Cisco's Catalyst family of modular and fixed managed switches offers speed and control at the access, distribution, and backbone levels of converged IP voice, video, and data networks for organizations that range from small businesses and branches to global enterprises and SPs. Progent's Cisco-certified CCIE consultants offer online and on-premises expertise with Catalyst switches to help your organization to plan a cost-effective network topology that meets your unique business needs, configure pilot testing, install Catalyst switches, establish and verify a sound security and compliance plan, streamline system management and performance tracking, provide repair and support services, maximize switch capacity, and configure Catalyst's high-availability (HA) technology for near-zero downtime.

Progent can assist you to maintain and repair your older Catalyst switches or upgrade efficiently to current models of Catalyst switches following leading practices to make sure that you receive the maximum business value from your investment in your network.

The demand for smart, high-speed switching is the result 0f a confluence of fairly recent networking trends whose overall impact is a cyber tsunami of data:

  • Cloud and Internet of Things networking and a consequent requirement for intensive virtualization
  • The pervasiveness of personal endpoints
  • Bandwidth-intensive rich media apps
  • Social business technologies
  • The popularity of Big Data in enterprise analytics
  • Ever more sophisticated cyberattacks like ransomware
Cloud computing is only financially feasible because of virtualization technology. Virtualized data centers slash costs by permitting very high hardware utilization and demanding very little data center space and energy consumption. However this also means that comparatively limited resources have to support substantial amounts of data traffic. The BYOD paradigm has resulted in a dramatic increase in the amount of mobile users that have be handled by IT networks, and these users tend to run a high percentage of bandwidth-intensive, rich media apps. Social business technologies are replacing traditional email as the main enabler of workforce collaboration and is generating a growing thirst for bandwidth. Businesses who are trying to stay competitive are adopting Big Data technology to search through enormous and disparate repositories of corporate data, which as a result produces Big Network Traffic. All of these computing trends are fairly new, and put together they create a critical demand for an advanced class of switches that offer much higher throughput, intelligence, availability and ease of management than older solutions were engineered to deliver.

Cisco's latest lineup of Catalyst switches are designed for the distribution and core layers levels of enterprise campus deployments where office employees must be supported with dependable high speed, secure user access management, careful segregation, application awareness, and wired/wireless convergence. Cisco's Catalyst switches address the need for performance and control with capabilities such as high-density 10G/40G/100G services, switching throughput more than 25T for each chassis, a comprehensive collection of tools including EVN to facilitate the creation of VLANs, VSS technology for stateful failover with subsecond backup switch recovery and "five nines" (99.999%) availability, IPv6 capability, Application Visibility and Control (AVC) to optimize network utilization, and sophisticated QoS tools for business-critical traffic prioritization.

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Cisco Has Developed Catalyst Switching Solutions for Organizations of All Sizes

Catalyst switches allow organizations of all sizes to benefit from incorporating intelligent switching and routing services into their network architecture, creating an environment that can handle real-time requirements, expand to accommodate expected growth, protect vital data, and differentiate and manage tasks to optimize network productivity.

Catalyst 1000 Series Fixed Ethernet Switches
Cisco Catalyst 1000 Series Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 1000 Series Layer 2 network access switches are compact, fixed switches intended for smaller businesses and branches with as many as 250 users and with little if any internal IT support. Cisco's Catalyst 1000 line includes fanless versions for noiseless operation outside a wiring closet in an office environment. Mounting alternatives include desktop, wall mount, standard rack mount, and DIN. Created as a simple replacement for Catalyst 2960-L/2960-Plus deployments, the Catalyst 1000 Series includes versions with 8 to 48G Ethernet ports or 24 to 48 Fast Ethernet 10/100M ports.

Catalyst 1000 set up and management are simple using a web interface or command-line interface, security is enterprise-class, and PoE+ ports with a dynamically distributed power budget of 740W supports a wide variety of Internet of Things deployments. As many as eight Catalyst 1000 Gigabit Ethernet model switches can be controlled together with single IP. Catalyst Series 1000 models are line-rate switches, and all are based on Cisco's familiar IOS Software. Quality-of-Service capabilities include egress queues on each port plus priority queuing to provide optimized throughput for all classes of traffic. Catalyst 1000 switches also offer Shaped Round Robin (SRR) service scheduling and Weighted Tail Drop (WTD) congestion avoidance.

