The Catalyst line of modular and fixed-configuration managed switches provides performance and intelligence at the access, distribution, and backbone areas of converged voice, video, and data networks for organizations that range from small businesses and branch offices to multi-campus enterprises and SPs. Progent's Cisco-certified CCIE consultants can provide online and on-premises expertise with Catalyst family switches to assist your organization to plan an efficient infrastructure that addresses your unique business requirements, set up proof-of-concept testing systems, install Catalyst switches, establish and verify a sensible security and compliance plan, automate network management and performance tracking, provide repair and support services, optimize switch performance, and configure Catalyst's high-availability (HA) solutions for near-zero downtime.

Progent can assist you to manage and troubleshoot your older Catalyst switches or upgrade smoothly to current models of Catalyst switches adhering to leading practices to ensure that you realize the maximum return from your investment in your network.

The demand for intelligent, high-speed switching is driven by a combination of fairly recent computing trends whose net effect is a virtual tsunami of data:

  • Cloud and IoT computing and an associated reliance on intensive virtualization
  • The pervasiveness of personal endpoints
  • Data guzzling rich media applications
  • Social media for business
  • The popularity of Big Data in analytics
  • Increasingly sophisticated threats like ransomware
Cloud computing is only made practical by utilizing virtualization on a massive scale. Virtualized infrastructures radically reduce costs by permitting very high hardware utilization and requiring very little real estate and energy use. But this also requires that relatively sparse network resources have to support substantial amounts of traffic. The Bring-Your-Own-Device revolution has caused a dramatic rise in the amount of mobile clients that have be supported by IT networks, and these users tend to run a great deal of bandwidth-intensive, rich media apps. Social business technologies are replacing email as the main enabler of workforce collaboration and is generating an ever increasing thirst for bandwidth. Businesses who want to remain competitive are resorting to Big Data technology to search through vast and disparate repositories of information, which in turn produces Big Traffic. All of these trends are relatively recent, and put together they create a critical need for an advanced class of switches that feature significantly higher performance, control, uptime and manageability than previous solutions were built to provide.

Cisco's current portfolio of Catalyst switches are best suited for the distribution and core layers layers of campus environments where office workers must be accommodated by providing consistent high speed, secure access management, tight segregation, application intelligence, and wired/wireless convergence. Catalyst switches address the need for speed and intelligence with features that include high-density 10G/40G/100G services, switching capacity more than 25 Tbps per chassis, a powerful suite of tools including Easy Virtual Network to facilitate the deployment of VLANs, Virtual Switching System technology for stateful failover with subsecond backup switch restoration and 99.999% availability, IPv4 and IPv6 support, Application Visibility and Control to optimize network resource usage, and advanced Quality of Service (QoS) tools for critical data prioritization.

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Cisco Has Developed Catalyst Switching Solutions for Organizations of All Sizes

Cisco Catalyst switches allow businesses of any size to build intelligent switching and routing services into their network infrastructure, deploying an environment that can deal with real-time requirements, expand to support future capacity demands, protect sensitive data, and separate and control tasks to optimize network operations.

Catalyst 1000 Series Fixed Ethernet Switches
Cisco Catalyst 1000 Family Switches SupportCisco's Catalyst 1000 Series access switches are compact, fixed-configuration switches intended for small businesses and branch offices with up to 250 workers and with minimal internal IT expertise. The Catalyst 1000 line includes fanless versions for quiet operation within an office venue. Mounting kits include desktop, wall or shelf mount, rack mount, and DIN rail mount. Created as a simple upgrade for Catalyst 2960-L/2960-Plus deployments, the Catalyst 1000 Series includes models with 8 to 48 Gigabit Ethernet ports or 24 to 48 Fast Ethernet 10/100M ports.

