The Catalyst line of modular and fixed managed switches provides speed and control at the access, distribution, and backbone areas of converged voice, video, and high bandwidth data networks for businesses that range in size from small businesses and branches to global enterprises and SPs. Progent's Cisco-certified CCIE consultants offer online and onsite expertise with Catalyst switches to help you to design a cost-effective network architecture that addresses your unique business requirements, configure proof-of-concept testing systems, install Catalyst switches, implement and verify a sensible security and compliance strategy, automate system management and performance tracking, provide repair and maintenance services, optimize switch performance, and configure Catalyst's fault-tolerant technology to achieve near-zero downtime.

Progent can help you to manage and repair your legacy Catalyst switches or migrate with minimal disruption to current models of Catalyst switches following leading practices to ensure that you realize the maximum business value from your investment in your IT infrastructure.

The need for smart, high-performance switching is the result 0f a confluence of fairly new computing patterns whose net impact is a virtual tsunami of data:

  • Cloud and IoT networking and a consequent reliance on massive virtualization
  • The proliferation of always-connected mobile devices
  • Bandwidth-intensive rich media applications
  • Social business technologies
  • The rise of Big Data in enterprise analytics
  • Increasingly sophisticated threats such as ransomware
Private, public and hybrid clouds are only financially feasible because of virtualization technology. Virtualized data centers radically reduce costs by allowing aggressively high resource utilization and requiring very little real estate and energy use. But this also means that relatively sparse network resources must accommodate large volumes of data. The Bring-Your-Own-Device paradigm has resulted in a steep increase in the number of mobile users that have be handled by business networks, and these clients tend to run a great deal of bandwidth-intensive, HD video apps. Social media for business is displacing traditional email as the primary driver for workforce collaboration and is generating a growing thirst for bandwidth. Enterprises who want to remain competitive are resorting to Big Data techniques to mine enormous and varied repositories of corporate data, which as a result generates Big Network Traffic. All of these trends are relatively new, and combined they create a critical need for an advanced generation of switches that feature significantly more speed, control, uptime and ease of management than older platforms were engineered to deliver.

Cisco's current lineup of Catalyst switches are best suited for the distribution/core levels of campus deployments where office employees must be provided for by offering consistent high speed, secure user access control, careful group isolation, application intelligence, and wired/wireless convergence. Cisco's Catalyst series switches are designed to meet the need for performance and intelligence with features that include high-port-count 10, 40, and 100 Gigabit Ethernet services, switching capacity more than 25 Tbps for each switch, a comprehensive catalog of technologies including Easy Virtual Network (EVN) to facilitate the creation of virtual networks, VSS technology for switch failover with subsecond virtual switch recovery and "five nines" (99.999%) uptime, IPv4 and IPv6 capability, Application Visibility and Control (AVC) to maximize system resource usage, and sophisticated QoS tools for business-critical traffic prioritization.

Cisco Catalyst Switches Planning and Support Services

Cisco Offers Catalyst Switches for Businesses of All Sizes

Catalyst switches enable organizations of any size to benefit from incorporating intelligent switching and routing services into their network architecture, deploying an environment that can handle current requirements, expand to accommodate future capacity demands, protect vital data, and separate and manage processes to enhance network operations.

Catalyst 1000 Series Fixed Ethernet Switches
Catalyst 1000 Series Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 1000 Layer 2 network access switches are compact, fixed switches targeted for small businesses and branch offices with as many as 250 workers and with little if any internal IT support. The Catalyst 1000 Series includes fanless models for silent operation outside a wiring closet in an office environment. Mounting alternatives include desktop, wall mount, standard rack mount, and DIN. Designed as a simple upgrade for Catalyst 2960-L/2960-Plus Series deployments, Cisco's Catalyst 1000 family includes models with 8 to 48 Gigabit Ethernet ports or 24 to 48 Fast Ethernet 10/100M Mbps ports.

