The Catalyst line of modular and fixed-configuration managed switches offers performance and control at the access, aggregation, and core levels of converged voice, video, and data networks for organizations that range in size from small businesses and branches to global enterprises and SPs. Progent's Cisco-certified CCIE consultants offer online and onsite expertise with Catalyst family switches to assist you to plan a cost-effective network topology that addresses your specific business needs, set up proof-of-concept testing, install Catalyst switches, establish and verify a sensible security and compliance plan, automate system management and monitoring, provide troubleshooting and support services, optimize switch capacity, and configure Catalyst's high-availability (HA) technology to achieve near-zero downtime.
Progent can help you to manage and troubleshoot your legacy Catalyst switches or upgrade smoothly to current versions of Catalyst switches adhering to leading practices to make sure that you receive the highest return from your investment in your network.
The need for intelligent, high-speed switching is driven by a confluence of fairly new networking trends whose overall effect is a cyber avalanche of data traffic:
Private, public and hybrid clouds are only made practical because of virtualization technology. Virtualized infrastructures radically reduce expenses by allowing very high hardware utilization and demanding very little real estate and power use. But this also means that comparatively limited network resources have to support large amounts of data. The Bring-Your-Own-Device revolution has created a dramatic increase in the amount of mobile clients that have be handled by IT networks, and these clients run a great deal of data-intensive, HD video applications. Social media for business is displacing email as the main enabler of workforce collaboration and is producing an ever increasing requirement for data. Businesses who want to remain competitive are resorting to Big Data technology to search through enormous and disparate repositories of information, which in turn generates Big Network Traffic. All of these computing trends are fairly recent, and combined they create a serious need for an advanced class of switches that feature much more performance, control, uptime and ease of management than older solutions were engineered to provide.
- Cloud and Internet of Things networking and an associated demand for intensive network virtualization
- The pervasiveness of BYOD computing
- Data guzzling HD video applications
- Social business technologies
- The popularity of Big Data in analytics
- Ever more advanced cyberattacks like ransomware
Cisco's current portfolio of Catalyst switches are best suited for the distribution/core layers of enterprise campus deployments where mobile and stationary workers must be accommodated by providing consistent performance, secure client access management, careful segregation, application intelligence, and wired and wireless convergence. Catalyst series switches address the need for speed and control with capabilities that include high-port-count 10G/40G/100G services, switching capacity over 25 Tbps per appliance, a comprehensive suite of technologies such as Easy Virtual Network to facilitate the deployment of VLANs, Virtual Switching System technology for switch failover with subsecond virtual switch restoration and "five nines" (99.999%) uptime, IPv4 and IPv6 support, Application Visibility and Control (AVC) to optimize system resource usage, and sophisticated QoS capabilities for business-critical data prioritization.
Cisco Offers Catalyst Switches for Organizations of Any Size
Cisco Catalyst switches allow businesses of all sizes to benefit from incorporating smart switching and routing services into their network infrastructure, deploying an environment that can deal with real-time needs, scale to support expected growth, protect vital data, and separate and manage processes to optimize network productivity.
Catalyst 1000 Series Fixed Ethernet Switches
Cisco's Catalyst 1000 access switches are small form factor, fixed-configuration switches intended for smaller businesses and branches with up to 250 users and with little if any internal IT support. Cisco's Catalyst 1000 family includes fanless versions for noiseless operation within an office environment. Mounting alternatives include desktop, wall or shelf mount, standard rack mount, and DIN. Designed as an easy replacement for Cisco Catalyst 2960-L or 2960-Plus deployments, Cisco's Catalyst 1000 portfolio includes versions with 8 to 48G Ethernet ports or 24 to 48 Fast Ethernet 10/100M ports.
Catalyst 1000 set up and administration are easy using a web interface or CLI, cybersecurity is enterprise-grade, and Power over Ethernet capability with a dynamically distributed budget of 740W supports a wide variety of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. Up to eight Catalyst 1000 Gbit Ethernet model switches can be managed at once with single IP. All Catalyst Series 1000 appliances are nonblocking line-rate switches, and all are based on Cisco's familiar IOS operating system software. Quality-of-Service features include egress queues for each port as well as priority packet queuing to deliver wire-speed throughput for all classes of traffic. Catalyst Series 1000 switches also feature Shaped Round Robin (SRR) service scheduling and Weighted Tail Drop congestion avoidance.
