Cisco's Catalyst family of modular and fixed-configuration switches offers performance and control at the access, distribution, and backbone areas of converged voice, HD video, and data networks for businesses that range from small businesses and branch offices to multi-campus enterprises and service providers. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants offer online and on-premises expertise with Catalyst switches to help your organization to design a cost-effective infrastructure that addresses your specific business needs, configure pilot testing, install Catalyst switches, implement and verify a sound security strategy, streamline network management and monitoring, provide troubleshooting and maintenance services, maximize switch performance, and configure Catalyst's high-availability (HA) technology for near-zero downtime.

Progent can assist you to manage and repair your older Catalyst switches or upgrade with minimal disruption to the latest versions of Catalyst switches following leading practices to ensure that you realize the most business value from your investment in your network.

The need for smart, fast switching is the result 0f a confluence of relatively recent networking patterns whose overall effect is a virtual tsunami of data:

  • Cloud and Internet of Things (IoT) computing and a consequent demand for massive network virtualization
  • The pervasiveness of personal endpoints
  • Bandwidth-intensive HD video apps
  • Social media for business
  • The popularity of Big Data in analytics
  • Increasingly advanced threats like ransomware
Cloud computing is only made practical by utilizing virtualization technology. Virtualized infrastructures slash costs by permitting aggressively high hardware utilization and demanding very little data center space and energy use. But this also means that relatively limited resources must support large volumes of data. The Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) revolution has created a steep increase in the number of mobile users that must be handled by IT networks, and these clients tend to run a great deal of data-intensive, rich media applications. Social business technologies are displacing email as the primary driver for collaboration and is producing an ever increasing requirement for data. Enterprises who want to remain competitive are resorting to Big Data techniques to mine enormous and disparate silos of corporate data, which in turn generates Big Traffic. These computing trends are relatively recent, and combined they cause a serious need for an advanced class of switches that offer much higher performance, intelligence, uptime and manageability than previous solutions were built to provide.

Cisco's current lineup of Catalyst switches are ideal for the distribution/core levels of enterprise campus deployments where mobile and stationary workers must be supported with unvarying high speed, strict access management, careful segregation, application awareness, and wired and wireless convergence. Cisco's Catalyst switches are designed to meet the need for performance and control with capabilities that include high-density 10G/40G/100G services, switching throughput over 25 Tbps for each switch, an extensive catalog of tools including EVN to simplify the creation of VLANs, VSS technology for stateful interchassis failover with instant virtual switch recovery and 99.999% availability, IPv4 and IPv6 capability, Application Visibility and Control (AVC) to optimize network utilization, and advanced Quality of Service capabilities for business-critical traffic prioritization.

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Cisco Can Provide Catalyst Switches for Organizations of Any Size

Cisco Catalyst switches enable businesses of all sizes to benefit from incorporating intelligent switching features into their network architecture, creating an ecosystem that can handle real-time requirements, expand to accommodate expected capacity demands, guard sensitive information, and differentiate and control processes to enhance network operations.

Catalyst 1000 Series Fixed Ethernet Switches
Catalyst 1000 Series Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 1000 Series access switches are compact, fixed switches targeted for small businesses and branches with up to 250 workers and with little if any internal IT expertise. Cisco's Catalyst 1000 Series includes fanless models for silent operation outside a wiring closet in an office venue. Mounting kits include desktop, wall or shelf mount, standard rack mount, and DIN. Created as an easy replacement for Cisco Catalyst 2960-L or 2960-Plus Series deployments, the Catalyst 1000 portfolio includes models with 8 to 48G Ethernet ports or 24 to 48 Fast Ethernet 10/100M ports.

Catalyst 1000 set up and management are easy via a web interface or command-line interface, cybersecurity is enterprise-grade, and Power over Ethernet capability with a dynamically allocated budget of 740W supports a wide variety of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. Up to eight Catalyst 1000 Gbit Ethernet model switches can be managed together with single IP. All Catalyst Series 1000 models are nonblocking line-rate switches, and all are powered by Cisco's familiar IOS Software. Quality-of-Service features include egress queues for each port plus priority queuing to allow optimized throughput for data, IP voice, and video data. Catalyst 1000 switches also offer Shaped Round Robin (SRR) service scheduling and Weighted Tail Drop (WTD) congestion management.

