The Catalyst family of modular and fixed-configuration switches offers performance and control at the access, distribution, and backbone areas of converged IP voice, HD video, and high bandwidth data networks for businesses that range in size from small businesses and branches to multi-campus enterprises and SPs. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants can provide remote and onsite expertise with Catalyst switches to help your organization to plan an efficient network architecture that meets your unique business needs, configure proof-of-concept testing, install Catalyst switches, establish and verify a sound security plan, automate system management and monitoring, provide troubleshooting and maintenance services, optimize switch capacity, and set up Catalyst's high-availability (HA) solutions to achieve near-zero downtime.

Progent can assist you to maintain and repair your older Catalyst switches or migrate with minimal disruption to current versions of Catalyst switches following industry best practices to make sure that you get the highest business value from your investment in your network.

The need for intelligent, fast switching is driven by a confluence of relatively recent networking trends whose net effect is a cyber tsunami of data:

  • Cloud and Internet of Things (IoT) networking and an associated demand for intensive virtualization
  • The pervasiveness of personal endpoints
  • Bandwidth-intensive rich media apps
  • Social media for business
  • The popularity of Big Data in enterprise data analytics
  • Ever more sophisticated threats like ransomware
Cloud computing is only operationally realistic by utilizing virtualization technology. Virtualized data centers slash costs by allowing aggressively high resource utilization and requiring minimal data center space and energy use. But this also means that comparatively limited resources have to accommodate substantial amounts of traffic. The BYOD paradigm has resulted in a steep rise in the amount of mobile clients that must be supported by business networks, and these clients tend to run a high percentage of data-intensive, HD video apps. Social business technologies are displacing traditional email as the primary enabler of collaboration and is producing an ever increasing demand for data. Businesses who want to stay competitive are resorting to Big Data technology to search through enormous and disparate repositories of information, which as a result generates Big Traffic. These trends are relatively new, and put together they cause a serious need for a new generation of switches that offer much more throughput, control, uptime and manageability than older platforms were engineered to provide.

Cisco's latest lineup of Catalyst switches are designed for the distribution/core levels of enterprise campus deployments where mobile and stationary workers must be accommodated by providing dependable high throughput, secure access control, careful segregation, application intelligence, and wired and wireless convergence. Catalyst series switches address the need for performance and control with features that include high-port-count 10, 40, and 100 Gigabit Ethernet services, switching throughput over 25 Tbps per appliance, a powerful suite of technologies such as Easy Virtual Network to facilitate the creation of virtual networks, VSS technology for stateful failover with instant virtual switch restoration and 99.999% availability, IPv6 capability, AVC to optimize network utilization, and advanced QoS capabilities for business-critical traffic control.

Cisco Catalyst Switches Consulting and Troubleshooting

Cisco Offers Catalyst Switches for Organizations of All Sizes

Cisco Catalyst switches allow businesses of all sizes to build smart switching features into their network architecture, creating an ecosystem that can meet current needs, expand to accommodate expected growth, guard sensitive information, and separate and control tasks to enhance network productivity.

Catalyst 1000 Series Fixed Ethernet Switches
Catalyst 1000 Series Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 1000 Series access switches are compact, fixed-configuration switches targeted for small businesses and branches with as many as 250 users and with minimal internal IT support. Cisco's Catalyst 1000 Series includes fanless models for noiseless operation within an office venue. Mounting kits include desktop, wall or shelf mount, rack mount, and DIN rail mount. Created as a simple replacement for Catalyst 2960-L/2960-Plus Series deployments, Cisco's Catalyst 1000 portfolio includes versions with 8 to 48 Gigabit Ethernet ports or 24 to 48 Fast Ethernet 10/100M ports.

Catalyst 1000 configuration and management are easy using a web UI or command-line interface, security is enterprise-class, and Power over Ethernet ports with an automatically distributed budget of 740W allows a broad range of Internet of Things solutions. As many as eight Catalyst 1000 Gigabit Ethernet model switches can be managed at once with single IP. Catalyst 1000 models are line-rate switches, and all are powered by Cisco's familiar IOS Software. Quality-of-Service (QoS) features include egress queues on every port as well as priority packet queuing to deliver wire-speed performance for all classes of data. Catalyst 1000 switches also support SRR scheduling and Weighted Tail Drop congestion management.

