The Catalyst family of modular and fixed-configuration switches offers speed and intelligence at the access, aggregation, and core areas of converged voice, HD video, and data networks for businesses that range in size from small businesses and branch offices to global enterprises and service providers. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants can provide online and on-premises support for Catalyst family switches to help your organization to design an efficient infrastructure that addresses your specific business requirements, set up pilot testing, install Catalyst switches, establish and verify a sound security plan, streamline network management and monitoring, provide troubleshooting and maintenance services, maximize switch performance, and set up Catalyst's fault-tolerant solutions for near-zero downtime.

Progent can help you to maintain and troubleshoot your older Catalyst switches or migrate efficiently to current versions of Catalyst switches following industry best practices to ensure that you realize the maximum return from your investment in your IT infrastructure.

The need for intelligent, high-performance switching is driven by a confluence of relatively recent networking trends whose net effect is a cyber avalanche of data traffic:

  • Cloud and Internet of Things (IoT) networking and a consequent demand for massive virtualization
  • The proliferation of BYOD computing
  • Bandwidth-intensive rich media apps
  • Social business technologies
  • The rise of Big Data in enterprise data analytics
  • Ever more advanced cyberattacks like ransomware
Cloud computing is only financially feasible by utilizing network virtualization. Virtualized infrastructures radically reduce expenses by permitting very high resource utilization and demanding minimal data center space and power consumption. However this also means that relatively limited resources have to support substantial amounts of traffic. The Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) paradigm has resulted in a steep rise in the amount of mobile users that must be handled by business networks, and these users tend to run a high percentage of data-intensive, rich media applications. Social business technologies are displacing email as the main enabler of collaboration and is generating a growing thirst for bandwidth. Enterprises who want to stay competitive are adopting Big Data technology to search through vast and varied silos of corporate data, which as a result produces Big Traffic. These trends are relatively new, and put together they create a serious demand for an advanced class of switches that feature significantly higher performance, control, availability and manageability than older platforms were built to deliver.

Cisco's latest portfolio of Catalyst switches are best suited for the distribution/core levels of enterprise campus environments where mobile and stationary workers must be accommodated by providing dependable high speed, strict client access control, tight segregation, application intelligence, and wired and wireless convergence. Cisco's Catalyst switches address the demand for performance and intelligence with capabilities that include high-density 10, 40, and 100 Gigabit Ethernet services, switching capacity over 25T per switch, a comprehensive catalog of technologies such as Easy Virtual Network (EVN) to simplify the deployment of VLANs, Virtual Switching System (VSS) technology for stateful interchassis failover with instant backup switch restoration and "five nines" (99.999%) availability, IPv6 support, AVC to maximize system utilization, and sophisticated Quality of Service tools for critical traffic prioritization.

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Cisco Has Developed Catalyst Switching Solutions for Organizations of Any Size

Cisco Catalyst switches enable organizations of any size to benefit from incorporating intelligent switching features into their network architecture, deploying an environment that can handle real-time requirements, expand to accommodate expected growth, protect sensitive information, and differentiate and manage processes to optimize network operations.

Catalyst 1000 Series Fixed Ethernet Switches
Cisco Catalyst 1000 Family Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 1000 access switches are small form factor, fixed switches intended for small businesses and branch offices with as many as 250 workers and with little if any in-house IT support. The Catalyst 1000 Series includes fanless versions for noiseless operation within an office venue. Mounting kits include desktop, wall mount, standard rack mount, and DIN rail mount. Designed as a simple replacement for Cisco Catalyst 2960-L/2960-Plus deployments, Cisco's Catalyst 1000 portfolio includes versions with 8 to 48 Gigabit Ethernet ports or 24 to 48 Fast Ethernet 10/100M Mbps ports.

Catalyst 1000 set up and administration are simple via a web interface or CLI, cybersecurity is enterprise-grade, and Power over Ethernet capability with an automatically distributed budget of 740W supports a wide variety of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. As many as eight Catalyst 1000 Gigabit Ethernet model switches can be managed together with single IP. Catalyst 1000 units are line-rate devices, and all are powered by Cisco's familiar IOS Software. Quality-of-Service (QoS) capabilities include egress queues on every port as well as priority queuing to allow optimized throughput for all classes of traffic. Catalyst Series 1000 switches also feature Shaped Round Robin (SRR) service scheduling and WTD congestion management.