Cisco Catalyst 9000 Fixed and Modular Managed Switches
The Cisco Catalyst 9000 series of switches includes modular and fixed units and supports all deployment models including access, aggregation, and core switching. The Catalyst 9000 family offers devices with the appropriate value proposition to connect workers and things in scenarios ranging from small businesses and branch offices to major enterprises. Catalyst 9000 Series switches can be set up to implement any mix of local facilities, private and public clouds, and hybrid network models. Modern network management platforms and advanced security features lower expenses by cutting operational overhead and protecting critical IT assets. Cisco's 9000X family of switches offer converged switching/routing, delivering the first combination of 400G QSFP-DD ports along with full multigigabit Ethernet and PoE ports.

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Cisco Catalyst 9000 Switches Are Built for a Hybrid Landscape

Catalyst 9200 Switches ExpertsWith twice the backplane stacking bandwidth for about half the cost of the end-of-life Cisco Catalyst 2960-X and 2960-XR switches they are designed to replace, Catalyst 9200 Series switches are a natural network upgrade for small branch offices and midsize campus deployments. The Catalyst 9200 product line includes models that offer 24 or 48 ports with full Power over Ethernet; 80-160 Gbps backplane stacking bandwidth; streaming telemetry; and Layer 3 features that include Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) routing, EIGRP, IS-IS link-state protocol, and RIP. Catalyst 9200 switches run the Cisco IOS XE operating system.

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

Catalyst 9300 Switches ExpertsCisco's Catalyst 9300 Series switches are fixed, stackable units for high-density access switching. Key features available with models in the Catalyst 9300 portfolio include 1T stacking performance, stackable SFP fiber, up to 448 multigigabit ports including 288 ports of 90W UPOE+ with an 8-unit configuration, line rate IPsec tunnel with AES-256 Encryption and speeds 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 family support automated device provisioning, API-driven configuration, high-granularity visibility for near realtime monitoring, and transparent software updates. Security capabilities include Encrypted Traffic Analytics (ETA) as well as AES-256 MACsec and IPSec encryption, plus Trust Anchor Technologies with Secure Boot. Cloud security is strengthened because Catalyst 9300 switches are able to host Cisco's Umbrella agent directly. This makes it possible for businesses to implement their DNS policies at a granular user or group level to prevent BYOD or IoT clients from visiting malicious websites.

The value-priced Cisco Catalyst 9300L switch features as much as 320G backplane stacking performance and offers 12 100M/1G/2.5G/5G/10G ports and 36 10M/100M/1G ports. The 9300L utilizes fixed instead of modular uplink components for 4 1G, 4 10G, or 2 40G ports. The Cisco Catalyst 9300 switch offers 480G of stacking capacity and supports 48 100M/1G/2.5G/5Gbps Ethernet ports, 24 100M/1G/2.5G/5G/10Gbps ports, or 48 1G SFP ports. Modular uplink performance supported are 1G, 10G, 25G, or 40G. The top-of-the-line Cisco Catalyst 9300X appliance delivers up to 1Tbps backplane stacking bandwidth and supports 48 10G port density. The 9300X accepts uplink modules with dual-rate 100G/40G, multirate 25G/10G/1G, or multigigabit. Cisco 90W 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 appliances are modular switches powered by the Cisco IOS XE operating system and designed for midsize and enterprise campus access deployments. Delivering double the throughput and over quadruple the chassis bandwidth as the Catalyst 6500 it is built to replace, Cisco's Catalyst 9400 portfolio brings switch technology into the current age of connectivity impelled by cybersecurity, mobility, IoT, and cloud.

