The Catalyst line of modular and fixed managed switches offers speed and control at the access, distribution, and backbone levels of converged IP voice, HD video, and data networks for businesses that range from small businesses and branches to global enterprises and service providers. Progent's Cisco-certified CCIE consultants offer online and on-premises support for Catalyst family switches to assist you to plan a cost-effective network architecture that addresses your specific business needs, set up proof-of-concept testing systems, install Catalyst switches, implement and verify a sensible security strategy, streamline network management and monitoring, deliver troubleshooting and support services, optimize switch performance, and set up Catalyst's high-availability (HA) solutions to achieve non-stop operation.
Progent can assist you to manage and troubleshoot your legacy Catalyst switches or upgrade efficiently to up-to-date models of Catalyst switches following industry best practices to make sure that you realize the most business value from your investment in your IT infrastructure.
The need for intelligent, high-speed switching is driven by a combination of fairly recent networking trends whose overall impact is a cyber tsunami of data traffic:
Private, public and hybrid clouds are only financially feasible because of network virtualization. Virtualized data centers slash costs by permitting very high hardware utilization and requiring very little data center space and energy use. However this also requires that relatively limited network resources have to support substantial amounts of data traffic. The BYOD revolution has resulted in a steep increase in the amount of mobile users that have be supported by IT networks, and these users run a high percentage of data-intensive, rich media apps. Social media for business is replacing email as the main enabler of workforce collaboration and is generating an ever increasing thirst for bandwidth. Enterprises who want to remain competitive are resorting to Big Data techniques to mine vast and varied silos of information, which in turn produces Big Network Traffic. These computing trends are relatively recent, and put together they cause a critical demand for an advanced generation of switches that offer significantly more throughput, control, uptime and ease of management than older solutions were built to deliver.
- Cloud and Internet of Things computing and an associated need for massive network virtualization
- The pervasiveness of always-connected mobile devices
- Data guzzling rich media applications
- Social media for business
- The popularity of Big Data in enterprise analytics
- Ever more sophisticated cyberattacks such as ransomware
Cisco's current lineup of Catalyst switches are designed for the distribution/core layers of enterprise campus environments where office workers must be supported with consistent high speed, secure client access control, careful segmentation, application awareness, and wired/wireless convergence. Catalyst switches are designed to meet the need for performance and control with features that include high-density 10G/40G/100G support, switching performance over 25 Tbps per appliance, an extensive suite of technologies such as EVN to simplify the deployment of virtual networks, VSS technology for switch failover with subsecond virtual switch recovery and "five nines" (99.999%) uptime, IPv6 support, Application Visibility and Control to optimize system resource usage, and sophisticated Quality of Service tools for business-critical traffic control.
Cisco Can Provide Catalyst Switching Solutions for Businesses of All Sizes
Cisco Catalyst switches allow businesses of any size to build intelligent switching features into their network architecture, deploying an environment that can meet real-time needs, expand to accommodate expected capacity demands, protect vital information, and differentiate and control tasks to optimize network operations.
Catalyst 1000 Series Fixed Ethernet Switches
Cisco's Catalyst 1000 access switches are compact, fixed-configuration switches targeted for small businesses and branches with up to 250 users and with little if any in-house IT support. Cisco's Catalyst 1000 line includes fanless models for noiseless operation outside a wiring closet in an office environment. Mounting alternatives include desktop, wall or shelf mount, standard rack mount, and DIN rail mount. Created as a simple replacement for Catalyst 2960-L/2960-Plus deployments, Cisco's Catalyst 1000 Series includes models with 8 to 48 Gigabit Ethernet ports or 24 to 48 Fast Ethernet 10/100M Mbps ports.
Catalyst 1000 set up and administration are simple via a web interface or command-line interface, security is enterprise-grade, and PoE+ capability with a dynamically allocated budget of 740W allows a wide range of Internet of Things (IoT) deployments. As many as eight Catalyst 1000 Gigabit Ethernet Series switches can be controlled together with single IP. All Catalyst 1000 appliances are line-rate devices, and all are powered by Cisco's venerable IOS Software. Quality-of-Service (QoS) features include egress queues on every port as well as priority packet queuing to provide optimized performance for time-critical data. Catalyst 1000 switches also offer Shaped Round Robin service scheduling and Weighted Tail Drop (WTD) congestion avoidance.