Catalyst 1000 set up and management are easy using a web interface or command-line interface, security is enterprise-grade, and Power over Ethernet capability with a dynamically allocated budget of 740W supports a broad variety of IoT solutions. As many as eight Catalyst 1000 Gigabit Ethernet model switches can be managed together with single IP. Catalyst 1000 appliances are nonblocking line-rate devices, and all are based on Cisco's familiar IOS operating system software. Quality-of-Service features include egress queues on every port as well as priority packet queuing to deliver wire-speed throughput for all classes of data. Catalyst Series 1000 switches also offer Shaped Round Robin scheduling and Weighted Tail Drop (WTD) congestion management.

Cisco Catalyst 9000 Series Fixed and Modular Managed Switches
The Catalyst 9000 series of switches offers modular and fixed appliances and can support all deployment scenarios including access, aggregation, and core switching. The Cisco Catalyst 9000 line offers switches with the right price/performance to connect workers and things in environments from small businesses and branches to major enterprises. Catalyst 9000 Series products can be configured to implement any combination of onsite deployments, private/public clouds, and hybrid network models. Unified network management utilities and advanced security solutions reduce cost of ownership by saving time and safeguarding vital IT assets. Cisco's 9000X line of switches offer converged switching and routing, delivering the first combination of 400G QSFP-DD ports plus full multigigabit and PoE ports.

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Catalyst 9000 Series Switches Are Designed for a Hybrid World

Cisco Catalyst 9200 Switches ConsultantsWith double the stacking bandwidth at 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 network improvement for small branches and midsize campus environments. The 9200 family includes switches that offer 24 or 48 ports with full Power over Ethernet; 80-160 Gbps stacking bandwidth; and Layer 3 capabilities that include Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) routing, EIGP distance routing protocol, IS-IS link-state protocol, and RIP. Catalyst 9200 switches run Cisco IOS XE.

The Catalyst 9200 offers 160-Gbps stacking bandwidth, supports field-replaceable redundant power supplies and fans, and supports add-in network modules with 4x1G, 4x1/10G, 2x25G, or 2x40G uplink. The Catalyst 9200 Enhanced VN switch allows up to 32 Virtual Networks and offers 160-Gbps backplane stacking bandwidth. The Catalyst 9200L offers 80-Gbps stacking bandwidth. Both the Catalyst 9200L multigigabit and the Catalyst 9200 multigigabit offer wireless bandwidth optimization with 8 or 12 mGig ports up to 10Gbps.

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 9300 Series switches are fixed, stackable appliances for ultra-high-density enterprise access switching. Key features available with various models in the Catalyst 9300 portfolio include 1T stacking performance, stackable SFP fiber, up to 448 mGig Ethernet ports and 288 ports of 90W UPOE+ with an 8-unit stack, line rate IPsec with AES-256 with MACsec 256-bit encryption and speeds as high as 100G, HA fans and power, plus data stack cables common across the entire Catalyst 9300 product line.

Powered by Cisco IOS XE, appliances in the Catalyst 9300 product line offer auto device provisioning, API-driven configuration, granular visibility for near realtime monitoring, and seamless software updates. Security features 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 enhanced because Catalyst 9300 switches can host Cisco's Umbrella agent directly. This allows organizations to implement their DNS policies granularly to prevent BYOD or IoT users from accessing dangerous websites.

The value-priced Cisco Catalyst 9300L switch delivers up to 320G backplane stacking throughput and offers 12 100M/1G/2.5G/5G/10G ports and 36 10M/100M/1G ports. The 9300L uses fixed instead of modular uplink components for 4 1G, 4 10G, or 2 40G ports. The Cisco Catalyst 9300 appliance features 480G of stacking throughput and can provide 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 1T backplane stacking bandwidth and offers 48 10G Ethernet ports. The 9300X supports uplink modules with dual-rate 100G/40G, multirate 25G/10G/1G, or multigigabit. Cisco 90W UPOE+ supports IoT-intensive environments such as smart buildings. Cisco offers hardware to provide 100G IPsec.