Catalyst 9400 appliances are available with 4-slot, 7-slot, and 10-slot chassis. Two of the slots on each chassis are reserved for redundant supervisor cards, making 2, 5, or 8 slots available for line cards. Max bandwidth scalability for each line-card slot is 480G. Switching capacity can reach 1.44 Terabits per second and forwarding rate on Supervisor Module can reach 9 Tbps with the 10-slot chassis. All Catalyst 9400 switches 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 supports 240 ports, and the Catalyst 9400 10-slot supports 384 ports. All Catalyst 9400 switches can provide 2 non-blocking 40G QSFP uplinks and up to 8 non-blocking 10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ uplinks.

Catalyst 9500 Switches ExpertsThe Catalyst 9500 product line includes fixed core and edge services appliances designed for the enterprise campus. Catalyst 9500 switches are based on Cisco IOS XE and the series includes the first network technology to provide switching speeds above 25 Tbps.

Cisco's Catalyst 9500 appliances provide up to 6.4 Terabits per second switching performance with forwarding throughput up to 2 Billion Packet per Second. Catalyst 9500 switches can provide up to 32 nonblocking 100 Gigabit QSFP28 optical ports, 32 nonblocking 40 Gigabit QSFP+ ports, 48 nonblocking 25G SFP28 ports, or 48 nonblocking 10G ports. You can configure MEC multipathing across StackWise-Virtual members for high availability.

Catalyst 9500X switches can provide as high as 25.6 Terabits per second switching performance with 2 Billion Packet per Second forwarding capacity. Catalyst 9500X devices support up to 28 nonblocking 40/100 Gigabit 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 MACsec and WAN-MACsec1 encryption.

Cisco Catalyst 9600 Switches ConsultantsCatalyst 9600 Series switches are modular core and distribution switches 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 Gigabit Ethernet ports, 96 nonblocking 40/100G Gigabit ports, or 8 nonblocking 200/400 G QSFP-Double Density ports. The Catalyst 9600 switch also provides 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 environments. The Catalyst 9600 chassis has a passive backplane, making it possible to change out fan tray, power supplies, and line cards without disruption.

Legacy Catalyst Products Still Supported by Progent's Consultants
Progent's Cisco certified network consultants have extensive backgrounds providing online and onsite consulting and troubleshooting expertise for early-generation Catalyst Series switches which have reached End of Life. These outdated switches often are more expensive to operate and maintain than current products, provide less performance and fewer features, and in some situations may subject businesses to regulatory compliance and liability issues. Progent can assist your business to manage and troubleshoot these older Cisco products and can also assist you to plan and implement non-disruptive migrations to current models within the Catalyst family or to solutions from Cisco's Nexus portfolio of network switches which take advantage of Catalyst technology.

Cisco Catalyst Express 500 Family
Catalyst Express 500 Series Switches SupportCisco's Catalyst Express 500 family of fixed-configuration switches are designed for companies with up to 250 workers and provide the reliability, security, expandability, and feature set small and mid-sized businesses need at an economical cost. PoE support makes it simple to install network devices such as wireless access points and IP TV cameras.

Models of the Cisco Catalyst Express 500 managed switches offer up to 24 10/100/1000BASE-T ports plus the option of backup power supplies with automatic fail-over for additional dependability. Integration with Cisco wireless access points helps businesses to set up a local wireless environment quickly and easily. The Catalyst Express 500 and 520 family provides solid security against malicious attacks thanks to Cisco's Self-Defending Network strategy and Clean Access agents. Catalyst 2940 Switch
Cisco Catalyst 2900 Series Switches HelpCisco Catalyst 2900 fixed-configuration, managed 10/100 Ethernet switches provide fundamental small-group connectivity for small to medium-sized companies. These wire-speed desktop appliances deliver IOS Software functions for simple mixed-media traffic support at the edge of the network. The Cisco 2940 family of fixed-configuration switches are compact, entry-level devices with 8 Fast Ethernet ports plus one integrated Fast Ethernet or Gigabit Ethernet uplink. They can be installed outside the wiring cabinet in cramped locations such as on a worker's desk or in a conference room.