Catalyst 9000 Series Fixed and Modular Managed Switches
The Catalyst 9000 family of switches includes modular and fixed units and supports all deployment scenarios including access, distribution, and core switching. The Cisco Catalyst 9000 family offers devices with the appropriate value proposition to connect workers and things in scenarios from small businesses and branch offices to major enterprises. Catalyst 9000 products can be set up to support any mix of local facilities, private and public clouds, and hybrid network models. Modern management tools and advanced cybersecurity solutions lower cost of ownership by cutting operational overhead and protecting critical network assets. Cisco's 9000X family of managed switches provide converged switching/routing, delivering the first combination of 400G QSFP-DD ports along with full mGig Ethernet and Power-over-Ethernet ports.
Cisco Catalyst 9000 Switches Are Built for a Hybrid Landscape
With double the backplane stacking bandwidth for around half the cost of the end-of-life Cisco Catalyst 2960-X and 2960-XR switches they are designed to replace, Cisco's Catalyst 9200 Series switches are a compelling network upgrade for small branch offices and midsize campus deployments. The Catalyst 9200 family includes models that support 24 or 48 ports with full PoE+; 80-160 Gbps backplane stacking bandwidth; and Layer 3 features that include OSPF, EIGP distance routing protocol, IS-IS, and RIP. Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series switches run Cisco IOS XE.
The Catalyst 9200 delivers 160-Gbps backplane stacking throughput, supports onsite-replaceable redundant power supplies and fans, and accepts swappable interface modules with 4x1G, 4x1/10G, 2x25G, or 2x40G uplink. Cisco's Catalyst 9200 Enhanced VN switch allows as many as 32 Virtual Networks and offers 160-Gbps stacking throughput. The Catalyst 9200L delivers 80-Gbps stacking performance. Both the Catalyst 9200L multigigabit and the Catalyst 9200 multigigabit offer wireless bandwidth tuning with 8 or 12 multigigabit ports as fast as 10Gbps.
Cisco's Catalyst 9300 Series switches are fixed, stackable appliances for high-density access switching. Advanced features provided with various models in the Catalyst 9300 product line include 1T stacking performance, stackable SFP fiber, up to 448 multigigabit ports including 288 ports of 90W UPOE+ with an 8-device configuration, line rate IPsec tunnel with AES-256 Encryption and performance up to 100G, redundant fans and power supplies, plus data stack and StackPower cables compatible throughout the complete Catalyst 9300 product line.
Powered by the Cisco IOS XE operating system, appliances in the Catalyst 9300 product line offer automated provisioning, API-driven configuration, granular visibility for near realtime monitoring, and transparent software updates and patching. Security features include Encrypted Traffic Analytics (ETA) along with AES-256 MACsec and IPSec encryption, and Cisco Trust Anchor Technologies with Image signing. Cloud security is strengthened because Catalyst 9300 Series switches have the ability to host Cisco's Umbrella agent directly. This makes it possible for organizations to design their DNS filtering policies granularly to block BYOD or IoT clients from visiting dangerous websites.
The entry-level Cisco Catalyst 9300L switch features up to 320G backplane stacking performance and supports 12 100M/1G/2.5G/5G/10G ports and 36 10M/100M/1G ports. The 9300L uses fixed rather than modular uplink components for 4 1G, 4 10G, or 2 40G ports. The Cisco Catalyst 9300 appliance features 480G of backplane stacking capacity 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 available are 1G, 10G, 25G, or 40G. The top-of-the-line Cisco Catalyst 9300X switch delivers up to 1Tbps stacking throughput and supports 48 10G Ethernet ports. The 9300X accepts uplink modules with dual-rate 100G/40G, multirate 25G/10G/1G, or mGig. Cisco 90W UPOE+ supports dense IoT environments such as smart buildings. Hardware is available to provide 100G IPsec.
