The Catalyst family of modular and fixed switches provides performance and intelligence at the access, aggregation, and backbone levels of converged voice, HD video, and data networks for organizations that range from small businesses and branches to multi-campus enterprises and SPs. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants offer remote and on-premises support for Catalyst switches to help you to plan a cost-effective infrastructure that meets your specific business requirements, configure pilot testing, deploy Catalyst switches, establish and verify a sound security and compliance plan, automate system management and monitoring, provide repair and support services, maximize switch capacity, and set up Catalyst's high-availability (HA) technology for non-stop operation.
Progent can help you to maintain and troubleshoot your older Catalyst switches or upgrade efficiently to current versions of Catalyst switches adhering to leading practices to make sure that you realize the highest return from your investment in your IT infrastructure.
The need for intelligent, high-speed switching is the result 0f a combination of relatively new networking patterns whose net impact is a virtual avalanche of data traffic:
Cloud computing is only financially feasible by utilizing virtualization technology. Virtualized data centers radically reduce expenses by allowing aggressively high resource utilization and demanding very little real estate and power use. But this also means that relatively sparse resources must accommodate substantial volumes of data traffic. The Bring-Your-Own-Device paradigm has created a steep increase in the number of mobile users that have be supported by IT networks, and these clients run a great deal of data-intensive, HD video applications. Social business applications are displacing traditional email as the main driver for collaboration and is producing a growing demand for bandwidth. Enterprises who want to remain competitive are resorting to Big Data techniques to mine vast and varied silos of corporate data, which as a result produces Big Network Traffic. These computing trends are relatively new, and put together they cause a serious need for a new generation of switches that offer much higher speed, intelligence, uptime and ease of management than older platforms were built to deliver.
- Cloud and IoT computing and a consequent demand for intensive virtualization
- The pervasiveness of always-connected mobile devices
- Bandwidth-intensive rich media apps
- Social business technologies
- The popularity of Big Data in enterprise analytics
- Ever more sophisticated threats like ransomware
Cisco's latest portfolio of Catalyst switches are ideal for the distribution/core layers of campus deployments where office employees must be accommodated by providing consistent performance, strict user access management, tight group isolation, application intelligence, and wired and wireless convergence. Catalyst series switches address the demand for performance and control with features such as high-density 10G/40G/100G services, switching throughput more than 25 Tbps for each switch, a comprehensive catalog of tools including EVN to facilitate the deployment of virtual networks, Virtual Switching System technology for switch failover with instant virtual switch restoration and 99.999% availability, IPv6 capability, Application Visibility and Control to optimize system resource usage, and sophisticated Quality of Service (QoS) tools for business-critical traffic prioritization.
Cisco Can Provide Catalyst Switching Solutions for Businesses of Any Size
Catalyst switches allow organizations of any size to benefit from incorporating intelligent switching and routing features into their network architecture, creating an ecosystem that can deal with real-time needs, scale to support expected growth, protect vital information, and differentiate and manage processes to enhance network operations.
Catalyst 1000 Series Fixed Ethernet Switches
Cisco's Catalyst 1000 Layer 2 network access switches are compact, fixed-configuration switches intended for small businesses and branch offices with as many as 250 workers and with minimal internal IT expertise. Cisco's Catalyst 1000 Series includes fanless models for noiseless operation within an office environment. Mounting kits include desktop, wall mount, rack mount, and DIN rail mount. Created as a simple upgrade for Cisco Catalyst 2960-L/2960-Plus deployments, Cisco's Catalyst 1000 portfolio includes models with 8 to 48G Ethernet ports or 24 to 48 Fast Ethernet 10/100M Mbps ports.
Catalyst Series 1000 set up and administration are easy using a web interface or CLI, security is enterprise-class, and Power over Ethernet capability with a dynamically distributed budget of 740W supports a wide variety of IoT solutions. Up to eight Catalyst 1000 Gbit Ethernet Series switches can be managed together with single IP. Catalyst Series 1000 units are nonblocking line-rate devices, and all are powered by Cisco's venerable IOS operating system software. Quality-of-Service features include egress queues for each port plus priority packet queuing to allow optimized throughput for all classes of traffic. Catalyst Series 1000 switches also offer SRR service scheduling and Weighted Tail Drop (WTD) congestion management.