Catalyst 2960-S Series Switch
The Cisco Catalyst 2960-S Series are fixed-configuration switches designed for small businesses and branch offices. Available models incorporate either 24 or 48 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, four 1GE or two 10-GB Ethernet uplink connections, and provide switching capacity as high as 176 Gbps. Cisco's FlexStack technology allows as many as four Catalyst 2960-S switches to be combined in a FlexStack stack to act as one switch that offers 40 Gbps of stacking bandwidth and that reduces operational expense because of single-switch configuration. Cisco's IPv6 FHS technology protects against address theft and other attacks.

Catalyst 3560 Switches
Catalyst 3560 Family Switches HelpThe Catalyst 3560 Series is a selection of non-modular switches that includes IEEE 802.3af and Power over Ethernet (PoE) functionality in Fast Ethernet and Gigabit implementations. The Catalyst 3560 switch is an ideal Layer 2 switch for midsize business network connectivity or local-office environments, offering both 10/100/1000 and Power over Ethernet (PoE) configurations for high productivity while streamlining the deployment of vital applications such a Voice over IP, Wi-Fi, video surveillance, and remote video kiosks. IT managers can deploy network-wide intelligent features such as quality of service, rate limiting, ACLs, multicast management, and broadband IP routing while maintaining the ease of conventional LAN switching.

Cisco's Catalyst 3560 Series switch offers a robust set of capabilities that allow for network expandability and higher resilience via IP routing plus a complete suite of Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) enhancements designed to maximize throughput in a Layer 2 LAN. Improvements to the standard Spanning Tree Protocol, such as Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Plus, Uplink Fast, and Port Fast, as well as enhancements such as Flex Links interfaces, improve network uptime. Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Plus allows for Layer 2 load balancing on backup links to efficiently use the extra bandwidth associated with a redundant design.

Important routing mechanisms including Open Shortest Path First, EIGRP, Border Gateway Protocol, and static routing improve system capacity; PIM improves resource utilization; and VRFLite protects network traffic.

Catalyst 3750 Family Switches
Catalyst 3750 Family Switches ConsultantsFor mid-size businesses and enterprise branches, the Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series switch simplifies deployment of unified technologies and accommodates changing competitive environments by offering configuration flexibility, ability to manage converged network traffic, and management-free set up of smart network services. In addition, Cisco's Catalyst 3750 Series switch is engineered for high-density Gigabit Ethernet environments and includes a diverse selection of switches that address the connectivity, aggregation, and backbone-connectivity requirements of small or mid-size systems.

Cisco's Catalyst 3750 switch has either the IP Base image or the Services image. The IP Base image functions include industry-leading quality of service (QoS), rate-limiting, access control lists, and basic static and RIP routing capability. The IP Services image offers a richer set of enterprise-level functions, such as advanced hardware-based IP unicast and multicast routing.

Cisco StackWise technology is an architecture designed for Gigabit interfaces. This technology is designed to respond to installs, deletions, and relocations while providing dependable performance. StackWise technology unites up to nine separate switches into one logical unit, utilizing custom stack-interconnect cables and utilities. Any of the switches can be any combination of the Catalyst 3750 Series switches and the 3750-E Series. The stack behaves as an individual switching device that is managed by a master switch, selected from one of the member switches. The master switch intelligently creates and keeps current all the switching and optional routing databases. A running stack can accept new devices or delete existing devices without operational discontinuity.

Catalyst 2960 Series Switches and Catalyst 3560-CX Switches
Cisco Catalyst 2900 Series Switches ConsultingCisco's Catalyst 2960-CX is a fixed-port switch that is ultra-compact, fanless, low power, and allows flexible mounting alternatives. The Catalyst 2960-CX incorporates eight 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports and two 1-GE uplink ports and optionally provides Power over Ethernet (PoE). Cisco's Catalyst 3560-CX is a fixed-port switch packaged in a sleek, quiet and energy-efficient unit that can be placed virtually anywhere outside a wiring closet. Versions are offered with eight or 12 1-GE ports or with six 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports plus 2 multigigabit ports. Two or four uplink ports are available, and Power over Ethernet (PoE) is also an option.