Catalyst 9000 Fixed and Modular Managed Switches
The Cisco Catalyst 9000 series of managed switches offers modular and fixed units and can support all deployment scenarios including access, distribution, and core switching. The Catalyst 9000 series includes devices with the appropriate price/performance to connect people and things in venues from small businesses and branches to the largest enterprises. Catalyst 9000 products can be set up to support any mix of onsite deployments, private/public clouds, and hybrid networks. Modern network management platforms and advanced cybersecurity features reduce cost of ownership by cutting operational overhead and safeguarding critical network 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.
Cisco Catalyst 9000 Switches Are Designed for a Hybrid World
With double the backplane stacking bandwidth for about half the cost of the legacy Catalyst 2960-X and 2960-XR switches they are designed to replace, Catalyst 9200 Series switches are a compelling infrastructure upgrade for small branch offices and midsize campus deployments. The Catalyst 9200 product line includes switches that support 24 or 48 ports with full PoE+; 80-160 Gbps stacking performance; and Layer 3 capabilities that include OSPF Interior Gateway Protocol, EIGRP, IS-IS link-state protocol, and routed access. Cisco Catalyst 9200 switches run Cisco IOS XE.
The Catalyst 9200 delivers 160-Gbps stacking performance, supports onsite-replaceable redundant power supplies and fans, and accepts add-in network modules with 4x1G, 4x1/10G, 2x25G, or 2x40G uplink. Cisco's Catalyst 9200 Enhanced VN switch allows as many as 32 Virtual Networks and delivers 160-Gbps stacking capacity. The Catalyst 9200L offers 80-Gbps backplane stacking throughput. The Catalyst 9200L multigigabit and the Catalyst 9200 multigigabit offer wireless performance tuning with 8 or 12 mGig Ethernet ports as fast as 10G.
Cisco's Catalyst 9300 Series switches are fixed, stackable appliances for ultra-high-density enterprise access switching. Advanced capabilities available with various models in the Catalyst 9300 family include 1T stacking throughput, stackable SFP fiber, up to 448 multigigabit 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 up to 100G, redundant fans and power, plus StackPower cables compatible across the entire Catalyst 9300 product line.
Powered by the Cisco IOS XE operating system, devices in the Catalyst 9300 product line support auto provisioning, API-driven configuration, high-granularity visibility for near realtime monitoring, and seamless software patching. Advanced security capabilities include Encrypted Traffic Analytics (ETA) along with AES-256 MACsec and IPSec encryption, and Trust Anchor Technologies with Image signing and Secure Boot. Cloud cybersecurity is strengthened because Catalyst 9300 Series switches are able to host the Cisco Umbrella agent directly. This makes it possible for organizations to customize their DNS filtering policies at user or group level to prevent BYOD or IoT clients from visiting dangerous websites.
The value-priced Cisco Catalyst 9300L switch delivers as much as 320G stacking bandwidth and supports 12 100M/1G/2.5G/5G/10G ports and 36 10M/100M/1G ports. The 9300L uses fixed rather than modular uplink components for 4 1G, 4 10G, or 2 40G ports. The Cisco Catalyst 9300 switch features 480G of backplane stacking bandwidth and supports 48 100M/1G/2.5G/5Gbps 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 provides up to 1Tbps stacking throughput and offers 48 10G ports. The 9300X accepts modular uplinks with dual-rate 100G/40G, multirate 25G/10G/1G, or mGig. Cisco 90W UPOE+ supports IoT-intensive environments such as smart buildings. Cisco offers hardware to support 100G IPsec.
Cisco's Catalyst 9400 Series appliances are modular switches powered by the Cisco IOS XE operating system and intended for midsize and enterprise campus access deployments. Delivering twice the throughput and more than four times the chassis bandwidth as the Catalyst 6500 it is built to replace, the Catalyst 9400 portfolio ushers switch capability into the modern era of connectivity impelled by cybersecurity, mobility, IoT, and cloud.