Catalyst Series 1000 configuration and administration are easy via a web UI or command-line interface, cybersecurity is enterprise-grade, and Power over Ethernet capability with an automatically distributed power budget of 740W supports a wide range of Internet of Things (IoT) implementations. As many as eight Catalyst 1000 Gbit Ethernet Series switches can be controlled at once with single IP. Catalyst 1000 units are nonblocking line-rate switches, and all are based on Cisco's venerable IOS Software. Quality-of-Service capabilities include egress queues on every port plus priority packet queuing to deliver wire-speed throughput for data, IP voice, and video traffic. Catalyst Series 1000 switches also feature Shaped Round Robin service scheduling and Weighted Tail Drop (WTD) congestion avoidance.

Catalyst 9000 Series Fixed and Modular Managed Switches
The Cisco Catalyst 9000 line 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 price/performance to connect people and things in scenarios from small businesses and branch offices to the largest enterprises. Catalyst 9000 products can be set up to support any combination of local deployments, private/public clouds, and hybrid network models. Unified management utilities and cutting-edge security features reduce cost of ownership by streamlining operations and safeguarding vital IT assets. Cisco's 9000X family of managed switches offer converged switching and routing, delivering the first mix of 400G optical transceivers plus full mGig Ethernet and Power-over-Ethernet ports.

Catalyst 9000 Series Fixed and Modular Switches Experts

Catalyst 9000 Series Switches Are Designed for a Hybrid Landscape

Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series Switches ExpertsWith twice the backplane stacking bandwidth at around half the cost of the legacy Cisco Catalyst 2960-X and 2960-XR switches they are intended to replace, Cisco's Catalyst 9200 Series switches are a natural network improvement for small branches and midsize campus environments. The Catalyst 9200 portfolio includes switches that support 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, EIGRP, IS-IS link-state protocol, and routed access. Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series switches are powered by Cisco IOS XE.

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

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Switches ConsultantsCatalyst 9300 Series switches are fixed, stackable units for ultra-high-density enterprise access switching. Advanced features available with models in the Catalyst 9300 family include up to 1Tbps backplane stacking performance, stackable high-speed fiber, up to 448 mGig ports including 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, redundant fans and power, plus data stack and StackPower cables common across the complete Catalyst 9300 family.

Based on the Cisco IOS XE operating system, appliances in the Catalyst 9300 product line support automated provisioning, API-driven configuration, granular visibility for near realtime monitoring, and seamless software patching. Security capabilities include Encrypted Traffic Analytics (ETA) along with AES-256 MACsec and IPSec encryption, plus Trust Anchor Technologies with Secure Boot. Cloud security is strengthened because Catalyst 9300 Series switches are able to host the Cisco Umbrella agent directly. This makes it possible for businesses to implement their DNS policies at a granular user or group level to prevent BYOD or IoT users from visiting malicious websites.

The value-priced Cisco Catalyst 9300L switch provides as much as 320G stacking performance and supports 12 100M/1G/2.5G/5G/10G ports and 36 10M/100M/1G ports. The 9300L uses fixed rather than modular uplink components for 4 1G, 4 10G, or 2 40G uplink ports. The Cisco Catalyst 9300 appliance features 480G of backplane stacking bandwidth and supports 48 100M/1G/2.5G/5Gbps ports, 24 100M/1G/2.5G/5G/10Gbps ports, or 48 1G SFP ports. Modular uplink performance supported are 1G, 10G, 25G, or 40G. The high-end Cisco Catalyst 9300X switch provides up to 1Tbps stacking capacity and offers 48 10G port density. The 9300X accepts modular uplinks with dual-rate 100G/40G, multirate 25G/10G/1G, or multigigabit. Cisco 90W Universal Power Over Ethernet+ (UPOE+) supports dense IoT applications. Hardware is available to provide 100G IPsec.

