Cisco's Catalyst line of modular and fixed-configuration managed switches offers performance and intelligence at the access, aggregation, and core levels of converged IP voice, HD video, and data networks for businesses that range from small businesses and branches to multi-campus enterprises and service providers. Progent's Cisco-certified CCIE consultants can provide online and on-premises support for Catalyst family switches to assist your organization to design an efficient infrastructure that addresses your specific business requirements, set up pilot testing systems, install Catalyst switches, establish and verify a sensible security plan, automate system management and performance tracking, deliver repair and maintenance services, maximize switch performance, and set up Catalyst's high-availability (HA) solutions to achieve non-stop operation,
Progent can help you to maintain and troubleshoot your legacy Catalyst switches or migrate with minimal disruption to the latest versions of Catalyst switches adhering to industry best practices to make sure that you realize the maximum business value from your investment in your IT infrastructure.
The need for smart, high-speed switching is the result 0f a combination of fairly new networking trends whose overall effect is a cyber tsunami of data traffic:
- Cloud computing and an associated requirement for intensive network virtualization
- The pervasiveness of BYOD computing
- Bandwidth-intensive rich media applications
- Social media for business
- The popularity of Big Data in enterprise data analytics
Private, public and hybrid clouds are only financially feasible because of virtualization technology. Virtualized infrastructures slash costs by allowing aggressively high resource utilization and demanding minimal real estate and power consumption. But this also requires that comparatively sparse network resources have to accommodate substantial amounts of data traffic. The BYOD revolution has created a dramatic increase in the number of mobile users that have 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 email as the main enabler of collaboration and is producing a growing requirement for bandwidth. Enterprises who want to remain competitive are resorting to Big Data techniques to mine vast and disparate repositories of information, which in turn generates Big Traffic. These computing trends are fairly new, and combined they cause a critical need for a new generation of switches that feature much higher speed, intelligence, uptime and ease of management than older solutions were designed to deliver.
Cisco's current portfolio of Catalyst switches are designed for the distribution/core levels of campus deployments where office workers must be supported with predictable performance, strict client access management, tight group isolation, application intelligence, and wired/wireless convergence. Catalyst series switches address the demand for speed and control with capabilities that include high-port-count 10, 40, and 100 Gigabit Ethernet support, switching capacity as high as 11.4 Tbps for each switch and double that per system, a powerful suite of technologies including Easy Virtual Network (EVN) to facilitate the creation of virtual networks, Virtual Switching System technology for switch failover with instant backup switch restoration and 99.999% uptime, IPv6 capability, Application Visibility and Control to optimize system resource usage, and sophisticated Quality of Service (QoS) capabilities for video data prioritization.
Cisco Has Developed Catalyst Switches for Businesses of Any Size
Cisco Catalyst switches allow businesses of any size to benefit from incorporating intelligent switching and routing services into their network architecture, creating an environment that can deal with real-time needs, scale to support future growth, guard vital information, and differentiate and control processes to enhance network productivity.
Catalyst 2960 Series Switches and 3560-CX Switches
Cisco's Catalyst 2960-CX is a fixed-port switch that is compact, fanless, power efficient, and includes a variety of mounting alternatives. The device incorporates eight 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports and two 1-GE uplink ports and optionally provides Power over Ethernet. Cisco's Catalyst 3560-CX appliance is a fixed-port switch packaged in a sleek, quiet and energy-efficient unit that can be placed virtually anywhere convenient. Versions are available with eight or 12 1-GE ports or with six 1-GE ports and two multigigabit ports. Two or four uplink ports are offered, and PoE+ power is also an option.
Cisco's Catalyst 2960-L line includes value-priced fixed-configuration switches targeted for small offices, retail areas, and other environments where space is at a premium. These low-profile switches have eight to 48 GE ports and 2 or 4 Small Form-Factor Pluggable uplink ports. PoE support reduces clutter and fan-free design for the 8- versions does away with noise. RJ-45 interfaces support 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T and 1000BASE-T SFP-based ports.
