Cisco's Catalyst family of modular and fixed managed switches offers speed and intelligence at the access, distribution, and backbone levels 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 SPs. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants offer remote and on-premises expertise with Catalyst switches to assist you to plan a cost-effective network topology that meets your unique business requirements, set up pilot testing, deploy Catalyst switches, establish and validate a sensible security plan, streamline network management and monitoring, deliver troubleshooting and support services, optimize switch capacity, 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 migrate with minimal disruption to current models of Catalyst switches adhering to leading practices to ensure that you realize the most return from your investment in your network.

The need for intelligent, high-performance switching is the result 0f a confluence of relatively new computing trends whose overall impact is a virtual tsunami of data:

  • Cloud and Internet of Things (IoT) computing and a consequent demand for massive virtualization
  • The pervasiveness of personal endpoints
  • Bandwidth-intensive rich media applications
  • Social media for business
  • The rise of Big Data in data analytics
  • Increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks like ransomware
Private, public and hybrid clouds are only financially feasible because of virtualization technology. Virtualized data centers slash expenses by permitting aggressively high resource utilization and demanding minimal real estate and energy consumption. But this also requires that relatively sparse resources have to accommodate substantial volumes of data traffic. The BYOD revolution has created a dramatic rise in the number of mobile users that must be handled by business networks, and these users tend to run a great deal of bandwidth-intensive, HD video apps. Social business technologies are replacing email as the main driver for workforce collaboration and is generating a growing thirst for bandwidth. Enterprises who are trying to remain competitive are resorting to Big Data techniques to mine vast and disparate repositories of information, which as a result generates Big Traffic. All of these computing trends are relatively recent, and combined they cause a critical need for a new generation of switches that feature significantly higher throughput, intelligence, uptime and ease of management than previous solutions were built to provide.

Cisco's latest portfolio of Catalyst switches are best suited for the distribution/core layers of enterprise campus deployments where office employees must be provided for by offering consistent high throughput, secure user access control, tight segregation, application intelligence, and wired/wireless convergence. Catalyst series switches are designed to meet the need for performance and intelligence with features that include high-port-count 10G/40G/100G services, switching performance more than 25T for each appliance, a powerful suite of tools such as Easy Virtual Network (EVN) to facilitate the creation of virtual networks, Virtual Switching System technology for switch failover with instant virtual switch restoration and 99.999% availability, IPv4 and IPv6 support, Application Visibility and Control to maximize network utilization, and sophisticated Quality of Service (QoS) capabilities for business-critical traffic prioritization.

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Cisco Can Provide Catalyst Switches for Businesses of Any Size

Catalyst switches enable organizations of all sizes to build intelligent switching services into their network infrastructure, deploying an environment that can meet current needs, expand to accommodate future capacity demands, protect vital data, and separate and manage processes to optimize network operations.

Catalyst 1000 Series Fixed Ethernet Switches
Cisco Catalyst 1000 Series Switches SupportCisco's Catalyst 1000 Series access switches are compact, fixed switches targeted for small businesses and branches with up to 250 users and with little if any in-house IT support. The Catalyst 1000 family includes fanless models for quiet operation outside a wiring closet in an office environment. Mounting alternatives include desktop, wall mount, standard rack mount, and DIN rail mount. Created as a simple upgrade for Cisco Catalyst 2960-L/2960-Plus deployments, the Catalyst 1000 portfolio includes models with 8 to 48G Ethernet ports or 24 to 48 Fast Ethernet 10/100M Mbps ports.

Catalyst 1000 set up and administration are simple using a web interface or CLI, security is enterprise-class, and PoE+ capability with a dynamically allocated budget of 740W allows a wide variety of IoT implementations. Up to eight Catalyst 1000 Gigabit Ethernet Series switches can be controlled together with single IP. All Catalyst Series 1000 appliances are nonblocking line-rate switches, and all are based on Cisco's venerable IOS Software. Quality-of-Service features include egress queues for each port plus priority packet queuing to provide wire-speed throughput for all classes of data. Catalyst Series 1000 switches also feature SRR scheduling and Weighted Tail Drop congestion avoidance.

