The Catalyst family of modular and fixed switches offers speed and intelligence at the access, aggregation, and backbone areas of converged voice, HD video, and data networks for organizations that range in size from small businesses and branch offices to multi-campus enterprises and service providers. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants can provide online and onsite expertise with Catalyst family switches to assist you to design a cost-effective network architecture that meets your unique business needs, set up pilot testing systems, deploy Catalyst switches, implement and validate a sound security plan, automate system management and monitoring, provide troubleshooting and maintenance services, optimize switch capacity, and configure Catalyst's high-availability (HA) solutions for near-zero downtime.

Progent can assist you to manage and troubleshoot your legacy Catalyst switches or migrate efficiently to current models of Catalyst switches adhering to leading practices to ensure that you realize the most return from your investment in your IT infrastructure.

The demand for intelligent, high-speed switching is driven by a confluence of fairly recent networking patterns whose net impact is a cyber avalanche of traffic:

  • Cloud and IoT computing and an associated reliance on intensive network virtualization
  • The proliferation of always-connected mobile devices
  • Bandwidth-intensive rich media apps
  • Social media for business
  • The popularity of Big Data in data analytics
  • Ever more advanced cyberattacks such as ransomware
Cloud computing is only operationally realistic because of virtualization on a massive scale. Virtualized data centers slash expenses by allowing very high resource utilization and demanding minimal real estate and power consumption. But this also means that relatively sparse network resources have to support substantial amounts of data traffic. The Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) revolution has resulted in a dramatic rise in the number of mobile clients that have be supported by business networks, and these users run a great deal of data-intensive, HD video applications. Social business applications are replacing email as the main driver for collaboration and is generating an ever increasing thirst for data. Businesses who want to stay competitive are adopting Big Data technology to search through enormous and disparate repositories of information, which in turn generates Big Network Traffic. These computing trends are relatively recent, and put together they create a critical need for a new class of switches that feature significantly more capacity, control, availability and ease of management than older solutions were engineered to deliver.

Cisco's latest portfolio of Catalyst switches are ideal for the distribution and core layers levels of enterprise campus environments where mobile and stationary employees must be provided for by offering unvarying high speed, secure user access management, tight group isolation, application awareness, and wired and wireless convergence. Catalyst switches address the need for performance and intelligence with features that include high-density 10, 40, and 100 Gigabit Ethernet services, switching throughput over 25T per appliance, a powerful collection of tools such as Easy Virtual Network (EVN) to facilitate the creation of VLANs, VSS technology for stateful interchassis failover with instant virtual switch recovery and "five nines" (99.999%) availability, IPv6 capability, Application Visibility and Control to maximize network resource usage, and sophisticated Quality of Service (QoS) tools for business-critical data control.

Catalyst Switches Planning and Support Services

Cisco Offers Catalyst Switching Solutions for Businesses of All Sizes

Cisco Catalyst switches allow organizations of any size to build smart switching and routing services into their network architecture, creating an environment that can deal with real-time requirements, expand to accommodate future growth, guard sensitive information, and differentiate and manage tasks to optimize network operations.

Catalyst 1000 Series Fixed Ethernet Switches
Catalyst 1000 Family Switches SupportCisco's Catalyst 1000 Series Layer 2 network access switches are small form factor, fixed switches targeted for smaller businesses and branch offices with up to 250 workers and with minimal internal IT expertise. The Catalyst 1000 family includes fanless versions for quiet operation outside a wiring closet in an office venue. Mounting options include desktop, wall or shelf mount, standard rack mount, and DIN rail mount. Created as a simple upgrade for Catalyst 2960-L or 2960-Plus Series deployments, Cisco's Catalyst 1000 portfolio includes versions with 8 to 48 Gigabit Ethernet ports or 24 to 48 Fast Ethernet 10/100M Mbps ports.