Cisco Catalyst 2960-X and 2960-XR switches enhance the 2690-S line by offering switching throughput as high as 216 Gbps and supporting Cisco's FlexStack-Plus Stacking by means of a hot-swappable module that allows 8 Catalyst switches in a FlexStack Plus stack with 80 Gbps of stacking performance. Cisco Catalyst 2900 Series switches also work with NetFlow-Lite for conserving forwarding data for analysis. Cisco's Catalyst 2960-XR switch is capable of L3 dynamic routing, providing the simplicity of having a single switch for L2 and L3 routing.
Cisco Catalyst 3650 and Catalyst 3850 Series Switches
Catalyst 3650 and Catalyst 3850 switches are fixed-configuration, stackable access devices powered by Cisco's IOS XE control software and featuring comprehensive wireless network controller capability that lets you control wired and wireless infrastructure on a single platform powered by a single OS. Cisco has models with 24 or 48 built-in 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports with PoE plus, four 1-Gigabit or four 10GE uplink ports, and support for up to nine switches in a stack. All versions offer modular Quality of Service, stateful switchover for high uptime, support in software for IPv4 and IPv6 routing, multicast routing, and enhanced security features.
Because wireless traffic is present at the Catalyst 3000 Series switch, network managers can spot and prioritize wireless data with Cisco's Flexible NetFlow solution along with advanced QoS capabilities for a better user experience and quicker problem mediation. Fast Ethernet switching can handle the high-throughput called for by the new 802.11ac Wave 2 wireless standard on existing cabling solutions. (To find out about Progent's support for Cisco's 802.11ac Aironet Wi-Fi technology, and Meraki cloud-managed access points, visit Configuration and Troubleshooting Consulting Services for Cisco Wireless Technology.)
The Catalyst 3650 switch delivers stacking performance of 160 Gbps and supports up to 25 Wi-Fi access points and 1000 wireless clients per stack. The Catalyst 3850 offers stacking bandwidth of 480 Gbps and supports up to 50 Wi-Fi APs and 2000 Wi-Fi users on each switch. Cisco Catalyst 3850 SFP Fiber Switches incorporate 12 or 24 1G fiber data ports at line rate on every port, offering far reaching connections, advanced protection, and an identical wired/wireless user experience.
Catalyst 4500-E Series and Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches
Catalyst 4500-E Series and and Catalyst 4500-X Series switches are designed for campus access and distribution environments where physical space for infrastructure hardware is limited. Running Cisco's IOS XE software, both the 4500-E and Catalyst 4500-X product lines facilitate virtualization by supporting Cisco's EVN and Virtual Switching System (VSS) solutions. Network virtualization makes it possible to segment a physical network into multiple virtual networks whose data and control planes are logically separate. This provides the high resource utilization, protection, recoverability, and ease of management needed for Cloud environments or other scenarios where a common infrastructure must be shared by applications and services that must operate in total privacy from one another. Easy Virtual Network simplifies the task of deploying virtual networks and scales to 32 VNs per switch. EVN incorporates the capabilities of Multi-VRF and adds additional features such as VNET Tags and an easy way for duplicating replicating routes between virtual networks. VSS technology makes it easy to configure Catalyst 4500-E and Catalyst 4500-X Series switches to produce non-stop VNs with optimized traffic load balancing.
Catalyst 4500E Switches
Cisco's Supervisor Engine for for the Catalyst 4500-E modular switch includes an integrated wireless controller that works with Cisco's Unified Access technology for wired and wireless convergence. this is the initial Catalyst supervisor engine to enable wired plus wireless services on one platform powered by IOS XE software. Technologies include Cisco's Flexible NetFlow technology for application visibility across wired and Wi-Fi networks, TrustSec wired/wireless data security, predictable QoS for wired and wireless networks, and the extension of Nonstop Forwarding with Stateful Switchover (NSF/SSO) to cover wireless traffic for world-class high availability.