Cisco's Catalyst 9400 Series appliances are modular switches powered by the Cisco IOS XE operating system and intended for midsize and enterprise campus access deployments. Delivering double the throughput and over quadruple the chassis bandwidth as the legacy Catalyst 6500 it is built to replace, the Catalyst 9400 family brings switch capability into the current age of networking driven by security, mobility, IoT, and cloud.
Catalyst 9400 appliances are offered with 4-slot, 7-slot, and 10-slot chassis. Two slots on each chassis are reserved for redundant supervisor cards, leaving 2, 5, or 8 slots available for line cards. Maximum bandwidth for each line-card slot is 480 Gbps. Switching capacity can achieve 1.44 Terabits per second and forwarding performance on Supervisor Module is as high as 9 Tbps for the 10-slot chassis. All Catalyst 9400 models can provide 90W UPOE+ on every port, protected segmentation with Software-Defined Access and N+N/N+1 power redundancy for high availability. Cisco's 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 Quad Small Form-Factor Pluggable uplinks and up to 8 non-blocking 10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ uplinks.
Cisco's Catalyst 9500 family consists of fixed core and edge services appliances designed for the large campus. Catalyst 9500 switches are powered by the Cisco IOS XE operating system and the the family incorporates the first network technology to deliver switching rates above 25 Tbps.
Cisco's Catalyst 9500 appliances deliver as high as 6.4 Tbps switching performance with forwarding speed as high as 2 Billion Packet per Second. Catalyst 9500 switches can provide up to 32 nonblocking 100 GB QSFP28 ports, 32 nonblocking 40 Gigabit QSFP+ ports, 48 nonblocking 25G SFP28 ports, or 48 nonblocking 10G ports. You can deploy Multichassis EtherChannel (MEC) across Cisco StackWise-Virtual members for high availability.
Catalyst 9500X products support up to 25.6 Tbps switching performance with 2 Bpps forwarding speed. Catalyst 9500X devices support up to 28 nonblocking 40/100 Gigabit QSFP28 optical ports or 8 nonblocking 40/100/200/400 Gigabit QSFP-DD ports. The 9500X product line also includes chip-level support for line-rate 256-bit 802.1AE MACsec and WAN-MACsec1 data encryption.
Cisco's Catalyst 9600 Series switches are modular core and distribution switches for the enterprise campus. The 6-slot chassis with a Catalyst 9600X Series Supervisor has switching capacity up to 25.6 Tbps and can support as many as 256 nonblocking 10/25/50 G ports, 96 nonblocking 40/100G Gigabit ports, or 8 nonblocking 200/400 Gigabit QSFP-DD ports. The Catalyst 9600 switch also provides dual-rate 40G/100G and 10G/25G optics. Two chassis slots are reserved for high-availability supervisors. You can combine a selection of line cards for core and aggregation environments. The chassis uses a passive backplane, so you can replace fan tray, power supplies, and line cards without disruption.
Legacy Catalyst Products Supported by Progent's Consultants
Progent's Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants have broad experience providing online and onsite support expertise for legacy Catalyst Series switches which have reached End of Life. These legacy Catalyst switches usually are more expensive to operate and maintain than contemporary switches, provide less performance and functionality, and for some situations can subject organizations to compliance and even liability risks. Progent's consultants can assist your business to support and troubleshoot these older Cisco products and can also help you to plan and implement seamless upgrades to current products within the Catalyst family or to solutions from Cisco's Nexus line of switches which build upon Catalyst technology.
Cisco Catalyst Express 500 Family of Switches
The Catalyst Express 500 line of fixed-configuration switches are designed for companies with up to 250 workers and deliver the reliability, security, expandability, and features small and mid-sized businesses require at an affordable price. Power over Ethernet capability makes it easy to add network appliances like VoIP phones and closed-circuit TV cameras.
Versions of the Cisco Catalyst Express 500 and 520 switches offer up to 24 10/100/1000BASE-T ports plus the option of redundant power supplies with automatic fail-over for extra reliability. Interoperation with Cisco access points helps businesses to build a wireless LAN network rapidly and easily. The Catalyst Express 500 family provides solid security against malicious attacks thanks to Cisco's Self-Defending Network technology and Clean Access agents.
