Cisco's Catalyst family of modular and fixed-configuration managed switches provides performance and intelligence at the access, distribution, and backbone areas of converged voice, video, and high bandwidth data networks for businesses that range from small businesses and branch offices to global enterprises and service providers. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants can provide online and onsite support for Catalyst switches to assist you to plan an efficient infrastructure that meets your unique business needs, set up proof-of-concept testing systems, install Catalyst switches, establish and verify a sensible security strategy, automate system management and monitoring, deliver repair and support services, maximize switch performance, and set up Catalyst's high-availability (HA) solutions to achieve non-stop operation.

Progent can assist you to maintain and troubleshoot your legacy Catalyst switches or upgrade smoothly to the latest models of Catalyst switches following industry best practices to ensure that you receive the most business value from your investment in your network.

The need for smart, high-performance switching is driven by a confluence of fairly recent computing patterns whose overall effect is a cyber tsunami of data traffic:

  • Cloud and Internet of Things computing and a consequent demand for intensive virtualization
  • The pervasiveness of personal endpoints
  • Bandwidth-intensive HD video applications
  • Social media for business
  • The rise of Big Data in enterprise data analytics
  • Increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks like ransomware
Private, public and hybrid clouds are only operationally realistic because of virtualization on a massive scale. Virtualized data centers radically reduce costs by permitting aggressively high resource utilization and requiring very little real estate and energy use. However this also means that comparatively sparse resources have to support substantial amounts of data traffic. The Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) paradigm has resulted in a steep increase in the amount of mobile clients that must be handled by business networks, and these clients run a great deal of bandwidth-intensive, rich media apps. Social media for business is displacing email as the primary driver for workforce collaboration and is producing an ever increasing thirst for data. Enterprises who are trying to stay competitive are adopting Big Data technology to search through vast and varied repositories of information, which as a result produces Big Traffic. All of these computing trends are fairly recent, and combined they cause a critical demand for an advanced class of switches that offer much more throughput, control, uptime and ease of management than older platforms were designed to provide.

Cisco's current portfolio of Catalyst switches are designed for the distribution/core levels of campus deployments where office employees must be accommodated by providing predictable performance, secure access control, careful segregation, application intelligence, and wired/wireless convergence. Catalyst series switches address the demand for speed and control with capabilities that include high-density 10G/40G/100G services, switching capacity more than 25 Tbps per switch, an extensive collection of tools including Easy Virtual Network to facilitate the deployment of virtual networks, Virtual Switching System (VSS) technology for stateful interchassis failover with instant backup switch recovery and 99.999% uptime, IPv4 and IPv6 support, Application Visibility and Control to optimize network resource usage, and advanced Quality of Service capabilities for critical data control.

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Cisco Has Developed Catalyst Switching Solutions for Businesses of All Sizes

Catalyst switches allow organizations of any size to build intelligent switching and routing features into their network architecture, deploying an environment that can meet current needs, expand to support expected growth, guard sensitive data, and separate and control tasks to optimize network productivity.

Catalyst 1000 Series Fixed Ethernet Switches
Cisco Catalyst 1000 Series Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 1000 Series access switches are compact, fixed switches targeted for small businesses and branches with up to 250 users and with minimal in-house IT expertise. The Catalyst 1000 family includes fanless versions for silent operation outside a wiring closet in an office environment. Mounting kits include desktop, wall or shelf mount, standard rack mount, and DIN rail mount. Designed as a simple replacement for Catalyst 2960-L or 2960-Plus Series deployments, Cisco's Catalyst 1000 family includes models with 8 to 48 Gigabit Ethernet ports or 24 to 48 Fast Ethernet 10/100M Mbps ports.

