The Catalyst family of modular and fixed-configuration managed switches offers speed and control at the access, distribution, and core areas of converged IP voice, HD video, and high bandwidth data networks for organizations that range from small businesses and branch offices to multi-campus enterprises and service providers. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants offer online and onsite support for Catalyst family switches to help you to plan an efficient network architecture that meets your specific business needs, configure proof-of-concept testing, install Catalyst switches, establish and verify a sensible security plan, streamline network management and performance tracking, provide troubleshooting and maintenance services, maximize switch performance, and set up Catalyst's high-availability (HA) solutions to achieve non-stop operation.

Progent can help you to maintain and troubleshoot your legacy Catalyst switches or upgrade smoothly to up-to-date versions of Catalyst switches following leading practices to ensure that you receive the most return from your investment in your IT infrastructure.

The demand for smart, fast switching is the result 0f a confluence of relatively recent computing trends whose net impact is a virtual tsunami of traffic:

  • Cloud and Internet of Things networking and an associated reliance on massive network virtualization
  • The pervasiveness of personal endpoints
  • Data guzzling HD video apps
  • Social media for business
  • The rise of Big Data in enterprise data analytics
  • Ever more sophisticated cyberattacks like ransomware
Private, public and hybrid clouds are only financially feasible because of virtualization technology. Virtualized infrastructures radically reduce expenses by allowing very high hardware utilization and demanding minimal data center space and power consumption. But this also means that comparatively limited resources must support substantial volumes of data. The BYOD paradigm has resulted in a steep increase in the number of mobile users that must be supported by business networks, and these users run a great deal of data-intensive, rich media apps. Social media for business is displacing traditional email as the primary driver for collaboration and is producing a growing demand for data. Enterprises who are trying to remain competitive are adopting Big Data technology to mine enormous and varied silos of information, which as a result produces Big Traffic. All of these computing trends are relatively recent, and put together they create a critical demand for a new generation of switches that feature much higher performance, intelligence, availability and ease of management than older platforms were built to deliver.

Cisco's latest lineup of Catalyst switches are designed for the distribution and core layers layers of enterprise campus environments where office workers must be supported with predictable high speed, secure user access control, careful segmentation, application intelligence, and wired/wireless convergence. Catalyst switches address the demand for speed and intelligence with features that include high-density 10, 40, and 100 Gigabit Ethernet services, switching performance more than 25 Tbps for each chassis, an extensive catalog of technologies such as Easy Virtual Network (EVN) to facilitate the creation of virtual networks, VSS technology for stateful failover with subsecond virtual switch recovery and "five nines" (99.999%) availability, IPv6 capability, Application Visibility and Control to optimize system utilization, and sophisticated Quality of Service capabilities for business-critical data control.

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Cisco Can Provide Catalyst Switching Solutions for Organizations of All Sizes

Catalyst switches allow organizations of any size to benefit from incorporating smart switching and routing features into their network architecture, creating an environment that can meet real-time requirements, scale to accommodate future growth, guard sensitive information, and differentiate and control tasks to enhance network operations.

Catalyst 1000 Series Fixed Ethernet Switches
Cisco Catalyst 1000 Family Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 1000 Series access switches are compact, fixed switches targeted for small businesses and branches with as many as 250 workers and with minimal internal IT support. The Catalyst 1000 line includes fanless versions for silent operation within an office venue. Mounting alternatives include desktop, wall mount, rack mount, and DIN. Created as a simple upgrade for Catalyst 2960-L or 2960-Plus deployments, Cisco's Catalyst 1000 portfolio includes models with 8 to 48 Gigabit Ethernet ports or 24 to 48 Fast Ethernet 10/100M Mbps ports.

Catalyst 1000 configuration and administration are easy via a web UI or CLI, cybersecurity is enterprise-grade, and PoE+ capability with an automatically distributed budget of 740W allows a wide variety of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. As many as eight Catalyst 1000 Gbit Ethernet Series switches can be managed at once with single IP. Catalyst Series 1000 appliances are nonblocking line-rate devices, and all are powered by Cisco's venerable IOS operating system software. Quality-of-Service features include egress queues on each port plus priority packet queuing to allow optimized throughput for time-critical traffic. Catalyst Series 1000 switches also support Shaped Round Robin scheduling and WTD congestion management.

