The Catalyst family of modular and fixed-configuration managed switches offers speed and intelligence at the access, aggregation, and core levels of converged IP voice, video, and high bandwidth data networks for organizations that range from small businesses and branches to multi-campus enterprises and service providers. Progent's Cisco-certified CCIE consultants offer remote and on-premises support for Catalyst switches to assist you to design an efficient network architecture that meets your specific business needs, set up pilot testing, deploy Catalyst switches, implement and verify a sensible security plan, streamline system management and monitoring, deliver troubleshooting and support services, optimize switch performance, and configure Catalyst's high-availability (HA) technology for non-stop operation.

Progent can help you to maintain and repair your older Catalyst switches or upgrade seamlessly to current models of Catalyst switches adhering to industry best practices to ensure that you get the maximum return from your investment in your network.

The need for intelligent, high-performance switching is driven by a confluence of fairly new computing patterns whose overall impact is a cyber tsunami of data:

  • Cloud and Internet of Things (IoT) networking and a consequent need for intensive network virtualization
  • The proliferation of BYOD computing
  • Bandwidth-intensive rich media applications
  • Social business technologies
  • The rise of Big Data in data analytics
  • Increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks such as ransomware
Cloud computing is only made practical because of virtualization technology. Virtualized data centers slash costs by permitting very high hardware utilization and demanding minimal data center space and power consumption. But this also means that relatively limited resources must support substantial volumes of traffic. The Bring-Your-Own-Device revolution has resulted in a steep increase in the number of mobile clients that must be supported by IT networks, and these clients tend to run a high percentage of bandwidth-intensive, rich media apps. Social business applications are replacing email as the main driver for collaboration and is generating an ever increasing requirement for bandwidth. Businesses who are trying to stay competitive are resorting to Big Data technology to mine vast and disparate repositories of information, which as a result generates Big Traffic. These computing trends are relatively new, and combined they create a serious need for a new class of switches that feature much higher speed, control, uptime and ease of management than older solutions were designed to provide.

Cisco's latest portfolio of Catalyst switches are ideal for the distribution and core layers layers of enterprise campus environments where mobile and stationary employees must be supported with consistent high throughput, secure user access control, careful segmentation, application intelligence, and wired and wireless convergence. Catalyst switches are designed to meet the need for performance and intelligence with capabilities that include high-port-count 10, 40, and 100 Gigabit Ethernet support, switching throughput over 25T for each switch, a comprehensive suite of tools such as Easy Virtual Network to simplify the deployment of VLANs, Virtual Switching System technology for stateful failover with subsecond virtual switch restoration and 99.999% availability, IPv6 capability, Application Visibility and Control (AVC) to maximize network resource usage, and advanced Quality of Service (QoS) capabilities for business-critical data control.

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Cisco Has Developed Catalyst Switches for Businesses of Any Size

Cisco Catalyst switches enable businesses of all sizes to benefit from incorporating smart switching and routing services into their network architecture, creating an environment that can handle current needs, scale to support future growth, protect vital data, and separate and manage processes to optimize network operations.

Catalyst 1000 Series Fixed Ethernet Switches
Catalyst 1000 Series Switches SupportCisco's Catalyst 1000 Series access switches are small form factor, fixed switches intended for smaller businesses and branches with up to 250 users and with little if any in-house IT support. The Catalyst 1000 family includes fanless models for noiseless operation within an office environment. Mounting kits include desktop, wall mount, rack mount, and DIN. Designed as an easy replacement for Cisco Catalyst 2960-L or 2960-Plus deployments, Cisco's Catalyst 1000 line includes versions with 8 to 48G Ethernet ports or 24 to 48 Fast Ethernet 10/100M ports.

Catalyst 1000 configuration and administration are simple via a web UI or CLI, cybersecurity is enterprise-class, and Power over Ethernet capability with a dynamically distributed budget of 740W allows a broad range of Internet of Things deployments. Up to eight Catalyst 1000 Gigabit Ethernet Series switches can be managed at once with single IP. All Catalyst Series 1000 units are nonblocking line-rate devices, and all are based on Cisco's venerable IOS Software. Quality-of-Service (QoS) features include egress queues on each port as well as priority packet queuing to deliver optimized throughput for data, IP voice, and video traffic. Catalyst 1000 switches also feature Shaped Round Robin service scheduling and Weighted Tail Drop congestion management.