Cisco Catalyst 9000 Fixed and Modular Managed Switches
The Catalyst 9000 line of managed switches includes modular and fixed switches and can support all deployment scenarios including access, aggregation, and core switching. The Cisco Catalyst 9000 series offers switches with the appropriate value proposition to connect people and things in environments from small businesses and branch offices to global enterprises. Catalyst 9000 Series switches can be set up to implement any combination of local facilities, private/public clouds, and hybrid networks. Unified management tools and advanced cybersecurity solutions lower expenses by streamlining operations and safeguarding vital IT assets. Cisco's 9000X line of switches provide converged switching and routing, delivering the first mix of 400G optical transceivers along with full multigigabit Ethernet and PoE ports.

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Catalyst 9000 Series Switches Are Designed for a Hybrid World

Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series Switches ConsultantsWith twice the stacking bandwidth for about half the price of the legacy Cisco Catalyst 2960-X and 2960-XR switches they are intended to replace, Cisco's Catalyst 9200 Series switches are a natural network update for small branch offices and midsize campuses. The Catalyst 9200 portfolio includes models that support 24 or 48 ports with full Power over Ethernet; 80-160 Gbps backplane stacking bandwidth; and Layer 3 capabilities that include Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) routing, EIGP distance routing protocol, IS-IS link-state protocol, and RIP. Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series switches are powered by the Cisco IOS XE operating system.

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

Catalyst 9300 Switches ConsultantsCatalyst 9300 Series switches are fixed, stackable devices for high-density enterprise access switching. Key capabilities provided with various models in the Catalyst 9300 product line include up to 1Tbps backplane stacking performance, stackable high-speed fiber, up to 448 multigigabit Ethernet ports including 288 ports of 90W UPOE+ with an 8-device stack, end-to-end IPsec tunnel with AES-256 Encryption and speeds up to 100G, HA fans and power, plus StackPower cables common across the complete Catalyst 9300 family.

Based on the Cisco IOS XE operating system, appliances in the Catalyst 9300 family offer auto device provisioning, API-based configuration, granular visibility for close to realtime monitoring, and seamless software updates and patching. Advanced security capabilities include Encrypted Traffic Analytics (ETA) along with AES-256 MACsec and IPSec encryption, plus Cisco Trust Anchor Technologies with Image signing. Cloud security is strengthened because Catalyst 9300 switches have the ability to host the Cisco Umbrella agent directly. This makes it possible for organizations to design their DNS filtering policies at user or group level to block BYOD or IoT clients from visiting dangerous websites.

The entry-level Cisco Catalyst 9300L switch delivers as much as 320G stacking bandwidth and offers 12 100M/1G/2.5G/5G/10G ports and 36 10M/100M/1G ports. The 9300L uses fixed rather than modular uplink hardware for 4 1G, 4 10G, or 2 40G ports. The Cisco Catalyst 9300 switch features 480G of stacking bandwidth and can provide 48 100M/1G/2.5G/5Gbps ports, 24 100M/1G/2.5G/5G/10Gbps Ethernet ports, or 48 1G SFP ports. Modular uplink speeds available are 1G, 10G, 25G, or 40G. The high-end Cisco Catalyst 9300X switch delivers up to 1Tbps backplane stacking throughput and offers 48 10G ports. The 9300X supports modular uplinks with dual-rate 100G/40G, multirate 25G/10G/1G, or mGig. Cisco 90W UPOE+ supports IoT-intensive applications. Cisco offers hardware to provide 100G IPsec.

Catalyst 9400 Switches ExpertsCisco's Catalyst 9400 Series devices are modular switches powered by Cisco IOS XE and targeted for midsize and large campus access deployments. Offering twice the performance and over four times the chassis bandwidth as the Catalyst 6500 it is built to replace, Cisco's Catalyst 9400 family ushers switch technology into the current era of connectivity impelled by security, mobility, Internet of Things, and cloud.

