Cisco's Catalyst family of modular and fixed-configuration switches provides performance and control at the access, distribution, and backbone levels of converged IP voice, video, and data networks for organizations that range in size from small businesses and branch offices to global enterprises and service providers. Progent's Cisco-certified CCIE consultants offer online and onsite support for Catalyst family switches to help your organization to design a cost-effective network topology that meets your unique business requirements, set up pilot testing, deploy Catalyst switches, implement and validate a sensible security plan, streamline system management and monitoring, deliver repair and maintenance services, optimize switch performance, and configure Catalyst's high-availability (HA) technology to achieve near-zero downtime.

Progent can assist you to maintain and troubleshoot your older Catalyst switches or upgrade seamlessly to current models of Catalyst switches following leading practices to make sure that you get the most return from your investment in your IT infrastructure.

The demand for smart, fast switching is the result 0f a combination of fairly new computing trends whose overall effect is a cyber avalanche of traffic:

  • Cloud and IoT computing and a consequent reliance on intensive network virtualization
  • The proliferation of personal endpoints
  • Bandwidth-intensive rich media apps
  • Social business technologies
  • The popularity of Big Data in analytics
  • Ever more sophisticated cyberattacks like ransomware
Cloud computing is only financially feasible because of network virtualization. Virtualized infrastructures slash expenses by allowing aggressively high resource utilization and demanding minimal data center space and power consumption. But this also means that relatively sparse network resources have to accommodate substantial volumes of data. The BYOD paradigm has created a steep rise in the amount of mobile clients that have be supported by IT networks, and these users run a high percentage of bandwidth-intensive, HD video apps. Social business technologies are replacing email as the primary driver for workforce collaboration and is producing a growing demand for bandwidth. Businesses who want to remain competitive are adopting Big Data technology to search through enormous and varied repositories of information, which in turn produces Big Network Traffic. All of these computing trends are relatively recent, and combined they cause a critical demand for an advanced generation of switches that feature much higher speed, intelligence, uptime and manageability than previous solutions were built to deliver.

Cisco's latest lineup of Catalyst switches are best suited for the distribution and core layers layers of enterprise campus environments where mobile and stationary employees must be supported with unvarying high speed, strict access management, tight segregation, application intelligence, and wired/wireless convergence. Cisco's Catalyst series switches are designed to meet the demand for performance and control with capabilities that include high-port-count 10, 40, and 100 Gigabit Ethernet support, switching capacity over 25 Tbps per switch, a powerful collection of technologies including Easy Virtual Network to simplify the deployment of virtual networks, Virtual Switching System (VSS) technology for switch failover with subsecond backup switch recovery and 99.999% uptime, IPv4 and IPv6 capability, AVC to maximize network utilization, and sophisticated Quality of Service tools for critical traffic control.

Catalyst Switches Consulting and Troubleshooting

Cisco Can Provide Catalyst Switching Solutions for Businesses of All Sizes

Catalyst switches enable businesses of all sizes to build intelligent switching services into their network infrastructure, deploying an environment that can deal with current needs, scale to accommodate future capacity demands, protect vital data, and differentiate and manage processes to enhance network operations.

Catalyst 1000 Series Fixed Ethernet Switches
Cisco Catalyst 1000 Series Switches SupportCisco's Catalyst 1000 Layer 2 network access switches are small form factor, fixed switches targeted for smaller businesses and branches with as many as 250 workers and with minimal in-house IT support. The Catalyst 1000 line includes fanless models for silent operation within an office venue. Mounting alternatives include desktop, wall mount, standard rack mount, and DIN. Created as a simple replacement for Cisco Catalyst 2960-L/2960-Plus deployments, the Catalyst 1000 Series includes versions with 8 to 48G Ethernet ports or 24 to 48 Fast Ethernet 10/100M Mbps ports.