Cisco Catalyst 9000 Series Fixed and Modular Managed Switches
The Catalyst 9000 family of switches includes modular and fixed units and supports all deployment models including access, aggregation, and core switching. The Cisco Catalyst 9000 series includes switches with the right value proposition to connect workers and things in venues from small businesses and branches to global enterprises. Catalyst 9000 Series products can be configured to implement any mix of local deployments, private and public clouds, and hybrid networks. Unified management platforms and advanced security solutions reduce cost of ownership by streamlining operations and safeguarding vital network assets. Cisco's 9000X series of managed switches provide converged switching/routing, delivering the first combination of 400G optical transceivers along with full multigigabit and PoE ports.

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Catalyst 9000 Series Switches Are Designed for a Hybrid Landscape

Catalyst 9200 Switches ExpertsWith double the stacking bandwidth for about half the price of the legacy Cisco Catalyst 2960-X and 2960-XR switches they are intended to replace, Catalyst 9200 Series switches are a natural infrastructure improvement for small branches and midsize campus environments. The Catalyst 9200 portfolio includes switches that offer 24 or 48 ports with full Power over Ethernet; 80-160 Gbps backplane stacking performance; and Layer 3 features that include OSPF Interior Gateway Protocol, EIGRP, IS-IS, and RIP. Cisco Catalyst 9200 switches run the Cisco IOS XE operating system.

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

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Switches ExpertsCatalyst 9300 Series switches are fixed, stackable appliances for high-density enterprise access switching. Advanced features available with models in the Catalyst 9300 family include 1T backplane stacking performance, stackable high-speed fiber, up to 448 mGig ports and 288 ports of 90W UPOE+ with an 8-unit stack, end-to-end IPsec with AES-256 with MACsec 256-bit encryption and performance as high as 100G, high-availability redundant fans and power supplies, plus StackPower cables compatible throughout the entire Catalyst 9300 product line.

Powered by Cisco IOS XE, devices in the Catalyst 9300 product line support automated device provisioning, API-based configuration, granular visibility for close to realtime monitoring, and transparent software updates and patching. Advanced security capabilities include Encrypted Traffic Analytics (ETA) along with AES-256 MACsec and IPSec encryption, and Trust Anchor Technologies with Image signing. Cloud security is enhanced because Catalyst 9300 switches are able to host the Cisco Umbrella agent directly. This allows businesses to customize 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 delivers as much as 320G stacking bandwidth and supports 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 switch features 480G of backplane stacking performance and supports 48 100M/1G/2.5G/5Gbps ports, 24 100M/1G/2.5G/5G/10Gbps ports, or 48 1G SFP ports. Modular uplink performance supported are 1G, 10G, 25G, or 40G. The top-of-the-line Cisco Catalyst 9300X appliance delivers up to 1Tbps stacking bandwidth and supports 48 10G port density. The 9300X supports uplink modules with dual-rate 100G/40G, multirate 25G/10G/1G, or multigigabit. Cisco 90W UPOE+ supports IoT-intensive environments such as smart buildings. Hardware is available to provide 100G IPsec.

Cisco Catalyst 9400 Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 9400 Series devices are modular switches powered by the Cisco IOS XE operating system and targeted for medium-size and large campus access deployments. Delivering twice the performance and over four times the chassis bandwidth as the legacy Catalyst 6500 it is designed to replace, the Catalyst 9400 portfolio ushers switch capability into the current era of networking driven by cybersecurity, mobility, Internet of Things, and cloud.

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

Catalyst 9500 Switches ExpertsThe Catalyst 9500 product line consists of fixed core and edge services switches intended for the large campus. Catalyst 9500 models are based on Cisco IOS XE and the series includes the first network technology to provide switching speeds higher than 25 Terabits per second.

Cisco's Catalyst 9500 appliances deliver up to 6.4 Tbps switching capacity with forwarding speed up to 2 Bpps. Catalyst 9500 appliances can support as many as 32 nonblocking 100 Gigabit QSFP28 optical ports, 32 nonblocking 40G QSFP+ ports, 48 nonblocking 25 Gigabit SFP28 ports, or 48 nonblocking 10G ports. You can deploy MEC multipathing across Cisco StackWise-Virtual members for high resiliency.

Catalyst 9500X appliances support up to 25.6 Tbps switching performance with 2 Bpps forwarding speed. Catalyst 9500X models support up to 28 nonblocking 40/100 Gigabit QSFP28 optical 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 data encryption.

