Cisco's Catalyst line of modular and fixed-configuration switches offers speed and intelligence at the access, distribution, and backbone areas of converged IP voice, video, and high bandwidth data networks for organizations that range from small businesses and branch offices to multi-campus enterprises and SPs. Progent's Cisco-certified CCIE consultants offer online and on-premises support for Catalyst family switches to assist you to plan an efficient network topology that meets your specific business needs, set up pilot testing, deploy Catalyst switches, implement and validate a sound security and compliance plan, automate network management and performance tracking, deliver repair and maintenance services, maximize switch performance, and configure Catalyst's fault-tolerant solutions to achieve non-stop operation,
Progent can help you to maintain and repair your older Catalyst switches or upgrade smoothly to current models of Catalyst switches adhering to leading practices to ensure that you receive the maximum business value from your investment in your IT infrastructure.
The demand for intelligent, high-speed switching is the result 0f a combination of fairly recent networking patterns whose overall effect is a virtual tsunami of traffic:
- Cloud computing and a consequent reliance on massive network virtualization
- The pervasiveness of BYOD computing
- Data guzzling HD video applications
- Social business technologies
- The popularity of Big Data in data analytics
Cloud computing is only made practical because of virtualization technology. Virtualized data centers slash costs by allowing very high hardware utilization and demanding minimal real estate and energy use. However this also requires that comparatively sparse resources must support large amounts of traffic. The Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) paradigm has created a dramatic increase in the number of mobile users that have be handled by IT networks, and these clients tend to run a great deal of bandwidth-intensive, HD video apps. Social business technologies are displacing traditional email as the primary driver for workforce collaboration and is producing a growing demand for bandwidth. Businesses who are trying to stay competitive are resorting to Big Data technology to mine enormous and disparate silos of information, which as a result produces Big Traffic. All of these trends are relatively new, and put together they create a critical need for a new class of switches that offer much more throughput, intelligence, availability and manageability than previous solutions were designed to deliver.
Cisco's current lineup of Catalyst switches are ideal for the distribution and core layers levels of campus environments where mobile and stationary employees must be supported with unvarying high speed, strict client access management, tight group isolation, application intelligence, and wired/wireless convergence. Catalyst switches are designed to meet the need for speed and intelligence with capabilities such as high-density 10G/40G/100G services, switching capacity of up to 11.4 Tbps for each switch and double that per system, an extensive catalog of tools including Easy Virtual Network to facilitate the creation of VLANs, Virtual Switching System technology for stateful failover with instant backup switch recovery and 99.999% availability, IPv6 support, AVC to maximize system resource usage, and sophisticated Quality of Service (QoS) capabilities for video traffic prioritization.
Cisco Offers Catalyst Switches for Businesses of All Sizes
Catalyst switches enable businesses of all sizes to build intelligent switching features into their network architecture, creating an ecosystem that can handle real-time requirements, scale to accommodate future growth, guard vital information, and separate and control tasks to enhance network operations.
Catalyst 2960 Series Switches and Catalyst 3560-CX Switches
Cisco's Catalyst 2960-CX is a fixed-port switch that is compact, fanless, power efficient, and allows a variety of mounting options. The device incorporates eight 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports and two Gigabit Ethernet uplink ports and optionally provides Power over Ethernet (PoE). Cisco's Catalyst 3560-CX is a fixed-port switch housed in a sleek, quiet and low-power enclosure that can be placed virtually anywhere outside a wiring closet. Models are offered with 8 or 12 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports or with 6 1-GE ports plus two multigigabit ports. Two or four uplink ports are available, and Power over Ethernet (PoE) is also available.
Cisco's Catalyst 2960-L family consists of value-priced fixed-configuration managed switches targeted for small offices, retail venues, and other environments where space is at a premium. These compact appliances have eight to 48 Gigabit Ethernet ports and either two or four Small Form-Factor Pluggable uplink ports. PoE support saves space and fan-free operation for 16- and 24-port versions eliminates noise. RJ-45 interfaces support 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T and 1000BASE-T SFP-based ports.
