The Catalyst family of modular and fixed switches provides performance and intelligence at the access, distribution, and core levels of converged IP voice, HD video, and data networks for organizations that range from small businesses and branches to global enterprises and SPs. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants offer remote and on-premises expertise with Catalyst switches to help you to plan a cost-effective network topology that addresses your unique business requirements, configure pilot testing systems, install Catalyst switches, establish and validate a sound security and compliance plan, streamline network management and monitoring, deliver repair and maintenance services, maximize switch performance, and configure Catalyst's fault-tolerant solutions for near-zero downtime.

Progent can help you to manage and troubleshoot your legacy Catalyst switches or migrate smoothly to the latest versions of Catalyst switches following industry best practices to make sure that you receive the most return from your investment in your IT infrastructure.

The need for smart, fast switching is driven by a confluence of relatively recent networking patterns whose net effect is a cyber avalanche of traffic:

  • Cloud and IoT networking and an associated need for massive network virtualization
  • The proliferation of personal endpoints
  • Bandwidth-intensive rich media apps
  • Social media for business
  • 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 expenses by permitting very high resource utilization and requiring minimal real estate and power use. But this also requires that comparatively sparse resources must support large volumes of data traffic. The Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) revolution has resulted in a dramatic increase in the amount of mobile users that must be handled by IT networks, and these clients tend to run a great deal of bandwidth-intensive, HD video applications. Social business applications are replacing traditional email as the primary enabler of collaboration and is generating a growing requirement for bandwidth. Businesses who want to stay competitive are adopting Big Data technology to search through enormous and disparate silos of information, which as a result produces Big Network Traffic. All of these computing trends are relatively new, and put together they cause a critical need for an advanced class of switches that offer much more performance, intelligence, uptime and manageability than older platforms were built to provide.

Cisco's latest lineup of Catalyst switches are ideal for the distribution and core layers layers of campus deployments where office workers must be provided for by offering consistent high throughput, secure client access management, tight segmentation, application awareness, and wired/wireless convergence. Catalyst switches address the demand for speed and intelligence with features such as high-port-count 10G/40G/100G services, switching capacity more than 25T per appliance, a powerful catalog of technologies including EVN to simplify the deployment of VLANs, Virtual Switching System technology for switch failover with instant virtual switch recovery and "five nines" (99.999%) uptime, IPv6 support, AVC to maximize system resource usage, and sophisticated QoS capabilities for business-critical traffic control.

Cisco Catalyst Switches Planning and Support Services

Cisco Has Developed Catalyst Switches for Organizations of All Sizes

Cisco Catalyst switches allow businesses of all sizes to build smart switching and routing features into their network infrastructure, deploying an ecosystem that can handle real-time needs, expand to accommodate expected growth, guard vital data, and separate and control tasks to enhance network productivity.

Catalyst 1000 Series Fixed Ethernet Switches
Cisco Catalyst 1000 Series Switches SupportCisco's Catalyst 1000 Series access switches are small form factor, fixed-configuration switches intended for small businesses and branches with as many as 250 users and with minimal internal IT expertise. Cisco's Catalyst 1000 family includes fanless versions for quiet operation within an office venue. Mounting options include desktop, wall mount, rack mount, and DIN. Created as an easy replacement for Catalyst 2960-L or 2960-Plus deployments, the Catalyst 1000 Series includes models with 8 to 48 Gigabit Ethernet ports or 24 to 48 Fast Ethernet 10/100M ports.

Catalyst 1000 set up and administration are easy via a web interface or CLI, security is enterprise-grade, and Power over Ethernet ports with a dynamically distributed power budget of 740W supports a broad range of IoT implementations. Up to eight Catalyst 1000 Gbit Ethernet model switches can be controlled together with single IP. All Catalyst 1000 appliances are nonblocking line-rate devices, and all are powered by Cisco's familiar IOS operating system software. Quality-of-Service features include egress queues on each port as well as priority packet queuing to provide wire-speed performance for time-critical traffic. Catalyst Series 1000 switches also feature Shaped Round Robin (SRR) service scheduling and Weighted Tail Drop (WTD) congestion management.

