Cisco's Catalyst line of modular and fixed-configuration managed switches provides performance and control at the access, aggregation, and core levels of converged IP voice, video, and high bandwidth data networks for businesses that range in size from small businesses and branches to multi-campus enterprises and service providers. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants can provide online and onsite support for Catalyst switches to help your organization to plan an efficient network architecture that meets your unique business requirements, configure proof-of-concept testing systems, install Catalyst switches, establish and verify a sound security strategy, streamline system management and performance tracking, provide troubleshooting and support services, optimize switch performance, and configure Catalyst's fault-tolerant solutions to achieve non-stop operation,
Progent can assist you to maintain and repair your older Catalyst switches or upgrade with minimal disruption to current models of Catalyst switches following industry best practices to ensure that you receive the highest business value from your investment in your IT infrastructure.
The need for smart, high-speed switching is driven by a confluence of fairly recent computing patterns whose net effect is a cyber tsunami of data:
- Cloud networking and a consequent reliance on massive network virtualization
- The proliferation of always-connected mobile devices
- Data guzzling HD video apps
- Social media for business
- The rise of Big Data in enterprise data analytics
Cloud computing is only operationally realistic because of virtualization technology. Virtualized infrastructures radically reduce expenses by permitting very high resource utilization and demanding very little data center space and energy use. However this also requires that relatively limited network resources have to support large amounts of data. The BYOD paradigm has caused a dramatic rise in the amount of mobile clients that have be handled by IT networks, and these users tend to run a great deal of data-intensive, rich media apps. Social business applications are displacing email as the primary enabler of workforce collaboration and is producing an ever increasing demand for bandwidth. Enterprises who are trying to remain competitive are resorting to Big Data techniques to mine enormous and varied silos of information, which in turn produces Big Traffic. These trends are fairly new, and combined they create a serious demand for an advanced class of switches that offer much higher performance, intelligence, availability and manageability than older solutions were built to deliver.
Cisco's current lineup of Catalyst switches are ideal for the distribution/core layers of enterprise campus environments where office workers must be accommodated by providing consistent performance, strict user access management, careful group isolation, application awareness, and wired and wireless convergence. Catalyst series switches are designed to meet the demand for performance and intelligence with features that include high-density 10, 40, and 100 Gigabit Ethernet support, switching capacity as high as 11.4 Tbps per switch and double that for each switching system, an extensive catalog of technologies including EVN to simplify the creation of VLANs, VSS technology for stateful interchassis failover with subsecond backup switch recovery and "five nines" (99.999%) uptime, IPv4 and IPv6 capability, AVC to optimize system resource usage, and sophisticated Quality of Service capabilities for video data control.
Cisco Has Developed Catalyst Switching Solutions for Organizations of All Sizes
Cisco Catalyst switches enable businesses of any size to build smart switching services into their network infrastructure, deploying an environment that can deal with real-time requirements, scale to support expected capacity demands, protect sensitive information, and differentiate and control processes to enhance network operations.
Cisco Catalyst 2960 Swiches and 3560-CX Switches
Cisco's Catalyst 2960-CX is a fixed-port switch that is ultra-compact, fanless, power efficient, and allows a variety of mounting options. The switch has eight 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports and two Gigabit Ethernet uplink ports and has an option for PoE+ power. Cisco's Catalyst 3560-CX is a fixed-configuration managed switch housed in a compact, noiseless and low-power unit that can be placed virtually anywhere convenient. Models are available with 8 or 12 1-GE ports or with six 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports plus two multigigabit Ethernet ports. Up to four uplinks are offered, and Power over Ethernet is also available.
Cisco's Catalyst 2960-L family consists of entry-level fixed-configuration switches intended for small offices, retail areas, and other environments where space is limited. Catalyst 2900-L low-profile appliances include 8 to 48 Gigabit Ethernet ports and either two or four SFP uplink ports. PoE support saves space 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 2960-XR switches improve on the 2690-S line by offering switching performance of up to 216 Gbps and supporting Cisco's FlexStack-Plus stacking technology by means of a live-swappable module that allows 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 Series switch features Layer 3 dynamic routing, offering the convenience of having a single device for L2 and L3 routing.