Catalyst Series 1000 set up and administration are simple via a web UI or command-line interface, cybersecurity is enterprise-class, and Power over Ethernet ports with a dynamically allocated power budget of 740W supports a broad range of Internet of Things deployments. Up to eight Catalyst 1000 Gigabit Ethernet Series switches can be managed together with single IP. Catalyst 1000 models are line-rate devices, and all are powered by Cisco's venerable IOS Software. Quality-of-Service (QoS) capabilities include egress queues on every port as well as priority queuing to allow wire-speed throughput for all classes of traffic. Catalyst Series 1000 switches also feature Shaped Round Robin (SRR) scheduling and Weighted Tail Drop (WTD) congestion avoidance.

Catalyst 9000 Series Fixed and Modular Managed Switches
The Catalyst 9000 family of managed switches includes modular and fixed switches and supports all deployment scenarios including access, aggregation, and core switching. The Cisco Catalyst 9000 family includes switches with the appropriate value proposition to connect workers and things in venues ranging from small businesses and branches to the largest enterprises. Catalyst 9000 Series switches can be set up to implement any combination of onsite facilities, private/public clouds, and hybrid networks. Unified management platforms and cutting-edge security solutions reduce cost of ownership by cutting operational overhead and protecting vital network assets. Cisco's 9000X family of managed switches offer converged switching and routing, delivering the first mix of 400G QSFP-DD ports plus full mGig Ethernet and PoE ports.

Cisco Catalyst 9000 Series Fixed and Modular Switches Consultants

Catalyst 9000 Switches Are Designed for a Hybrid Landscape

Catalyst 9200 Series Switches ConsultantsWith twice the stacking bandwidth at around half the cost of the legacy Cisco Catalyst 2960-X and 2960-XR switches they are intended to replace, Catalyst 9200 Series switches are a natural network improvement for small branches and midsize campus deployments. The Catalyst 9200 portfolio includes models that offer 24 or 48 ports with full Power over Ethernet; 80-160 Gbps backplane stacking performance; and Layer 3 capabilities that include OSPF Interior Gateway Protocol, EIGP distance routing protocol, IS-IS, and RIP. Catalyst 9200 Series switches are powered by Cisco IOS XE.

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

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 9300 Series switches are fixed, stackable units for high-density access switching. Key capabilities available with various models in the Catalyst 9300 family include up to 1Tbps stacking performance, stackable high-speed fiber, up to 448 multigigabit ports and 288 ports of 90W UPOE+ with an 8-device configuration, line rate IPsec tunnel with AES-256 with MACsec 256-bit encryption and speeds up to 100G, HA fans and power, plus data stack and StackPower cables compatible throughout the complete Catalyst 9300 family.

Powered by Cisco IOS XE, appliances in the Catalyst 9300 family support auto provisioning, API-based configuration, granular visibility for near realtime monitoring, and seamless software updates. Security features include Encrypted Traffic Analytics (ETA) as well as AES-256 MACsec and IPSec encryption, and Trust Anchor Technologies with Secure Boot. Cloud security is enhanced because Catalyst 9300 Series switches can host the Cisco Umbrella agent directly. This allows organizations to customize their DNS filtering policies granularly to block BYOD or IoT users from accessing dangerous websites.

The entry-level Cisco Catalyst 9300L switch delivers up to 320G stacking throughput and offers 12 100M/1G/2.5G/5G/10G ports and 36 10M/100M/1G ports. The 9300L utilizes fixed rather than modular uplink components for 4 1G, 4 10G, or 2 40G ports. The Cisco Catalyst 9300 switch offers 480G of backplane stacking capacity and supports 48 100M/1G/2.5G/5Gbps Ethernet ports, 24 100M/1G/2.5G/5G/10Gbps Ethernet ports, or 48 1G SFP ports. Modular uplink speeds supported are 1G, 10G, 25G, or 40G. The top-of-the-line Cisco Catalyst 9300X switch provides 1T stacking bandwidth and supports 48 10G ports. The 9300X supports 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 support 100G IPsec.