Cisco Catalyst 9000 Series Fixed and Modular Managed Switches
The Cisco Catalyst 9000 family of managed switches includes modular and fixed appliances and supports all deployment scenarios including access, distribution, and core switching. The Catalyst 9000 line offers switches with the right value proposition to connect workers and things in environments from small businesses and branches to the largest enterprises. Catalyst 9000 switches can be configured to support any mix of onsite deployments, private/public clouds, and hybrid network models. Modern network management utilities and advanced cybersecurity features reduce expenses by cutting operational overhead and protecting vital IT assets. Cisco's 9000X family of managed switches provide converged switching and routing, introducing the first mix of 400G QSFP-DD ports plus full mGig and PoE ports.
Cisco Catalyst 9000 Series Switches Are Designed for a Hybrid World
With twice the stacking bandwidth for around half the price of the end-of-life Catalyst 2960-X and 2960-XR switches they are designed to replace, Cisco's Catalyst 9200 Series switches are a natural infrastructure update for small branch offices and midsize campuses. The 9200 family includes models that offer 24 or 48 ports with full Power over Ethernet; 80-160 Gbps backplane stacking bandwidth; and Layer 3 features that include Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) routing, EIGRP, IS-IS link-state protocol, and routed access. Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series switches run the Cisco IOS XE operating system.
The Catalyst 9200 offers 160-Gbps backplane stacking capacity, features field-replaceable redundant power supplies and fans, and accepts swappable network modules with 4x1G, 4x1/10G, 2x25G, or 2x40G uplink. The Catalyst 9200 Enhanced VN switch allows as many as 32 Virtual Networks and delivers 160-Gbps backplane stacking performance. The Catalyst 9200L delivers 80-Gbps backplane stacking throughput. The Catalyst 9200L multigigabit and the Catalyst 9200 multigigabit offer wireless performance optimization with 8 or 12 mGig ports up to 10G.
Catalyst 9300 Series switches are fixed, stackable appliances for ultra-high-density access switching. Advanced capabilities available with models in the Catalyst 9300 portfolio include 1T backplane stacking throughput, stackable high-speed fiber, up to 448 mGig Ethernet ports and 288 ports of 90W UPOE+ with an 8-unit stack, line rate IPsec tunnel with AES-256 with MACsec 256-bit encryption and speeds up to 100G, high-availability redundant fans and power supplies, plus StackPower cables compatible throughout the complete Catalyst 9300 product line.
Based on the Cisco IOS XE operating system, switches in the Catalyst 9300 family support auto device provisioning, API-driven configuration, granular visibility for near realtime monitoring, and transparent software patching. Advanced security features include Encrypted Traffic Analytics (ETA) along with AES-256 MACsec and IPSec encryption, plus Trust Anchor Technologies with Image signing. Cloud cybersecurity is enhanced because Catalyst 9300 Series switches have the ability to host the Cisco Umbrella agent directly. This allows businesses to design their DNS policies granularly to prevent BYOD or IoT clients from accessing malicious websites.
The entry-level Cisco Catalyst 9300L switch features as much as 320G backplane stacking performance and offers 12 100M/1G/2.5G/5G/10G ports and 36 10M/100M/1G ports. The 9300L uses fixed rather than modular uplink hardware for 4 1G, 4 10G, or 2 40G uplink ports. The Cisco Catalyst 9300 switch features 480G of stacking bandwidth 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 supported are 1G, 10G, 25G, or 40G. The top-of-the-line Cisco Catalyst 9300X appliance delivers 1T stacking bandwidth and supports 48 10G ports. The 9300X supports modular uplinks with dual-rate 100G/40G, multirate 25G/10G/1G, or mGig. Cisco 90W Universal Power Over Ethernet+ supports IoT-intensive applications. Cisco offers hardware to support 100G IPsec.
