Cisco's Catalyst family of modular and fixed managed switches offers performance and intelligence at the access, aggregation, and core areas of converged IP voice, video, and high bandwidth data networks for businesses that range from small businesses and branch offices to multi-campus enterprises and SPs. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants offer remote and on-premises expertise with Catalyst family switches to help your organization to plan an efficient infrastructure that meets your specific business requirements, configure pilot testing, install Catalyst switches, establish and validate a sound security strategy, automate network management and performance tracking, provide troubleshooting and support services, maximize switch performance, and configure Catalyst's fault-tolerant solutions to achieve near-zero downtime.

Progent can help you to manage and repair your legacy Catalyst switches or upgrade efficiently to current models of Catalyst switches following leading practices to make sure that you receive the highest return from your investment in your network.

The need for intelligent, high-speed switching is driven by a confluence of fairly new networking patterns whose overall impact is a virtual avalanche of traffic:

  • Cloud and Internet of Things networking and an associated requirement for intensive virtualization
  • The proliferation of personal endpoints
  • Data guzzling rich media apps
  • Social business technologies
  • The popularity of Big Data in enterprise analytics
  • Ever more advanced cyberattacks such as ransomware
Private, public and hybrid clouds are only made practical by utilizing network virtualization. Virtualized infrastructures radically reduce costs by permitting very high resource utilization and demanding minimal real estate and power consumption. But this also requires that relatively limited network resources must support substantial amounts of data. The Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) paradigm has resulted in a steep rise in the amount of mobile users that have be supported by business networks, and these users tend to run a high percentage of data-intensive, HD video applications. Social business applications are replacing traditional email as the primary driver for workforce collaboration and is producing an ever increasing demand for data. Businesses who are trying to remain competitive are resorting to Big Data technology to mine enormous and varied silos of information, which in turn generates Big Traffic. These trends are fairly recent, and combined they create a serious demand for a new class of switches that offer significantly more speed, control, uptime and ease of management than previous platforms were built to provide.

Cisco's latest lineup of Catalyst switches are best suited for the distribution/core levels of enterprise campus environments where office workers must be supported with consistent high throughput, secure access management, careful segmentation, application intelligence, and wired and wireless convergence. Catalyst switches address the need for speed and intelligence with capabilities such as high-density 10, 40, and 100 Gigabit Ethernet support, switching performance more than 25 Tbps for each appliance, a powerful collection of technologies including Easy Virtual Network (EVN) to simplify the creation of VLANs, Virtual Switching System technology for switch failover with subsecond virtual switch recovery and "five nines" (99.999%) availability, IPv4 and IPv6 capability, Application Visibility and Control to optimize system resource usage, and advanced Quality of Service (QoS) capabilities for business-critical traffic control.

Cisco Catalyst Switches Consulting and Troubleshooting

Cisco Has Developed Catalyst Switching Solutions for Organizations of All Sizes

Cisco Catalyst switches enable businesses of any size to benefit from incorporating smart switching and routing services into their network architecture, creating an ecosystem that can deal with real-time needs, expand to support future growth, protect vital information, and differentiate and manage tasks to enhance network operations.

Catalyst 1000 Series Fixed Ethernet Switches
Cisco Catalyst 1000 Family Switches SupportCisco's Catalyst 1000 Series access switches are small form factor, fixed-configuration switches targeted for smaller businesses and branch offices with up to 250 users and with minimal in-house IT support. Cisco's Catalyst 1000 Series includes fanless versions for quiet operation outside a wiring closet in an office venue. Mounting kits include desktop, wall or shelf mount, rack mount, and DIN rail mount. Designed as a simple upgrade for Catalyst 2960-L or 2960-Plus Series deployments, the Catalyst 1000 portfolio includes models with 8 to 48G Ethernet ports or 24 to 48 Fast Ethernet 10/100M Mbps ports.

Catalyst 1000 set up and administration are easy using a web interface or CLI, security is enterprise-class, and PoE+ capability with an automatically distributed budget of 740W allows a wide range of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. Up to eight Catalyst 1000 Gbit Ethernet Series switches can be managed at once with single IP. Catalyst Series 1000 appliances are nonblocking line-rate switches, and all are based on Cisco's familiar IOS operating system software. Quality-of-Service (QoS) capabilities include egress queues on each port plus priority packet queuing to deliver optimized performance for time-critical traffic. Catalyst 1000 switches also feature SRR scheduling and WTD congestion avoidance.