Cisco Catalyst 9600 Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 9600 Series switches are modular core and distribution appliances for the enterprise campus. The 6-slot chassis with a Catalyst 9600X Series Supervisor delivers switching performance as high as 25.6 Terabits per second and can support up to 256 nonblocking 10/25/50 Gigabit Ethernet ports, 96 nonblocking 40/100G Gigabit ports, or 8 nonblocking 200/400 Gigabit QSFP-Double Density ports. The Catalyst 9600 also provides dual-rate 40G/100G and 10G/25G optics. Two chassis slots are dedicated for high-availability supervisors. You can mix and match a selection of line cards for core and aggregation deployments. The Catalyst 9600 chassis is equipped with a passive backplane, making it possible to change out fan tray, power supplies, and line cards without disruption.

End-of-Life Catalyst Models Still Supported by Progent's Consultants
Progent's Cisco certified consultants have broad experience providing remote and on-premises consulting and troubleshooting services for older Catalyst Series switches which have reached End of Life or End of Support. These outdated switches typically cost more to operate and maintain than contemporary switches, provide lower capacity and fewer features, and in many situations may expose organizations to compliance and liability risks. Progent's consultants can help your business to manage and troubleshoot these legacy switches and can in addition assist you to plan and execute seamless migrations to newer models from the Catalyst family or to solutions from Cisco's Nexus line of switches which build upon Catalyst technology.

Catalyst Express 500 Series Switches
Catalyst Express 500 and 520 Series Switches HelpThe Catalyst Express 500 family of Layer 2 switches are intended for companies with as many as 250 employees and provide the reliability, security, extensibility, and features small and mid-sized businesses require at an affordable cost. PoE support makes it simple to install network appliances like VoIP phones and IP TV cameras.

Versions of the Catalyst Express 500 switches support from 8 to 24 10/100/1000BT ports as well as the option of redundant power with automatic fail-over for additional dependability. Interoperation with Cisco wireless access points allows businesses to set up a local wireless network quickly and easily. The Cisco Catalyst Express 500 and 520 platform provides strong protection against viruses thanks to Cisco's Self-Defending Network technology and Cisco Clean Access agents. Cisco Catalyst 2940 Switch
Cisco Catalyst 2900 Series Switches ConsultingCatalyst 2900 fixed-configuration, managed 10/100 Ethernet switches provide fundamental small-group connectivity for small to medium-size organizations. These wire-rate desktop switches deliver Cisco IOS Software features for simple mixed-media traffic control at the network edge. The Cisco 2940 line of fixed-configuration switches are compact, stackable devices featuring eight Fast Ethernet connections and one built-in Fast or Gbit uplink. They can be installed outside the wiring cabinet in cramped office spaces like on a user's desk or in a classroom.

Catalyst 2960-S Switch
The Cisco Catalyst 2960-S Series are fixed switches designed for small companies and branches. Available versions offer either 24 or 48 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, four 1GE or two 10GE uplink connections, and provide switching capacity of 176 Gbps. Cisco's FlexStack technology allows as many as four 2960-S switches to be combined in a FlexStack stack to act like a single switch that provides 40 Gbps of stacking performance and that reduces administrative expense because of one-switch configuration. IPv6 FHS capability protects networks against IPv6 address interception and other attacks.

Cisco Catalyst 3560 Switches
Catalyst 3560 Family Switches SupportThe Catalyst 3560 Series is a line of non-modular switches that includes IEEE 802.3af and Cisco PoE functionality in Fast Ethernet and 10/100/1000 implementations. The Catalyst 3560 is an ideal access-layer switch for small enterprise LAN connectivity or satellite-office environments, offering both Gigabit and Power over Ethernet configurations for high efficiency while facilitating the installation of vital technology including Voice over IP, Wi-Fi, video monitoring, and building management systems. Customers can activate network-wide intelligent services including quality of service, rate limiting, ACLs, multicast administration, and broadband IP routing while maintaining the ease of traditional network switching.

Cisco's Catalyst 3560 switch offers a powerful array of capabilities that permit network scalability and higher availability via IP routing plus a complete suite of STP improvements aimed to increase throughput in a Layer 2 network. Improvements to the conventional STP Protocol, including PVST+, and Port Fast, combined with enhancements such as Flex Links Layer 2 interfaces, contribute to network uptime. Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Plus supports Layer 2 load sharing on backup connections to exploit the additional bandwidth associated with a redundant architecture.

