The Catalyst line of modular and fixed-configuration managed switches offers speed and intelligence at the access, aggregation, and core levels of converged IP voice, HD video, and high bandwidth data networks for businesses that range from small businesses and branches to global enterprises and service providers. Progent's Cisco-certified CCIE consultants offer online and on-premises expertise with Catalyst family switches to help you to design an efficient infrastructure that addresses your unique business needs, set up pilot testing, deploy Catalyst switches, implement and verify a sound security plan, streamline system management and performance tracking, provide repair and support services, maximize switch performance, and set up Catalyst's high-availability (HA) technology to achieve non-stop operation, Progent can help you to maintain and troubleshoot your legacy Catalyst switches or migrate smoothly to the latest versions of Catalyst switches adhering to leading practices to ensure that you receive the maximum return from your investment in your network.

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

  • Cloud computing and an associated reliance on intensive network virtualization
  • The pervasiveness of always-connected mobile devices
  • Data guzzling HD video apps
  • Social media for business
  • The popularity of Big Data in data analytics

Cloud computing is only made practical by utilizing virtualization technology. Virtualized data centers radically reduce expenses by permitting very high hardware utilization and demanding very little real estate and power consumption. But this also means that relatively limited network resources have to accommodate substantial volumes of traffic. The Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) revolution has resulted in a steep rise in the number of mobile clients that have be supported by business networks, and these clients tend to run a high percentage of bandwidth-intensive, rich media apps. Social business applications are displacing traditional email as the primary enabler of workforce collaboration and is generating an ever increasing thirst for bandwidth. Businesses who are trying to remain competitive are adopting Big Data technology to mine vast and varied repositories of information, which in turn generates Big Traffic. These computing trends are fairly new, and put together they create a serious demand for an advanced generation of switches that offer significantly more speed, control, uptime and manageability than older solutions were designed to deliver.

Cisco's latest lineup of Catalyst switches are ideal for the distribution and core layers levels of enterprise campus environments where office workers must be accommodated by providing dependable high speed, strict user access management, tight segregation, application intelligence, and wired and wireless convergence. Catalyst switches are designed to meet the need for performance and control with capabilities such as high-port-count 10G/40G/100G support, switching capacity of up to 11.4 Tbps for each switch and double that for each system, an extensive catalog of tools such as EVN to simplify the creation of virtual networks, VSS technology for switch failover with subsecond virtual switch restoration and 99.999% uptime, IPv6 support, AVC to optimize network resource usage, and advanced QoS capabilities for HD video traffic prioritization.

Cisco Catalyst Switches Consultants

Cisco Offers Catalyst Switches for Organizations of All Sizes

Catalyst switches enable organizations of all sizes to build smart switching services into their network infrastructure, deploying an environment that can meet real-time requirements, expand to accommodate future capacity demands, guard sensitive data, and separate and control tasks to optimize network operations.

Cisco Catalyst 2960 Swiches and Catalyst 3560-CX Switches
Cisco Catalyst 2900 Series Switches Integration and TroubleshootingCisco's Catalyst 2960-CX is a fixed-configuration switch that is ultra-compact, fanless, power efficient, and allows flexible mounting options. The switch incorporates eight 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports and two Gigabit Ethernet uplinks and optionally provides Power over Ethernet. Cisco's Catalyst 3560-CX is a fixed-configuration switch packaged in a compact, quiet and low-power unit that can be placed virtually anywhere outside a wiring closet. Models are available with 8 or 12 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports or with six 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports plus 2 multigigabit ports. Up to four uplink ports are offered, and PoE+ power is also an option.

Catalyst 2900-L Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 2960-L family includes value-priced fixed-port switches intended for branch offices, retail venues, and other environments where space is at a premium. These compact appliances have eight to 48 GE ports and either two or four SFP uplink ports. Power over Ethernet support reduces clutter and fan-free operation for most versions does away with noise. RJ-45 connectors support 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T and 1000BASE-T SFP-ports.