Cisco Catalyst 9400 Switches ExpertsCisco's Catalyst 9400 Series appliances are modular switches powered by Cisco IOS XE and intended for midsize and enterprise campus access deployments. Offering twice the performance and over quadruple the chassis bandwidth as the legacy Catalyst 6500 line it is built to replace, Cisco's Catalyst 9400 family brings switch capability into the modern era of networking 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. Maximum capacity for each line-card slot is 480 Gbps. Switching capacity can reach 1.44 Tbps and forwarding rate on Supervisor Module can reach 9 Tbps for the 10-slot chassis. All Catalyst 9400 chassis offer 90W UPOE+ on every port, protected network segmentation with SD-Access and N+N/N+1 power redundancy for high resilience. Cisco's Catalyst 9400 4-slot switch supports 96 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, 5G/10G mGig ports, or 10G SFP+ ports. The Catalyst 9400 7-slot 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 8 non-blocking 10G SFP+ uplinks.

Catalyst 9500 Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 9500 product line consists of fixed core and edge services switches designed for the enterprise campus. Catalyst 9500 models are powered by the Cisco IOS XE operating system and the series includes the first network technology to deliver switching speeds higher than 25 Terabits per second.

Cisco's Catalyst 9500 appliances deliver up to 6.4 Tbps switching capacity with forwarding speed as high as 2 Bpps. 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 deploy Multichassis EtherChannel across StackWise-Virtual members to achieve high resiliency.

Catalyst 9500X products can provide as high as 25.6 Terabits per second switching performance with up to 2 Billion Packet per Second forwarding speed. Catalyst 9500X devices support up to 28 nonblocking 40/100 Gigabit QSFP28 optical ports or 8 nonblocking 40/100/200/400 Gigabit QSFP-DD ports. The 9500X product line also includes hardware support for line-rate 256-bit 802.1AE MACsec and WAN-MACsec1 data encryption.

Catalyst 9600 Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 9600 Series switches are modular core and distribution switches intended for the enterprise campus. The 6-slot chassis loaded 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 G ports, or 8 nonblocking 200/400 GE QSFP-Double Density ports. The Catalyst 9600 also provides dual-rate 40G/100G and 10G/25G optics. Two chassis slots are dedicated for high-availability supervisors. You can combine a variety of line cards for core and aggregation environments. The Catalyst 9600 chassis has a passive backplane, so you can change out fan tray, power supplies, and line cards without disruption.

Legacy Catalyst Models Supported by Progent
Progent's Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants have broad backgrounds providing remote and on-premises consulting and troubleshooting services for legacy Catalyst switches for which Cisco has announced End of Life (EOL). These outdated Catalyst switches often cost more to operate and support than contemporary products, deliver less performance and fewer features, and for many cases may expose businesses to compliance and liability issues. Progent's consultants can assist you to support and troubleshoot these legacy switches and can also assist you to plan and implement seamless migrations to newer models from the Catalyst line or to devices from Cisco's Nexus line of network switches which build upon Catalyst design experience.

Catalyst Express 500 and 520 Switches
Cisco Catalyst Express 500 and 520 Series Switches HelpCisco's Catalyst Express 500 and 520 line of managed Ethernet switches are designed for companies with up to 250 workers and provide the reliability, protection, extensibility, and feature set small and mid-sized businesses need at an affordable price. Power over Ethernet support makes it easy to add network devices such as wireless access points and closed-circuit cameras.

Models of the Cisco Catalyst Express 500 and 520 switches support from 8 to 24 10/100/1000BT Ethernet ports plus the option of redundant power with automatic fail-over for additional reliability. Interoperation with Cisco access points allows businesses to set up a wireless LAN network quickly and easily. The Catalyst Express 500 platform provides solid security against malicious attacks thanks to Cisco's Self-Defending Network strategy and Clean Access solutions. Cisco Catalyst 2940 Switch
Cisco Catalyst 2900 Series Switches ConsultantsCisco Catalyst 2900 Series non-modular, managed 10/100 Ethernet switches provide fundamental small-group connectivity for small to midsize companies. These wire-rate desktop appliances offer IOS Software features for simple mixed-media traffic services at the network edge. The Catalyst 2940 Series switches are compact, entry-level switches with eight Ethernet connections plus one built-in Fast or Gigabit Ethernet uplink. They can be deployed outside the wiring cabinet in cramped areas such as on a worker's desk or in a classroom.