Cisco Catalyst 9400 Switches ExpertsCisco's Catalyst 9400 Series devices are modular switches powered by the Cisco IOS XE operating system and designed for medium-size and enterprise campus access networks. Offering twice the performance and over quadruple the chassis bandwidth as the legacy Catalyst 6500 it is designed to replace, the Catalyst 9400 portfolio ushers switch capability into the current era of networking impelled by cybersecurity, mobility, IoT, and cloud.

Catalyst 9400 switches are available with 4-slot, 7-slot, and 10-slot chassis. Two of the slots on the chassis are dedicated to high-availability supervisor cards, leaving 2, 5, or 8 slots available for line cards. Max bandwidth per line-card slot is 480 Gbps. Switching performance can reach 1.44 Tbps and forwarding performance on Supervisor Module is as high as 9 Tbps for the 10-slot chassis. All Catalyst 9400 switches can provide 90W UPOE+ on every access port, protected segmentation with Software-Defined Access (SD-Access) and N+N/N+1 power redundancy for high availability. The 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 switch supports 240 ports, and the Catalyst 9400 10-slot supports 384 ports. All Catalyst 9400 models can support 2 non-blocking 40 Gigabit Ethernet QSFP uplinks and up to 8 non-blocking 10G Ethernet SFP+ uplinks.

Catalyst 9500 Switches ExpertsCisco's Catalyst 9500 product line consists of fixed core and edge services switches intended for the large campus. Catalyst 9500 switches are powered by Cisco IOS XE and the the family incorporates the first infrastructure technology to provide switching speeds higher than 25 Tbps.

Cisco's Catalyst 9500 models deliver up to 6.4 Terabits per second switching capacity with forwarding speed as high as 2 Billion Packet per Second. Catalyst 9500 appliances can support as many as 32 nonblocking 100 Gigabit QSFP28 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 across Cisco StackWise-Virtual members to achieve high availability.

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

Catalyst 9600 Switches ConsultantsCatalyst 9600 Series switches are modular core and distribution appliances for the enterprise campus. The 6-slot chassis with a Catalyst 9600X Series Supervisor delivers switching capacity as high as 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-DD ports. The Catalyst 9600 switch also provides dual-rate 40G/100G and 10G/25G optics. Two chassis slots are dedicated for redundant supervisors. You can combine a variety of line cards for core and aggregation deployments. The chassis has a passive backplane, making it possible to change out fan tray, power supplies, and line cards without disrupting operation.

End-of-Life Catalyst Products Still Supported by Progent's Consultants
Progent's Cisco certified consultants have extensive backgrounds delivering online and onsite support expertise for older Catalyst switches which have reached End of Life or End of Support. These outdated switches typically are more expensive to manage and support than contemporary switches, deliver less performance and fewer features, and in some cases may subject organizations to regulatory and even liability risks. Progent are available to assist your business to manage and repair these older Cisco products and can in addition assist you to design and implement non-disruptive upgrades to newer models from the Catalyst line or to solutions from Cisco's Nexus line of switches which take advantage of Catalyst design experience.

Catalyst Express 500 and 520 Family
Catalyst Express 500 and 520 Family Switches Consulting FirmCisco's Catalyst Express 500 and 520 family of Layer 2 switches are intended for companies with as many as 250 workers and provide the reliability, protection, extensibility, and feature set small and mid-sized companies require at an affordable cost. Power over Ethernet capability makes it simple to add network appliances like wireless access points and closed-circuit TV cameras.

Models of the Cisco Catalyst Express 500 switches offer up to 24 10/100/1000BASE-T ports plus the option of backup power with automatic switch-over for additional dependability. Integration with Cisco wireless access points helps organizations to build a wireless LAN network quickly and effectively. The Cisco Catalyst Express 500 and 520 platform offers strong security against viruses thanks to Cisco's Self-Defending Network strategy and Cisco Clean Access solutions. Catalyst 2940 Switch
Cisco Catalyst 2900 Series Switches SupportCatalyst 2900 Series fixed-configuration, managed 10/100 Ethernet switches offer fundamental small-group networking for small to medium-size businesses (SMBs). These wire-rate desktop appliances deliver IOS Software features for simple data, video, and voice control at the edge of the network. The Catalyst 2940 Series managed switches are small-footprint, entry-level switches with eight Ethernet ports plus a single built-in Fast or Gbit Ethernet uplink. The enclosures can be installed outside the wiring cabinet in cramped areas such as on a worker's desk or in a conference room.