Cisco Catalyst 9000 Fixed and Modular Managed Switches
The Cisco Catalyst 9000 line of managed switches offers modular and fixed appliances and can support all deployment models including access, distribution, and core switching. The Catalyst 9000 line offers switches with the right price/performance to connect people and things in environments ranging from small businesses and branches to the largest enterprises. Catalyst 9000 switches can be configured to implement any mix of local deployments, private and public clouds, and hybrid network models. Modern network management utilities and advanced security solutions lower cost of ownership by saving time and protecting critical IT assets. Cisco's 9000X family of managed switches provide converged switching and routing, introducing the first combination of 400G QSFP-DD ports along with full multigigabit and Power-over-Ethernet ports.

Cisco Catalyst 9000 Fixed and Modular Switches Experts

Cisco Catalyst 9000 Series Switches Are Built for a Hybrid Landscape

Catalyst 9200 Switches ConsultantsWith twice the stacking bandwidth for around half the price of the legacy Catalyst 2960-X and 2960-XR switches they are designed to replace, Cisco's Catalyst 9200 Series switches are a compelling infrastructure update for small branch offices and midsize campus environments. The 9200 product line includes switches that support 24 or 48 ports with full PoE+; 80-160 Gbps stacking performance; streaming telemetry; and Layer 3 capabilities such as OSPF Interior Gateway Protocol, EIGRP, IS-IS link-state protocol, and routed access. Cisco Catalyst 9200 switches are powered by Cisco IOS XE.

The Catalyst 9200 delivers 160-Gbps backplane 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 model supports up to 32 Virtual Networks and delivers 160-Gbps stacking throughput. The Catalyst 9200L offers 80-Gbps stacking performance. The Catalyst 9200L multigigabit and the Catalyst 9200 multigigabit offer wireless performance optimization with 8 or 12 mGig Ethernet ports up to 10Gbps.

Catalyst 9300 Switches ConsultantsCatalyst 9300 Series switches are fixed, stackable units for ultra-high-density access switching. Advanced features available with models in the Catalyst 9300 product line include 1T stacking capacity, stackable SFP fiber, up to 448 mGig Ethernet ports including 288 ports of 90W UPOE+ with an 8-unit stack, line rate IPsec tunnel with AES-256 with MACsec 256-bit encryption and performance as high as 100G, high-availability redundant fans and power, plus data stack and StackPower cables compatible across the entire Catalyst 9300 family.

Powered by Cisco IOS XE, appliances in the Catalyst 9300 product line support auto device provisioning, API-based configuration, high-granularity visibility for near realtime monitoring, and transparent software updates and patching. Advanced security features include Encrypted Traffic Analytics (ETA) as well as AES-256 MACsec and IPSec encryption, and Cisco Trust Anchor Technologies with Secure Boot. Cloud security is enhanced because Catalyst 9300 Series switches can host Cisco's Umbrella agent directly. This allows organizations to implement their DNS policies at user or group level to prevent BYOD or IoT users from accessing malicious websites.

The entry-level Cisco Catalyst 9300L switch provides up to 320G stacking performance and offers 12 100M/1G/2.5G/5G/10G ports and 36 10M/100M/1G ports. The 9300L uses fixed instead of modular uplink components for 4 1G, 4 10G, or 2 40G ports. The Cisco Catalyst 9300 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 available are 1G, 10G, 25G, or 40G. The top-of-the-line Cisco Catalyst 9300X appliance provides up to 1Tbps stacking performance and offers 48 10G port density. The 9300X supports uplink modules with dual-rate 100G/40G, multirate 25G/10G/1G, or multigigabit. Cisco 90W UPOE+ supports dense IoT environments such as smart buildings. Hardware is available to provide 100G IPsec.

Catalyst 9400 Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 9400 Series devices are modular switches powered by Cisco IOS XE and targeted for medium-size and enterprise campus access deployments. Delivering double the throughput and more than quadruple the chassis bandwidth as the Catalyst 6500 line it is designed to replace, the Catalyst 9400 portfolio ushers switch technology into the current age of networking driven by security, mobility, IoT, and cloud.

