Cisco's Catalyst family of modular and fixed-configuration switches provides performance and control at the access, aggregation, and core areas of converged voice, video, and high bandwidth data networks for businesses that range from small businesses and branches to multi-campus enterprises and service providers. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants can provide remote and on-premises expertise with Catalyst family switches to help you to design a cost-effective network architecture that meets your specific business needs, set up pilot testing systems, deploy Catalyst switches, establish and verify a sensible security strategy, streamline network management and performance tracking, deliver troubleshooting and support services, maximize switch performance, and set up Catalyst's fault-tolerant technology to achieve non-stop operation.

Progent can assist you to manage and repair your legacy Catalyst switches or upgrade seamlessly to the latest versions of Catalyst switches following industry best practices to make sure that you realize the highest return from your investment in your IT infrastructure.

The demand for smart, fast switching is the result 0f a combination of relatively new networking patterns whose overall effect is a virtual tsunami of data traffic:

  • Cloud and IoT networking and an associated reliance on intensive virtualization
  • The proliferation of BYOD computing
  • Bandwidth-intensive HD video apps
  • Social media for business
  • The popularity of Big Data in analytics
  • Ever more sophisticated cyberattacks like ransomware
Cloud computing is only financially feasible by utilizing network virtualization. Virtualized infrastructures slash expenses by permitting very high resource utilization and demanding minimal real estate and power consumption. But this also means that relatively limited network resources must support substantial volumes of data. The Bring-Your-Own-Device paradigm has created a dramatic increase in the number of mobile users that have be supported by IT networks, and these clients run a high percentage of bandwidth-intensive, rich media apps. Social business applications are displacing email as the primary enabler of collaboration and is generating an ever increasing demand for data. Enterprises who are trying to stay competitive are resorting to Big Data techniques to mine enormous and varied repositories of information, which as a result generates Big Traffic. These trends are relatively recent, and put together they cause a serious demand for an advanced generation of switches that feature much higher capacity, intelligence, availability and ease of management than older solutions were designed to provide.

Cisco's latest portfolio of Catalyst switches are best suited for the distribution and core layers layers of enterprise campus deployments where office workers must be supported with dependable performance, secure client access control, careful segregation, application intelligence, and wired/wireless convergence. Cisco's Catalyst series switches are designed to meet the need for speed and intelligence with capabilities such as high-density 10, 40, and 100 Gigabit Ethernet services, switching capacity more than 25T per switch, an extensive collection of technologies such as Easy Virtual Network to simplify the creation of virtual networks, VSS technology for switch failover with subsecond virtual switch recovery and "five nines" (99.999%) availability, IPv6 support, Application Visibility and Control to optimize network resource usage, and advanced Quality of Service tools for business-critical data control.

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Cisco Offers Catalyst Switches for Businesses of Any Size

Cisco Catalyst switches allow organizations of any size to benefit from incorporating smart switching and routing features into their network architecture, deploying an ecosystem that can handle current needs, expand to support expected capacity demands, guard sensitive data, and differentiate and control tasks to optimize network productivity.

Catalyst 1000 Series Fixed Ethernet Switches
Catalyst 1000 Series Switches SupportCisco's Catalyst 1000 access switches are compact, fixed switches intended for smaller businesses and branches with up to 250 users and with minimal in-house IT support. The Catalyst 1000 line includes fanless versions for silent operation outside a wiring closet in an office environment. Mounting alternatives include desktop, wall or shelf mount, standard rack mount, and DIN rail mount. Created as an easy upgrade for Cisco Catalyst 2960-L/2960-Plus deployments, the 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 management are simple using a web interface or command-line interface, cybersecurity is enterprise-class, and PoE+ capability with a dynamically allocated power budget of 740W allows a wide range of Internet of Things deployments. Up to eight Catalyst 1000 Gbit Ethernet Series switches can be controlled together with single IP. All Catalyst 1000 units are line-rate switches, and all are based on Cisco's venerable IOS operating system software. Quality-of-Service (QoS) capabilities include egress queues for each port plus priority queuing to deliver wire-speed performance for time-critical data. Catalyst 1000 switches also support Shaped Round Robin service scheduling and Weighted Tail Drop (WTD) congestion management.