Catalyst 9400 switches are available with 4-slot, 7-slot, and 10-slot chassis. Two slots on the chassis are reserved for high-availability supervisor cards, leaving 2, 5, or 8 slots available for line cards. Max bandwidth per line-card slot is 480G. Switching capacity can reach 1.44 Terabits per second and forwarding performance on Supervisor Module is as high as 9 Tbps with the 10-slot chassis. All Catalyst 9400 switches can provide 90W UPOE+ on every access port, secure segmentation with Software-Defined Access (SD-Access) and N+N/N+1 power redundancy for high availability. Cisco's Catalyst 9400 4-slot switch supports 96 10/100/1000 ports, 5G/10G mGig 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 switches can provide 2 non-blocking 40 Gigabit Ethernet Quad Small Form-Factor Pluggable uplinks and up to 8 non-blocking 10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ uplinks.
The Catalyst 9500 product line consists of fixed core and edge services switches designed for the enterprise campus. Catalyst 9500 switches are based on the Cisco IOS XE operating system and the the family includes the first infrastructure technology to provide switching speeds higher than 25 Terabits per second.
Cisco's Catalyst 9500 models provide up to 6.4 Tbps switching performance with forwarding throughput up to 2 Bpps. Catalyst 9500 appliances can provide up to 32 nonblocking 100 Gigabit QSFP28 ports, 32 nonblocking 40 Gigabit QSFP+ ports, 48 nonblocking 25G SFP28 ports, or 48 nonblocking 10 Gigabit SFP+ ports. You can configure Multichassis EtherChannel across StackWise-Virtual members to achieve high resiliency.
Catalyst 9500X appliances support up to 25.6 Tbps switching performance with up to 2 Bpps forwarding capacity. Catalyst 9500X devices deliver up to 28 nonblocking 40/100 GB QSFP28 optical ports or 8 nonblocking 40/100/200/400 G QSFP-DD ports. The 9500X line also includes hardware support for line-rate 256-bit 802.1AE Media Access Control Security (MACsec) and WAN-MACsec1 encryption.
Cisco's Catalyst 9600 Series switches are modular core and distribution switches for the enterprise campus. The 6-slot chassis with a Catalyst 9600X Series Supervisor delivers switching performance up to 25.6 Terabits per second and can contain as many as 256 nonblocking 10/25/50 G Ethernet ports, 96 nonblocking 40/100G G ports, or 8 nonblocking 200/400 GE QSFP-Double Density ports. The Catalyst 9600 switch also supports dual-rate 40G/100G and 10G/25G optics. Two chassis slots are reserved for redundant supervisors. You can mix and match a variety of line cards for core and aggregation environments. The Catalyst 9600 chassis is equipped with a passive backplane, making it possible to change out fan tray, power supplies, and line cards without disruption.
Legacy Catalyst Series Switches Supported by Progent
Progent's Cisco certified consultants have broad backgrounds providing remote and onsite support expertise for older Catalyst switches for which Cisco has announced End of Life or End of Support. These legacy Catalyst switches often are more expensive to operate and support than contemporary products, deliver lower capacity and fewer features, and in many cases can expose organizations to regulatory and even liability issues. Progent's consultants can assist your business to support and repair these older switches and can in addition help you to design and implement non-disruptive migrations to newer products within the Catalyst family or to solutions from Cisco's Nexus line of network switches which build upon Catalyst design experience.
Catalyst Express 500 and 520 Family
The Catalyst Express 500 line of managed Ethernet switches are intended for organizations with up to 250 employees and provide the reliability, protection, scalability, and feature set small businesses need at an affordable price. Power over Ethernet capability makes it easy to add network devices such as wireless access points and IP cameras.
Versions of the Catalyst Express 500 and 520 switches support up to 24 10/100/1000BT Ethernet ports plus optional backup power with automatic fail-over for extra reliability. Interoperation with Cisco wireless access points helps organizations to set up a wireless LAN environment rapidly and easily. The Catalyst Express 500 platform provides solid protection against viruses thanks to the Cisco Self-Defending Network technology and Clean Access agents.
