Cisco's Catalyst line of modular and fixed switches offers performance and intelligence at the access, distribution, and backbone levels of converged IP voice, HD video, and data networks for businesses that range in size from small businesses and branches to multi-campus enterprises and SPs. Progent's Cisco-certified CCIE consultants offer online and onsite support for Catalyst family switches to help you to design an efficient network topology that meets your unique business requirements, set up pilot testing, install Catalyst switches, implement and verify a sound security strategy, streamline network management and monitoring, deliver troubleshooting and support services, optimize switch capacity, and set up Catalyst's fault-tolerant technology for non-stop operation.

Progent can help you to manage and troubleshoot your older Catalyst switches or migrate with minimal disruption to up-to-date versions of Catalyst switches following industry best practices to make sure that you get the maximum business value from your investment in your IT infrastructure.

The demand for intelligent, high-performance switching is the result 0f a combination of relatively recent networking patterns whose overall impact is a cyber avalanche of data:

  • Cloud and IoT networking and a consequent requirement for massive virtualization
  • The proliferation of personal endpoints
  • Bandwidth-intensive HD video applications
  • Social media for business
  • The rise of Big Data in enterprise data analytics
  • Ever more sophisticated threats like ransomware
Private, public and hybrid clouds are only financially feasible by utilizing network virtualization. Virtualized infrastructures radically reduce costs by allowing very high resource utilization and demanding very little data center space and energy use. However this also means that comparatively limited resources must support large amounts of data traffic. The BYOD revolution has resulted in a steep rise in the amount of mobile users that must be supported by IT networks, and these clients tend to run a great deal of data-intensive, rich media applications. Social business applications are displacing traditional email as the primary enabler of workforce collaboration and is producing a growing requirement for bandwidth. Businesses who want to remain competitive are resorting to Big Data technology to search through enormous and disparate repositories of corporate data, which as a result generates Big Traffic. These trends are relatively new, and put together they cause a critical demand for a new class of switches that feature much higher speed, control, availability and manageability than previous solutions were built to deliver.

Cisco's latest portfolio of Catalyst switches are best suited for the distribution and core layers levels of enterprise campus deployments where office employees must be accommodated by providing dependable performance, secure user access control, careful group isolation, application awareness, and wired/wireless convergence. Cisco's Catalyst switches are designed to meet the need for performance and intelligence with features that include high-density 10G/40G/100G services, switching performance over 25 Tbps per chassis, a comprehensive collection of technologies such as EVN to facilitate the deployment of VLANs, VSS technology for stateful failover with subsecond virtual switch restoration and 99.999% uptime, IPv6 capability, Application Visibility and Control to maximize system resource usage, and advanced Quality of Service (QoS) capabilities for critical traffic control.

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Cisco Has Developed Catalyst Switches for Organizations of Any Size

Catalyst switches allow organizations of any size to benefit from incorporating smart switching features into their network infrastructure, deploying an ecosystem that can deal with current needs, scale to accommodate future growth, protect sensitive information, and differentiate and control processes to enhance network operations.

Catalyst 1000 Series Fixed Ethernet Switches
Catalyst 1000 Family Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 1000 Layer 2 network access switches are compact, fixed switches intended for smaller businesses and branch offices with up to 250 workers and with little if any in-house IT expertise. Cisco's Catalyst 1000 line includes fanless models for noiseless operation outside a wiring closet in an office environment. Mounting alternatives include desktop, wall or shelf mount, standard rack mount, and DIN. Created as a simple upgrade for Catalyst 2960-L/2960-Plus deployments, the Catalyst 1000 family includes versions with 8 to 48G Ethernet ports or 24 to 48 Fast Ethernet 10/100M Mbps ports.

Catalyst Series 1000 configuration and management are simple using a web interface or CLI, cybersecurity is enterprise-class, and PoE+ capability with an automatically distributed budget of 740W supports a wide range of IoT deployments. As many as eight Catalyst 1000 Gbit Ethernet Series switches can be managed at once with single IP. Catalyst Series 1000 appliances are nonblocking line-rate devices, and all are based on Cisco's familiar IOS Software. Quality-of-Service (QoS) features include egress queues on every port plus priority queuing to allow optimized throughput for data, IP voice, and video traffic. Catalyst 1000 switches also offer Shaped Round Robin service scheduling and Weighted Tail Drop (WTD) congestion avoidance.