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X and Catalyst 2960-XR Series switches enhance the 2690-S line by delivering switching throughput as high as 216 Gbps and providing Cisco's FlexStack-Plus Stacking by means of a hot-swappable plug-in that allows 8 Catalyst switches in a stack capable of 80 Gbps of stacking throughput. Catalyst 2900 family switches also work with NetFlow-Lite for application visibility and control. The Catalyst 2960-XR switch features Layer 3 dynamic routing, providing the convenience of using a single switch for L2 and L3 routing.

Catalyst 3650 and Catalyst 3850 Switches
Catalyst 3650 Switch and Catalyst 3850 Switches Consulting FirmCatalyst 3650 and Catalyst 3850 switches are fixed-configuration, stackable access switches powered by Cisco's IOS XE operating system and featuring full wireless controller capability that lets you control wired and wireless networks on a one device managed by one operating system. Cisco offers versions with 24 or 48 1Gb Ethernet ports with PoE plus, four 1-Gigabit or four 10-GB Ethernet uplinks, and capacity for as many as nine Catalyst switches per FlexStack stack. All models offer expandable Quality of Service, stateful failover for maximum availability, software support for IPv4/IPv6 routing, multicast routing, and advanced security.

Since wireless data traffic is present at the Catalyst 3000 family switch, network managers can spot and prioritize wireless traffic with Cisco's Flexible NetFlow (FNF) technology along with advanced QoS features for a better wireless user environment and faster problem isolation. Multigigabit Ethernet switching supports the high-throughput defined by the new 802.11ac Wave 2 wireless specification on currently in-place cabling infrastructure. (For information about Progent's consulting services for Cisco's 802.11ac Wi-Fi access points and wireless controllers, and Cisco's Meraki cloud-managed Wi-Fi APs, visit Configuration and Troubleshooting Consulting Services for Cisco Wireless Access Points and Controllers.)

The Catalyst 3650 offers stacking bandwidth of up to 160 Gbps and supports as many as 25 wireless APs and 1000 Wi-Fi clients per switch. The Catalyst 3850 delivers stacking bandwidth of 480 Gbps and supports as many as 50 Wi-Fi APs and 2000 Wi-Fi clients on each switch. Catalyst 3850 SFP Fiber Switches have 12 or 24 1G fiber connections at line rate, providing long distance connections, advanced security, and a consistent wired/wireless user experience.

Catalyst 4500-E and Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches
Catalyst 4500-E and and Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Series switches are designed for access and distribution deployments where physical space for networking hardware is limited. Running Cisco's IOS XE operating system, the Catalyst 4500-E and Catalyst 4500-X product lines simplify network virtualization by supporting Cisco's Easy Virtual Network (EVN) and Virtual Switching System technologies. Virtualization makes it possible to segment a physical network into a number of virtual networks whose data planes and control planes are logically distinct. This provides the economy, protection, resilience, and ease of management needed for Cloud computing or other situations where a common resource pool is used by applications and services that must operate in total isolation from one another. EVN speeds up the task of creating VNs and scales to 32 VNs per switch. Easy Virtual Network incorporates features of Multi-virtual routing and forwarding and includes new features including VNET Trunks and a simple technique for duplicating replicating routes between virtual networks. Virtual Switching System makes it easy to set up Catalyst 4500-E and Catalyst 4500-X Series platforms to produce non-stop VNs with advanced traffic load balancing.

Catalyst 4500E Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 4500E Family Switches Consulting FirmCisco's Supervisor Engine for for the Catalyst 4500-E modular switch has an integrated wireless controller that works with Cisco's Unified Access technology for wired/wireless convergence. this is the initial Catalyst supervisor to permit wired plus wireless services on one switch powered by IOS XE software. Technologies include Cisco's FNF solution for traffic analytics encompassing wired and wireless networks, TrustSec wired/wireless security, consistent Quality of Service for wired and Wi-Fi networks, plus the expansion of Nonstop Forwarding with Stateful Switchover (NSF/SSO) to include wireless data traffic for enterprise-class high availability.