Catalyst Series 1000 configuration and management are easy via a web UI or command-line interface, security is enterprise-grade, and Power over Ethernet capability with a dynamically allocated budget of 740W supports a wide variety of Internet of Things (IoT) deployments. Up to eight Catalyst 1000 Gbit Ethernet Series switches can be controlled together with single IP. Catalyst 1000 units are line-rate devices, and all are powered by Cisco's venerable IOS Software. Quality-of-Service (QoS) capabilities include egress queues on every port as well as priority packet queuing to deliver optimized throughput for all classes of data. Catalyst Series 1000 switches also offer Shaped Round Robin (SRR) scheduling and Weighted Tail Drop congestion avoidance.

Cisco Catalyst 9000 Fixed and Modular Managed Switches
The Cisco Catalyst 9000 line of switches offers modular and fixed appliances and can support all deployment scenarios including access, distribution, and core switching. The Cisco Catalyst 9000 family includes devices 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 products can be set up to implement any combination of onsite facilities, private/public clouds, and hybrid networks. Modern network management utilities and advanced security features lower cost of ownership by cutting operational overhead and protecting vital IT assets. Cisco's 9000X family of managed switches provide converged switching and routing, delivering the first mix of 400G optical transceivers plus full mGig Ethernet and PoE ports.

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Cisco Catalyst 9000 Series Switches Are Designed for a Hybrid Landscape

Catalyst 9200 Switches ExpertsWith double the backplane stacking bandwidth at around half the price of the legacy Cisco Catalyst 2960-X and 2960-XR switches they are designed to replace, Cisco's Catalyst 9200 Series switches are a compelling infrastructure improvement for small branches and midsize campus deployments. The Catalyst 9200 product line includes models that offer 24 or 48 ports with full Power over Ethernet; 80-160 Gbps backplane stacking performance; streaming telemetry; and Layer 3 capabilities that include Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) routing, EIGRP, IS-IS link-state protocol, and RIP. Cisco Catalyst 9200 switches are powered by the Cisco IOS XE operating system.

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

Catalyst 9300 Switches ExpertsCisco's Catalyst 9300 Series switches are fixed, stackable units for high-density enterprise access switching. Key capabilities available with models in the Catalyst 9300 product line include 1T stacking throughput, stackable SFP fiber, up to 448 multigigabit 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, redundant fans and power supplies, plus data stack and StackPower cables compatible across the complete Catalyst 9300 product line.

Powered by Cisco IOS XE, devices in the Catalyst 9300 product line offer automated device provisioning, API-driven configuration, high-granularity visibility for close to realtime monitoring, and transparent software 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. Cloud security is strengthened because Catalyst 9300 switches are able to host Cisco's Umbrella agent directly. This makes it possible for businesses to implement their DNS policies at user or group level to prevent BYOD or IoT clients from accessing dangerous websites.

The entry-level Cisco Catalyst 9300L switch features as much as 320G stacking performance and offers 12 100M/1G/2.5G/5G/10G ports and 36 10M/100M/1G ports. The 9300L uses fixed instead of modular uplink hardware for 4 1G, 4 10G, or 2 40G uplink ports. The Cisco Catalyst 9300 switch offers 480G of stacking throughput and can provide 48 100M/1G/2.5G/5Gbps Ethernet ports, 24 100M/1G/2.5G/5G/10Gbps Ethernet ports, or 48 1G SFP ports. Modular uplink speeds available are 1G, 10G, 25G, or 40G. The high-end Cisco Catalyst 9300X appliance provides 1T stacking performance and offers 48 10G ports. The 9300X accepts modular uplinks with dual-rate 100G/40G, multirate 25G/10G/1G, or multigigabit. Cisco 90W Universal Power Over Ethernet+ (UPOE+) supports IoT-intensive environments such as smart buildings. Cisco offers hardware to support 100G IPsec.

Catalyst 9400 Switches ExpertsCisco's Catalyst 9400 Series devices are modular switches based on the Cisco IOS XE operating system and targeted for midsize and large campus access deployments. Delivering double the performance and over four times the chassis bandwidth as the legacy Catalyst 6500 it is built to replace, Cisco's Catalyst 9400 portfolio ushers switch capability into the modern age of networking driven by security, mobility, Internet of Things, and cloud.