Catalyst 9000 Series Fixed and Modular Managed Switches
The Cisco Catalyst 9000 line of switches offers modular and fixed switches and can support all deployment models including access, distribution, and core switching. The Catalyst 9000 line includes devices with the right price/performance to connect people and things in scenarios ranging from small businesses and branch offices to global enterprises. Catalyst 9000 Series products can be set up to support any mix of onsite deployments, private/public clouds, and hybrid network models. Unified management platforms and advanced cybersecurity features reduce cost of ownership by streamlining operations and protecting vital network assets. Cisco's 9000X family of switches provide converged switching/routing, delivering the first combination of 400G optical transceivers plus full mGig Ethernet and Power-over-Ethernet ports.

Catalyst 9000 Managed Switches Experts

Cisco Catalyst 9000 Switches Are Built for a Hybrid World

Catalyst 9200 Series Switches ExpertsWith double the stacking bandwidth at about half the cost of the legacy Catalyst 2960-X and 2960-XR switches they are designed to replace, Catalyst 9200 Series switches are a natural infrastructure update for small branch offices and midsize campuses. The Catalyst 9200 portfolio includes models that offer 24 or 48 ports with full PoE+; 80-160 Gbps backplane stacking performance; streaming telemetry; and Layer 3 features such as OSPF Interior Gateway Protocol, EIGP distance routing protocol, IS-IS link-state protocol, and RIP. Catalyst 9200 switches run Cisco IOS XE.

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

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

Powered by the Cisco IOS XE operating system, switches in the Catalyst 9300 product line support automated provisioning, API-driven configuration, high-granularity visibility for near realtime monitoring, and seamless software updates. Advanced security features include Encrypted Traffic Analytics (ETA) as well as AES-256 MACsec and IPSec encryption, plus Trust Anchor Technologies with Image signing and Secure Boot. Cloud cybersecurity is strengthened because Catalyst 9300 switches can host Cisco's Umbrella agent directly. This makes it possible for businesses to customize their DNS policies granularly to prevent 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 uses fixed rather than modular uplink hardware for 4 1G, 4 10G, or 2 40G ports. The Cisco Catalyst 9300 switch features 480G of stacking throughput and can provide 48 100M/1G/2.5G/5Gbps ports, 24 100M/1G/2.5G/5G/10Gbps ports, or 48 1G SFP ports. Modular uplink speeds supported are 1G, 10G, 25G, or 40G. The top-of-the-line Cisco Catalyst 9300X appliance delivers up to 1Tbps stacking bandwidth and offers 48 10G ports. The 9300X supports modular uplinks with dual-rate 100G/40G, multirate 25G/10G/1G, or multigigabit. Cisco 90W Universal Power Over Ethernet+ supports dense IoT environments such as smart buildings. Cisco offers hardware to support 100G IPsec.

Catalyst 9400 Switches ExpertsCisco's Catalyst 9400 Series devices are modular switches powered by Cisco IOS XE and intended for midsize and enterprise campus access deployments. Offering twice the performance and more than four times the chassis bandwidth as the legacy Catalyst 6500 line it is designed to replace, the Catalyst 9400 family ushers switch technology into the modern era of connectivity driven by cybersecurity, mobility, Internet of Things, and cloud.

Catalyst 9400 appliances are available with 4-slot, 7-slot, and 10-slot chassis. Two slots on the chassis are reserved for redundant supervisor cards, leaving 2, 5, or 8 slots available for line cards. Max capacity per line-card slot is 480 Gbps. Switching capacity can achieve 1.44 Tbps and forwarding performance on Supervisor Module can reach 9 Tbps with the 10-slot chassis. All Catalyst 9400 switches offer 90W UPOE+ on every port, protected segmentation with Software-Defined Access and N+N/N+1 power redundancy for high resilience. 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 switch supports 240 ports, and the Catalyst 9400 10-slot supports 384 ports. All Catalyst 9400 appliances can provide 2 non-blocking 40 Gigabit Ethernet QSFP uplinks and up to 8 non-blocking 10G Ethernet SFP+ uplinks.