Cisco Catalyst 9000 Series Fixed and Modular Managed Switches
The Catalyst 9000 family of managed switches includes modular and fixed switches and supports all deployment scenarios including access, distribution, and core switching. The Catalyst 9000 line includes devices with the appropriate price/performance to connect workers and things in venues ranging from small businesses and branches to major enterprises. Catalyst 9000 Series switches can be set up to support any combination of onsite deployments, private and public clouds, and hybrid network models. Unified network management tools and cutting-edge security features lower expenses by cutting operational overhead and protecting vital IT assets. Cisco's 9000X family of managed switches offer converged switching/routing, delivering the first mix of 400G optical transceivers plus full mGig and Power-over-Ethernet ports.

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Cisco Catalyst 9000 Switches Are Built for a Hybrid World

Cisco Catalyst 9200 Switches ConsultantsWith double the stacking bandwidth for around half the price of the end-of-life Cisco Catalyst 2960-X and 2960-XR switches they are designed to replace, Catalyst 9200 Series switches are a compelling infrastructure improvement for small branches and midsize campuses. The Catalyst 9200 family includes models that offer 24 or 48 ports with full PoE+; 80-160 Gbps backplane stacking performance; streaming telemetry; and Layer 3 features that include OSPF, EIGP distance routing protocol, IS-IS link-state protocol, and RIP. Cisco Catalyst 9200 switches are powered by Cisco IOS XE.

The Catalyst 9200 delivers 160-Gbps backplane stacking throughput, features field-replaceable redundant power supplies and fans, and supports add-in interface modules with 4x1G, 4x1/10G, 2x25G, or 2x40G uplink. Cisco's Catalyst 9200 Enhanced VN switch supports as many as 32 Virtual Networks and delivers 160-Gbps stacking throughput. The Catalyst 9200L offers 80-Gbps stacking throughput. Both the Catalyst 9200L multigigabit and the Catalyst 9200 multigigabit support wireless bandwidth tuning with 8 or 12 mGig Ethernet ports up to 10G.

Catalyst 9300 Switches ExpertsCisco's Catalyst 9300 Series switches are fixed, stackable appliances for ultra-high-density enterprise access switching. Advanced features provided with various models in the Catalyst 9300 product line include up to 1Tbps stacking bandwidth, stackable SFP fiber, up to 448 multigigabit Ethernet ports including 288 ports of 90W UPOE+ with an 8-unit configuration, line rate IPsec with AES-256 with MACsec 256-bit encryption and speeds as high as 100G, HA fans and power supplies, plus StackPower cables common throughout the complete Catalyst 9300 product line.

Powered by the Cisco IOS XE operating system, switches in the Catalyst 9300 family support auto provisioning, API-driven configuration, granular visibility for close to realtime monitoring, and transparent software updates and patching. Security capabilities include Encrypted Traffic Analytics (ETA) as well as AES-256 MACsec and IPSec encryption, and Cisco Trust Anchor Technologies with Secure Boot. Cloud cybersecurity is enhanced because Catalyst 9300 switches have the ability to host the Cisco Umbrella agent directly. This makes it possible for organizations to design their DNS filtering policies granularly to prevent BYOD or IoT users from accessing malicious websites.

The value-priced Cisco Catalyst 9300L switch provides up to 320G stacking performance and offers 12 100M/1G/2.5G/5G/10G ports and 36 10M/100M/1G ports. The 9300L utilizes fixed instead of modular uplink components for 4 1G, 4 10G, or 2 40G uplink ports. The Cisco Catalyst 9300 switch offers 480G of stacking bandwidth 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 delivers up to 1Tbps backplane stacking throughput and offers 48 10G Ethernet 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 environments such as smart buildings. Hardware is available to support 100G IPsec.