Catalyst 9400 Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 9400 Series devices are modular switches based on the Cisco IOS XE operating system and intended for medium-size and enterprise campus access deployments. Delivering twice the performance and over four times the chassis bandwidth as the legacy Catalyst 6500 it is designed to replace, the Catalyst 9400 portfolio ushers switch technology into the modern era of networking driven by cybersecurity, mobility, IoT, and cloud.

Catalyst 9400 switches are offered with 4-slot, 7-slot, and 10-slot chassis. Two slots on the chassis are dedicated to redundant supervisor cards, leaving 2, 5, or 8 slots open for line cards. Maximum bandwidth scalability for each line-card slot is 480G. Switching capacity 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 models offer 90W UPOE+ on every port, protected network segmentation with Software-Defined Access and N+N/N+1 power redundancy for high resilience. Cisco's Catalyst 9400 4-slot switch supports 96 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, 5G/10G mGig ports, or 10G SFP+ ports. The Catalyst 9400 7-slot supports 240 ports, and the Catalyst 9400 10-slot supports 384 ports. All Catalyst 9400 models can provide 2 non-blocking 40 Gigabit Ethernet QSFP uplinks and up to 8 non-blocking 10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ uplinks.

Cisco 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 based on Cisco IOS XE and the the family incorporates the first network technology to provide switching speeds above 25 Terabits per second.

Cisco's Catalyst 9500 models provide as high as 6.4 Tbps switching performance with forwarding speed as high as 2 Bpps. Catalyst 9500 appliances can support as many as 32 nonblocking 100 GB QSFP28 ports, 32 nonblocking 40G QSFP+ ports, 48 nonblocking 25 Gigabit SFP28 ports, or 48 nonblocking 10 Gigabit SFP+ ports. You can configure Multichassis EtherChannel across StackWise-Virtual members to achieve high resiliency.

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

Cisco Catalyst 9600 Switches ConsultantsCatalyst 9600 Series switches are modular core and distribution switches intended for the enterprise campus. The 6-slot 9600 Series chassis using a Catalyst 9600X Series Supervisor delivers switching capacity as high as 25.6 Tbps and can contain up to 256 nonblocking 10/25/50 Gigabit Ethernet ports, 96 nonblocking 40/100G Gigabit ports, or 8 nonblocking 200/400 GE QSFP-DD ports. The Catalyst 9600 also supports dual-rate 40G/100G and 10G/25G optics. Two chassis slots are dedicated for high-availability 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.

Legacy Catalyst Switches Still Supported by Progent
Progent's Cisco CCIE-certified consultants have extensive experience delivering remote and onsite support expertise for early-generation Catalyst Series switches which have reached End of Life. These outdated Catalyst switches usually cost more to operate and support than contemporary products, provide lower performance and fewer features, and for some cases can subject organizations to regulatory and even liability issues. Progent's consultants are available to help your business to support and repair these legacy switches and can also help you to design and execute non-disruptive migrations to current models from the Catalyst line or to devices from the Cisco Nexus line of switches which build upon Catalyst technology.

Cisco Catalyst Express 500 Switches
Catalyst Express 500 and 520 Family Switches ConsultantsThe Catalyst Express 500 line of managed Ethernet switches are designed for organizations with as many as 250 employees and provide the reliability, security, scalability, and feature set small companies need at an economical price. Power over Ethernet support makes it simple to add network appliances like wireless access points and IP TV cameras.

Models of the Catalyst Express 500 and 520 managed switches support up to 24 10/100/1000BASE-T ports plus the option of redundant power supplies with automatic switch-over for extra dependability. Integration with Cisco access points allows organizations to set up a wireless LAN network rapidly and easily. The Cisco Catalyst Express 500 and 520 family offers strong security against viruses With Cisco's Self-Defending Network technology and Clean Access solutions. Cisco Catalyst 2940 Switch
Cisco 2900 Family Switches Consulting FirmCisco Catalyst 2900 fixed-configuration, managed Ethernet switches offer fundamental small-group connectivity for small to medium-sized companies. These wire-speed desktop switches deliver IOS Software functions for basic data, video, and voice control at the network edge. The Cisco Catalyst 2940 family of managed switches are compact, entry-level devices with 8 Ethernet ports plus a single built-in Fast or Gbit uplink. The enclosures can be deployed outside the wiring cabinet in space-constrained locations such as on or under a worker's desk or in a conference room.

