The Catalyst family of modular and fixed switches offers speed and intelligence at the access, distribution, and backbone levels of converged IP voice, HD video, and high bandwidth data networks for organizations that range in size from small businesses and branches to global enterprises and SPs. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants offer online and on-premises expertise with Catalyst family switches to assist your organization to design an efficient network topology that addresses your unique business needs, set up pilot testing systems, install Catalyst switches, establish and validate a sound security strategy, automate network management and performance tracking, deliver troubleshooting and maintenance services, maximize switch performance, and set up Catalyst's high-availability (HA) solutions to achieve near-zero downtime.

Progent can assist you to maintain and repair your legacy Catalyst switches or upgrade with minimal disruption to the latest models of Catalyst switches following industry best practices to make sure that you realize the maximum business value from your investment in your IT infrastructure.

The need for smart, high-speed switching is driven by a combination of relatively recent computing patterns whose overall effect is a virtual avalanche of data:

  • Cloud and Internet of Things (IoT) networking and an associated need for intensive network virtualization
  • The pervasiveness of always-connected mobile devices
  • Bandwidth-intensive HD video apps
  • Social media for business
  • The popularity of Big Data in enterprise data analytics
  • Ever more advanced cyberattacks such as ransomware
Private, public and hybrid clouds are only made practical because of virtualization technology. Virtualized infrastructures slash costs by permitting aggressively high hardware utilization and requiring very little data center space and power use. But this also means that relatively limited resources have to support substantial volumes of traffic. The Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) paradigm has created a steep rise in the amount of mobile clients that have be handled by business networks, and these users run a high percentage of data-intensive, HD video applications. Social media for business is replacing email as the main driver for workforce collaboration and is producing an ever increasing requirement for data. Enterprises who want to stay competitive are resorting to Big Data technology to mine enormous and varied silos of information, which in turn generates Big Traffic. All of these trends are fairly new, and put together they cause a critical need for a new generation of switches that feature much higher performance, intelligence, uptime and manageability than older solutions were designed to deliver.

Cisco's latest portfolio of Catalyst switches are best suited for the distribution and core layers layers of enterprise campus environments where mobile and stationary workers must be accommodated by providing dependable high throughput, strict user access management, tight segmentation, application awareness, and wired/wireless convergence. Catalyst switches address the need for speed and intelligence with features such as high-density 10, 40, and 100 Gigabit Ethernet support, switching capacity more than 25 Tbps per chassis, a comprehensive catalog of tools including EVN to facilitate the creation of virtual networks, Virtual Switching System (VSS) technology for stateful interchassis failover with subsecond backup switch recovery and "five nines" (99.999%) availability, IPv4 and IPv6 support, AVC to maximize network utilization, and advanced QoS tools for critical data prioritization.

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Cisco Can Provide Catalyst Switching Solutions for Organizations of Any Size

Cisco Catalyst switches enable organizations of any size to benefit from incorporating intelligent switching features into their network infrastructure, creating an ecosystem that can handle real-time needs, scale to accommodate expected growth, protect vital information, and differentiate and control processes to enhance network operations.

Catalyst 1000 Series Fixed Ethernet Switches
Cisco Catalyst 1000 Series Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 1000 Layer 2 network access switches are small form factor, fixed switches targeted for small businesses and branch offices with as many as 250 workers and with little if any in-house IT expertise. The Catalyst 1000 Series includes fanless models for silent operation within an office venue. Mounting kits include desktop, wall or shelf mount, standard rack mount, and DIN rail mount. Designed as an easy upgrade for Catalyst 2960-L/2960-Plus Series deployments, Cisco's Catalyst 1000 line includes versions with 8 to 48G Ethernet ports or 24 to 48 Fast Ethernet 10/100M Mbps ports.