Catalyst 2960-S Series Switch
The Catalyst 2960-S Series are fixed switches designed for small businesses and branch offices. Available versions feature 24 or 48 1Gb Ethernet ports, four 1-Gigabit or two 10-Gigabit uplinks, and provide throughput of up to 176 Gbps. Cisco's FlexStack technology permits up to four Catalyst 2960-S switches to be combined in a stack to perform like a single switching unit that offers 40 Gbps of stacking bandwidth and that cuts administrative expense with single-switch configuration. IPv6 First Hop Security (FHS) capability guards networks against IPv6 address theft and other attacks.

Cisco Catalyst 3560 Switches
Cisco 3560 Family Switches Professional ServicesThe Catalyst 3560 family is a line of fixed-configuration switches that includes IEEE 802.3af and Power over Ethernet (PoE) capability in Fast Ethernet and Gigabit configurations. The Catalyst 3560 is an ideal Layer 2 switch for small enterprise LAN connectivity or satellite-offices, offering both Gigabit Ethernet and Power over Ethernet (PoE) configurations for high productivity while streamlining the installation of vital applications including Voice over IP, Wi-Fi, video monitoring, and remote video kiosks. Customers can deploy comprehensive intelligent services such as QoS, rate management, access control lists, multicast management, and fast IP routing while maintaining the ease of traditional LAN switching.

The Cisco Catalyst 3560 Series switch is equipped with a powerful array of features that permit network expandability and enhanced availability through IP routing plus a complete suite of Spanning Tree Protocol improvements aimed to maximize availability in an access Layer network. Enhancements to the standard STP Protocol, such as Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Plus, Uplink Fast, and Port Fast, as well as enhancements like Flex Links, improve network uptime. PVST+ allows for Data Link Layer traffic balancing on backup links to exploit the extra capacity associated with a redundant design.

Efficient routing protocols such as OPSF, EIGRP, Border Gateway Protocol, and Policy Based Routing increase network capacity; PIM increases resource utilization; and Virtual Route Forwarding Lite protects network traffic.

Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series Switches
Cisco 3750 Family Switches HelpFor mid-size organizations and corporate branch offices, the Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series switch simplifies deployment of converged applications and adapts to changing competitive needs by offering setup flexibility, ability to manage converged network traffic, and management-free set up of smart network services. In addition, the Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series switch is engineered for high-density Gigabit Ethernet deployments and incorporates a wide selection of switches that address the access, distribution, and backbone-connectivity demands of small or mid-size deployments.

Cisco's Catalyst 3750 Series includes the IP Base image or the Services image. The IP Base image capabilities include advanced QoS, rate-management, access control lists (ACLs), and basic static and Routing Information Protocol routing capability. The IP Services image offers a broader set of enterprise-class functions, including sophisticated built-in IP unicast/multicast routing.

StackWise technology is a mechanism designed for Gigabit interfaces. Cisco StackWise is designed to respond to additions, deletions, and relocations while providing consistent operation. Cisco StackWise combines as many as nine separate switches into one logical unit, utilizing custom stack-interconnect cables and stacking utilities. The individual switches can be any combination of the Catalyst 3750 Series and the 3750-E Series switches. The stack behaves as a single switching device that is managed by a master switch, chosen from among the stack of switches. The master switch automatically creates and keeps current all the switching and user-selected routing tables. A working stack can accommodate new switches or remove old switches without operational interruption.