Cisco Catalyst 3650 and 3850 Switches
Catalyst 3650 and Catalyst 3850 switches are fixed-configuration, stackable access switches based on Cisco's IOS XE OS and featuring full wireless network controller capability that allows you to converge wired and wireless infrastructure on a one platform powered by one operating system. Cisco offers versions with 24 or 48 built-in 1Gb Ethernet connections with PoE plus, four 1GE or four 10GE uplink ports, and capacity for as many as 9 Catalyst switches per stack. All versions provide modular QoS, fast failover for high availability, software support for IPv4 and IPv6 routing, multicast, and advanced security.
Because wireless traffic is visible at the Catalyst 3000 Series switch, network managers can identify and prioritize wireless traffic with Cisco's Flexible NetFlow technology along with sophisticated QoS capabilities for an improved wireless user environment and faster problem mediation. Multigigabit Ethernet switching supports the high-bandwidth called for by the new 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi standard using existing cabling solutions. (For information about Progent's consulting services for Cisco's 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology, and Cisco's Meraki cloud-managed Wi-Fi access points, visit Planning and Deployment Support for Cisco Wireless Products.)
The Cisco Catalyst 3650 switch offers stacking performance of 160 Gbps and can control up to 25 Wi-Fi access points and 1000 wireless clients on each switch or stack. The Catalyst 3850 Series switch delivers stacking performance of up to 480 Gbps and can control as many as 50 Wi-Fi APs and 2000 Wi-Fi users per switch or stack. Cisco Catalyst 3850 SFP Fiber Switches have 12 or 24 1G fiber connections at line rate on every port, providing long distance connectivity, enhanced security, and a consistent wired and wireless user experience.
Catalyst 4500-E and Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches
Cisco's Catalyst 4500-E and and Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Series switches are intended for campus access and distribution deployments where physical space for networking hardware is limited. Powered by Cisco's IOS XE control software, the 4500-E and 4500-X product lines facilitate network virtualization thanks to Cisco's Easy Virtual Network and Virtual Switching System (VSS) solutions. Virtualization allows you to divide a hardware network into a number of virtual networks whose data and control planes are logically distinct. This makes possible the economy, security and compliance, recoverability, and manageability required for Cloud computing or other scenarios where a single infrastructure must be used by applications and services that need to run in complete isolation from each other. Easy Virtual Network simplifies the task of deploying VNs and can be expanded to 32 VNs per switch. Easy Virtual Network utilizes features of Multi-virtual routing and forwarding and adds new features including VNET Trunks and an easy way for duplicating replicating routes between VNs. Virtual Switching System makes it possible to configure Catalyst 4500-E and 4500-X Series switches to create zero-downtime virtual networks with advanced load balancing.
Catalyst 4500E Series Switches
The Supervisor Engine 8-E for the Catalyst 4500-E modular switch has an integrated wireless controller that supports Cisco's Unified Access technology for wired and wireless convergence. this is the first Cisco Catalyst supervisor to permit wired plus wireless services on one platform powered by IOS XE software. Technologies include Cisco's Flexible NetFlow solution for traffic analytics encompassing both wired and Wi-Fi networks, Cisco TrustSec/SGT2 wired and wireless security, predictable QoS for wired and wireless networks, plus the expansion of Nonstop Forwarding with Stateful Switchover (NSF/SSO) to include Wi-Fi data traffic for world-quality high availability.