Catalyst 9400 appliances are available with 4-slot, 7-slot, and 10-slot chassis. Two slots on each chassis are reserved for redundant supervisor cards, leaving 2, 5, or 8 slots open for line cards. Maximum bandwidth per line-card slot is 480 Gbps. Switching capacity can achieve 1.44 Terabits per second and forwarding rate on Supervisor Module is as high as 9 Tbps with the 10-slot chassis. All Catalyst 9400 appliances offer 90W UPOE+ on every port, secure network segmentation with Software-Defined Access and N+N/N+1 power redundancy for high availability. Cisco's Catalyst 9400 4-slot switch supports 96 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, 5G/10G multigigabit ports, or 10G SFP+ ports. The Catalyst 9400 7-slot supports 240 ports, and the Catalyst 9400 10-slot supports 384 ports. All Catalyst 9400 appliances can provide 2 non-blocking 40G Quad Small Form-Factor Pluggable uplinks and 8 non-blocking 10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ uplinks.

Catalyst 9500 Switches ExpertsThe Catalyst 9500 product line consists of fixed core and edge services appliances intended for the enterprise campus. Catalyst 9500 models are powered by the Cisco IOS XE operating system and the series includes the first infrastructure technology to deliver switching speeds higher than 25 Terabits per second.

Catalyst 9500 models provide as high as 6.4 Terabits per second switching capacity with forwarding speed up to 2 Billion Packet per Second. Catalyst 9500 appliances can support up to 32 nonblocking 100 GB QSFP28 optical ports, 32 nonblocking 40 Gigabit QSFP+ ports, 48 nonblocking 25 Gigabit SFP28 ports, or 48 nonblocking 10G ports. You can configure Multichassis EtherChannel (MEC) across Cisco StackWise-Virtual members for high resiliency.

Catalyst 9500X switches can provide up to 25.6 Terabits per second switching performance with 2 Bpps forwarding capacity. Catalyst 9500X devices deliver up to 28 nonblocking 40/100 Gigabit QSFP28 ports or 8 nonblocking 40/100/200/400 Gigabit QSFP-DD ports. The 9500X line also includes chip-level support for line-rate 256-bit 802.1AE MACsec and WAN-MACsec1 encryption.

Catalyst 9600 Switches ExpertsCatalyst 9600 Series switches are modular core and distribution switches for the enterprise campus. The 6-slot chassis using a Catalyst 9600X Series Supervisor delivers switching performance up to 25.6 Terabits per second and can contain up to 256 nonblocking 10/25/50 Gigabit 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 reserved for redundant supervisors. You can combine a selection of line cards for core and aggregation deployment scenarios. The chassis is equipped with a passive backplane, so you can change out fan tray, power supplies, and line cards without disrupting operation.

Legacy Catalyst Series Switches Still Supported by Progent
Progent's Cisco CCIE-certified consultants have broad experience delivering remote and on-premises support services for legacy Catalyst Series switches which have reached End of Life or End of Support. These legacy switches typically cost more to manage and support than contemporary models, provide lower performance and fewer features, and in many situations can subject organizations to regulatory compliance and even liability issues. Progent's consultants can assist you to support and repair these older Cisco products and can also assist you to plan and carry out non-disruptive upgrades to current models from the Catalyst family or to devices from the Cisco Nexus line of network switches which take advantage of Catalyst design experience.

Catalyst Express 500 Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst Express 500 Series Switches Consulting FirmThe Catalyst Express 500 family of fixed-configuration switches are designed for companies with as many as 250 workers and provide the reliability, protection, extensibility, and features small businesses require at an economical cost. PoE capability makes it easy to add network appliances like VoIP phones and IP cameras.