Cisco Catalyst 2960-X and Catalyst 2960-XR Series switches improve on the 2690-S family by delivering switching capacity of 216 Gbps and providing Cisco's FlexStack-Plus stacking technology by means of a live-swappable plug-in that allows 8 switches in a FlexStack Plus stack with 80 Gbps of stacking throughput. Cisco Catalyst 2900 Series switches also support NetFlow-Lite for flow-based traffic monitoring. The Catalyst 2960-XR switch is capable of L3 dynamic routing, providing the convenience of having a single device for Layer 2 and Layer 3 routing.
Cisco Catalyst 3650 and 3850 Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 3650 and Catalyst 3850 series switches are fixed-configuration, stackable access switches powered by Cisco's IOS XE control software and incorporating comprehensive wireless controller capability that allows you to control wired and wireless infrastructure on a single device managed by a single OS. Cisco has versions with either 24 or 48 built-in 1Gb Ethernet ports with PoE+, four 1-Gigabit or four 10GE uplinks, and capacity for as many as nine Catalyst switches in a FlexStack stack. All versions offer modular QoS, stateful switchover for maximum uptime, software support for IPv4/IPv6 routing, multicast routing, and enhanced security features.
Because wireless data traffic is visible at the Catalyst 3000 Series switch, network managers can identify and prioritize wireless traffic by means of Cisco's Flexible NetFlow technology and sophisticated Quality of Service capabilities for a better user environment and quicker problem mediation. Multigigabit Ethernet switching supports the high-bandwidth called for by the latest 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi standard using existing cabling solutions. (For information about Progent's support for Cisco's 802.11ac Aironet Wi-Fi technology, and Cisco's Meraki cloud-managed Wi-Fi APs, visit Planning and Deployment Support for Cisco Wireless Technology.)
The Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series switch offers stacking throughput as high as 160 Gbps and can control up to 25 wireless APs and 1000 Wi-Fi users on each switch or stack. The Catalyst 3850 Series switch delivers stacking throughput as high as 480 Gbps and can control up to 50 Wi-Fi access points and 2000 Wi-Fi users on each switch. Cisco Catalyst 3850 SFP Fiber Switches incorporate 12 or 24 1G fiber connections at line rate, providing far reaching connections, enhanced protection, and an identical wired/wireless 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 campus and distribution environments where space for networking hardware is at a premium. Powered by Cisco's IOS XE software, both the 4500-E and 4500-X families facilitate virtualization by supporting Cisco's Easy Virtual Network and Virtual Switching System (VSS) solutions. Virtualization allows you to segment a physical network into multiple virtual networks whose data and control planes are logically distinct. This makes possible the economy, security and compliance, recoverability, and simplified management required for Cloud computing or other scenarios where a common infrastructure must be shared by software and services that need to operate in complete isolation from one another. EVN streamlines the process of creating virtual networks and can be expanded to 32 VNs per switch. Easy Virtual Network incorporates the capabilities of Multi-virtual routing and forwarding (VRF) and adds additional technologies such as VNET Tags and an easy way for duplicating replicating routes connecting virtual networks. Virtual Switching System technology makes it easy to configure Catalyst 4500-E and 4500-X Series platforms to create non-stop VNs with optimized traffic load balancing.
Cisco Catalyst 4500E Series Switches
The Supervisor Engine for for the Catalyst 4500-E modular switch includes a built-in wireless controller that supports Cisco's Unified Access technology for wired/wireless convergence. The Supervisor Engine 8-E is the initial Catalyst supervisor to enable wired as well as wireless services on a single platform based on IOS XE software. Features included are Cisco's FNF technology for traffic analytics encompassing wired and Wi-Fi networks, TrustSec/SGT2 wired/wireless data security, consistent Quality of Service for wired and wireless networks, plus the extension of Nonstop Forwarding with Stateful Switchover to include Wi-Fi data traffic for enterprise-class availability.