Catalyst 2940 Switch
Catalyst 2900 Series fixed-configuration, managed Ethernet switches offer basic workgroup networking for small to medium-size businesses (SMBs). These wire-speed desktop switches deliver Cisco IOS Software features for simple data, video, and voice services at the edge of the network. The Cisco 2940 Series switches are compact, stackable devices featuring 8 Ethernet connections and one built-in Fast Ethernet or Gbit Ethernet uplink. They can be deployed away from the wiring cabinet in space-constrained office spaces such as on a worker's desk or in a classroom.
Catalyst 2960-S Series Switch
The Cisco Catalyst 2960-S Series are fixed-configuration switches intended for small companies and branch offices. Current models incorporate either 24 or 48 1Gb Ethernet ports, four 1GE or two 10GE uplink ports, and deliver switching capacity as high as 176 Gbps. Cisco's FlexStack feature allows up to four 2960-S switches to be combined in a stack to act like a single switch that provides 40 Gbps of stacking throughput and that reduces management costs because of one-switch setup. IPv6 First Hop Security (FHS) technology protects against IPv6 address theft and malicious threats.
Cisco Catalyst 3560 Family Switches
Ciscoâ€™s Catalyst 3560 Series is a selection of fixed-configuration switches that includes IEEE 802.3af and Cisco Power over Ethernet capability in 10/100 Ethernet and 10/100/1000 implementations. Cisco's Catalyst 3560 is an ideal access-layer switch for midsize business network connectivity or branch-office environments, offering both 10/100/1000 and Power over Ethernet options for high efficiency while facilitating the deployment of vital technology such a Voice over IP, wireless access, video monitoring, and remote video kiosks. Customers can deploy network-wide intelligent features such as QoS, rate management, ACLs, multicast management, and fast IP routing with the ease of traditional network switching.
Cisco's Catalyst 3560 switch offers a robust array of capabilities that allow for network expandability and enhanced resilience through IP routing plus a complete suite of STP improvements aimed to maximize availability in a Layer 2 network. Improvements to the conventional Spanning Tree Protocol, including Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Plus, and Uplink Fast, as well as enhancements such as Flex Links interfaces, improve network efficiency. Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Plus (PVST+) allows for Layer 2 traffic balancing on redundant links to exploit the additional capacity inherent in a redundant architecture.
Important technologies such as Open Shortest Path First (OPSF), Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol, BGP, static routing, and PBR improve network scale; PIM improves resource utilization; and Virtual Route Forwarding Lite (VRFLite) protects network traffic.
Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series Switches
For mid-size businesses and enterprise branches, the Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series facilitates integration of converged applications and accommodates changing business needs by offering configuration flexibility, ability to manage converged network traffic, and automatic set up of smart system functions. In addition, the Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series switch is engineered for high-density 1000 Ethernet environments and incorporates a diverse range of switches that meet the access, distribution, and backbone-connectivity demands of small or midsized deployments.
Cisco's Catalyst 3750 Series includes either the IP Base image or the Services image. The IP Base image capabilities include advanced quality of service, rate-limiting, ACLs, and simple static and Routing Information Protocol routing support. The IP Services image offers a broader set of high-end features, including sophisticated hardware-based IP unicast and multicast routing.
StackWise technology is a mechanism designed for Gigabit Ethernet. Cisco StackWise is designed to respond to additions, deletions, and relocations while providing dependable performance. Cisco StackWise technology unites up to 9 separate switches into a single functional device, utilizing custom stack-interface cables and utilities. Any of the switches can be any mix of Cisco's Catalyst 3750 Series switches and the 3750-E Series switches. The stack behaves as a single switching appliance that is directed by a master switch, chosen from one of the stack of switches. The control switch automatically creates and keeps current all the switching and user-selected routing databases. A running stack can accommodate new devices or remove old switches without operational discontinuity.