Catalyst 9500 Switches ConsultantsThe Catalyst 9500 family consists of fixed core and edge services appliances intended for the large campus. Catalyst 9500 switches are powered by the Cisco IOS XE operating system and the the family incorporates the first infrastructure technology to provide switching rates above 25 Tbps.

Cisco's Catalyst 9500 appliances deliver up to 6.4 Tbps switching performance with forwarding speed up to 2 Bpps. Catalyst 9500 switches can provide as many as 32 nonblocking 100 GB QSFP28 optical ports, 32 nonblocking 40 Gigabit QSFP+ ports, 48 nonblocking 25 Gigabit SFP28 ports, or 48 nonblocking 10G ports. You can configure Multichassis EtherChannel across StackWise-Virtual members for high resiliency.

Catalyst 9500X switches support as high as 25.6 Tbps switching performance with 2 Billion Packet per Second forwarding speed. Catalyst 9500X models support up to 28 nonblocking 40/100 Gigabit QSFP28 ports or 8 nonblocking 40/100/200/400 G 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 for the enterprise campus. The 6-slot chassis using a Catalyst 9600X Series Supervisor has switching performance as high as 25.6 Terabits per second and can support as many as 256 nonblocking 10/25/50 G ports, 96 nonblocking 40/100G Gigabit ports, or 8 nonblocking 200/400 Gigabit QSFP-Double Density ports. The Catalyst 9600 switch also supports dual-rate 40G/100G and 10G/25G optics. Two chassis slots are reserved for high-availability supervisors. You can mix and match a selection of line cards for core and aggregation deployments. The chassis has a passive backplane, making it possible to replace fan tray, power supplies, and line cards without disruption.

End-of-Life Catalyst Products Supported by Progent
Progent's Cisco certified consultants have broad backgrounds delivering online and on-premises support expertise for older Catalyst Series switches which have reached End of Life. These legacy Catalyst switches often are more expensive to operate and support than contemporary switches, deliver lower capacity and functionality, and in many cases can expose organizations to regulatory compliance and liability risks. Progent are available to assist you to support and repair these older Cisco products and can in addition assist you to design and execute seamless migrations to current products within the Catalyst line or to devices from the Cisco Nexus portfolio of switches which build upon Catalyst technology.

Catalyst Express 500 Family of Switches
Catalyst Express 500 and 520 Family Switches ConsultantsThe Catalyst Express 500 and 520 line of Layer 2 switches are intended for organizations with up to 250 workers and deliver the reliability, protection, expandability, and feature set small businesses need at an affordable price. PoE support makes it simple to add network appliances like wireless access points and closed-circuit cameras.

Models of the Cisco Catalyst Express 500 managed switches support up to 24 10/100/1000BT Ethernet ports plus the option of redundant power supplies with auto switch-over for additional dependability. Integration with Cisco wireless access points allows businesses to set up a local wireless environment rapidly and effectively. The Cisco Catalyst Express 500 and 520 platform offers strong security against malicious attacks With Cisco's Self-Defending Network technology and Cisco Clean Access solutions. Catalyst 2940 Switch
Cisco Catalyst 2900 Series Switches Consulting FirmCatalyst 2900 fixed-configuration, managed Ethernet switches provide fundamental workgroup networking for small to medium-sized organizations. These wire-rate desktop appliances offer Cisco IOS Software functions for basic mixed-media traffic support at the edge of the network. The Catalyst 2940 line of fixed-configuration switches are compact, entry-level devices with eight Fast Ethernet connections and a single integrated Fast Ethernet or Gbit uplink. They can be deployed outside the wiring cabinet in cramped locations such as on or under a worker's desk or in a classroom.