Catalyst 2960-S Series Switch
The Cisco Catalyst 2960-S Series are fixed-configuration switches designed for small businesses and branches. Available models feature 24 or 48 1Gb Ethernet ports, four 1-Gigabit or two 10GE uplinks, and deliver switching capacity of 176 Gbps. Cisco's FlexStack feature allows up to four Catalyst 2960-S chassis to be grouped in a FlexStack stack to act like one switching unit that offers 40 Gbps of stacking performance and that cuts operational expense with one-switch configuration. IPv6 First Hop Security (FHS) capability guards against address theft and malicious attacks.

Cisco Catalyst 3560 Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 3560 Series Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 3560 Series is a selection of non-modular switches that includes IEEE 802.3af and Power over Ethernet functionality in Fast Ethernet and 10/100/1000 Ethernet implementations. The Cisco Catalyst 3560 switch is a proven Layer 2 switch for small enterprise network connectivity or satellite-offices, offering both Gigabit and Power over Ethernet configurations for high productivity while streamlining the installation of vital technology such a VoIP, Wi-Fi, video monitoring, and remote video kiosks. IT managers can deploy network-wide smart services including quality of service, rate management, access control lists (ACLs), multicast administration, and fast IP routing while maintaining the simplicity of conventional LAN switching.

The Cisco Catalyst 3560 Series offers a robust array of features that permit network scalability and higher availability via IP routing as well as a complete complement of Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) improvements designed to increase availability in an access Layer LAN. Enhancements to the standard STP Protocol, such as Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Plus (PVST+), and Port Fast, combined with innovations such as Flex Links interfaces, contribute to network uptime. PVST+ allows for Layer 2 traffic balancing on backup links to take advantage of the extra bandwidth inherent in a redundant design.

Important routing protocols such as Open Shortest Path First, EIGRP, Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), static routing, and PBR increase system scale; PIM helps improve the efficiency of system resource use; and Virtual Route Forwarding Lite (VRFLite) secures network traffic.

Cisco Catalyst 3750 Family Switches
Cisco Catalyst 3750 Family Switches ConsultingFor mid-size businesses and corporate branch offices, the Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series switch eases deployment of converged applications and adapts to changing business environments by offering configuration versatility, ability to manage unified network traffic, and management-free configuration of intelligent network services. Also, the Cisco Catalyst 3750 switch is designed for high-volume Gigabit deployments and incorporates a diverse selection of switches that meet the connectivity, aggregation, and backbone-connectivity demands of small or midsized deployments.

The Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series switch includes the IP Base image or the IP Services image. The IP Base image features include industry-leading quality of service (QoS), rate-limiting, access control lists, and basic static and Routing Information Protocol routing support. The IP Services image offers a broader selection of high-end functions, including advanced hardware-based IP unicast/multicast routing.

Cisco StackWise technology is an architecture designed for Gigabit interfaces. This technology is intended to respond to additions, deletions, and redeployments while maintaining predictable performance. Cisco StackWise technology unites up to nine separate switches into one logical device, utilizing custom stack-interface cables and stacking software. Each of the switches can be any combination of Cisco's Catalyst 3750 switches and Cisco's Catalyst 3750-E Series. The stack operates as a single switching appliance that is managed by a master switch, selected from one of the stack of switches. The control switch intelligently builds and keeps current all the switching and optional routing databases. A running stack can accept new members or delete old members with no operational interruption.

