Cisco's Catalyst family of modular and fixed-configuration managed switches offers performance and control at the access, aggregation, and core areas of converged voice, video, and data networks for businesses that range in size from small businesses and branch offices to global enterprises and SPs. Progent's Cisco-certified CCIE consultants can provide remote and onsite support for Catalyst family switches to assist your organization to design an efficient network topology that addresses your unique business requirements, set up pilot testing systems, install Catalyst switches, establish and validate a sensible security plan, streamline system management and performance tracking, provide troubleshooting and maintenance services, optimize switch capacity, and configure Catalyst's fault-tolerant solutions for non-stop operation.

Progent can help you to manage and repair your older Catalyst switches or migrate smoothly to the latest versions of Catalyst switches following leading practices to make sure that you get the maximum business value from your investment in your IT infrastructure.

The need for intelligent, high-performance switching is the result 0f a combination of relatively recent computing trends whose net impact is a virtual avalanche of data traffic:

  • Cloud and Internet of Things computing and an associated need for massive virtualization
  • The pervasiveness of always-connected mobile devices
  • Bandwidth-intensive rich media applications
  • Social business technologies
  • The popularity of Big Data in analytics
  • Increasingly advanced cyberattacks like ransomware
Cloud computing is only financially feasible because of network virtualization. Virtualized infrastructures radically reduce expenses by allowing aggressively high resource utilization and demanding very little real estate and energy use. But this also means that relatively sparse resources have to accommodate large volumes of traffic. The Bring-Your-Own-Device paradigm has created a steep rise in the number of mobile clients that must be handled by business networks, and these clients tend to run a great deal of data-intensive, rich media applications. Social business applications are displacing email as the main enabler of collaboration and is producing a growing thirst for data. Businesses who are trying to remain competitive are adopting Big Data technology to mine vast and varied silos of corporate data, which as a result generates Big Network Traffic. All of these trends are fairly recent, and put together they create a critical demand for an advanced class of switches that offer significantly higher performance, control, uptime and ease of management than previous platforms were engineered to provide.

Cisco's current portfolio of Catalyst switches are ideal for the distribution and core layers layers of enterprise campus environments where mobile and stationary employees must be supported with consistent performance, secure user access control, tight group isolation, application awareness, and wired and wireless convergence. Cisco's Catalyst switches are designed to meet the demand for speed and intelligence with features that include high-density 10G/40G/100G support, switching performance more than 25 Tbps per switch, a comprehensive collection of tools such as Easy Virtual Network to facilitate the creation of virtual networks, VSS technology for stateful interchassis failover with subsecond virtual switch restoration and 99.999% availability, IPv4 and IPv6 support, Application Visibility and Control to maximize system utilization, and advanced Quality of Service capabilities for business-critical traffic control.

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Cisco Can Provide Catalyst Switches for Businesses of Any Size

Cisco Catalyst switches enable organizations of any size to build smart switching and routing features into their network architecture, creating an ecosystem that can handle real-time requirements, expand to accommodate expected growth, protect vital information, and differentiate and control processes to optimize network operations.

Catalyst 1000 Series Fixed Ethernet Switches
Catalyst 1000 Family Switches SupportCisco's Catalyst 1000 access switches are compact, fixed-configuration switches intended for smaller businesses and branches with up to 250 workers and with little if any internal IT expertise. The Catalyst 1000 Series includes fanless versions for noiseless operation within an office environment. Mounting options include desktop, wall mount, standard rack mount, and DIN. Created as an easy replacement for Cisco Catalyst 2960-L or 2960-Plus deployments, the Catalyst 1000 Series includes versions with 8 to 48 Gigabit Ethernet ports or 24 to 48 Fast Ethernet 10/100M ports.