Available in chassis with from three to 10 slots, Cisco Catalyst 4500-E switches can handle up to 384 1-Gigabit Ethernet ports, 193 1GE fiber fiber connections, 96 10GE fiber ports, and eight 10GE uplink ports. The Catalyst 4500-E Supervisor Engine 8-E delivers up to 928 Gbps of wired throughput per system and 20 Gbps of wireless termination capacity. 50 wireless access points and 2000 wireless users can be handled on each switch, and up to 250 wireless access points and 4000 wireless users can be managed in a two-switch installation without requiring a separate wireless network controller.
Catalyst 4500-X Switches
Cisco's Catalyst 4500-X switches are fixed 10-Gigabit Ethernet aggregation switches that provide as much as 800 Gbps of backplane switching capacity per device. The Catalyst 4500-X switch can have as many as 32 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections on the baseboard and eight extra 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports on the optional expansion module for a total of up to 40 non-blocking 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections. Eight 10-Gigabit Ethernet uplinks can be added with a separate module. In addition to offering non-stop performance and easy management, Cisco's VSS technology on Catalyst 4500-X Series switches provides increased system throughput of up to 1.6 Tbps by activating all possible capacity between redundant Catalyst 4500-X Series switches. Additional advanced features include Cisco's FNF technology for capacity planning, Cisco TrustSec security, and wire-rate IPv6 forwarding.
Cisco Catalyst 6500 and Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches
Catalyst 6500 Series and Catalyst 6800 Series switches are enterprise campus core switches that share the proven DNA of the Cisco Catalyst 6500 family of switches, which were introduced over a decade ago and which have been steadily enhanced ever since. Cisco Catalyst 6500 and Cisco Catalyst 6800 switches offer the same features and operation, and the modular Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL switch accepts the Cisco Catalyst 6500 Supervisor Engine 2T and the associated portfolio of line cards and modules. This mutual compatibility and program of ongoing improvement preserves your IT expenditures and permits you to upgrade your network with minimal service interruption or management team retraining.
Shared attributes of Cisco Catalyst 6500 and Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series modular switches equipped with Cisco's Supervisor Engine 2T include the Cisco Identity Services Engine for convenient, single-point administration to put in place consistent policy across a distributed network, VSS technology for maximum availability via multi-level redundancy, and Cisco's Campus Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP) to support roaming and device mobility and to simplify virtualization and transition to IPv6. Additional virtual networking features to segment specific user groups and support the unique security and Quality of Service policy needs of every group include Layer 2 and Layer 3 VPN, complete MPLS, EVN, VRF-aware technology for NAT NetFlow, IPv6 over IPv4 GRE Tunnels, and L2 geographic extensions with virtual private LAN services (VPLS). For converged wired and wireless networking, the Wireless Services Module 2 for Catalyst 6500 Series and Catalyst 6800 Series modular switches supports as many as 1000 APs and 15,000 wireless users.
Cisco Catalyst 6500-E Series Switches
The Cisco Catalyst 6500-E family of modular switches are intended for aggregation and campus core networks that need world-class availability and high densities of 1 Gigabit Ethernet, 1 Gigabit Ethernet fiber, or 10 and 40 GE ports. Available versions have three to 13 expansion slots and work with a wide selection of interfaces. Integrated service modules enable wireless management, network monitoring, and data protection. Only E-Series versions of Cisco's extensive family of Catalyst 6500 switches accept Cisco's Supervisor Engine 2T.
The value-priced Catalyst 6503-E switch has a 4RU form factor, holds 3 expansion slots, and delivers as much as 180 Gbps of switching capacity on each slot. The Cisco Catalyst 6503-E switch can support up to 97 1-Gigabit Ethernet access ports, up to 99 Gigabit Ethernet fiber ports, 34 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports, and 8 40-Gigabit Ethernet access ports.
The high-end Catalyst 6513-E switch has a 19RU, 13-slot form factor and offers 180 Gbps of throughput per slot, providing a system bandwidth as high as 4 Tbps. A Virtual Switching System configuration can deliver 8 Tbps of throughout. The Catalyst 6513-E switch offers a maximum of 529 10/100/1000 Ethernet access ports, up to 534 Gigabit Ethernet fiber ports, 180 10GE access ports, and 44 40GE connections.