Cisco's Catalyst 9400 Series appliances are modular switches based on the Cisco IOS XE operating system and designed for medium-size and enterprise campus access deployments. Offering twice the throughput and over four times the chassis bandwidth as the legacy Catalyst 6500 line it is designed to replace, the Catalyst 9400 family ushers switch technology into the current age of connectivity impelled by cybersecurity, mobility, IoT, and cloud.
Catalyst 9400 switches are available with 4-slot, 7-slot, and 10-slot chassis. Two of the slots on the chassis are reserved for redundant supervisor cards, making 2, 5, or 8 slots open for line cards. Maximum bandwidth per line-card slot is 480G. 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 can provide 90W UPOE+ on every access port, secure network segmentation with Software-Defined Access and N+N/N+1 power redundancy for high resilience. 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 support 2 non-blocking 40G Quad Small Form-Factor Pluggable uplinks and up to 8 non-blocking 10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ uplinks.
Cisco's Catalyst 9500 product line includes fixed core and edge services appliances intended for the enterprise campus. Catalyst 9500 switches are powered by the Cisco IOS XE operating system and the the family incorporates the first network technology to provide switching rates above 25 Tbps.
Catalyst 9500 appliances deliver up to 6.4 Tbps switching capacity with forwarding speed up to 2 Bpps. Catalyst 9500 switches can provide as many as 32 nonblocking 100 GB QSFP28 optical ports, 32 nonblocking 40G QSFP+ ports, 48 nonblocking 25 Gigabit SFP28 ports, or 48 nonblocking 10 Gigabit SFP+ ports. You can deploy MEC multipathing across Cisco StackWise-Virtual members to achieve high resiliency.
Catalyst 9500X products support as high as 25.6 Tbps switching capacity with 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 G QSFP-DD ports. The 9500X product line also includes chip-level capability for line-rate 256-bit 802.1AE Media Access Control Security (MACsec) and WAN-MACsec1 data encryption.
Catalyst 9600 Series switches are modular core and distribution appliances intended for the enterprise campus. The 6-slot chassis with a Catalyst 9600X Series Supervisor has switching capacity as high as 25.6 Tbps and can support up to 256 nonblocking 10/25/50 Gigabit ports, 96 nonblocking 40/100G Gigabit ports, or 8 nonblocking 200/400 Gigabit QSFP-Double Density ports. The Catalyst 9600 switch 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 environments. The chassis has a passive backplane, so you can change out fan tray, power supplies, and line cards without disruption.
Legacy Catalyst Models Still Supported by Progent
Progent's Cisco CCIE-certified consultants have extensive experience delivering remote and onsite consulting and troubleshooting services for legacy Catalyst Series switches for which Cisco has announced End of Life. These outdated Catalyst switches usually cost more to manage and maintain than contemporary models, provide lower capacity and fewer features, and in some cases can subject businesses to compliance and even liability risks. Progent's consultants can help your business to maintain and repair these older switches and can in addition assist you to design and carry out non-disruptive migrations to current products from the Catalyst family or to solutions from the Cisco Nexus portfolio of network switches which build upon Catalyst technology.
Catalyst Express 500 Series
Cisco's Catalyst Express 500 and 520 family of managed Ethernet switches are designed for businesses with as many as 250 employees and deliver the reliability, protection, extensibility, and feature set small companies require at an affordable price. PoE support makes it easy to install network appliances such as VoIP phones and closed-circuit cameras.
Versions of the Catalyst Express 500 switches support from 8 to 24 10/100/1000BASE-T ports plus the option of redundant power supplies with automatic fail-over for additional dependability. Interoperation with Cisco access points helps organizations to set up a wireless LAN environment rapidly and easily. The Catalyst Express 500 and 520 family provides solid protection against malicious attacks thanks to the Cisco Self-Defending Network technology and Cisco Clean Access solutions.