Cisco Catalyst 9000 Fixed and Modular Managed Switches
The Catalyst 9000 series of managed switches includes modular and fixed units and can support all deployment scenarios including access, aggregation, and core switching. The Catalyst 9000 family includes switches with the right value proposition to connect people and things in scenarios ranging from small businesses and branches to global enterprises. Catalyst 9000 Series switches can be configured to support any mix of onsite facilities, private/public clouds, and hybrid networks. Unified network management utilities and cutting-edge security features reduce cost of ownership by cutting operational overhead and protecting critical IT assets. Cisco's 9000X line of managed switches offer converged switching and routing, introducing the first combination of 400G QSFP-DD ports along with full mGig and PoE ports.

Catalyst 9000 Series Fixed and Modular Switches Consultants

Catalyst 9000 Series Switches Are Designed for a Hybrid World

Catalyst 9200 Switches ConsultantsWith double the stacking bandwidth at around half the price of the legacy Cisco Catalyst 2960-X and 2960-XR switches they are designed to replace, Cisco's Catalyst 9200 Series switches are a compelling network improvement for small branches and midsize campus environments. The Catalyst 9200 product line includes models that offer 24 or 48 ports with full PoE+; 80-160 Gbps backplane stacking performance; and Layer 3 capabilities such as OSPF, EIGP distance routing protocol, IS-IS, and routed access. Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series switches run Cisco IOS XE.

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

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Switches ConsultantsCatalyst 9300 Series switches are fixed, stackable units for high-density access switching. Key capabilities available with various models in the Catalyst 9300 product line include 1T backplane stacking capacity, stackable SFP fiber, up to 448 multigigabit Ethernet ports and 288 ports of 90W UPOE+ with an 8-device configuration, end-to-end IPsec with AES-256 Encryption and speeds as high as 100G, redundant fans and power, plus StackPower cables common throughout the entire Catalyst 9300 family.

Based on the Cisco IOS XE operating system, switches in the Catalyst 9300 product line support automated device provisioning, API-based configuration, granular visibility for close to realtime monitoring, and seamless software updates and patching. Security features include Encrypted Traffic Analytics (ETA) as well as AES-256 MACsec and IPSec encryption, plus Trust Anchor Technologies with Image signing. Cloud cybersecurity is enhanced because Catalyst 9300 switches have the ability to host the Cisco Umbrella agent directly. This makes it possible for businesses to customize their DNS policies at a granular user or group level to block BYOD or IoT users from accessing malicious websites.

The entry-level Cisco Catalyst 9300L switch features up to 320G stacking capacity and offers 12 100M/1G/2.5G/5G/10G ports and 36 10M/100M/1G ports. The 9300L utilizes fixed instead of modular uplink hardware for 4 1G, 4 10G, or 2 40G uplink ports. The Cisco Catalyst 9300 appliance offers 480G of stacking performance 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 performance available are 1G, 10G, 25G, or 40G. The top-of-the-line Cisco Catalyst 9300X switch delivers up to 1Tbps stacking capacity and supports 48 10G ports. The 9300X supports modular uplinks with dual-rate 100G/40G, multirate 25G/10G/1G, or mGig. Cisco 90W UPOE+ supports dense IoT environments such as smart buildings. Cisco offers hardware to provide 100G IPsec.

Cisco Catalyst 9400 Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 9400 Series devices are modular switches powered by Cisco IOS XE and intended for medium-size and enterprise campus access networks. Delivering twice the throughput and over quadruple the chassis bandwidth as the legacy Catalyst 6500 it is built to replace, the Catalyst 9400 family ushers switch technology into the current era of connectivity impelled by cybersecurity, mobility, Internet of Things, and cloud.

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

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Switches ExpertsCisco's Catalyst 9500 family consists of fixed core and edge services switches designed for the large campus. Catalyst 9500 models are based on the Cisco IOS XE operating system and the the family incorporates the first infrastructure technology to provide switching rates above 25 Terabits per second.

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

Catalyst 9500X appliances can provide as high as 25.6 Tbps switching capacity with up to 2 Billion Packet per Second forwarding capacity. Catalyst 9500X models support up to 28 nonblocking 40/100 GB QSFP28 optical ports or 8 nonblocking 40/100/200/400 Gigabit QSFP-DD ports. The 9500X line also includes chip-level capability for line-rate 256-bit 802.1AE MACsec and WAN-MACsec1 data encryption.