Catalyst 9400 Switches ExpertsCisco's Catalyst 9400 Series devices are modular switches powered by the Cisco IOS XE operating system and designed for midsize and large campus access networks. Delivering twice the performance and more than quadruple the chassis bandwidth as the legacy Catalyst 6500 line it is built to replace, the Catalyst 9400 portfolio ushers switch capability into the modern era of connectivity driven by cybersecurity, mobility, IoT, and cloud.

Catalyst 9400 appliances are offered 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 available for line cards. Maximum bandwidth per line-card slot is 480 Gbps. Switching capacity can achieve 1.44 Terabits per second and forwarding performance on Supervisor Module is as high as 9 Tbps with the 10-slot chassis. All Catalyst 9400 appliances offer 90W UPOE+ on every access port, secure segmentation with SD-Access and N+N/N+1 power redundancy for high resilience. The 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 models can support 2 non-blocking 40G Quad Small Form-Factor Pluggable uplinks and up to 8 non-blocking 10G Ethernet SFP+ uplinks.

Catalyst 9500 Switches ExpertsCisco's Catalyst 9500 family includes fixed core and edge services switches intended for the large campus. Catalyst 9500 models are powered by Cisco IOS XE and the series incorporates the first infrastructure technology to deliver switching speeds higher than 25 Tbps.

Cisco's Catalyst 9500 models provide up to 6.4 Tbps switching performance with forwarding throughput up to 2 Billion Packet per Second. Catalyst 9500 switches can provide up to 32 nonblocking 100 GB QSFP28 optical ports, 32 nonblocking 40G QSFP+ ports, 48 nonblocking 25G SFP28 ports, or 48 nonblocking 10 Gigabit SFP+ ports. You can deploy Multichassis EtherChannel (MEC) across Cisco StackWise-Virtual members for high resiliency.

Catalyst 9500X appliances can provide up to 25.6 Tbps switching performance with up to 2 Bpps forwarding capacity. Catalyst 9500X devices support up to 28 nonblocking 40/100 GB 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 MACsec and WAN-MACsec1 encryption.

Catalyst 9600 Switches ExpertsCatalyst 9600 Series switches are modular core and distribution switches intended for the enterprise campus. The 6-slot chassis with a Catalyst 9600X Series Supervisor delivers switching capacity as high as 25.6 Tbps and can support as many as 256 nonblocking 10/25/50 G ports, 96 nonblocking 40/100G Gigabit ports, or 8 nonblocking 200/400 Gigabit QSFP-DD ports. The Catalyst 9600 also supports dual-rate 40G/100G and 10G/25G optics. Two chassis slots are dedicated for high-availability supervisors. You can mix and match a variety of line cards for core and aggregation deployment scenarios. The Catalyst 9600 chassis uses a passive backplane, so you can replace fan tray, power supplies, and line cards without disrupting operation.

Legacy Catalyst Models Supported by Progent
Progent's Cisco CCIE-certified consultants have broad experience providing online and onsite consulting and troubleshooting services for older Catalyst switches for which Cisco has announced End of Life or End of Support. These legacy Catalyst switches usually cost more to manage and maintain than contemporary models, provide lower performance and fewer features, and for many cases can subject organizations to regulatory and liability issues. Progent can assist your business to support and repair these older switches and can also help you to plan and implement non-disruptive migrations to current products from the Catalyst line or to solutions from Cisco's Nexus line of network switches which build upon Catalyst technology.

Cisco Catalyst Express 500 Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst Express 500 and 520 Family Switches SupportThe Catalyst Express 500 family of Layer 2 switches are intended for companies with as many as 250 employees and provide the dependability, security, extensibility, and features small and mid-sized companies require at an economical price. PoE support makes it easy to install network appliances such as wireless access points and IP TV cameras.