Cisco Catalyst 2900-L Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 2960-L line consists of value-priced fixed-port switches intended for small offices, retail venues, and other places where space is at a premium. These compact switches have 8 to 48 GE ports and two or four Small Form-Factor Pluggable uplink ports. Power over Ethernet support saves space and fan-free operation for the 8- versions eliminates noise. RJ-45 interfaces support 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T and 1000BASE-T SFP-based ports.

Catalyst 2960-X and 2960-XR Series switches enhance the 2690-S line by delivering switching throughput of 216 Gbps and providing Cisco's FlexStack-Plus stacking technology by means of a live-swappable module that allows 8 switches in a stack with 80 Gbps of stacking throughput. Catalyst 2900 family switches also work with NetFlow-Lite for application visibility and control. The Catalyst 2960-XR switch features L3 dynamic routing, offering the convenience of using one switch for L2 and L3 routing.

Cisco Catalyst 3650 and Catalyst 3850 Series Switches
Catalyst 3650 Switch and Catalyst 3850 Switches Consulting and TroubleshootingCatalyst 3650 and Catalyst 3850 switches are fixed, stackable access devices based on Cisco's IOS XE OS and incorporating comprehensive wireless network controller capability that allows you to converge wired and wireless networks on a single device managed by a single OS. Cisco offers versions with 24 or 48 built-in 10/100/1000 Ethernet connections with PoE plus, four 1GE or four 10-GB Ethernet uplink connections, and capacity for up to 9 Catalyst switches in a stack. All models offer modular Quality of Service, stateful failover for high uptime, software support for IPv4/IPv6 routing, multicast, and enhanced security.

Since wireless data traffic is visible at the Catalyst 3000 family switch, network managers can spot and assign priorities to wireless data by means of Cisco's Flexible NetFlow (FNF) technology and sophisticated QoS features for an improved user environment and faster problem isolation. Multigigabit Ethernet switching supports the high-throughput defined by the new 802.11ac Wave 2 wireless specification using currently in-place cabling infrastructure. (To find out about Progent's consulting services for Cisco's 802.11ac Aironet Wi-Fi technology, and Meraki cloud-managed Wi-Fi access points, refer to Configuration and Troubleshooting Consulting Services for Cisco Wireless Products.)

The Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series switch delivers stacking throughput of 160 Gbps and supports up to 25 Wi-Fi APs and 1000 wireless users per switch. The Catalyst 3850 offers stacking bandwidth as high as 480 Gbps and supports up to 50 Wi-Fi access points and 2000 Wi-Fi users per stack. Cisco Catalyst 3850 SFP Fiber Switches incorporate 12 or 24 1G fiber connections at line rate on every port, offering far reaching connections, enhanced protection, and an identical wired and wireless user experience.

Catalyst 4500-E Series and Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches
Cisco's Catalyst 4500-E and and Catalyst 4500-X Series switches are intended for access and distribution deployments where space for infrastructure hardware is at a premium. Powered by Cisco's IOS XE software, the 4500-E and Catalyst 4500-X families facilitate network virtualization by supporting Cisco's Easy Virtual Network (EVN) and Virtual Switching System (VSS) solutions. Network virtualization makes it possible to divide a physical network into multiple virtual networks whose data planes and control planes are logically separate. This provides the high resource utilization, protection, recoverability, and manageability needed for Cloud computing or other scenarios where a single infrastructure must be shared by software and services that must run in complete privacy from each other. Easy Virtual Network simplifies the task of deploying VNs and can be expanded to 32 VNs for each switch. EVN incorporates features of Multi-VRF and provides new technologies including VNET Tags and a simple way for duplicating replicating routes between VNs. Virtual Switching System technology makes it easy to configure Catalyst 4500-E and Catalyst 4500-X Series switches to produce zero-downtime VNs with advanced traffic load balancing.