Cisco Catalyst 2940 Switch
Cisco Catalyst 2900 fixed-configuration, managed Ethernet switches offer basic workgroup networking for small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs). These wire-rate desktop appliances deliver IOS Software functions for basic data, video, and voice support at the edge of the network. The Catalyst 2940 Series managed switches are small, entry-level devices featuring 8 Ethernet ports plus one built-in Fast Ethernet or Gigabit uplink. The enclosures can be deployed away from the wiring closet in cramped areas such as on a worker's desk or in a classroom.
Cisco Catalyst 2960-S Series Switch
The Catalyst 2960-S Series are fixed switches intended for small companies and branch offices. Available versions feature either 24 or 48 1Gb Ethernet ports, four 1GE or two 10GE uplink connections, and provide switching capacity as high as 176 Gbps. Cisco's FlexStack technology permits four Catalyst 2960-S chassis to be combined in a stack to act as a single switching unit that offers 40 Gbps of stacking bandwidth and that cuts management costs with one-switch configuration. IPv6 First Hop Security capability guards networks against IPv6 address interception and other attacks.
Cisco Catalyst 3560 Series Switches
Cisco's Catalyst 3560 family is a selection of non-modular switches that features IEEE 802.3af and Power over Ethernet (PoE) capability in Fast Ethernet and Gigabit configurations. Cisco's Catalyst 3560 switch is a proven access-layer switch for small enterprise LAN access or local-offices, combining both 10/100/1000 and Power over Ethernet (PoE) configurations for high productivity while facilitating the deployment of vital technology including IP telephony, Wi-Fi, video surveillance, and building management systems. Customers can activate comprehensive smart features including quality of service, rate limiting, ACLs, multicast administration, and high-performance IP routing with the ease of traditional LAN switching.
The Cisco Catalyst 3560 switch is equipped with a robust set of capabilities that permit network scalability and higher resilience through IP routing plus a full complement of Spanning Tree Protocol enhancements designed to increase availability in a Layer 2 LAN. Improvements to the standard STP Protocol, such as Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Plus, and Port Fast, combined with enhancements such as Flex Links, improve network uptime. Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Plus (PVST+) supports Data Link Layer traffic sharing on redundant connections to efficiently use the additional capacity associated with a redundant architecture.
Important technologies including Open Shortest Path First (OPSF), Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP), BGP, static routing, and Policy Based Routing increase network scale; Protocol Independent Multicast increases utilization of network resources; and Virtual Route Forwarding Lite (VRFLite) protects network traffic.
Catalyst 3750 Family Switches
For mid-size organizations and enterprise branches, the Cisco Catalyst 3750 switch facilitates deployment of converged technologies and accommodates changing business environments by offering setup versatility, ability to manage unified network patterns, and management-free configuration of smart system functions. Also, Cisco's Catalyst 3750 switch is designed for high-volume Gigabit deployments and includes a wide range of switches that address the connectivity, distribution, and backbone-interface demands of small or mid-size systems.
Cisco's Catalyst 3750 Series has either the IP Base or the IP Services image. The IP Base image features include industry-leading QoS, rate-limiting, access control lists (ACLs), and basic static and Routing Information Protocol (RIP) routing support. The IP Services image offers a richer set of enterprise network functions, including advanced hardware-based IP unicast/multicast routing.
StackWise technology is a stacking architecture optimized for Gigabit interfaces. Cisco StackWise is designed to respond to installs, deletions, and redeployments while maintaining consistent operation. Cisco StackWise combines up to 9 individual switches into a single logical device, using custom stack-interconnect cables and utilities. Any of the switches can be any combination of the Catalyst 3750 switches and the Cisco Catalyst 3750-E switches. The stack behaves as an individual switching device that is directed by a control switch, elected from among the stack of switches. The control switch automatically builds and keeps current all the switching and user-selected routing databases. A running stack can accept new members or remove old devices without service discontinuity.
