Cisco's Catalyst family of modular and fixed managed switches provides performance and control at the access, aggregation, and core areas of converged voice, HD video, and data networks for organizations that range from small businesses and branches to multi-campus enterprises and service providers. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants offer online and on-premises support for Catalyst family switches to assist your organization to plan a cost-effective network architecture that addresses your specific business needs, set up pilot testing, install Catalyst switches, establish and verify a sensible security and compliance strategy, streamline network management and performance tracking, provide troubleshooting and support services, optimize switch performance, and set up Catalyst's fault-tolerant solutions for near-zero downtime.

Progent can help you to manage and troubleshoot your legacy Catalyst switches or upgrade seamlessly to the latest versions of Catalyst switches adhering to leading practices to make sure that you receive the maximum business value from your investment in your IT infrastructure.

The need for intelligent, fast switching is driven by a confluence of relatively new computing patterns whose net effect is a cyber avalanche of traffic:

  • Cloud and Internet of Things (IoT) computing and a consequent requirement for intensive network virtualization
  • The proliferation of personal endpoints
  • Bandwidth-intensive HD video applications
  • Social media for business
  • The rise of Big Data in data analytics
  • Ever more advanced threats such as ransomware
Cloud computing is only made practical because of virtualization technology. Virtualized infrastructures slash costs by permitting aggressively high hardware utilization and demanding minimal data center space and energy use. However this also requires that relatively limited network resources have to support large volumes of traffic. The Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) revolution has created a steep increase in the amount of mobile clients that must be supported by business networks, and these clients tend to run a high percentage of bandwidth-intensive, rich media applications. Social business technologies are replacing traditional email as the main driver for collaboration and is producing an ever increasing thirst for bandwidth. Businesses who want to stay competitive are adopting Big Data techniques to search through vast and disparate repositories of information, which in turn generates Big Traffic. These computing trends are relatively new, and combined they cause a critical need for an advanced generation of switches that feature much higher speed, intelligence, availability and ease of management than older platforms were designed to deliver.

Cisco's current lineup of Catalyst switches are best suited for the distribution/core levels of campus environments where mobile and stationary employees must be accommodated by providing predictable high throughput, strict user access management, tight segregation, application intelligence, and wired and wireless convergence. Catalyst series switches address the need for performance and control with features that include high-port-count 10G/40G/100G support, switching capacity over 25 Tbps per switch, a powerful collection of tools including EVN to facilitate the deployment of virtual networks, Virtual Switching System technology for stateful failover with subsecond backup switch recovery and 99.999% uptime, IPv6 support, Application Visibility and Control to maximize network utilization, and advanced Quality of Service capabilities for critical traffic control.

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Cisco Can Provide Catalyst Switches for Businesses of All Sizes

Cisco Catalyst switches allow organizations of any size to benefit from incorporating intelligent switching services into their network infrastructure, creating an ecosystem that can deal with current requirements, scale to support expected growth, protect vital data, and separate and manage tasks to optimize network operations.

Catalyst 1000 Series Fixed Ethernet Switches
Catalyst 1000 Series Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 1000 Series access switches are small form factor, fixed-configuration switches intended for smaller businesses and branches with as many as 250 users and with little if any in-house IT support. Cisco's Catalyst 1000 Series includes fanless models for noiseless operation within an office venue. Mounting options include desktop, wall mount, standard rack mount, and DIN. Created as a simple upgrade for Cisco Catalyst 2960-L or 2960-Plus deployments, Cisco's Catalyst 1000 portfolio includes models with 8 to 48 Gigabit Ethernet ports or 24 to 48 Fast Ethernet 10/100M Mbps ports.

Catalyst 1000 configuration and management are easy via a web interface or command-line interface, security is enterprise-grade, and Power over Ethernet ports with a dynamically distributed budget of 740W supports a broad variety of Internet of Things (IoT) implementations. As many as eight Catalyst 1000 Gigabit Ethernet Series switches can be controlled together with single IP. Catalyst Series 1000 models 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 every port plus priority packet queuing to deliver optimized throughput for all classes of data. Catalyst Series 1000 switches also feature Shaped Round Robin scheduling and WTD congestion management.