Available in chassis that have from three to 10 slots, Cisco Catalyst 4500-E Series switches with Supervisor 8-E can support up to 384 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, 193 Gigabit Ethernet fiber fiber ports, 96 10GE fiber connections, and eight 10GE uplink ports. Cisco's Supervisor Engine 8-E provides as much as 928 Gbps of wired throughput for each system and as much as 20 Gbps of wireless termination capacity. 50 Wi-Fi APs and 2000 wireless users can be supported per chassis, and 250 access points and 4000 clients can be managed in a dual-switch installation without requiring a separate wireless controller.
Catalyst 4500-X Switches
Catalyst 4500-X Series switches are fixed 10GE aggregation switches that can provide 800 Gbps of backplane switching capacity per device. The Catalyst 4500-X switch can have as many as 32 10GE connections on the unit's baseboard and eight extra 10GE ports on the optional expansion module for a maximum of up to 40 10GE ports. Eight 10-Gigabit Ethernet uplink ports are available with a separate module. In addition to providing non-stop performance and simple manageability, Cisco's VSS technology on Catalyst 4500-X Series switches offers increased system throughput of as much as 1.6 Tbps by enabling all possible bandwidth between redundant Catalyst 4500-X Series switches. Additional features include FNF technology for capacity planning, TrustSec security, and wire-rate IPv6 forwarding.
Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series switches are campus backbone platforms that share the field-proven technology of the Catalyst 6500 line of products, which were introduced more than a dozen years ago and have been steadily enhanced ever since. Catalyst 6500 Series and Cisco Catalyst 6800 switches provide the same features and operational consistency, and the modular Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL switch accepts the Cisco Catalyst 6500 Supervisor Engine 2T and its family of line cards and modules. This cross compatibility and commitment to ongoing enhancement preserves your IT investment and permits you to upgrade your network with minimal service interruption or IT team retraining.
Shared features of Cisco Catalyst 6500 and Cisco Catalyst 6800 modular switches that have Cisco's Supervisor Engine 2T include the Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) for convenient, centralized administration to put in place consistent policy across a distributed network, VSS Quad Sup SSO (VS4O) technology for maximum availability through multi-level redundancy, and the Cisco Campus Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP) to facilitate client roaming and device mobility and to simplify virtualization and migration to IPv6. Other virtual networking features to segment distinct user groups and support the unique security and QoS policy requirements of every group include Layer 2 and Layer 3 VPN, complete Multiprotocol Label Switching, Easy Virtual Network, VRF-aware technology for Network Address Translation (NAT) NetFlow, GRE for v4/v6, and L2 extensions with virtual private LAN services. For unified wired and wireless networking, the WiSM2 controller Catalyst 6500 and Catalyst 6800 modular switches includes support for as many as 1000 wireless APs and 15,000 wireless clients.
Catalyst 6500-E Switches
The Cisco Catalyst 6500-E Series of modular switches are intended for aggregation and enterprise core networks that require world-class uptime and high concentrations of 1 Gigabit Ethernet, 1 GE fiber, and/or 10 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet ports. Available versions have three to 13 expansion slots and accept a wide range of interface modules. Integrated service modules enable wireless management, network monitoring, and data protection. Just E-Series versions of Cisco's extensive family of Catalyst 6500 switches accept Cisco's Supervisor Engine 2T.
The value-priced Cisco Catalyst 6503-E switch has a 4 rack unit form factor, holds 3 expansion slots, and offers as much as 180 Gbps of switching bandwidth on each slot. The Catalyst 6503-E supports up to 97 10/100/1000 Ethernet access ports, up to 99 Gigabit Ethernet fiber connections, up to 34 10GE ports, and 8 40GE access ports.
The high-end Cisco Catalyst 6513-E switch has a 19RU, 13-slot form factor and can deliver as much as 180 Gbps of throughput on each slot, providing a system capacity of up to 4 Tbps. A Virtual Switching System configured system can deliver up to 8 Tbps of switching bandwidth. The Catalyst 6513-E switch can support up to 529 10/100/1000 Ethernet connections, up to 534 1GE fiber connections, 180 10GE access ports, and 44 40GE connections.