Catalyst 2960-S Switch
The Cisco Catalyst 2960-S Series are fixed switches intended for small businesses and branch offices. Available models offer either 24 or 48 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, four 1-Gigabit or two 10-GB Ethernet uplink ports, and provide switching capacity as high as 176 Gbps. Cisco's FlexStack technology permits four 2960-S chassis to be grouped in a FlexStack stack to perform like a single switch that provides 40 Gbps of stacking bandwidth and that reduces management costs with one-switch setup. IPv6 FHS capability protects networks against address theft and other attacks.

Catalyst 3560 Switches
Cisco 3560 Family Switches ConsultingCisco's Catalyst 3560 family is a selection of fixed-configuration switches that includes IEEE 802.3af and Power over Ethernet (PoE) capability in 10/100 Ethernet and 10/100/1000 Ethernet configurations. Cisco's Catalyst 3560 is a proven access-layer switch for small enterprise LAN access or local-office environments, offering both Gigabit and Power over Ethernet options for high efficiency while facilitating the deployment of key technology such a IP telephony, Wi-Fi, video surveillance, and remote video kiosks. Customers can deploy network-wide smart features including QoS, rate limiting, ACLs, multicast management, and broadband IP routing with the simplicity of traditional network switching.

The Catalyst 3560 Series is equipped with a powerful array of capabilities that permit network scalability and enhanced resilience through IP routing plus a full complement of STP improvements designed to maximize availability in a Layer 2 network. Improvements to the standard STP Protocol, including Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Plus, and Uplink Fast, as well as innovations such as Flex Links, improve network efficiency. PVST+ supports Data Link Layer load balancing on redundant connections to exploit the extra capacity inherent in a redundant architecture.

Efficient routing protocols including Open Shortest Path First, Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP), BGP, static routing, and PBR increase system capacity; PIM improves resource utilization; and Virtual Route Forwarding Lite protects network traffic.

Catalyst 3750 Series Switches
Cisco 3750 Family Switches ConsultantsFor midsized organizations and corporate branches, the Cisco Catalyst 3750 switch simplifies deployment of unified applications and adapts to evolving business environments by offering setup versatility, ability to manage converged network traffic, and management-free configuration of smart system services. In addition, Cisco's Catalyst 3750 Series is designed for high-density 1000 Ethernet deployments and includes a diverse range of switches that meet the access, distribution, and backbone-interface requirements of small or mid-size systems.

Cisco's Catalyst 3750 switch has the IP Base image or the Services image. The IP Base image capabilities include advanced quality of service (QoS), rate-limiting, access control lists, and basic static and RIP routing support. The IP Services image offers a richer selection of enterprise-class functions, including sophisticated built-in IP unicast and multicast routing.

StackWise technology is a stacking architecture optimized for Gigabit Ethernet. StackWise is intended to react to additions, deletions, and relocations while providing predictable performance. StackWise technology combines up to nine separate switches into one logical unit, using custom stack-interface cables and stacking utilities. The individual switches can be any mix of Cisco's Catalyst 3750 Series and the Catalyst 3750-E Series. The stack behaves as a single switching device that is managed by a master switch, elected from one of the stack of switches. The master switch intelligently builds and updates all the switching and optional routing databases. A running stack can accept new devices or delete existing members with no service discontinuity.

Catalyst 2960 Swiches and 3560-CX Switches
Cisco Catalyst 2900 Series Switches ConsultingCisco's Catalyst 2960-CX is a fixed-configuration switch that is compact, fanless, low power, and includes flexible mounting alternatives. The Catalyst 2960-CX incorporates eight 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports and two 1-GE uplink ports and has an option for PoE+ power. Cisco's Catalyst 3560-CX appliance is a fixed-configuration managed switch housed in a compact, quiet and energy-efficient enclosure that can be mounted virtually anywhere convenient. Versions are available with 8 or 12 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports or with six 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports plus 2 multigigabit ports. Up to four uplink ports are offered, and Power over Ethernet (PoE) is also an option.