Versions of the Catalyst Express 500 switches offer from 8 to 24 10/100/1000BT Ethernet ports plus the option of backup power with auto switch-over for extra dependability. Integration with Cisco access points allows businesses to build a wireless LAN environment rapidly and easily. The Cisco Catalyst Express 500 platform provides strong security against viruses With the Cisco Self-Defending Network technology and Clean Access solutions. Catalyst 2940 Switch
Cisco 2900 Family Switches Professional ServicesCatalyst 2900 fixed-configuration, managed 10/100 Ethernet switches provide basic workgroup connectivity for small to medium-size businesses (SMBs). These wire-rate desktop switches deliver IOS Software features for basic mixed-media traffic control at the edge of the network. The Cisco 2940 line of fixed-configuration switches are compact, stackable devices featuring eight Fast Ethernet ports plus a single integrated Fast or Gigabit uplink. The enclosures can be deployed away from the wiring closet in space-constrained locations like on a user's desk or in a conference room.

Cisco Catalyst 2960-S Series Switch
The Cisco Catalyst 2960-S Series are fixed-configuration switches designed for small businesses and branch offices. Current models have either 24 or 48 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, four 1-Gigabit or two 10GE uplinks, and deliver switching capacity of up to 176 Gbps. Cisco's FlexStack technology permits four 2960-S chassis to be combined in a FlexStack stack to perform as one switching unit that provides 40 Gbps of stacking bandwidth and that cuts management expense because of single-switch configuration. Cisco's IPv6 First Hop Security capability protects against IPv6 address interception and other threats.

Cisco Catalyst 3560 Series Switches
Cisco 3560 Series Switches ConsultingCisco's Catalyst 3560 Series is a line of non-modular switches that includes IEEE 802.3af and Cisco Power over Ethernet functionality in Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet implementations. Cisco's Catalyst 3560 Series switch is a proven Layer 2 switch for midsize business network connectivity or local-offices, offering both 10/100/1000 and Power over Ethernet configurations for high productivity while streamlining the installation of key technology including VoIP, Wi-Fi, video surveillance, and remote video kiosks. IT managers can activate network-wide smart features including QoS, rate limiting, ACLs, multicast management, and high-performance IP routing while maintaining the ease of traditional LAN switching.

The Catalyst 3560 switch is equipped with a powerful array of features that permit network scalability and enhanced resilience via IP routing plus a complete complement of Spanning Tree Protocol enhancements designed to increase availability in a Layer 2 LAN. Enhancements to the conventional Spanning Tree Protocol, including Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Plus, and Port Fast, as well as enhancements like Flex Links interfaces, improve network efficiency. PVST+ supports Data Link Layer traffic sharing on redundant links to take advantage of the extra bandwidth associated with a redundant architecture.

Important routing mechanisms including OPSF, Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP), Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), static routing, and PBR increase system scale; PIM helps improve utilization of network resources; and Virtual Route Forwarding Lite (VRFLite) secures network traffic.

Catalyst 3750 Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series Switches ConsultingFor mid-size businesses and enterprise branch offices, the Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series switch facilitates deployment of converged technologies and accommodates evolving business environments by offering configuration flexibility, ability to manage converged network traffic, and automatic set up of intelligent network services. In addition, Cisco's Catalyst 3750 Series switch is designed for high-density Gigabit Ethernet deployments and incorporates a diverse selection of switches that address the access, distribution, and backbone-interface requirements of small or mid-size systems.

Cisco's Catalyst 3750 switch has the IP Base or the Services image. The IP Base image capabilities include industry-leading quality of service (QoS), rate-management, access control lists (ACLs), and simple static and Routing Information Protocol routing support. The IP Services image offers a richer set of enterprise-level functions, including advanced hardware-based IP unicast and multicast routing.

Cisco StackWise technology is an architecture designed for Gigabit interfaces. Cisco StackWise is intended to react to additions, deletions, and redeployments while maintaining consistent performance. Cisco StackWise unites as many as nine separate switches into a single functional device, using custom stack-interconnect cables and software. Any of the switches can be any combination of Cisco's Catalyst 3750 Series switches and the 3750-E Series switches. The stack operates as an individual switching appliance that is managed by a control switch, elected from among the stack of switches. The control switch intelligently builds and keeps current all the switching and user-selected routing databases. A deployed stack can accept new members or remove existing switches with no service interruption.