Cisco Catalyst 9600 Switches ExpertsCisco's Catalyst 9600 Series switches are modular core and distribution switches for the enterprise campus. The 6-slot chassis using a Catalyst 9600X Series Supervisor has switching performance up to 25.6 Tbps and can contain as many as 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 also provides dual-rate 40G/100G and 10G/25G optics. Two chassis slots are dedicated for redundant supervisors. You can mix and match a selection of line cards for core and aggregation deployment scenarios. The chassis has a passive backplane, making it possible to replace fan tray, power supplies, and line cards without disruption.

End-of-Life Catalyst Models Supported by Progent
Progent's Cisco certified network consultants have broad experience delivering remote and onsite consulting and troubleshooting services for legacy Catalyst Series switches which have reached End of Life (EOL). These outdated Catalyst switches typically cost more to operate and maintain than current products, deliver less performance and functionality, and in some situations can subject organizations to regulatory compliance and even liability risks. Progent are available to help your business to manage and repair these older Cisco products and can also assist you to design and carry out non-disruptive upgrades to newer products from the Catalyst line or to solutions from Cisco's Nexus line of switches which take advantage of Catalyst design experience.

Cisco Catalyst Express 500 Line
Cisco Catalyst Express 500 Series Switches ConsultingCisco's Catalyst Express 500 and 520 family of fixed-configuration switches are designed for businesses with as many as 250 workers and deliver the reliability, protection, extensibility, and features small and mid-sized businesses need at an affordable cost. Power over Ethernet capability makes it simple to install network devices such as wireless access points and closed-circuit TV cameras.

Models of the Cisco Catalyst Express 500 switches offer up to 24 10/100/1000BT Ethernet ports as well as optional backup power with auto fail-over for extra reliability. Interoperation with Cisco wireless access points allows businesses to build a wireless LAN environment quickly and effectively. The Cisco Catalyst Express 500 platform provides solid protection against malicious attacks thanks to Cisco's Self-Defending Network technology and Clean Access solutions. Cisco Catalyst 2940 Switch
Catalyst 2900 Series Switches Consulting FirmCisco Catalyst 2900 non-modular, managed 10/100 switches provide fundamental small-group networking for small to medium-size organizations. These wire-rate desktop switches deliver IOS Software features for simple data, video, and voice control at the edge of the network. The Catalyst 2940 family of fixed-configuration switches are small, entry-level devices featuring 8 Ethernet connections and a single built-in Fast Ethernet or Gigabit Ethernet uplink. They can be deployed away from the wiring cabinet in cramped office spaces such as on a worker's desk or in a classroom.

Cisco Catalyst 2960-S Series Switch
The Catalyst 2960-S Series are fixed switches intended for small companies and branch offices. Available models incorporate 24 or 48 1Gb Ethernet ports, four 1GE or two 10-GB Ethernet uplink connections, and deliver switching capacity as high as 176 Gbps. Cisco's FlexStack feature allows up to four Catalyst 2960-S switches to be grouped in a stack to perform as one switching unit that offers 40 Gbps of stacking throughput and that reduces operational expense with single-switch setup. Cisco's IPv6 First Hop Security capability guards networks against address theft and other threats.

Cisco Catalyst 3560 Switches
Catalyst 3560 Series Switches ConsultantsThe Catalyst 3560 Series is a line of fixed-configuration switches that includes IEEE 802.3af and Cisco Power over Ethernet (PoE) capability in 10/100 and 10/100/1000 configurations. The Catalyst 3560 is a proven access-layer switch for midsize business LAN access or satellite-office environments, offering both Gigabit Ethernet and PoE configurations for high productivity while streamlining the deployment of key technology including VoIP, wireless access, video monitoring, and remote video kiosks. Customers can activate comprehensive smart features such as QoS, rate management, access control lists, multicast management, and high-performance IP routing with the simplicity of traditional LAN switching.