Catalyst 6800 Switches
Catalyst 6800 Series switches are campus backbone platforms designed to provide best-of-breed 10/40/100 GE support. The Catalyst 6880-X switch is a fixed-configuration, small form factor platform for Ethernet aggregation intended for small or midsize enterprise campus backbones. The Catalyst 6880-X supports up to 2 Tbps capacity and has four slots for port cards. The top port concentration per chassis is 80 1 Gigabit Ethernet connections or 10GE ports or as many as 20 40GE access ports. Configured with Cisco's Virtual Switching System, these switches can deliver 4 Tbps performance and handle up to 158 10/100/1000 Ethernet connections or 10GE ports or up to 20 40GE connections.
The modular Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL switch comes in a 10 RU form factor chassis that has 7 slots and supports existing Supervisor Engine 2T line cards and service modules. (Two of the slots are for the Supervisor Engine and five are for expansion modules.) The Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL switch can deliver as much as 880 Gbps of switching performance per slot and a total of 11.4 Tbps of full-duplex switching performance while handling up to 240 1 Gigabit Ethernet access ports or Gigabit Ethernet fiber ports, 80 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections or 20 40GE access ports. 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 1GE fiber ports, 160 10-Gigabit Ethernet access ports or 40 40GE access ports.
End-of-Life Catalyst Switches Supported by Progent
Progent's Cisco certified consultants have broad experience providing online and on-premises support services for early-generation Catalyst Series switches which have reached End of Life. These outdated switches typically cost more to operate and support than contemporary models, provide less performance and fewer features, and in many cases can expose businesses to regulatory compliance and even liability risks. Progent's consultants can assist you to support and troubleshoot these legacy switches and can also help you to plan and implement non-disruptive upgrades to current models from the Catalyst family or to solutions from Cisco's Nexus line of switches which build upon Catalyst technology. Older Catalyst switches supported by Progent include:
Cisco Catalyst Express 500 and 520 Line
The Catalyst Express 500 and 520 line of Layer 2 switches are designed for organizations with up to 250 employees and deliver the dependability, protection, extensibility, and feature set small and mid-sized businesses need at an affordable price. PoE support makes it easy to install network devices such as VoIP phones and IP cameras.
Versions of the Cisco Catalyst Express 500 managed switches support up to 24 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet ports plus the option of redundant power supplies with auto fail-over for extra dependability. Integration with Cisco wireless access points allows organizations to build a local wireless environment rapidly and effectively. The Catalyst Express 500 family provides strong security against viruses With Cisco's Self-Defending Network technology and Cisco Clean Access solutions.
Catalyst 2940 Switch
Cisco Catalyst 2900 fixed-configuration, managed Ethernet switches provide fundamental small-group networking for small to midsize companies. These wire-rate desktop appliances offer IOS Software functions for simple mixed-media traffic support at the edge of the network. The Catalyst 2940 family of fixed-configuration switches are compact, stackable devices with eight Fast Ethernet connections plus one built-in Fast Ethernet or Gbit uplink. They can be deployed away from the wiring closet in cramped locations such as on or under a user'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. Current versions incorporate either 24 or 48 1Gb Ethernet ports, four 1-Gigabit or two 10GE uplink connections, and provide switching capacity as high as 176 Gbps. Cisco's FlexStack feature allows as many as four Catalyst 2960-S chassis to be grouped in a stack to act as a single switch that offers 40 Gbps of stacking bandwidth and that cuts administrative costs because of single-switch configuration. Cisco's IPv6 FHS technology protects against address theft and malicious attacks.
Catalyst 3560 Family Switches
The Catalyst 3560 Series is a selection of fixed-configuration switches that includes IEEE 802.3af and Cisco Power over Ethernet (PoE) functionality in Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet configurations. Cisco's Catalyst 3560 is a proven access-layer switch for small enterprise LAN connectivity or branch-offices, offering both 10/100/1000 and Power over Ethernet (PoE) configurations for high productivity while streamlining the deployment of vital technology such a Voice over IP, wireless access, video surveillance, and building management systems. Customers can deploy network-wide intelligent features such as quality of service, rate limiting, access control lists (ACLs), multicast administration, and broadband IP routing with the ease of traditional LAN switching.