Cisco Catalyst 9000 Series Fixed and Modular Managed Switches
The Catalyst 9000 series of switches offers modular and fixed units and can support all deployment scenarios including access, distribution, and core switching. The Catalyst 9000 family includes switches with the appropriate price/performance to connect people and things in scenarios ranging from small businesses and branch offices to major enterprises. Catalyst 9000 Series products can be configured to support any combination of local facilities, private and public clouds, and hybrid networks. Unified management platforms and cutting-edge security features lower expenses by saving time and safeguarding vital network assets. Cisco's 9000X family of switches provide converged switching and routing, introducing the first combination of 400G optical transceivers plus full mGig Ethernet and PoE ports.

Cisco Catalyst 9000 Managed Switches Experts

Cisco Catalyst 9000 Series Switches Are Designed for a Hybrid World

Catalyst 9200 Switches ExpertsWith twice the stacking bandwidth for around half the cost of the legacy Cisco Catalyst 2960-X and 2960-XR switches they are intended to replace, Cisco's Catalyst 9200 Series switches are a compelling network upgrade for small branches and midsize campuses. The Catalyst 9200 product line includes switches that support 24 or 48 ports with full Power over Ethernet; 80-160 Gbps backplane stacking bandwidth; and Layer 3 features such as OSPF, EIGRP, IS-IS, and routed access. Catalyst 9200 switches run Cisco IOS XE.

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

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Switches ExpertsCisco's Catalyst 9300 Series switches are fixed, stackable units for high-density enterprise access switching. Key features available with various models in the Catalyst 9300 family include up to 1Tbps backplane stacking bandwidth, stackable SFP fiber, up to 448 mGig ports including 288 ports of 90W UPOE+ with an 8-unit stack, line rate IPsec tunnel with AES-256 Encryption and performance up to 100G, high-availability redundant fans and power supplies, plus StackPower cables common throughout the complete Catalyst 9300 family.

Powered by Cisco IOS XE, devices in the Catalyst 9300 product line support auto device provisioning, API-based configuration, high-granularity visibility for close to realtime monitoring, and seamless software updates and patching. Security features include Encrypted Traffic Analytics (ETA) as well as AES-256 MACsec and IPSec encryption, and Trust Anchor Technologies with Secure Boot. Cloud security is strengthened because Catalyst 9300 switches have the ability to host Cisco's Umbrella agent directly. This allows businesses to design their DNS filtering policies at a granular user or group level to block BYOD or IoT users from accessing malicious websites.

The value-priced Cisco Catalyst 9300L switch features up to 320G backplane stacking capacity and offers 12 100M/1G/2.5G/5G/10G ports and 36 10M/100M/1G ports. The 9300L utilizes fixed instead of modular uplink hardware for 4 1G, 4 10G, or 2 40G ports. The Cisco Catalyst 9300 appliance offers 480G of stacking throughput and supports 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 provides 1T backplane stacking throughput and supports 48 10G port density. The 9300X accepts uplink modules 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 ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 9400 Series appliances are modular switches based on the Cisco IOS XE operating system and intended for midsize and enterprise campus access networks. Delivering double the throughput and over four times the chassis bandwidth as the legacy Catalyst 6500 it is designed to replace, Cisco's Catalyst 9400 portfolio brings switch capability into the current era of connectivity impelled by security, mobility, IoT, and cloud.

Catalyst 9400 switches are offered with 4-slot, 7-slot, and 10-slot chassis. Two slots on the chassis are reserved for high-availability supervisor cards, making 2, 5, or 8 slots available for line cards. Max bandwidth scalability per line-card slot is 480 Gbps. Switching performance can reach 1.44 Tbps and forwarding rate on Supervisor Module can reach 9 Tbps for the 10-slot chassis. All Catalyst 9400 appliances can provide 90W UPOE+ on every access port, secure segmentation with Software-Defined Access (SD-Access) and N+N/N+1 power redundancy for high availability. Cisco's Catalyst 9400 4-slot switch can support 96 10/100/1000 ports, 5G/10G multigigabit 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 provide 2 non-blocking 40 Gigabit Ethernet Quad Small Form-Factor Pluggable uplinks and 8 non-blocking 10 Gigabit SFP+ uplinks.

Catalyst 9500 Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 9500 family consists of fixed core and edge services switches designed for the enterprise campus. Catalyst 9500 models are based on the Cisco IOS XE operating system and the the family incorporates the first infrastructure technology to provide switching speeds above 25 Terabits per second.