Cisco Catalyst 9000 Series Fixed and Modular Managed Switches
The Cisco Catalyst 9000 line of switches includes modular and fixed units and can support all deployment models including access, distribution, and core switching. The Catalyst 9000 series includes switches with the right price/performance to connect workers and things in environments ranging from small businesses and branch offices to major enterprises. Catalyst 9000 Series products can be configured to support any mix of local facilities, private and public clouds, and hybrid network models. Unified network management platforms and cutting-edge security features lower cost of ownership by streamlining operations and protecting vital IT assets. Cisco's 9000X family of switches provide converged switching/routing, delivering the first combination of 400G optical transceivers plus full mGig Ethernet and PoE ports.

Cisco Catalyst 9000 Fixed and Modular Switches Consultants

Cisco Catalyst 9000 Switches Are Designed for a Hybrid World

Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series Switches ConsultantsWith double the stacking bandwidth for about half the cost of the legacy Cisco Catalyst 2960-X and 2960-XR switches they are intended to replace, Catalyst 9200 Series switches are a natural network improvement for small branch offices and midsize campuses. The Catalyst 9200 family includes switches that support 24 or 48 ports with full Power over Ethernet; 80-160 Gbps backplane stacking performance; streaming telemetry; and Layer 3 features that include OSPF, EIGRP, IS-IS link-state protocol, and routed access. Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series switches run Cisco IOS XE.

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

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Switches ExpertsCatalyst 9300 Series switches are fixed, stackable devices for ultra-high-density enterprise access switching. Advanced features available with models in the Catalyst 9300 portfolio include up to 1Tbps backplane stacking bandwidth, stackable high-speed fiber, up to 448 multigigabit ports and 288 ports of 90W UPOE+ with an 8-unit configuration, end-to-end IPsec tunnel with AES-256 with MACsec 256-bit encryption and speeds up to 100G, HA fans and power, plus data stack cables common throughout the complete Catalyst 9300 family.

Based on the Cisco IOS XE operating system, switches in the Catalyst 9300 product line support automated provisioning, API-based configuration, high-granularity visibility for near realtime monitoring, and transparent software updates and patching. Advanced security features include Encrypted Traffic Analytics (ETA) as well as AES-256 MACsec and IPSec encryption, plus Cisco Trust Anchor Technologies with Image signing. Cloud cybersecurity is enhanced because Catalyst 9300 switches are able to host Cisco's Umbrella agent directly. This makes it possible for organizations to customize their DNS filtering policies at user or group level to block BYOD or IoT users from visiting malicious websites.

The entry-level Cisco Catalyst 9300L switch features as much as 320G backplane stacking throughput and supports 12 100M/1G/2.5G/5G/10G ports and 36 10M/100M/1G ports. The 9300L utilizes fixed rather than modular uplink components for 4 1G, 4 10G, or 2 40G uplink ports. The Cisco Catalyst 9300 switch features 480G of stacking throughput 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 high-end Cisco Catalyst 9300X switch delivers up to 1Tbps backplane stacking bandwidth and supports 48 10G port density. The 9300X supports modular uplinks with dual-rate 100G/40G, multirate 25G/10G/1G, or mGig. Cisco 90W UPOE+ supports dense IoT applications. Cisco offers hardware to support 100G IPsec.

Catalyst 9400 Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 9400 Series appliances are modular switches powered by Cisco IOS XE and targeted for midsize and large campus access networks. Delivering twice the throughput and more than quadruple the chassis bandwidth as the Catalyst 6500 line it is built to replace, the Catalyst 9400 portfolio ushers switch technology into the current age of networking impelled by cybersecurity, mobility, IoT, and cloud.

Catalyst 9400 appliances are available with 4-slot, 7-slot, and 10-slot chassis. Two slots on the chassis are dedicated to high-availability supervisor cards, leaving 2, 5, or 8 slots available for line cards. Maximum bandwidth scalability per line-card slot is 480G. Switching capacity can achieve 1.44 Terabits per second and forwarding rate on Supervisor Module is as high as 9 Tbps for the 10-slot chassis. All Catalyst 9400 switches offer 90W UPOE+ on every access port, protected network segmentation with SD-Access and N+N/N+1 power redundancy for high availability. The Catalyst 9400 4-slot switch can support 96 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, 5G/10G mGig ports, or 10G SFP+ ports. The Catalyst 9400 7-slot supports 240 ports, and the Catalyst 9400 10-slot supports 384 ports. All Catalyst 9400 switches can provide 2 non-blocking 40 Gigabit Ethernet Quad Small Form-Factor Pluggable uplinks and up to 8 non-blocking 10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ uplinks.