Available in chassis with from three to 10 slots, Catalyst 4500-E Series switches with Supervisor 8-E can handle up to 384 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, up to 192 Gigabit Ethernet non-blocking fiber ports, 96 10-Gigabit Ethernet fiber ports, and eight 10-Gigabit Ethernet uplink ports. 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 wireless access points and 2000 Wi-Fi clients can be handled on each switch, and up to 250 access points and 4000 wireless clients can be managed in a dual-switch installation without a separate wireless network controller.

Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches Planning and Support ServicesCisco's Catalyst 4500-X switches are fixed 10GE aggregation platforms that can provide 800 Gbps of backplane switching capacity per chassis. The Catalyst 4500-X switch supports as many as 32 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections on the baseboard and eight extra 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports on the expansion module for a maximum of up to 40 non-blocking 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections. Eight 10-Gigabit Ethernet uplinks can be added with another module. In addition to offering non-stop operation and simple manageability, Cisco's virtual switching system technology on Catalyst 4500-X Series switches offers higher system throughput of up to 1.6 Tbps by activating all possible bandwidth across redundant Catalyst 4500-X Series switches. Additional features include Cisco's FNF technology for traffic analysis, TrustSec security, and fast, hardware-based IPv6 forwarding.

Catalyst 6500 and Catalyst 6800 Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Catalyst 6800 Series switches are campus core switches that share the field-proven DNA of the Catalyst 6500 line of products, which first appeared more than a dozen years ago and have been continually enhanced since then. Catalyst 6500 Series and Catalyst 6800 Series switches provide the same features and operational consistency, and the modular Catalyst 6807-XL switch accepts the Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Supervisor Engine 2T and the associated portfolio of compatible line cards and modules. This backwards compatibility and program of continual enhancement preserves your information technology investment and allows you to update your network with little business disruption or management staff retraining.

Shared features of Cisco Catalyst 6500 and Cisco Catalyst 6800 modular switches that have the Supervisor Engine 2T include Cisco's ISE technology for convenient, centralized control to put in place consistent policy throughout a distributed environment, Virtual Switching System capability for 99.999% availability via multi-level switchover, and the Cisco Campus Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP) to support client roaming and device mobility and to simplify network virtualization and migration to IPv6. Other virtualization tools to partition distinct client groups and serve the unique security and QoS policy requirements of every group include Layer 2 and Layer 3 VPN, full Multiprotocol Label Switching , Easy Virtual Network, VPN Routing and Forwarding-aware applications for Network Address Translation NetFlow, IPv6 over IPv4 GRE Tunnels, and Layer 2 geographic extensions with virtual private LAN services (VPLS). For unified wired/wireless environments, the Wireless Services Module 2 controller Cisco Catalyst 6500 and Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series modular switches can manage as many as 1000 wireless APs and 15,000 wireless clients.

Catalyst 6500-E Switches
Catalyst 6500 Series Switches Consulting FirmThe Cisco Catalyst 6500-E Series of modular switches are intended for distribution and campus core networks that need maximum availability and high densities of 10/100/1000 Ethernet, 1 Gigabit Ethernet fiber, and/or 10 and 40 GE access ports. Available versions come with three to 13 expansion slots and accept a wide selection of interfaces. Integrated service modules support wireless management, network analysis, and security and compliance. Only E-Series versions of Cisco's extensive family of 6500 switches are compatible with Cisco's Supervisor Engine 2T.

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

The top-of-the-line Cisco Catalyst 6513-E switch has a 19RU, 13-slot chassis and can deliver 180 Gbps of capacity per slot, providing a total system bandwidth of up to 4 Tbps. A VSS configuration can deliver 8 Tbps of capacity. The Cisco Catalyst 6513-E switch can support up to 529 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, up to 534 1GE fiber ports, up to 180 10GE ports, and 44 40GE access ports.