Available in chassis that have from three to 10 plug-in slots, Catalyst 4500-E Series switches with Supervisor 8-E can handle up to 384 10/100/1000 Ethernet access ports, 193 1GE non-blocking fiber ports, 96 10GE fiber ports, and eight 10GE uplinks. Cisco's Supervisor Engine 8-E delivers up to 928 Gbps of wired access per system and as much as 20 Gbps of wireless termination performance. 50 wireless APs and 2000 wireless users can be handled per chassis, and up to 250 APs and 4000 clients are managed in a two-switch installation without a standalone wireless controller.
Catalyst 4500-X Switches
Cisco's Catalyst 4500-X switches are fixed 10GE aggregation switches that provide 800 Gbps of core switching capacity per chassis. The Catalyst 4500-X supports up to 32 10GE ports on the baseboard and eight extra 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports on the optional expansion module for a maximum of up to 40 10GE ports. Eight 10-Gigabit Ethernet uplinks are also available with a separate module. In addition to providing non-stop performance and simple management, Cisco's virtual switching system solution on Catalyst 4500-X Series switches provides increased system throughput of up to 1.6 Tbps by enabling all available capacity across VSS-linked Catalyst 4500-X switches. Other features include FNF solution for capacity planning, Cisco TrustSec security, and fast, hardware-based IPv6 forwarding.
Catalyst 6500 and Catalyst 6800 Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Catalyst 6800 switches are enterprise campus backbone switches that incorporate the proven technology of the Cisco Catalyst 6500 line of products, which were introduced over a dozen years ago and which have been continually enhanced ever since. Cisco Catalyst 6500 and Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series switches provide identical general features and operational consistency, and the modular Catalyst 6807-XL 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 enhancement preserves your infrastructure expenditures and permits you to upgrade your network with little business disruption or management staff re-education.
Shared features of Catalyst 6500 and Cisco Catalyst 6800 modular switches equipped with the Supervisor Engine 2T include Cisco's ISE technology for convenient, single-point management to ensure consistent policy across a distributed network, Virtual Switching System technology for maximum availability via multi-level redundancy, and the Cisco LISP protocol to support client roaming and mobility and to simplify virtualization and transition to IPv6. Additional virtual networking features to segment distinct user groups and support the special security and QoS policy requirements of every group include L2/L3 VPN, complete Multiprotocol Label Switching, Easy Virtual Network (EVN), VPN Routing and Forwarding-aware technology for NAT NetFlow, GRE for v4/v6, and Layer 2 geographic extensions with VPLS. For converged wired/wireless networking, the Wireless Services Module 2 (WiSM2) for Cisco Catalyst 6500 and Catalyst 6800 modular switches can manage up to 1000 wireless APs and 15,000 wireless clients.
Catalyst 6500-E Series Switches
The Catalyst 6500-E Series of modular switches are intended for distribution and enterprise backbone networks that need maximum availability and high concentrations of 10/100/1000 Ethernet, 1 Gigabit Ethernet fiber, and/or 10 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet access ports. Available versions come with three to 13 expansion slots and work with a wide selection of modules. Integrated service modules enable wireless, network monitoring, and data protection. Only E-Series models of Cisco's broad family 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, holds 3 expansion slots, and offers up to 180 Gbps of switching performance on each slot. The Cisco Catalyst 6503-E switch can support 97 1-Gigabit Ethernet ports, up to 99 Gigabit Ethernet fiber access ports, up to 34 10GE ports, and 8 40GE ports.
The top-of-the-line Catalyst 6513-E switch has a 19RU, 13-slot form factor and can deliver 180 Gbps of capacity per slot, with a system bandwidth as high as 4 Tbps. A Virtual Switching System configured system can deliver 8 Tbps of throughout. The Catalyst 6513-E Series switch can support up to 529 10/100/1000 Ethernet connections, up to 534 1GE fiber ports, up to 180 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports, and 44 40-Gigabit Ethernet connections.