Catalyst Series 1000 configuration and administration are easy using a web interface or CLI, cybersecurity is enterprise-class, and Power over Ethernet capability with a dynamically allocated budget of 740W allows a wide range of IoT implementations. Up to eight Catalyst 1000 Gbit Ethernet model switches can be controlled together with single IP. Catalyst Series 1000 appliances are nonblocking line-rate devices, and all are powered by Cisco's venerable IOS operating system software. Quality-of-Service (QoS) capabilities include egress queues on every port as well as priority queuing to deliver optimized throughput for time-critical data. Catalyst Series 1000 switches also support SRR scheduling and WTD congestion management.

Cisco Catalyst 9000 Fixed and Modular Managed Switches
The Cisco Catalyst 9000 family of switches offers modular and fixed switches and supports all deployment models including access, distribution, and core switching. The Cisco Catalyst 9000 family offers devices with the right price/performance to connect people and things in environments from small businesses and branches to global enterprises. Catalyst 9000 Series switches can be set up to support any combination of local facilities, private and public clouds, and hybrid networks. Modern network management platforms and advanced security features reduce expenses by cutting operational overhead and protecting critical IT assets. Cisco's 9000X series of switches offer converged switching/routing, introducing the first combination of 400G QSFP-DD ports along with full multigigabit and Power-over-Ethernet ports.

Cisco Catalyst 9000 Managed Switches Experts

Cisco Catalyst 9000 Switches Are Built for a Hybrid Landscape

Catalyst 9200 Switches ExpertsWith twice the stacking bandwidth for around half the price of the legacy Cisco Catalyst 2960-X and 2960-XR switches they are intended to replace, Catalyst 9200 Series switches are a natural infrastructure improvement for small branches and midsize campuses. The 9200 product line includes switches that support 24 or 48 ports with full PoE+; 80-160 Gbps backplane stacking performance; streaming telemetry; and Layer 3 capabilities that include OSPF, EIGP distance routing protocol, IS-IS, and routed access. Catalyst 9200 Series switches are powered by the Cisco IOS XE operating system.

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

Catalyst 9300 Switches ConsultantsCatalyst 9300 Series switches are fixed, stackable units for ultra-high-density access switching. Key capabilities available with models in the Catalyst 9300 product line include 1T stacking throughput, stackable SFP fiber, up to 448 mGig Ethernet ports including 288 ports of 90W UPOE+ with an 8-unit configuration, line rate IPsec with AES-256 Encryption and performance up to 100G, redundant fans and power supplies, plus data stack and StackPower cables common throughout the entire Catalyst 9300 family.

Based on the Cisco IOS XE operating system, devices in the Catalyst 9300 product line offer automated provisioning, API-driven configuration, granular visibility for near realtime monitoring, and seamless software updates and patching. Advanced security capabilities include Encrypted Traffic Analytics (ETA) as well as AES-256 MACsec and IPSec encryption, plus 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 allows organizations to design their DNS policies at user or group level to prevent BYOD or IoT clients from accessing malicious websites.

The value-priced Cisco Catalyst 9300L switch delivers as much as 320G stacking capacity and offers 12 100M/1G/2.5G/5G/10G ports and 36 10M/100M/1G ports. The 9300L uses fixed instead of modular uplink components for 4 1G, 4 10G, or 2 40G ports. The Cisco Catalyst 9300 appliance features 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 available are 1G, 10G, 25G, or 40G. The top-of-the-line Cisco Catalyst 9300X appliance delivers 1T stacking performance and offers 48 10G port density. 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. Hardware is available to provide 100G IPsec.

Cisco Catalyst 9400 Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 9400 Series devices are modular switches based on the Cisco IOS XE operating system and targeted for midsize and enterprise campus access networks. Offering double the throughput and over four times the chassis bandwidth as the Catalyst 6500 line it is built to replace, Cisco's Catalyst 9400 family ushers switch capability into the modern era of networking driven by security, mobility, Internet of Things, and cloud.