Catalyst 2960 Swiches and Catalyst 3560-CX Switches
Cisco's Catalyst 2960-CX is a fixed-configuration switch that is ultra-compact, fanless, power efficient, and includes flexible mounting alternatives. The switch has eight 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports and two Gigabit Ethernet uplinks and has an option for Power over Ethernet. Cisco's Catalyst 3560-CX is a fixed-configuration switch housed in a compact, noiseless and low-power enclosure that can be mounted virtually anywhere outside a wiring closet. Versions are offered with eight or 12 1-GE ports or with six 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports and 2 multigigabit ports. Two or four uplinks are offered, and Power over Ethernet is also available.
Cisco's Catalyst 2960-L line includes value-priced fixed-configuration switches designed for small offices, retail venues, and other places where space is limited. These low-profile appliances have 8 to 48 GE ports and either two or four Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP) uplink ports. PoE support saves space and fan-free design for most versions eliminates noise. RJ-45 connectors accommodate 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T and 1000BASE-T SFP-ports.
Cisco Catalyst 2960-X and 2960-XR switches enhance the 2690-S line by delivering switching capacity of 216 Gbps and supporting Cisco's FlexStack-Plus stacking technology by means of a live-swappable module that can combine 8 switches in a stack capable of 80 Gbps of stacking throughput. Cisco Catalyst 2900 family switches also work with NetFlow-Lite for application visibility and control. The Catalyst 2960-XR switch features L3 dynamic routing, offering the simplicity of using one switch for Layer 2 and Layer 3 routing.
Cisco Catalyst 3650 and 3850 Switches
Cisco Catalyst 3650 and Catalyst 3850 switches are fixed, stackable network access switches based on Cisco's IOS XE OS and featuring comprehensive wireless controller capability that lets you converge wired and wireless infrastructure on a single device managed by one OS. Cisco has versions with 24 or 48 built-in 10/100/1000 Ethernet connections with PoE+, four 1-Gigabit or four 10-Gigabit uplinks, and support for up to 9 Catalyst switches per stack. All versions offer expandable Quality of Service, stateful failover for high uptime, software support for IPv4/IPv6 routing, multicast routing, and advanced security.
Because wireless data traffic is visible at the Catalyst 3000 family switch, administrators can identify and prioritize wireless traffic using Cisco's Flexible NetFlow solution and sophisticated QoS capabilities for an improved wireless user experience and quicker problem isolation. Multigigabit Ethernet switching supports the high-throughput defined by the new 802.11ac Wave 2 wireless specification using existing cabling infrastructure. (For information about Progent's support for Cisco's 802.11ac Aironet wireless products, and Meraki cloud-managed access points, visit Configuration and Troubleshooting Support for Cisco Wireless Technology.)
The Catalyst 3650 switch offers stacking performance as high as 160 Gbps and supports up to 25 Wi-Fi access points and 1000 wireless clients on each switch. The Catalyst 3850 offers stacking performance as high as 480 Gbps and can control up to 50 Wi-Fi APs and 2000 wireless clients on each switch or stack. Catalyst 3850 SFP Fiber Switches incorporate 12 or 24 1G fiber connections at line rate, providing far reaching connections, advanced protection, and an identical wired/wireless experience.
Catalyst 4500-E Series and Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches
Catalyst 4500-E Series and and Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Series switches are designed for access and distribution environments where space for infrastructure hardware is at a premium. Powered by Cisco's IOS XE OS software, the Catalyst 4500-E and Catalyst 4500-X product lines facilitate virtualization thanks to Cisco's EVN and Virtual Switching System technologies. Network virtualization makes it possible to divide a hardware network into multiple virtual networks whose data planes and control planes are logically distinct. This makes possible the economy, security and compliance, recoverability, and ease of management needed for Cloud environments or other situations where a common infrastructure must be shared by software and services that must operate in complete isolation from each other. EVN streamlines the task of deploying VNs and scales to 32 VNs per switch. Easy Virtual Network utilizes the capabilities of Multi-virtual routing and forwarding and includes new technologies such as VNET Trunks and an easy way for duplicating replicating routes connecting virtual networks. VSS makes it easy to configure Catalyst 4500-E and 4500-X Series platforms to create non-stop VNs with optimized load balancing.