The Catalyst 3560 switch has a powerful set of features that allow for network expandability and higher resilience through IP routing as well as a full complement of Spanning Tree Protocol improvements designed to increase throughput in an access Layer network. Improvements to the conventional Spanning Tree Protocol, such as Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Plus (PVST+), and Uplink Fast, combined with innovations like Flex Links Layer 2 interfaces, improve network efficiency. Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Plus allows for Layer 2 load balancing on backup connections to exploit the extra capacity associated with a redundant architecture.

Important technologies such as OPSF, EIGRP, BGP, static routing, and PBR improve network capacity; PIM helps improve resource utilization; and VRFLite secures data.

Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series Switches
Catalyst 3750 Family Switches Professional ServicesFor midsized organizations and corporate branch offices, the Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series switch eases integration of converged applications and accommodates changing competitive environments by providing configuration flexibility, ability to manage unified network patterns, and management-free set up of smart network services. Also, the Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series switch is designed for high-density Gigabit deployments and includes a diverse range of switches that address the access, distribution, and backbone-connectivity requirements of small or mid-size deployments.

The Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series has the IP Base or the IP Services image. The IP Base image capabilities include industry-leading quality of service (QoS), rate-limiting, ACLs, and basic static and Routing Information Protocol (RIP) routing support. The IP Services image provides a richer set of enterprise network functions, such as sophisticated hardware-based IP unicast/multicast routing.

Cisco StackWise technology is a mechanism optimized for 1000 Ethernet. Cisco StackWise is intended to react to additions, deletions, and redeployments while maintaining consistent operation. StackWise unites as many as 9 individual switches into a single logical unit, using custom stack-interconnect cables and stacking utilities. Any of the switches can be any combination of the Catalyst 3750 Series and the 3750-E Series switches. The stack operates as an individual switching appliance that is directed by a control switch, elected from among the member switches. The master switch automatically creates and updates all the switching and optional routing databases. A working stack can accept new devices or delete old switches with no operational discontinuity.

Catalyst 2960 Series Switches and Catalyst 3560-CX Switches
Cisco Catalyst 2900 Series Switches Integration and TroubleshootingCisco's Catalyst 2960-CX is a fixed-configuration switch that is compact, fanless, power efficient, and includes a variety of mounting options. The device has eight 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports and two Gigabit Ethernet uplinks and has an option for PoE+ power. Cisco's Catalyst 3560-CX is a fixed-configuration switch housed in a sleek, noiseless and energy-efficient enclosure that can be mounted virtually anywhere convenient. Models are available with 8 or 12 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports or with six 1-GE ports plus 2 multigigabit Ethernet ports. Two or four uplinks are available, and Power over Ethernet is also available.

Catalyst 2900-L Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 2960-L family includes value-priced fixed-port managed switches targeted for branch offices, retail areas, and other places where space is at a premium. These low-profile switches include eight to 48 GE ports and either 2 or 4 Small Form-Factor Pluggable uplink ports. PoE support reduces clutter and fan-free operation for the 8- models eliminates noise. RJ-45 interfaces handle 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T and 1000BASE-T SFP-based ports.

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X and Catalyst 2960-XR switches enhance the 2690-S line of switches by offering switching performance of 216 Gbps and supporting Cisco's FlexStack-Plus stacking technology by means of a live-swappable module that can combine 8 Catalyst switches in a FlexStack Plus stack with 80 Gbps of stacking performance. Catalyst 2900 Series switches also support NetFlow-Lite for flow-based traffic monitoring. Cisco's Catalyst 2960-XR Series switch features Layer 3 dynamic routing, providing the convenience of having one switch for L2 and L3 routing.

Cisco Catalyst 3650 and Catalyst 3850 Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 3650 Switch and Catalyst 3850 Series Switches ConsultantsCatalyst 3650 and Catalyst 3850 switches are fixed, stackable access devices based on Cisco's IOS XE OS and incorporating comprehensive wireless network controller capability that lets you converge wired and wireless infrastructure on a one platform managed by one operating system. Cisco has models with either 24 or 48 built-in 10/100/1000 Ethernet connections with Power over Ethernet plus (PoE+), four 1-Gigabit or four 10-GB Ethernet uplink ports, and capacity for as many as 9 Catalyst switches in a stack. All versions offer modular Quality of Service, stateful switchover for high uptime, support in software for IPv4 and IPv6 routing, multicast, and advanced security features.