Catalyst 2960-S Series Switch
The Cisco Catalyst 2960-S Series are fixed-configuration switches intended for small businesses and branches. Current versions offer 24 or 48 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, four 1GE or two 10-Gigabit uplink connections, and deliver switching capacity as high as 176 Gbps. Cisco's FlexStack feature allows four Catalyst 2960-S chassis to be combined in a FlexStack stack to perform as one switch that provides 40 Gbps of stacking throughput and that reduces administrative costs because of single-switch configuration. Cisco's IPv6 First Hop Security (FHS) technology protects against address theft and malicious threats.

Catalyst 3560 Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 3560 Series Switches HelpThe Catalyst 3560 family is a line of fixed-configuration switches that includes IEEE 802.3af and PoE capability in 10/100 Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet implementations. The Cisco Catalyst 3560 switch is an ideal Layer 2 switch for small enterprise LAN connectivity or branch-office environments, combining both Gigabit Ethernet and Power over Ethernet configurations for high efficiency while streamlining the installation of vital technology such a Voice over IP, wireless access, video monitoring, and remote video kiosks. Customers can deploy comprehensive intelligent features including quality of service, rate management, access control lists (ACLs), multicast management, and fast IP routing with the simplicity of traditional network switching.

The Cisco Catalyst 3560 family switch offers a robust array of features that allow for network expandability and higher availability through IP routing as well as a complete complement of STP improvements designed to maximize throughput in a Layer 2 LAN. Enhancements to the conventional Spanning Tree Protocol, such as Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Plus (PVST+), Uplink Fast, and Port Fast, as well as innovations like Flex Links Layer 2 interfaces, contribute to network efficiency. PVST+ supports Data Link Layer traffic balancing on backup links to take advantage of the additional bandwidth inherent in a redundant design.

Important routing protocols such as Open Shortest Path First (OPSF), Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP), BGP, and Policy Based Routing improve system capacity; PIM helps improve utilization of network resources; and Virtual Route Forwarding Lite protects data.

Catalyst 3750 Series Switches
Cisco 3750 Series Switches ConsultingFor mid-size organizations and corporate branches, the Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series facilitates integration of unified applications and accommodates evolving competitive environments by offering configuration flexibility, support for unified network traffic, and management-free set up of intelligent network functions. Also, the Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series is designed for high-density 1000 Ethernet environments and includes a wide selection of switches that address the access, distribution, and backbone-connectivity demands of small or mid-size networks.

The Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series includes either the IP Base or the Services image. The IP Base image functions include advanced quality of service (QoS), rate-limiting, access control lists, and simple static and Routing Information Protocol (RIP) routing support. The IP Services image offers a richer set of enterprise-grade features, such as advanced hardware-based IP unicast/multicast routing.

Cisco StackWise technology is a mechanism designed for 1000 Ethernet. StackWise is intended to respond to installs, deletions, and redeployments while providing consistent performance. StackWise technology unites as many as 9 individual switches into one logical device, utilizing custom stack-interconnect cables and stacking software. The individual switches can be any combination of the Catalyst 3750 switches and the Catalyst 3750-E Series. The stack behaves as an individual switching device that is directed by a control switch, selected from among the member switches. The master switch intelligently builds and updates all the switching and user-selected routing tables. A running stack can accommodate new members or remove old switches with no service interruption.

Catalyst 2960 Series Switches and 3560-CX Switches
Catalyst 2900 Family Switches ConsultingCisco's Catalyst 2960-CX is a fixed-configuration managed switch that is ultra-compact, fanless, low power, and includes flexible mounting options. The Catalyst 2960-CX incorporates eight 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports and two 1-GE uplinks and optionally provides PoE+ power. Cisco's Catalyst 3560-CX is a fixed-configuration managed switch packaged in a sleek, quiet and energy-efficient unit that can be mounted virtually anywhere outside a wiring closet. Models are available with eight or 12 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports or with six 1-GE ports and 2 multigigabit ports. Two or four uplink ports are offered, and PoE+ power is also available.