Cisco Catalyst 9000 Series Fixed and Modular Managed Switches
The Cisco Catalyst 9000 series of switches offers modular and fixed units and supports all deployment scenarios including access, aggregation, and core switching. The Cisco Catalyst 9000 line includes devices with the right price/performance to connect workers and things in environments ranging from small businesses and branch offices to major enterprises. Catalyst 9000 Series switches can be set up to implement any mix of local deployments, private and public clouds, and hybrid networks. Unified network management utilities and cutting-edge security features reduce expenses by streamlining operations and protecting critical network assets. Cisco's 9000X line of managed switches offer converged switching and routing, delivering the first mix of 400G optical transceivers along with full mGig Ethernet and PoE ports.

Cisco Catalyst 9000 Fixed and Modular Switches Experts

Catalyst 9000 Series Switches Are Built for a Hybrid Landscape

Cisco Catalyst 9200 Switches ConsultantsWith twice 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, Catalyst 9200 Series switches are a compelling infrastructure update for small branches and midsize campus deployments. The 9200 product line includes switches that support 24 or 48 ports with full PoE+; 80-160 Gbps backplane stacking bandwidth; and Layer 3 capabilities that include Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) routing, EIGP distance routing protocol, IS-IS, and RIP. Catalyst 9200 Series switches run the Cisco IOS XE operating system.

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

Catalyst 9300 Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 9300 Series switches are fixed, stackable appliances for high-density enterprise access switching. Key capabilities provided with models in the Catalyst 9300 family include 1T stacking bandwidth, stackable high-speed fiber, up to 448 multigigabit ports including 288 ports of 90W UPOE+ with an 8-device configuration, end-to-end IPsec tunnel with AES-256 Encryption and performance up to 100G, high-availability redundant fans and power supplies, plus StackPower cables compatible across the entire Catalyst 9300 family.

Powered by Cisco IOS XE, appliances in the Catalyst 9300 product line offer automated provisioning, API-driven configuration, high-granularity visibility for close to realtime monitoring, and seamless software patching. Security features include Encrypted Traffic Analytics (ETA) along with AES-256 MACsec and IPSec encryption, and Cisco Trust Anchor Technologies with Secure Boot. Cloud cybersecurity is enhanced because Catalyst 9300 Series switches have the ability to host the Cisco Umbrella agent directly. This makes it possible for businesses to implement their DNS policies granularly to block BYOD or IoT clients from accessing malicious websites.

The value-priced Cisco Catalyst 9300L switch provides as much as 320G backplane stacking performance 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 appliance offers 480G of stacking capacity and can provide 48 100M/1G/2.5G/5Gbps Ethernet ports, 24 100M/1G/2.5G/5G/10Gbps ports, or 48 1G SFP ports. Modular uplink speeds supported are 1G, 10G, 25G, or 40G. The high-end Cisco Catalyst 9300X switch provides up to 1Tbps stacking capacity and supports 48 10G ports. The 9300X supports modular uplinks with dual-rate 100G/40G, multirate 25G/10G/1G, or multigigabit. Cisco 90W Universal Power Over Ethernet+ (UPOE+) supports dense IoT applications. Cisco offers hardware to provide 100G IPsec.

Cisco Catalyst 9400 Switches ExpertsCisco'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 throughput and over quadruple the chassis bandwidth as the legacy Catalyst 6500 line it is built to replace, the Catalyst 9400 portfolio ushers switch technology into the modern era of connectivity driven by cybersecurity, mobility, Internet of Things, and cloud.