Catalyst Series 1000 configuration and administration are simple via a web UI or CLI, cybersecurity is enterprise-class, and PoE+ capability with a dynamically allocated budget of 740W supports a wide variety of IoT deployments. Up to eight Catalyst 1000 Gbit Ethernet Series switches can be managed at once with single IP. All Catalyst 1000 appliances are line-rate devices, and all are powered by Cisco's familiar IOS Software. Quality-of-Service capabilities include egress queues for every port plus priority queuing to provide optimized performance for data, IP voice, and video data. Catalyst 1000 switches also support SRR scheduling and WTD congestion avoidance.

Catalyst 9000 Series Fixed and Modular Managed Switches
The Cisco Catalyst 9000 line of switches includes modular and fixed units and supports all deployment models including access, distribution, and core switching. The Catalyst 9000 family offers devices with the right price/performance to connect workers and things in venues ranging from small businesses and branches to global enterprises. Catalyst 9000 Series switches can be set up to support any mix of onsite deployments, private/public clouds, and hybrid network models. Modern management tools and advanced cybersecurity solutions lower expenses by cutting operational overhead and protecting vital 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 PoE ports.

Catalyst 9000 Series Fixed and Modular Switches Consultants

Cisco Catalyst 9000 Switches Are Designed for a Hybrid Landscape

Cisco Catalyst 9200 Switches ExpertsWith double the stacking bandwidth at around half the cost of the legacy Cisco Catalyst 2960-X and 2960-XR switches they are intended to replace, Cisco's Catalyst 9200 Series switches are a compelling infrastructure upgrade for small branch offices and midsize campus environments. The Catalyst 9200 product line includes models that offer 24 or 48 ports with full PoE+; 80-160 Gbps stacking bandwidth; and Layer 3 capabilities that include OSPF, EIGP distance routing protocol, IS-IS link-state protocol, and RIP. Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series switches are powered by Cisco IOS XE.

The Catalyst 9200 delivers 160-Gbps stacking throughput, features 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 supports up to 32 Virtual Networks and offers 160-Gbps backplane stacking throughput. The Catalyst 9200L delivers 80-Gbps backplane stacking throughput. The Catalyst 9200L multigigabit and the Catalyst 9200 multigigabit offer wireless bandwidth optimization with 8 or 12 multigigabit Ethernet ports up to 10Gbps.

Catalyst 9300 Switches ExpertsCisco's Catalyst 9300 Series switches are fixed, stackable appliances for high-density access switching. Advanced features available with various models in the Catalyst 9300 family include up to 1Tbps stacking bandwidth, stackable SFP fiber, up to 448 mGig Ethernet ports and 288 ports of 90W UPOE+ with an 8-device stack, end-to-end IPsec tunnel with AES-256 with MACsec 256-bit encryption and performance as high as 100G, HA fans and power, plus data stack and StackPower cables common across the entire Catalyst 9300 product line.

Based on Cisco IOS XE, switches in the Catalyst 9300 family offer automated device provisioning, API-based configuration, granular visibility for near realtime monitoring, and transparent software updates. Security features include Encrypted Traffic Analytics (ETA) as well as AES-256 MACsec and IPSec encryption, and Cisco Trust Anchor Technologies with Image signing and Secure Boot. Cloud cybersecurity is strengthened because Catalyst 9300 switches are able to host the Cisco Umbrella agent directly. This allows organizations to implement their DNS filtering policies at user or group level to prevent BYOD or IoT clients from visiting dangerous websites.

The entry-level Cisco Catalyst 9300L switch provides up to 320G stacking performance and supports 12 100M/1G/2.5G/5G/10G ports and 36 10M/100M/1G ports. The 9300L utilizes fixed rather than modular uplink hardware for 4 1G, 4 10G, or 2 40G ports. The Cisco Catalyst 9300 switch offers 480G of backplane stacking throughput 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 capacity and offers 48 10G Ethernet ports. The 9300X supports modular uplinks with dual-rate 100G/40G, multirate 25G/10G/1G, or multigigabit. Cisco 90W UPOE+ supports dense IoT applications. Cisco offers hardware to support 100G IPsec.