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches
Catalyst 6800 Family Switches Planning and Support ServicesCisco's Catalyst 6800 switches are campus backbone platforms designed to provide best-of-breed 10/40/100 Gigabit Ethernet services. The Cisco Catalyst 6880-X switch is a fixed-configuration, compact platform for high-density Ethernet designed for small or medium-size enterprise campus cores. The 6880-X switch supports up to 2 Tbps switching throughput and features four slots for port cards. The maximum port concentration per chassis is 80 1 Gigabit Ethernet ports or 10GE ports or up to 20 40GE ports. Configured with Cisco's Virtual Switching System, these switches can provide 4 Tbps performance and handle as many as 158 1 Gigabit Ethernet access ports or 10GE access ports or as many as 20 40GE access ports.

The modular Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL switch has a 10-rack-unit form factor with 7 expansion slots and supports standard Supervisor Engine 2T cards and service modules. (Two slots are for the Supervisor Engine and the other five are for modules.) The Catalyst 6807-XL switch can deliver up to 880 Gbps of switching performance per slot and up to 11.4 Tbps of switching performance while supporting up to 240 1 Gigabit Ethernet ports or 1GE fiber connections, up to 80 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections or up to 20 40-Gigabit Ethernet access ports. an 6807-XL system with Cisco's Virtual Switching System can handle 22.8 Tbps of switching bandwidth, 480 1 Gigabit Ethernet ports or Gigabit Ethernet fiber ports, up to 160 10GE connections or 40 40-Gigabit Ethernet ports.

Legacy Catalyst Products Supported by Progent's Consultants
Progent's Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants have extensive backgrounds providing remote and on-premises consulting and troubleshooting services for legacy Catalyst switches which have reached End of Life (EOL). These legacy Catalyst switches usually are more expensive to manage and maintain than contemporary products, provide less performance and functionality, and for many situations can subject businesses to regulatory and even liability risks. Progent's consultants are available to assist your business to manage and repair these legacy Cisco products and can also assist you to design and execute non-disruptive migrations to current products within the Catalyst family or to devices from Cisco's Nexus line of switches which take advantage of Catalyst technology. Legacy Cisco Catalyst switches for which support is available from Progent include:

Cisco Catalyst Express 500 Series
Catalyst Express 500 and 520 Family Switches Consulting FirmCisco's Catalyst Express 500 and 520 line of managed Ethernet switches are intended for businesses with up to 250 workers and deliver the dependability, security, scalability, and feature set small and mid-sized companies need at an economical cost. Power over Ethernet support makes it easy to install network appliances like VoIP phones and IP TV cameras.

Versions of the Catalyst Express 500 managed switches offer up to 24 10/100/1000BT Ethernet ports as well as the option of redundant power supplies with automatic fail-over for extra dependability. Interoperation with Cisco access points helps organizations to set up a local wireless network quickly and easily. The Catalyst Express 500 platform offers strong security against viruses thanks to Cisco's Self-Defending Network technology and Cisco Clean Access agents.

Cisco Catalyst 2940 Switch
Cisco 2900 Family Switches HelpCisco Catalyst 2900 Series non-modular, managed Ethernet switches provide basic workgroup networking for small to midsize companies. These wire-speed desktop switches offer IOS Software functions for simple mixed-media traffic control at the network edge. The Catalyst 2940 Series fixed-configuration switches are compact, entry-level devices with 8 Ethernet ports plus a single built-in Fast or Gbit Ethernet uplink. They can be installed outside the wiring cabinet in space-constrained office spaces like on or under a worker's desk or in a classroom.

Cisco Catalyst 2960-S Series Switch
The Cisco Catalyst 2960-S Series are fixed switches designed for small businesses and branches. Current models incorporate 24 or 48 1Gb Ethernet ports, four 1GE or two 10-Gigabit uplinks, and deliver throughput as high as 176 Gbps. Cisco's FlexStack feature permits up to four 2960-S switches to be combined in a FlexStack stack to perform like a single switch that offers 40 Gbps of stacking performance and that reduces management costs with single-switch setup. Cisco's IPv6 First Hop Security (FHS) capability guards against IPv6 address theft and other threats.