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

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

Catalyst 9600 Switches ExpertsCatalyst 9600 Series switches are modular core and distribution appliances for the enterprise campus. The 6-slot 9600 Series chassis with a Catalyst 9600X Series Supervisor has 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 G ports, or 8 nonblocking 200/400 GE QSFP-DD 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 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 change out fan tray, power supplies, and line cards without disrupting operation.

Legacy Catalyst Series Switches Still Supported by Progent
Progent's Cisco CCIE-certified consultants have extensive experience providing remote and onsite support expertise for early-generation Catalyst Series switches for which Cisco has announced End of Life (EOL). These outdated Catalyst switches typically are more expensive to operate and support than contemporary products, deliver less capacity and fewer features, and in some situations may subject organizations to regulatory and liability issues. Progent's consultants are available to assist your business to manage and troubleshoot these legacy Cisco products and can also help you to plan and execute seamless upgrades to newer products from the Catalyst family or to devices from Cisco's Nexus line of switches which take advantage of Catalyst technology.

Cisco Catalyst Express 500 Line of Switches
Cisco Catalyst Express 500 and 520 Family Switches Consulting FirmCisco's Catalyst Express 500 family of fixed-configuration switches are intended for companies with as many as 250 employees and deliver the reliability, security, extensibility, and features small companies require at an affordable price. Power over Ethernet capability makes it easy to add network appliances such as VoIP phones and IP cameras.

Versions of the Cisco Catalyst Express 500 and 520 switches support up to 24 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet ports as well as optional redundant power with auto fail-over for additional dependability. Integration with Cisco access points helps businesses to set up a wireless LAN network rapidly and effectively. The Catalyst Express 500 family offers strong protection against malicious attacks thanks to Cisco's Self-Defending Network strategy and Clean Access solutions. Cisco Catalyst 2940 Switch
Cisco Catalyst 2900 Family Switches ConsultantsCisco Catalyst 2900 non-modular, managed 10/100 Ethernet switches provide fundamental workgroup connectivity for small to medium-size organizations. These wire-rate desktop switches offer Cisco IOS Software features for basic mixed-media traffic services at the edge of the network. The Catalyst 2940 family of managed switches are compact, stackable switches featuring eight Ethernet connections and one integrated Fast or Gbit uplink. The enclosures can be installed outside the wiring closet in space-constrained office spaces like on or under a user's desk or in a classroom.

Catalyst 2960-S Switch
The Cisco Catalyst 2960-S Series are fixed switches intended for small companies and branches. Available versions have either 24 or 48 1Gb Ethernet ports, four 1-Gigabit or two 10GE uplinks, and provide switching capacity of 176 Gbps. Cisco's FlexStack technology allows four 2960-S switches to be grouped in a stack to act as one switching unit that provides 40 Gbps of stacking bandwidth and that reduces administrative expense with single-switch setup. IPv6 First Hop Security (FHS) technology guards against address theft and malicious threats.

Catalyst 3560 Series Switches
Cisco 3560 Series Switches ConsultingThe Catalyst 3560 Series is a selection of fixed-configuration switches that features IEEE 802.3af and Cisco PoE functionality in Fast Ethernet and Gigabit configurations. The Cisco Catalyst 3560 switch is a proven Layer 2 switch for midsize business LAN access or branch-offices, offering both 10/100/1000 and PoE configurations for high efficiency while facilitating the installation of vital technology including IP telephony, Wi-Fi, video monitoring, and building management systems. Customers can deploy network-wide intelligent services such as QoS, rate limiting, access control lists, multicast administration, and high-performance IP routing while maintaining the simplicity of conventional network switching.

The Catalyst 3560 switch is equipped with a powerful set of features that permit network expandability and higher resilience through IP routing as well as a full complement of Spanning Tree Protocol improvements designed to increase throughput in an access Layer network. Improvements to the conventional Spanning Tree Protocol, including Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Plus, and Port Fast, combined with enhancements such as Flex Links Layer 2 interfaces, improve network uptime. Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Plus (PVST+) supports Layer 2 load balancing on redundant links to efficiently use the additional capacity inherent in a redundant architecture.

Important protocols such as Open Shortest Path First, Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol, BGP, and static routing improve system scale; Protocol Independent Multicast (PIM) helps improve the efficiency of system resource use; and Virtual Route Forwarding Lite (VRFLite) protects data.

Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series Switches
Cisco 3750 Family Switches Consulting FirmFor midsized businesses and enterprise branches, Cisco's Catalyst 3750 switch simplifies deployment of unified applications and adapts to evolving business needs by offering setup versatility, ability to manage unified network traffic, and management-free configuration of smart network services. Also, Cisco's Catalyst 3750 switch is engineered for high-density Gigabit environments and incorporates a wide range of switches that meet the connectivity, aggregation, and backbone-interface demands of small or mid-size networks.

The Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series switch has either the IP Base or the Services image. The IP Base image functions include industry-leading quality of service, rate-limiting, access control lists, and simple static and Routing Information Protocol routing support. The IP Services image offers a richer set of enterprise-grade features, such as sophisticated hardware-based IP unicast and multicast routing.

StackWise technology is a stacking architecture designed for Gigabit Ethernet. Cisco StackWise is intended to respond to installs, deletions, and redeployments while maintaining consistent operation. StackWise combines up to nine separate switches into a single functional unit, using special stack-interface cables and stacking software. The individual switches can be any mix of the Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series and the Catalyst 3750-E Series. The stack behaves as an individual switching unit that is managed by a master switch, selected from one of the member switches. The control switch intelligently creates and keeps current all the switching and user-selected routing databases. A running stack can accept new switches or remove existing devices without service discontinuity.

Cisco Catalyst 2960 Swiches and Catalyst 3560-CX Switches
Cisco Catalyst 2900 Series Switches Integration and TroubleshootingCisco's Catalyst 2960-CX is a fixed-port managed switch that is ultra-compact, fanless, power efficient, and includes flexible mounting alternatives. The Catalyst 2960-CX incorporates eight 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports and two Gigabit Ethernet uplink ports and has an option for Power over Ethernet (PoE). Cisco's Catalyst 3560-CX appliance is a fixed-configuration managed switch housed in a compact, noiseless and energy-efficient unit that can be placed virtually anywhere convenient. Versions are offered with eight or 12 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports or with 6 1-GE ports plus 2 multigigabit ports. Up to four uplink ports are offered, and PoE+ power is also available.

Catalyst 2900-L Switches Integration and TroubleshootingCisco's Catalyst 2960-L line includes entry-level fixed-port managed switches intended for small offices, retail areas, and other environments where space is limited. Catalyst 2900-L low-profile appliances have eight to 48 GE ports and 2 or 4 Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP) uplink ports. Power over Ethernet support saves space and fan-free operation for 16- and 24-port versions does away with noise. RJ-45 connectors support 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T and 1000BASE-T SFP-based ports.

Catalyst 2960-X and 2960-XR Series switches enhance the 2690-S line by delivering switching throughput as high as 216 Gbps and providing Cisco's FlexStack-Plus stacking technology by means of a live-swappable module that can combine 8 Catalyst switches in a stack capable of 80 Gbps of stacking performance. Cisco Catalyst 2900 Series switches also support NetFlow-Lite for application visibility and control. The Catalyst 2960-XR Series switch features Layer 3 dynamic routing, providing the convenience of having a single switch for Layer 2 and Layer 3 routing.

Catalyst 3650 and 3850 Series Switches
Catalyst 3650 Switch and 3850 Switches Planning and Support ServicesCisco Catalyst 3650 and Catalyst 3850 switches are fixed, stackable network access switches powered by Cisco's IOS XE control software and featuring comprehensive wireless network controller capability that allows you to converge wired and wireless networks on a single platform managed by one OS. Cisco has versions with 24 or 48 built-in 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports with Power over Ethernet plus, four 1-Gigabit or four 10-GB Ethernet uplink ports, and capacity for up to 9 Catalyst switches in a FlexStack stack. All models offer modular Quality of Service, stateful failover for high uptime, software support for IPv4 and IPv6 routing, multicast, and advanced security features.

Because wireless data traffic is present at the Catalyst 3000 family switch, network managers can identify and prioritize wireless data using Cisco's FNF technology along with advanced QoS capabilities for an improved wireless user environment and faster problem mediation. Multigigabit Ethernet switching supports the high-bandwidth defined by the new 802.11ac Wave 2 wireless standard on currently in-place cabling solutions. (For information about Progent's consulting and support services for Cisco's 802.11ac Aironet wireless technology, and Cisco's Meraki cloud-managed Wi-Fi access points, visit Configuration and Troubleshooting Support for Cisco Wireless Products.)

The Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series switch offers stacking performance as high as 160 Gbps and supports as many as 25 wireless access points and 1000 wireless clients on each stack. The Cisco Catalyst 3850 offers stacking throughput as high as 480 Gbps and can control up to 50 wireless APs and 2000 Wi-Fi users on each switch or stack. Catalyst 3850 SFP Fiber Switches have 12 or 24 1G fiber data ports at line rate on every port, providing long distance connections, enhanced protection, and an identical wired/wireless experience.

Cisco Catalyst 4500-E and Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches
Cisco's Catalyst 4500-E and and Catalyst 4500-X Series switches are intended for campus and distribution environments where physical space for infrastructure hardware is limited. Powered by Cisco's IOS XE OS software, both the 4500-E and Catalyst 4500-X families simplify network virtualization thanks to Cisco's EVN and Virtual Switching System (VSS) solutions. Virtualization allows you to segment a physical network into multiple virtual networks whose data and control planes are logically distinct. This provides the high resource utilization, protection, resilience, and ease of management required for Cloud environments or other situations where a single resource pool must be shared by applications and services that must operate in total isolation from each other. Easy Virtual Network simplifies the task of deploying VNs and scales to 32 VNs for each switch. Easy Virtual Network incorporates features of Multi-virtual routing and forwarding and provides additional technologies including VNET Tags and an easy way for duplicating replicating routes between VNs. Virtual Switching System technology makes it possible to configure Catalyst 4500-E and Catalyst 4500-X Series switches to create zero-downtime VNs with optimized traffic load balancing.

Cisco Catalyst 4500-E Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 4500-E Series Switches Consulting FirmCisco's Supervisor Engine 8-E for the Catalyst 4500-E modular switch has a built-in wireless network controller that supports Cisco's Unified Access technology for wired and wireless convergence. this is the first Cisco Catalyst supervisor to permit wired plus wireless services on one switch based on IOS XE software. Features included are Cisco's FNF technology for traffic analytics encompassing wired and Wi-Fi networks, TrustSec/SGT2 wired and wireless security, identical QoS for wired and wireless clients, plus the extension of Nonstop Forwarding with Stateful Switchover to include Wi-Fi traffic for enterprise-class availability.

Available in chassis that have from three to 10 plug-in slots, Cisco Catalyst 4500-E Series switches with Supervisor 8-E can handle up to 384 1-Gigabit Ethernet ports, 193 1GE fiber fiber ports, 96 10GE fiber ports, and eight 10GE uplinks. The Catalyst 4500-E Supervisor Engine 8-E delivers as much as 928 Gbps of wired capacity per system and 20 Gbps of wireless termination capacity. 50 Wi-Fi APs and 2000 Wi-Fi clients can be handled per switch, and up to 250 APs and 4000 wireless users are managed in a multi-switch installation without a separate wireless network controller.

Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Switches
Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches Consulting FirmCatalyst 4500-X switches are fixed 10GE aggregation switches that deliver 800 Gbps of core switching capacity per device. The Catalyst 4500-X switch can have as many as 32 10GE ports on the unit's baseboard and eight additional 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports on the expansion module for a total of 40 non-blocking 10GE ports. Eight 10GE uplink ports are also available with a separate module. In addition to offering non-stop performance and easy manageability, Cisco's VSS solution on Catalyst 4500-X switches offers higher system performance of up to 1.6 Tbps by enabling all available bandwidth between VSS-linked Catalyst 4500-X Series switches. Additional features include Cisco's FNF solution for traffic analysis, Cisco TrustSec security, and wire-rate IPv6 forwarding.

Catalyst 6500 and Catalyst 6800 Series Switches
Catalyst 6500 Series and Catalyst 6800 Series switches are campus core switches that incorporate the proven DNA of the Cisco Catalyst 6500 line of switches, which were introduced over a decade ago and have been continually enhanced ever since. Cisco Catalyst 6500 and Cisco Catalyst 6800 switches offer the same general features and operational consistency, and the modular Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL supports the Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Supervisor Engine 2T and its family of compatible line cards and modules. This cross compatibility and commitment to ongoing enhancement preserves your IT expenditures and allows you to update your network with little business disruption or IT team training.