Catalyst 9400 switches are offered with 4-slot, 7-slot, and 10-slot chassis. Two slots on each chassis are reserved for redundant supervisor cards, making 2, 5, or 8 slots available for line cards. Maximum bandwidth scalability per line-card slot is 480G. Switching performance can reach 1.44 Terabits per second and forwarding performance on Supervisor Module can reach 9 Tbps with the 10-slot chassis. All Catalyst 9400 models can provide 90W UPOE+ on every access port, secure segmentation with SD-Access and N+N/N+1 power redundancy for high resilience. Cisco's Catalyst 9400 4-slot switch supports 96 10/100/1000 ports, 5G/10G multigigabit ports, or 10G SFP+ ports. The Catalyst 9400 7-slot switch supports 240 ports, and the Catalyst 9400 10-slot supports 384 ports. All Catalyst 9400 appliances can provide 2 non-blocking 40G QSFP uplinks and 8 non-blocking 10G SFP+ uplinks.

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Switches ConsultantsThe Catalyst 9500 product line consists of fixed core and edge services appliances designed for the enterprise campus. Catalyst 9500 models are based on Cisco IOS XE and the series incorporates the first infrastructure technology to deliver switching speeds above 25 Tbps.

Cisco's Catalyst 9500 models provide as high as 6.4 Tbps switching performance with forwarding throughput up to 2 Bpps. Catalyst 9500 switches can support as many as 32 nonblocking 100 GB QSFP28 optical ports, 32 nonblocking 40G QSFP+ ports, 48 nonblocking 25G SFP28 ports, or 48 nonblocking 10 Gigabit SFP+ ports. You can configure MEC multipathing across Cisco StackWise-Virtual members for high availability.

Catalyst 9500X appliances support up to 25.6 Tbps switching capacity with 2 Billion Packet per Second forwarding speed. Catalyst 9500X models deliver up to 28 nonblocking 40/100 GB QSFP28 ports or 8 nonblocking 40/100/200/400 G QSFP-DD ports. The 9500X product line also includes chip-level capability for line-rate 256-bit 802.1AE Media Access Control Security (MACsec) and WAN-MACsec1 data encryption.

Cisco Catalyst 9600 Switches ConsultantsCatalyst 9600 Series switches are modular core and distribution appliances for the enterprise campus. The 6-slot 9600 Series chassis with a Catalyst 9600X Series Supervisor delivers switching performance 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 G QSFP-DD ports. The Catalyst 9600 switch 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 deployment scenarios. The Catalyst 9600 chassis has a passive backplane, making it possible to replace fan tray, power supplies, and line cards without disrupting operation.

End-of-Life Catalyst Models Supported by Progent
Progent's Cisco CCIE-certified consultants have extensive backgrounds providing online and onsite consulting and troubleshooting services for early-generation Catalyst switches which have reached End of Life or End of Support. These outdated switches usually cost more to operate and support than contemporary models, deliver lower capacity and functionality, and in many cases may expose organizations to compliance and liability issues. Progent's consultants can help your business to maintain and repair these legacy switches and can also assist you to design and execute seamless upgrades to newer products within the Catalyst family or to devices from the Cisco Nexus line of network switches which take advantage of Catalyst design experience.

Cisco Catalyst Express 500 and 520 Line
Cisco Catalyst Express 500 Family Switches HelpThe Catalyst Express 500 family of managed Ethernet switches are intended for companies with up to 250 employees and deliver the dependability, protection, extensibility, and feature set small and mid-sized companies require at an economical cost. PoE capability makes it easy to install network appliances like wireless access points and IP cameras.

Models of the Cisco Catalyst Express 500 switches offer up to 24 10/100/1000BT Ethernet ports plus the option of redundant power supplies with auto switch-over for additional dependability. Integration with Cisco wireless access points helps businesses to build a local wireless network quickly and effectively. The Cisco Catalyst Express 500 family offers solid protection against malicious attacks With Cisco's Self-Defending Network strategy and Cisco Clean Access solutions. Catalyst 2940 Switch
Cisco 2900 Family Switches SupportCisco Catalyst 2900 non-modular, managed 10/100 switches offer fundamental workgroup networking for small to medium-size businesses (SMBs). These wire-rate desktop appliances deliver IOS Software features for basic mixed-media traffic control at the edge of the network. The Cisco Catalyst 2940 line of switches are small, entry-level devices with eight Ethernet connections and one built-in Fast or Gigabit Ethernet uplink. The enclosures can be deployed outside the wiring cabinet in cramped areas such as on a user's desk or in a conference room.