Catalyst 9400 Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 9400 Series devices are modular switches based on the Cisco IOS XE operating system and intended for medium-size and enterprise campus access networks. Delivering twice the performance and more than quadruple the chassis bandwidth as the legacy Catalyst 6500 line it is built to replace, Cisco's Catalyst 9400 family brings switch technology into the current era of connectivity impelled 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 reserved for redundant supervisor cards, leaving 2, 5, or 8 slots available for line cards. Max bandwidth scalability per line-card slot is 480 Gbps. Switching performance can reach 1.44 Tbps and forwarding rate on Supervisor Module can reach 9 Tbps for the 10-slot chassis. All Catalyst 9400 chassis offer 90W UPOE+ on every access port, secure network segmentation with SD-Access and N+N/N+1 power redundancy for high resilience. The 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 support 2 non-blocking 40G QSFP uplinks and 8 non-blocking 10G SFP+ uplinks.

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Switches ConsultantsThe Catalyst 9500 product line includes fixed core and edge services appliances intended for the enterprise campus. Catalyst 9500 switches are based on the Cisco IOS XE operating system and the the family incorporates the first infrastructure technology to deliver switching speeds above 25 Terabits per second.

Cisco's Catalyst 9500 models provide as high as 6.4 Tbps switching performance with forwarding throughput up to 2 Billion Packet per Second. Catalyst 9500 appliances can provide up to 32 nonblocking 100 Gigabit QSFP28 optical ports, 32 nonblocking 40G QSFP+ ports, 48 nonblocking 25 Gigabit SFP28 ports, or 48 nonblocking 10 Gigabit SFP+ ports. You can deploy Multichassis EtherChannel across Cisco StackWise-Virtual members for high resiliency.

Catalyst 9500X switches can provide up to 25.6 Tbps switching capacity with 2 Bpps 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 line also includes chip-level capability for line-rate 256-bit 802.1AE MACsec and WAN-MACsec1 encryption.

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

End-of-Life Catalyst Series Switches Supported by Progent
Progent's Cisco certified consultants have broad backgrounds providing remote and on-premises support expertise for legacy Catalyst switches which have reached End of Life (EOL). These outdated Catalyst switches often cost more to operate and support than contemporary switches, provide lower performance and fewer features, and for many cases may expose businesses to regulatory and even liability risks. Progent are available to assist you to manage and repair these older switches and can in addition assist you to plan and implement seamless migrations to current models from the Catalyst family or to solutions from Cisco's Nexus line of switches which take advantage of Catalyst technology.

Catalyst Express 500 and 520 Family of Switches
Catalyst Express 500 and 520 Family Switches Professional ServicesThe Catalyst Express 500 and 520 family of Layer 2 switches are intended for businesses with as many as 250 workers and deliver the dependability, protection, scalability, and features small and mid-sized businesses need at an economical cost. Power over Ethernet capability makes it easy to install network devices such as VoIP phones and IP TV cameras.

Models of the Cisco Catalyst Express 500 managed switches offer up to 24 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet ports plus optional redundant power with auto switch-over for additional dependability. Integration with Cisco wireless access points allows businesses to set up a wireless LAN network quickly and easily. The Catalyst Express 500 and 520 family provides solid security against malicious attacks With the Cisco Self-Defending Network technology and Clean Access agents. Catalyst 2940 Switch
Cisco 2900 Series Switches Consulting FirmCisco Catalyst 2900 non-modular, managed 10/100 Ethernet switches offer fundamental workgroup networking for small to midsize businesses. These wire-speed desktop switches offer Cisco IOS Software features for simple mixed-media traffic support at the edge of the network. The Cisco Catalyst 2940 line of fixed-configuration switches are small, entry-level devices featuring eight Ethernet ports and a single built-in Fast Ethernet or Gigabit uplink. They can be installed outside the wiring closet in cramped office spaces like on a user's desk or in a classroom.

