to assist your business to support and repair these older Cisco products and can also help you to design and implement seamless migrations to current products from the Catalyst line or to devices from Cisco's Nexus line of network switches which take advantage of Catalyst design experience.

Catalyst Express 500 and 520 Line
Cisco Catalyst Express 500 Series Switches Consulting FirmThe Catalyst Express 500 and 520 line of managed Ethernet switches are intended for businesses with up to 250 employees and deliver the reliability, protection, scalability, and feature set small and mid-sized businesses require at an affordable price. PoE support makes it simple to add network appliances such as wireless access points and IP cameras.

Models of the Catalyst Express 500 switches offer from 8 to 24 10/100/1000BASE-T ports as well as optional backup power with auto switch-over for additional reliability. Interoperation with Cisco access points allows organizations to set up a wireless LAN environment quickly and effectively. The Catalyst Express 500 and 520 family provides strong security against viruses With the Cisco Self-Defending Network strategy and Cisco Clean Access agents. Cisco Catalyst 2940 Switch
Cisco Catalyst 2900 Series Switches ConsultingCatalyst 2900 non-modular, managed 10/100 Ethernet switches provide basic small-group networking for small to medium-sized companies. These wire-rate desktop appliances deliver IOS Software functions for basic mixed-media traffic services at the edge of the network. The Cisco 2940 Series switches are small, entry-level devices featuring eight Fast Ethernet connections plus one integrated Fast Ethernet or Gbit uplink. The enclosures can be deployed outside the wiring closet in cramped locations such as on or under a worker's desk or in a conference room.

Catalyst 2960-S Switch
The Catalyst 2960-S Series are fixed-configuration switches designed for small businesses and branch offices. Available models feature either 24 or 48 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, four 1GE or two 10-GB Ethernet uplink ports, and provide switching capacity of up to 176 Gbps. Cisco's FlexStack technology permits up to four 2960-S switches to be grouped in a stack to perform as a single switch that provides 40 Gbps of stacking performance and that reduces operational costs because of one-switch configuration. Cisco's IPv6 First Hop Security technology guards against address theft and other threats.

Catalyst 3560 Switches
Cisco Catalyst 3560 Series Switches Consulting FirmCisco's Catalyst 3560 family is a selection of non-modular switches that includes IEEE 802.3af and Power over Ethernet (PoE) capability in 10/100 and 10/100/1000 implementations. The Catalyst 3560 is an ideal Layer 2 switch for midsize business network connectivity or branch-offices, offering both Gigabit Ethernet and Power over Ethernet (PoE) options for high productivity while facilitating the installation of vital applications such a IP telephony, wireless connectivity, video monitoring, and remote video kiosks. IT managers can activate comprehensive intelligent services such as quality of service (QoS), rate limiting, ACLs, multicast management, and high-performance IP routing with the simplicity of traditional LAN switching.

Cisco's Catalyst 3560 Series switch has a robust set of features that allow for network scalability and enhanced resilience through IP routing plus a complete complement of Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) improvements designed to increase availability in an access Layer network. Enhancements to the standard STP Protocol, such as Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Plus (PVST+), Uplink Fast, and Port Fast, combined with enhancements like Flex Links, improve network efficiency. Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Plus supports Layer 2 load balancing on backup links to exploit the additional capacity associated with a redundant architecture.

Important routing mechanisms such as Open Shortest Path First, EIGRP, Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), static routing, and Policy Based Routing improve network capacity; Protocol Independent Multicast improves utilization of network resources; and VRFLite secures data.

Catalyst 3750 Series Switches
Catalyst 3750 Family Switches Professional ServicesFor mid-size businesses and corporate branches, the Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series eases integration of unified applications and accommodates evolving competitive needs by offering setup flexibility, ability to manage converged network patterns, and automatic configuration of intelligent system services. In addition, the Cisco Catalyst 3750 switch is engineered for high-volume 1000 Ethernet environments and includes a diverse selection of switches that meet the connectivity, aggregation, and backbone-interface requirements of small or midsized deployments.