Cisco Catalyst 2960 Series Switches and Catalyst 3560-CX Switches
Catalyst 2900 Series Switches ConsultingCisco's Catalyst 2960-CX is a fixed-port managed switch that is compact, fanless, low power, and allows flexible mounting alternatives. The switch incorporates eight 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports and two 1-GE uplinks and has an option for Power over Ethernet. Cisco's Catalyst 3560-CX is a fixed-port managed switch housed in a compact, noiseless and energy-efficient unit that can be placed almost anywhere convenient. Versions are available with eight or 12 1-GE ports or with six 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports and 2 multigigabit Ethernet ports. Up to four uplinks are offered, and PoE+ power is also an option.

Cisco Catalyst 2900-L Switches ConsultingCisco's Catalyst 2960-L family includes entry-level fixed-configuration switches intended for small offices, retail venues, and other places where space is at a premium. Catalyst 2900-L compact switches have eight to 48 Gigabit Ethernet ports and two or four Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP) uplink ports. Power over Ethernet support reduces clutter and fan-free design for 16- and 24-port models does away with noise. RJ-45 interfaces support 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T and 1000BASE-T SFP-based ports.

Catalyst 2960-X and Catalyst 2960-XR Series switches enhance the 2690-S family by offering switching capacity of up to 216 Gbps and supporting Cisco's FlexStack-Plus Stacking by means of a live-swappable plug-in that can combine 8 switches in a FlexStack Plus stack with 80 Gbps of stacking performance. Catalyst 2900 Series switches also work with NetFlow-Lite for conserving forwarding data for analysis. The Catalyst 2960-XR Series switch is capable of Layer 3 dynamic routing, providing the simplicity of using a single switch for L2 and L3 routing.

Cisco Catalyst 3650 and 3850 Series Switches
Catalyst 3650 Switch and Catalyst 3850 Switches ConsultantsCatalyst 3650 and Catalyst 3850 switches are fixed-configuration, stackable network access devices powered by Cisco's IOS XE OS and incorporating full wireless controller functionality that allows you to converge wired and wireless networks on a one device powered by one OS. Cisco offers versions with either 24 or 48 10/100/1000 Ethernet connections with PoE plus, four 1-Gigabit or four 10-GB Ethernet uplink ports, and support for as many as 9 switches in a stack. All versions provide expandable Quality of Service, stateful switchover for high uptime, software support for IPv4 and IPv6 routing, multicast routing, and enhanced security.

Because wireless data traffic is present at the Catalyst 3000 Series switch, it is possible to spot and prioritize wireless traffic with Cisco's Flexible NetFlow technology and advanced QoS capabilities for an improved wireless user environment and quicker problem mediation. Fast Ethernet switching can handle the high-bandwidth defined by the new 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi specification on existing cabling infrastructure. (To find out about Progent's consulting and support services for Cisco's 802.11ac Aironet Wi-Fi products, and Cisco's Meraki cloud-managed access points, visit Configuration and Troubleshooting Support for Cisco Wireless Access Points and Controllers.)

The Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series switch delivers stacking performance of up to 160 Gbps and can control up to 25 wireless access points and 1000 wireless clients on each switch. The Catalyst 3850 offers stacking bandwidth as high as 480 Gbps and can control up to 50 wireless access points and 2000 Wi-Fi clients on each stack. Cisco Catalyst 3850 SFP Fiber Switches incorporate 12 or 24 1G fiber data ports at line rate, offering far reaching connectivity, enhanced protection, and a consistent wired/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 designed for access and distribution environments where space for infrastructure hardware is limited. Powered by Cisco's IOS XE control software, both the Catalyst 4500-E and Catalyst 4500-X families facilitate network virtualization by supporting Cisco's Easy Virtual Network (EVN) and VSS technologies. Virtualization makes it possible to segment a hardware network into a number of virtual networks whose data and control planes are logically separate. This makes possible the efficient utilization, protection, resilience, and manageability needed for Cloud computing or other scenarios where a common infrastructure is used by software and services that need to run in complete isolation from each other. EVN speeds up the task of creating virtual networks and can be expanded to 32 VNs for each switch. Easy Virtual Network utilizes features of Multi-virtual routing and forwarding and includes additional technologies such as VNET Tags and a simple way for duplicating replicating routes between VNs. VSS technology makes it possible to set up Catalyst 4500-E and 4500-X Series platforms to create zero-downtime virtual networks with advanced traffic load balancing.