Catalyst 6800 Series Switches
Cisco's Catalyst 6800 switches are campus core switches designed to provide best-of-breed 10/40/100 GE services. The Cisco Catalyst 6880-X switch is a fixed, small form factor switch for high-density Ethernet intended for small or midsize enterprise campus cores. The 6880-X supports as much as 2 Tbps capacity and has four slots for plug-in port cards. The maximum port concentration on one chassis is 80 10/100/1000 Ethernet connections or 10-Gigabit Ethernet access ports or up to 20 40GE access ports. With Cisco's Virtual Switching System, these switches can provide 4 Tbps switching bandwidth and handle up to 158 10/100/1000 Ethernet connections or 10GE connections or up to 20 40-Gigabit Ethernet ports.
The modular Catalyst 6807-XL switch has a 10-rack-unit chassis that has 7 expansion slots and accepts standard Supervisor Engine 2T line cards and service modules. (Two slots are reserved for the Supervisor Engine and five are for modules.) The Catalyst 6807-XL switch can deliver as much as 880 Gbps of switching throughput per slot and up to 11.4 Tbps of full-duplex switching capacity while handling up to 240 10/100/1000 Ethernet access ports or Gigabit Ethernet fiber connections, 80 10GE access ports or up to 20 40GE ports. A two-chassis 6807-XL system configured with VSS can support 22.8 Tbps of switching capacity, 480 10/100/1000 Ethernet access ports or Gigabit Ethernet fiber connections, 160 10GE ports or 40 40GE access ports.
Legacy Catalyst Series Switches Supported by Progent's Consultants
Progent's Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants have broad backgrounds delivering online and onsite support services for legacy Catalyst switches for which Cisco has announced End of Life. These legacy switches often are more expensive to operate and support than contemporary products, deliver less capacity and functionality, and for many cases can expose organizations to compliance and liability risks. Progent are available to help you to support and troubleshoot these legacy Cisco products and can in addition help you to plan and carry out non-disruptive upgrades to current models within the Catalyst family or to devices from the Cisco Nexus line of network switches which build upon Catalyst technology. Older Cisco Catalyst switches supported by Progent include:
Cisco Catalyst Express 500 and 520 Series
The Catalyst Express 500 family of managed Ethernet switches are intended for organizations with as many as 250 workers and deliver the dependability, security, extensibility, and features small and mid-sized businesses need at an economical cost. Power over Ethernet capability makes it simple to install network appliances such as wireless access points and IP TV cameras.
Versions of the Cisco Catalyst Express 500 switches support from 8 to 24 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet ports plus optional backup power with automatic fail-over for extra reliability. Integration with Cisco access points allows businesses to build a local wireless network quickly and easily. The Cisco Catalyst Express 500 and 520 platform provides solid security against viruses thanks to the Cisco Self-Defending Network strategy and Cisco Clean Access solutions.
Catalyst 2940 Switch
Catalyst 2900 Series fixed-configuration, managed 10/100 Ethernet switches provide fundamental small-group connectivity for small to medium-size companies. These wire-rate desktop appliances offer IOS Software features for simple mixed-media traffic services at the network edge. The Cisco Catalyst 2940 Series fixed-configuration switches are small-footprint, entry-level switches with 8 Ethernet connections plus one built-in Fast Ethernet or Gigabit uplink. The enclosures can be installed outside the wiring cabinet in space-constrained locations such as on or under a user's desk or in a classroom.
Catalyst 2960-S Series Switch
The Cisco Catalyst 2960-S Series are fixed switches intended for small companies and branches. Current models feature either 24 or 48 1Gb Ethernet ports, four 1GE or two 10-Gigabit uplink ports, and deliver switching capacity as high as 176 Gbps. Cisco's FlexStack technology allows four 2960-S switches to be grouped in a FlexStack stack to act like one switching unit that provides 40 Gbps of stacking throughput and that cuts management expense because of one-switch configuration. IPv6 First Hop Security (FHS) technology guards against address theft and malicious attacks.
Cisco Catalyst 3560 Series Switches
Cisco’s Catalyst 3560 Series is a line of fixed-configuration switches that includes IEEE 802.3af and Cisco Power over Ethernet capability in 10/100 and 10/100/1000 Ethernet implementations. The Catalyst 3560 Series switch is a proven access-layer switch for midsize business network connectivity or local-offices, combining both Gigabit Ethernet and PoE options for high efficiency while streamlining the deployment of vital technology such a IP telephony, wireless access, video surveillance, and remote video kiosks. IT managers can deploy network-wide intelligent services including QoS, rate limiting, ACLs, multicast administration, and broadband IP routing while maintaining the simplicity of traditional network switching.