Efficient routing protocols including Open Shortest Path First (OPSF), Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol, Border Gateway Protocol, and static routing improve network scale; Protocol Independent Multicast (PIM) helps improve the efficiency of system resource use; and Virtual Route Forwarding Lite protects network traffic.

Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series Switches Professional ServicesFor mid-size businesses and corporate branches, the Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series switch eases deployment of converged applications and accommodates evolving competitive environments by providing setup flexibility, support for unified network patterns, and automatic configuration of intelligent system services. In addition, the Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series is designed for high-density Gigabit environments and includes a wide selection of switches that meet the access, distribution, and backbone-connectivity requirements of small or midsized networks.

Cisco's Catalyst 3750 switch has the IP Base image or the Services image. The IP Base image features include advanced quality of service (QoS), rate-limiting, access control lists (ACLs), and basic static and Routing Information Protocol (RIP) routing capability. The IP Services image provides a richer set of enterprise-class features, including advanced built-in IP unicast and multicast routing.

Cisco StackWise technology is a stacking architecture designed for Gigabit interfaces. This technology is intended to react to additions, deletions, and relocations while maintaining predictable performance. StackWise technology unites up to 9 separate switches into one logical device, using special stack-interface cables and stacking software. Each of the switches can be any mix of the Cisco Catalyst 3750 switches and the 3750-E switches. The stack behaves as an individual switching device that is directed by a control switch, chosen from among the member switches. The control switch intelligently builds and updates all the switching and optional routing databases. A deployed stack can accommodate new devices or remove existing switches with no service discontinuity.

Cisco Catalyst 2960 Series Switches 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 low-profile, fanless, power efficient, and includes flexible mounting options. The Catalyst 2960-CX incorporates eight 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports and two 1-GE uplink ports and optionally provides PoE+ power. Cisco's Catalyst 3560-CX is a fixed-configuration switch housed in a sleek, noiseless and low-power 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 plus two multigigabit ports. Two or four uplinks are available, and Power over Ethernet is also an option.

Cisco Catalyst 2900-L Switches ConsultingCisco's Catalyst 2960-L line consists of value-priced fixed-port managed switches targeted for small offices, retail areas, and other environments where space is limited. These compact appliances include 8 to 48 GE ports and either two or four Small Form-Factor Pluggable uplink ports. PoE support saves space and fanless operation for most versions does away with noise. RJ-45 connectors support 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T and 1000BASE-T SFP-ports.

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X and Catalyst 2960-XR Series switches improve on the 2690-S line of switches by delivering switching performance of 216 Gbps and providing Cisco's FlexStack-Plus Stacking via a hot-swappable module that can combine 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 application visibility and control. The Catalyst 2960-XR Series switch features L3 dynamic routing, offering the convenience of having one device for Layer 2 and Layer 3 routing.

Catalyst 3650 and Catalyst 3850 Series Switches
Catalyst 3650 Switch and 3850 Switches Planning and Support ServicesCisco Catalyst 3650 and Catalyst 3850 switches are fixed, stackable access devices based on Cisco's IOS XE operating system and featuring full wireless network controller functionality that allows you to control wired and wireless networks on a one platform powered by one operating system. Cisco offers models with 24 or 48 built-in 1Gb Ethernet ports with Power over Ethernet plus (PoE+), four 1-Gigabit or four 10-Gigabit uplink ports, and support for up to 9 Catalyst switches per FlexStack stack. All versions offer expandable QoS, fast failover for maximum uptime, software support for IPv4 and IPv6 routing, multicast routing, and enhanced security.

Because wireless traffic is present at the Catalyst 3000 family switch, administrators can identify and assign priorities to wireless data using Cisco's Flexible NetFlow (FNF) solution and advanced Quality of Service capabilities for an improved wireless user experience and faster problem isolation. Multigigabit Ethernet switching supports the high-throughput defined by the latest 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi standard on existing cabling infrastructure. (To find out about Progent's consulting services for Cisco's 802.11ac Aironet wireless products, and Meraki cloud-managed APs, refer to Planning and Deployment Support for Cisco Wireless Technology.)

The Cisco Catalyst 3650 switch offers stacking bandwidth of 160 Gbps and supports up to 25 wireless APs and 1000 Wi-Fi users on each stack. The Catalyst 3850 delivers stacking performance of 480 Gbps and supports up to 50 wireless access points and 2000 wireless users per switch or stack. Catalyst 3850 SFP Fiber Switches have 12 or 24 1G fiber data ports at line rate, providing long distance connectivity, enhanced security, and an identical wired and wireless experience.