Catalyst 2940 Switch
Cisco Catalyst 2900 Series fixed-configuration, managed Ethernet switches provide fundamental workgroup connectivity for small to medium-sized companies. These wire-rate desktop appliances deliver Cisco IOS Software functions for simple data, video, and voice control at the edge of the network. The Cisco Catalyst 2940 Series fixed-configuration switches are small, stackable switches featuring 8 Fast Ethernet ports and a single built-in Fast or Gigabit uplink. The enclosures can be deployed away from the wiring cabinet in space-constrained locations like on a user's desk or in a conference room.
Cisco Catalyst 2960-S Switch
The Cisco Catalyst 2960-S Series are fixed-configuration switches intended for small businesses and branches. Available versions incorporate either 24 or 48 1Gb Ethernet ports, four 1-Gigabit or two 10-Gigabit uplink connections, and provide switching capacity of 176 Gbps. Cisco's FlexStack technology permits four Catalyst 2960-S switches to be grouped in a stack to act as a single switch that provides 40 Gbps of stacking bandwidth and that cuts operational expense with one-switch setup. IPv6 First Hop Security capability protects against IPv6 address theft and malicious threats.
Catalyst 3560 Family Switches
Ciscoâ€™s Catalyst 3560 Series is a selection of non-modular switches that includes IEEE 802.3af and Power over Ethernet (PoE) functionality in 10/100 and 10/100/1000 Ethernet configurations. The Catalyst 3560 switch is a proven Layer 2 switch for small enterprise network connectivity or satellite-offices, combining both Gigabit and Power over Ethernet options for high efficiency while streamlining the deployment of vital applications including Voice over IP, Wi-Fi, video surveillance, and building management systems. IT managers can activate network-wide smart services such as QoS, rate limiting, access control lists (ACLs), multicast administration, and fast IP routing with the ease of conventional LAN switching.
The Catalyst 3560 family switch has a powerful array of capabilities that permit network scalability and enhanced availability via IP routing as well as a full suite of STP improvements designed to increase throughput in an access Layer LAN. Enhancements to the standard STP Protocol, including Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Plus, and Port Fast, as well as enhancements like Flex Links Layer 2 interfaces, improve network efficiency. Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Plus supports Layer 2 load sharing on redundant links to take advantage of the extra bandwidth inherent in a redundant architecture.
Efficient routing protocols including Open Shortest Path First (OPSF), Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol, BGP, static routing, and PBR increase system scale; Protocol Independent Multicast helps improve resource utilization; and Virtual Route Forwarding Lite (VRFLite) protects network traffic.
Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series Switches
For midsized businesses and corporate branches, Cisco's Catalyst 3750 Series switch eases integration of converged applications and adapts to changing competitive environments by offering setup versatility, ability to manage unified network patterns, and automatic set up of intelligent system services. Also, the Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series is designed for high-volume Gigabit Ethernet environments and incorporates a wide range of switches that meet the access, distribution, and backbone-connectivity demands of small or midsized deployments.
Cisco's Catalyst 3750 Series switch includes either the IP Base image or the Services image. The IP Base image functions include advanced quality of service, rate-management, access control lists, and simple static and RIP routing capability. The IP Services image offers a richer selection of high-end features, including sophisticated hardware-based IP unicast/multicast routing.
Cisco StackWise technology is a mechanism optimized for Gigabit interfaces. This technology is intended to respond to additions, deletions, and relocations while providing dependable performance. StackWise technology combines up to nine separate switches into one logical device, using special stack-interconnect cables and stacking utilities. The individual switches can be any mix of the Catalyst 3750 Series switches and the Cisco Catalyst 3750-E Series. The stack operates as an individual switching appliance that is directed by a control switch, chosen from one of the stack of switches. The master switch automatically builds and keeps current all the switching and user-selected routing databases. A working stack can accept new switches or remove existing switches with no operational interruption.