Since wireless data traffic is visible at the Catalyst 3000 family switch, network managers can identify and prioritize wireless data by means of Cisco's FNF solution along with advanced QoS capabilities for an improved wireless user environment and faster problem isolation. Fast Ethernet switching can handle the high-throughput called for by the latest 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi standard on currently in-place cabling solutions. (For information about Progent's consulting services for Cisco's 802.11ac Aironet Wi-Fi technology, and Cisco's Meraki cloud-managed access points, visit Planning and Deployment Consulting Services for Cisco Wireless Products.)

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

Cisco Catalyst 4500-E Series and Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches
Catalyst 4500-E Series and and Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Series switches are designed for campus access and distribution environments where physical space for infrastructure equipment is at a premium. Running Cisco's IOS XE operating system, the 4500-E and Catalyst 4500-X families facilitate virtualization thanks to Cisco's Easy Virtual Network (EVN) and Virtual Switching System technologies. Virtualization makes it possible to segment a physical network into multiple virtual networks whose data and control planes are logically segregated. This provides the economy, security and compliance, recoverability, and ease of management needed for Cloud environments or other situations where a common infrastructure is shared by applications and services that must operate in total privacy from one another. EVN streamlines the task of deploying virtual networks and can be expanded to 32 VNs for each switch. Easy Virtual Network incorporates features of Multi-VRF and includes additional features such as VNET Trunks and an easy way for duplicating replicating routes between VNs. Virtual Switching System makes it possible to set up Catalyst 4500-E and Catalyst 4500-X Series switches to create zero-downtime virtual networks with advanced traffic load balancing.

Cisco Catalyst 4500-E Series Switches
Catalyst 4500-E Series Switches ConsultantsCisco's Supervisor Engine for for the Catalyst 4500-E modular switch includes an integrated wireless network controller that works with Cisco's Unified Access solution for wired and wireless convergence. The Supervisor Engine 8-E is the first Catalyst supervisor to allow wired as well as wireless services on a single switch powered by IOS XE software. Technologies included are Cisco's FNF technology for traffic analytics encompassing wired and Wi-Fi networks, TrustSec wired and wireless data security, identical Quality of Service for wired and wireless networks, plus the expansion of NSF/SSO to cover wireless data traffic for enterprise-class availability.

Offered in chassis with from three to 10 plug-in slots, Catalyst 4500-E Series switches can handle as many as 384 10/100/1000 Ethernet access 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 provides as much as 928 Gbps of wired throughput per system and as much as 20 Gbps of wireless termination performance. 50 wireless APs and 2000 Wi-Fi clients can be handled per chassis, and up to 250 APs and 4000 wireless users can be supported in a two-switch deployment without a standalone wireless network controller.

Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Switches
Catalyst 4500-X Family Switches Consulting and TroubleshootingCisco's Catalyst 4500-X switches are fixed-configuration 10GE aggregation platforms that provide up to 800 Gbps of backplane switching capacity per device. The Catalyst 4500-X supports up to 32 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports on the unit's baseboard and eight additional 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports on the optional expansion module for a total of up to 40 non-blocking 10GE connections. Eight 10GE uplink ports can be added with a separate module. In addition to offering non-stop operation and easy management, Cisco's VSS solution on Catalyst 4500-X switches provides higher system performance of as much as 1.6 Tbps by enabling all possible bandwidth across VSS-linked Catalyst 4500-X Series switches. Additional features include Cisco's FNF technology for capacity planning, TrustSec security, and wire-rate IPv6 forwarding.

Cisco Catalyst 6500 and Catalyst 6800 Series Switches
Catalyst 6500 Series and Catalyst 6800 switches are enterprise campus core platforms that share the field-proven technology of the Catalyst 6500 line of products, which were introduced more than a decade ago and which have been steadily enhanced ever since. Catalyst 6500 and Catalyst 6800 Series switches provide the same features and operational consistency, and the modular Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL accepts the Catalyst 6500 Supervisor Engine 2T and its extensive portfolio of line cards and modules. This mutual compatibility and commitment to continual enhancement preserves your infrastructure expenditures and allows you to update your network with little downtime or management staff re-education.