Catalyst 9400 appliances are available with 4-slot, 7-slot, and 10-slot chassis. Two slots on the chassis are dedicated to redundant supervisor cards, making 2, 5, or 8 slots available for line cards. Maximum bandwidth scalability for each line-card slot is 480G. Switching performance can reach 1.44 Tbps and forwarding performance on Supervisor Module can reach 9 Tbps with the 10-slot chassis. All Catalyst 9400 chassis can provide 90W UPOE+ on every access port, secure network segmentation with Software-Defined Access (SD-Access) and N+N/N+1 power redundancy for high availability. Cisco's Catalyst 9400 4-slot switch can support 96 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, 5G/10G 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 models can provide 2 non-blocking 40 Gigabit Ethernet Quad Small Form-Factor Pluggable uplinks and 8 non-blocking 10G SFP+ uplinks.

Catalyst 9500 Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 9500 family consists of fixed core and edge services appliances intended for the enterprise campus. Catalyst 9500 models are based on the Cisco IOS XE operating system and the series includes the first infrastructure technology to provide switching speeds above 25 Terabits per second.

Catalyst 9500 models deliver as high as 6.4 Tbps switching performance with forwarding throughput up to 2 Bpps. Catalyst 9500 switches can provide as many as 32 nonblocking 100 GB QSFP28 ports, 32 nonblocking 40 Gigabit QSFP+ ports, 48 nonblocking 25 Gigabit SFP28 ports, or 48 nonblocking 10G ports. You can deploy Multichassis EtherChannel (MEC) across StackWise-Virtual members for high resiliency.

Catalyst 9500X appliances can provide up to 25.6 Terabits per second switching capacity with 2 Bpps forwarding capacity. Catalyst 9500X models support up to 28 nonblocking 40/100 Gigabit QSFP28 optical ports or 8 nonblocking 40/100/200/400 Gigabit QSFP-DD ports. The 9500X product line also includes chip-level capability for line-rate 256-bit 802.1AE MACsec and WAN-MACsec1 data encryption.

Cisco Catalyst 9600 Switches ExpertsCatalyst 9600 Series switches are modular core and distribution appliances intended for the enterprise campus. The 6-slot 9600 Series chassis loaded with a Catalyst 9600X Series Supervisor has switching performance up to 25.6 Tbps and can contain up to 256 nonblocking 10/25/50 Gigabit ports, 96 nonblocking 40/100G Gigabit ports, or 8 nonblocking 200/400 Gigabit QSFP-DD ports. The Catalyst 9600 switch also provides dual-rate 40G/100G and 10G/25G optics. Two chassis slots are reserved for high-availability supervisors. You can mix and match a selection of line cards for core and aggregation deployment scenarios. The chassis is equipped with a passive backplane, so you can change out fan tray, power supplies, and line cards without disrupting operation.

End-of-Life Catalyst Series Switches Supported by Progent's Consultants
Progent's Cisco certified consultants have extensive backgrounds providing online and onsite support expertise for early-generation Catalyst switches for which Cisco has announced End of Life. These outdated switches usually cost more to manage and support than contemporary products, provide lower capacity and functionality, and in many situations can subject businesses to compliance and liability issues. Progent's consultants can assist you to support and repair these older switches and can in addition help you to design and implement seamless upgrades to newer models within the Catalyst line or to devices from Cisco's Nexus line of network switches which take advantage of Catalyst technology.

Catalyst Express 500 and 520 Family of Switches
Cisco Catalyst Express 500 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 provide the reliability, protection, expandability, and features small and mid-sized companies require at an economical cost. PoE support makes it easy to add network devices like wireless access points and IP TV cameras.