Models of the Cisco Catalyst Express 500 switches offer up to 24 10/100/1000BT Ethernet ports plus the option of backup power supplies with automatic switch-over for extra reliability. Integration with Cisco wireless access points helps organizations to build a local wireless network quickly and easily. The Catalyst Express 500 platform offers solid security against malicious attacks thanks to the Cisco Self-Defending Network strategy and Cisco Clean Access agents. Cisco Catalyst 2940 Switch
Cisco 2900 Series Switches ConsultantsCatalyst 2900 fixed-configuration, managed Ethernet switches provide fundamental small-group connectivity for small to medium-sized organizations. These wire-rate desktop switches offer IOS Software functions for simple mixed-media traffic control at the network edge. The Cisco 2940 family of fixed-configuration switches are small, entry-level devices featuring eight Fast Ethernet ports plus a single integrated Fast or Gigabit Ethernet uplink. The enclosures can be deployed away from the wiring closet in cramped areas such as on or under a user's desk or in a classroom.

Cisco Catalyst 2960-S Series Switch
The Catalyst 2960-S Series are fixed switches designed for small businesses and branches. Current models have either 24 or 48 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, four 1-Gigabit or two 10-Gigabit uplinks, and provide switching capacity as high as 176 Gbps. Cisco's FlexStack feature allows as many as four Catalyst 2960-S switches to be combined in a stack to perform like one switching unit that provides 40 Gbps of stacking performance and that cuts management costs because of single-switch configuration. IPv6 FHS technology protects against IPv6 address interception and other threats.

Catalyst 3560 Switches
Cisco 3560 Family Switches Professional ServicesCisco's Catalyst 3560 family is a line of fixed-configuration switches that features IEEE 802.3af and Cisco Power over Ethernet functionality in Fast Ethernet and Gigabit implementations. The Catalyst 3560 switch is an ideal Layer 2 switch for small enterprise network access or local-office environments, combining both Gigabit and PoE options for high productivity while facilitating the installation of vital technology such a Voice over IP, wireless access, video monitoring, and remote video kiosks. IT managers can activate network-wide intelligent features such as quality of service (QoS), rate management, access control lists, multicast administration, and fast IP routing with the ease of conventional LAN switching.

The Cisco Catalyst 3560 Series is equipped with a robust array of features that allow for network scalability and higher resilience through IP routing plus a complete suite of Spanning Tree Protocol enhancements aimed to maximize throughput in a Layer 2 network. Improvements to the standard Spanning Tree Protocol, such as Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Plus (PVST+), Uplink Fast, and Port Fast, as well as innovations like Flex Links interfaces, improve network efficiency. PVST+ supports Layer 2 traffic balancing on backup connections to exploit the extra bandwidth associated with a redundant architecture.

Efficient technologies such as Open Shortest Path First, Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol, BGP, static routing, and PBR increase network capacity; Protocol Independent Multicast (PIM) helps improve utilization of network resources; and Virtual Route Forwarding Lite (VRFLite) protects data.

Catalyst 3750 Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series Switches Consulting FirmFor midsized businesses and corporate branches, the Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series eases integration of unified applications and accommodates changing competitive environments by providing setup versatility, ability to manage unified network patterns, and automatic configuration of intelligent system functions. In addition, Cisco's Catalyst 3750 Series is engineered for high-volume Gigabit deployments and incorporates a wide range of switches that address the access, aggregation, and backbone-interface requirements of small or mid-size networks.

Cisco's Catalyst 3750 Series has the IP Base image or the IP Services image. The IP Base image features include advanced QoS, rate-limiting, ACLs, and basic static and Routing Information Protocol routing capability. The IP Services image provides a richer set of enterprise network functions, such as sophisticated hardware-based IP unicast/multicast routing.

StackWise technology is an architecture optimized for Gigabit Ethernet. Cisco StackWise is intended to respond to installs, deletions, and redeployments while providing consistent performance. Cisco StackWise technology unites as many as 9 individual switches into one functional unit, using custom stack-interconnect cables and utilities. Each of the switches can be any mix of the Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series and Cisco's Catalyst 3750-E Series. The stack behaves as a single switching unit that is directed by a control switch, chosen from one of the member switches. The master switch intelligently creates and updates all the switching and user-selected routing databases. A deployed stack can accept new switches or delete old members without operational interruption.