Catalyst 2960 Series Switches and Catalyst 3560-CX Switches
Cisco's Catalyst 2960-CX is a fixed-port managed switch that is low-profile, fanless, power efficient, and allows flexible mounting options. The switch has 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 packaged in a compact, quiet and low-power enclosure that can be mounted virtually anywhere convenient. Versions are available with 8 or 12 1-GE ports or with 6 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports plus 2 multigigabit Ethernet ports. Two or four uplinks are available, and Power over Ethernet is also an option.
Cisco's Catalyst 2960-L family includes entry-level fixed-port managed switches targeted for branch offices, retail venues, and other places where space is limited. These low-profile switches include eight to 48 GE ports and either two or four Small Form-Factor Pluggable uplink ports. PoE support reduces clutter and fan-free design for most versions eliminates noise. RJ-45 connectors handle 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T and 1000BASE-T SFP-ports.
Catalyst 2960-X and Catalyst 2960-XR Series switches improve on the 2690-S family of switches by offering switching throughput of 216 Gbps and supporting Cisco's FlexStack-Plus Stacking by means of a hot-swappable plug-in that allows 8 Catalyst switches in a stack capable of 80 Gbps of stacking throughput. Catalyst 2900 family switches also support NetFlow-Lite for flow-based traffic monitoring. Cisco's Catalyst 2960-XR Series switch features Layer 3 dynamic routing, offering the convenience of using a single device for Layer 2 and Layer 3 routing.
Cisco Catalyst 3650 and Catalyst 3850 Switches
Cisco Catalyst 3650 and Catalyst 3850 series switches are fixed-configuration, stackable network access devices powered by Cisco's IOS XE operating system and featuring full wireless controller functionality that allows you to control wired and wireless networks on a single platform powered by a single OS. Cisco offers models with either 24 or 48 built-in 1Gb Ethernet ports with PoE+, four 1GE or four 10GE uplink ports, and support for up to nine switches in a FlexStack stack. All versions provide expandable QoS, stateful switchover for high uptime, software support for IPv4/IPv6 routing, multicast routing, and enhanced security features.
Since wireless data traffic is present at the Catalyst 3000 Series switch, it is possible to identify and assign priorities to wireless traffic by means of Cisco's FNF solution and advanced QoS capabilities for an improved user environment and faster problem mediation. Multigigabit Ethernet switching supports the high-bandwidth called for by the new 802.11ac Wave 2 wireless specification on currently in-place cabling infrastructure. (For information about Progent's consulting and support services for Cisco's 802.11ac Aironet wireless access points and wireless controllers, and Cisco's Meraki cloud-managed APs, refer to Planning and Deployment Consulting Services for Cisco Wireless Technology.)
The Cisco Catalyst 3650 switch delivers stacking bandwidth as high as 160 Gbps and supports as many as 25 wireless access points and 1000 Wi-Fi users on each stack. The Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series switch offers stacking throughput as high as 480 Gbps and can control as many as 50 Wi-Fi access points and 2000 wireless users on each switch. Catalyst 3850 SFP Fiber Switches incorporate 12 or 24 1G fiber connections at line rate on every port, providing long distance connections, enhanced security, and a consistent wired/wireless user experience.
Cisco Catalyst 4500-E and Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches
Cisco's Catalyst 4500-E Series and and Catalyst 4500-X Series switches are designed for campus and distribution environments where space for infrastructure equipment is limited. Running Cisco's IOS XE OS software, the 4500-E and Catalyst 4500-X families facilitate virtualization thanks to Cisco's EVN and Virtual Switching System solutions. Virtualization makes it possible to divide a hardware network into a number of virtual networks whose data planes and control planes are logically segregated. This makes possible the economy, security and compliance, recoverability, and ease of management required for Cloud computing or other scenarios where a common infrastructure must be shared by software and services that need to run in complete isolation from one another. Easy Virtual Network simplifies the process of deploying virtual networks and can be expanded to 32 VNs for each switch. EVN incorporates features of Multi-virtual routing and forwarding (VRF) and includes new features such as VNET Tags and a simple technique for duplicating replicating routes between VNs. VSS makes it possible to configure Catalyst 4500-E and Catalyst 4500-X Series switches to create zero-downtime VNs with optimized traffic load balancing.
