The Catalyst family of modular and fixed-configuration managed switches provides performance and intelligence at the access, aggregation, and core levels of converged IP voice, HD video, and high bandwidth data networks for businesses that range in size from small businesses and branches to multi-campus enterprises and service providers. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants offer online and onsite expertise with Catalyst family switches to assist you to plan an efficient network architecture that addresses your specific business needs, set up proof-of-concept testing systems, deploy Catalyst switches, implement and verify a sound security and compliance strategy, automate network management and performance tracking, provide repair and support services, optimize switch performance, and configure Catalyst's fault-tolerant solutions to achieve near-zero downtime.

Progent can assist you to manage and troubleshoot your legacy Catalyst switches or upgrade seamlessly to current models of Catalyst switches following leading practices to make sure that you get the highest business value from your investment in your network.

The demand for smart, high-speed switching is the result 0f a combination of relatively recent computing patterns whose net impact is a virtual avalanche of data traffic:

  • Cloud and IoT computing and a consequent need for massive virtualization
  • The pervasiveness of personal endpoints
  • Data guzzling HD video applications
  • Social business technologies
  • The popularity of Big Data in analytics
  • Ever more sophisticated threats such as ransomware
Cloud computing is only made practical by utilizing network virtualization. Virtualized infrastructures slash expenses by permitting very high hardware utilization and demanding very little data center space and power consumption. But this also requires that comparatively limited network resources must accommodate substantial amounts of data. The BYOD paradigm has caused a steep rise in the number of mobile users that have be supported by IT networks, and these clients tend to run a great deal of data-intensive, rich media applications. Social media for business is replacing traditional email as the main driver for collaboration and is generating a growing demand for data. Enterprises who want to remain competitive are adopting Big Data technology to search through vast and disparate repositories of information, which in turn produces Big Traffic. These trends are fairly new, and combined they cause a serious demand for a new class of switches that feature much more throughput, intelligence, availability and manageability than previous solutions were built to deliver.

Cisco's latest lineup of Catalyst switches are best suited for the distribution and core layers layers of enterprise campus environments where office employees must be accommodated by providing consistent high speed, secure user access management, tight group isolation, application intelligence, and wired/wireless convergence. Cisco's Catalyst series switches are designed to meet the demand for speed and intelligence with features that include high-density 10, 40, and 100 Gigabit Ethernet support, switching performance over 25T for each chassis, a powerful suite of tools including Easy Virtual Network to simplify the deployment of virtual networks, Virtual Switching System technology for stateful failover with subsecond virtual switch restoration and "five nines" (99.999%) uptime, IPv4 and IPv6 capability, Application Visibility and Control (AVC) to optimize network utilization, and advanced Quality of Service tools for business-critical traffic prioritization.

Cisco Catalyst Switches Planning and Support Services

Cisco Has Developed Catalyst Switching Solutions for Organizations of All Sizes

Cisco Catalyst switches allow businesses of any size to benefit from incorporating intelligent switching and routing services into their network infrastructure, creating an ecosystem that can deal with real-time requirements, scale to accommodate future growth, guard vital information, and separate and control tasks to optimize network operations.

Catalyst 1000 Series Fixed Ethernet Switches
Catalyst 1000 Series Switches SupportCisco's Catalyst 1000 Series Layer 2 network access switches are compact, fixed-configuration switches targeted for small businesses and branch offices with up to 250 workers and with minimal internal IT support. Cisco's Catalyst 1000 line includes fanless versions for silent operation outside a wiring closet in an office environment. Mounting options include desktop, wall or shelf mount, rack mount, and DIN rail mount. Designed as a simple upgrade for Cisco Catalyst 2960-L/2960-Plus deployments, Cisco's 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 management are easy via a web interface or CLI, security is enterprise-class, and Power over Ethernet ports with an automatically allocated power budget of 740W allows a wide range of Internet of Things solutions. As many as eight Catalyst 1000 Gigabit Ethernet model switches can be controlled together with single IP. All Catalyst 1000 models are line-rate devices, and all are based on Cisco's familiar IOS operating system software. Quality-of-Service features include egress queues for every port as well as priority queuing to deliver wire-speed throughput for time-critical traffic. Catalyst Series 1000 switches also offer Shaped Round Robin (SRR) scheduling and Weighted Tail Drop congestion avoidance.