Catalyst 2960 Series Switches and Catalyst 3560-CX Switches
Catalyst 2900 Family Switches Integration and TroubleshootingCisco's Catalyst 2960-CX is a fixed-configuration switch that is low-profile, fanless, low power, and includes a variety of mounting alternatives. The device incorporates eight 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports and two 1-GE uplink ports and has an option for PoE+ power. Cisco's Catalyst 3560-CX appliance is a fixed-port switch housed in a compact, noiseless and low-power unit that can be placed virtually anywhere convenient. Versions are available with 8 or 12 1-GE ports or with six 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports plus 2 multigigabit ports. Two or four uplinks are available, and Power over Ethernet is also an option.

Catalyst 2900-L Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 2960-L line includes value-priced fixed-configuration switches intended for branch offices, retail venues, and other environments where space is at a premium. These low-profile switches include eight to 48 GE ports and 2 or 4 Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP) uplink ports. Power over Ethernet support saves space and fan-free design for most models eliminates noise. RJ-45 interfaces accommodate 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T and 1000BASE-T SFP-ports.

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X and Catalyst 2960-XR Series switches improve on the 2690-S line of switches by delivering switching capacity of 216 Gbps and providing Cisco's FlexStack-Plus stacking technology by means of a live-swappable plug-in that can combine 8 switches in a stack capable of 80 Gbps of stacking performance. Catalyst 2900 Series switches also support NetFlow-Lite for flow-based traffic monitoring. Cisco's Catalyst 2960-XR switch is capable of Layer 3 dynamic routing, providing the convenience of having a single device for L2 and L3 routing.

Catalyst 3650 and 3850 Series Switches
Catalyst 3650 Switch and Catalyst 3850 Series Switches Planning and Support ServicesCisco Catalyst 3650 and Catalyst 3850 series switches are fixed, stackable access devices based on Cisco's IOS XE control software and incorporating full wireless network controller capability that allows you to converge wired and wireless networks on a one device managed by a single operating system. Cisco has versions with 24 or 48 10/100/1000 Ethernet connections with PoE plus, four 1GE or four 10-Gigabit uplink connections, and support for up to 9 switches in a stack. All versions provide modular Quality of Service, fast switchover for high uptime, support in software for IPv4 and IPv6 routing, multicast, and advanced security features.

Because wireless traffic is visible at the Catalyst 3000 family switch, network managers can identify and assign priorities to wireless data using Cisco's Flexible NetFlow technology and sophisticated Quality of Service capabilities for an improved user environment and quicker problem isolation. Fast Ethernet switching can handle the high-bandwidth defined by the new 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi specification using existing cabling solutions. (For information about Progent's support for Cisco's 802.11ac Aironet wireless access points and wireless controllers, and Meraki cloud-managed Wi-Fi access points, refer to Configuration and Troubleshooting Consulting Services for Cisco Wireless Technology.)

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

Cisco Catalyst 4500-E and Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches
Cisco's Catalyst 4500-E Series and and Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Series switches are intended for access and distribution environments where physical space for infrastructure hardware is limited. Powered by Cisco's IOS XE operating system, both the Catalyst 4500-E and Catalyst 4500-X product lines simplify virtualization thanks to Cisco's EVN and Virtual Switching System solutions. Virtualization makes it possible to divide a physical network into multiple virtual networks whose data planes and control planes are logically segregated. This provides the high resource utilization, protection, recoverability, and simplified management required for Cloud computing or other scenarios where a common resource pool must be used by applications and services that need to operate in complete isolation from one another. EVN speeds up the task of deploying virtual networks and scales to 32 VNs per switch. Easy Virtual Network utilizes the capabilities of Multi-virtual routing and forwarding (VRF) and provides new features such as VNET Trunks and a simple technique for duplicating replicating routes between VNs. VSS technology makes it possible to configure Catalyst 4500-E and Catalyst 4500-X Series switches to produce zero-downtime VNs with advanced traffic load balancing.