Catalyst 4500-E Series and Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches
Catalyst 4500-E Series and and Catalyst 4500-X Series switches are designed for access and distribution deployments where physical space for infrastructure equipment is limited. Running Cisco's IOS XE software, both the Catalyst 4500-E and 4500-X families facilitate virtualization thanks to Cisco's Easy Virtual Network and Virtual Switching System technologies. Virtualization allows you to segment a physical network into multiple virtual networks whose data planes and control planes are logically distinct. This makes possible the high resource utilization, security and compliance, resilience, and simplified management required for Cloud computing or other scenarios where a common resource pool must be shared by software and services that need to run in total privacy from each other. EVN streamlines the process of deploying virtual networks and scales to 32 VNs per switch. Easy Virtual Network utilizes the capabilities of Multi-virtual routing and forwarding and provides additional technologies such as VNET Tags and a simple technique for duplicating replicating routes between virtual networks. Virtual Switching System technology makes it easy to configure Catalyst 4500-E and 4500-X Series switches to create non-stop virtual networks with optimized load balancing.

Cisco Catalyst 4500-E Series Switches
Catalyst 4500-E Family Switches Consulting FirmCisco's Supervisor Engine for for the Catalyst 4500-E modular switch includes an integrated wireless network controller that supports Cisco's Unified Access solution for wired/wireless convergence. The Supervisor Engine 8-E is the first Catalyst supervisor engine to enable wired as well as wireless services on a single platform based on IOS XE. Technologies include Cisco's FNF solution for traffic analytics encompassing both wired and wireless networks, TrustSec/SGT2 wired/wireless security, predictable QoS for wired and wireless networks, plus the extension of Nonstop Forwarding with Stateful Switchover (NSF/SSO) to cover wireless traffic for world-class availability.

Offered in chassis with from three to 10 slots, Catalyst 4500-E Series switches can support up to 384 1-Gigabit Ethernet ports, 193 1GE fiber 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 capacity for each system and 20 Gbps of wireless termination capacity. 50 Wi-Fi APs and 2000 wireless clients can be handled on each chassis, and up to 250 wireless access points and 4000 wireless clients are supported in a multi-switch deployment without a standalone wireless controller.

Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 4500-X Series switches are fixed 10GE aggregation platforms that can deliver 800 Gbps of backplane switching performance per device. The Catalyst 4500-X switch can have up to 32 10GE connections on the unit's baseboard and eight more 10GE ports on the expansion module for a maximum of 40 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports. Eight 10-Gigabit Ethernet uplink ports are available with another module. In addition to providing zero-downtime operation and simple management, Cisco's virtual switching system technology on Catalyst 4500-X switches provides higher system throughput of as much as 1.6 Tbps by activating all available capacity across redundant Catalyst 4500-X switches. Other features include Cisco's FNF solution for capacity planning, Cisco TrustSec security, and wire-rate IPv6 forwarding.

Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Catalyst 6800 Series switches are campus backbone switches that share the field-proven DNA of the Cisco Catalyst 6500 family of switches, which were introduced over a decade ago and which have been continually improved ever since. Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Cisco Catalyst 6800 switches provide identical features and operation, and the modular Catalyst 6807-XL supports the Catalyst 6500 Supervisor Engine 2T and its extensive family of line cards and modules. This cross compatibility and program of continual enhancement protects your technology expenditures and allows you to update your network backbone with little service interruption or management staff training.

Shared attributes of Catalyst 6500 Series and Catalyst 6800 modular switches that have the Supervisor Engine 2T include the Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) for convenient, centralized management to ensure unvarying policy throughout a distributed environment, Virtual Switching System technology for maximum uptime via multi-level switchover, and the Cisco LISP protocol to facilitate client roaming and mobility and to simplify virtualization and transition to IPv6. Other virtualization tools to partition specific user groups and support the unique security/compliance and QoS policy needs of each group include L2/L3 VPN, full MPLS, Easy Virtual Network (EVN), VRF-aware applications for Network Address Translation NetFlow, IPv6 over IPv4 GRE Tunnels, and Layer 2 extensions with VPLS. For unified wired and wireless networking, the Wireless Services Module 2 (WiSM2) for Cisco Catalyst 6500 and Cisco Catalyst 6800 modular switches supports 1000 APs and 15,000 wireless users.