Catalyst 4500-E Series Switches
Catalyst 4500-E Family Switches ConsultantsCisco's Supervisor Engine 8-E for the Catalyst 4500-E switch has an integrated wireless network controller that works with Cisco's Unified Access technology for wired/wireless convergence. The Supervisor Engine 8-E is the first Cisco Catalyst supervisor to allow wired plus wireless services on one platform powered by IOS XE. Features included are Cisco's FNF technology for application visibility encompassing both wired and Wi-Fi networks, TrustSec wired/wireless data security, identical QoS for wired and wireless networks, and the expansion of NSF/SSO to include wireless data traffic for enterprise-class availability.

Available in chassis with from three to 10 plug-in slots, Catalyst 4500-E Series switches can handle as many as 384 10/100/1000 Ethernet access ports, 193 1GE non-blocking fiber connections, 96 10GE fiber connections, and eight 10GE uplink ports. The Catalyst 4500-E Supervisor Engine 8-E delivers as much as 928 Gbps of wired throughput for each system and up to 20 Gbps of wireless termination capacity. 50 wireless access points and 2000 wireless clients can be handled on each chassis, and 250 access points and 4000 wireless clients are supported in a two-switch installation without a separate wireless controller.

Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Family Switches Consulting and TroubleshootingCisco's Catalyst 4500-X switches are fixed 10-Gigabit Ethernet aggregation platforms that provide 800 Gbps of core switching performance per chassis. The Catalyst 4500-X switch supports up to 32 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports on the baseboard and eight extra 10GE ports on the optional expansion module for a total of 40 10GE ports. Eight 10-Gigabit Ethernet uplink ports are available with a separate module. In addition to providing non-stop performance and easy management, Cisco's virtual switching system solution on Catalyst 4500-X switches provides increased system throughput of up to 1.6 Tbps by activating all possible capacity across redundant Catalyst 4500-X Series switches. Other features include FNF technology for traffic analysis, TrustSec security, and wire-rate IPv6 forwarding.

Catalyst 6500 Series and Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches
Catalyst 6500 Series and Catalyst 6800 Series switches are enterprise campus core platforms that incorporate the field-proven technology of the Cisco Catalyst 6500 line of switches, which were introduced more than a decade ago and have been steadily improved ever since. Catalyst 6500 and Catalyst 6800 switches provide the same general features and operation, and the modular Catalyst 6807-XL switch accepts the Catalyst 6500 Supervisor Engine 2T and the associated family of compatible line cards and service modules. This mutual compatibility and program of ongoing enhancement preserves your IT expenditures and allows you to upgrade your network with minimal service interruption or IT team retraining.

Shared features of Catalyst 6500 Series and Catalyst 6800 Series modular switches that have the Supervisor Engine 2T include Cisco's Identity Services Engine for simple, centralized administration to put in place unvarying policy across a distributed network, VSS Quad Sup SSO (VS4O) capability for maximum uptime via multi-level failover, and Cisco's Campus Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP) to facilitate roaming and mobility and to streamline network virtualization and migration to IPv6. Additional virtual networking tools to partition specific user groups and support the special security and Quality of Service policy needs of each group include Layer 2 and Layer 3 VPN, complete Multiprotocol Label Switching, Easy Virtual Network (EVN), VRF-aware technology for Network Address Translation NetFlow, GRE for v4/v6, and L2 extensions with VPLS. For converged wired and wireless environments, the Wireless Services Module 2 for Catalyst 6500 Series and Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series modular switches includes support for as many as 1000 wireless access points and 15,000 wireless clients.

Catalyst 6500-E Switches
Catalyst 6500 Series Switches Planning and Support ServicesThe Cisco Catalyst 6500-E family of modular switches are intended for aggregation and campus backbone networks that require maximum uptime and high concentrations of 1 Gigabit Ethernet, 1 GE fiber, and/or 10 and 40 GE access ports. Available versions have three to 13 expansion slots and work with a wide range of interfaces. Integrated service modules support wireless management, network monitoring, and data protection. Just E-Series versions of Cisco's broad line of Catalyst 6500 switches accept the Supervisor Engine 2T.

The entry-level Catalyst 6503-E has a 4 rack unit chassis, holds 3 expansion slots, and offers up to 180 Gbps of switching throughput on each slot. The Cisco Catalyst 6503-E switch can support 97 10/100/1000 Ethernet access ports, up to 99 Gigabit Ethernet fiber ports, 34 10GE ports, and 8 40-Gigabit Ethernet ports.