Cisco Catalyst 2960 Swiches and Catalyst 3560-CX Switches
Catalyst 2900 Series Switches ConsultingCisco's Catalyst 2960-CX is a fixed-configuration managed switch that is low-profile, fanless, power efficient, and allows flexible mounting options. The device incorporates eight 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports and two Gigabit Ethernet uplinks and has an option for PoE+ power. Cisco's Catalyst 3560-CX is a fixed-configuration switch packaged in a sleek, noiseless and low-power unit that can be placed virtually anywhere outside a wiring closet. Models are offered with eight or 12 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports or with 6 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports plus 2 multigigabit ports. Up to four uplinks are available, and Power over Ethernet (PoE) is also available.

Catalyst 2900-L Switches Integration and TroubleshootingCisco's Catalyst 2960-L family consists of value-priced fixed-configuration managed switches targeted for small offices, retail venues, and other environments where space is limited. Catalyst 2900-L low-profile switches include 8 to 48 Gigabit Ethernet ports and two or four Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP) uplink ports. PoE support reduces clutter and fanless design for the 8- models does away with noise. RJ-45 connectors support 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T and 1000BASE-T SFP-based ports.

Catalyst 2960-X and 2960-XR Series switches improve on the 2690-S family by delivering switching capacity of 216 Gbps and providing Cisco's FlexStack-Plus stacking technology via a live-swappable module that allows 8 switches in a stack capable of 80 Gbps of stacking performance. Catalyst 2900 family switches also support NetFlow-Lite for flow-based traffic monitoring. Cisco's Catalyst 2960-XR Series switch is capable of L3 dynamic routing, providing the simplicity of having a single device for L2 and L3 routing.

Cisco Catalyst 3650 and 3850 Switches
Catalyst 3650 Switch and 3850 Series Switches ConsultantsCatalyst 3650 and Catalyst 3850 switches are fixed, stackable network access switches powered by Cisco's IOS XE OS and featuring full wireless network controller functionality that lets you control wired and wireless networks on a one device managed by a single OS. Cisco offers versions with either 24 or 48 built-in 1Gb Ethernet connections with PoE plus, four 1-Gigabit or four 10-Gigabit uplink connections, and support for up to nine Catalyst switches per stack. All models provide expandable Quality of Service, stateful failover for high uptime, support in software for IPv4/IPv6 routing, multicast routing, and enhanced security.

Since wireless data traffic is visible at the Catalyst 3000 Series switch, administrators can identify and assign priorities to wireless data by means of Cisco's FNF technology along with advanced QoS features for an improved user environment and quicker problem mediation. Multigigabit Ethernet switching supports the high-throughput called for by the latest 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi standard on existing cabling infrastructure. (To find out about Progent's consulting services for Cisco's 802.11ac Wi-Fi access points and wireless controllers, and Meraki cloud-managed Wi-Fi access points, visit Configuration and Troubleshooting Consulting Services for Cisco Wireless Technology.)

The Catalyst 3650 delivers stacking bandwidth of up to 160 Gbps and can control as many as 25 Wi-Fi APs and 1000 Wi-Fi clients per switch. The Catalyst 3850 Series switch delivers stacking performance of up to 480 Gbps and can control as many as 50 Wi-Fi APs and 2000 Wi-Fi users per stack. Cisco Catalyst 3850 SFP Fiber Switches incorporate 12 or 24 1G fiber ports at line rate on every port, offering long distance connections, advanced security, and an identical wired/wireless experience.

Catalyst 4500-E and Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches
Catalyst 4500-E and and Catalyst 4500-X Series switches are intended for campus access and distribution environments where space for networking equipment is at a premium. Running Cisco's IOS XE software, the 4500-E and 4500-X families simplify network virtualization thanks to Cisco's Easy Virtual Network (EVN) and Virtual Switching System solutions. Virtualization makes it possible to divide a physical network into multiple virtual networks whose data and control planes are logically distinct. This provides the economy, security and compliance, resilience, and ease of management needed for Cloud environments or other scenarios where a common infrastructure is used by applications and services that need to operate in total privacy from one another. Easy Virtual Network simplifies the process of creating virtual networks and can be expanded to 32 VNs for each switch. EVN incorporates the capabilities of Multi-virtual routing and forwarding and provides additional technologies including VNET Trunks and a simple way for duplicating replicating routes connecting virtual networks. Virtual Switching System technology makes it possible to configure Catalyst 4500-E and Catalyst 4500-X Series switches to produce zero-downtime virtual networks with advanced traffic load balancing.