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

Catalyst 9500 appliances deliver as high as 6.4 Terabits per second switching performance with forwarding throughput up to 2 Bpps. Catalyst 9500 switches can support as many as 32 nonblocking 100 Gigabit QSFP28 ports, 32 nonblocking 40G QSFP+ ports, 48 nonblocking 25 Gigabit SFP28 ports, or 48 nonblocking 10G ports. You can deploy MEC multipathing across StackWise-Virtual members for high resiliency.

Catalyst 9500X switches can provide up to 25.6 Terabits per second switching performance with 2 Billion Packet per Second forwarding speed. Catalyst 9500X models deliver up to 28 nonblocking 40/100 GB QSFP28 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 ConsultantsCatalyst 9600 Series switches are modular core and distribution appliances intended for the enterprise campus. The 6-slot chassis with a Catalyst 9600X Series Supervisor delivers switching performance as high as 25.6 Terabits per second and can contain up to 256 nonblocking 10/25/50 Gigabit ports, 96 nonblocking 40/100G G ports, or 8 nonblocking 200/400 GE QSFP-DD 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 mix and match a variety of line cards for core and aggregation deployment scenarios. The Catalyst 9600 chassis has a passive backplane, making it possible to replace fan tray, power supplies, and line cards without disruption.

End-of-Life Catalyst Series Switches Supported by Progent
Progent's Cisco CCIE-certified consultants have broad backgrounds delivering online and on-premises consulting and troubleshooting expertise for older Catalyst switches which have reached End of Life (EOL). These legacy switches often are more expensive to manage and support than current models, provide less performance and functionality, and for many situations may subject organizations to compliance and liability risks. Progent can assist your business to support and repair these older switches and can in addition help you to plan and execute non-disruptive migrations to newer products from the Catalyst family or to devices from the Cisco Nexus portfolio of switches which take advantage of Catalyst design experience.

Catalyst Express 500 and 520 Switches
Catalyst Express 500 and 520 Series Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst Express 500 and 520 line of Layer 2 switches are intended for organizations with up to 250 workers and deliver the reliability, security, extensibility, and feature set small companies need at an affordable price. Power over Ethernet support makes it easy to add network appliances such as wireless access points and IP cameras.

Versions of the Catalyst Express 500 managed switches support up to 24 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet ports as well as the option of backup power with automatic switch-over for additional dependability. Interoperation with Cisco access points helps businesses to build a local wireless environment rapidly and easily. The Cisco Catalyst Express 500 family provides strong protection against malicious attacks With the Cisco Self-Defending Network strategy and Clean Access solutions. Catalyst 2940 Switch
Cisco 2900 Series Switches HelpCisco Catalyst 2900 Series fixed-configuration, managed 10/100 switches offer basic small-group connectivity for small to medium-size companies. These wire-speed desktop switches offer IOS Software features for basic data, video, and voice services at the network edge. The Cisco 2940 Series fixed-configuration switches are small-footprint, entry-level switches featuring eight Ethernet connections and one integrated Fast or Gigabit Ethernet uplink. They can be installed away from the wiring closet in cramped office spaces such as on a worker's desk or in a conference room.

Cisco Catalyst 2960-S Switch
The Catalyst 2960-S Series are fixed-configuration switches intended for small companies and branch offices. Current models feature 24 or 48 1Gb Ethernet ports, four 1GE or two 10-Gigabit uplink ports, and deliver throughput as high as 176 Gbps. Cisco's FlexStack technology permits as many as four 2960-S chassis to be grouped in a stack to perform like one switch that provides 40 Gbps of stacking performance and that reduces management expense with one-switch configuration. Cisco's IPv6 FHS technology guards networks against IPv6 address theft and other attacks.

Catalyst 3560 Family Switches
Catalyst 3560 Series Switches Professional ServicesThe Catalyst 3560 family is a selection of fixed-configuration switches that features IEEE 802.3af and PoE functionality in Fast Ethernet and Gigabit implementations. The Catalyst 3560 is a proven access-layer switch for midsize business network connectivity or branch-offices, offering both Gigabit Ethernet and PoE options for high efficiency while streamlining the deployment of vital technology including IP telephony, Wi-Fi, video surveillance, and remote video kiosks. Customers can deploy network-wide intelligent services such as QoS, rate management, access control lists, multicast management, and high-performance IP routing while maintaining the simplicity of traditional network switching.