Cisco Catalyst 2960-S Series Switch
The Cisco Catalyst 2960-S Series are fixed-configuration switches designed for small companies and branch offices. Available versions feature 24 or 48 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, four 1-Gigabit or two 10-Gigabit uplink connections, and provide throughput of 176 Gbps. Cisco's FlexStack technology allows as many as four 2960-S switches to be combined in a stack to perform like a single switch that offers 40 Gbps of stacking performance and that reduces management costs with one-switch configuration. IPv6 First Hop Security (FHS) technology guards against IPv6 address interception and other attacks.

Catalyst 3560 Switches
Cisco 3560 Series Switches ConsultantsThe Catalyst 3560 family is a selection of non-modular switches that features IEEE 802.3af and PoE capability in Fast Ethernet and Gigabit configurations. The Cisco Catalyst 3560 switch is an ideal Layer 2 switch for midsize business LAN connectivity or branch-office environments, combining both 10/100/1000 and PoE options for high efficiency while streamlining the installation of key applications including IP telephony, Wi-Fi, video surveillance, and building management systems. IT managers can deploy comprehensive smart features such as QoS, rate management, access control lists (ACLs), multicast management, and high-performance IP routing with the simplicity of conventional LAN switching.

Cisco's Catalyst 3560 switch is equipped with a robust array of capabilities that allow for network expandability and enhanced resilience through IP routing as well as a complete complement of Spanning Tree Protocol enhancements designed to increase throughput in an access Layer network. Enhancements to the conventional Spanning Tree Protocol, including Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Plus (PVST+), Uplink Fast, and Port Fast, combined with enhancements such as Flex Links, contribute to network efficiency. Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Plus supports Data Link Layer traffic balancing on redundant links to take advantage of the additional bandwidth inherent in a redundant design.

Important routing mechanisms such as Open Shortest Path First (OPSF), Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol, Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), static routing, and PBR increase network scale; Protocol Independent Multicast increases utilization of network resources; and Virtual Route Forwarding Lite (VRFLite) protects network traffic.

Catalyst 3750 Family Switches
Cisco 3750 Series Switches HelpFor midsized organizations and corporate branch offices, Cisco's Catalyst 3750 Series switch simplifies deployment of converged technologies and accommodates changing competitive needs by providing configuration versatility, ability to manage unified network traffic, and management-free configuration of intelligent system services. In addition, Cisco's Catalyst 3750 Series is designed for high-density Gigabit deployments and incorporates a diverse selection of switches that address the connectivity, distribution, and backbone-interface demands of small or mid-size systems.

The Cisco Catalyst 3750 switch has the IP Base or the IP Services image. The IP Base image features include advanced QoS, rate-limiting, access control lists, and basic static and Routing Information Protocol (RIP) routing capability. The IP Services image offers a broader selection of enterprise network functions, including sophisticated hardware-based IP unicast and multicast routing.

Cisco StackWise technology is an architecture designed for Gigabit interfaces. Cisco StackWise is intended to react to installs, deletions, and relocations while providing consistent operation. StackWise unites up to nine separate switches into one functional device, using special stack-interface cables and stacking utilities. Each of the switches can be any combination of Cisco's Catalyst 3750 Series switches and Cisco's Catalyst 3750-E switches. The stack behaves as an individual switching unit that is managed by a control switch, selected from one of the stack of switches. The control switch intelligently creates and updates all the switching and user-selected routing databases. A working stack can accommodate new devices or remove existing members with no operational discontinuity.