Catalyst 4500-E Switches
Cisco Catalyst 4500-E Series Switches Planning and Support ServicesThe 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 first Catalyst supervisor to support wired as well as wireless services on a single switch powered by IOS XE software. Features included are Cisco's FNF technology for capacity planning encompassing wired and Wi-Fi networks, Cisco TrustSec/SGT2 wired/wireless security, identical QoS for wired and wireless networks, plus the expansion of NSF/SSO to include Wi-Fi traffic for enterprise-class high availability.

Offered in chassis that have from three to 10 slots, Cisco Catalyst 4500-E Series switches with Supervisor 8-E can support as many as 384 10/100/1000 Ethernet access ports, up to 192 Gigabit Ethernet fiber fiber connections, 96 10GE fiber ports, and eight 10-Gigabit Ethernet uplink ports. The Catalyst 4500-E Supervisor Engine 8-E delivers up to 928 Gbps of wired capacity per system and 20 Gbps of wireless termination capacity. 50 Wi-Fi access points and 2000 wireless clients can be supported per chassis, and 250 wireless access points and 4000 wireless users can be managed in a dual-switch installation without a standalone wireless network controller.

Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches Consulting FirmCisco's Catalyst 4500-X switches are fixed-configuration 10GE aggregation platforms that can deliver as much as 800 Gbps of core 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 more 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports on the expansion module for a total of up to 40 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections. Eight 10GE uplinks are also available with a separate module. In addition to providing zero-downtime performance and simple management, Cisco's virtual switching system solution on Catalyst 4500-X switches provides increased system throughput of as much as 1.6 Tbps by enabling all possible capacity between redundant Catalyst 4500-X Series switches. Other features include FNF solution for application visibility, TrustSec security, and wire-rate IPv6 forwarding.

Catalyst 6500 and Catalyst 6800 Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Cisco Catalyst 6800 switches are campus core platforms that share the proven DNA of the Catalyst 6500 line of products, which were introduced over a decade ago and which have been steadily enhanced ever since. Cisco Catalyst 6500 and Cisco Catalyst 6800 switches offer the same general features and operational consistency, and the modular Catalyst 6807-XL switch accepts the Cisco Catalyst 6500 Supervisor Engine 2T and the associated family of compatible line cards and service modules. This mutual compatibility and program of continual enhancement protects your IT expenditures and enables you to upgrade your network with minimal service interruption or management staff re-education.

Common features of Catalyst 6500 Series and Cisco Catalyst 6800 modular switches equipped with Cisco's Supervisor Engine 2T include the Cisco ISE technology for convenient, single-point management to put in place unvarying policy across a distributed network, Virtual Switching System capability for maximum availability via multi-level redundancy, and the Cisco Campus Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP) to support roaming and mobility and to streamline network virtualization and migration to IPv6. Other virtual networking tools to partition specific client groups and support the unique security/compliance and Quality of Service policy needs of every group include Layer 2 and Layer 3 VPN, full Multiprotocol Label Switching, Easy Virtual Network, VRF-aware applications for Network Address Translation NetFlow, GRE for v4/v6, and Layer 2 extensions with virtual private LAN services. For converged wired/wireless networking, the Wireless Services Module 2 controller Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Catalyst 6800 modular switches can manage as many as 1000 APs and 15,000 wireless clients.