The Catalyst 3560 Series switch has a robust set of capabilities that allow for network expandability and enhanced availability through IP routing plus a complete suite of STP enhancements designed to increase availability in an access Layer LAN. Improvements to the standard Spanning Tree Protocol, including PVST+, and Uplink Fast, as well as innovations such as Flex Links interfaces, contribute to network uptime. Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Plus allows for Layer 2 traffic sharing on redundant links to exploit the extra bandwidth associated with a redundant design.

Important protocols such as OPSF, Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol, BGP, static routing, and PBR increase network capacity; Protocol Independent Multicast helps improve the efficiency of system resource use; and Virtual Route Forwarding Lite secures network traffic.

Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 3750 Family Switches SupportFor midsized organizations and corporate branches, Cisco's Catalyst 3750 switch eases deployment of unified applications and adapts to evolving business needs by offering configuration versatility, support for unified network traffic, and automatic set up of smart network functions. In addition, the Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series is engineered for high-volume Gigabit Ethernet deployments and incorporates a diverse range of switches that meet the connectivity, aggregation, and backbone-interface requirements of small or midsized systems.

The Cisco Catalyst 3750 switch includes the IP Base or the IP Services image. The IP Base image capabilities include advanced quality of service (QoS), rate-management, access control lists (ACLs), and simple static and Routing Information Protocol (RIP) routing capability. The IP Services image provides a richer set of high-end functions, including advanced built-in IP unicast and multicast routing.

Cisco StackWise technology is an architecture optimized for 1000 Ethernet. This technology is intended to respond to additions, deletions, and relocations while providing predictable performance. Cisco StackWise technology unites up to 9 separate switches into a single logical unit, using custom stack-interconnect cables and stacking utilities. Any of the switches can be any combination of Cisco's Catalyst 3750 Series switches and the Catalyst 3750-E switches. The stack operates as a single switching unit that is managed by a control switch, elected from among the stack of switches. The master switch intelligently creates and updates all the switching and optional routing databases. A working stack can accommodate new members or delete existing switches without operational interruption.

Cisco Catalyst 2960 Series Switches and 3560-CX Switches
Catalyst 2900 Series Switches ConsultingCisco's Catalyst 2960-CX is a fixed-port managed switch that is compact, fanless, low power, and includes a variety of mounting options. The Catalyst 2960-CX has eight 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports and two 1-GE uplinks and has an option for Power over Ethernet (PoE). Cisco's Catalyst 3560-CX is a fixed-port managed switch packaged in a sleek, quiet and low-power enclosure that can be placed almost anywhere outside a wiring closet. Versions are offered with 8 or 12 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports or with six 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports plus 2 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 family consists of entry-level fixed-configuration switches targeted for branch offices, retail venues, and other places where space is limited. Catalyst 2900-L low-profile switches include eight to 48 Gigabit Ethernet ports and two or four Small Form-Factor Pluggable uplink ports. PoE support saves space and fanless design for the 8- models eliminates noise. RJ-45 connectors handle 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T and 1000BASE-T SFP-ports.

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 via a hot-swappable plug-in that allows 8 Catalyst switches in a stack capable of 80 Gbps of stacking throughput. Catalyst 2900 Series switches also work with NetFlow-Lite for flow-based traffic monitoring. The Catalyst 2960-XR switch features L3 dynamic routing, offering the convenience of using one switch for L2 and L3 routing.

Cisco Catalyst 3650 and Catalyst 3850 Switches
Cisco Catalyst 3650 Switch and Catalyst 3850 Series Switches Consulting FirmCatalyst 3650 and Catalyst 3850 switches are fixed-configuration, stackable access switches based on Cisco's IOS XE control software and incorporating full wireless controller capability that allows you to control wired and wireless networks on a one platform powered by one OS. Cisco has versions with 24 or 48 built-in 1Gb Ethernet ports with Power over Ethernet plus (PoE+), four 1GE or four 10-GB Ethernet uplinks, and support for up to nine switches per FlexStack stack. All versions offer expandable QoS, fast switchover for high availability, support in software for IPv4 and IPv6 routing, multicast, and advanced security features.

Since wireless traffic is visible at the Catalyst 3000 family switch, administrators can identify and prioritize wireless data using Cisco's Flexible NetFlow technology along with sophisticated QoS features for a better user experience and faster problem isolation. Fast Ethernet switching supports the high-bandwidth defined by the new 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi specification using currently in-place cabling solutions. (To find out about Progent's consulting and support services for Cisco's 802.11ac Aironet Wi-Fi technology, and Meraki cloud-managed APs, refer to Configuration and Troubleshooting Support for Cisco Wireless Technology.)