Cisco Catalyst 9000 Series Fixed and Modular Managed Switches
The Cisco Catalyst 9000 series of switches includes modular and fixed switches and can support all deployment scenarios including access, distribution, and core switching. The Catalyst 9000 line includes switches with the appropriate price/performance to connect workers and things in scenarios ranging from small businesses and branch offices to the largest enterprises. Catalyst 9000 Series switches can be set up to implement any mix of local deployments, private and public clouds, and hybrid networks. Unified network management platforms and cutting-edge security solutions reduce expenses by saving time and protecting critical IT assets. Cisco's 9000X line of managed switches provide converged switching and routing, delivering the first combination of 400G optical transceivers plus full multigigabit Ethernet and Power-over-Ethernet ports.

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Catalyst 9000 Switches Are Built for a Hybrid World

Catalyst 9200 Switches ConsultantsWith twice the stacking bandwidth at 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 natural network update for small branch offices and midsize campus environments. The Catalyst 9200 portfolio includes models that offer 24 or 48 ports with full Power over Ethernet; 80-160 Gbps stacking performance; streaming telemetry; and Layer 3 features that include OSPF Interior Gateway Protocol, EIGRP, IS-IS, and routed access. Catalyst 9200 Series switches are powered by the Cisco IOS XE operating system.

The Catalyst 9200 delivers 160-Gbps stacking throughput, supports field-replaceable redundant power supplies and fans, and accepts swappable modules with 4x1G, 4x1/10G, 2x25G, or 2x40G uplink. Cisco's Catalyst 9200 Enhanced VN model supports up to 32 Virtual Networks and offers 160-Gbps stacking bandwidth. The Catalyst 9200L delivers 80-Gbps stacking performance. The Catalyst 9200L multigigabit and the Catalyst 9200 multigigabit offer wireless performance optimization with 8 or 12 mGig Ethernet ports as fast as 10Gbps.

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 9300 Series switches are fixed, stackable devices for ultra-high-density enterprise access switching. Advanced capabilities provided with models in the Catalyst 9300 portfolio include up to 1Tbps backplane stacking capacity, 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 as high as 100G, HA fans and power supplies, plus StackPower cables common throughout the complete Catalyst 9300 product line.

Powered by Cisco IOS XE, appliances in the Catalyst 9300 family support automated device provisioning, API-driven configuration, granular visibility for close to realtime monitoring, and transparent software updates and patching. Advanced security features include Encrypted Traffic Analytics (ETA) along with AES-256 MACsec and IPSec encryption, plus Cisco Trust Anchor Technologies with Image signing and Secure Boot. Cloud security is enhanced because Catalyst 9300 switches can host the Cisco Umbrella agent directly. This makes it possible for businesses to implement their DNS policies granularly to prevent BYOD or IoT users from visiting malicious websites.

The value-priced Cisco Catalyst 9300L switch features up to 320G stacking capacity and supports 12 100M/1G/2.5G/5G/10G ports and 36 10M/100M/1G ports. The 9300L uses fixed rather than modular uplink hardware for 4 1G, 4 10G, or 2 40G ports. The Cisco Catalyst 9300 switch offers 480G of stacking throughput and can provide 48 100M/1G/2.5G/5Gbps ports, 24 100M/1G/2.5G/5G/10Gbps Ethernet ports, or 48 1G SFP ports. Modular uplink performance supported are 1G, 10G, 25G, or 40G. The high-end Cisco Catalyst 9300X appliance provides 1T backplane stacking bandwidth and offers 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 applications. Cisco offers hardware to provide 100G IPsec.

Cisco Catalyst 9400 Switches ExpertsCisco's Catalyst 9400 Series appliances are modular switches powered by Cisco IOS XE and intended for medium-size and large campus access networks. Delivering double the throughput and more than four times the chassis bandwidth as the Catalyst 6500 line it is built to replace, Cisco's Catalyst 9400 portfolio brings switch technology into the modern age of connectivity driven by security, mobility, IoT, and cloud.

Catalyst 9400 switches are available with 4-slot, 7-slot, and 10-slot chassis. Two slots on the chassis are dedicated to 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 capacity can reach 1.44 Tbps and forwarding rate on Supervisor Module is as high as 9 Tbps with the 10-slot chassis. All Catalyst 9400 models can provide 90W UPOE+ on every access port, protected network segmentation with Software-Defined Access and N+N/N+1 power redundancy for high resilience. 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 appliances can support 2 non-blocking 40 Gigabit Ethernet Quad Small Form-Factor Pluggable uplinks and up to 8 non-blocking 10G SFP+ uplinks.