Catalyst 6500-E Switches
Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switches Consulting and TroubleshootingThe Cisco Catalyst 6500-E line of modular switches are intended for aggregation and enterprise backbone networks that require world-class availability and high concentrations of 1 Gigabit Ethernet, 1 Gigabit Ethernet fiber, or 10 and 40 GE ports. Available versions have three to 13 expansion slots and accept a broad selection of modules. Integrated service modules support wireless management, traffic analysis, and security. Just E-Series models of Cisco's broad family of 6500 switches accept Cisco's Supervisor Engine 2T.

The Catalyst 6503-E has a 4 rack unit form factor, holds 3 expansion slots, and offers up to 180 Gbps of switching throughput per slot. The Catalyst 6503-E can support 97 1-Gigabit Ethernet access ports, up to 99 Gigabit Ethernet fiber access ports, up to 34 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports, and up to 8 40-Gigabit Ethernet ports.

The high-end Cisco Catalyst 6513-E has a 19 rack unit, 13-slot form factor and offers up to 180 Gbps of performance on each slot, providing a total system bandwidth of up to 4 Tbps. A Virtual Switching System configuration can deliver 8 Tbps of capacity. The Catalyst 6513-E switch offers a maximum of 529 1 Gigabit Ethernet access ports, up to 534 1GE fiber connections, 180 10GE ports, and up to 44 40GE access ports.

Catalyst 6800 Switches
Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches ConsultantsCatalyst 6800 switches are programmable backbone switches designed to provide optimal 10/40/100 GE support. The Catalyst 6880-X switch is a fixed-configuration, compact switch for high-density Ethernet intended for small or midsize enterprise campus backbones. The 6880-X delivers up to 2 Tbps switching capacity and includes four slots for port cards. The top port density per chassis is 80 10/100/1000 Ethernet access ports or 10GE ports or up to 20 40-Gigabit Ethernet ports. With VSS, a two-chassis system can deliver 4 Tbps switching performance and support as many as 158 1 Gigabit Ethernet access ports or 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports or up to 20 40GE ports.

The modular Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL switch has a 10-rack-unit form factor that has 7 expansion slots and supports standard Supervisor Engine 2T line cards and service modules. (Two slots are for the Supervisor Engine and five are for modules.) The Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL offers as much as 880 Gbps of switching bandwidth on each slot and 11.4 Tbps of full-duplex switching bandwidth while supporting up to 240 1 Gigabit Ethernet ports or 1GE fiber connections, up to 80 10GE connections or up to 20 40GE connections. an 6807-XL system configured with Cisco's Virtual Switching System is capable of supporting 22.8 Tbps of switching capacity, 480 1 Gigabit Ethernet ports or Gigabit Ethernet fiber connections, up to 160 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections or 40 40GE ports.

How Progent Can Assist Your Business with Catalyst Switches
Progent can provide the online or on-premises services of CCIE-certified network consultants who have extensive experience providing Catalyst switch technology solutions for small and medium sized businesses, branch offices, enterprises, data centers, Cloud environments, and service providers. Progent's areas of expertise include Catalyst and Nexus lines of managed switches and Cisco's IOS, IOS-XR and NX-OS control software. Consulting and support services available from Progent for Catalyst switches include proof-of-concept testing, network analysis, network architecture design, upgrades and project management, network virtualization, wired/wireless unification, management automation, capacity planning, problem mitigation, disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness, and IT security testing and remediation.

Progent offers deep knowledge of open standards and with proprietary Cisco protocols related to switching and routing including Border Gateway Protocol, MPLS, Protocol Independent Multicast, VPNs, ISIS, virtual LANs, Cisco FabricPath, Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), Hot Standby Router Protocol (HSRP), Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol, OSPF, VSS, and Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP). Progent's infrastructure specialists also have experience with important technologies including TCP/IP protocols, IPv4, IPv6, Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol, Routing Information Protocol (RIP), and Internet Group Management Protocol. Progent's CISSP-ISSAP certified information security consultants can show you how to create a comprehensive security strategy and implement Catalyst switches so that they provide optimal support for your network security policies.

In case you require ultra high Ethernet density or extremely low latency Cisco switches for an enterprise-class data center, Progent can assist your organization to evaluate, design, and implement a migration to Cisco's Nexus switches. For information about Progent's consulting services for Nexus Series switches, see Cisco Nexus Switch consulting services. Progent can also help you to integrate Catalyst core switches with Cisco Meraki aggregation switches. (See Cisco Meraki switch integration consultants.)

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