Catalyst Series 1000 configuration and administration are simple via a web UI or command-line interface, security is enterprise-class, and PoE+ ports with an automatically distributed budget of 740W allows a broad variety of Internet of Things solutions. As many as eight Catalyst 1000 Gigabit Ethernet Series switches can be controlled together with single IP. Catalyst Series 1000 units are nonblocking line-rate switches, and all are powered by Cisco's familiar IOS Software. QoS features include egress queues for every port as well as priority packet queuing to deliver optimized throughput for time-critical data. Catalyst Series 1000 switches also feature Shaped Round Robin (SRR) scheduling and Weighted Tail Drop (WTD) congestion avoidance.

Catalyst 9000 Fixed and Modular Managed Switches
The Cisco Catalyst 9000 series of switches offers modular and fixed units and supports all deployment scenarios including access, aggregation, and core switching. The Catalyst 9000 series offers switches with the right price/performance to connect people and things in scenarios from small businesses and branch offices to global enterprises. Catalyst 9000 products can be configured to support any mix of local facilities, private and public clouds, and hybrid networks. Modern network management platforms and advanced cybersecurity features lower cost of ownership by streamlining operations and safeguarding critical IT assets. Cisco's 9000X line of managed switches provide converged switching/routing, delivering the first combination of 400G optical transceivers along with full mGig and Power-over-Ethernet ports.

Cisco Catalyst 9000 Series Fixed and Modular Switches Consultants

Cisco Catalyst 9000 Switches Are Designed for a Hybrid Landscape

Catalyst 9200 Series Switches ConsultantsWith double the stacking bandwidth for 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 natural infrastructure upgrade for small branches and midsize campus deployments. The Catalyst 9200 portfolio includes models that offer 24 or 48 ports with full PoE+; 80-160 Gbps stacking performance; and Layer 3 capabilities such as Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) routing, EIGRP, IS-IS, and routed access. Cisco Catalyst 9200 switches run the Cisco IOS XE operating system.

The Catalyst 9200 offers 160-Gbps backplane stacking bandwidth, features field-replaceable redundant power supplies and fans, and accepts swappable network modules with 4x1G, 4x1/10G, 2x25G, or 2x40G uplink. Cisco's Catalyst 9200 Enhanced VN switch supports up to 32 Virtual Networks and offers 160-Gbps backplane stacking throughput. 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 up to 10G.

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

Powered by the Cisco IOS XE operating system, devices in the Catalyst 9300 product line offer automated device provisioning, API-based configuration, high-granularity visibility for close to realtime monitoring, and transparent software updates. Advanced security capabilities include Encrypted Traffic Analytics (ETA) as well as AES-256 MACsec and IPSec encryption, and Trust Anchor Technologies with Secure Boot. Cloud cybersecurity is enhanced because Catalyst 9300 Series switches have the ability to host the Cisco Umbrella agent directly. This makes it possible for organizations to design their DNS policies granularly to prevent BYOD or IoT users from accessing malicious websites.

The value-priced Cisco Catalyst 9300L switch provides up to 320G stacking performance and offers 12 100M/1G/2.5G/5G/10G ports and 36 10M/100M/1G ports. The 9300L utilizes fixed rather than modular uplink hardware for 4 1G, 4 10G, or 2 40G uplink ports. The Cisco Catalyst 9300 appliance offers 480G of stacking throughput and supports 48 100M/1G/2.5G/5Gbps ports, 24 100M/1G/2.5G/5G/10Gbps ports, or 48 1G SFP ports. Modular uplink speeds supported are 1G, 10G, 25G, or 40G. The high-end Cisco Catalyst 9300X appliance delivers up to 1Tbps backplane stacking bandwidth and offers 48 10G ports. The 9300X accepts uplink modules with dual-rate 100G/40G, multirate 25G/10G/1G, or multigigabit. Cisco 90W UPOE+ supports dense IoT environments such as smart buildings. Cisco offers hardware to provide 100G IPsec.