Catalyst 9000 Series Fixed and Modular Managed Switches
The Cisco Catalyst 9000 series of managed switches includes modular and fixed units and can support all deployment models including access, aggregation, and core switching. The Cisco Catalyst 9000 family offers switches with the appropriate price/performance to connect workers and things in venues from small businesses and branch offices to major enterprises. Catalyst 9000 Series switches can be configured to implement any mix of onsite facilities, private/public clouds, and hybrid networks. Modern management platforms and advanced security solutions lower expenses by saving time and protecting vital network assets. Cisco's 9000X line of switches offer converged switching/routing, introducing the first combination of 400G QSFP-DD ports along with full mGig and Power-over-Ethernet ports.

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Cisco Catalyst 9000 Switches Are Built for a Hybrid World

Catalyst 9200 Switches ExpertsWith double the stacking bandwidth at about half the cost of the end-of-life Catalyst 2960-X and 2960-XR switches they are intended to replace, Catalyst 9200 Series switches are a compelling infrastructure update for small branches and midsize campus deployments. The 9200 portfolio includes models that support 24 or 48 ports with full PoE+; 80-160 Gbps stacking performance; streaming telemetry; and Layer 3 capabilities that include OSPF Interior Gateway Protocol, EIGP distance routing protocol, IS-IS link-state protocol, and RIP. Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series switches run Cisco IOS XE.

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

Catalyst 9300 Switches ExpertsCisco's Catalyst 9300 Series switches are fixed, stackable devices for ultra-high-density enterprise access switching. Advanced features provided with models in the Catalyst 9300 family include 1T stacking throughput, stackable high-speed fiber, up to 448 mGig ports including 288 ports of 90W UPOE+ with an 8-device stack, end-to-end IPsec tunnel with AES-256 Encryption and speeds up to 100G, redundant fans and power supplies, plus StackPower cables compatible throughout the complete Catalyst 9300 product line.

Powered by Cisco IOS XE, devices in the Catalyst 9300 product line support automated device provisioning, API-based configuration, high-granularity visibility for near realtime monitoring, and transparent software patching. Security features include Encrypted Traffic Analytics (ETA) as well as AES-256 MACsec and IPSec encryption, plus Cisco Trust Anchor Technologies with Secure Boot. Cloud cybersecurity is enhanced because Catalyst 9300 switches are able to host Cisco's 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 malicious websites.

The value-priced Cisco Catalyst 9300L switch provides up to 320G backplane stacking performance and supports 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 switch offers 480G of stacking capacity and can provide 48 100M/1G/2.5G/5Gbps Ethernet ports, 24 100M/1G/2.5G/5G/10Gbps 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 performance and supports 48 10G port density. The 9300X supports uplink modules with dual-rate 100G/40G, multirate 25G/10G/1G, or multigigabit. Cisco 90W Universal Power Over Ethernet+ supports dense IoT applications. Hardware is available to support 100G IPsec.

Catalyst 9400 Switches ExpertsCisco's Catalyst 9400 Series devices are modular switches powered by Cisco IOS XE and intended for medium-size and large campus access networks. Offering double the performance and over four times the chassis bandwidth as the legacy Catalyst 6500 it is designed to replace, Cisco's Catalyst 9400 portfolio brings switch capability into the modern age of networking impelled by cybersecurity, mobility, Internet of Things, and cloud.

Catalyst 9400 appliances are offered with 4-slot, 7-slot, and 10-slot chassis. Two slots on the chassis are dedicated to redundant supervisor cards, making 2, 5, or 8 slots open for line cards. Max capacity for each line-card slot is 480G. Switching capacity 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 switches can provide 90W UPOE+ on every port, secure segmentation with SD-Access and N+N/N+1 power redundancy for high availability. The Catalyst 9400 4-slot switch can support 96 10/100/1000 Ethernet 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 40G Quad Small Form-Factor Pluggable uplinks and up to 8 non-blocking 10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ uplinks.