Models of the Cisco Catalyst Express 500 managed switches support up to 24 10/100/1000BT Ethernet ports as well as optional backup power supplies with automatic fail-over for extra dependability. Interoperation with Cisco wireless access points allows businesses to set up a wireless LAN network rapidly and effectively. The Cisco Catalyst Express 500 family offers strong protection against malicious attacks With Cisco's Self-Defending Network technology and Clean Access solutions. Cisco Catalyst 2940 Switch
Cisco Catalyst 2900 Family Switches Consulting FirmCisco Catalyst 2900 non-modular, managed Ethernet switches provide fundamental workgroup networking for small to midsize organizations. These wire-rate desktop appliances offer Cisco IOS Software functions for simple data, video, and voice support at the edge of the network. The Cisco Catalyst 2940 line of managed switches are compact, entry-level devices featuring 8 Ethernet ports plus one integrated Fast Ethernet or Gbit uplink. They can be deployed outside the wiring cabinet in space-constrained office spaces such as 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 businesses and branches. Available versions feature either 24 or 48 1Gb Ethernet ports, four 1-Gigabit or two 10GE uplinks, and deliver throughput of 176 Gbps. Cisco's FlexStack feature allows as many as four Catalyst 2960-S switches to be combined in a stack to perform like one switching unit that offers 40 Gbps of stacking performance and that cuts operational costs with single-switch setup. Cisco's IPv6 FHS technology protects against IPv6 address interception and malicious threats.

Cisco Catalyst 3560 Family Switches
Cisco Catalyst 3560 Family Switches Professional ServicesThe Catalyst 3560 Series is a line of non-modular switches that features IEEE 802.3af and Cisco Power over Ethernet (PoE) capability in Fast Ethernet and 10/100/1000 implementations. The Catalyst 3560 switch is an ideal access-layer switch for midsize business LAN connectivity or satellite-offices, combining both Gigabit Ethernet and Power over Ethernet options for high efficiency while facilitating the deployment of key applications including Voice over IP, wireless connectivity, video monitoring, and remote video kiosks. IT managers can deploy network-wide intelligent features such as QoS, rate management, access control lists, multicast management, and high-performance IP routing with the simplicity of conventional network switching.

The Cisco Catalyst 3560 Series switch is equipped with a powerful set of features that permit network scalability and enhanced availability through IP routing as well as a complete suite of Spanning Tree Protocol enhancements aimed to maximize availability in a Layer 2 network. Improvements to the conventional STP Protocol, including Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Plus, and Uplink Fast, as well as innovations such as Flex Links Layer 2 interfaces, improve network uptime. PVST+ supports Data Link Layer traffic sharing on redundant links to efficiently use the extra capacity associated with a redundant design.

Efficient routing mechanisms including Open Shortest Path First (OPSF), Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol, Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), and static routing improve system scale; Protocol Independent Multicast increases utilization of network resources; and Virtual Route Forwarding Lite secures data.

Catalyst 3750 Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 3750 Family Switches SupportFor midsized organizations and corporate branches, the Cisco Catalyst 3750 switch facilitates deployment of unified technologies and accommodates evolving competitive environments by providing setup versatility, support for unified network patterns, and automatic set up of smart system services. In addition, Cisco's Catalyst 3750 Series is engineered for high-volume Gigabit deployments and incorporates a diverse range of switches that address the access, distribution, and backbone-connectivity demands of small or midsized networks.

The Cisco Catalyst 3750 switch has either the IP Base image or the Services image. The IP Base image features include industry-leading quality of service (QoS), rate-limiting, access control lists (ACLs), and simple static and RIP routing capability. The IP Services image provides a richer set of enterprise-grade features, including advanced hardware-based IP unicast/multicast routing.

StackWise technology is a mechanism optimized for 1000 Ethernet. This technology is designed to react to installs, deletions, and redeployments while maintaining consistent performance. Cisco StackWise technology combines as many as 9 separate switches into a single logical device, using special stack-interface cables and stacking utilities. Any of the switches can be any combination of the Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series switches and Cisco's Catalyst 3750-E Series. The stack behaves as an individual switching appliance that is directed by a master switch, chosen from among the stack of switches. The control switch intelligently builds and updates all the switching and user-selected routing databases. A running stack can accommodate new switches or delete existing switches without operational interruption.