Cisco Catalyst 6500-E Series Switches
Catalyst 6500 Family Switches ConsultantsThe Catalyst 6500-E family of modular switches are designed for aggregation and campus core environments that require maximum uptime and high concentrations of 1 Gigabit Ethernet, 1 Gigabit Ethernet fiber, or 10 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet ports. Models include three to 13 slots and accept a wide range of modules. Integrated service modules support wireless, traffic monitoring, and security and compliance. Just E-Series models of Cisco's extensive family of 6500 switches are compatible with Cisco's Supervisor Engine 2T.

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

The top-of-the-line Catalyst 6513-E switch has a 19RU, 13-slot form factor and can deliver up to 180 Gbps of performance per slot, with a total system capacity as high as 4 Tbps. A Virtual Switching System configuration can support 8 Tbps of bandwidth. The Cisco Catalyst 6513-E switch can support a maximum of 529 1 Gigabit Ethernet ports, up to 534 Gigabit Ethernet fiber connections, 180 10GE access ports, and 44 40-Gigabit Ethernet connections.

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 6800 Family Switches Planning and Support ServicesCatalyst 6800 switches are programmable core platforms intended to provide best-of-breed 10/40/100 Gigabit Ethernet services. The Cisco Catalyst 6880-X switch is a fixed, compact device for high-density Ethernet intended for small or medium-size enterprise campus backbones. The 6880-X switch supports as much as 2 Tbps switching capacity and has four slots for port cards. The top port density per 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, a two-chassis system can provide 4 Tbps switching throughput and handle up to 158 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports or 10GE access ports or as many as 20 40GE ports.

The modular Catalyst 6807-XL switch has a 10 RU chassis that has 7 expansion slots and supports standard Supervisor Engine 2T line cards and service modules. (Two of the slots are for the Supervisor Engine and the other five are for expansion modules.) The Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL offers up to 880 Gbps of switching throughput per slot and a total of 11.4 Tbps of full-duplex switching bandwidth while supporting up to 240 10/100/1000 Ethernet connections or Gigabit Ethernet fiber ports, 80 10GE ports or up to 20 40-Gigabit Ethernet connections. an 6807-XL system with VSS can handle 22.8 Tbps of switching performance, 480 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports or Gigabit Ethernet fiber ports, 160 10GE access ports or 40 40GE access ports.

Ways That Progent Can Assist You with Cisco Catalyst Switches
Progent offers the remote or on-premises expertise of CCIE-certified consultants who have extensive backgrounds delivering Catalyst switch solutions for small and medium sized organizations, branch offices, enterprise campuses, data centers, Cloud networks, and service providers. Progent's areas of expertise include Cisco's Catalyst and Nexus families of smart switches and with Cisco's IOS, IOS-XR and NX-OS control software. Consulting and support services offered by Progent for Catalyst Series switches include pilot testing and validation, system analysis and monitoring, network architecture design, migrations and project management, virtualization, wired/wireless convergence, network management, performance optimization, problem mitigation, business continuity preparedness, and network security testing and remediation.

Progent has deep expertise with open standards as well as with proprietary Cisco protocols and technologies associated with switching and routing including Border Gateway Protocol, MPLS traffic engineering, PIM, VPNs, ISIS, VLANs, FabricPath, Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), HSRP, Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol, OSPF, Virtual Switching System (VSS), and LISP. Progent's network experts also have deep knowledge of key networking technologies such as TCP/IP protocols, IPv4, IPv6, Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP), RIP, and Internet Group Management Protocol. Progent's CISSP-ISSAP certified data security consultants can assist you to develop an enterprise-wide security strategy and deploy Catalyst switches so that they provide optimal support for your network security posture.

In case you require the highest available Ethernet density or sub-microsecond latency switches for a world-class data center, Progent can assist your organization to evaluate, plan, and implement a migration to Cisco's Nexus Series switches. For information about Progent's support services for Cisco's Nexus Series switches, refer to Nexus Switch configuration and support offered by Progent. Progent can also help you to connect Catalyst core switches with Meraki distribution switches. (See Cisco Meraki switch integration consultants.)

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To contact Progent about professional help for Cisco technology, phone 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.

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