Catalyst 4500-E Series Switches
Cisco's Supervisor Engine for for the Catalyst 4500-E modular switch includes an integrated wireless network controller that supports Cisco's Unified Access solution for wired and wireless convergence. this is the first Catalyst supervisor to allow wired as well as wireless services on one platform powered by IOS XE. Features include Cisco's Flexible NetFlow solution for capacity planning across both wired and wireless networks, TrustSec wired and wireless data security, predictable Quality of Service for wired and Wi-Fi networks, plus the expansion of Nonstop Forwarding with Stateful Switchover (NSF/SSO) to include Wi-Fi data traffic for world-class availability.
Available in chassis with from three to 10 plug-in slots, Cisco Catalyst 4500-E Series switches can handle up to 384 10/100/1000 Ethernet access ports, up to 192 Gigabit Ethernet fiber fiber ports, 96 10GE fiber connections, and eight 10-Gigabit Ethernet uplink ports. Cisco's Supervisor Engine 8-E provides up to 928 Gbps of wired access per system and up to 20 Gbps of wireless termination performance. 50 Wi-Fi access points and 2000 Wi-Fi clients can be handled per switch, and up to 250 APs and 4000 clients can be supported in a multi-switch deployment without requiring a standalone wireless network controller.
Catalyst 4500-X Switches
Cisco's Catalyst 4500-X Series switches are fixed-configuration 10-Gigabit Ethernet aggregation platforms that can deliver up to 800 Gbps of backplane switching performance per device. The Catalyst 4500-X switch supports up to 32 10GE connections on the unit's baseboard and eight extra 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports on the optional expansion module for a total of 40 non-blocking 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports. Eight 10GE uplinks are also available via a separate module. In addition to providing non-stop performance and simple manageability, Cisco's VSS solution on Catalyst 4500-X switches provides higher system throughput of as much as 1.6 Tbps by enabling all possible bandwidth across VSS-linked Catalyst 4500-X switches. Additional advanced features include Flexible NetFlow solution for capacity planning, TrustSec protection, and fast, hardware-based IPv6 forwarding.
Catalyst 6500 Series and Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Catalyst 6800 Series switches are enterprise campus core platforms that share the proven DNA of the Catalyst 6500 line of switches, which were introduced over a decade ago and have been steadily improved ever since. Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Cisco Catalyst 6800 switches offer the same features and operational consistency, and the modular Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL switch supports the Catalyst 6500 Supervisor Engine 2T and its extensive portfolio of line cards and service modules. This cross compatibility and program of ongoing enhancement preserves your IT expenditures and allows you to upgrade your network backbone with minimal downtime or IT staff training.
Shared features of Catalyst 6500 and Cisco Catalyst 6800 modular switches that have Cisco's Supervisor Engine 2T include Cisco's Identity Services Engine for convenient, centralized administration to put in place consistent policy throughout a distributed network, Virtual Switching System capability for maximum uptime through multi-level switchover, and Cisco's Campus Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP) to support client roaming and device mobility and to simplify virtualization and migration to IPv6. Additional virtualization features to partition distinct user groups and serve the unique security/compliance and Quality of Service policy needs of each group include Layer 2 and Layer 3 VPN, full Multiprotocol Label Switching, Easy Virtual Network (EVN), VRF-aware technology for NAT NetFlow, IPv6 over IPv4 GRE Tunnel Protection, and L2 geographic extensions with virtual private LAN services (VPLS). For converged wired and wireless environments, the Wireless Services Module 2 (WiSM2) controller Cisco Catalyst 6500 and Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series modular switches includes support for 1000 wireless access points and 15,000 wireless clients.
Catalyst 6500-E Series Switches
The Catalyst 6500-E family of modular switches are intended for aggregation and enterprise core networks that need world-class uptime and high densities of 1 Gigabit Ethernet, 1 Gigabit Ethernet fiber, or 10 and 40 GE access ports. Models come with three to 13 expansion slots and work with a broad range of interface modules. Integrated service modules support wireless, traffic monitoring, and security and compliance. Just E-Series models of Cisco's extensive line of Catalyst 6500 switches are compatible with Cisco's Supervisor Engine 2T.