Catalyst 2960 Series Switches and Catalyst 3560-CX Switches
Catalyst 2900 Family Switches Integration and TroubleshootingCisco's Catalyst 2960-CX is a fixed-configuration switch that is low-profile, fanless, power efficient, and includes flexible mounting alternatives. The device has eight 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports and two 1-GE uplink ports and optionally provides Power over Ethernet (PoE). Cisco's Catalyst 3560-CX is a fixed-configuration switch packaged in a sleek, quiet and low-power enclosure that can be placed virtually anywhere convenient. Versions are available with eight or 12 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports or with 6 1-GE ports plus 2 multigigabit ports. Two or four uplink ports are offered, and Power over Ethernet (PoE) is also an option.

Catalyst 2900-L Switches ConsultingCisco's Catalyst 2960-L line includes value-priced fixed-port switches targeted for branch offices, retail venues, and other places where space is at a premium. Catalyst 2900-L compact switches include eight to 48 GE ports and either 2 or 4 SFP uplink ports. PoE support reduces clutter and fanless operation for most models does away with noise. RJ-45 interfaces handle 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T and 1000BASE-T SFP-based ports.

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X and Catalyst 2960-XR Series switches improve on the 2690-S line by offering switching throughput as high as 216 Gbps and providing Cisco's FlexStack-Plus Stacking by means of a hot-swappable module that can combine 8 Catalyst switches in a FlexStack Plus stack with 80 Gbps of stacking throughput. Catalyst 2900 family switches also work with NetFlow-Lite for application visibility and control. Cisco's Catalyst 2960-XR Series switch is capable of Layer 3 dynamic routing, providing the convenience of using a single device for L2 and L3 routing.

Catalyst 3650 and Catalyst 3850 Switches
Cisco Catalyst 3650 Switch and 3850 Switches Planning and Support ServicesCatalyst 3650 and Catalyst 3850 series switches are fixed-configuration, stackable network access switches based on Cisco's IOS XE operating system and featuring comprehensive wireless controller functionality that lets you converge wired and wireless networks on a one platform powered by one OS. Cisco offers versions with either 24 or 48 built-in 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports with Power over Ethernet plus (PoE+), four 1-Gigabit or four 10GE uplinks, and capacity for up to nine switches per stack. All models provide modular QoS, fast failover for maximum uptime, software support for IPv4 and IPv6 routing, multicast, and enhanced security features.

Because wireless data traffic is present at the Catalyst 3000 family switch, network managers can spot and prioritize wireless traffic with Cisco's Flexible NetFlow (FNF) solution and advanced Quality of Service features for a better wireless user environment and faster problem mediation. Multigigabit Ethernet switching can handle the high-bandwidth defined by the new 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi standard on existing cabling solutions. (For information about Progent's support for Cisco's 802.11ac Aironet wireless access points and wireless controllers, and Meraki cloud-managed Wi-Fi access points, refer to Configuration and Troubleshooting Consulting Services for Cisco Wireless Access Points and Controllers.)

The Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series switch delivers stacking throughput of 160 Gbps and supports as many as 25 Wi-Fi APs and 1000 wireless clients on each stack. The Catalyst 3850 Series switch offers stacking performance of 480 Gbps and can control up to 50 wireless APs and 2000 wireless clients on each switch or stack. Catalyst 3850 SFP Fiber Switches have 12 or 24 1G fiber connections at line rate on every port, offering long distance connectivity, advanced protection, and a consistent wired and wireless experience.

Cisco Catalyst 4500-E Series and Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches
Catalyst 4500-E Series and and Catalyst 4500-X Series switches are intended for campus and distribution deployments where space for infrastructure hardware is limited. Powered by Cisco's IOS XE software, both the Catalyst 4500-E and 4500-X product lines facilitate virtualization thanks to Cisco's Easy Virtual Network (EVN) and VSS solutions. Network virtualization allows you to divide a physical network into multiple virtual networks (VNs) whose data and control planes are logically segregated. This makes possible the high resource utilization, security and compliance, recoverability, and simplified management needed for Cloud computing or other situations where a single infrastructure must be used by applications and services that must run in total isolation from one another. EVN speeds up the process of creating virtual networks and scales to 32 VNs per switch. Easy Virtual Network incorporates features of Multi-virtual routing and forwarding and includes new technologies such as VNET Tags and an easy 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 zero-downtime VNs with advanced load balancing.