Shared attributes of Catalyst 6500 and Catalyst 6800 modular switches equipped with the Supervisor Engine 2T include the Cisco Identity Services Engine for convenient, single-point control to ensure unvarying policy throughout a distributed environment, Virtual Switching System technology for 99.999% uptime via multi-level redundancy, and Cisco's LISP protocol to support roaming and device mobility and to streamline network virtualization and transition to IPv6. Other virtualization tools to segment distinct client groups and serve the special security/compliance and Quality of Service policy needs of every group include L2/L3 VPN, complete Multiprotocol Label Switching, EVN, VPN Routing and Forwarding-aware applications for Network Address Translation NetFlow, GRE for v4/v6, and Layer 2 geographic extensions with virtual private LAN services. For converged wired and wireless networking, the WiSM2 controller Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Catalyst 6800 modular switches includes support for 1000 wireless APs and 15,000 wireless users.

Cisco Catalyst 6500-E Switches
Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switches Consulting and TroubleshootingThe Cisco Catalyst 6500-E family of modular switches are designed for distribution and campus core environments that require maximum uptime and high densities of 10/100/1000 Ethernet, 1 GE fiber, or 10 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet ports. Available versions have three to 13 expansion slots and work with a wide selection of modules. Integrated service modules enable wireless, network monitoring, and data protection. Just E-Series versions of Cisco's extensive family of Catalyst 6500 switches accept Cisco's Supervisor Engine 2T.

The entry-level Catalyst 6503-E switch has a 4 rack unit (4RU) form factor, holds 3 slots, and offers 180 Gbps of switching bandwidth on each slot. The Catalyst 6503-E switch can support up to 97 1-Gigabit Ethernet ports, up to 99 Gigabit Ethernet fiber ports, 34 10GE ports, and 8 40-Gigabit Ethernet access ports.

The top-of-the-line Cisco Catalyst 6513-E switch has a 19 rack unit, 13-slot form factor and can deliver as much as 180 Gbps of throughput per slot, with a total system bandwidth as high as 4 Tbps. A Virtual Switching System configured system can deliver 8 Tbps of throughout. The Cisco Catalyst 6513-E switch offers up to 529 1 Gigabit Ethernet ports, up to 534 Gigabit Ethernet fiber ports, 180 10GE ports, and up to 44 40-Gigabit Ethernet access ports.

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Switches
Cisco Catalyst 6800 Family Switches ConsultantsCatalyst 6800 Series switches are campus backbone platforms intended to deliver best-of-breed 10/40/100 Gigabit Ethernet services. The Cisco Catalyst 6880-X switch is a fixed-configuration, compact switch for Ethernet aggregation designed for small or midsize campus cores. The 6880-X switch supports up to 2 Tbps bandwidth and has four slots for port cards. The maximum port density on one chassis is 80 1 Gigabit Ethernet access ports or 10GE connections or as many as 20 40-Gigabit Ethernet connections. Configured with VSS, a two-chassis system can provide 4 Tbps capacity and handle up to 158 1 Gigabit Ethernet access ports or 10-Gigabit Ethernet access ports or as many as 20 40GE access ports.

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

Ways That Progent Can Help Your Business with Catalyst Series Switches
Progent offers the online or onsite services of CCIE-certified consultants who have broad backgrounds delivering Catalyst switch support for small and midsize organizations, branches, enterprises, data centers, Cloud environments, and SPs. Progent's practice areas include Cisco's Catalyst and Nexus families of smart switches and with Cisco's IOS and NX-OS control software. Consulting and support services available from Progent's experts for Cisco Catalyst Series switches include proof-of-concept testing, network analysis and monitoring, network architecture design, migrations and project management, network virtualization, wired and wireless unification, network management, capacity planning, problem mitigation, business continuity preparedness, and data security assessment and validation.

Progent offers deep expertise with industry standards as well as with Cisco-owned protocols related to switching and routing such as Border Gateway Protocol, MPLS, PIM, VPNs, ISIS, VLANs, Cisco FabricPath, Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), HSRP, Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol, Open Shortest Path First (OSPF), Virtual Switching System (VSS), and LISP. Progent's network consultants also offer experience with crucial networking technologies including TCP/IP protocols, IPv4, IPv6, EIGRP, Routing Information Protocol, and Internet Group Management Protocol. Progent's CISSP-ISSAP certified information security consultants can show you how to create an enterprise-wide security strategy and implement Catalyst switches so that they offer optimal support for your network security policies.

If you need ultra high Ethernet density or extremely low latency Cisco switches for a world-class data center, Progent can assist your organization to evaluate, plan, and carry out a transition to Nexus switches. To find out about Progent's consulting services for Nexus Series switches, see Nexus Switch configuration and support offered by Progent. 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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