Catalyst 4500-E Series Switches
Catalyst 4500-E Family Switches Consulting and TroubleshootingCisco's Supervisor Engine 8-E for the Catalyst 4500-E modular switch includes a built-in wireless network controller that supports Cisco's Unified Access technology for wired/wireless convergence. this is the first Catalyst supervisor to allow wired as well as wireless services on a single switch based on IOS XE. Features included are Cisco's FNF solution for application visibility encompassing wired and Wi-Fi networks, TrustSec wired/wireless data security, consistent Quality of Service for wired and wireless clients, and the expansion of Nonstop Forwarding with Stateful Switchover (NSF/SSO) to include wireless data traffic for world-quality availability.

Offered in chassis with from three to 10 plug-in slots, Cisco Catalyst 4500-E Series switches with Supervisor 8-E can support as many as 384 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, up to 192 1GE non-blocking fiber ports, 96 10-Gigabit Ethernet fiber ports, and eight 10-Gigabit Ethernet uplinks. The Catalyst 4500-E Supervisor Engine 8-E delivers as much as 928 Gbps of wired throughput for each system and 20 Gbps of wireless termination capacity. 50 Wi-Fi APs and 2000 wireless clients can be handled on each switch, and 250 access points and 4000 wireless clients are supported in a two-switch deployment without requiring a standalone wireless network controller.

Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches
Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches Planning and Support ServicesCatalyst 4500-X Series switches are fixed 10GE aggregation platforms that can provide 800 Gbps of backplane switching capacity per device. The Catalyst 4500-X supports as many as 32 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections on the baseboard and eight more 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports on the expansion module for a total of 40 non-blocking 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections. Eight 10GE uplinks are also available via another module. In addition to providing non-stop operation and easy manageability, Cisco's VSS technology on Catalyst 4500-X switches provides higher system performance of up to 1.6 Tbps by activating all possible capacity between redundant Catalyst 4500-X Series switches. Additional features include Flexible NetFlow solution for capacity planning, Cisco TrustSec security, and fast, hardware-based IPv6 forwarding.

Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches
Catalyst 6500 Series and Cisco Catalyst 6800 switches are enterprise campus backbone platforms that incorporate the proven technology of the Catalyst 6500 line of switches, which were introduced more than a decade ago and which have been continually enhanced since then. Catalyst 6500 Series and Catalyst 6800 switches provide the same features and operation, and the modular Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL switch accepts the Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Supervisor Engine 2T and the associated portfolio of line cards and service modules. This mutual compatibility and commitment to continual improvement preserves your technology investment and permits you to update your network with little downtime or IT team training.

Shared attributes of Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Catalyst 6800 modular switches equipped with the Supervisor Engine 2T include Cisco's Identity Services Engine (ISE) for simple, centralized administration to ensure unvarying policy throughout a distributed environment, VSS capability for maximum availability through multi-level switchover, and Cisco's Campus Locator/ID Separation Protocol to support client roaming and mobility and to streamline virtualization and transition to IPv6. Other virtualization features to partition distinct user groups and support the unique security/compliance and Quality of Service policy needs of every group include L2/L3 VPN, full Multiprotocol Label Switching, EVN, VRF-aware technology for NAT NetFlow, IPv6 over IPv4 GRE Tunnels, and Layer 2 extensions with virtual private LAN services (VPLS). For converged wired and wireless environments, the Wireless Services Module 2 controller Cisco Catalyst 6500 and Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series modular switches supports as many as 1000 wireless APs and 15,000 wireless clients.

Cisco Catalyst 6500-E Series Switches
Catalyst 6500 Series Switches Consulting FirmThe Catalyst 6500-E line of modular switches are designed for aggregation and campus core networks that require world-class uptime and high densities of 10/100/1000 Ethernet, 1 Gigabit Ethernet fiber, and/or 10 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet ports. Models include three to 13 expansion slots and accept a broad selection of interface modules. Integrated service modules support wireless management, network analysis, and security and compliance. Just E-Series models of Cisco's broad line of 6500 switches work with the Supervisor Engine 2T.