Cisco Catalyst 2960 Swiches and 3560-CX Switches
Cisco Catalyst 2900 Family Switches Integration and TroubleshootingCisco's Catalyst 2960-CX is a fixed-port managed switch that is low-profile, fanless, power efficient, and allows flexible mounting options. The device has eight 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports and two 1-GE uplink ports and has an option for PoE+ power. Cisco's Catalyst 3560-CX is a fixed-configuration switch housed in a compact, quiet and low-power enclosure that can be placed virtually anywhere outside a wiring closet. Versions are offered with eight or 12 1-GE ports or with 6 1-GE ports plus 2 multigigabit Ethernet ports. Two or four uplinks are available, and Power over Ethernet (PoE) is also an option.

Cisco Catalyst 2900-L Switches ConsultingCisco's Catalyst 2960-L line consists of value-priced fixed-port managed switches intended for branch offices, retail venues, and other environments where space is limited. These compact switches have eight to 48 GE ports and 2 or 4 Small Form-Factor Pluggable uplink ports. PoE support reduces clutter and fan-free operation for most versions eliminates noise. RJ-45 interfaces accommodate 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T and 1000BASE-T SFP-ports.

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X and 2960-XR switches enhance the 2690-S line by offering switching throughput of up to 216 Gbps and supporting Cisco's FlexStack-Plus stacking technology by means of a hot-swappable plug-in that can combine 8 switches in a stack capable of 80 Gbps of stacking throughput. Catalyst 2900 family switches also support NetFlow-Lite for application visibility and control. The Catalyst 2960-XR Series switch is capable of L3 dynamic routing, offering the convenience of using a single device for Layer 2 and Layer 3 routing.

Catalyst 3650 and 3850 Switches
Catalyst 3650 Switch and Catalyst 3850 Switches Consulting FirmCatalyst 3650 and Catalyst 3850 series switches are fixed-configuration, stackable network access devices powered by Cisco's IOS XE control software and incorporating comprehensive wireless network controller functionality that lets you control wired and wireless infrastructure on a single device powered by a single OS. Cisco has models with 24 or 48 built-in 1Gb Ethernet connections with Power over Ethernet plus, four 1GE or four 10GE uplink connections, and support for as many as 9 switches per stack. All models offer modular QoS, stateful failover for maximum availability, software support for IPv4 and IPv6 routing, multicast, and advanced security features.

Because wireless traffic is visible at the Catalyst 3000 Series switch, it is possible to identify and prioritize wireless traffic by means of Cisco's Flexible NetFlow solution along with advanced QoS features for an improved user environment and quicker problem isolation. Multigigabit Ethernet switching can handle the high-bandwidth called for by the latest 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi standard using existing cabling infrastructure. (For information about Progent's consulting and support services for Cisco's 802.11ac Aironet wireless technology, and Meraki cloud-managed Wi-Fi access points, visit Planning and Deployment Support for Cisco Wireless Technology.)

The Catalyst 3650 Series switch offers stacking throughput of 160 Gbps and can control up to 25 wireless access points and 1000 wireless users per switch or stack. The Catalyst 3850 offers stacking bandwidth of up to 480 Gbps and supports up to 50 Wi-Fi access points and 2000 Wi-Fi clients per switch. Catalyst 3850 SFP Fiber Switches incorporate 12 or 24 1G fiber connections at line rate, offering far reaching connections, enhanced protection, and a consistent wired and wireless experience.

Cisco Catalyst 4500-E Series and Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches
Catalyst 4500-E Series and and Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Series switches are intended for access and distribution environments where space for networking equipment is at a premium. Powered by Cisco's IOS XE control software, both the 4500-E and Catalyst 4500-X product lines simplify network virtualization by supporting 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 separate. This makes possible the efficient utilization, security and compliance, resilience, and ease of management required for Cloud environments or other scenarios where a common infrastructure is used by applications and services that must operate in total isolation from one another. EVN streamlines the process of creating virtual networks and scales to 32 VNs for each switch. Easy Virtual Network incorporates features of Multi-virtual routing and forwarding and includes additional technologies such as VNET Tags and an easy way for duplicating replicating routes between VNs. VSS makes it possible to set up Catalyst 4500-E and Catalyst 4500-X Series switches to produce zero-downtime virtual networks with advanced load balancing.