Common features of Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series modular switches that have Cisco's Supervisor Engine 2T include the Cisco ISE technology for simple, single-point control to ensure consistent policy across a distributed network, VSS technology for 99.999% uptime via multi-level failover, and the Cisco Campus Locator/ID Separation Protocol to facilitate roaming and mobility and to simplify virtualization and migration to IPv6. Additional virtualization features to partition distinct client groups and support the unique security and Quality of Service policy requirements of every group include L2/L3 VPN, full MPLS, EVN, VRF-aware technology for Network Address Translation (NAT) NetFlow, GRE for v4/v6, and Layer 2 extensions with virtual private LAN services (VPLS). For unified wired/wireless environments, the WiSM2 for Catalyst 6500 and Catalyst 6800 modular switches can manage up to 1000 APs and 15,000 wireless clients.

Cisco Catalyst 6500-E Switches
Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switches ConsultantsThe Catalyst 6500-E line of modular switches are designed for distribution and enterprise core networks that need maximum uptime and high densities of 10/100/1000 Ethernet, 1 Gigabit Ethernet fiber, or 10 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet access ports. Available versions include three to 13 slots and accept a wide range of modules. Integrated service modules support wireless management, traffic monitoring, and security and compliance. Just E-Series versions of Cisco's extensive family of Catalyst 6500 switches accept Cisco's Supervisor Engine 2T.

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

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

Catalyst 6800 Series Switches
Catalyst 6800 Family Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 6800 switches are programmable backbone switches designed to deliver best-of-breed 10/40/100 Gigabit Ethernet support. The Cisco Catalyst 6880-X switch is a fixed, small form factor device for Ethernet aggregation designed for small or medium-size campus cores. The 6880-X delivers as much as 2 Tbps switching capacity and has four slots for port cards. The maximum port concentration on one chassis is 80 1 Gigabit Ethernet ports or 10-Gigabit Ethernet access ports or up to 20 40-Gigabit Ethernet connections. With VSS, a two-chassis system can provide 4 Tbps switching performance and handle as many as 158 10/100/1000 Ethernet access ports or 10GE ports or up to 20 40-Gigabit Ethernet connections.

The modular Catalyst 6807-XL switch has a 10-rack-unit chassis that has 7 expansion slots and supports standard Supervisor Engine 2T cards and modules. (Two slots are for the Supervisor Engine and five are for expansion 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 performance while handling up to 240 1 Gigabit Ethernet connections or 1GE fiber ports, 80 10GE access ports or 20 40-Gigabit Ethernet connections. A two-chassis 6807-XL system configured with Cisco's Virtual Switching System is capable of supporting 22.8 Tbps of switching performance, 480 1 Gigabit Ethernet connections or Gigabit Ethernet fiber connections, up to 160 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections or 40 40GE connections.

Ways That Progent Can Help Your Business with Cisco Catalyst Series Switches
Progent can provide the online or on-premises services of Cisco CCIE-certified consultants who have broad experience providing Catalyst switch solutions for small and midsize organizations, branches, enterprise campuses, data centers, Cloud environments, and SPs. Progent's areas of expertise include Cisco's Catalyst and Nexus lines of managed switches and with Cisco's IOS and NX-OS operating systems. Services offered by Progent for Catalyst Series switches include pilot testing, system analysis and monitoring, topology design, upgrades and project management, virtualization, wired and wireless convergence, network management, capacity planning, troubleshooting, business continuity planning, and IT security and compliance testing and validation.

Progent offers broad knowledge of open standards as well as with Cisco-owned protocols associated with switching and routing including Border Gateway Protocol, MPLS, Protocol Independent Multicast, VPNs, STP, virtual LANs, FabricPath, VPC, OTV, VRRP, Open Shortest Path First (OSPF), Virtual Switching System (VSS), and LISP. Progent's infrastructure experts also offer deep knowledge of key networking technologies including TCP/IP, IPv4/IPv6, EIGRP, RIP, and Internet Group Management Protocol. Progent's CISSP-ISSAP certified network security consultants can assist you to develop an enterprise-wide security plan and deploy Cisco Catalyst switches so that they provide maximum support for your network security posture.

In case you need ultra high density or sub-microsecond latency switches for a world-class data center, Progent can help you to evaluate, design, and implement a transition to Cisco's Nexus family of switches. To learn about Progent's support capabilities for Nexus Series switches, see Cisco Nexus Switch configuration and support services. Progent can also assist you to connect Catalyst data center switches with Meraki distribution switches. (See Cisco Meraki switch integration consultants.)

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To get in touch with Progent about consulting assistance for Cisco networking, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.

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