Cisco Catalyst 2900-L Switches ConsultingCisco's Catalyst 2960-L family includes entry-level fixed-port managed switches designed for branch offices, retail areas, and other environments where space is limited. These low-profile appliances include eight to 48 GE ports and either two or four SFP uplink ports. Power over Ethernet support reduces clutter and fan-free operation for most versions does away with noise. RJ-45 connectors handle 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T and 1000BASE-T SFP-ports.

Catalyst 2960-X and 2960-XR switches improve on the 2690-S family by delivering switching capacity of 216 Gbps and providing Cisco's FlexStack-Plus stacking technology via a live-swappable plug-in that can combine 8 switches in a FlexStack Plus stack capable of 80 Gbps of stacking throughput. Catalyst 2900 family switches also support NetFlow-Lite for conserving forwarding data for analysis. The Catalyst 2960-XR switch is capable of L3 dynamic routing, providing the simplicity of having one switch for L2 and L3 routing.

Catalyst 3650 and Catalyst 3850 Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 3650 Switch and Catalyst 3850 Switches Consulting FirmCatalyst 3650 and Catalyst 3850 series switches are fixed-configuration, stackable network access switches powered by Cisco's IOS XE OS and featuring full wireless controller functionality that allows you to converge wired and wireless infrastructure on a single platform managed by one OS. Cisco has models with either 24 or 48 built-in 1Gb Ethernet ports with PoE plus, four 1GE or four 10-GB Ethernet uplinks, and capacity for as many as 9 switches in a stack. All models offer modular QoS, stateful switchover for maximum uptime, software support for IPv4 and IPv6 routing, multicast routing, and advanced security features.

Since wireless traffic is visible at the Catalyst 3000 Series switch, network managers can spot and assign priorities to wireless data using Cisco's Flexible NetFlow (FNF) solution and advanced Quality of Service capabilities for a better wireless user environment and faster problem mediation. Fast Ethernet switching supports the high-bandwidth defined by the latest 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi specification on currently in-place cabling infrastructure. (For information about Progent's consulting services for Cisco's 802.11ac Wi-Fi access points and wireless controllers, and Cisco's Meraki cloud-managed access points, refer to Planning and Deployment Support for Cisco Wireless Products.)

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

Catalyst 4500-E Series and Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches
Catalyst 4500-E Series and and Catalyst 4500-X Series switches are intended for access and distribution environments where physical space for networking hardware is limited. Powered by Cisco's IOS XE OS software, the 4500-E and 4500-X families facilitate network virtualization thanks to Cisco's Easy Virtual Network (EVN) and Virtual Switching System (VSS) technologies. Network virtualization allows you to divide a physical network into a number of virtual networks whose data and control planes are logically distinct. This provides the economy, security and compliance, resilience, and simplified management required for Cloud environments or other situations where a single infrastructure must be used by applications and services that need to operate in complete isolation from one another. EVN simplifies the process of deploying virtual networks and scales to 32 VNs for each switch. EVN utilizes features of Multi-virtual routing and forwarding and includes additional features including VNET Trunks and an easy technique for duplicating replicating routes connecting virtual networks. Virtual Switching System makes it possible to configure Catalyst 4500-E and 4500-X Series switches to create non-stop VNs with optimized traffic load balancing.

Catalyst 4500-E Switches
Cisco Catalyst 4500-E Series Switches ConsultantsThe Supervisor Engine 8-E for the Catalyst 4500-E modular switch includes a built-in wireless network controller that supports Cisco's Unified Access technology for wired and wireless convergence. The Supervisor Engine 8-E is the initial Cisco Catalyst supervisor engine to enable wired as well as wireless services on a single platform based on Cisco's IOS XE software. Technologies include Cisco's Flexible NetFlow technology for capacity planning across wired and wireless networks, TrustSec wired/wireless data security, identical Quality of Service for wired and wireless networks, plus the extension of Nonstop Forwarding with Stateful Switchover (NSF/SSO) to include wireless traffic for enterprise-class high availability.