Cisco's Catalyst 3750 switch has the IP Base image or the Services image. The IP Base image features include industry-leading QoS, rate-limiting, access control lists, and basic static and Routing Information Protocol (RIP) routing support. The IP Services image provides a broader selection of enterprise-level functions, including sophisticated hardware-based IP unicast/multicast routing.

StackWise technology is an architecture designed for Gigabit Ethernet. This technology is designed to respond to additions, deletions, and redeployments while maintaining predictable performance. Cisco StackWise combines up to nine individual switches into one functional unit, utilizing custom stack-interconnect cables and software. Each of the switches can be any mix of the Cisco Catalyst 3750 switches and the 3750-E Series. The stack operates as a single switching unit that is directed by a control switch, chosen from among the stack of switches. The master switch intelligently builds and keeps current all the switching and optional routing databases. A working stack can accommodate new members or delete existing devices with no service interruption.

Cisco Catalyst 2960 Series Switches and Catalyst 3560-CX Switches
Catalyst 2900 Family Switches Integration and TroubleshootingCisco's Catalyst 2960-CX is a fixed-port managed switch that is compact, fanless, low power, and allows a variety of mounting options. The switch incorporates eight 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports and two 1-GE uplink ports and has an option for Power over Ethernet (PoE). Cisco's Catalyst 3560-CX appliance is a fixed-port switch housed in a compact, noiseless and energy-efficient unit that can be mounted almost anywhere convenient. Models are available with eight or 12 1-GE ports or with 6 1-GE ports plus two multigigabit ports. Up to four uplinks are offered, and Power over Ethernet (PoE) is also an option.

Cisco Catalyst 2900-L Switches ConsultingCisco's Catalyst 2960-L family consists of entry-level fixed-configuration switches intended for small offices, retail venues, and other places where space is limited. These compact appliances include eight to 48 Gigabit Ethernet ports and either two or four SFP uplink ports. Power over Ethernet 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 switches enhance the 2690-S line by delivering switching capacity of up to 216 Gbps and providing Cisco's FlexStack-Plus stacking technology via a hot-swappable plug-in that can combine 8 Catalyst switches in a FlexStack Plus stack with 80 Gbps of stacking performance. Catalyst 2900 family switches also work with NetFlow-Lite for conserving forwarding data for analysis. Cisco's Catalyst 2960-XR Series switch is capable of Layer 3 dynamic routing, providing the convenience of using a single device for Layer 2 and Layer 3 routing.

Cisco Catalyst 3650 and 3850 Series Switches
Catalyst 3650 Switch and 3850 Switches ConsultantsCisco Catalyst 3650 and Catalyst 3850 series switches are fixed-configuration, stackable access switches powered by Cisco's IOS XE control software and incorporating full wireless controller functionality that lets you converge wired and wireless infrastructure on a single platform managed by one operating system. Cisco has versions with 24 or 48 built-in 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports with PoE+, four 1-Gigabit or four 10-GB Ethernet uplink connections, and capacity for as many as nine switches in a FlexStack stack. All versions provide expandable QoS, fast failover for maximum availability, software support for IPv4/IPv6 routing, multicast routing, and enhanced security features.

Since wireless data traffic is present at the Catalyst 3000 Series switch, it is possible to spot and assign priorities to wireless traffic with Cisco's Flexible NetFlow solution along with advanced QoS capabilities for an improved user environment and quicker problem mediation. Fast Ethernet switching supports the high-bandwidth defined by the new 802.11ac Wave 2 wireless specification on currently in-place cabling solutions. (For information about Progent's consulting services for Cisco's 802.11ac Aironet wireless products, and Cisco's Meraki cloud-managed access points, visit Configuration and Troubleshooting Support for Cisco Wireless Access Points and Controllers.)

The Cisco Catalyst 3650 offers stacking performance of 160 Gbps and supports as many as 25 wireless access points and 1000 Wi-Fi clients on each switch. The Cisco Catalyst 3850 switch delivers stacking bandwidth as high as 480 Gbps and supports as many as 50 Wi-Fi access points and 2000 wireless users on each switch. Catalyst 3850 SFP Fiber Switches incorporate 12 or 24 1G fiber data ports at line rate on every port, providing long distance connectivity, enhanced security, and an identical wired/wireless user experience.