Catalyst 9400 Switches ExpertsCisco's Catalyst 9400 Series devices are modular switches based on the Cisco IOS XE operating system and designed for midsize and large campus access networks. Offering double the performance and over quadruple the chassis bandwidth as the Catalyst 6500 line it is designed to replace, the Catalyst 9400 family ushers switch technology into the modern era of connectivity driven by cybersecurity, mobility, Internet of Things, and cloud.

Catalyst 9400 appliances are available with 4-slot, 7-slot, and 10-slot chassis. Two slots on the chassis are reserved for redundant supervisor cards, making 2, 5, or 8 slots open for line cards. Maximum bandwidth scalability per line-card slot is 480G. Switching performance can reach 1.44 Tbps and forwarding performance on Supervisor Module is as high as 9 Tbps with the 10-slot chassis. All Catalyst 9400 chassis offer 90W UPOE+ on every access port, protected segmentation with Software-Defined Access (SD-Access) and N+N/N+1 power redundancy for high availability. The Catalyst 9400 4-slot switch can support 96 10/100/1000 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 appliances can provide 2 non-blocking 40G QSFP uplinks and up to 8 non-blocking 10G Ethernet SFP+ uplinks.

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Switches ExpertsThe Catalyst 9500 family includes fixed core and edge services switches intended for the large campus. Catalyst 9500 switches are powered by the Cisco IOS XE operating system and the series includes the first network technology to provide switching speeds above 25 Terabits per second.

Cisco's Catalyst 9500 models deliver up to 6.4 Tbps switching performance with forwarding throughput up to 2 Billion Packet per Second. Catalyst 9500 appliances can provide up to 32 nonblocking 100 GB 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 availability.

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

Catalyst 9600 Switches ExpertsCatalyst 9600 Series switches are modular core and distribution switches intended for the enterprise campus. The 6-slot 9600 Series chassis using a Catalyst 9600X Series Supervisor delivers switching performance up to 25.6 Terabits per second and can contain up to 256 nonblocking 10/25/50 G ports, 96 nonblocking 40/100G G ports, or 8 nonblocking 200/400 Gigabit QSFP-Double Density ports. The Catalyst 9600 also provides dual-rate 40G/100G and 10G/25G optics. Two chassis slots are reserved for high-availability supervisors. You can combine a variety of line cards for core and aggregation deployments. The Catalyst 9600 chassis uses a passive backplane, making it possible to change out fan tray, power supplies, and line cards without disrupting operation.

End-of-Life Catalyst Models Supported by Progent's Consultants
Progent's Cisco certified network consultants have extensive experience providing remote and onsite support services for legacy Catalyst Series switches for which Cisco has announced End of Life. These legacy Catalyst switches usually are more expensive to manage and support than current models, provide lower performance and fewer features, and in some cases can expose businesses to regulatory and even liability issues. Progent's consultants can help your business to maintain and troubleshoot these legacy Cisco products and can in addition assist you to plan and carry out non-disruptive migrations to current products within the Catalyst line or to solutions from Cisco's Nexus line of switches which take advantage of Catalyst design experience.

Catalyst Express 500 Series
Cisco Catalyst Express 500 Series Switches ConsultingCisco's Catalyst Express 500 and 520 line of Layer 2 switches are intended for organizations with up to 250 employees and provide the dependability, protection, expandability, and features small and mid-sized businesses need at an economical price. PoE support makes it simple to install network appliances such as wireless access points and IP cameras.