Cisco Catalyst 3560 Switches
Catalyst 3560 Series Switches HelpCiscoís Catalyst 3560 Series is a line of fixed-configuration switches that includes IEEE 802.3af and PoE functionality in 10/100 and Gigabit Ethernet implementations. The Catalyst 3560 Series switch is an ideal Layer 2 switch for small enterprise network connectivity or local-offices, combining both 10/100/1000 and Power over Ethernet configurations for high efficiency while facilitating the installation of vital technology including Voice over IP, wireless access, video monitoring, and remote video kiosks. IT managers can deploy network-wide intelligent features such as QoS, rate management, access control lists (ACLs), multicast administration, and high-performance IP routing with the simplicity of traditional network switching.

Cisco's Catalyst 3560 Series offers a robust array of features that permit network expandability and higher availability via IP routing as well as a full suite of STP improvements aimed to maximize availability in an access Layer LAN. Improvements to the conventional Spanning Tree Protocol, including Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Plus, and Uplink Fast, combined with innovations such as Flex Links Layer 2 interfaces, improve network uptime. Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Plus (PVST+) supports Layer 2 load balancing on redundant connections to exploit the additional bandwidth inherent in a redundant architecture.

Important protocols including Open Shortest Path First (OPSF), Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP), Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), and static routing increase network scale; PIM improves resource utilization; and VRFLite secures data.

Catalyst 3750 Family Switches
Cisco 3750 Series Switches HelpFor mid-size businesses and enterprise branch offices, the Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series simplifies integration of unified applications and accommodates changing competitive needs by providing configuration flexibility, ability to manage converged network traffic, and management-free configuration of intelligent network functions. Also, Cisco's Catalyst 3750 Series is engineered for high-density 1000 Ethernet deployments and incorporates a wide range of switches that address the access, distribution, and backbone-interface requirements of small or midsized systems.

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

StackWise technology is a mechanism designed for 1000 Ethernet. Cisco StackWise is designed to react to additions, deletions, and relocations while maintaining dependable performance. Cisco StackWise technology unites as many as 9 separate switches into a single functional unit, using special stack-interface cables and stacking software. Any of the switches can be any combination of the Cisco Catalyst 3750 switches and the 3750-E Series. The stack operates as a single switching unit that is directed by a master switch, elected from one of the stack of switches. The master switch intelligently creates and keeps current all the switching and user-selected routing tables. A working stack can accept new devices or delete old devices with no operational discontinuity.

How Progent Can Help Your Business with Cisco Catalyst Series Switches
Progent can provide the remote or onsite support services of CCIE-certified consultants who have broad backgrounds delivering Catalyst switch solutions for small and midsize organizations, branches, campuses, data centers, Cloud networks, and service providers. Progent's practice areas include Cisco's Catalyst and Nexus lines of smart switches and 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, network analysis and monitoring, topology design, migrations and project management, network virtualization, wired and wireless convergence, network management, capacity planning, problem mitigation, disaster recovery preparedness, and information security testing and validation.

Progent has broad knowledge of industry standards and with Cisco-owned protocols and technologies associated with switching and routing such as Border Gateway Protocol, MPLS, Protocol Independent Multicast, VPNs, Spanning-Tree Protocol, virtual LANs, Cisco FabricPath, Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), Hot Standby Router Protocol (HSRP), Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol, OSPF, VSS, and Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP). Progent's network consultants also offer experience with important networking technologies including TCP/IP, IPv4/IPv6, EIGRP, RIP, and Internet Group Management Protocol. Progent's CISSP-ISSAP certified data security and compliance consultants can show you how to create an enterprise-wide security and compliance strategy and deploy Cisco Catalyst switches so that they offer maximum support for your security policies.

If you need ultra high density or sub-microsecond latency switches for an enterprise-class data center, Progent can assist your organization to evaluate, plan, and implement a migration to Nexus Series switches. To learn about Progent's support services for Nexus Series switches, refer to Nexus Switch consulting offered by Progent. Progent can also help you to integrate Catalyst core switches with Cisco Meraki aggregation switches. (See Cisco Meraki switch integration consultants.)

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