Catalyst 9400 switches are available with 4-slot, 7-slot, and 10-slot chassis. Two of the slots on the chassis are dedicated to high-availability supervisor cards, leaving 2, 5, or 8 slots open for line cards. Maximum bandwidth for each line-card slot is 480 Gbps. Switching capacity can reach 1.44 Tbps and forwarding rate on Supervisor Module is as high as 9 Tbps with the 10-slot chassis. All Catalyst 9400 switches can provide 90W UPOE+ on every port, protected segmentation with Software-Defined Access (SD-Access) and N+N/N+1 power redundancy for high availability. Cisco's Catalyst 9400 4-slot switch supports 96 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, 5G/10G mGig ports, or 10G SFP+ ports. The Catalyst 9400 7-slot supports 240 ports, and the Catalyst 9400 10-slot supports 384 ports. All Catalyst 9400 switches can provide 2 non-blocking 40G Quad Small Form-Factor Pluggable uplinks and 8 non-blocking 10G Ethernet SFP+ uplinks.

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 9500 family includes fixed core and edge services switches designed for the large campus. Catalyst 9500 models are powered by Cisco IOS XE and the the family includes the first network technology to deliver switching rates above 25 Terabits per second.

Catalyst 9500 appliances provide as high as 6.4 Terabits per second switching capacity with forwarding throughput as high as 2 Bpps. Catalyst 9500 switches can support up to 32 nonblocking 100 Gigabit QSFP28 ports, 32 nonblocking 40 Gigabit QSFP+ ports, 48 nonblocking 25 Gigabit SFP28 ports, or 48 nonblocking 10G ports. You can configure Multichassis EtherChannel (MEC) across Cisco StackWise-Virtual members to achieve high availability.

Catalyst 9500X products can provide as high as 25.6 Tbps switching capacity with 2 Bpps forwarding speed. Catalyst 9500X devices support up to 28 nonblocking 40/100 GB QSFP28 ports or 8 nonblocking 40/100/200/400 Gigabit QSFP-DD ports. The 9500X product line also includes hardware support for line-rate 256-bit 802.1AE Media Access Control Security (MACsec) and WAN-MACsec1 encryption.

Cisco Catalyst 9600 Switches ExpertsCisco's Catalyst 9600 Series switches are modular core and distribution appliances intended for the enterprise campus. The 6-slot chassis with a Catalyst 9600X Series Supervisor delivers switching performance as high as 25.6 Tbps and can contain as many as 256 nonblocking 10/25/50 G Ethernet ports, 96 nonblocking 40/100G Gigabit ports, or 8 nonblocking 200/400 GE QSFP-DD ports. The Catalyst 9600 also supports dual-rate 40G/100G and 10G/25G optics. Two chassis slots are reserved for redundant supervisors. You can mix and match a variety of line cards for core and aggregation deployments. The chassis uses a passive backplane, so you can change out fan tray, power supplies, and line cards without disruption.

End-of-Life Catalyst Products Still Supported by Progent's Consultants
Progent's Cisco certified consultants have extensive experience providing remote and onsite support services for older Catalyst switches which have reached End of Life (EOL). These legacy Catalyst switches usually cost more to manage and support than current products, provide less capacity and functionality, and in some situations can expose businesses to compliance and even liability risks. Progent's consultants are available to assist you to support and troubleshoot these older switches and can also assist you to design and implement seamless migrations to newer models within the Catalyst family or to devices from the Cisco Nexus portfolio of network switches which take advantage of Catalyst design experience.

Cisco Catalyst Express 500 Family
Cisco Catalyst Express 500 Family Switches SupportCisco's Catalyst Express 500 family of Layer 2 switches are designed for organizations with as many as 250 workers and provide the dependability, security, expandability, and features small and mid-sized businesses require at an affordable price. PoE capability makes it easy to add network devices like VoIP phones and IP cameras.