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Switches ExpertsThe Catalyst 9500 family includes fixed core and edge services appliances designed for the enterprise campus. Catalyst 9500 models are based on Cisco IOS XE and the the family incorporates the first infrastructure technology to deliver switching speeds above 25 Terabits per second.

Cisco's Catalyst 9500 models provide as high as 6.4 Tbps switching capacity with forwarding speed up to 2 Bpps. Catalyst 9500 appliances can support as many as 32 nonblocking 100 Gigabit QSFP28 ports, 32 nonblocking 40G QSFP+ ports, 48 nonblocking 25 Gigabit SFP28 ports, or 48 nonblocking 10G ports. You can configure MEC multipathing across Cisco StackWise-Virtual members to achieve high availability.

Catalyst 9500X switches support as high as 25.6 Terabits per second switching performance 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 hardware capability for line-rate 256-bit 802.1AE Media Access Control Security (MACsec) and WAN-MACsec1 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 with a Catalyst 9600X Series Supervisor delivers switching performance up to 25.6 Terabits per second and can support as many as 256 nonblocking 10/25/50 G Ethernet ports, 96 nonblocking 40/100G Gigabit ports, or 8 nonblocking 200/400 GE QSFP-Double Density ports. The Catalyst 9600 switch also provides dual-rate 40G/100G and 10G/25G optics. Two chassis slots are dedicated for redundant supervisors. You can mix and match a variety of line cards for core and aggregation deployments. The chassis has a passive backplane, making it possible to replace fan tray, power supplies, and line cards without disruption.

End-of-Life Catalyst Series Switches Supported by Progent
Progent's Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants have extensive backgrounds delivering remote and onsite consulting and troubleshooting expertise for legacy Catalyst Series switches which have reached End of Life. These legacy Catalyst switches often cost more to operate and support than contemporary products, provide lower performance and fewer features, and in some situations may expose organizations to regulatory and liability risks. Progent can help you to maintain and repair these legacy Cisco products and can also help you to design and carry out seamless migrations to newer models within the Catalyst family or to solutions from the Cisco Nexus portfolio of switches which take advantage of Catalyst technology.

Catalyst Express 500 and 520 Series
Catalyst Express 500 Family Switches ConsultantsThe Catalyst Express 500 family of Layer 2 switches are intended for organizations with as many as 250 employees and provide the reliability, protection, extensibility, and feature set small and mid-sized businesses require at an economical price. Power over Ethernet support makes it simple to install network devices like VoIP phones and IP TV cameras.

Models of the Catalyst Express 500 and 520 switches support from 8 to 24 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet ports as well as the option of backup power with auto switch-over for extra reliability. Interoperation with Cisco wireless access points helps businesses to build a local wireless network rapidly and effectively. The Cisco Catalyst Express 500 family provides solid security against malicious attacks With the Cisco Self-Defending Network strategy and Clean Access agents. Cisco Catalyst 2940 Switch
Cisco Catalyst 2900 Series Switches SupportCatalyst 2900 non-modular, managed 10/100 Ethernet switches provide basic workgroup connectivity for small to medium-size businesses. These wire-speed desktop switches offer Cisco IOS Software features for basic mixed-media traffic support at the edge of the network. The Catalyst 2940 Series managed switches are small-footprint, entry-level devices featuring 8 Fast Ethernet ports and one built-in Fast or Gigabit uplink. The enclosures can be installed outside the wiring closet in cramped locations such as on a user's desk or in a conference room.