Catalyst 2960 Series Switches and Catalyst 3560-CX Switches
Cisco's Catalyst 2960-CX is a fixed-port switch that is low-profile, fanless, power efficient, and includes a variety of mounting alternatives. The device incorporates eight 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports and two 1-GE uplink ports and optionally provides Power over Ethernet (PoE). Cisco's Catalyst 3560-CX appliance is a fixed-port switch packaged in a sleek, quiet and energy-efficient unit that can be placed almost anywhere outside a wiring closet. Models are offered with 8 or 12 1-GE ports or with 6 1-GE ports and 2 multigigabit Ethernet ports. Two or four uplink ports are available, and PoE+ power is also an option.
Cisco's Catalyst 2960-L line includes entry-level fixed-port switches targeted for branch offices, retail areas, and other environments where space is at a premium. Catalyst 2900-L compact appliances have 8 to 48 GE ports and two or four SFP uplink ports. Power over Ethernet support reduces clutter and fanless design for the 8- models does away with noise. RJ-45 connectors accommodate 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T and 1000BASE-T SFP-based ports.
Catalyst 2960-X and Catalyst 2960-XR Series switches improve on the 2690-S family by delivering switching performance as high as 216 Gbps and providing Cisco's FlexStack-Plus stacking technology via a hot-swappable plug-in that can combine 8 Catalyst switches in a stack capable of 80 Gbps of stacking throughput. Cisco Catalyst 2900 family switches also support NetFlow-Lite for conserving forwarding data for analysis. The Catalyst 2960-XR Series switch features Layer 3 dynamic routing, providing the convenience of having one device for Layer 2 and Layer 3 routing.
Catalyst 3650 and 3850 Series Switches
Catalyst 3650 and Catalyst 3850 switches are fixed, stackable access switches based on Cisco's IOS XE operating system and incorporating comprehensive wireless controller functionality that lets you control wired and wireless infrastructure on a single device powered by one operating system. Cisco has versions with either 24 or 48 built-in 10/100/1000 Ethernet connections with PoE plus, four 1-Gigabit or four 10-Gigabit uplink connections, and support for up to 9 switches in a FlexStack stack. All models offer modular QoS, fast switchover for high availability, software support for IPv4 and IPv6 routing, multicast routing, and advanced security.
Since wireless traffic is visible at the Catalyst 3000 family switch, administrators can spot and prioritize wireless data using Cisco's Flexible NetFlow solution along with advanced QoS capabilities for an improved wireless user environment and quicker problem isolation. Fast Ethernet switching can handle the high-bandwidth called for by the latest 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi standard on existing cabling infrastructure. (For information about Progent's consulting services for Cisco's 802.11ac Aironet Wi-Fi access points and wireless controllers, and Cisco's Meraki cloud-managed Wi-Fi APs, visit Planning and Deployment Consulting Services for Cisco Wireless Products.)
The Cisco Catalyst 3650 delivers stacking throughput as high as 160 Gbps and supports as many as 25 Wi-Fi access points and 1000 Wi-Fi clients per stack. The Catalyst 3850 delivers stacking performance of 480 Gbps and can control up to 50 Wi-Fi access points and 2000 wireless clients per switch or stack. Catalyst 3850 SFP Fiber Switches have 12 or 24 1G fiber data ports at line rate, providing long distance connections, advanced security, and an identical wired and wireless user experience.
Cisco Catalyst 4500-E and Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches
Catalyst 4500-E Series and and Catalyst 4500-X Series switches are intended for campus access and distribution deployments where space for networking hardware is at a premium. Running Cisco's IOS XE control software, both the Catalyst 4500-E and Catalyst 4500-X product lines facilitate virtualization thanks to Cisco's EVN and Virtual Switching System technologies. Virtualization allows you to segment a hardware network into multiple virtual networks whose data and control planes are logically distinct. This makes possible the efficient utilization, protection, recoverability, and ease of management needed for Cloud environments or other situations where a single resource pool must be used by software and services that need to operate in complete isolation from each other. Easy Virtual Network speeds up the process of deploying VNs and scales to 32 VNs for each switch. Easy Virtual Network utilizes features of Multi-virtual routing and forwarding and includes additional technologies such as VNET Trunks and an easy way for duplicating replicating routes connecting virtual networks. Virtual Switching System technology makes it easy to set up Catalyst 4500-E and 4500-X Series platforms to create non-stop virtual networks with optimized traffic load balancing.