Catalyst 4500-E Switches
Catalyst 4500-E Family Switches Consulting and TroubleshootingThe Supervisor Engine for for the Catalyst 4500-E switch includes a built-in wireless network controller that supports Cisco's Unified Access technology for wired/wireless convergence. The Supervisor Engine 8-E is the first Catalyst supervisor engine to support wired as well as wireless services on one platform powered by IOS XE. Technologies include Cisco's Flexible NetFlow solution for application visibility across wired and Wi-Fi networks, TrustSec wired/wireless data security, consistent QoS for wired and wireless clients, plus the expansion of NSF/SSO to cover 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 can support up to 384 1-Gigabit Ethernet ports, up to 192 Gigabit Ethernet non-blocking fiber ports, 96 10GE fiber connections, and eight 10GE uplink ports. The Catalyst 4500-E Supervisor Engine 8-E delivers as much as 928 Gbps of wired throughput for each system and as much as 20 Gbps of wireless termination capacity. 50 wireless APs and 2000 Wi-Fi clients can be supported on each switch, and 250 wireless access points and 4000 wireless users can be managed in a dual-switch deployment without requiring a standalone wireless network controller.

Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches
Catalyst 4500-X Family Switches Planning and Support ServicesCatalyst 4500-X Series switches are fixed-configuration 10GE aggregation switches that deliver up to 800 Gbps of backplane switching performance per device. The Catalyst 4500-X switch can have as many as 32 10GE connections on the unit's baseboard and eight additional 10GE ports on the expansion module for a total of 40 10GE ports. Eight 10GE uplink ports can be added with a separate module. In addition to offering non-stop operation and simple management, Cisco's virtual switching system technology on Catalyst 4500-X Series switches offers higher system throughput of up to 1.6 Tbps by enabling all possible capacity between redundant Catalyst 4500-X switches. Other advanced features include Cisco's FNF technology for traffic analysis, Cisco TrustSec protection, and fast, hardware-based IPv6 forwarding.

Cisco Catalyst 6500 and Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series switches are campus backbone switches that share the proven DNA of the Cisco Catalyst 6500 family of products, which were introduced over a decade ago and which have been continually enhanced ever since. Catalyst 6500 Series and Catalyst 6800 Series switches offer the same features and operational consistency, and the modular Catalyst 6807-XL switch accepts the Catalyst 6500 Supervisor Engine 2T and the associated family of line cards and modules. This backwards compatibility and program of continual enhancement preserves your infrastructure expenditures and enables you to update your network with little business disruption or management team retraining.

Shared attributes of Catalyst 6500 and Catalyst 6800 modular switches that have the Supervisor Engine 2T include Cisco's Identity Services Engine (ISE) for convenient, centralized administration to put in place consistent policy across a distributed network, VSS technology for 99.999% availability through multi-level failover, and the Cisco Campus Locator/ID Separation Protocol to facilitate roaming and device mobility and to streamline network virtualization and transition to IPv6. Other virtualization tools to partition specific user groups and support the unique security and QoS policy requirements of each group include Layer 2 and Layer 3 VPN, complete MPLS, Easy Virtual Network (EVN), VRF-aware technology for NAT NetFlow, GRE for v4/v6, and L2 geographic extensions with virtual private LAN services (VPLS). For unified wired and wireless environments, the Wireless Services Module 2 controller Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Cisco Catalyst 6800 modular switches includes support for 1000 APs and 15,000 wireless users.

Catalyst 6500-E Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 6500 Family Switches Consulting FirmThe Cisco Catalyst 6500-E Series of modular switches are intended for distribution and campus backbone environments that require world-class availability and high concentrations of 1 Gigabit Ethernet, 1 Gigabit Ethernet fiber, or 10 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet ports. Available versions include three to 13 expansion slots and accept a wide selection of interface modules. Integrated service modules enable wireless, network analysis, and data protection. Just E-Series models of Cisco's broad line of 6500 switches work with Cisco's Supervisor Engine 2T.

The Cisco Catalyst 6503-E switch has a 4 rack unit (4RU) form factor, includes 3 slots, and offers 180 Gbps of switching performance on each slot. The Cisco Catalyst 6503-E switch can support 97 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, up to 99 1GE fiber ports, up to 34 10GE ports, and 8 40GE ports.