Cisco Catalyst 2960-S Switch
The Catalyst 2960-S Series are fixed switches intended for small businesses and branches. Available versions feature 24 or 48 1Gb Ethernet ports, four 1-Gigabit or two 10GE uplink connections, and provide throughput of 176 Gbps. Cisco's FlexStack technology allows as many as four 2960-S switches to be grouped in a stack to perform like a single switch that offers 40 Gbps of stacking performance and that cuts administrative costs with single-switch setup. Cisco's IPv6 First Hop Security capability protects networks against address theft and other attacks.

Catalyst 3560 Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 3560 Series Switches Consulting FirmCisco's Catalyst 3560 Series is a selection of non-modular switches that features IEEE 802.3af and PoE capability in 10/100 and 10/100/1000 implementations. Cisco's Catalyst 3560 is an ideal Layer 2 switch for small enterprise network connectivity or local-office environments, offering both Gigabit Ethernet and Power over Ethernet options for high efficiency while streamlining the deployment of key applications such a Voice over IP, wireless connectivity, video surveillance, and building management systems. IT managers can activate network-wide smart features including quality of service (QoS), rate limiting, access control lists, multicast administration, and fast IP routing with the ease of conventional network switching.

The Catalyst 3560 switch is equipped with a powerful set of capabilities that allow for network expandability and enhanced resilience via IP routing plus a full complement of Spanning Tree Protocol improvements designed to maximize throughput in a Layer 2 network. Enhancements to the standard STP Protocol, such as PVST+, and Port Fast, combined with enhancements such as Flex Links, improve network uptime. PVST+ allows for Data Link Layer load balancing on backup links to efficiently use the extra capacity associated with a redundant architecture.

Efficient protocols including Open Shortest Path First, Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP), Border Gateway Protocol, and static routing improve system capacity; PIM increases resource utilization; and Virtual Route Forwarding Lite secures network traffic.

Catalyst 3750 Series Switches
Cisco 3750 Series Switches HelpFor mid-size businesses and enterprise branch offices, the Cisco Catalyst 3750 switch facilitates deployment of converged technologies and adapts to changing business needs by offering setup versatility, support for converged network traffic, and management-free configuration of intelligent system functions. In addition, the Cisco Catalyst 3750 switch is designed for high-volume 1000 Ethernet environments and incorporates a diverse selection of switches that meet the connectivity, aggregation, and backbone-interface requirements of small or midsized networks.

The Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series has the IP Base or the Services image. The IP Base image capabilities include advanced quality of service (QoS), rate-management, access control lists, and simple static and RIP routing support. The IP Services image provides a broader set of high-end features, including advanced built-in IP unicast and multicast routing.

StackWise technology is a stacking architecture designed for Gigabit Ethernet. StackWise is designed to respond to installs, deletions, and relocations while maintaining dependable performance. StackWise unites up to nine separate switches into a single functional unit, utilizing custom stack-interconnect cables and stacking software. The individual switches can be any mix of the Cisco Catalyst 3750 switches and Cisco's Catalyst 3750-E switches. The stack behaves as a single switching unit that is managed by a control switch, selected from one of the member switches. The master switch intelligently builds and updates all the switching and user-selected routing tables. A deployed stack can accept new switches or remove old switches without operational interruption.

Cisco Catalyst 2960 Swiches and 3560-CX Switches
Cisco Catalyst 2900 Series Switches ConsultingCisco's Catalyst 2960-CX is a fixed-port switch that is low-profile, fanless, power efficient, and includes flexible mounting alternatives. The device has eight 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports and two 1-GE uplink ports and optionally provides PoE+ power. Cisco's Catalyst 3560-CX appliance is a fixed-configuration switch packaged in a compact, quiet and low-power enclosure that can be mounted virtually anywhere outside a wiring closet. Models are offered with eight or 12 1-GE ports or with six 1-GE ports and two multigigabit Ethernet ports. Two or four uplink ports are available, and Power over Ethernet is also available.