Catalyst 4500-E Series Switches
Cisco's Supervisor Engine 8-E for the Catalyst 4500-E modular switch has an integrated wireless controller that supports Cisco's Unified Access solution for wired and wireless convergence. this is the first Cisco Catalyst supervisor engine to permit wired plus wireless services on a single platform based on IOS XE. Features included are Cisco's FNF solution for application visibility encompassing both wired and wireless networks, Cisco TrustSec/SGT2 wired/wireless security, predictable Quality of Service for wired and wireless networks, and the extension of NSF/SSO to include wireless data traffic for world-quality high availability.
Offered in chassis with from three to 10 plug-in slots, Cisco Catalyst 4500-E Series switches can support up to 384 10/100/1000 Ethernet access ports, up to 192 1GE non-blocking fiber ports, 96 10-Gigabit Ethernet fiber ports, and eight 10-Gigabit Ethernet uplink ports. Cisco's Supervisor Engine 8-E provides as much as 928 Gbps of wired access per system and as much as 20 Gbps of wireless termination performance. 50 wireless access points and 2000 Wi-Fi clients can be handled on each switch, and up to 250 wireless access points and 4000 wireless users can be supported in a multi-switch installation without a separate wireless network controller.
Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Switches
Cisco's Catalyst 4500-X Series switches are fixed 10GE aggregation platforms that can deliver up to 800 Gbps of backplane switching capacity per chassis. The Catalyst 4500-X switch can have up to 32 10GE connections on the unit's baseboard and eight more 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports on the optional expansion module for a maximum of 40 10GE connections. Eight 10GE uplinks are available with another module. In addition to providing non-stop performance and simple management, Cisco's virtual switching system technology on Catalyst 4500-X Series switches offers higher system performance of up to 1.6 Tbps by enabling all possible bandwidth between VSS-linked Catalyst 4500-X Series switches. Other features include Cisco's Flexible NetFlow technology for traffic analysis, Cisco TrustSec protection, and fast, hardware-based IPv6 forwarding.
Cisco Catalyst 6500 and Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Catalyst 6800 switches are campus backbone switches that share the field-proven DNA of the Catalyst 6500 family of products, which first appeared over a dozen years ago and which have been continually enhanced ever since. Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Catalyst 6800 Series switches provide identical features and operation, and the modular Catalyst 6807-XL switch accepts the Catalyst 6500 Series Supervisor Engine 2T and its extensive portfolio of compatible line cards and service modules. This backwards compatibility and program of continual enhancement protects your information technology investment and allows you to upgrade your network with minimal service interruption or IT team re-education.
Common attributes of Catalyst 6500 and Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series modular switches equipped with Cisco's Supervisor Engine 2T include Cisco's Identity Services Engine (ISE) for convenient, centralized administration to ensure consistent policy across a distributed network, VSS technology for maximum uptime via multi-level failover, and the Cisco Campus Locator/ID Separation Protocol to support roaming and mobility and to simplify virtualization and transition to IPv6. Other virtualization features to partition distinct client groups and serve the unique security/compliance and QoS policy requirements of every group include Layer 2 and Layer 3 VPN, full Multiprotocol Label Switching, Easy Virtual Network, VPN Routing and Forwarding-aware technology for Network Address Translation NetFlow, IPv6 over IPv4 GRE Tunnels, and L2 geographic extensions with VPLS. For unified wired and wireless environments, the WiSM2 for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series modular switches includes support for as many as 1000 wireless APs and 15,000 wireless clients.
Cisco Catalyst 6500-E Switches
The Catalyst 6500-E line of modular switches are designed for aggregation and campus core networks that require world-class availability and high concentrations of 10/100/1000 Ethernet, 1 GE fiber, and/or 10 and 40 GE access ports. Models include three to 13 expansion slots and accept a wide range of interfaces. Integrated service modules enable wireless, traffic monitoring, and data protection. Only E-Series models of Cisco's extensive line of Catalyst 6500 switches are compatible with Cisco's Supervisor Engine 2T.