Catalyst 9400 switches are offered with 4-slot, 7-slot, and 10-slot chassis. Two of the slots on each chassis are reserved for redundant supervisor cards, leaving 2, 5, or 8 slots open for line cards. Maximum bandwidth for each line-card slot is 480G. 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 models can provide 90W UPOE+ on every access port, protected segmentation with Software-Defined Access (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 appliances can provide 2 non-blocking 40G QSFP uplinks and up to 8 non-blocking 10 Gigabit SFP+ uplinks.

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Switches ExpertsThe Catalyst 9500 family includes fixed core and edge services switches designed for the large campus. Catalyst 9500 models are based on the Cisco IOS XE operating system and the the family incorporates the first infrastructure technology to deliver switching speeds above 25 Tbps.

Cisco's Catalyst 9500 models provide as high as 6.4 Terabits per second switching performance with forwarding throughput up to 2 Bpps. Catalyst 9500 appliances can support as many as 32 nonblocking 100 GB QSFP28 optical ports, 32 nonblocking 40 Gigabit QSFP+ ports, 48 nonblocking 25G SFP28 ports, or 48 nonblocking 10G ports. You can deploy Multichassis EtherChannel across Cisco StackWise-Virtual members to achieve high availability.

Catalyst 9500X switches can provide as high as 25.6 Terabits per second switching capacity with up to 2 Bpps forwarding capacity. Catalyst 9500X devices deliver 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 chip-level support for line-rate 256-bit 802.1AE MACsec and WAN-MACsec1 encryption.

Cisco Catalyst 9600 Switches ExpertsCisco's Catalyst 9600 Series switches are modular core and distribution appliances intended for the enterprise campus. The 6-slot 9600 Series chassis loaded with a Catalyst 9600X Series Supervisor has switching performance up to 25.6 Tbps and can support as many as 256 nonblocking 10/25/50 Gigabit Ethernet ports, 96 nonblocking 40/100G Gigabit ports, or 8 nonblocking 200/400 G QSFP-Double Density ports. The Catalyst 9600 also supports dual-rate 40G/100G and 10G/25G optics. Two chassis slots are dedicated for redundant supervisors. You can combine a selection of line cards for core and aggregation deployments. The chassis has a passive backplane, so you can replace fan tray, power supplies, and line cards without disrupting operation.

End-of-Life Catalyst Products Supported by Progent's Consultants
Progent's Cisco CCIE-certified consultants have broad experience delivering online and on-premises support expertise for legacy Catalyst switches for which Cisco has announced End of Life (EOL). These outdated Catalyst switches usually cost more to operate and maintain than current switches, deliver less performance and fewer features, and for many situations can subject businesses to compliance and even liability issues. Progent can assist you to maintain and repair these legacy Cisco products and can in addition assist you to plan and carry out seamless upgrades to current products within the Catalyst line or to devices from the Cisco Nexus line of network switches which take advantage of Catalyst design experience.

Cisco Catalyst Express 500 Family
Catalyst Express 500 and 520 Series Switches ConsultantsThe Catalyst Express 500 family of Layer 2 switches are designed for companies with as many as 250 workers and deliver the dependability, protection, extensibility, and feature set small businesses require at an affordable price. Power over Ethernet support makes it simple to install network devices such as VoIP phones and closed-circuit TV cameras.

Versions of the Catalyst Express 500 and 520 managed switches support up to 24 10/100/1000BASE-T ports as well as the option of redundant power supplies with automatic switch-over for extra dependability. Integration with Cisco wireless access points helps businesses to set up a local wireless network rapidly and effectively. The Catalyst Express 500 family provides solid protection against malicious attacks With Cisco's Self-Defending Network strategy and Clean Access agents. Cisco Catalyst 2940 Switch
Cisco Catalyst 2900 Series Switches Professional ServicesCatalyst 2900 fixed-configuration, managed 10/100 Ethernet switches provide fundamental workgroup connectivity for small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs). These wire-speed desktop appliances deliver IOS Software features for basic mixed-media traffic services at the edge of the network. The Cisco 2940 Series fixed-configuration switches are small, stackable devices featuring eight Fast Ethernet ports plus one built-in Fast Ethernet or Gbit Ethernet uplink. They can be deployed away from the wiring cabinet in space-constrained areas like on or under a worker's desk or in a classroom.