Catalyst 4500-E Series Switches
Catalyst 4500-E Series Switches Planning and Support ServicesCisco's Supervisor Engine 8-E for the Catalyst 4500-E modular switch has a built-in wireless controller that supports Cisco's Unified Access solution for wired and wireless convergence. The Supervisor Engine 8-E is the initial Catalyst supervisor engine to support wired plus wireless services on a single switch powered by IOS XE software. Technologies included are Cisco's Flexible NetFlow solution for application visibility across both wired and Wi-Fi networks, TrustSec wired and wireless security, consistent Quality of Service for wired and Wi-Fi clients, plus the extension of NSF/SSO to include Wi-Fi traffic for world-quality availability.

Available 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 ports, up to 192 Gigabit Ethernet non-blocking fiber connections, 96 10GE fiber connections, and eight 10-Gigabit Ethernet uplink ports. The Catalyst 4500-E Supervisor Engine 8-E delivers up to 928 Gbps of wired capacity per system and as much as 20 Gbps of wireless termination performance. 50 wireless APs and 2000 wireless clients can be handled on each switch, and 250 access points and 4000 wireless clients are supported in a multi-switch deployment without requiring a separate wireless controller.

Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Family Switches Consulting FirmCatalyst 4500-X Series switches are fixed-configuration 10-Gigabit Ethernet aggregation switches that deliver up to 800 Gbps of core switching performance per chassis. The Catalyst 4500-X can have as many as 32 10GE connections on the baseboard and eight more 10GE ports on the optional expansion module for a total of 40 10GE ports. Eight 10GE uplinks can be added via another module. In addition to offering zero-downtime performance and easy manageability, Cisco's virtual switching system solution on Catalyst 4500-X switches provides increased system performance of up to 1.6 Tbps by activating all available capacity across redundant Catalyst 4500-X switches. Other features include Cisco's FNF solution for application visibility, TrustSec protection, and fast, hardware-based IPv6 forwarding.

Catalyst 6500 Series and Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Catalyst 6800 Series switches are enterprise campus core platforms that incorporate the proven technology of the Catalyst 6500 family of switches, which first appeared more than a dozen years ago and which have been steadily enhanced since then. Catalyst 6500 and Catalyst 6800 switches offer the same features and operational consistency, and the modular Catalyst 6807-XL accepts the Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Supervisor Engine 2T and the associated portfolio of line cards and modules. This backwards compatibility and program of ongoing enhancement protects your infrastructure expenditures and allows you to update your network backbone with minimal business disruption or management team training.

Common features of Catalyst 6500 Series and Catalyst 6800 modular switches equipped with Cisco's Supervisor Engine 2T include the Cisco ISE technology for simple, centralized management to put in place consistent policy across a distributed environment, VSS capability for maximum uptime through multi-level redundancy, and the Cisco LISP protocol to support client roaming and device mobility and to streamline virtualization and transition to IPv6. Other virtual networking tools to segment distinct user groups and support the special security/compliance and Quality of Service policy needs of every group include L2/L3 VPN, full Multiprotocol Label Switching, Easy Virtual Network (EVN), VRF-aware technology for NAT NetFlow, GRE for v4/v6, and Layer 2 extensions with virtual private LAN services (VPLS). For converged wired/wireless environments, the Wireless Services Module 2 for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Catalyst 6800 modular switches includes support for up to 1000 wireless access points and 15,000 wireless clients.

Catalyst 6500-E Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 6500 Family Switches ConsultantsThe Catalyst 6500-E family of modular switches are intended for aggregation and enterprise core environments that need maximum uptime and high concentrations of 1 Gigabit Ethernet, 1 Gigabit Ethernet fiber, and/or 10 and 40 GE ports. Available versions have three to 13 expansion slots and accept a broad selection of interfaces. Integrated service modules support wireless, network monitoring, and security and compliance. Just E-Series versions of Cisco's extensive family of 6500 switches accept Cisco's Supervisor Engine 2T.