Offered in chassis with from three to 10 plug-in slots, Catalyst 4500-E Series switches with Supervisor 8-E can handle as many as 384 1-Gigabit Ethernet access ports, up to 192 Gigabit Ethernet non-blocking fiber ports, 96 10-Gigabit Ethernet fiber connections, and eight 10-Gigabit Ethernet uplinks. Cisco's Supervisor Engine 8-E provides as much as 928 Gbps of wired capacity for each system and up to 20 Gbps of wireless termination capacity. 50 wireless APs and 2000 wireless users can be handled per chassis, and up to 250 APs and 4000 wireless users can be managed in a dual-switch installation without requiring a standalone wireless controller.

Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Switches
Catalyst 4500-X Family Switches Consulting and TroubleshootingCatalyst 4500-X switches are fixed-configuration 10GE aggregation switches that provide as much as 800 Gbps of backplane switching capacity per chassis. The Catalyst 4500-X switch can have up to 32 10GE ports on the baseboard and eight additional 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports on the expansion module for a total of up to 40 non-blocking 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports. Eight 10GE uplink ports are available with another module. In addition to providing non-stop performance and easy management, Cisco's virtual switching system technology on Catalyst 4500-X switches provides increased system throughput of up to 1.6 Tbps by activating all possible bandwidth across VSS-linked Catalyst 4500-X switches. Other features include Cisco's Flexible NetFlow solution for traffic analysis, Cisco TrustSec security, and fast, hardware-based IPv6 forwarding.

Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches
Catalyst 6500 Series and Catalyst 6800 Series switches are campus backbone platforms that share the field-proven technology of the Cisco Catalyst 6500 family of products, which first appeared more than a dozen years ago and have been continually enhanced since then. Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Catalyst 6800 switches provide the same general features and operation, and the modular Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL switch accepts the Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Supervisor Engine 2T and its portfolio of compatible line cards and modules. This cross compatibility and commitment to continual enhancement preserves your information technology expenditures and allows you to upgrade your network with little business disruption or management team training.

Common features of Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Cisco Catalyst 6800 modular switches that have the Supervisor Engine 2T include the Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) for simple, centralized administration to ensure consistent policy across a distributed environment, VSS Quad Sup SSO (VS4O) capability for maximum uptime via multi-level switchover, and the Cisco Campus Locator/ID Separation Protocol to support roaming and mobility and to simplify network virtualization and transition to IPv6. Other virtual networking tools to segment specific client groups and support the unique security and QoS policy requirements of every group include L2/L3 VPN, full Multiprotocol Label Switching, Easy Virtual Network (EVN), VPN Routing and Forwarding-aware technology for Network Address Translation NetFlow, IPv6 over IPv4 GRE Tunnel Protection, and Layer 2 geographic extensions with virtual private LAN services. For unified wired and wireless environments, the WiSM2 controller Cisco Catalyst 6500 and Cisco Catalyst 6800 modular switches includes support for as many as 1000 wireless access points and 15,000 wireless users.

Cisco Catalyst 6500-E Switches
Cisco Catalyst 6500 Family Switches Planning and Support ServicesThe Cisco Catalyst 6500-E family of modular switches are intended for distribution and campus backbone environments that require maximum availability and high concentrations of 1 Gigabit Ethernet, 1 GE fiber, or 10 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet ports. Available versions include three to 13 slots and accept a wide selection of modules. Integrated service modules enable wireless management, traffic monitoring, and security and compliance. Just E-Series models of Cisco's extensive line of Catalyst 6500 switches work with Cisco's Supervisor Engine 2T.

The Catalyst 6503-E has a 4 rack unit (4RU) form factor, includes 3 slots, and delivers 180 Gbps of switching capacity per slot. The Catalyst 6503-E switch supports up to 97 10/100/1000 Ethernet access ports, up to 99 1GE fiber access ports, up to 34 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports, and 8 40-Gigabit Ethernet access ports.