Versions of the Catalyst Express 500 switches support from 8 to 24 10/100/1000BT Ethernet ports as well as optional backup power supplies with automatic switch-over for extra reliability. Integration with Cisco wireless access points allows organizations to build a local wireless network rapidly and effectively. The Cisco Catalyst Express 500 platform provides solid protection against malicious attacks With the Cisco Self-Defending Network strategy and Cisco Clean Access agents. Catalyst 2940 Switch
Cisco Catalyst 2900 Series Switches ConsultantsCatalyst 2900 Series fixed-configuration, managed 10/100 switches provide basic small-group networking for small to medium-sized companies. These wire-speed desktop switches deliver IOS Software features for basic data, video, and voice services at the edge of the network. The Cisco 2940 Series switches are small, stackable switches with 8 Fast Ethernet connections plus a single built-in Fast Ethernet or Gbit uplink. They can be installed outside the wiring cabinet in cramped office spaces like on a worker's desk or in a conference room.

Cisco Catalyst 2960-S Series Switch
The Cisco Catalyst 2960-S Series are fixed switches designed for small businesses and branch offices. Available models incorporate either 24 or 48 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, four 1-Gigabit or two 10GE uplinks, and provide switching capacity of 176 Gbps. Cisco's FlexStack technology permits up to four Catalyst 2960-S chassis to be combined in a FlexStack stack to act like a single switch that provides 40 Gbps of stacking bandwidth and that cuts operational costs with single-switch setup. Cisco's IPv6 FHS capability protects networks against address theft and malicious attacks.

Cisco Catalyst 3560 Family Switches
Cisco Catalyst 3560 Family Switches HelpThe Catalyst 3560 Series is a line of fixed-configuration switches that features IEEE 802.3af and Cisco Power over Ethernet (PoE) capability in 10/100 and 10/100/1000 configurations. The Catalyst 3560 switch is a proven access-layer switch for midsize business LAN connectivity or branch-office environments, offering both 10/100/1000 and PoE options for high efficiency while streamlining the installation of vital technology such a Voice over IP, wireless access, video surveillance, and remote video kiosks. Customers can deploy network-wide smart services including quality of service, rate limiting, access control lists, multicast administration, and high-performance IP routing while maintaining the ease of conventional network switching.

The Cisco Catalyst 3560 switch is equipped with a powerful array of capabilities that allow for network expandability and higher availability through IP routing as well as a complete suite of Spanning Tree Protocol enhancements aimed to increase availability in an access Layer LAN. Improvements to the standard Spanning Tree Protocol, such as PVST+, Uplink Fast, and Port Fast, as well as innovations like Flex Links, improve network efficiency. Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Plus (PVST+) supports Data Link Layer load balancing on redundant connections to efficiently use the additional bandwidth associated with a redundant design.

Efficient protocols such as OPSF, Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol, Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), static routing, and PBR improve system scale; PIM increases utilization of network resources; and Virtual Route Forwarding Lite secures network traffic.

Catalyst 3750 Family Switches
Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series Switches ConsultantsFor midsized organizations and enterprise branches, Cisco's Catalyst 3750 Series simplifies deployment of unified technologies and adapts to evolving competitive needs by offering configuration versatility, ability to manage unified network patterns, and automatic set up of smart system services. Also, Cisco's Catalyst 3750 Series is designed for high-density Gigabit environments and incorporates a wide selection of switches that address the connectivity, distribution, and backbone-interface requirements of small or midsized networks.

Cisco's Catalyst 3750 Series has the IP Base or the IP Services image. The IP Base image capabilities include industry-leading QoS, rate-management, access control lists, and basic static and Routing Information Protocol routing support. The IP Services image provides a broader selection of high-end features, including advanced hardware-based IP unicast and multicast routing.

StackWise technology is a stacking architecture designed for Gigabit interfaces. Cisco StackWise is intended to respond to additions, deletions, and relocations while maintaining consistent operation. Cisco StackWise combines as many as 9 individual switches into one functional unit, using custom stack-interconnect cables and utilities. The individual switches can be any mix of the Catalyst 3750 switches and the 3750-E Series. The stack behaves as an individual switching appliance that is managed by a control switch, chosen from one of the member switches. The master switch automatically creates and keeps current all the switching and optional routing tables. A working stack can accommodate new devices or remove existing devices without service discontinuity.