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Switches ConsultantsThe Catalyst 9500 product line includes fixed core and edge services switches designed for the large campus. Catalyst 9500 models are based on Cisco IOS XE 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 capacity with forwarding speed as high as 2 Billion Packet per Second. Catalyst 9500 switches can provide up to 32 nonblocking 100 Gigabit QSFP28 ports, 32 nonblocking 40 Gigabit QSFP+ ports, 48 nonblocking 25G SFP28 ports, or 48 nonblocking 10G ports. You can configure MEC multipathing across Cisco StackWise-Virtual members for high resiliency.

Catalyst 9500X products support up to 25.6 Terabits per second switching performance with up to 2 Bpps forwarding capacity. Catalyst 9500X models 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 support for line-rate 256-bit 802.1AE Media Access Control Security (MACsec) and WAN-MACsec1 encryption.

Cisco Catalyst 9600 Switches ExpertsCisco's Catalyst 9600 Series switches are modular core and distribution switches intended for the enterprise campus. The 6-slot 9600 Series chassis loaded 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 Gigabit ports, or 8 nonblocking 200/400 GE QSFP-Double Density ports. The Catalyst 9600 switch also provides dual-rate 40G/100G and 10G/25G optics. Two chassis slots are reserved for high-availability supervisors. You can mix and match a variety of line cards for core and aggregation deployment scenarios. The chassis uses a passive backplane, making it possible to change out fan tray, power supplies, and line cards without disrupting operation.

End-of-Life Catalyst Series Switches Supported by Progent
Progent's Cisco certified consultants have broad backgrounds delivering remote and onsite consulting and troubleshooting services for older Catalyst switches for which Cisco has announced End of Life (EOL). These outdated Catalyst switches usually cost more to manage and maintain than current models, deliver less performance and functionality, and in many situations may subject businesses to regulatory and liability risks. Progent can help you to support and repair these older Cisco products and can in addition help you to design and execute seamless migrations to newer models within the Catalyst line or to solutions from Cisco's Nexus line of network switches which take advantage of Catalyst design experience.

Catalyst Express 500 Series
Cisco Catalyst Express 500 and 520 Family Switches Professional ServicesCisco's Catalyst Express 500 line of fixed-configuration switches are designed for organizations with up to 250 workers and deliver the reliability, security, extensibility, and feature set small and mid-sized businesses need at an affordable price. Power over Ethernet support makes it simple to add network devices such as VoIP phones and IP cameras.

Versions of the Catalyst Express 500 managed switches offer from 8 to 24 10/100/1000BASE-T ports as well as the option of redundant power with automatic fail-over for additional reliability. Integration with Cisco wireless access points allows organizations to set up a local wireless network quickly and effectively. The Catalyst Express 500 platform provides strong protection against malicious attacks thanks to the Cisco Self-Defending Network technology and Cisco Clean Access agents. Catalyst 2940 Switch
Catalyst 2900 Series Switches SupportCisco Catalyst 2900 Series non-modular, managed 10/100 Ethernet switches offer fundamental workgroup networking for small to medium-size organizations. These wire-rate desktop switches offer Cisco IOS Software functions for simple mixed-media traffic services at the network edge. The Cisco Catalyst 2940 Series fixed-configuration switches are small, stackable switches featuring 8 Fast Ethernet connections plus one integrated Fast or Gigabit uplink. The enclosures can be installed away from the wiring cabinet in space-constrained office spaces like on a worker's desk or in a classroom.

Cisco Catalyst 2960-S Switch
The Cisco Catalyst 2960-S Series are fixed switches intended for small companies and branches. Current models offer either 24 or 48 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, four 1GE or two 10-Gigabit uplinks, and provide switching capacity of 176 Gbps. Cisco's FlexStack feature permits four 2960-S chassis to be combined in a FlexStack stack to act like one switching unit that provides 40 Gbps of stacking bandwidth and that cuts management costs with one-switch configuration. Cisco's IPv6 FHS technology guards networks against IPv6 address theft and malicious threats.

Cisco Catalyst 3560 Family Switches
Catalyst 3560 Family Switches HelpThe Catalyst 3560 family is a line of non-modular switches that includes IEEE 802.3af and PoE capability in Fast Ethernet and 10/100/1000 implementations. The Cisco Catalyst 3560 is an ideal access-layer switch for small enterprise network access or satellite-office environments, offering both Gigabit Ethernet and Power over Ethernet (PoE) options for high productivity while streamlining the installation of vital applications including IP telephony, wireless connectivity, video surveillance, and remote video kiosks. Customers can activate network-wide smart services including QoS, rate management, access control lists, multicast management, and fast IP routing while maintaining the ease of conventional network switching.