Catalyst 2960-S Series Switch
The Cisco Catalyst 2960-S Series are fixed-configuration switches designed for small companies and branches. Available versions incorporate either 24 or 48 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, four 1GE or two 10-Gigabit uplinks, and provide throughput of up to 176 Gbps. Cisco's FlexStack feature permits up to four Catalyst 2960-S switches to be grouped in a stack to perform as one switching unit that offers 40 Gbps of stacking throughput and that reduces operational costs with one-switch setup. IPv6 First Hop Security capability guards networks against IPv6 address interception and malicious attacks.

Cisco Catalyst 3560 Switches
Cisco Catalyst 3560 Series Switches Consulting FirmThe Catalyst 3560 family is a line of non-modular switches that includes IEEE 802.3af and Cisco Power over Ethernet (PoE) capability in 10/100 Ethernet and Gigabit implementations. Cisco's Catalyst 3560 switch is an ideal Layer 2 switch for small enterprise LAN access or branch-office environments, combining both 10/100/1000 and Power over Ethernet options for high efficiency while streamlining the deployment of key technology including Voice over IP, wireless access, video monitoring, and remote video kiosks. IT managers can deploy network-wide smart services such as quality of service, rate limiting, access control lists, multicast management, and fast IP routing with the simplicity of traditional network switching.

Cisco's Catalyst 3560 family switch is equipped with a robust set of capabilities that permit network expandability and enhanced resilience via IP routing as well as a full complement of Spanning Tree Protocol enhancements designed to increase throughput in a Layer 2 LAN. Improvements to the standard STP Protocol, including PVST+, and Port Fast, combined with enhancements such as Flex Links, improve network efficiency. Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Plus (PVST+) supports Layer 2 traffic balancing on backup links to exploit the extra bandwidth inherent in a redundant design.

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

Catalyst 3750 Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 3750 Family Switches HelpFor mid-size organizations and corporate branches, the Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series simplifies integration of unified applications and adapts to changing business environments by providing configuration versatility, support for unified network patterns, and management-free set up of smart system services. Also, Cisco's Catalyst 3750 Series switch is designed for high-volume 1000 Ethernet environments and includes a wide selection of switches that meet the connectivity, distribution, and backbone-interface demands of small or midsized networks.

Cisco's Catalyst 3750 Series has the IP Base or the IP Services image. The IP Base image features include advanced quality of service, rate-management, ACLs, and simple static and Routing Information Protocol (RIP) routing capability. The IP Services image provides a richer selection of enterprise-class functions, including advanced hardware-based IP unicast and multicast routing.

StackWise technology is a mechanism designed for Gigabit Ethernet. This technology is intended to react to additions, deletions, and relocations while providing dependable operation. Cisco StackWise technology combines up to nine separate switches into one functional device, utilizing custom stack-interconnect cables and software. Any of the switches can be any mix of the Catalyst 3750 Series switches and the 3750-E Series switches. The stack operates as a single switching unit that is directed by a control switch, chosen from among the stack of switches. The master switch intelligently builds and keeps current all the switching and user-selected routing tables. A working stack can accept new switches or remove existing members without service interruption.

Catalyst 2960 Series Switches and 3560-CX Switches
Catalyst 2900 Family Switches ConsultingCisco's Catalyst 2960-CX is a fixed-configuration managed switch that is ultra-compact, fanless, power efficient, and includes flexible mounting alternatives. The Catalyst 2960-CX has eight 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports and two 1-GE uplinks and has an option for Power over Ethernet. Cisco's Catalyst 3560-CX is a fixed-port switch packaged in a compact, quiet and energy-efficient enclosure that can be mounted almost anywhere convenient. Models are offered with eight or 12 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports or with six 1-GE ports plus 2 multigigabit ports. Two or four uplink ports are offered, and Power over Ethernet (PoE) is also an option.