Cisco Catalyst 2900-L Switches Integration and TroubleshootingCisco's Catalyst 2960-L family includes entry-level fixed-port managed switches targeted for small offices, retail areas, and other places where space is at a premium. Catalyst 2900-L compact appliances have eight to 48 GE ports and either 2 or 4 Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP) uplink ports. Power over Ethernet support reduces clutter and fanless operation for the 8- versions does away with noise. RJ-45 connectors support 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T and 1000BASE-T SFP-ports.

Catalyst 2960-X and 2960-XR switches enhance the 2690-S line of switches by offering switching performance of up to 216 Gbps and providing Cisco's FlexStack-Plus stacking technology by means of a hot-swappable module that can combine 8 switches in a stack with 80 Gbps of stacking performance. Cisco Catalyst 2900 Series switches also work with NetFlow-Lite for conserving forwarding data for analysis. Cisco's Catalyst 2960-XR switch is capable of L3 dynamic routing, providing the simplicity of having a single device for Layer 2 and Layer 3 routing.

Cisco Catalyst 3650 and 3850 Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 3650 Switch and Catalyst 3850 Series Switches Planning and Support ServicesCatalyst 3650 and Catalyst 3850 switches are fixed, stackable network access devices based on Cisco's IOS XE control software and featuring comprehensive wireless network controller capability that allows you to converge wired and wireless infrastructure on a single platform powered by one OS. Cisco offers models with 24 or 48 1Gb Ethernet ports with Power over Ethernet plus (PoE+), four 1GE or four 10-Gigabit uplink ports, and capacity for up to nine Catalyst switches in a stack. All versions offer modular QoS, fast failover for high uptime, support in software for IPv4/IPv6 routing, multicast, and advanced security.

Because wireless data traffic is visible at the Catalyst 3000 family switch, administrators can identify and assign priorities to wireless traffic with Cisco's Flexible NetFlow technology and advanced QoS features for an improved user environment and faster problem mediation. Fast Ethernet switching can handle the high-throughput called for by the latest 802.11ac Wave 2 wireless standard on currently in-place cabling infrastructure. (To find out about Progent's support for Cisco's 802.11ac Aironet wireless products, and Meraki cloud-managed Wi-Fi APs, refer to Planning and Deployment Support for Cisco Wireless Products.)

The Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series switch delivers stacking throughput as high as 160 Gbps and supports up to 25 wireless APs and 1000 Wi-Fi clients per switch or stack. The Catalyst 3850 Series switch offers stacking throughput as high as 480 Gbps and can control as many as 50 Wi-Fi APs and 2000 wireless users on each switch or stack. Cisco Catalyst 3850 SFP Fiber Switches incorporate 12 or 24 1G fiber connections at line rate on every port, providing far reaching connectivity, enhanced security, and a consistent wired/wireless experience.

Catalyst 4500-E and Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches
Catalyst 4500-E Series and and Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Series switches are designed for campus and distribution environments where physical space for networking equipment is at a premium. Running Cisco's IOS XE software, the 4500-E and Catalyst 4500-X product lines simplify network virtualization by supporting Cisco's Easy Virtual Network (EVN) and VSS solutions. Network virtualization allows you to divide a hardware network into a number of virtual networks (VNs) whose data planes and control planes are logically distinct. This makes possible the economy, security and compliance, resilience, and simplified management needed for Cloud environments or other situations where a single resource pool is shared by software and services that must operate in complete isolation from one another. Easy Virtual Network speeds up the task of deploying virtual networks and scales to 32 VNs for each switch. Easy Virtual Network utilizes the capabilities of Multi-virtual routing and forwarding (VRF) and provides additional technologies such as VNET Tags and a simple technique for duplicating replicating routes between VNs. VSS makes it possible to configure Catalyst 4500-E and Catalyst 4500-X Series switches to create non-stop virtual networks with advanced load balancing.