Cisco Catalyst 2960 Series Switches and 3560-CX Switches
Catalyst 2900 Series Switches ConsultingCisco's Catalyst 2960-CX is a fixed-configuration managed switch that is low-profile, fanless, low power, and allows a variety of mounting options. The switch incorporates eight 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports and two Gigabit Ethernet uplinks and optionally provides Power over Ethernet. Cisco's Catalyst 3560-CX appliance is a fixed-configuration switch packaged in a sleek, quiet and low-power unit that can be placed almost anywhere outside a wiring closet. Versions are available with 8 or 12 1-GE ports or with 6 1-GE ports plus two multigigabit Ethernet ports. Two or four uplink ports are offered, and PoE+ power is also an option.

Cisco Catalyst 2900-L Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 2960-L line consists of entry-level fixed-port switches intended for small offices, retail venues, and other environments where space is limited. Catalyst 2900-L low-profile appliances have eight to 48 Gigabit Ethernet ports and either two or four Small Form-Factor Pluggable uplink ports. Power over Ethernet support reduces clutter and fan-free design for 16- and 24-port models eliminates noise. RJ-45 interfaces accommodate 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T and 1000BASE-T SFP-ports.

Catalyst 2960-X and Catalyst 2960-XR switches improve on the 2690-S family of switches by delivering switching throughput of up to 216 Gbps and providing Cisco's FlexStack-Plus stacking technology via a live-swappable module that can combine 8 switches in a FlexStack Plus stack with 80 Gbps of stacking throughput. Cisco Catalyst 2900 Series switches also work with NetFlow-Lite for flow-based traffic monitoring. Cisco's Catalyst 2960-XR Series switch is capable of Layer 3 dynamic routing, offering the simplicity of using one device for L2 and L3 routing.

Catalyst 3650 and 3850 Series Switches
Catalyst 3650 Switch and 3850 Switches Consulting and TroubleshootingCisco Catalyst 3650 and Catalyst 3850 series switches are fixed, 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 infrastructure on a single device powered by a single operating system. Cisco has models with 24 or 48 1Gb Ethernet connections with Power over Ethernet plus (PoE+), four 1GE or four 10GE uplink ports, and capacity for as many as 9 Catalyst switches per stack. All models provide modular QoS, fast switchover for high uptime, support in software for IPv4 and IPv6 routing, multicast, and enhanced security features.

Since wireless data traffic is visible at the Catalyst 3000 family switch, administrators can spot and assign priorities to wireless data with Cisco's FNF solution and sophisticated QoS features for a better user experience and faster problem isolation. Fast Ethernet switching supports the high-bandwidth called for by the new 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi standard using existing cabling solutions. (To find out about Progent's support for Cisco's 802.11ac Wi-Fi access points and wireless controllers, and Meraki cloud-managed Wi-Fi APs, visit Configuration and Troubleshooting Support for Cisco Wireless Technology.)

The Catalyst 3650 offers stacking bandwidth as high as 160 Gbps and supports up to 25 wireless access points and 1000 wireless users on each stack. The Cisco Catalyst 3850 delivers stacking bandwidth of up to 480 Gbps and can control as many as 50 Wi-Fi access points and 2000 Wi-Fi clients on each switch. Cisco Catalyst 3850 SFP Fiber Switches have 12 or 24 1G fiber data ports at line rate on every port, offering far reaching connections, enhanced protection, and a consistent wired and wireless user experience.