The Catalyst 3560 Series switch offers a powerful array of features that allow for network expandability and higher resilience through IP routing as well as a complete suite of Spanning Tree Protocol improvements aimed to increase throughput in a Layer 2 network. Enhancements to the standard STP Protocol, including Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Plus, and Uplink Fast, as well as enhancements such as Flex Links, contribute to network efficiency. Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Plus allows for Data Link Layer load sharing on backup connections to take advantage of the extra capacity associated with a redundant architecture.
Important technologies such as OPSF, EIGRP, Border Gateway Protocol, static routing, and Policy Based Routing improve system scale; Protocol Independent Multicast helps improve the efficiency of system resource use; and Virtual Route Forwarding Lite (VRFLite) protects data.
Catalyst 3750 Series Switches
For mid-size businesses and corporate branch offices, Cisco's Catalyst 3750 Series switch simplifies deployment of converged applications and adapts to evolving competitive needs by offering setup versatility, support for unified network traffic, and automatic configuration of intelligent system services. In addition, the Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series switch is engineered for high-volume 1000 Ethernet environments and incorporates a diverse selection of switches that meet the connectivity, distribution, and backbone-connectivity demands of small or midsized networks.
Cisco's Catalyst 3750 switch has the IP Base or the Services image. The IP Base image capabilities include advanced quality of service, rate-limiting, ACLs, and basic static and RIP routing capability. The IP Services image provides a richer selection of enterprise network functions, such as advanced hardware-based IP unicast/multicast routing.
Cisco StackWise technology is an architecture designed for Gigabit interfaces. Cisco StackWise is designed to react to additions, deletions, and redeployments while maintaining dependable performance. Cisco StackWise unites as many as 9 individual switches into a single logical unit, using special stack-interface cables and stacking software. Each of the switches can be any combination of the Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series switches and the Cisco Catalyst 3750-E switches. The stack behaves as an individual switching unit that is managed by a control switch, selected from among the stack of switches. The master switch intelligently creates and keeps current all the switching and optional routing databases. A deployed stack can accommodate new devices or remove old members with no operational interruption.
Ways That Progent Can Help Your Business with Cisco Catalyst Switches
Progent offers the remote or onsite expertise of Cisco CCIE-certified consultants who have broad backgrounds delivering Catalyst switch support for small and midsize organizations, branch offices, campuses, data centers, Cloud networks, and service providers. Progent's practice areas include Catalyst and Nexus families of managed switches and Cisco's IOS, IOS-XR and NX-OS control software. Support services available from Progent's experts for Cisco Catalyst switches include proof-of-concept testing, network analysis, network architecture design, migrations and project management, network virtualization, wired and wireless unification, management automation, performance optimization, problem mitigation, business continuity preparedness, and network security and compliance assessment and validation.
Progent offers deep knowledge of industry standards as well as with Cisco-owned technologies associated with switching and routing including BGP, MPLS, PIM, VPNs, STP, VLANs, FabricPath, VPC, Hot Standby Router Protocol (HSRP), Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol, OSPF, VSS, and Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP). Progent's network experts also have familiarity with key networking technologies such as TCP/IP protocols, IPv4, IPv6, EIGRP, RIP, and Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP). Progent's CISSP-ISSAP certified network security and compliance consultants can show you how to create an enterprise-wide security and compliance plan and implement Cisco Catalyst switches so they offer maximum support for your security posture.
In case you need ultra high density or sub-microsecond latency switches for an enterprise-class data center, Progent can help your organization to analyze, plan, and implement a migration to Nexus switches. To learn about Progent's consulting and support capabilities for Cisco's Nexus switches, see Nexus Switch configuration and support services. Progent can also assist you to integrate Catalyst data center switches with Meraki aggregation switches. (See Cisco Meraki switch integration consultants.)
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