Catalyst 2960-S Switch
The Catalyst 2960-S Series are fixed switches intended for small companies and branch offices. Available models incorporate 24 or 48 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, four 1GE or two 10-Gigabit uplink connections, and provide switching capacity of up to 176 Gbps. Cisco's FlexStack feature allows up to four 2960-S switches to be combined in a stack to act as one switching unit that provides 40 Gbps of stacking performance and that reduces operational costs with single-switch configuration. Cisco's IPv6 First Hop Security (FHS) capability protects against IPv6 address theft and malicious attacks.

Cisco Catalyst 3560 Switches
Catalyst 3560 Series Switches Professional ServicesThe Catalyst 3560 Series is a line of non-modular switches that includes IEEE 802.3af and Power over Ethernet (PoE) capability in 10/100 Ethernet and 10/100/1000 implementations. The Catalyst 3560 is a proven Layer 2 switch for small enterprise LAN connectivity or local-offices, combining both 10/100/1000 and Power over Ethernet configurations for high efficiency while facilitating the deployment of vital technology including Voice over IP, wireless access, video surveillance, and remote video kiosks. IT managers can activate network-wide intelligent features including quality of service, rate management, ACLs, multicast management, and fast IP routing with the ease of traditional LAN switching.

Cisco's Catalyst 3560 Series switch is equipped with a robust set of features that allow for network scalability and higher resilience via IP routing plus a complete suite of STP enhancements designed to maximize availability in an access Layer LAN. Improvements to the conventional STP Protocol, including Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Plus (PVST+), and Uplink Fast, as well as enhancements like Flex Links, contribute to network uptime. PVST+ supports Layer 2 traffic balancing on backup connections to take advantage of the additional bandwidth associated with a redundant architecture.

Efficient technologies including OPSF, EIGRP, BGP, static routing, and Policy Based Routing increase system capacity; Protocol Independent Multicast increases utilization of network resources; and Virtual Route Forwarding Lite (VRFLite) protects network traffic.

Catalyst 3750 Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series Switches HelpFor mid-size businesses and enterprise branches, the Cisco Catalyst 3750 switch simplifies integration of converged applications and accommodates evolving business environments by offering configuration flexibility, ability to manage converged network traffic, and automatic set up of intelligent system functions. Also, the Cisco Catalyst 3750 switch is designed for high-volume Gigabit Ethernet deployments and incorporates a wide selection of switches that meet the access, aggregation, and backbone-connectivity requirements of small or midsized networks.

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

StackWise technology is a stacking architecture designed for Gigabit interfaces. This technology is designed to respond to installs, deletions, and relocations while providing consistent operation. StackWise combines as many as 9 separate switches into one logical device, using special stack-interface cables and stacking utilities. The individual switches can be any combination of the Cisco Catalyst 3750 switches and Cisco's Catalyst 3750-E switches. The stack operates as an individual switching unit that is managed by a control switch, selected from among the member switches. The master switch automatically builds and updates all the switching and optional routing tables. A running stack can accept new devices or delete old members with no operational discontinuity.

Catalyst 2960 Swiches and Catalyst 3560-CX Switches
Catalyst 2900 Family Switches ConsultingCisco's Catalyst 2960-CX is a fixed-port switch that is ultra-compact, fanless, power efficient, and allows flexible mounting options. The device incorporates eight 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports and two Gigabit Ethernet uplink ports and has an option for Power over Ethernet (PoE). Cisco's Catalyst 3560-CX is a fixed-configuration switch packaged in a compact, noiseless and low-power unit that can be mounted almost anywhere convenient. Versions are offered with eight or 12 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports or with six 1-GE ports plus two multigigabit ports. Up to four uplinks are offered, and PoE+ power is also an option.

Catalyst 2900-L Switches Integration and TroubleshootingCisco's Catalyst 2960-L line consists of entry-level fixed-port managed switches intended for small offices, retail venues, and other environments where space is at a premium. Catalyst 2900-L compact switches have 8 to 48 Gigabit Ethernet ports and two or four SFP uplink ports. PoE support reduces clutter and fanless design for the 8- models eliminates noise. RJ-45 connectors accommodate 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T and 1000BASE-T SFP-ports.