Cisco Catalyst 4500-E Series and Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches
Cisco's Catalyst 4500-E and and Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Series switches are designed for campus and distribution deployments where physical space for infrastructure hardware is at a premium. Running Cisco's IOS XE control software, both the 4500-E and 4500-X families simplify network virtualization thanks to Cisco's Easy Virtual Network (EVN) and Virtual Switching System technologies. Virtualization allows you to segment a physical network into multiple virtual networks (VNs) whose data and control planes are logically distinct. This makes possible the efficient utilization, security and compliance, recoverability, and ease of management needed for Cloud environments or other situations where a single infrastructure is used by software and services that need to run in complete isolation from each other. Easy Virtual Network streamlines the task of deploying virtual networks and can be expanded to 32 VNs for each switch. EVN utilizes features of Multi-virtual routing and forwarding (VRF) and includes new technologies including VNET Tags and an easy technique for duplicating replicating routes connecting virtual networks. Virtual Switching System makes it possible to set up Catalyst 4500-E and 4500-X Series platforms to produce zero-downtime virtual networks with advanced traffic load balancing.

Catalyst 4500-E Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 4500-E Family 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 technology for wired and wireless convergence. this is the initial Catalyst supervisor engine to support wired as well as wireless services on one switch powered by IOS XE software. Features include Cisco's FNF solution for application visibility across both wired and Wi-Fi networks, TrustSec/SGT2 wired and wireless data security, predictable QoS for wired and Wi-Fi networks, plus the expansion of Nonstop Forwarding with Stateful Switchover (NSF/SSO) to cover Wi-Fi traffic for enterprise-quality high availability.

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

Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Switches
Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Family Switches Planning and Support ServicesCatalyst 4500-X switches are fixed-configuration 10GE aggregation platforms that can provide 800 Gbps of backplane switching capacity per chassis. The Catalyst 4500-X can have as many as 32 10GE ports on the unit's baseboard and eight more 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports on the expansion module for a maximum of up to 40 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports. Eight 10GE uplinks are also available via a separate module. In addition to providing non-stop performance and easy management, Cisco's virtual switching system solution on Catalyst 4500-X switches provides increased system performance of up to 1.6 Tbps by activating all possible capacity across VSS-linked Catalyst 4500-X Series switches. Additional features include Flexible NetFlow solution for application visibility, Cisco TrustSec security, and wire-rate IPv6 forwarding.

Catalyst 6500 Series and Catalyst 6800 Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 6500 and Catalyst 6800 switches are enterprise campus backbone switches that share the field-proven DNA of the Cisco Catalyst 6500 family of switches, which were introduced more than a decade ago and have been continually enhanced since then. Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Catalyst 6800 switches offer identical features and operational consistency, and the modular Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL switch accepts the Cisco Catalyst 6500 Supervisor Engine 2T and the associated family of compatible line cards and service modules. This backwards compatibility and program of ongoing enhancement preserves your IT investment and allows you to upgrade your network with minimal service interruption or management staff training.

Common attributes of Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Catalyst 6800 Series modular switches equipped with the Supervisor Engine 2T include Cisco's Identity Services Engine (ISE) for simple, single-point management to ensure consistent policy throughout a distributed environment, VSS technology for maximum uptime through multi-level switchover, and the Cisco Campus Locator/ID Separation Protocol to facilitate roaming and mobility and to simplify network virtualization and transition to IPv6. Additional virtual networking features to partition distinct user groups and serve the unique security/compliance and Quality of Service policy requirements of each group include Layer 2 and Layer 3 VPN, complete Multiprotocol Label Switching, Easy Virtual Network (EVN), VRF-aware technology for Network Address Translation (NAT) NetFlow, IPv6 over IPv4 GRE Tunnel Protection, and L2 geographic extensions with VPLS. For converged wired/wireless environments, the Wireless Services Module 2 for Catalyst 6500 and Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series modular switches supports 1000 APs and 15,000 wireless clients.

Cisco Catalyst 6500-E Switches
Catalyst 6500 Family Switches Planning and Support ServicesThe Catalyst 6500-E line of modular switches are intended for aggregation and campus core environments that require world-class availability and high densities of 1 Gigabit Ethernet, 1 GE fiber, and/or 10 and 40 GE ports. Models have three to 13 expansion slots and accept a wide selection of interfaces. Integrated service modules enable wireless management, network monitoring, and security. Just E-Series versions of Cisco's broad line of 6500 switches work with the Supervisor Engine 2T.