Cisco Catalyst 9000 Fixed and Modular Managed Switches
The Cisco Catalyst 9000 family of switches includes modular and fixed units and supports all deployment scenarios including access, aggregation, and core switching. The Catalyst 9000 family offers switches with the appropriate value proposition to connect people and things in venues from small businesses and branch offices to the largest enterprises. Catalyst 9000 Series switches can be set up to support any combination of local deployments, private/public clouds, and hybrid networks. Modern network management platforms and cutting-edge security solutions lower cost of ownership by saving time and safeguarding vital IT assets.

Cisco Catalyst 9000 Series Fixed and Modular Switches Consultants

Catalyst 9000 Switches Are Built for a Hybrid Landscape

Catalyst 9200 Switches ConsultantsWith twice the stacking bandwidth at around half the cost of the legacy Cisco Catalyst 2960-X and 2960-XR switches they are designed to replace, Catalyst 9200 Series switches are a compelling infrastructure update for small branch offices and midsize campus environments. The 9200 family includes switches that support 24 or 48 ports with full Power over Ethernet; 80-160 Gbps backplane stacking performance; and Layer 3 features such as OSPF, EIGP distance routing protocol, IS-IS link-state protocol, and routed access. Catalyst 9200 Series switches are powered by Cisco IOS XE.

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

Catalyst 9300 Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 9300 Series switches are fixed, stackable devices for ultra-high-density access switching. Advanced capabilities provided with various models in the Catalyst 9300 portfolio include 1T backplane stacking bandwidth, stackable SFP fiber, up to 448 mGig Ethernet ports including 288 ports of 90W UPOE+ with an 8-device configuration, line rate IPsec tunnel with AES-256 Encryption and performance up to 100G, redundant fans and power, plus data stack and StackPower cables compatible throughout the entire Catalyst 9300 product line.

Based on the Cisco IOS XE operating system, appliances in the Catalyst 9300 product line offer auto provisioning, API-driven configuration, granular visibility for near realtime monitoring, and seamless software updates and patching. Advanced security features 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 Series switches are able to host the Cisco Umbrella agent directly. This allows businesses to customize their DNS filtering policies at a granular user or group level to block BYOD or IoT users from accessing malicious websites.

The entry-level Cisco Catalyst 9300L switch provides up to 320G backplane stacking capacity and supports 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 appliance features 480G of backplane stacking performance and supports 48 100M/1G/2.5G/5Gbps Ethernet 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 appliance provides up to 1Tbps backplane stacking capacity and supports 48 10G port density. The 9300X supports uplink modules with dual-rate 100G/40G, multirate 25G/10G/1G, or multigigabit. Cisco 90W Universal Power Over Ethernet+ (UPOE+) supports IoT-intensive applications. Hardware is available to provide 100G IPsec.

Catalyst 9400 Switches ExpertsCisco's Catalyst 9400 Series appliances are modular switches powered by Cisco IOS XE and designed for midsize and large campus access deployments. Offering twice the throughput and more than four times the chassis bandwidth as the Catalyst 6500 line it is built to replace, Cisco's Catalyst 9400 family ushers switch capability into the current age of connectivity driven by cybersecurity, mobility, IoT, and cloud.

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

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Switches ConsultantsThe Catalyst 9500 family includes fixed core and edge services switches designed for the enterprise campus. Catalyst 9500 models are powered by Cisco IOS XE and the series incorporates the first infrastructure technology to deliver switching speeds higher than 25 Terabits per second.

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

Catalyst 9500X appliances support up to 25.6 Terabits per second switching performance with up to 2 Billion Packet per Second forwarding speed. Catalyst 9500X models 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 data encryption.

Cisco Catalyst 9600 Switches ExpertsCatalyst 9600 Series switches are modular core and distribution switches intended for the enterprise campus. The 6-slot chassis using 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 ports, 96 nonblocking 40/100G G ports, or 8 nonblocking 200/400 G QSFP-DD ports. The Catalyst 9600 switch also supports dual-rate 40G/100G and 10G/25G optics. Two chassis slots are dedicated for redundant supervisors. You can mix and match a selection of line cards for core and aggregation deployments. The chassis uses a passive backplane, so you can change out fan tray, power supplies, and line cards without disruption.