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X and Catalyst 2960-XR switches improve on the 2690-S line of switches by offering switching performance of up to 216 Gbps and providing Cisco's FlexStack-Plus stacking technology via a hot-swappable plug-in that allows 8 Catalyst switches in a FlexStack Plus stack with 80 Gbps of stacking throughput. Catalyst 2900 Series switches also support NetFlow-Lite for application visibility and control. The Catalyst 2960-XR Series switch is capable of Layer 3 dynamic routing, offering the simplicity of using a single device for L2 and L3 routing.

Cisco Catalyst 3650 and 3850 Switches
Catalyst 3650 Switch and 3850 Series Switches Planning and Support ServicesCatalyst 3650 and Catalyst 3850 series switches are fixed-configuration, stackable network access switches powered by Cisco's IOS XE OS and featuring full wireless controller functionality that lets you control wired and wireless networks on a single device powered by one operating system. Cisco offers versions with 24 or 48 10/100/1000 Ethernet connections with PoE plus, four 1GE or four 10GE uplink ports, and support for as many as 9 Catalyst switches per FlexStack stack. All models offer modular Quality of Service, fast switchover for high uptime, support in software for IPv4/IPv6 routing, multicast, and enhanced security.

Because wireless data traffic is visible at the Catalyst 3000 family switch, it is possible to identify and prioritize wireless traffic using Cisco's Flexible NetFlow (FNF) solution and advanced Quality of Service features for an improved user environment and faster problem mediation. Fast Ethernet switching can handle the high-bandwidth defined by the latest 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi standard using existing cabling solutions. (For information about Progent's consulting and support services for Cisco's 802.11ac Wi-Fi products, and Meraki cloud-managed Wi-Fi access points, visit Planning and Deployment Support for Cisco Wireless Products.)

The Catalyst 3650 Series switch offers stacking performance of up to 160 Gbps and can control as many as 25 Wi-Fi access points and 1000 wireless users per switch or stack. The Catalyst 3850 switch delivers stacking throughput of up to 480 Gbps and supports as many as 50 Wi-Fi APs and 2000 wireless users on each switch or stack. Catalyst 3850 SFP Fiber Switches incorporate 12 or 24 1G fiber ports at line rate, offering far reaching connectivity, advanced protection, and an identical wired and wireless experience.

Catalyst 4500-E and Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches
Cisco's Catalyst 4500-E Series and and Catalyst 4500-X Series switches are designed for campus access and distribution environments where space for networking equipment is limited. Running Cisco's IOS XE control software, the Catalyst 4500-E and 4500-X product lines simplify network virtualization thanks to Cisco's Easy Virtual Network and Virtual Switching System (VSS) solutions. Virtualization makes it possible to divide a hardware network into a number of virtual networks (VNs) whose data and control planes are logically distinct. This provides the economy, security and compliance, resilience, and simplified management required for Cloud environments or other scenarios where a common resource pool is used by applications and services that must operate in total privacy from each other. EVN streamlines the process of creating virtual networks and scales to 32 VNs per switch. EVN utilizes features of Multi-virtual routing and forwarding and provides additional features including VNET Tags and a simple way for duplicating replicating routes between virtual networks. VSS makes it easy to configure Catalyst 4500-E and 4500-X Series platforms to create zero-downtime VNs with advanced load balancing.

Catalyst 4500-E Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 4500-E Series Switches Consulting FirmThe Supervisor Engine 8-E for the Catalyst 4500-E modular switch includes an integrated wireless controller that supports Cisco's Unified Access technology for wired and wireless convergence. The Supervisor Engine 8-E is the first Cisco Catalyst supervisor engine to enable wired plus wireless services on a single switch based on IOS XE software. Features included are Cisco's FNF technology for traffic analytics encompassing wired and wireless networks, Cisco TrustSec/SGT2 wired and wireless security, identical QoS for wired and wireless clients, and the expansion of Nonstop Forwarding with Stateful Switchover to include wireless traffic for world-quality high availability.