The Catalyst 3650 offers stacking bandwidth of 160 Gbps and can control up to 25 Wi-Fi access points and 1000 wireless users on each stack. The Cisco Catalyst 3850 switch delivers stacking bandwidth of 480 Gbps and can control up to 50 wireless APs and 2000 Wi-Fi users on each switch. Catalyst 3850 SFP Fiber Switches have 12 or 24 1G fiber data ports at line rate, providing far reaching connectivity, advanced security, and a consistent wired and wireless user experience.

Cisco Catalyst 4500-E Series and Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches
Catalyst 4500-E and and Catalyst 4500-X Series switches are intended for access and distribution environments where space for networking equipment is limited. Powered by Cisco's IOS XE control software, the 4500-E and Catalyst 4500-X product lines facilitate network virtualization thanks to Cisco's Easy Virtual Network (EVN) and VSS solutions. Network virtualization allows you to divide a hardware network into a number of virtual networks whose data planes and control planes are logically segregated. This provides the efficient utilization, protection, resilience, and ease of management required for Cloud computing or other situations where a single infrastructure is shared by software and services that need to operate in complete privacy from each other. EVN streamlines the process of creating virtual networks and scales to 32 VNs for each switch. EVN utilizes features of Multi-virtual routing and forwarding and includes additional technologies such as VNET Tags and a simple way for duplicating replicating routes connecting VNs. Virtual Switching System makes it possible to set up Catalyst 4500-E and Catalyst 4500-X Series platforms to create non-stop virtual networks with optimized load balancing.

Cisco Catalyst 4500-E Switches
Catalyst 4500-E Series Switches Consulting FirmCisco's Supervisor Engine 8-E for the Catalyst 4500-E switch includes an integrated wireless controller that works with Cisco's Unified Access technology for wired and wireless convergence. this is the first Catalyst supervisor to permit wired as well as wireless services on one switch based on Cisco's IOS XE software. Technologies included are Cisco's Flexible NetFlow technology for capacity planning encompassing wired and wireless networks, Cisco TrustSec/SGT2 wired/wireless security, identical QoS for wired and wireless networks, plus the extension of Nonstop Forwarding with Stateful Switchover (NSF/SSO) to cover Wi-Fi data traffic for enterprise-quality high availability.

Available in chassis that have from three to 10 plug-in slots, Cisco Catalyst 4500-E Series switches with Supervisor 8-E can support up to 384 1-Gigabit Ethernet ports, 193 1GE fiber fiber connections, 96 10GE fiber connections, and eight 10-Gigabit Ethernet uplinks. Cisco's Supervisor Engine 8-E delivers up to 928 Gbps of wired throughput for each system and up to 20 Gbps of wireless termination performance. 50 Wi-Fi access points and 2000 wireless users can be handled on each chassis, and up to 250 APs and 4000 clients are supported in a two-switch installation without a standalone wireless controller.

Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Switches
Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches Planning and Support ServicesCisco's Catalyst 4500-X Series switches are fixed 10GE aggregation platforms that can provide 800 Gbps of core switching capacity per chassis. The Catalyst 4500-X switch can have up to 32 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections on the baseboard and eight extra 10GE ports on the optional expansion module for a maximum of 40 non-blocking 10GE ports. Eight 10-Gigabit Ethernet uplink ports are available via another module. In addition to providing non-stop performance and easy manageability, Cisco's VSS technology on Catalyst 4500-X switches offers higher system throughput of up to 1.6 Tbps by enabling all available capacity across redundant Catalyst 4500-X switches. Other advanced features include Cisco's Flexible NetFlow technology for application visibility, Cisco TrustSec protection, and fast, hardware-based IPv6 forwarding.

Cisco Catalyst 6500 and Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches
Catalyst 6500 and Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series switches are enterprise campus backbone platforms that share the proven technology of the Catalyst 6500 line of products, which first appeared over a decade ago and have been continually improved since then. Cisco Catalyst 6500 and Catalyst 6800 switches provide the same features and operation, and the modular Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL supports the Catalyst 6500 Supervisor Engine 2T and its extensive family of line cards and modules. This backwards compatibility and program of continual enhancement protects your technology expenditures and enables you to update your network backbone with minimal downtime or IT staff training.