The value-priced Cisco Catalyst 6503-E has a 4 rack unit form factor, includes 3 expansion slots, and offers as much as 180 Gbps of switching bandwidth per slot. The Cisco Catalyst 6503-E can support up to 97 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, up to 99 Gigabit Ethernet fiber connections, 34 10GE ports, and 8 40-Gigabit Ethernet ports.
The high-end Catalyst 6513-E switch has a 19 rack unit, 13-slot form factor and offers up to 180 Gbps of throughput on each slot, providing a system bandwidth as high as 4 Tbps. A VSS configuration can support 8 Tbps of switching throughout. The Catalyst 6513-E switch supports a maximum of 529 1 Gigabit Ethernet connections, up to 534 Gigabit Ethernet fiber connections, up to 180 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections, and 44 40GE ports.
Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches
Cisco's Catalyst 6800 Series switches are campus backbone switches intended to provide best-of-breed 10/40/100 Gigabit Ethernet services. The Cisco Catalyst 6880-X switch is a fixed, small form factor switch for high-density Ethernet intended for small or midsize campus cores. The Catalyst 6880-X switch supports up to 2 Tbps throughput and features four slots for port cards. The maximum port density per chassis is 80 10/100/1000 Ethernet connections or 10GE ports or up to 20 40GE access ports. Configured with Cisco's Virtual Switching System, these switches can deliver 4 Tbps switching performance and handle as many as 158 1 Gigabit Ethernet access ports or 10GE ports or up to 20 40-Gigabit Ethernet connections.
The modular Catalyst 6807-XL switch comes in a 10-rack-unit form factor that has 7 expansion slots and supports existing Supervisor Engine 2T cards and modules. (Two slots are for the Supervisor Engine and the other five are for modules.) The Catalyst 6807-XL switch can deliver up to 880 Gbps of switching bandwidth per slot and up to 11.4 Tbps of full-duplex switching performance while providing up to 240 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports or 1GE fiber connections, 80 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections or up to 20 40GE connections. A two-chassis 6807-XL system configured with VSS can handle 22.8 Tbps of switching performance, 480 10/100/1000 Ethernet connections or Gigabit Ethernet fiber ports, up to 160 10-Gigabit Ethernet access ports or 40 40GE ports.
Ways That Progent Can Assist You with Catalyst Switches
Progent can provide the remote or on-premises support services of Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants who have broad backgrounds delivering Catalyst switch solutions for small and medium sized organizations, branch offices, campuses, data centers, Cloud environments, and service providers. Progent's areas of expertise include Catalyst and Nexus lines of smart switches and with Cisco's IOS, IOS-XR and NX-OS operating systems. Consulting and support services available from Progent's experts for Catalyst switches include pilot testing, system analysis and monitoring, topology planning, migrations and project management, network virtualization, wired/wireless unification, management automation, performance optimization, troubleshooting, disaster recovery preparedness, and information security and compliance testing and remediation.
Progent has broad expertise with open standards and with Cisco-owned protocols and technologies associated with switching and routing such as BGP, MPLS, PIM, VPNs, STP, VLANs, FabricPath, VPC, HSRP, Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol, Open Shortest Path First (OSPF), VSS, and LISP. Progent's network specialists also have familiarity with crucial networking technologies such as TCP/IP protocols, IPv4, IPv6, EIGRP, Routing Information Protocol, and Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP). Progent's CISSP-ISSAP certified network security and compliance consultants can assist you to create an enterprise-wide security strategy and deploy Catalyst switches so they provide optimal enforcement to your security policies.
If you need the highest available density or sub-microsecond latency switches for an enterprise-class data center, Progent can assist your organization to analyze, design, and manage a migration to Nexus family of switches. To find out about Progent's consulting and support services for Cisco's Nexus switches, see Cisco Nexus Switch configuration and support offered by Progent. Progent can also help you to connect Catalyst data center switches with Meraki distribution switches. (See Cisco Meraki switch integration consultants.)
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