Catalyst 2960 Swiches and 3560-CX Switches
Catalyst 2900 Series Switches ConsultingCisco's Catalyst 2960-CX is a fixed-configuration managed switch that is low-profile, fanless, low power, and includes a variety of mounting options. The switch 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-port managed switch housed in a compact, noiseless and energy-efficient unit that can be mounted 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 2 multigigabit Ethernet ports. Two or four uplink ports are available, and PoE+ power is also an option.

Cisco Catalyst 2900-L Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 2960-L family consists of entry-level fixed-configuration managed switches designed for small offices, retail areas, and other environments where space is limited. These compact switches have 8 to 48 GE ports and either 2 or 4 SFP uplink ports. Power over Ethernet support saves space and fanless operation for most versions does away with noise. RJ-45 interfaces handle 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T and 1000BASE-T SFP-based ports.

Catalyst 2960-X and Catalyst 2960-XR switches improve on the 2690-S line by delivering switching capacity of 216 Gbps and supporting Cisco's FlexStack-Plus Stacking via a hot-swappable plug-in that allows 8 switches in a FlexStack Plus stack capable of 80 Gbps of stacking performance. Catalyst 2900 family switches also support NetFlow-Lite for conserving forwarding data for analysis. The Catalyst 2960-XR switch features L3 dynamic routing, providing the simplicity of having one switch for Layer 2 and Layer 3 routing.

Cisco Catalyst 3650 and Catalyst 3850 Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 3650 Switch and 3850 Switches Consulting FirmCatalyst 3650 and Catalyst 3850 series switches are fixed, stackable access devices powered by Cisco's IOS XE operating system and incorporating full wireless controller functionality that lets you converge wired and wireless networks on a one platform powered by one OS. Cisco offers versions with either 24 or 48 10/100/1000 Ethernet connections with PoE plus, four 1-Gigabit or four 10-Gigabit uplink connections, and support for up to nine Catalyst switches in a FlexStack stack. All models provide expandable Quality of Service, stateful failover for high availability, software support for IPv4/IPv6 routing, multicast, and advanced security features.

Since wireless traffic is present at the Catalyst 3000 Series switch, administrators can spot and prioritize wireless traffic by means of Cisco's Flexible NetFlow (FNF) solution and advanced QoS capabilities for an improved wireless user environment and quicker problem isolation. Multigigabit Ethernet switching can handle the high-bandwidth defined by the new 802.11ac Wave 2 wireless standard using currently in-place cabling solutions. (To find out about Progent's consulting and support services for Cisco's 802.11ac Aironet Wi-Fi products, and Meraki cloud-managed APs, visit Planning and Deployment Consulting Services for Cisco Wireless Access Points and Controllers.)

The Catalyst 3650 Series switch offers stacking performance of up to 160 Gbps and supports as many as 25 Wi-Fi APs and 1000 Wi-Fi users on each switch or stack. The Catalyst 3850 delivers stacking bandwidth of 480 Gbps and supports as many as 50 Wi-Fi APs and 2000 Wi-Fi users on each stack. Cisco Catalyst 3850 SFP Fiber Switches incorporate 12 or 24 1G fiber data ports at line rate on every port, providing long distance connectivity, advanced protection, and an identical wired and wireless user experience.

Catalyst 4500-E and Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches
Cisco's Catalyst 4500-E and and Catalyst 4500-X Series switches are intended for access and distribution deployments where space for infrastructure equipment is at a premium. Running Cisco's IOS XE operating system, both the 4500-E and Catalyst 4500-X product lines facilitate virtualization thanks to Cisco's Easy Virtual Network and Virtual Switching System technologies. Virtualization allows you to segment a physical network into a number of virtual networks (VNs) whose data and control planes are logically distinct. This makes possible the efficient utilization, protection, resilience, and ease of management needed for Cloud environments or other situations where a common resource pool is used by software and services that need to run in complete isolation from each other. Easy Virtual Network simplifies the task of deploying virtual networks and scales to 32 VNs for each switch. Easy Virtual Network incorporates features of Multi-virtual routing and forwarding and includes additional technologies such as VNET Trunks and an easy technique for duplicating replicating routes connecting virtual networks. Virtual Switching System makes it easy to set up Catalyst 4500-E and 4500-X Series platforms to produce non-stop VNs with optimized traffic load balancing.