The Cisco Catalyst 6503-E switch has a 4RU form factor, includes 3 slots, and delivers as much as 180 Gbps of switching bandwidth per slot. The Catalyst 6503-E can support 97 10/100/1000 Ethernet connections, up to 99 Gigabit Ethernet fiber connections, 34 10GE ports, and up to 8 40GE access ports.

The top-of-the-line Cisco Catalyst 6513-E has a 19 rack unit, 13-slot chassis and offers as much as 180 Gbps of bandwidth per slot, with a total system bandwidth as high as 4 Tbps. A VSS configured system can handle up to 8 Tbps of bandwidth. The Cisco Catalyst 6513-E Series switch can support a maximum of 529 1 Gigabit Ethernet ports, up to 534 1GE fiber connections, up to 180 10GE connections, and up to 44 40GE connections.

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Switches
Catalyst 6800 Series Switches Planning and Support ServicesCatalyst 6800 switches are campus backbone switches intended to provide best-of-breed 10/40/100 Gigabit Ethernet services. The Catalyst 6880-X switch is a fixed-configuration, compact device for high-density Ethernet designed for small or medium-size campus cores. The Catalyst 6880-X delivers as much as 2 Tbps performance and includes four slots for port cards. The maximum port concentration per chassis is 80 1 Gigabit Ethernet access ports or 10-Gigabit Ethernet access ports or as many as 20 40-Gigabit Ethernet ports. With Cisco's Virtual Switching System, these switches can provide 4 Tbps throughput and support as many as 158 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports or 10GE access ports or up to 20 40-Gigabit Ethernet ports.

The modular Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL switch has a 10 RU form factor that has 7 slots and supports standard Supervisor Engine 2T cards and service modules. (Two slots are for the Supervisor Engine and the other five are for modules.) The Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL can deliver as much as 880 Gbps of switching capacity on each slot and up to 11.4 Tbps of full-duplex switching capacity while providing up to 240 1 Gigabit Ethernet ports or 1GE fiber connections, 80 10GE connections or up to 20 40-Gigabit Ethernet access ports. an 6807-XL system with VSS can handle 22.8 Tbps of switching throughput, 480 10/100/1000 Ethernet access ports or Gigabit Ethernet fiber ports, up to 160 10GE access ports or 40 40GE connections.

How Progent Can Assist You with Catalyst Switches
Progent can provide the remote or onsite support services of CCIE-certified network consultants who have broad backgrounds delivering Catalyst switch technology support for small and midsize businesses, branch offices, campuses, data centers, Cloud environments, and service providers. Progent's skills include Cisco's Catalyst and Nexus families of managed switches and with Cisco's IOS, IOS-XR and NX-OS operating systems. Services offered by Progent's experts for Catalyst switches include proof-of-concept testing and validation, network analysis, topology planning, upgrades and project management, network virtualization, wired/wireless convergence, management automation, capacity planning, troubleshooting, disaster recovery planning, and data security and compliance assessment and remediation.

Progent offers broad knowledge of open standards and with Cisco-owned protocols and technologies associated with switching and routing including BGP, MPLS traffic engineering, PIM, VPNs, STP, virtual LANs, FabricPath, VPC, Hot Standby Router Protocol (HSRP), Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol, Open Shortest Path First (OSPF), VSS, and Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP). Progent's network consultants also have experience with key technologies such as TCP/IP, IPv4/IPv6, EIGRP, Routing Information Protocol (RIP), and Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP). Progent's CISSP-ISSAP certified information security and compliance consultants can show you how to develop an enterprise-wide security and compliance strategy and deploy Catalyst switches so that they offer optimal enforcement to your security posture.

In case you require the highest available Ethernet density or extremely low latency switches for an enterprise-class data center, Progent can help your organization to evaluate, plan, and manage a migration to Nexus switches. To learn about Progent's consulting capabilities for Nexus Series switches, see Cisco Nexus Switch configuration and support services available from Progent. Progent can also assist you to integrate Catalyst data center switches with Cisco Meraki distribution switches. (See Cisco Meraki switch integration consultants.)

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