Offered in chassis with from three to 10 plug-in slots, Catalyst 4500-E switches with Supervisor 8-E can support as many as 384 1-Gigabit Ethernet access ports, 193 1GE non-blocking fiber ports, 96 10-Gigabit Ethernet fiber connections, and eight 10GE uplink ports. The Catalyst 4500-E Supervisor Engine 8-E delivers as much as 928 Gbps of wired capacity per system and as much as 20 Gbps of wireless termination capacity. 50 Wi-Fi APs and 2000 wireless clients can be handled per switch, and up to 250 access points and 4000 clients can be supported in a multi-switch installation without requiring a standalone wireless network controller.

Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches Planning and Support ServicesCatalyst 4500-X switches are fixed 10GE aggregation switches that can deliver up to 800 Gbps of backplane switching performance per device. The Catalyst 4500-X switch can have as many as 32 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports on the unit's baseboard and eight extra 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports on the expansion module for a total of up to 40 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections. Eight 10-Gigabit Ethernet uplinks can be added with another module. In addition to offering non-stop operation and easy management, Cisco's VSS solution on Catalyst 4500-X switches offers increased system performance of up to 1.6 Tbps by activating all possible capacity between VSS-linked Catalyst 4500-X switches. Other advanced features include Flexible NetFlow solution for capacity planning, TrustSec security, and fast, hardware-based IPv6 forwarding.

Catalyst 6500 Series and Catalyst 6800 Series Switches
Catalyst 6500 Series and Cisco Catalyst 6800 switches are enterprise campus backbone switches that share the proven DNA of the Cisco Catalyst 6500 family of products, which were introduced more than a dozen years ago and which have been continually enhanced since then. Cisco Catalyst 6500 and Catalyst 6800 Series switches provide identical general features and operational consistency, and the modular Catalyst 6807-XL supports the Catalyst 6500 Series Supervisor Engine 2T and its extensive family of line cards and service modules. This cross compatibility and program of continual improvement preserves your technology expenditures and permits you to upgrade your network backbone with minimal downtime or management staff training.

Shared features of Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series modular switches that have Cisco's Supervisor Engine 2T include Cisco's Identity Services Engine (ISE) for simple, single-point control to ensure consistent policy across a distributed environment, VSS capability for 99.999% uptime via multi-level redundancy, and Cisco's LISP protocol to support roaming and mobility and to streamline network virtualization and migration to IPv6. Other virtualization tools to segment distinct client groups and support the special security/compliance and QoS policy requirements of every group include L2/L3 VPN, full Multiprotocol Label Switching, Easy Virtual Network (EVN), VPN Routing and Forwarding-aware technology for Network Address Translation NetFlow, IPv6 over IPv4 GRE Tunnel Protection, and Layer 2 geographic extensions with virtual private LAN services (VPLS). For converged wired and wireless networking, the Wireless Services Module 2 (WiSM2) for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Cisco Catalyst 6800 modular switches includes support for 1000 wireless APs and 15,000 wireless clients.

Cisco Catalyst 6500-E Switches
Catalyst 6500 Family Switches Consulting and TroubleshootingThe Cisco Catalyst 6500-E Series of modular switches are designed for aggregation and enterprise core environments that need world-class uptime and high concentrations of 1 Gigabit Ethernet, 1 GE fiber, and/or 10 and 40 GE ports. Available versions include three to 13 expansion slots and work with a broad selection of interface modules. Integrated service modules enable wireless, traffic analysis, and data protection. Only E-Series models of Cisco's extensive line of 6500 switches are compatible with Cisco's Supervisor Engine 2T.