Cisco Catalyst 4500-E Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 4500-E Family Switches Consulting and TroubleshootingCisco's Supervisor Engine 8-E for the Catalyst 4500-E modular switch has a built-in wireless network controller that supports Cisco's Unified Access technology for wired/wireless convergence. The Supervisor Engine 8-E is the initial Catalyst supervisor engine to allow wired plus wireless services on a single platform based on Cisco's IOS XE. Features include Cisco's FNF technology for application visibility across wired and wireless networks, TrustSec/SGT2 wired and wireless security, consistent Quality of Service for wired and Wi-Fi clients, and the extension of Nonstop Forwarding with Stateful Switchover to cover Wi-Fi data traffic for enterprise-class availability.

Available in chassis that have from three to 10 plug-in slots, Catalyst 4500-E switches can handle up to 384 1-Gigabit Ethernet access ports, up to 192 1GE fiber fiber connections, 96 10-Gigabit Ethernet fiber ports, and eight 10GE uplink ports. Cisco's Supervisor Engine 8-E provides up to 928 Gbps of wired access per system and 20 Gbps of wireless termination performance. 50 Wi-Fi access points and 2000 wireless clients can be handled on each chassis, and 250 APs and 4000 clients are supported in a multi-switch installation without requiring a standalone wireless controller.

Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches
Catalyst 4500-X Family Switches Consulting FirmCatalyst 4500-X Series switches are fixed 10GE aggregation platforms that can deliver up to 800 Gbps of core switching capacity per chassis. The Catalyst 4500-X switch supports up to 32 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections on the unit's baseboard and eight extra 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports on the expansion module for a total of 40 non-blocking 10GE connections. Eight 10GE uplink ports can be added with a separate module. In addition to providing non-stop performance and simple manageability, Cisco's virtual switching system solution on Catalyst 4500-X switches provides higher system throughput of as much as 1.6 Tbps by activating all possible capacity between VSS-linked Catalyst 4500-X switches. Other features include Cisco's Flexible NetFlow technology for capacity planning, TrustSec protection, and fast, hardware-based IPv6 forwarding.

Catalyst 6500 Series and Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches
Catalyst 6500 and Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series switches are campus core platforms that incorporate the proven DNA of the Cisco Catalyst 6500 family of switches, which first appeared more than a dozen years ago and which have been steadily improved ever since. Catalyst 6500 and Catalyst 6800 Series switches provide identical features and operation, and the modular Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL accepts the Catalyst 6500 Series Supervisor Engine 2T and its family of line cards and service modules. This mutual compatibility and commitment to continual improvement protects your information technology expenditures and enables you to update your network backbone with minimal business disruption or IT staff retraining.

Common features of Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Catalyst 6800 modular switches equipped with Cisco's Supervisor Engine 2T include Cisco's ISE technology for simple, centralized management to put in place consistent policy across a distributed environment, Virtual Switching System capability for maximum uptime through multi-level redundancy, and Cisco's Campus Locator/ID Separation Protocol to support roaming and mobility and to streamline virtualization and migration to IPv6. Additional virtual networking tools to segment specific user groups and support the unique security and QoS policy requirements of every group include L2/L3 VPN, complete MPLS, Easy Virtual Network (EVN), VRF-aware applications for NAT NetFlow, IPv6 over IPv4 GRE Tunnel Protection, and L2 geographic extensions with virtual private LAN services. For converged wired/wireless networking, the Wireless Services Module 2 controller Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Cisco Catalyst 6800 modular switches can manage up to 1000 wireless APs and 15,000 wireless users.