Models of the Cisco Catalyst Express 500 and 520 managed switches offer up to 24 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet ports as well as the option of redundant power with auto switch-over for additional dependability. Interoperation with Cisco wireless access points helps organizations to build a local wireless network quickly and effectively. The Catalyst Express 500 and 520 family offers solid security against viruses thanks to the Cisco Self-Defending Network strategy and Clean Access solutions. Catalyst 2940 Switch
Cisco Catalyst 2900 Family Switches SupportCatalyst 2900 fixed-configuration, managed Ethernet switches provide fundamental small-group networking for small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs). These wire-rate desktop switches deliver Cisco IOS Software features for simple mixed-media traffic support at the network edge. The Cisco 2940 Series switches are small, stackable devices with eight Ethernet connections plus a single built-in Fast Ethernet or Gigabit uplink. The enclosures can be deployed away from the wiring cabinet in space-constrained office spaces like on or under a worker's desk or in a conference room.

Catalyst 2960-S Series Switch
The Cisco Catalyst 2960-S Series are fixed switches designed for small companies and branches. Available versions feature 24 or 48 1Gb Ethernet ports, four 1-Gigabit or two 10-Gigabit uplink ports, and provide switching capacity as high as 176 Gbps. Cisco's FlexStack feature allows four 2960-S switches to be grouped in a stack to act like one switch that provides 40 Gbps of stacking throughput and that reduces operational expense because of single-switch configuration. Cisco's IPv6 First Hop Security technology guards networks against address interception and malicious threats.

Catalyst 3560 Family Switches
Catalyst 3560 Series Switches SupportThe Catalyst 3560 family is a selection of non-modular switches that includes IEEE 802.3af and Cisco Power over Ethernet capability in 10/100 and 10/100/1000 Ethernet configurations. The Cisco Catalyst 3560 switch is an ideal access-layer switch for small enterprise network connectivity or satellite-office environments, combining both 10/100/1000 and Power over Ethernet (PoE) options for high productivity while streamlining the installation of vital applications such a Voice over IP, Wi-Fi, video surveillance, and building management systems. IT managers can activate comprehensive smart services such as quality of service (QoS), rate limiting, access control lists, multicast administration, and broadband IP routing while maintaining the ease of conventional LAN switching.

The Catalyst 3560 switch offers a powerful set of features that permit network scalability and higher resilience through IP routing as well as a complete complement of Spanning Tree Protocol enhancements designed to maximize availability in an access Layer LAN. Enhancements to the conventional STP Protocol, including PVST+, Uplink Fast, and Port Fast, as well as innovations like Flex Links, contribute to network uptime. Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Plus (PVST+) allows for Data Link Layer load balancing on redundant connections to efficiently use the additional bandwidth associated with a redundant design.

Efficient routing protocols such as Open Shortest Path First (OPSF), Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol, Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), and static routing improve network capacity; Protocol Independent Multicast (PIM) increases resource utilization; and VRFLite protects data.

Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 3750 Family Switches Consulting FirmFor midsized businesses and enterprise branches, the Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series switch simplifies integration of unified applications and adapts to evolving business environments by providing setup versatility, support for converged network traffic, and management-free configuration of smart network functions. In addition, Cisco's Catalyst 3750 switch is engineered for high-density 1000 Ethernet deployments and includes a wide selection of switches that address the connectivity, aggregation, and backbone-connectivity requirements of small or midsized systems.

The Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series includes the IP Base or the Services image. The IP Base image capabilities include advanced QoS, rate-management, ACLs, and basic static and Routing Information Protocol routing support. The IP Services image provides a richer set of enterprise network functions, such as sophisticated hardware-based IP unicast/multicast routing.

Cisco StackWise technology is a mechanism optimized for Gigabit Ethernet. Cisco StackWise is intended to react to additions, deletions, and redeployments while maintaining predictable operation. StackWise technology combines up to nine individual switches into a single logical unit, utilizing special stack-interface cables and stacking utilities. Any of the switches can be any mix of the Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series switches and the Cisco Catalyst 3750-E Series switches. The stack behaves as an individual switching unit that is managed by a master switch, elected from one of the member switches. The control switch automatically creates and keeps current all the switching and user-selected routing tables. A deployed stack can accommodate new switches or remove old members with no service discontinuity.