Cisco Catalyst 4500-E Switches
The Supervisor Engine 8-E for the Catalyst 4500-E modular switch has an integrated wireless network controller that works with Cisco's Unified Access solution for wired and wireless convergence. this is the initial Cisco Catalyst supervisor to enable wired plus wireless services on a single platform powered by Cisco's IOS XE. Features include Cisco's Flexible NetFlow technology for traffic analytics encompassing both wired and Wi-Fi networks, TrustSec/SGT2 wired/wireless security, identical QoS for wired and Wi-Fi networks, and the expansion of Nonstop Forwarding with Stateful Switchover to include wireless data traffic for enterprise-quality high availability.
Available in chassis with from three to 10 plug-in slots, Catalyst 4500-E Series switches can support up to 384 10/100/1000 Ethernet access ports, up to 192 Gigabit Ethernet non-blocking fiber connections, 96 10GE fiber ports, and eight 10GE uplinks. Cisco's Supervisor Engine 8-E delivers as much as 928 Gbps of wired capacity per system and 20 Gbps of wireless termination performance. 50 wireless APs and 2000 wireless clients can be handled per switch, and 250 access points and 4000 wireless clients can be managed in a dual-switch installation without requiring a separate wireless controller.
Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches
Catalyst 4500-X Series switches are fixed-configuration 10-Gigabit Ethernet aggregation platforms that provide up to 800 Gbps of backplane switching capacity per device. The Catalyst 4500-X switch can have as many as 32 10GE ports on the unit's baseboard and eight more 10GE ports on the optional expansion module for a maximum of up to 40 non-blocking 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections. Eight 10-Gigabit Ethernet uplinks can be added with a separate module. In addition to providing non-stop performance and simple management, Cisco's virtual switching system technology on Catalyst 4500-X Series switches offers higher system throughput of as much as 1.6 Tbps by enabling all possible capacity across redundant Catalyst 4500-X Series switches. Additional features include Cisco's Flexible NetFlow solution for application visibility, TrustSec protection, and fast, hardware-based IPv6 forwarding.
Cisco Catalyst 6500 and Catalyst 6800 Series Switches
Catalyst 6500 and Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series switches are campus backbone platforms that share the field-proven DNA of the Catalyst 6500 family of switches, which were introduced more than a dozen years ago and have been continually enhanced since then. Catalyst 6500 and Catalyst 6800 switches offer identical general features and operational consistency, and the modular Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL switch supports the Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Supervisor Engine 2T and its extensive family of line cards and service modules. This mutual compatibility and commitment to continual improvement protects your information technology investment and permits you to update your network backbone with minimal business disruption or management team re-education.
Common features of Cisco Catalyst 6500 and Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series modular switches that have Cisco's Supervisor Engine 2T include the Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) for convenient, centralized management to ensure unvarying policy across a distributed environment, Virtual Switching System capability for 99.999% uptime via multi-level redundancy, and Cisco's Campus Locator/ID Separation Protocol to support roaming and device mobility and to simplify network virtualization and transition to IPv6. Additional virtual networking features to partition distinct user groups and support the unique security/compliance and Quality of Service policy requirements of each group include Layer 2 and Layer 3 VPN, complete MPLS, Easy Virtual Network (EVN), VPN Routing and Forwarding-aware technology for NAT NetFlow, IPv6 over IPv4 GRE Tunnel Protection, and L2 extensions with VPLS. For unified wired and wireless networking, the Wireless Services Module 2 for Catalyst 6500 and Cisco Catalyst 6800 modular switches supports up to 1000 APs and 15,000 wireless users.
Cisco Catalyst 6500-E Switches
The Cisco Catalyst 6500-E line of modular switches are designed for aggregation and enterprise core networks that require world-class uptime and high concentrations of 10/100/1000 Ethernet, 1 Gigabit Ethernet fiber, and/or 10 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet ports. Models have three to 13 expansion slots and work with a wide selection of interfaces. Integrated service modules enable wireless management, network monitoring, and security. Just E-Series models of Cisco's extensive line of 6500 switches accept the Supervisor Engine 2T.