The entry-level Catalyst 6503-E switch has a 4RU form factor, includes 3 expansion slots, and delivers up to 180 Gbps of switching throughput per slot. The Catalyst 6503-E supports 97 1-Gigabit Ethernet ports, up to 99 1GE fiber ports, up to 34 10GE ports, and up to 8 40GE access ports.
The top-of-the-line Catalyst 6513-E switch has a 19RU, 13-slot chassis and can deliver as much as 180 Gbps of bandwidth per slot, providing a system bandwidth as high as 4 Tbps. A VSS configured system can deliver up to 8 Tbps of capacity. The Cisco Catalyst 6513-E Series switch can support up to 529 1 Gigabit Ethernet connections, up to 534 1GE fiber connections, up to 180 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections, and up to 44 40GE connections.
Cisco Catalyst 6800 Switches
Catalyst 6800 Series switches are campus backbone platforms intended to deliver best-of-breed 10/40/100 Gigabit Ethernet services. The Catalyst 6880-X switch is a fixed-configuration, small form factor device for high-density Ethernet intended for small or midsize enterprise campus backbones. The 6880-X supports as much as 2 Tbps performance and has four slots for port cards. The maximum port concentration per chassis is 80 1 Gigabit Ethernet access ports or 10GE access ports or as many as 20 40-Gigabit Ethernet access ports. Configured with VSS, these switches can provide 4 Tbps switching bandwidth and support as many as 158 1 Gigabit Ethernet connections or 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports or as many as 20 40-Gigabit Ethernet ports.
The modular Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL switch has a 10 RU form factor with 7 expansion slots and accepts standard Supervisor Engine 2T cards and service modules. (Two slots are for the Supervisor Engine and the other five are for modules.) The Catalyst 6807-XL switch can deliver up to 880 Gbps of switching performance per slot and up to 11.4 Tbps of switching bandwidth while providing up to 240 10/100/1000 Ethernet access ports or 1GE fiber ports, 80 10GE access ports or up to 20 40-Gigabit Ethernet connections. an 6807-XL system configured with Cisco's Virtual Switching System can handle 22.8 Tbps of switching performance, 480 10/100/1000 Ethernet access ports or Gigabit Ethernet fiber ports, 160 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports or 40 40GE ports.
How Progent Can Assist You with Catalyst Series Switches
Progent can provide the remote or on-premises services of Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants who have extensive experience providing Catalyst switch solutions for small and medium sized organizations, branch offices, enterprise campuses, data centers, Cloud networks, and service providers. Progent's practice areas include Cisco's Catalyst and Nexus lines of managed switches and with Cisco's IOS and NX-OS operating systems. Support services available from Progent for Catalyst Series switches include pilot testing, network analysis, network architecture design, migrations and project management, network virtualization, wired/wireless unification, management automation, capacity planning, problem mitigation, disaster recovery preparedness, and data security assessment and validation.
Progent's Cisco-certified consultants have deep expertise with industry standards and with Cisco-owned protocols and technologies associated with switching and routing such as Border Gateway Protocol, MPLS traffic engineering, Protocol Independent Multicast, VPNs, ISIS, VLANs, FabricPath, VPC, OTV, VRRP, Open Shortest Path First (OSPF), VSS, and Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP). Progent's network specialists also have deep knowledge of important networking technologies such as TCP/IP, IPv4, IPv6, Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP), Routing Information Protocol, and Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP). Progent's CISSP-ISSAP certified network security consultants can assist you to develop an enterprise-wide security plan and deploy Cisco Catalyst switches so that they offer maximum support for your network security posture.
In case you require ultra high density or sub-microsecond latency Cisco switches for an enterprise-class data center, Progent can assist your organization to evaluate, design, and implement a transition to Nexus Series switches. To find out about Progent's consulting capabilities for Cisco's Nexus switches, refer to Cisco Nexus Switch configuration and support offered by Progent. Progent can also help you to connect Catalyst core switches with Cisco Meraki distribution switches. (See Cisco Meraki switch integration consultants.)
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