Common features of Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Catalyst 6800 modular switches that have Cisco's Supervisor Engine 2T include the Cisco Identity Services Engine for simple, centralized control to put in place unvarying policy across a distributed environment, VSS capability for maximum availability via multi-level failover, and Cisco's Campus Locator/ID Separation Protocol to support roaming and device mobility and to simplify virtualization and transition to IPv6. Other virtualization features to segment distinct client groups and support the unique security/compliance and Quality of Service policy requirements of each group include Layer 2 and Layer 3 VPN, full MPLS, EVN, VPN Routing and Forwarding-aware applications for Network Address Translation NetFlow, IPv6 over IPv4 GRE Tunnels, and L2 geographic extensions with virtual private LAN services (VPLS). For unified wired and wireless environments, the Wireless Services Module 2 (WiSM2) controller Cisco Catalyst 6500 and Catalyst 6800 modular switches includes support for as many as 1000 wireless APs and 15,000 wireless users.

Catalyst 6500-E Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switches ConsultantsThe Cisco Catalyst 6500-E Series of modular switches are designed for distribution and campus core networks that require maximum uptime and high concentrations of 1 Gigabit Ethernet, 1 GE fiber, or 10 and 40 GE ports. Models include three to 13 expansion slots and work with a broad range of interfaces. Integrated service modules support wireless management, traffic analysis, and security and compliance. Just E-Series models of Cisco's broad family of 6500 switches are compatible with Cisco's Supervisor Engine 2T.

The Cisco Catalyst 6503-E has a 4 rack unit chassis, holds 3 slots, and delivers 180 Gbps of switching bandwidth per slot. The Catalyst 6503-E supports up to 97 10/100/1000 Ethernet access ports, up to 99 Gigabit Ethernet fiber ports, up to 34 10GE ports, and up to 8 40-Gigabit Ethernet ports.

The top-of-the-line Cisco Catalyst 6513-E has a 19RU, 13-slot chassis and offers as much as 180 Gbps of bandwidth on each slot, with a total system bandwidth of up to 4 Tbps. A VSS configured system can support up to 8 Tbps of bandwidth. The Cisco Catalyst 6513-E switch can support up to 529 10/100/1000 Ethernet connections, up to 534 1GE fiber connections, 180 10GE connections, and 44 40-Gigabit Ethernet access ports.

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Switches
Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches Consulting and TroubleshootingCatalyst 6800 switches are campus core platforms designed to provide optimal 10/40/100 GE support. The Catalyst 6880-X switch is a fixed-configuration, small form factor platform for Ethernet aggregation designed for small or midsize campus cores. The Catalyst 6880-X supports as much as 2 Tbps capacity and features four slots for plug-in 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 access ports. Configured with Cisco's Virtual Switching System, a two-chassis system can provide 4 Tbps switching capacity and handle up to 158 10/100/1000 Ethernet access ports or 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections or as many as 20 40-Gigabit Ethernet connections.

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

How Progent Can Assist Your Business with Cisco Catalyst Series Switches
Progent can provide the online or on-premises support services of CCIE-certified network consultants who have broad experience delivering Catalyst switch technology solutions for small and midsize businesses, branches, enterprises, data centers, Cloud networks, and SPs. Progent's areas of expertise include Cisco's Catalyst and Nexus lines of smart switches and with Cisco's IOS, IOS-XR and NX-OS control software. Consulting and support services offered by Progent for Cisco Catalyst switches include pilot testing and validation, network analysis and monitoring, network architecture planning, migrations and project management, network virtualization, wired/wireless unification, management automation, capacity planning, problem mitigation, disaster recovery planning, and IT security and compliance testing and verification.

Progent offers deep knowledge of industry standards and with proprietary Cisco protocols and technologies associated with switching and routing such as Border Gateway Protocol, MPLS, Protocol Independent Multicast, VPNs, Spanning-Tree Protocol, virtual LANs, FabricPath, Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), HSRP, Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol, Open Shortest Path First (OSPF), Virtual Switching System (VSS), and LISP. Progent's network experts also offer experience with important technologies including TCP/IP, IPv4, IPv6, Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol, Routing Information Protocol, and Internet Group Management Protocol. Progent's CISSP-ISSAP certified information security and compliance consultants can assist you to develop a comprehensive security strategy and deploy Catalyst switches so they offer maximum support for your security policies.

In case you need ultra high density or extremely low latency switches for an enterprise-class data center, Progent can help your organization to analyze, plan, and manage a transition to Cisco's Nexus switches. To learn about Progent's consulting services for Cisco's Nexus Series switches, refer to Cisco Nexus Switch configuration and support services. Progent can also assist you to connect Catalyst data center switches with Meraki aggregation switches. (See Cisco Meraki switch integration consultants.)

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