The high-end Catalyst 6513-E switch has a 19 rack unit, 13-slot form factor and offers up to 180 Gbps of throughput on each slot, with a total system capacity of up to 4 Tbps. A VSS configuration can support up to 8 Tbps of bandwidth. The Cisco Catalyst 6513-E switch can support a maximum of 529 1 Gigabit Ethernet access ports, up to 534 1GE fiber ports, 180 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections, and up to 44 40-Gigabit Ethernet connections.

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches
Catalyst 6800 Series Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 6800 switches are programmable backbone platforms intended to provide best-of-breed 10/40/100 Gigabit Ethernet services. The Catalyst 6880-X switch is a fixed, small form factor device for high-density Ethernet intended for small or midsize enterprise campus cores. The 6880-X switch delivers up to 2 Tbps bandwidth and has four slots for plug-in port cards. The maximum port concentration per chassis is 80 1 Gigabit Ethernet connections or 10GE access ports or up to 20 40GE connections. With Cisco's Virtual Switching System, these switches can deliver 4 Tbps performance and support as many as 158 10/100/1000 Ethernet connections or 10-Gigabit Ethernet access ports or up to 20 40GE ports.

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

How Progent Can Help You with Cisco Catalyst Switches
Progent can provide the remote or on-premises expertise of CCIE-certified consultants who have extensive backgrounds delivering Catalyst switch support for small and medium sized businesses, branch offices, campuses, data centers, Cloud networks, and SPs. Progent's practice areas include Catalyst and Nexus lines of smart switches and with Cisco's IOS, IOS-XR and NX-OS control software. Support services offered by Progent for Cisco Catalyst switches include pilot testing and validation, system analysis and monitoring, topology planning, migrations and project management, network virtualization, wired and wireless convergence, network management, capacity planning, problem mitigation, disaster recovery planning, and information security and compliance assessment and validation.

Progent's Cisco-certified consultants have deep knowledge of open standards and with Cisco-owned protocols and technologies related to switching and routing including BGP, MPLS traffic engineering, PIM, VPNs, ISIS, VLANs, FabricPath, Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), HSRP, VRRP, OSPF, Virtual Switching System (VSS), and Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP). Progent's infrastructure specialists also offer experience with crucial technologies including TCP/IP, IPv4/IPv6, Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol, Routing Information Protocol, and IGMP. Progent's CISSP-ISSAP certified network security consultants can show you how to develop a comprehensive security strategy and implement Catalyst switches so they provide maximum enforcement to your network security policies.

In case you require the highest available Ethernet density or extremely low latency switches for an enterprise-class data center, Progent can assist you to evaluate, plan, and manage a migration to Nexus Series switches. To learn about Progent's consulting services for Nexus switches, see Nexus Switch configuration and support offered by Progent. Progent can also assist you to connect Catalyst core switches with Meraki aggregation switches. (See Cisco Meraki switch integration consultants.)

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    Progent offers IT services for mid-size companies who have 100 to 250 system users. The mid-size business or office has traditionally been an overlooked segment of the market for IT consulting expertise. The cost structures and support access models of major outside service firms make them too costly for the ordinary mid-size company or small medium business (SMB), which usually has a minimal information technology budget with which to support an IT system whose advanced technology and sophistication are frequently comparable to the information systems of much larger enterprises. Progent's support delivery model, which takes great advantage of online service, virtual network technology and 24x7 server monitoring, significantly lowers the network maintenance costs of an SMB while offering the mid-size company with big-company service from certified, IT consultants knowledgeable in a wide array of small business technologies. If your mid-sized organization or small business is searching for the quality of network support needed for a mid-size organization without paying big-company costs, call Progent.

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    Progent's Citrix-certified consultants can help your organization to evaluate the potential business value of the available editions of Citrix Essentials for Hyper-V, help you to use Citrix administration tools in your Microsoft Hyper-V network, and demonstrate to you how you can use Citrix Essentials to enhance the responsiveness, uptime, flexibility, and fault tolerance of your virtual network while reducing the cost of equipment and operations and streamlining management processes.

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