The high-end Cisco Catalyst 6513-E has a 19 rack unit, 13-slot form factor and can deliver 180 Gbps of capacity per slot, with a system capacity of up to 4 Tbps. A VSS configured system can handle up to 8 Tbps of switching capacity. The Catalyst 6513-E Series switch supports a maximum of 529 10/100/1000 Ethernet connections, up to 534 Gigabit Ethernet fiber ports, up to 180 10GE access ports, and up to 44 40-Gigabit Ethernet ports.

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches
Catalyst 6800 Family Switches Planning and Support ServicesCisco's Catalyst 6800 Series switches are programmable backbone switches intended to deliver optimal 10/40/100 GE services. The Catalyst 6880-X switch is a fixed, small form factor platform for Ethernet aggregation intended for small or midsize enterprise campus backbones. The 6880-X switch delivers as much as 2 Tbps switching throughput and has four slots for plug-in port cards. The top port density per chassis is 80 10/100/1000 Ethernet access ports or 10-Gigabit Ethernet access ports or as many as 20 40GE connections. With Cisco's Virtual Switching System, a two-chassis system can deliver 4 Tbps switching throughput and support as many as 158 1 Gigabit Ethernet ports or 10GE connections or as many as 20 40-Gigabit Ethernet ports.

The modular Catalyst 6807-XL switch has a 10-rack-unit form factor chassis that has 7 expansion slots and supports existing Supervisor Engine 2T line cards and service modules. (Two slots are reserved for the Supervisor Engine and the other five are for expansion modules.) The Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL switch can deliver up to 880 Gbps of switching performance on each slot and 11.4 Tbps of full-duplex switching performance while supporting up to 240 10/100/1000 Ethernet access ports or Gigabit Ethernet fiber ports, 80 10GE access ports or up to 20 40-Gigabit Ethernet ports. an 6807-XL system with VSS can support 22.8 Tbps of switching bandwidth, 480 10/100/1000 Ethernet connections or 1GE fiber connections, 160 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports or 40 40GE connections.

Ways That Progent Can Help You with Cisco Catalyst Switches
Progent can provide the online or on-premises support services of Cisco CCIE-certified consultants who have extensive experience delivering Catalyst switch solutions for small and midsize businesses, branches, enterprise campuses, data centers, Cloud networks, and SPs. Progent's areas of expertise include Cisco's Catalyst and Nexus lines of managed switches and with Cisco's IOS and NX-OS control software. Support services available from Progent's experts for Cisco Catalyst Series switches include proof-of-concept testing and validation, network analysis, topology planning, migrations and project management, network virtualization, wired/wireless unification, management automation, capacity planning, problem mitigation, disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness, and network security and compliance testing and validation.

Progent offers deep expertise with industry standards as well as with proprietary Cisco technologies associated with switching and routing including Border Gateway Protocol, MPLS traffic engineering, PIM, VPNs, Spanning-Tree Protocol, VLANs, FabricPath, VPC, OTV, VRRP, OSPF, Virtual Switching System (VSS), and LISP. Progent's infrastructure experts also offer deep knowledge of crucial technologies such as TCP/IP, IPv4, IPv6, Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP), Routing Information Protocol, and Internet Group Management Protocol. Progent's CISSP-ISSAP certified network security consultants can assist you to develop an enterprise-wide security strategy and implement Catalyst switches so they offer maximum enforcement to your security posture.

In case you require ultra high Ethernet density or sub-microsecond latency switches for an enterprise-class data center, Progent can assist your organization to analyze, design, and carry out a migration to Cisco's Nexus switches. To find out about Progent's consulting and support services for Nexus Series switches, see Nexus Switch consulting and support services. Progent can also assist you to connect Catalyst data center switches with Cisco Meraki aggregation switches. (See Cisco Meraki switch integration consultants.)

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