Cisco Catalyst 2900-L Switches Integration and TroubleshootingCisco's Catalyst 2960-L family consists of entry-level fixed-configuration managed switches designed for branch offices, retail areas, and other environments where space is at a premium. Catalyst 2900-L low-profile appliances include 8 to 48 GE ports and two or four Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP) uplink ports. Power over Ethernet support saves space and fan-free operation 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 enhance the 2690-S family by offering switching capacity of 216 Gbps and supporting Cisco's FlexStack-Plus Stacking via a hot-swappable module that allows 8 switches in a FlexStack Plus stack with 80 Gbps of stacking performance. Catalyst 2900 Series switches also work with NetFlow-Lite for flow-based traffic monitoring. The Catalyst 2960-XR switch is capable of L3 dynamic routing, providing the convenience of having one device for L2 and L3 routing.

Catalyst 3650 and Catalyst 3850 Switches
Catalyst 3650 Switch and Catalyst 3850 Switches ConsultantsCisco Catalyst 3650 and Catalyst 3850 series switches are fixed-configuration, stackable network access switches powered by Cisco's IOS XE operating system and featuring comprehensive wireless controller functionality that allows you to converge wired and wireless networks on a one platform powered by one operating system. Cisco has versions with 24 or 48 1Gb Ethernet connections with Power over Ethernet plus, four 1-Gigabit or four 10-GB Ethernet uplinks, and support for as many as 9 Catalyst switches in a FlexStack stack. All versions provide modular Quality of Service, stateful failover for maximum availability, software support for IPv4 and IPv6 routing, multicast routing, and advanced security.

Since wireless data traffic is visible at the Catalyst 3000 Series switch, administrators can identify and prioritize wireless data using Cisco's FNF solution and sophisticated QoS capabilities for a better user experience and faster problem isolation. Multigigabit Ethernet switching supports the high-bandwidth called for by the latest 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi standard on existing cabling solutions. (To find out about Progent's consulting and support services for Cisco's 802.11ac Aironet Wi-Fi products, and Cisco's Meraki cloud-managed APs, refer to Configuration and Troubleshooting Consulting Services for Cisco Wireless Products.)

The Catalyst 3650 offers stacking bandwidth of 160 Gbps and can control up to 25 Wi-Fi APs and 1000 Wi-Fi clients on each switch or stack. The Catalyst 3850 switch delivers stacking performance of up to 480 Gbps and supports as many as 50 Wi-Fi access points and 2000 wireless clients per switch or stack. Cisco Catalyst 3850 SFP Fiber Switches have 12 or 24 1G fiber ports at line rate, providing long distance connections, enhanced protection, and a consistent wired and wireless experience.

Cisco Catalyst 4500-E Series and Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches
Cisco's Catalyst 4500-E Series and and Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Series switches are intended for access and distribution environments where space for infrastructure equipment is at a premium. Powered by Cisco's IOS XE operating system, the 4500-E and Catalyst 4500-X families simplify virtualization by supporting Cisco's Easy Virtual Network and Virtual Switching System (VSS) technologies. Network virtualization allows you to divide a hardware network into multiple virtual networks (VNs) whose data and control planes are logically segregated. This makes possible the high resource utilization, protection, recoverability, and simplified management required for Cloud computing or other situations where a common resource pool must be shared by applications and services that need to operate in complete privacy from one another. Easy Virtual Network streamlines the process of creating virtual networks and scales to 32 VNs for each switch. Easy Virtual Network incorporates the capabilities of Multi-VRF and provides new technologies including VNET Tags and an easy technique for duplicating replicating routes connecting virtual networks. VSS technology makes it possible to configure Catalyst 4500-E and Catalyst 4500-X Series platforms to create non-stop virtual networks with optimized traffic load balancing.