Catalyst 2960 Series Switches and Catalyst 3560-CX Switches
Catalyst 2900 Family Switches ConsultingCisco's Catalyst 2960-CX is a fixed-configuration managed switch that is ultra-compact, fanless, low power, and allows a variety of mounting alternatives. The switch has eight 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports and two Gigabit Ethernet uplink ports and optionally provides Power over Ethernet. Cisco's Catalyst 3560-CX is a fixed-configuration switch housed in a sleek, quiet and low-power unit that can be mounted virtually anywhere outside a wiring closet. Models are offered with 8 or 12 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports or with 6 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports plus two multigigabit Ethernet ports. Two or four uplink ports are available, and PoE+ power is also an option.

Catalyst 2900-L Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 2960-L line consists of value-priced fixed-port managed switches targeted for branch offices, retail areas, and other places where space is at a premium. These low-profile appliances have 8 to 48 Gigabit Ethernet ports and either two or four Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP) uplink ports. Power over Ethernet support reduces clutter and fanless design for the 8- models does away with noise. RJ-45 connectors support 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T and 1000BASE-T SFP-based ports.

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X and Catalyst 2960-XR switches enhance the 2690-S line of switches by delivering switching throughput as high as 216 Gbps and providing Cisco's FlexStack-Plus stacking technology via a live-swappable plug-in that can combine 8 Catalyst switches in a FlexStack Plus stack with 80 Gbps of stacking throughput. Cisco Catalyst 2900 family switches also work with NetFlow-Lite for application visibility and control. The Catalyst 2960-XR Series switch is capable of Layer 3 dynamic routing, providing the simplicity of using one switch for L2 and L3 routing.

Catalyst 3650 and 3850 Switches
Catalyst 3650 Switch and 3850 Series Switches Consulting FirmCisco Catalyst 3650 and Catalyst 3850 switches are fixed, stackable access switches based on Cisco's IOS XE OS and incorporating full wireless controller capability that lets you control wired and wireless infrastructure on a single device managed by a single OS. Cisco offers versions with 24 or 48 built-in 1Gb Ethernet connections with PoE+, four 1GE or four 10-Gigabit uplink ports, and support for as many as nine switches per stack. All versions offer modular Quality of Service, stateful switchover for maximum availability, software support for IPv4/IPv6 routing, multicast, and advanced security.

Since wireless data traffic is present at the Catalyst 3000 family switch, network managers can spot and assign priorities to wireless traffic using Cisco's Flexible NetFlow technology along with advanced QoS features for an improved user experience and quicker problem mediation. Multigigabit Ethernet switching can handle the high-throughput called for by the new 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi specification using existing cabling solutions. (For information about Progent's consulting and support services for Cisco's 802.11ac Aironet Wi-Fi products, and Meraki cloud-managed APs, visit Planning and Deployment Support for Cisco Wireless Access Points and Controllers.)

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

Cisco Catalyst 4500-E and Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches
Cisco's Catalyst 4500-E and and Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Series switches are designed for campus and distribution environments where physical space for networking hardware is at a premium. Powered by Cisco's IOS XE OS software, both the Catalyst 4500-E and 4500-X product lines facilitate virtualization thanks to Cisco's Easy Virtual Network and Virtual Switching System solutions. Network virtualization allows you to divide a hardware network into a number of virtual networks (VNs) whose data and control planes are logically distinct. This makes possible the high resource utilization, protection, resilience, and manageability required for Cloud environments or other situations where a single resource pool is used by applications and services that must operate in total privacy from each other. Easy Virtual Network simplifies the process of deploying virtual networks and scales to 32 VNs per switch. EVN utilizes features of Multi-VRF and includes additional technologies such as VNET Trunks and a simple technique for duplicating replicating routes between VNs. Virtual Switching System technology makes it easy to set up Catalyst 4500-E and Catalyst 4500-X Series switches to create non-stop virtual networks with advanced traffic load balancing.