Cisco Catalyst 4500-E Series Switches
Catalyst 4500-E Family Switches Planning and Support ServicesThe Supervisor Engine 8-E for the Catalyst 4500-E modular switch has a built-in wireless network controller that works with Cisco's Unified Access technology for wired/wireless convergence. The Supervisor Engine 8-E is the first Cisco Catalyst supervisor to permit wired plus wireless services on a single switch based on IOS XE software. Technologies included are Cisco's Flexible NetFlow solution for application visibility encompassing both wired and wireless networks, TrustSec wired and wireless data security, identical QoS for wired and Wi-Fi clients, plus the expansion of NSF/SSO to cover Wi-Fi traffic for world-class availability.

Available in chassis with from three to 10 plug-in slots, Catalyst 4500-E switches can support as many as 384 1-Gigabit Ethernet access ports, 193 Gigabit Ethernet non-blocking fiber ports, 96 10GE fiber connections, and eight 10GE uplink ports. Cisco's Supervisor Engine 8-E delivers as much as 928 Gbps of wired throughput per system and as much as 20 Gbps of wireless termination capacity. 50 wireless access points and 2000 wireless clients can be supported per chassis, and 250 wireless access points and 4000 clients are managed in a two-switch deployment without requiring a standalone wireless network controller.

Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches
Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches Consulting FirmCatalyst 4500-X Series switches are fixed-configuration 10GE aggregation platforms that can provide as much as 800 Gbps of backplane switching capacity per chassis. The Catalyst 4500-X supports as many as 32 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections on the unit's baseboard and eight more 10GE ports on the optional expansion module for a maximum of up to 40 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports. Eight 10GE uplink ports can be added via another module. In addition to offering zero-downtime operation and easy manageability, Cisco's VSS technology on Catalyst 4500-X switches provides higher system performance of up to 1.6 Tbps by enabling all available capacity across VSS-linked Catalyst 4500-X switches. Other features include Flexible NetFlow technology for capacity planning, TrustSec protection, and fast, hardware-based IPv6 forwarding.

Catalyst 6500 Series and Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches
Catalyst 6500 Series and Catalyst 6800 Series switches are enterprise campus core switches that incorporate the field-proven technology of the Cisco Catalyst 6500 family of products, which first appeared more than a dozen years ago and which have been continually enhanced since then. Cisco Catalyst 6500 and Catalyst 6800 Series switches offer identical features and operation, and the modular Catalyst 6807-XL accepts the Cisco Catalyst 6500 Supervisor Engine 2T and its portfolio of line cards and modules. This backwards compatibility and commitment to ongoing enhancement preserves your technology investment and enables you to upgrade your network with minimal downtime or management team re-education.

Shared attributes of Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series modular switches that have Cisco's Supervisor Engine 2T include Cisco's ISE technology for simple, single-point administration to ensure unvarying policy across a distributed environment, VSS capability for maximum uptime through multi-level switchover, and the Cisco LISP protocol to support client roaming and device mobility and to simplify network virtualization and transition to IPv6. Other virtual networking tools to partition specific user groups and serve the special security and Quality of Service policy needs of each group include L2/L3 VPN, full Multiprotocol Label Switching, Easy Virtual Network, VRF-aware technology for NAT NetFlow, IPv6 over IPv4 GRE Tunnel Protection, and L2 geographic extensions with virtual private LAN services (VPLS). For unified wired and wireless networking, the Wireless Services Module 2 (WiSM2) for Catalyst 6500 and Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series modular switches can manage up to 1000 APs and 15,000 wireless clients.