The Catalyst 6503-E switch has a 4RU form factor, holds 3 expansion slots, and offers 180 Gbps of switching performance per slot. The Cisco Catalyst 6503-E switch can support up to 97 1-Gigabit Ethernet connections, up to 99 1GE fiber ports, 34 10GE ports, and up to 8 40GE ports.

The high-end Cisco Catalyst 6513-E switch has a 19RU, 13-slot form factor and can deliver up to 180 Gbps of throughput on each slot, with a system bandwidth as high as 4 Tbps. A VSS configured system can handle up to 8 Tbps of throughout. The Cisco Catalyst 6513-E switch can support a maximum of 529 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, up to 534 Gigabit Ethernet fiber connections, up to 180 10-Gigabit Ethernet access ports, and 44 40GE connections.

Catalyst 6800 Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches Consulting and TroubleshootingCatalyst 6800 switches are campus core platforms designed to provide optimal 10/40/100 Gigabit Ethernet services. The Catalyst 6880-X switch is a fixed-configuration, small form factor device for high-density Ethernet designed for small or midsize campus cores. The Catalyst 6880-X switch delivers as much as 2 Tbps switching performance and has four slots for plug-in port cards. The maximum port concentration per chassis is 80 1 Gigabit Ethernet ports or 10GE access ports or up to 20 40-Gigabit Ethernet connections. Configured with VSS, a two-chassis system can provide 4 Tbps switching performance and handle as many as 158 1 Gigabit Ethernet ports or 10GE access ports or as many as 20 40-Gigabit Ethernet connections.

The modular Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL switch comes in a 10-rack-unit chassis that has 7 expansion slots and accepts existing Supervisor Engine 2T cards and service modules. (Two slots are reserved for the Supervisor Engine and the other five are for expansion modules.) The Catalyst 6807-XL can deliver up to 880 Gbps of switching performance on each slot and up to 11.4 Tbps of full-duplex switching performance while supporting up to 240 1 Gigabit Ethernet access ports or 1GE fiber ports, up to 80 10GE ports or up to 20 40GE access ports. A two-chassis 6807-XL system configured with VSS is capable of supporting 22.8 Tbps of switching bandwidth, 480 1 Gigabit Ethernet ports or Gigabit Ethernet fiber ports, up to 160 10GE connections or 40 40-Gigabit Ethernet ports.

How Progent Can Help Your Business with Cisco Catalyst Switches
Progent can provide the online or onsite support services of Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants who have broad backgrounds providing Catalyst switch technology support for small and medium sized organizations, branch offices, enterprises, data centers, Cloud networks, and SPs. Progent's practice areas include Cisco's Catalyst and Nexus lines of smart switches and with Cisco's IOS and NX-OS operating systems. Services available from Progent for Cisco Catalyst switches include proof-of-concept testing and validation, system analysis and monitoring, network architecture planning, upgrades and project management, network virtualization, wired/wireless convergence, network management, capacity planning, troubleshooting, business continuity preparedness, and data security and compliance assessment and validation.

Progent's Cisco-certified consultants have broad knowledge of industry standards as well as with proprietary Cisco technologies related to switching and routing such as BGP, MPLS traffic engineering, Protocol Independent Multicast, VPNs, ISIS, virtual LANs, FabricPath, Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), HSRP, Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol, Open Shortest Path First (OSPF), VSS, and Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP). Progent's infrastructure specialists also have familiarity with key technologies including TCP/IP protocols, IPv4/IPv6, Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP), Routing Information Protocol (RIP), and Internet Group Management Protocol. Progent's CISSP-ISSAP certified information security and compliance consultants can assist you to develop a comprehensive security and compliance strategy and deploy Catalyst switches so that they offer maximum support for your network security policies.

If you require ultra high density or extremely low latency switches for an enterprise-class data center, Progent can help you to evaluate, design, and implement a transition to Cisco's Nexus family of switches. For information about Progent's support capabilities for Cisco's Nexus Series switches, see Cisco Nexus Switch consulting services. Progent can also help you to connect Catalyst data center switches with Meraki aggregation switches. (See Cisco Meraki switch integration consultants.)

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