The entry-level Catalyst 6503-E has a 4 rack unit (4RU) form factor, holds 3 slots, and delivers 180 Gbps of switching performance per slot. The Catalyst 6503-E can support 97 10/100/1000 Ethernet connections, up to 99 1GE fiber ports, up to 34 10GE ports, and up to 8 40GE ports.

The top-of-the-line Catalyst 6513-E has a 19 rack unit, 13-slot chassis and can deliver up to 180 Gbps of throughput on each slot, providing a total system capacity as high as 4 Tbps. A VSS configured system can deliver 8 Tbps of switching bandwidth. The Cisco Catalyst 6513-E switch supports a maximum of 529 1 Gigabit Ethernet connections, up to 534 1GE fiber ports, 180 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports, and 44 40-Gigabit Ethernet access ports.

Catalyst 6800 Series Switches
Catalyst 6800 Family Switches Consulting FirmCatalyst 6800 Series switches are campus backbone switches intended to deliver best-of-breed 10/40/100 GE services. The Catalyst 6880-X switch is a fixed, small form factor switch for high-density Ethernet intended for small or medium-size enterprise campus backbones. The Catalyst 6880-X switch supports as much as 2 Tbps switching performance and has four slots for port cards. The maximum port density per chassis is 80 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports or 10GE ports or as many as 20 40-Gigabit Ethernet access ports. With VSS, these switches can provide 4 Tbps switching capacity and handle up to 158 10/100/1000 Ethernet connections or 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections or as many as 20 40GE connections.

The modular Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL switch comes in a 10-rack-unit form factor that has 7 expansion slots and supports standard Supervisor Engine 2T line cards and service modules. (Two of the slots are for the Supervisor Engine and the other five are for modules.) The Catalyst 6807-XL switch offers as much as 880 Gbps of switching throughput on each slot and up to 11.4 Tbps of full-duplex switching throughput while providing up to 240 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports or Gigabit Ethernet fiber connections, 80 10GE access ports or 20 40GE connections. an 6807-XL system with Cisco's Virtual Switching System is capable of supporting 22.8 Tbps of switching throughput, 480 1 Gigabit Ethernet access ports or Gigabit Ethernet fiber ports, up to 160 10GE access ports or 40 40-Gigabit Ethernet ports.

How Progent Can Assist Your Business with Cisco Catalyst Series Switches
Progent offers the online or onsite services of CCIE-certified network consultants who have extensive experience delivering Catalyst switch technology support for small and medium sized businesses, branch offices, campuses, data centers, Cloud networks, and service providers. Progent's practice areas include Cisco's Catalyst and Nexus families of smart switches and with Cisco's IOS, IOS-XR and NX-OS operating systems. Services available from Progent's experts for Catalyst switches include proof-of-concept testing, network analysis, topology design, migrations and project management, virtualization, wired/wireless unification, network management, capacity planning, problem mitigation, disaster recovery preparedness, and data security testing and validation.

Progent offers deep knowledge of industry standards and with Cisco-owned protocols and technologies related to switching and routing including BGP, MPLS traffic engineering, Protocol Independent Multicast, VPNs, Spanning-Tree Protocol, VLANs, Cisco FabricPath, VPC, OTV, VRRP, OSPF, VSS, and Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP). Progent's infrastructure experts also offer deep knowledge of key networking technologies including TCP/IP protocols, IPv4, IPv6, Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol, Routing Information Protocol, and Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP). Progent's CISSP-ISSAP certified data security consultants can show you how to develop a comprehensive security strategy and deploy Catalyst switches so that they offer maximum enforcement to your network security posture.

In case you require the highest available density or sub-microsecond latency Cisco switches for an enterprise-class data center, Progent can assist you to analyze, plan, and carry out a migration to Cisco's Nexus switches. For information about Progent's consulting and support capabilities for Nexus Series switches, refer to Nexus Switch consulting and support offered by Progent. Progent can also help you to integrate Catalyst core switches with Meraki distribution switches. (See Cisco Meraki switch integration consultants.)

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