Cisco Catalyst 2900-L Switches Integration and TroubleshootingCisco's Catalyst 2960-L family includes entry-level fixed-configuration switches intended for small offices, retail venues, and other places where space is at a premium. Catalyst 2900-L low-profile appliances have 8 to 48 GE ports and two or four SFP uplink ports. PoE support saves space and fanless operation for 16- and 24-port models eliminates noise. RJ-45 interfaces support 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T and 1000BASE-T SFP-based ports.

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X and Catalyst 2960-XR switches improve on the 2690-S family of switches by delivering switching capacity of up to 216 Gbps and supporting Cisco's FlexStack-Plus Stacking via a hot-swappable module that can combine 8 switches in a FlexStack Plus stack capable of 80 Gbps of stacking performance. Cisco Catalyst 2900 family switches also support NetFlow-Lite for flow-based traffic monitoring. Cisco's Catalyst 2960-XR switch is capable of Layer 3 dynamic routing, providing the convenience of having a single switch for Layer 2 and Layer 3 routing.

Catalyst 3650 and 3850 Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 3650 Switch and Catalyst 3850 Switches ConsultantsCatalyst 3650 and Catalyst 3850 series switches are fixed-configuration, stackable access devices based on Cisco's IOS XE operating system and incorporating full wireless controller functionality that lets you converge wired and wireless networks on a single device powered by one operating system. Cisco offers versions with either 24 or 48 built-in 1Gb Ethernet connections with PoE plus, four 1GE or four 10GE uplinks, and capacity for up to nine Catalyst switches per stack. All versions provide modular QoS, fast switchover for high availability, software support for IPv4 and IPv6 routing, multicast, and enhanced security.

Since wireless traffic is present at the Catalyst 3000 Series switch, administrators can spot and assign priorities to wireless traffic with Cisco's Flexible NetFlow (FNF) solution along with advanced Quality of Service features for a better user environment and faster problem mediation. Fast Ethernet switching supports the high-bandwidth defined by the new 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi specification on currently in-place cabling solutions. (To find out about Progent's consulting and support services for Cisco's 802.11ac Aironet wireless products, and Cisco's Meraki cloud-managed access points, refer to Configuration and Troubleshooting Support for Cisco Wireless Technology.)

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

Cisco Catalyst 4500-E Series and Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches
Catalyst 4500-E Series and and Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Series switches are intended for campus access and distribution environments where space for infrastructure equipment is limited. Powered by Cisco's IOS XE control software, the Catalyst 4500-E and Catalyst 4500-X families simplify network virtualization by supporting Cisco's Easy Virtual Network and Virtual Switching System (VSS) solutions. Network virtualization allows you to segment a physical network into a number of virtual networks (VNs) whose data and control planes are logically segregated. This makes possible the economy, security and compliance, recoverability, and manageability needed for Cloud environments or other situations where a single resource pool must be shared by applications and services that must run in complete isolation from each other. EVN streamlines the task of deploying virtual networks and can be expanded to 32 VNs per switch. EVN utilizes the capabilities of Multi-virtual routing and forwarding and includes new technologies such as VNET Tags and a simple technique for duplicating replicating routes connecting virtual networks. Virtual Switching System technology makes it possible to configure Catalyst 4500-E and Catalyst 4500-X Series switches to produce non-stop virtual networks with advanced traffic load balancing.