Catalyst 4500-E Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 4500-E Series Switches Planning and Support ServicesCisco's Supervisor Engine for for the Catalyst 4500-E modular switch has a built-in wireless controller that works with Cisco's Unified Access technology for wired/wireless convergence. The Supervisor Engine 8-E is the first Cisco Catalyst supervisor to permit wired as well as wireless services on one switch based on IOS XE. Features included are Cisco's Flexible NetFlow solution for traffic analytics encompassing both wired and wireless networks, Cisco TrustSec/SGT2 wired/wireless data security, consistent Quality of Service for wired and Wi-Fi networks, plus the expansion of NSF/SSO to include wireless traffic for world-quality high availability.

Offered in chassis with from three to 10 slots, Cisco Catalyst 4500-E Series switches with Supervisor 8-E can handle as many as 384 1-Gigabit Ethernet ports, 193 1GE fiber fiber connections, 96 10GE fiber connections, and eight 10-Gigabit Ethernet uplink ports. Cisco's Supervisor Engine 8-E delivers as much as 928 Gbps of wired capacity per system and as much as 20 Gbps of wireless termination performance. 50 wireless access points and 2000 Wi-Fi clients can be supported on each switch, and up to 250 wireless access points and 4000 clients can be supported in a multi-switch deployment without a standalone wireless network controller.

Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Switches
Catalyst 4500-X Family Switches Consulting and TroubleshootingCatalyst 4500-X Series switches are fixed-configuration 10GE aggregation platforms that can deliver as much as 800 Gbps of backplane switching performance per chassis. The Catalyst 4500-X switch supports as many as 32 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections on the unit's baseboard and eight additional 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports on the expansion module for a total of 40 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports. Eight 10-Gigabit Ethernet uplinks are also available via a separate module. In addition to offering zero-downtime operation and simple management, Cisco's VSS technology on Catalyst 4500-X Series switches offers increased system performance of up to 1.6 Tbps by activating all available bandwidth between VSS-linked Catalyst 4500-X Series switches. Other advanced features include Flexible NetFlow solution for traffic analysis, Cisco TrustSec security, and wire-rate IPv6 forwarding.

Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches
Catalyst 6500 and Catalyst 6800 Series switches are campus core platforms that share the field-proven DNA of the Cisco Catalyst 6500 family of switches, which first appeared over a decade ago and which have been continually improved since then. Catalyst 6500 Series and Cisco Catalyst 6800 switches provide identical features and operational consistency, and the modular Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL switch accepts the Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Supervisor Engine 2T and the associated family of compatible line cards and modules. This mutual compatibility and program of continual improvement preserves your technology expenditures and permits you to upgrade your network with minimal downtime or management team training.

Common attributes of Cisco Catalyst 6500 and Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series modular switches equipped with the Supervisor Engine 2T include the Cisco ISE technology for simple, centralized management to ensure consistent policy across a distributed network, VSS Quad Sup SSO (VS4O) technology for 99.999% uptime through multi-level redundancy, and the Cisco Campus Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP) to facilitate client roaming and device mobility and to streamline virtualization and transition to IPv6. Additional virtualization tools to segment specific client groups and serve the special security/compliance and Quality of Service policy needs of every group include L2/L3 VPN, complete MPLS, Easy Virtual Network, VRF-aware technology for NAT NetFlow, GRE for v4/v6, and Layer 2 geographic extensions with virtual private LAN services. For unified wired and wireless networking, the Wireless Services Module 2 controller Catalyst 6500 and Catalyst 6800 modular switches supports as many as 1000 wireless access points and 15,000 wireless users.

Cisco Catalyst 6500-E Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switches Consulting FirmThe Cisco Catalyst 6500-E family of modular switches are intended for aggregation and enterprise backbone networks that require world-class uptime and high concentrations of 1 Gigabit Ethernet, 1 Gigabit Ethernet fiber, or 10 and 40 GE ports. Available versions have three to 13 expansion slots and work with a broad range of modules. Integrated service modules support wireless management, network monitoring, and security. Only E-Series models of Cisco's extensive line of 6500 switches accept Cisco's Supervisor Engine 2T.