Catalyst 4500-E Series Switches
Catalyst 4500-E Family Switches Consulting FirmCisco's Supervisor Engine 8-E for the Catalyst 4500-E switch includes a built-in wireless network controller that supports Cisco's Unified Access solution for wired and wireless convergence. this is the initial Cisco Catalyst supervisor engine to support wired plus wireless services on a single switch powered by IOS XE. Technologies included are Cisco's FNF solution for capacity planning across both wired and Wi-Fi networks, TrustSec/SGT2 wired and wireless data security, consistent QoS for wired and wireless networks, plus the expansion of Nonstop Forwarding with Stateful Switchover to include wireless data traffic for world-class availability.

Available in chassis with from three to 10 plug-in slots, Catalyst 4500-E Series switches can handle up to 384 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, up to 192 Gigabit Ethernet non-blocking fiber connections, 96 10GE fiber connections, and eight 10GE uplinks. The Catalyst 4500-E Supervisor Engine 8-E delivers as much as 928 Gbps of wired access per system and up to 20 Gbps of wireless termination capacity. 50 Wi-Fi APs and 2000 wireless clients can be supported per chassis, and 250 APs and 4000 wireless users can be supported in a two-switch installation without requiring a standalone wireless network controller.

Catalyst 4500-X Switches
Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches Consulting FirmCatalyst 4500-X Series switches are fixed-configuration 10-Gigabit Ethernet aggregation switches that can provide up to 800 Gbps of backplane switching performance per chassis. The Catalyst 4500-X can have up to 32 10GE connections on the baseboard and eight more 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports on the optional expansion module for a maximum of 40 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports. Eight 10GE uplinks can be added via a separate module. In addition to offering non-stop performance and easy manageability, Cisco's VSS technology on Catalyst 4500-X Series switches offers higher system throughput of up to 1.6 Tbps by activating all possible bandwidth across VSS-linked Catalyst 4500-X switches. Other features include FNF solution for capacity planning, Cisco TrustSec protection, and fast, hardware-based IPv6 forwarding.

Cisco Catalyst 6500 and Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series switches are enterprise campus core platforms that share the field-proven DNA of the Cisco Catalyst 6500 family of switches, which were introduced more than a decade ago and have been continually enhanced since then. Catalyst 6500 and Catalyst 6800 switches offer the same general features and operation, and the modular Catalyst 6807-XL accepts the Catalyst 6500 Series Supervisor Engine 2T and its extensive portfolio of compatible line cards and modules. This cross compatibility and commitment to continual enhancement protects your IT expenditures and permits you to upgrade your network with minimal downtime or IT team re-education.

Common attributes of Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Cisco Catalyst 6800 modular switches that have the Supervisor Engine 2T include Cisco's Identity Services Engine for simple, centralized management to put in place unvarying policy throughout a distributed network, Virtual Switching System technology for maximum availability through multi-level switchover, and Cisco's Campus Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP) to facilitate roaming and mobility and to streamline network virtualization and migration to IPv6. Other virtualization features to segment distinct user groups and support the special security and QoS policy requirements of every group include L2/L3 VPN, complete MPLS, Easy Virtual Network, VRF-aware technology for Network Address Translation (NAT) NetFlow, IPv6 over IPv4 GRE Tunnel Protection, and Layer 2 extensions with VPLS. For unified wired/wireless networking, the WiSM2 controller Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Catalyst 6800 Series modular switches includes support for 1000 wireless APs and 15,000 wireless clients.

Cisco Catalyst 6500-E Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switches Consulting and TroubleshootingThe Cisco Catalyst 6500-E family of modular switches are designed for distribution and campus core environments that need maximum availability and high densities of 1 Gigabit Ethernet, 1 GE fiber, or 10 and 40 GE ports. Models come with three to 13 expansion slots and work with a wide selection of modules. Integrated service modules enable wireless, traffic monitoring, and security and compliance. Only E-Series models of Cisco's extensive family of 6500 switches accept the Supervisor Engine 2T.