Cisco Catalyst 4500-E Switches
Catalyst 4500-E Series Switches Planning and Support ServicesCisco's Supervisor Engine for for the Catalyst 4500-E switch includes an integrated wireless network controller that works with Cisco's Unified Access solution for wired and wireless convergence. this is the initial Catalyst supervisor engine to enable wired as well as wireless services on a single platform powered by Cisco's IOS XE. Features include Cisco's FNF technology for capacity planning encompassing both wired and Wi-Fi networks, TrustSec/SGT2 wired and wireless security, consistent QoS for wired and wireless networks, and the expansion of NSF/SSO to include Wi-Fi traffic for world-quality high availability.

Available in chassis with from three to 10 plug-in slots, Cisco Catalyst 4500-E switches can handle as many as 384 1-Gigabit Ethernet ports, 193 1GE fiber fiber ports, 96 10-Gigabit Ethernet fiber ports, and eight 10-Gigabit Ethernet uplinks. Cisco's Supervisor Engine 8-E delivers as much as 928 Gbps of wired throughput for each system and as much as 20 Gbps of wireless termination capacity. 50 wireless access points and 2000 wireless clients can be handled on each chassis, and up to 250 access points and 4000 wireless users are supported in a two-switch deployment without a separate wireless controller.

Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Family Switches Planning and Support ServicesCisco's Catalyst 4500-X Series switches are fixed 10GE aggregation platforms that can provide 800 Gbps of backplane switching capacity per chassis. The Catalyst 4500-X switch can have up to 32 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections on the unit's baseboard and eight more 10GE ports on the expansion module for a total of 40 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections. Eight 10-Gigabit Ethernet uplinks are also available with another module. In addition to offering non-stop performance and easy management, Cisco's virtual switching system technology on Catalyst 4500-X Series switches provides higher system throughput of as much as 1.6 Tbps by activating all possible bandwidth between redundant Catalyst 4500-X Series switches. Other features include Cisco's FNF solution for application visibility, TrustSec security, and wire-rate IPv6 forwarding.

Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Catalyst 6800 Series Switches
Catalyst 6500 Series and Catalyst 6800 switches are enterprise campus backbone switches that share the field-proven technology of the Catalyst 6500 family of switches, which were introduced over a decade ago and which have been steadily enhanced ever since. Catalyst 6500 Series and Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series switches provide the same general features and operational consistency, and the modular Catalyst 6807-XL switch accepts the Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Supervisor Engine 2T and its portfolio of compatible line cards and modules. This cross compatibility and commitment to continual improvement preserves your technology investment and enables you to update your network with minimal service interruption or IT staff training.

Common features of Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Catalyst 6800 Series modular switches equipped with the Supervisor Engine 2T include Cisco's Identity Services Engine for convenient, single-point administration to put in place consistent policy across a distributed network, Virtual Switching System capability for 99.999% uptime through multi-level redundancy, and the Cisco LISP protocol to facilitate client roaming and mobility and to simplify network virtualization and transition to IPv6. Other virtual networking features to segment distinct user groups and serve the unique security and QoS policy needs of each group include Layer 2 and Layer 3 VPN, full MPLS, Easy Virtual Network, VRF-aware technology for Network Address Translation (NAT) NetFlow, GRE for v4/v6, and Layer 2 extensions with virtual private LAN services (VPLS). For unified wired and wireless environments, the WiSM2 for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Catalyst 6800 Series modular switches includes support for up to 1000 APs and 15,000 wireless clients.

Catalyst 6500-E Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switches ConsultantsThe Catalyst 6500-E family of modular switches are intended for aggregation and enterprise backbone networks that need world-class availability and high concentrations of 1 Gigabit Ethernet, 1 Gigabit Ethernet fiber, and/or 10 and 40 GE ports. Models come with three to 13 expansion slots and work with a broad selection of modules. Integrated service modules support wireless management, network monitoring, and security. Just E-Series models of Cisco's broad family of 6500 switches accept Cisco's Supervisor Engine 2T.