The Cisco Catalyst 3560 Series switch offers a robust set of capabilities that permit network expandability and enhanced resilience via IP routing as well as a full suite of STP enhancements designed to maximize throughput in a Layer 2 network. Improvements 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 uptime. Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Plus supports Layer 2 traffic sharing on backup connections to take advantage of the additional bandwidth inherent in a redundant design.
Efficient protocols such as Open Shortest Path First, Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol, BGP, and Policy Based Routing improve system scale; Protocol Independent Multicast helps improve the efficiency of system resource use; and VRFLite protects data.
Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series Switches
For midsized organizations and enterprise branches, Cisco's Catalyst 3750 Series eases integration of converged technologies and accommodates evolving competitive environments by providing configuration versatility, ability to manage converged network patterns, and management-free set up of smart network functions. In addition, Cisco's Catalyst 3750 Series is designed for high-density Gigabit Ethernet deployments and incorporates a diverse range of switches that address the connectivity, distribution, and backbone-interface demands of small or mid-size systems.
The Cisco Catalyst 3750 switch has either the IP Base or the IP Services image. The IP Base image capabilities include advanced QoS, rate-management, access control lists, and simple static and Routing Information Protocol routing support. The IP Services image offers a broader set of enterprise-grade features, such as sophisticated built-in IP unicast/multicast routing.
StackWise technology is an architecture optimized for Gigabit Ethernet. Cisco StackWise is designed to react to installs, deletions, and relocations while maintaining predictable operation. Cisco StackWise technology unites as many as 9 individual switches into a single logical unit, using custom stack-interconnect cables and stacking software. Any of the switches can be any combination of the Catalyst 3750 switches and the Cisco Catalyst 3750-E Series. The stack behaves as a single switching unit that is directed by a master switch, chosen from one of the stack of switches. The master switch intelligently creates and keeps current all the switching and user-selected routing tables. A deployed stack can accept new devices or remove existing devices without operational interruption.
How Progent Can Assist Your Business with Catalyst Switches
Progent offers the remote or on-premises expertise of CCIE-certified network consultants who have extensive backgrounds delivering Catalyst switch technology solutions for small and midsize organizations, branches, campuses, data centers, Cloud environments, and SPs. Progent's practice areas include Cisco's Catalyst and Nexus lines of smart switches and Cisco's IOS and NX-OS control software. Services offered by Progent's experts for Catalyst switches include proof-of-concept testing and validation, network analysis, topology planning, upgrades and project management, network virtualization, wired/wireless unification, network management, capacity planning, problem mitigation, business continuity planning, and IT security and compliance testing and remediation.
Progent offers broad expertise with industry standards as well as with Cisco-owned protocols associated with switching and routing such as BGP, MPLS traffic engineering, Protocol Independent Multicast, VPNs, Spanning-Tree Protocol, VLANs, Cisco FabricPath, Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), OTV, VRRP, Open Shortest Path First (OSPF), VSS, and Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP). Progent's network experts also have experience with important technologies including TCP/IP, IPv4/IPv6, Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP), Routing Information Protocol (RIP), and Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP). Progent's CISSP-ISSAP certified data security and compliance consultants can show you how to develop an enterprise-wide security and compliance strategy and implement Cisco Catalyst switches so that they offer optimal support for your security posture.
In case you need the highest available density or sub-microsecond latency switches for an enterprise-class data center, Progent can help you to evaluate, design, and manage a migration to Nexus Series switches. To learn about Progent's support services for Nexus switches, refer to Cisco Nexus Switch configuration and support offered by Progent. Progent can also help you to connect Catalyst core switches with Cisco Meraki distribution switches. (See Cisco Meraki switch integration consultants.)
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