Cisco Catalyst 4500-E Switches
Catalyst 4500-E Family Switches ConsultantsCisco's Supervisor Engine for for the Catalyst 4500-E switch has a built-in wireless network controller that works with Cisco's Unified Access solution for wired/wireless convergence. The Supervisor Engine 8-E is the initial Cisco Catalyst supervisor to permit wired as well as wireless services on a single switch based on IOS XE software. Features include Cisco's Flexible NetFlow technology for capacity planning encompassing both wired and Wi-Fi networks, TrustSec/SGT2 wired and wireless data security, consistent Quality of Service for wired and Wi-Fi clients, and the extension of Nonstop Forwarding with Stateful Switchover (NSF/SSO) to cover Wi-Fi traffic for world-class availability.

Available 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 10/100/1000 Ethernet access ports, up to 192 1GE fiber fiber ports, 96 10-Gigabit Ethernet fiber connections, and eight 10GE uplinks. Cisco's Supervisor Engine 8-E provides as much as 928 Gbps of wired throughput per system and 20 Gbps of wireless termination capacity. 50 wireless APs and 2000 wireless clients can be supported on each chassis, and up to 250 access points and 4000 wireless clients can be managed in a two-switch installation without requiring a separate wireless controller.

Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches
Catalyst 4500-X Family Switches ConsultantsCatalyst 4500-X switches are fixed 10-Gigabit Ethernet aggregation switches that can provide 800 Gbps of backplane switching capacity per chassis. The Catalyst 4500-X switch supports as many as 32 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports on the unit's baseboard and eight extra 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports on the expansion module for a maximum of up to 40 non-blocking 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports. Eight 10GE uplinks are also available via a separate module. In addition to providing non-stop performance and easy management, Cisco's virtual switching system technology on Catalyst 4500-X Series switches offers increased system performance of as much as 1.6 Tbps by enabling all possible bandwidth across VSS-linked Catalyst 4500-X Series switches. Additional advanced features include FNF solution for application visibility, Cisco TrustSec protection, and wire-rate IPv6 forwarding.

Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Catalyst 6800 Series Switches
Catalyst 6500 and Cisco Catalyst 6800 switches are campus backbone platforms that incorporate the field-proven technology of the Cisco Catalyst 6500 family of products, which were introduced over a decade ago and have been steadily enhanced since then. Catalyst 6500 Series and Catalyst 6800 Series switches offer identical features and operation, and the modular Catalyst 6807-XL switch accepts the Cisco Catalyst 6500 Supervisor Engine 2T and the associated portfolio of compatible line cards and service modules. This backwards compatibility and program of ongoing improvement preserves your infrastructure expenditures and allows you to update your network with minimal business disruption or IT staff re-education.

Shared features of Cisco Catalyst 6500 and Cisco Catalyst 6800 modular switches that have Cisco's Supervisor Engine 2T include the Cisco ISE technology for simple, centralized management to ensure consistent policy across a distributed network, VSS capability for maximum uptime through multi-level redundancy, and Cisco's Campus Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP) to facilitate client roaming and mobility and to streamline virtualization and migration to IPv6. Additional virtualization tools to segment distinct user groups and support the unique security/compliance and Quality of Service policy requirements of every group include Layer 2 and Layer 3 VPN, complete Multiprotocol Label Switching, Easy Virtual Network (EVN), VPN Routing and Forwarding-aware applications for NAT NetFlow, GRE for v4/v6, and Layer 2 geographic extensions with virtual private LAN services (VPLS). For unified wired and wireless networking, the Wireless Services Module 2 (WiSM2) controller Cisco Catalyst 6500 and Catalyst 6800 modular switches supports up to 1000 wireless access points and 15,000 wireless users.

Cisco Catalyst 6500-E Switches
Catalyst 6500 Series Switches Planning and Support ServicesThe Cisco Catalyst 6500-E line of modular switches are designed for aggregation and enterprise core networks that need maximum availability and high concentrations of 1 Gigabit Ethernet, 1 GE fiber, or 10 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet ports. Available versions come with three to 13 slots and work with a wide selection of interface modules. Integrated service modules enable wireless management, traffic monitoring, and data protection. Only E-Series models of Cisco's extensive family of Catalyst 6500 switches are compatible with Cisco's Supervisor Engine 2T.