Cisco Catalyst 4500-E and Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches
Cisco's Catalyst 4500-E Series and and Catalyst 4500-X Series switches are intended for access and distribution environments where space for networking equipment is limited. Running Cisco's IOS XE OS software, the Catalyst 4500-E and 4500-X product lines simplify network virtualization thanks to Cisco's EVN and VSS solutions. Virtualization allows you to segment a physical network into a number of virtual networks whose data planes and control planes are logically distinct. This provides the economy, security and compliance, recoverability, and ease of management required for Cloud environments or other situations where a single resource pool is used by applications and services that must run in complete isolation from one another. EVN simplifies the process of creating VNs and can be expanded to 32 VNs for each switch. EVN incorporates the capabilities of Multi-virtual routing and forwarding (VRF) and provides additional features such as VNET Trunks and an easy way for duplicating replicating routes connecting virtual networks. Virtual Switching System technology makes it possible to configure Catalyst 4500-E and 4500-X Series switches to create zero-downtime virtual networks with optimized load balancing.

Catalyst 4500-E Switches
Catalyst 4500-E Family Switches ConsultantsCisco's Supervisor Engine for for the Catalyst 4500-E switch includes an integrated wireless network controller that supports Cisco's Unified Access technology for wired and wireless convergence. The Supervisor Engine 8-E is the initial Catalyst supervisor to permit wired as well as wireless services on one platform based on IOS XE. Technologies include Cisco's FNF solution for capacity planning encompassing wired and Wi-Fi networks, TrustSec wired/wireless data security, consistent Quality of Service for wired and wireless networks, and the expansion of Nonstop Forwarding with Stateful Switchover (NSF/SSO) to include Wi-Fi data traffic for world-quality availability.

Offered in chassis with from three to 10 plug-in slots, Cisco Catalyst 4500-E Series switches can support as many as 384 10/100/1000 Ethernet access ports, 193 1GE non-blocking fiber connections, 96 10GE fiber ports, and eight 10GE uplinks. Cisco's Supervisor Engine 8-E delivers as much as 928 Gbps of wired capacity for each system and up to 20 Gbps of wireless termination capacity. 50 Wi-Fi access points and 2000 Wi-Fi clients can be handled on each chassis, and up to 250 APs and 4000 wireless users are managed in a two-switch installation without requiring a separate wireless controller.

Catalyst 4500-X Switches
Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches Consulting FirmCatalyst 4500-X Series switches are fixed 10GE aggregation platforms that provide as much as 800 Gbps of core switching capacity per chassis. The Catalyst 4500-X supports up to 32 10GE connections on the unit's baseboard and eight more 10GE ports on the optional expansion module for a maximum of up to 40 non-blocking 10GE connections. Eight 10-Gigabit Ethernet uplink ports are also available with a separate module. In addition to offering zero-downtime operation and simple manageability, Cisco's virtual switching system solution on Catalyst 4500-X switches offers increased system performance of up to 1.6 Tbps by enabling all possible bandwidth between redundant Catalyst 4500-X switches. Other features include Flexible NetFlow solution for capacity planning, TrustSec protection, and wire-rate IPv6 forwarding.

Catalyst 6500 Series and Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches
Catalyst 6500 and Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series switches are campus backbone platforms that incorporate the field-proven technology of the Catalyst 6500 family of switches, which first appeared more than a decade ago and which have been steadily improved since then. Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Cisco Catalyst 6800 switches provide the same features and operation, and the modular Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL switch accepts the Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Supervisor Engine 2T and the associated portfolio of compatible line cards and service modules. This backwards compatibility and commitment to continual enhancement preserves your IT expenditures and enables you to upgrade your network backbone with little business disruption or IT staff re-education.