The entry-level Cisco Catalyst 6503-E has a 4 rack unit form factor, includes 3 slots, and offers up to 180 Gbps of switching bandwidth per slot. The Cisco Catalyst 6503-E can support up to 97 1-Gigabit Ethernet ports, up to 99 1GE fiber access ports, 34 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports, and 8 40-Gigabit Ethernet ports.
The high-end Cisco Catalyst 6513-E switch has a 19 rack unit, 13-slot chassis and can deliver as much as 180 Gbps of bandwidth per slot, providing a system capacity as high as 4 Tbps. A VSS configured system can handle 8 Tbps of switching bandwidth. The Catalyst 6513-E Series switch supports a maximum of 529 1 Gigabit Ethernet access ports, up to 534 1GE fiber connections, 180 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections, and up to 44 40-Gigabit Ethernet connections.
Catalyst 6800 Series Switches
Catalyst 6800 switches are campus backbone platforms intended to deliver optimal 10/40/100 GE services. The Catalyst 6880-X switch is a fixed, compact device for high-density Ethernet intended for small or midsize campus cores. The Catalyst 6880-X switch delivers as much as 2 Tbps switching capacity and has four slots for plug-in port cards. The maximum port density per chassis is 80 10/100/1000 Ethernet connections or 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections or up to 20 40-Gigabit Ethernet connections. Configured with Cisco's Virtual Switching System, these switches can deliver 4 Tbps throughput and handle as many as 158 10/100/1000 Ethernet access ports or 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports or up to 20 40-Gigabit Ethernet access ports.
The modular Catalyst 6807-XL switch comes in a 10-rack-unit form factor chassis with 7 expansion slots and supports existing Supervisor Engine 2T cards and modules. (Two of the slots are for the Supervisor Engine and the other five are for expansion modules.) The Catalyst 6807-XL switch offers up to 880 Gbps of switching bandwidth on each slot and a total of 11.4 Tbps of full-duplex switching throughput while supporting up to 240 1 Gigabit Ethernet ports or Gigabit Ethernet fiber connections, 80 10GE connections or up to 20 40GE access ports. A two-chassis 6807-XL system configured with Cisco's Virtual Switching System can support 22.8 Tbps of switching capacity, 480 1 Gigabit Ethernet connections or Gigabit Ethernet fiber connections, up to 160 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections or 40 40-Gigabit Ethernet access ports.
How Progent Can Help Your Business with Catalyst Series Switches
Progent can provide the remote or onsite services of CCIE-certified network consultants who have extensive experience delivering Catalyst switch solutions for small and midsize organizations, branch offices, enterprise campuses, data centers, Cloud environments, and SPs. Progent's practice areas include Cisco's Catalyst and Nexus lines of managed switches and Cisco's IOS, IOS-XR and NX-OS operating systems. Services available from Progent for Catalyst Series switches include pilot testing and validation, network analysis, topology design, upgrades and project management, network virtualization, wired and wireless convergence, management automation, performance optimization, troubleshooting, disaster recovery preparedness, and network security testing and remediation.
Progent's Cisco-certified consultants have deep expertise with open standards and with proprietary Cisco protocols related to switching and routing such as Border Gateway Protocol, MPLS, PIM, VPNs, Spanning-Tree Protocol, VLANs, Cisco FabricPath, Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), HSRP, VRRP, Open Shortest Path First (OSPF), VSS, and Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP). Progent's network consultants also offer deep knowledge of important networking technologies including TCP/IP protocols, IPv4, IPv6, Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol, Routing Information Protocol, and IGMP. Progent's CISSP-ISSAP certified information security consultants can assist you to create an enterprise-wide security and compliance strategy and implement Catalyst switches so they provide maximum support for your security policies.
If you require the highest available density or sub-microsecond latency switches for an enterprise-class data center, Progent can assist you to analyze, plan, and implement a migration to Cisco's Nexus family of switches. To learn about Progent's consulting capabilities for Nexus Series switches, refer to 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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