Catalyst 6500-E Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 6500 Family Switches Consulting FirmThe Cisco Catalyst 6500-E line of modular switches are intended for aggregation and campus backbone networks that require world-class uptime and high densities of 10/100/1000 Ethernet, 1 GE fiber, and/or 10 and 40 GE access ports. Models come with three to 13 slots and work with a wide range of interface modules. Integrated service modules support wireless management, traffic analysis, and security and compliance. Only E-Series versions of Cisco's extensive line of Catalyst 6500 switches are compatible with the Supervisor Engine 2T.

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

The top-of-the-line Catalyst 6513-E has a 19 rack unit, 13-slot chassis and can deliver as much as 180 Gbps of bandwidth per slot, with a total system capacity as high as 4 Tbps. A Virtual Switching System configured system can handle up to 8 Tbps of bandwidth. The Catalyst 6513-E Series switch can support up to 529 1 Gigabit Ethernet connections, up to 534 1GE fiber ports, 180 10GE connections, and up to 44 40-Gigabit Ethernet ports.

Catalyst 6800 Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches Consulting FirmCatalyst 6800 switches are campus core platforms intended to deliver optimal 10/40/100 GE support. The Catalyst 6880-X switch is a fixed, compact switch for high-density Ethernet intended for small or medium-size enterprise campus cores. The Catalyst 6880-X delivers as much as 2 Tbps switching capacity and features four slots for port cards. The top port concentration per chassis is 80 10/100/1000 Ethernet connections or 10-Gigabit Ethernet access ports or up to 20 40GE access ports. Configured with Cisco's Virtual Switching System, a two-chassis system can provide 4 Tbps capacity and handle as many as 158 1 Gigabit Ethernet ports or 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports or up to 20 40GE access ports.

The modular Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL switch has a 10-rack-unit chassis with 7 expansion slots and accepts standard Supervisor Engine 2T line cards and modules. (Two slots are for the Supervisor Engine and five are for modules.) The Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL switch offers up to 880 Gbps of switching bandwidth per slot and 11.4 Tbps of switching throughput while handling up to 240 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports or 1GE fiber connections, up to 80 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections or 20 40GE access ports. an 6807-XL system with VSS can support 22.8 Tbps of switching capacity, 480 10/100/1000 Ethernet connections or 1GE fiber ports, 160 10GE ports or 40 40-Gigabit Ethernet ports.

Ways That Progent Can Help You with Catalyst Switches
Progent can provide the remote or onsite services of Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants who have extensive experience providing Catalyst switch solutions for small and medium sized businesses, branch offices, campuses, data centers, Cloud environments, and service providers. Progent's areas of expertise include Catalyst and Nexus families of managed switches and Cisco's IOS and NX-OS control software. Support services offered by Progent for Catalyst switches include proof-of-concept testing and validation, network analysis, network architecture planning, upgrades and project management, network virtualization, wired and wireless unification, management automation, performance optimization, problem mitigation, disaster recovery planning, and information security and compliance assessment and verification.

Progent has broad knowledge of industry standards as well as with proprietary Cisco technologies related to switching and routing including BGP, MPLS traffic engineering, Protocol Independent Multicast, VPNs, Spanning-Tree Protocol, VLANs, Cisco FabricPath, Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), OTV, VRRP, OSPF, Virtual Switching System (VSS), and Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP). Progent's network consultants also offer familiarity with important technologies such as TCP/IP protocols, IPv4/IPv6, Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol, Routing Information Protocol, and IGMP. Progent's CISSP-ISSAP certified network security and compliance consultants can assist you to create an enterprise-wide security and compliance plan and implement Catalyst switches so that they provide optimal support for your network security policies.

In case you require ultra high density or extremely low latency switches for a world-class data center, Progent can assist you to analyze, design, and manage a transition to Cisco's Nexus family of switches. For information about Progent's consulting services for Nexus Series switches, see Cisco Nexus Switch consulting services available from Progent. Progent can also assist you to integrate Catalyst core switches with Cisco Meraki aggregation switches. (See Cisco Meraki switch integration consultants.)

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