The Cisco Catalyst 6503-E switch has a 4 rack unit chassis, includes 3 expansion slots, and offers 180 Gbps of switching bandwidth on each slot. The Cisco Catalyst 6503-E switch can support up to 97 1-Gigabit Ethernet ports, up to 99 1GE fiber access ports, up to 34 10GE ports, and up to 8 40-Gigabit Ethernet access ports.

The high-end Cisco Catalyst 6513-E switch has a 19 rack unit, 13-slot form factor and can deliver up to 180 Gbps of throughput on each slot, providing a system bandwidth of up to 4 Tbps. A VSS configuration can deliver up to 8 Tbps of bandwidth. The Cisco Catalyst 6513-E Series switch offers a maximum of 529 1 Gigabit Ethernet ports, up to 534 1GE fiber ports, 180 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections, and up to 44 40GE connections.

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Switches
Cisco Catalyst 6800 Family Switches Planning and Support ServicesCatalyst 6800 switches are programmable core platforms designed to deliver best-of-breed 10/40/100 Gigabit Ethernet services. The Cisco Catalyst 6880-X switch is a fixed, compact switch for high-density Ethernet designed for small or medium-size enterprise campus cores. The 6880-X delivers as much as 2 Tbps switching throughput and has four slots for port cards. The top port concentration on one chassis is 80 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports or 10-Gigabit Ethernet access ports or up to 20 40-Gigabit Ethernet access ports. With VSS, a two-chassis system can provide 4 Tbps switching throughput and support as many as 158 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports or 10GE connections or as many as 20 40-Gigabit Ethernet access ports.

The modular Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL switch comes in a 10 RU chassis that has 7 expansion slots and supports standard Supervisor Engine 2T line cards and modules. (Two of the 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 bandwidth per slot and 11.4 Tbps of switching performance while handling up to 240 10/100/1000 Ethernet connections or Gigabit Ethernet fiber ports, 80 10-Gigabit Ethernet access ports or up to 20 40GE access ports. an 6807-XL system configured with VSS is capable of supporting 22.8 Tbps of switching performance, 480 1 Gigabit Ethernet ports or Gigabit Ethernet fiber ports, 160 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports or 40 40GE connections.

Ways That Progent Can Assist You with Cisco Catalyst Series Switches
Progent can provide the online or onsite expertise of Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants who have broad experience providing Catalyst switch solutions for small and medium sized organizations, branch offices, enterprise campuses, data centers, Cloud networks, and SPs. Progent's practice areas include Cisco's Catalyst and Nexus families of smart switches and Cisco's IOS, IOS-XR and NX-OS control software. Services available from Progent for Catalyst switches include pilot testing, system analysis and monitoring, topology planning, upgrades and project management, network virtualization, wired/wireless convergence, management automation, performance optimization, problem mitigation, disaster recovery planning, and IT security and compliance testing and verification.

Progent has broad expertise with open standards and with Cisco-owned protocols and technologies associated with switching and routing such as BGP, MPLS, Protocol Independent Multicast, VPNs, Spanning-Tree Protocol, VLANs, FabricPath, VPC, Hot Standby Router Protocol (HSRP), Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol, OSPF, Virtual Switching System (VSS), and LISP. Progent's network experts also have experience with key technologies such as TCP/IP, IPv4/IPv6, Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol, Routing Information Protocol (RIP), and Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP). Progent's CISSP-ISSAP certified data security consultants can assist you to create a comprehensive security strategy and implement Cisco Catalyst switches so they provide maximum support for your network security posture.

In case you need ultra high Ethernet density or extremely low latency Cisco switches for an enterprise-class data center, Progent can assist your organization to evaluate, design, and implement a migration to Cisco's Nexus switches. To find out about Progent's support capabilities for Nexus switches, refer to Cisco Nexus Switch consulting and support services. Progent can also assist you to connect Catalyst core switches with Meraki distribution switches. (See Cisco Meraki switch integration consultants.)

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