Shared features of Catalyst 6500 and Catalyst 6800 modular switches that have the Supervisor Engine 2T include Cisco's Identity Services Engine for convenient, centralized control to ensure consistent policy across a distributed network, VSS technology for maximum uptime via multi-level failover, and the Cisco LISP protocol to support roaming and device mobility and to simplify virtualization and migration to IPv6. Additional virtualization tools to partition distinct client groups and serve the unique security and Quality of Service policy needs of every group include Layer 2 and Layer 3 VPN, full MPLS, EVN, VPN Routing and Forwarding-aware applications for Network Address Translation (NAT) NetFlow, IPv6 over IPv4 GRE Tunnels, and L2 geographic extensions with virtual private LAN services. For unified wired and wireless networking, the WiSM2 controller Cisco Catalyst 6500 and Catalyst 6800 Series modular switches supports up to 1000 wireless APs and 15,000 wireless clients.

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

The entry-level Cisco Catalyst 6503-E has a 4RU form factor, includes 3 slots, and offers 180 Gbps of switching capacity per slot. The Cisco Catalyst 6503-E switch supports 97 1-Gigabit Ethernet ports, up to 99 Gigabit Ethernet fiber ports, up to 34 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports, and 8 40GE access ports.

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

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Switches
Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches Planning and Support ServicesCisco's Catalyst 6800 switches are campus backbone switches intended to deliver best-of-breed 10/40/100 GE services. The Cisco Catalyst 6880-X switch is a fixed-configuration, compact switch for Ethernet aggregation intended for small or midsize enterprise campus backbones. The Catalyst 6880-X switch delivers up to 2 Tbps bandwidth and has four slots for port cards. The top port density on one chassis is 80 1 Gigabit Ethernet connections or 10GE connections or up to 20 40GE ports. With Cisco's Virtual Switching System, a two-chassis system can provide 4 Tbps switching bandwidth and support as many as 158 10/100/1000 Ethernet access ports or 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections or as many as 20 40GE ports.

The modular Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL switch has a 10 RU chassis that has 7 slots and accepts standard Supervisor Engine 2T cards and modules. (Two of the slots are for the Supervisor Engine and the other five are for modules.) The Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL switch offers up to 880 Gbps of switching throughput on each slot and a total of 11.4 Tbps of switching bandwidth while providing up to 240 1 Gigabit Ethernet connections or Gigabit Ethernet fiber connections, 80 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections or 20 40GE access ports. an 6807-XL system with Cisco's Virtual Switching System can support 22.8 Tbps of switching capacity, 480 1 Gigabit Ethernet ports or Gigabit Ethernet fiber ports, up to 160 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports or 40 40-Gigabit Ethernet access ports.

How Progent Can Help Your Business with Catalyst Series Switches
Progent offers the online or on-premises services of Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants who have extensive backgrounds providing Catalyst switch technology solutions for small and medium sized organizations, branches, enterprises, data centers, Cloud networks, and SPs. Progent's practice areas include Cisco's Catalyst and Nexus families of smart switches and Cisco's IOS, IOS-XR and NX-OS operating systems. Consulting and support services available from Progent for Cisco Catalyst switches include pilot testing, network analysis and monitoring, network architecture planning, migrations and project management, network virtualization, wired and wireless convergence, network management, capacity planning, problem mitigation, business continuity planning, and data security testing and verification.

Progent offers broad knowledge of open standards and with proprietary Cisco protocols related to switching and routing such as Border Gateway Protocol, MPLS, PIM, VPNs, STP, VLANs, Cisco FabricPath, Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), HSRP, VRRP, OSPF, VSS, and Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP). Progent's network experts also have familiarity with crucial technologies such as TCP/IP, IPv4, IPv6, EIGRP, RIP, and IGMP. Progent's CISSP-ISSAP certified data security consultants can assist you to develop an enterprise-wide security and compliance strategy and implement Cisco Catalyst switches so they provide optimal support for your network security policies.

If you require the highest available Ethernet density or sub-microsecond latency Cisco switches for a world-class data center, Progent can assist your organization to analyze, plan, and carry out a migration to Nexus switches. To find out about Progent's support capabilities for Cisco's Nexus Series switches, refer to Cisco Nexus Switch consulting and support services available from Progent. Progent can also help you to integrate Catalyst data center switches with Cisco Meraki aggregation switches. (See Cisco Meraki switch integration consultants.)

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