Catalyst 6500-E Switches
Cisco Catalyst 6500 Family Switches Planning and Support ServicesThe Cisco Catalyst 6500-E line of modular switches are designed for distribution and enterprise backbone environments that need world-class uptime and high concentrations of 1 Gigabit Ethernet, 1 Gigabit Ethernet fiber, or 10 and 40 GE ports. Models come with three to 13 expansion slots and work with a broad range of interfaces. Integrated service modules support wireless, traffic monitoring, and security. Just E-Series versions of Cisco's extensive line of 6500 switches are compatible with Cisco's Supervisor Engine 2T.

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

The high-end Catalyst 6513-E switch has a 19RU, 13-slot chassis and can deliver as much as 180 Gbps of capacity on each slot, with a system capacity as high as 4 Tbps. A VSS configured system can support up to 8 Tbps of capacity. The Cisco Catalyst 6513-E Series switch supports up to 529 10/100/1000 Ethernet access ports, up to 534 Gigabit Ethernet fiber ports, up to 180 10-Gigabit Ethernet access ports, and up to 44 40GE ports.

Catalyst 6800 Series Switches
Catalyst 6800 Series Switches Consulting and TroubleshootingCisco's Catalyst 6800 Series switches are programmable core switches designed to deliver best-of-breed 10/40/100 Gigabit Ethernet support. The Cisco Catalyst 6880-X switch is a fixed-configuration, small form factor switch for high-density Ethernet designed for small or midsize enterprise campus cores. The Catalyst 6880-X delivers up to 2 Tbps performance and features four slots for port cards. The top port concentration on one chassis is 80 1 Gigabit Ethernet access ports or 10GE access ports or up to 20 40-Gigabit Ethernet access ports. Configured with Cisco's Virtual Switching System, these switches can deliver 4 Tbps switching capacity and support up to 158 1 Gigabit Ethernet access ports or 10-Gigabit Ethernet access ports or as many as 20 40-Gigabit Ethernet ports.

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

Ways That Progent Can Assist You with Catalyst Switches
Progent can provide the online or on-premises support services of CCIE-certified consultants who have extensive experience providing Catalyst switch technology support for small and midsize businesses, branches, enterprise campuses, data centers, Cloud networks, and service providers. Progent's skills include Cisco's Catalyst and Nexus families of smart switches and Cisco's IOS and NX-OS operating systems. Consulting and support services available from Progent for Catalyst switches include proof-of-concept testing, system analysis and monitoring, network architecture planning, migrations and project management, network virtualization, wired and wireless unification, network management, capacity planning, troubleshooting, disaster recovery preparedness, and data security and compliance testing and verification.

Progent has broad knowledge of open standards as well as with proprietary Cisco technologies associated with switching and routing including BGP, MPLS traffic engineering, PIM, VPNs, Spanning-Tree Protocol, virtual LANs, Cisco FabricPath, VPC, Hot Standby Router Protocol (HSRP), VRRP, OSPF, Virtual Switching System (VSS), and LISP. Progent's network experts also have experience with key technologies such as TCP/IP protocols, IPv4/IPv6, Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP), Routing Information Protocol, and Internet Group Management Protocol. Progent's CISSP-ISSAP certified network security consultants can assist you to develop an enterprise-wide security strategy and deploy Catalyst switches so they provide maximum support for your network security policies.

If you need the highest available density or extremely low latency switches for a world-class data center, Progent can help your organization to evaluate, design, and carry out a transition to Cisco's Nexus family of switches. To learn about Progent's support capabilities for Cisco's Nexus Series switches, see Nexus Switch consulting offered by Progent. Progent can also help you to integrate Catalyst data center switches with Cisco Meraki distribution switches. (See Cisco Meraki switch integration consultants.)

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