The Cisco Catalyst 3560 Series switch is equipped with a robust array of capabilities that permit network scalability and enhanced resilience via IP routing plus a full complement of Spanning Tree Protocol enhancements designed to increase availability in an access Layer network. Improvements to the standard STP Protocol, including PVST+, and Port Fast, as well as innovations like Flex Links, contribute to network uptime. Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Plus supports Layer 2 traffic sharing on redundant links to take advantage of the extra capacity inherent in a redundant architecture.

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

Cisco Catalyst 3750 Family Switches
Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series Switches ConsultingFor mid-size businesses and corporate branches, Cisco's Catalyst 3750 Series switch facilitates integration of unified applications and adapts to changing business needs by providing configuration versatility, ability to manage unified network traffic, and management-free set up of intelligent network services. In addition, the Cisco Catalyst 3750 switch is engineered for high-density 1000 Ethernet environments and incorporates a wide selection of switches that meet the connectivity, distribution, and backbone-connectivity demands of small or mid-size networks.

The Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series has either the IP Base or the IP Services image. The IP Base image functions include industry-leading quality of service, rate-limiting, ACLs, and basic static and Routing Information Protocol (RIP) routing support. The IP Services image provides a richer selection of enterprise-grade features, such as advanced hardware-based IP unicast/multicast routing.

Cisco StackWise technology is a stacking architecture designed for Gigabit interfaces. StackWise is designed to react to installs, deletions, and relocations while maintaining consistent performance. Cisco StackWise combines up to nine individual switches into one functional device, utilizing special stack-interface cables and stacking software. Each of the switches can be any combination of the Catalyst 3750 Series and the 3750-E Series. The stack behaves as a single switching appliance that is directed by a master switch, selected from one of the member switches. The control switch automatically creates and keeps current all the switching and user-selected routing tables. A running stack can accommodate new devices or delete old devices with no service 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 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 is a fixed-configuration switch packaged in a compact, quiet and energy-efficient enclosure that can be mounted almost anywhere outside a wiring closet. Versions are offered with eight or 12 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports or with 6 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports and two multigigabit Ethernet ports. Two or four uplink ports are available, and Power over Ethernet 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 at a premium. These compact appliances include eight to 48 GE ports and either 2 or 4 SFP uplink ports. PoE support reduces clutter and fan-free design for 16- and 24-port versions does away with noise. RJ-45 interfaces handle 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T and 1000BASE-T SFP-ports.

Catalyst 2960-X and Catalyst 2960-XR switches enhance the 2690-S family by offering switching performance of up to 216 Gbps and providing Cisco's FlexStack-Plus Stacking via a live-swappable module that allows 8 Catalyst switches in a FlexStack Plus stack capable of 80 Gbps of stacking throughput. Cisco Catalyst 2900 Series switches also support NetFlow-Lite for application visibility and control. Cisco's Catalyst 2960-XR switch is capable of Layer 3 dynamic routing, providing the simplicity of having one switch for Layer 2 and Layer 3 routing.

Catalyst 3650 and 3850 Switches
Cisco Catalyst 3650 Switch and Catalyst 3850 Switches ConsultantsCatalyst 3650 and Catalyst 3850 switches are fixed-configuration, stackable access switches based on Cisco's IOS XE control software and featuring full wireless network controller capability that lets you converge wired and wireless networks on a single platform managed by one OS. Cisco offers models with either 24 or 48 1Gb Ethernet ports with Power over Ethernet plus (PoE+), four 1GE or four 10-Gigabit uplink connections, and support for up to nine Catalyst switches in a stack. All models offer modular Quality of Service, stateful switchover for high uptime, software support for IPv4/IPv6 routing, multicast, and advanced security features.

Because wireless traffic is visible at the Catalyst 3000 Series switch, it is possible to spot and assign priorities to wireless data by means of Cisco's Flexible NetFlow (FNF) solution along with advanced Quality of Service capabilities for an improved user environment and faster problem mediation. Fast Ethernet switching can handle the high-bandwidth called for by the new 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi standard on currently in-place cabling solutions. (To find out about Progent's consulting and support services for Cisco's 802.11ac Wi-Fi access points and wireless controllers, and Meraki cloud-managed Wi-Fi access points, refer to Configuration and Troubleshooting Support for Cisco Wireless Access Points and Controllers.)