Catalyst 6800 Series Switches
Cisco's Catalyst 6800 Series switches are programmable backbone switches intended to provide best-of-breed 10/40/100 Gigabit Ethernet services. The Cisco Catalyst 6880-X switch is a fixed, small form factor platform for Ethernet aggregation intended for small or medium-size enterprise campus cores. The Catalyst 6880-X switch supports up to 2 Tbps switching throughput and has four slots for plug-in port cards. The top port concentration per chassis is 80 1 Gigabit Ethernet connections or 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections or up to 20 40-Gigabit Ethernet connections. Configured with VSS, these switches can provide 4 Tbps switching bandwidth and handle up to 158 1 Gigabit Ethernet access ports or 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections or up to 20 40-Gigabit Ethernet ports.
The modular Catalyst 6807-XL switch has a 10 RU form factor with 7 expansion slots and accepts existing Supervisor Engine 2T cards and service modules. (Two of the slots are for the Supervisor Engine and five are for expansion modules.) The Catalyst 6807-XL switch offers as much as 880 Gbps of switching performance on each slot and up to 11.4 Tbps of switching capacity while handling up to 240 10/100/1000 Ethernet connections or 1GE fiber ports, up to 80 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports or 20 40-Gigabit Ethernet connections. an 6807-XL system configured with VSS can support 22.8 Tbps of switching capacity, 480 1 Gigabit Ethernet ports or Gigabit Ethernet fiber ports, 160 10GE connections or 40 40-Gigabit Ethernet access ports.
Legacy Catalyst Products Still Supported by Progent
Progent's Cisco certified network consultants have extensive experience delivering remote and on-premises support expertise for early-generation Catalyst Series switches for which Cisco has announced End of Life or End of Support. These legacy Catalyst switches usually are more expensive to manage and support than contemporary products, deliver lower capacity and functionality, and for some cases can expose businesses to compliance and even liability risks. Progent's consultants are available to help you to manage and troubleshoot these older switches and can also assist you to design and implement seamless migrations to current models within the Catalyst family or to solutions from Cisco's Nexus portfolio of switches which take advantage of Catalyst technology. Legacy Catalyst models for which support is available from Progent include:
Cisco Catalyst Express 500 Family of Switches
The Catalyst Express 500 and 520 family of Layer 2 switches are intended for companies with up to 250 workers and deliver the dependability, security, expandability, and features small businesses need at an affordable cost. PoE capability makes it simple to add network devices like VoIP phones and IP TV cameras.
Models of the Cisco Catalyst Express 500 managed switches offer from 8 to 24 10/100/1000BASE-T ports plus optional backup power with auto fail-over for additional reliability. Integration with Cisco wireless access points allows organizations to build a local wireless network quickly and effectively. The Cisco Catalyst Express 500 and 520 platform provides solid security against viruses thanks to Cisco's Self-Defending Network technology and Cisco Clean Access solutions.
Catalyst 2940 Switch
Catalyst 2900 non-modular, managed 10/100 switches offer fundamental workgroup networking for small to medium-sized organizations. These wire-rate desktop switches deliver Cisco IOS Software features for basic data, video, and voice support at the edge of the network. The Catalyst 2940 family of switches are compact, stackable devices featuring 8 Fast Ethernet ports and one built-in Fast Ethernet or Gigabit uplink. They can be deployed away from the wiring cabinet in cramped office spaces like 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 businesses and branches. Current versions offer 24 or 48 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, four 1GE or two 10-Gigabit uplink connections, and deliver switching capacity of up to 176 Gbps. Cisco's FlexStack feature permits four Catalyst 2960-S switches to be combined in a stack to act like one switch that offers 40 Gbps of stacking performance and that cuts operational costs because of one-switch configuration. Cisco's IPv6 FHS capability guards against address theft and other threats.
Cisco Catalyst 3560 Switches
Ciscoís Catalyst 3560 Series is a selection of fixed-configuration switches that features IEEE 802.3af and Cisco Power over Ethernet (PoE) functionality in 10/100 and Gigabit implementations. Cisco's Catalyst 3560 is an ideal Layer 2 switch for small enterprise LAN connectivity or local-office environments, offering both Gigabit Ethernet and Power over Ethernet configurations for high efficiency while streamlining the deployment of key applications such a VoIP, Wi-Fi, video monitoring, and remote video kiosks. IT managers can deploy comprehensive smart features including quality of service, rate management, access control lists (ACLs), multicast administration, and broadband IP routing with the simplicity of conventional LAN switching.