The value-priced Cisco Catalyst 6503-E has a 4 rack unit (4RU) chassis, holds 3 slots, and offers as much as 180 Gbps of switching throughput on each slot. The Cisco Catalyst 6503-E switch supports 97 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, up to 99 Gigabit Ethernet fiber connections, 34 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports, and up to 8 40-Gigabit Ethernet access ports.

The high-end Cisco Catalyst 6513-E has a 19RU, 13-slot form factor and offers 180 Gbps of performance per slot, providing a system capacity of up to 4 Tbps. A VSS configured system can deliver 8 Tbps of capacity. The Cisco Catalyst 6513-E switch offers up to 529 1 Gigabit Ethernet access ports, up to 534 Gigabit Ethernet fiber ports, up to 180 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections, and up to 44 40-Gigabit Ethernet connections.

Catalyst 6800 Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 6800 Series switches are programmable backbone platforms designed to deliver optimal 10/40/100 GE services. The Cisco Catalyst 6880-X switch is a fixed, compact platform for Ethernet aggregation intended for small or medium-size campus backbones. The Catalyst 6880-X supports as much as 2 Tbps capacity and includes four slots for port cards. The maximum port concentration on one chassis is 80 1 Gigabit Ethernet access ports or 10GE access ports or as many as 20 40GE access ports. Configured with VSS, a two-chassis system can deliver 4 Tbps throughput and handle as many as 158 1 Gigabit Ethernet connections or 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections or as many as 20 40GE access ports.

The modular Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL switch comes in a 10-rack-unit form factor chassis that has 7 slots and accepts standard Supervisor Engine 2T line cards and service modules. (Two of the slots are reserved for the Supervisor Engine and the other five are for expansion modules.) The Catalyst 6807-XL switch can deliver as much as 880 Gbps of switching bandwidth per slot and a total of 11.4 Tbps of full-duplex switching throughput while providing up to 240 1 Gigabit Ethernet ports or Gigabit Ethernet fiber connections, 80 10GE connections or 20 40GE access ports. an 6807-XL system with Cisco's Virtual Switching System is capable of supporting 22.8 Tbps of switching capacity, 480 10/100/1000 Ethernet connections or Gigabit Ethernet fiber connections, up to 160 10GE connections or 40 40-Gigabit Ethernet connections.

Ways That Progent Can Help Your Business with Catalyst Series Switches
Progent offers the online or onsite services of Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants who have broad experience delivering Catalyst switch solutions for small and midsize organizations, branch offices, campuses, data centers, Cloud environments, and SPs. Progent's skills include Cisco's Catalyst and Nexus families of managed switches and Cisco's IOS, IOS-XR and NX-OS control software. Consulting and support services available from Progent's experts for Cisco Catalyst switches include pilot testing, network analysis and monitoring, topology design, upgrades and project management, network virtualization, wired/wireless unification, management automation, performance optimization, troubleshooting, disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness, and data security assessment and remediation.

Progent's Cisco-certified consultants have broad knowledge of industry standards and with proprietary Cisco protocols and technologies related to switching and routing such as Border Gateway Protocol, MPLS, PIM, VPNs, ISIS, VLANs, FabricPath, VPC, Hot Standby Router Protocol (HSRP), Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol, OSPF, Virtual Switching System (VSS), and LISP. Progent's network specialists also offer deep knowledge of important networking technologies such as TCP/IP, IPv4, IPv6, Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol, RIP, and Internet Group Management Protocol. Progent's CISSP-ISSAP certified network security consultants can show you how to create a comprehensive security and compliance plan and deploy Catalyst switches so that they offer maximum support for your network security policies.

In case you need ultra high Ethernet density or extremely low latency switches for a world-class data center, Progent can help you to evaluate, design, and implement a transition to Nexus Series switches. To learn about Progent's consulting and support capabilities for Cisco's Nexus switches, refer to Nexus Switch consulting services available from Progent. Progent can also help you to integrate Catalyst data center switches with Cisco Meraki aggregation switches. (See Cisco Meraki switch integration consultants.)

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