The Cisco Catalyst 6503-E switch has a 4 rack unit chassis, includes 3 expansion slots, and offers as much as 180 Gbps of switching performance per slot. The Catalyst 6503-E switch supports up to 97 1-Gigabit Ethernet access ports, up to 99 1GE fiber connections, 34 10GE ports, and up to 8 40-Gigabit Ethernet access ports.

The high-end Catalyst 6513-E switch has a 19RU, 13-slot chassis and offers as much as 180 Gbps of throughput per slot, providing a system bandwidth of up to 4 Tbps. A VSS configuration can deliver 8 Tbps of switching throughout. The Cisco Catalyst 6513-E Series switch can support up to 529 1 Gigabit Ethernet access ports, up to 534 Gigabit Ethernet fiber ports, 180 10GE access ports, and 44 40GE connections.

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches Consulting and TroubleshootingCatalyst 6800 switches are campus core platforms intended to provide best-of-breed 10/40/100 Gigabit Ethernet services. The Catalyst 6880-X switch is a fixed-configuration, small form factor device for high-density Ethernet designed for small or medium-size campus cores. The Catalyst 6880-X switch supports as much as 2 Tbps switching capacity and features four slots for port cards. The maximum port concentration on one chassis is 80 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports or 10-Gigabit Ethernet access ports or up to 20 40-Gigabit Ethernet access ports. Configured with Cisco's Virtual Switching System, these switches can deliver 4 Tbps switching performance and support up to 158 10/100/1000 Ethernet connections or 10GE ports or as many as 20 40-Gigabit Ethernet ports.

The modular Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL switch has a 10-rack-unit form factor with 7 slots and accepts 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 Catalyst 6807-XL switch offers as much as 880 Gbps of switching throughput on each slot and 11.4 Tbps of switching throughput while supporting up to 240 1 Gigabit Ethernet ports or 1GE fiber connections, 80 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections or up to 20 40GE ports. A two-chassis 6807-XL system with Cisco's Virtual Switching System can support 22.8 Tbps of switching throughput, 480 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports or Gigabit Ethernet fiber connections, 160 10GE ports or 40 40GE access ports.

How Progent Can Help You with Cisco Catalyst Series Switches
Progent offers the online or on-premises expertise of Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants who have broad experience delivering Catalyst switch technology support for small and midsize organizations, branch offices, enterprise campuses, data centers, Cloud networks, and SPs. Progent's skills include Catalyst and Nexus lines of managed switches and with Cisco's IOS, IOS-XR and NX-OS operating systems. Services offered by Progent's experts for Cisco Catalyst switches include pilot testing, network analysis and monitoring, network architecture planning, upgrades and project management, network virtualization, wired and wireless unification, network management, performance optimization, problem mitigation, disaster recovery planning, and network security assessment and verification.

Progent's Cisco-certified consultants have broad expertise with industry standards and with proprietary Cisco protocols and technologies associated with switching and routing including BGP, MPLS, PIM, VPNs, Spanning-Tree Protocol, VLANs, Cisco FabricPath, VPC, HSRP, Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol, Open Shortest Path First (OSPF), VSS, and Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP). Progent's infrastructure specialists also offer familiarity with key technologies such as TCP/IP protocols, IPv4/IPv6, Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP), Routing Information Protocol (RIP), and Internet Group Management Protocol. Progent's CISSP-ISSAP certified network security and compliance consultants can show you how to develop an enterprise-wide security and compliance strategy and implement Cisco Catalyst switches so that they offer optimal support for your network security policies.

In case you require the highest available Ethernet density or extremely low latency Cisco switches for a world-class data center, Progent can assist your organization to evaluate, design, and manage a migration to Nexus switches. To find out about Progent's consulting and support services for Cisco's Nexus switches, see Nexus Switch consulting and support offered by Progent. Progent can also assist you to connect Catalyst core switches with Cisco Meraki distribution switches. (See Cisco Meraki switch integration consultants.)

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