The value-priced Cisco Catalyst 6503-E has a 4RU form factor, holds 3 expansion slots, and offers 180 Gbps of switching performance on each slot. The Cisco Catalyst 6503-E switch supports 97 10/100/1000 Ethernet access ports, up to 99 1GE fiber access ports, up to 34 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports, and up to 8 40-Gigabit Ethernet ports.

The top-of-the-line Cisco Catalyst 6513-E has a 19RU, 13-slot form factor and can deliver as much as 180 Gbps of bandwidth per slot, with a system bandwidth of up to 4 Tbps. A Virtual Switching System configured system can support 8 Tbps of throughout. The Catalyst 6513-E Series switch offers up to 529 10/100/1000 Ethernet connections, up to 534 1GE fiber ports, up to 180 10GE connections, and 44 40GE access ports.

Catalyst 6800 Switches
Cisco Catalyst 6800 Family Switches Consulting FirmCisco's Catalyst 6800 switches are programmable backbone platforms designed to provide best-of-breed 10/40/100 GE support. The Cisco Catalyst 6880-X switch is a fixed, compact switch for Ethernet aggregation designed for small or medium-size enterprise campus cores. The Catalyst 6880-X switch delivers as much as 2 Tbps switching bandwidth and includes four slots for plug-in port cards. The top port density on one chassis is 80 10/100/1000 Ethernet connections or 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections or as many as 20 40GE ports. With Cisco's Virtual Switching System, these switches can provide 4 Tbps performance and handle up to 158 1 Gigabit Ethernet connections or 10GE connections or as many as 20 40GE connections.

The modular Catalyst 6807-XL switch comes in a 10 RU chassis that has 7 expansion slots and accepts standard Supervisor Engine 2T cards and service modules. (Two slots are for the Supervisor Engine and the other five are for expansion modules.) The Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL switch offers as much as 880 Gbps of switching throughput per slot and a total of 11.4 Tbps of switching performance while providing up to 240 1 Gigabit Ethernet ports or Gigabit Ethernet fiber ports, up to 80 10GE ports or up to 20 40-Gigabit Ethernet ports. an 6807-XL system configured with VSS is capable of supporting 22.8 Tbps of switching performance, 480 1 Gigabit Ethernet access ports or 1GE fiber connections, up to 160 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections or 40 40-Gigabit Ethernet access ports.

Ways That Progent Can Help You with Cisco Catalyst Series Switches
Progent offers the remote or onsite services of Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants who have extensive experience providing Catalyst switch support for small and medium sized businesses, branches, campuses, data centers, Cloud networks, and SPs. Progent's skills include Catalyst and Nexus families of smart switches and with Cisco's IOS, IOS-XR and NX-OS operating systems. Consulting and support services offered by Progent's experts for Cisco Catalyst Series switches include pilot testing and validation, system analysis, network architecture planning, migrations and project management, network virtualization, wired and wireless unification, network management, performance optimization, troubleshooting, disaster recovery preparedness, and information security assessment and verification.

Progent's Cisco-certified consultants have deep expertise with open standards as well as with Cisco-owned protocols and technologies related to switching and routing such as BGP, MPLS traffic engineering, PIM, VPNs, Spanning-Tree Protocol, VLANs, Cisco FabricPath, VPC, HSRP, VRRP, OSPF, VSS, and Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP). Progent's network experts also offer experience with crucial networking technologies including TCP/IP, IPv4/IPv6, Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP), RIP, and IGMP. Progent's CISSP-ISSAP certified information security consultants can assist you to create a comprehensive security and compliance strategy and deploy Cisco Catalyst switches so they offer optimal enforcement to your network security policies.

If you need ultra high density or extremely low latency switches for a world-class data center, Progent can assist you to evaluate, design, and manage a migration to Cisco's Nexus family of switches. For information about Progent's support capabilities for Cisco's Nexus switches, see Nexus Switch consulting offered by Progent. Progent can also help you to integrate Catalyst core switches with Cisco Meraki distribution switches. (See Cisco Meraki switch integration consultants.)

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