The Catalyst 3560 Series offers a robust set of capabilities that permit network expandability and higher availability via IP routing plus a full suite of Spanning Tree Protocol enhancements aimed to maximize throughput in a Layer 2 network. Improvements to the standard Spanning Tree Protocol, such as PVST+, Uplink Fast, and Port Fast, as well as innovations like Flex Links interfaces, contribute to network efficiency. PVST+ allows for Layer 2 load balancing on redundant connections to exploit the additional capacity inherent in a redundant architecture.
Efficient routing mechanisms such as Open Shortest Path First, Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol, Border Gateway Protocol, and Policy Based Routing improve system capacity; PIM increases utilization of network resources; and VRFLite secures data.
Catalyst 3750 Family Switches
For midsized businesses and corporate branches, the Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series switch simplifies integration of converged applications and accommodates changing business needs by providing setup versatility, ability to manage unified network traffic, and automatic set up of intelligent system functions. Also, Cisco's Catalyst 3750 switch is engineered for high-volume Gigabit Ethernet environments and incorporates a diverse selection of switches that meet the connectivity, aggregation, and backbone-interface demands of small or mid-size systems.
Cisco's Catalyst 3750 Series switch has either the IP Base or the IP Services image. The IP Base image capabilities include advanced QoS, rate-management, access control lists (ACLs), and basic static and RIP routing capability. The IP Services image offers a broader selection of enterprise network features, including sophisticated built-in IP unicast and multicast routing.
Cisco StackWise technology is a mechanism designed for 1000 Ethernet. This technology is intended to react to additions, deletions, and relocations while providing consistent operation. StackWise combines as many as nine separate switches into a single logical unit, using special stack-interconnect cables and stacking software. Any of the switches can be any combination of the Catalyst 3750 Series switches and Cisco's Catalyst 3750-E Series switches. The stack behaves as a single switching appliance that is directed by a control switch, chosen from among the stack of switches. The master switch automatically builds and updates all the switching and optional routing tables. A working stack can accept new devices or remove existing devices without operational interruption.
Ways That Progent Can Assist Your Business with Catalyst Switches
Progent can provide the online or on-premises services of CCIE-certified consultants who have broad backgrounds providing Catalyst switch technology support for small and midsize businesses, branch offices, enterprise campuses, data centers, Cloud networks, and SPs. Progent's areas of expertise include Catalyst and Nexus families of smart switches and with Cisco's IOS, IOS-XR and NX-OS control software. Support services offered by Progent for Catalyst switches include pilot testing, system analysis and monitoring, topology design, upgrades and project management, network virtualization, wired and wireless convergence, management automation, capacity planning, problem mitigation, disaster recovery planning, and network security testing and validation.
Progent offers broad knowledge of open standards and with proprietary Cisco protocols and technologies related to switching and routing including BGP, MPLS, PIM, VPNs, ISIS, VLANs, FabricPath, VPC, HSRP, VRRP, Open Shortest Path First (OSPF), Virtual Switching System (VSS), and Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP). Progent's infrastructure experts also have deep knowledge of key networking technologies such as TCP/IP, IPv4/IPv6, Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol, Routing Information Protocol (RIP), and IGMP. Progent's CISSP-ISSAP certified network security consultants can assist you to create an enterprise-wide security and compliance plan and implement Catalyst switches so they offer maximum support for your security posture.
If you need the highest available density or extremely low latency Cisco switches for a world-class data center, Progent can help you to evaluate, design, and implement a migration to Cisco's Nexus Series switches. For information about Progent's consulting and support services for Cisco's Nexus Series switches, see Nexus Switch consulting services. Progent can also assist you to integrate Catalyst data center switches with Meraki distribution switches. (See Cisco Meraki switch integration consultants.)
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