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

Catalyst 4500-E and 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 space for networking hardware is limited. Running Cisco's IOS XE operating system, both the 4500-E and Catalyst 4500-X families facilitate network virtualization by supporting Cisco's Easy Virtual Network (EVN) and Virtual Switching System (VSS) technologies. Network virtualization allows you to divide a physical network into multiple virtual networks whose data planes and control planes are logically distinct. This makes possible the efficient utilization, security and compliance, resilience, and ease of management required for Cloud computing or other situations where a single resource pool must be used by software and services that must run in complete privacy from one another. EVN streamlines the process of creating VNs and can be expanded to 32 VNs for each switch. Easy Virtual Network utilizes features of Multi-VRF and provides additional technologies such as VNET Trunks and an easy way for duplicating replicating routes between virtual networks. Virtual Switching System makes it possible to configure Catalyst 4500-E and 4500-X Series platforms to create non-stop VNs with advanced traffic load balancing.

Cisco Catalyst 4500-E Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 4500-E Family Switches Consulting and TroubleshootingCisco's Supervisor Engine 8-E for the Catalyst 4500-E switch has a built-in wireless controller that supports Cisco's Unified Access solution for wired and wireless convergence. The Supervisor Engine 8-E is the first Catalyst supervisor to allow wired as well as wireless services on a single switch based on IOS XE. Technologies included are Cisco's Flexible NetFlow technology for application visibility across both wired and Wi-Fi networks, TrustSec/SGT2 wired and wireless data security, consistent Quality of Service for wired and wireless clients, plus the expansion of Nonstop Forwarding with Stateful Switchover to include Wi-Fi data traffic for world-class high availability.

Offered in chassis with from three to 10 plug-in slots, Catalyst 4500-E switches can handle up to 384 10/100/1000 Ethernet access ports, 193 1GE non-blocking fiber ports, 96 10GE fiber ports, and eight 10-Gigabit Ethernet uplinks. Cisco's Supervisor Engine 8-E delivers as much as 928 Gbps of wired throughput for each system and as much as 20 Gbps of wireless termination performance. 50 wireless APs and 2000 wireless clients can be handled per chassis, and up to 250 access points and 4000 clients can be supported in a multi-switch deployment without a standalone wireless network controller.

Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Switches
Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Family Switches ConsultantsCatalyst 4500-X switches are fixed 10GE aggregation platforms that provide as much as 800 Gbps of core switching capacity per chassis. The Catalyst 4500-X switch supports as many as 32 10GE ports on the unit's baseboard and eight extra 10GE ports on the expansion module for a total of 40 non-blocking 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports. Eight 10-Gigabit Ethernet uplink ports can be added with a separate module. In addition to offering zero-downtime operation and simple management, Cisco's virtual switching system solution on Catalyst 4500-X Series switches offers higher system performance of up to 1.6 Tbps by enabling all possible capacity across redundant Catalyst 4500-X switches. Other advanced features include Cisco's FNF solution for traffic analysis, TrustSec protection, and wire-rate IPv6 forwarding.

Cisco Catalyst 6500 and Catalyst 6800 Series Switches
Catalyst 6500 and Cisco Catalyst 6800 switches are campus core switches that incorporate the field-proven technology of the Catalyst 6500 line of products, which first appeared more than a dozen years ago and which have been continually improved since then. Cisco Catalyst 6500 and Cisco Catalyst 6800 switches provide identical features and operation, and the modular Catalyst 6807-XL supports the Cisco Catalyst 6500 Supervisor Engine 2T and its portfolio of compatible line cards and service modules. This mutual compatibility and commitment to ongoing improvement preserves your information technology investment and permits you to update your network backbone with minimal downtime or management staff re-education.

Shared attributes of Catalyst 6500 and Catalyst 6800 Series modular switches that have Cisco's Supervisor Engine 2T include Cisco's ISE technology for convenient, centralized control to ensure consistent policy throughout a distributed network, VSS technology for maximum availability through multi-level failover, and Cisco's LISP protocol to facilitate roaming and mobility and to streamline virtualization and transition to IPv6. Additional virtualization tools to partition distinct client groups and support the special security/compliance and Quality of Service policy requirements of each group include L2/L3 VPN, full Multiprotocol Label Switching, EVN, VPN Routing and Forwarding-aware technology for NAT NetFlow, IPv6 over IPv4 GRE Tunnel Protection, and L2 geographic extensions with virtual private LAN services. For converged wired/wireless networking, the Wireless Services Module 2 controller Cisco Catalyst 6500 and Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series modular switches can manage 1000 wireless APs and 15,000 wireless clients.