The value-priced Cisco Catalyst 6503-E switch has a 4RU chassis, includes 3 slots, and offers 180 Gbps of switching bandwidth per slot. The Catalyst 6503-E switch supports 97 10/100/1000 Ethernet access ports, up to 99 1GE fiber connections, up to 34 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports, and up to 8 40-Gigabit Ethernet access ports.

The high-end Catalyst 6513-E switch has a 19RU, 13-slot form factor and can deliver up to 180 Gbps of capacity on each slot, providing a total system capacity of up to 4 Tbps. A Virtual Switching System configuration can handle 8 Tbps of throughout. The Cisco Catalyst 6513-E Series switch can support a maximum of 529 1 Gigabit Ethernet connections, up to 534 1GE fiber ports, up to 180 10GE access ports, and up to 44 40GE ports.

Catalyst 6800 Switches
Cisco Catalyst 6800 Family Switches Consulting and TroubleshootingCatalyst 6800 switches are programmable backbone switches designed to deliver optimal 10/40/100 GE services. The Catalyst 6880-X switch is a fixed-configuration, compact platform for high-density Ethernet designed for small or medium-size enterprise campus backbones. The 6880-X switch supports as much as 2 Tbps capacity and has four slots for port cards. The top port concentration per chassis is 80 1 Gigabit Ethernet connections or 10GE access ports or as many as 20 40GE ports. Configured with VSS, these switches can deliver 4 Tbps switching performance and handle up to 158 10/100/1000 Ethernet connections or 10-Gigabit Ethernet access ports or as many as 20 40GE access ports.

The modular Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL switch has a 10 RU chassis that has 7 expansion slots and accepts standard Supervisor Engine 2T line cards and service modules. (Two of the slots are reserved for the Supervisor Engine and five are for expansion modules.) The Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL switch offers as much as 880 Gbps of switching capacity on each slot and 11.4 Tbps of switching capacity while providing up to 240 1 Gigabit Ethernet ports or 1GE fiber connections, 80 10GE connections or up to 20 40GE access ports. an 6807-XL system with Cisco's Virtual Switching System can handle 22.8 Tbps of switching bandwidth, 480 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports or 1GE fiber ports, 160 10GE connections or 40 40GE access ports.

Ways That Progent Can Help You with Catalyst Switches
Progent can provide the online or onsite expertise of Cisco CCIE-certified consultants who have extensive experience delivering Catalyst switch solutions for small and medium sized businesses, branch offices, enterprises, data centers, Cloud networks, and service providers. Progent's practice areas include Catalyst and Nexus lines of managed switches and with Cisco's IOS and NX-OS operating systems. Services available from Progent's experts for Catalyst Series switches include proof-of-concept testing, system analysis, topology planning, migrations and project management, virtualization, wired and wireless unification, network management, capacity planning, problem mitigation, disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness, and IT security testing and validation.

Progent's Cisco-certified consultants have broad expertise with industry standards as well as with proprietary Cisco protocols related to switching and routing such as Border Gateway Protocol, MPLS traffic engineering, Protocol Independent Multicast, VPNs, ISIS, VLANs, Cisco FabricPath, VPC, OTV, VRRP, Open Shortest Path First (OSPF), VSS, and LISP. Progent's network specialists also have deep knowledge of crucial technologies such as TCP/IP protocols, IPv4, IPv6, Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol, Routing Information Protocol (RIP), and Internet Group Management Protocol. Progent's CISSP-ISSAP certified information security and compliance consultants can show you how to create a comprehensive security plan and deploy Cisco Catalyst switches so they provide maximum support for your security posture.

In case you need the highest available density or extremely low latency Cisco switches for an enterprise-class data center, Progent can help you to analyze, plan, and carry out a migration to Nexus switches. For information about Progent's consulting and support capabilities for Nexus Series switches, refer to Cisco Nexus Switch consulting and support services available from Progent. Progent can also assist you to integrate Catalyst core switches with Meraki distribution switches. (See Cisco Meraki switch integration consultants.)

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