The top-of-the-line Cisco Catalyst 6513-E switch has a 19 rack unit, 13-slot form factor and can deliver 180 Gbps of bandwidth per slot, with a system bandwidth as high as 4 Tbps. A VSS configured system can handle 8 Tbps of switching capacity. The Cisco Catalyst 6513-E switch offers up to 529 1 Gigabit Ethernet access ports, up to 534 Gigabit Ethernet fiber connections, 180 10GE access ports, and up to 44 40-Gigabit Ethernet connections.

Catalyst 6800 Switches
Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches Planning and Support ServicesCatalyst 6800 switches are campus core platforms designed to provide best-of-breed 10/40/100 GE support. The Cisco Catalyst 6880-X switch is a fixed-configuration, compact device for Ethernet aggregation designed for small or medium-size campus cores. The Catalyst 6880-X switch delivers as much as 2 Tbps performance and has four slots for plug-in port cards. The maximum port concentration per chassis is 80 10/100/1000 Ethernet connections or 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports or as many as 20 40-Gigabit Ethernet ports. With Cisco's Virtual Switching System, a two-chassis system can provide 4 Tbps switching performance and handle as many as 158 1 Gigabit Ethernet access ports or 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections or up to 20 40-Gigabit Ethernet ports.

The modular Catalyst 6807-XL switch has a 10 RU form factor chassis with 7 slots and accepts standard Supervisor Engine 2T line cards and modules. (Two of the slots are reserved for the Supervisor Engine and the other five are for modules.) The Catalyst 6807-XL switch offers up to 880 Gbps of switching bandwidth per slot and 11.4 Tbps of full-duplex switching performance while providing up to 240 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports or 1GE fiber ports, up to 80 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports or up to 20 40GE access ports. A two-chassis 6807-XL system configured with Cisco's Virtual Switching System can support 22.8 Tbps of switching throughput, 480 10/100/1000 Ethernet access ports or Gigabit Ethernet fiber connections, up to 160 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections or 40 40GE connections.

Ways That Progent Can Assist Your Business with Catalyst Switches
Progent offers the online or onsite expertise of CCIE-certified consultants who have extensive experience delivering Catalyst switch solutions for small and midsize businesses, branches, enterprise campuses, data centers, Cloud networks, and service providers. Progent's practice areas include Catalyst and Nexus families of smart switches and with Cisco's IOS, IOS-XR and NX-OS operating systems. Services offered by Progent's experts for Cisco Catalyst switches include proof-of-concept testing and validation, network analysis, network architecture planning, migrations and project management, virtualization, wired and wireless unification, management automation, capacity planning, problem mitigation, disaster recovery and business continuity planning, and network security and compliance assessment and verification.

Progent's Cisco-certified consultants have broad knowledge of open standards as well as with proprietary Cisco technologies related to switching and routing such as BGP, MPLS traffic engineering, PIM, VPNs, Spanning-Tree Protocol, VLANs, Cisco FabricPath, VPC, Hot Standby Router Protocol (HSRP), VRRP, Open Shortest Path First (OSPF), Virtual Switching System (VSS), and Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP). Progent's infrastructure specialists also have deep knowledge of important networking technologies such as TCP/IP protocols, IPv4/IPv6, Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP), Routing Information Protocol, and Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP). Progent's CISSP-ISSAP certified data security consultants can assist you to create a comprehensive security and compliance plan and implement Catalyst switches so they provide maximum support for your network security posture.

If you require ultra high density or sub-microsecond latency Cisco switches for a world-class data center, Progent can assist you to analyze, design, and carry out a migration to Cisco's Nexus Series switches. To learn about Progent's consulting and support services for Nexus switches, see Cisco Nexus Switch configuration and support offered by Progent. Progent can also assist you to connect Catalyst core switches with Cisco Meraki aggregation switches. (See Cisco Meraki switch integration consultants.)

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