Cisco Catalyst 6500-E Switches
Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switches Consulting and TroubleshootingThe Catalyst 6500-E line of modular switches are intended for distribution and enterprise backbone networks that need maximum uptime and high concentrations of 1 Gigabit Ethernet, 1 Gigabit Ethernet fiber, or 10 and 40 GE access ports. Models include three to 13 slots and accept a broad range of interfaces. Integrated service modules support wireless management, network analysis, and security. Only E-Series versions of Cisco's extensive family of 6500 switches are compatible with Cisco's Supervisor Engine 2T.

The value-priced Catalyst 6503-E has a 4 rack unit chassis, includes 3 slots, and delivers 180 Gbps of switching bandwidth on each slot. The Catalyst 6503-E switch can support 97 1-Gigabit Ethernet connections, up to 99 Gigabit Ethernet fiber access ports, 34 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports, and up to 8 40-Gigabit Ethernet access ports.

The high-end Catalyst 6513-E has a 19 rack unit, 13-slot chassis and offers 180 Gbps of capacity per slot, providing a total system bandwidth as high as 4 Tbps. A VSS configured system can support up to 8 Tbps of capacity. The Catalyst 6513-E Series switch offers up to 529 10/100/1000 Ethernet access ports, up to 534 1GE fiber ports, 180 10GE access ports, and 44 40GE access ports.

Catalyst 6800 Switches
Catalyst 6800 Series Switches Planning and Support ServicesCisco's Catalyst 6800 Series switches are campus backbone switches designed to deliver best-of-breed 10/40/100 Gigabit Ethernet support. The Catalyst 6880-X switch is a fixed, small form factor device for Ethernet aggregation designed for small or midsize campus cores. The 6880-X supports up to 2 Tbps switching capacity and has four slots for port cards. The top port density on one chassis is 80 1 Gigabit Ethernet access ports or 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports or as many as 20 40GE connections. Configured with Cisco's Virtual Switching System, these switches can provide 4 Tbps capacity and handle as many as 158 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports or 10GE access ports or as many as 20 40-Gigabit Ethernet ports.

The modular Catalyst 6807-XL switch comes in a 10-rack-unit chassis with 7 expansion slots and supports standard Supervisor Engine 2T cards and modules. (Two of the slots are for the Supervisor Engine and the other five are for expansion modules.) The Catalyst 6807-XL offers as much as 880 Gbps of switching capacity on each slot and 11.4 Tbps of full-duplex switching throughput while supporting up to 240 1 Gigabit Ethernet connections or Gigabit Ethernet fiber ports, up to 80 10GE ports or 20 40GE connections. A two-chassis 6807-XL system configured with Cisco's Virtual Switching System can handle 22.8 Tbps of switching performance, 480 1 Gigabit Ethernet access ports or 1GE fiber connections, up to 160 10GE access ports or 40 40GE connections.

How Progent Can Help You with Cisco Catalyst Series Switches
Progent can provide the remote or on-premises support services of Cisco CCIE-certified consultants who have extensive backgrounds delivering Catalyst switch solutions for small and medium sized businesses, branches, campuses, data centers, Cloud networks, and service providers. Progent's areas of expertise include Catalyst and Nexus families of managed switches and Cisco's IOS and NX-OS operating systems. Services available from Progent for Cisco Catalyst Series switches include proof-of-concept testing, network analysis, topology design, upgrades and project management, network virtualization, wired/wireless convergence, network management, performance optimization, troubleshooting, disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness, and data security and compliance testing and verification.

Progent has broad knowledge of open standards and with Cisco-owned protocols related to switching and routing including Border Gateway Protocol, MPLS traffic engineering, Protocol Independent Multicast, VPNs, ISIS, VLANs, 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 offer deep knowledge of important technologies including TCP/IP, IPv4/IPv6, EIGRP, Routing Information Protocol (RIP), and Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP). Progent's CISSP-ISSAP certified data security consultants can show you how to create a comprehensive security and compliance strategy and implement Catalyst switches so that they offer maximum enforcement to your security posture.

If you need ultra high Ethernet density or sub-microsecond latency Cisco switches for a world-class data center, Progent can help your organization to evaluate, design, and implement a migration to Nexus Series switches. To find out about Progent's consulting services for Nexus switches, refer to Nexus Switch configuration and support offered by Progent. Progent can also assist you to connect Catalyst data center switches with Cisco Meraki distribution switches. (See Cisco Meraki switch integration consultants.)

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