Legacy Catalyst Switches Still Supported by Progent's Consultants
Progent's Cisco certified consultants have broad experience delivering remote and on-premises support expertise for early-generation Catalyst Series switches for which Cisco has announced End of Life. These legacy switches usually are more expensive to manage and maintain than current products, deliver less performance and functionality, and in some situations can subject organizations to compliance and even liability issues. Progent's consultants can help you to maintain and repair these legacy Cisco products and can in addition assist you to plan and execute seamless migrations to newer models within the Catalyst line or to devices from Cisco's Nexus line of network switches which build upon Catalyst design experience.

Cisco Catalyst Express 500 Series
Catalyst Express 500 and 520 Family Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst Express 500 and 520 line of managed Ethernet switches are designed for businesses with up to 250 workers and provide the reliability, protection, expandability, and features small businesses need at an affordable cost. PoE support makes it easy to add network appliances like wireless access points and IP cameras.

Models of the Cisco Catalyst Express 500 and 520 managed switches support up to 24 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet ports plus the option of backup power with auto fail-over for additional dependability. Integration with Cisco access points helps organizations to set up a wireless LAN network rapidly and effectively. The Cisco Catalyst Express 500 and 520 platform provides strong protection against viruses thanks to Cisco's Self-Defending Network strategy and Clean Access solutions. Cisco Catalyst 2940 Switch
Catalyst 2900 Family Switches Consulting FirmCatalyst 2900 Series fixed-configuration, managed Ethernet switches provide fundamental small-group connectivity for small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs). These wire-speed desktop appliances offer IOS Software features for simple mixed-media traffic control at the edge of the network. The Cisco Catalyst 2940 line of fixed-configuration switches are small-footprint, entry-level switches with eight Fast Ethernet ports and a single integrated Fast Ethernet or Gbit Ethernet uplink. They can be installed away from the wiring closet in space-constrained areas such as on or under a user's desk or in a conference room.

Cisco Catalyst 2960-S Series Switch
The Catalyst 2960-S Series are fixed switches intended for small businesses and branches. Available models have either 24 or 48 1Gb Ethernet ports, four 1-Gigabit or two 10GE uplink ports, and deliver switching capacity of 176 Gbps. Cisco's FlexStack technology allows four 2960-S chassis to be grouped in a stack to act as a single switch that offers 40 Gbps of stacking throughput and that cuts management costs because of single-switch setup. IPv6 First Hop Security (FHS) technology protects against address interception and other threats.

Catalyst 3560 Switches
Catalyst 3560 Series Switches ConsultingCisco’s Catalyst 3560 family is a selection of fixed-configuration switches that features IEEE 802.3af and Cisco Power over Ethernet functionality in 10/100 and 10/100/1000 Ethernet implementations. The Cisco Catalyst 3560 switch is an ideal Layer 2 switch for midsize business network connectivity or local-office environments, combining both Gigabit and PoE options for high productivity while streamlining the installation of vital applications including IP telephony, Wi-Fi, video monitoring, and remote video kiosks. IT managers can activate network-wide smart services such as quality of service (QoS), rate management, access control lists (ACLs), multicast management, and high-performance IP routing with the simplicity of traditional LAN switching.

Cisco's Catalyst 3560 family switch is equipped with a robust set of capabilities that permit network expandability and enhanced resilience via IP routing as well as a full suite of STP improvements designed to maximize throughput in a Layer 2 LAN. Improvements to the conventional Spanning Tree Protocol, such as Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Plus (PVST+), Uplink Fast, and Port Fast, combined with enhancements like Flex Links, contribute to network efficiency. PVST+ allows for Layer 2 traffic balancing on backup links to efficiently use the additional capacity associated with a redundant architecture.

Important routing mechanisms including Open Shortest Path First, Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP), BGP, static routing, and Policy Based Routing improve network capacity; Protocol Independent Multicast (PIM) helps improve the efficiency of system resource use; and VRFLite secures data.

Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series Switches
Catalyst 3750 Series Switches SupportFor midsized businesses and corporate branches, the Cisco Catalyst 3750 switch simplifies deployment of unified applications and adapts to changing business needs by providing configuration flexibility, ability to manage unified network traffic, and automatic configuration of smart system functions. Also, Cisco's Catalyst 3750 Series is engineered for high-volume Gigabit Ethernet deployments and incorporates a wide range of switches that address the access, aggregation, and backbone-interface demands of small or mid-size deployments.

The Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series has either the IP Base image or the IP Services image. The IP Base image capabilities include industry-leading QoS, rate-limiting, access control lists, and simple static and Routing Information Protocol routing support. The IP Services image provides a richer selection of enterprise-class functions, including sophisticated built-in IP unicast/multicast routing.

StackWise technology is a mechanism optimized for Gigabit Ethernet. Cisco StackWise is designed to respond to installs, deletions, and redeployments while maintaining dependable operation. StackWise technology combines up to 9 separate switches into a single functional device, using special stack-interconnect cables and stacking software. Each of the switches can be any mix of the Catalyst 3750 Series switches and the Catalyst 3750-E Series. The stack behaves as a single switching device that is directed by a control switch, selected from one of the member switches. The control switch intelligently builds and keeps current all the switching and user-selected routing databases. A deployed stack can accommodate new members or delete existing devices with no operational interruption.

Catalyst 2960 Swiches and Catalyst 3560-CX Switches
Cisco Catalyst 2900 Series Switches Integration and TroubleshootingCisco's Catalyst 2960-CX is a fixed-configuration switch that is ultra-compact, fanless, low power, and allows a variety of mounting alternatives. 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 appliance is a fixed-port switch housed in a compact, quiet and energy-efficient enclosure that can be mounted almost anywhere outside a wiring closet. Versions are offered with 8 or 12 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports or with six 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports and 2 multigigabit Ethernet ports. Two or four uplink ports are offered, and Power over Ethernet is also available.

Cisco Catalyst 2900-L Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 2960-L line consists of entry-level fixed-configuration switches designed for small offices, retail areas, and other environments where space is at a premium. These compact appliances have eight to 48 GE ports and two or four Small Form-Factor Pluggable uplink ports. PoE support saves space and fanless operation for the 8- models does away with noise. RJ-45 connectors support 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T and 1000BASE-T SFP-based ports.

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X and 2960-XR Series switches enhance the 2690-S line of switches by offering switching capacity of up to 216 Gbps and providing Cisco's FlexStack-Plus Stacking via a hot-swappable plug-in that can combine 8 Catalyst switches in a stack with 80 Gbps of stacking performance. Cisco Catalyst 2900 Series switches also support NetFlow-Lite for flow-based traffic monitoring. Cisco's Catalyst 2960-XR Series switch features Layer 3 dynamic routing, providing the convenience of having one device for Layer 2 and Layer 3 routing.

Catalyst 3650 and Catalyst 3850 Switches
Cisco Catalyst 3650 Switch and Catalyst 3850 Switches Consulting and TroubleshootingCisco Catalyst 3650 and Catalyst 3850 switches are fixed-configuration, stackable access devices based on Cisco's IOS XE control software and featuring full wireless controller capability that allows you to converge wired and wireless networks on a single platform managed by a single operating system. Cisco offers models with either 24 or 48 built-in 1Gb Ethernet connections with PoE plus, four 1-Gigabit or four 10-Gigabit uplink connections, and support for as many as 9 Catalyst switches in a stack. All versions provide modular QoS, stateful failover for maximum uptime, support in software for IPv4/IPv6 routing, multicast, and advanced security.

Since wireless data traffic is visible at the Catalyst 3000 family switch, administrators can spot and assign priorities to wireless data with Cisco's Flexible NetFlow (FNF) solution and advanced Quality of Service features for an improved user environment and faster problem isolation. Fast Ethernet switching can handle the high-bandwidth defined by the latest 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi specification using existing cabling solutions. (For information about Progent's support for Cisco's 802.11ac Wi-Fi products, and Meraki cloud-managed Wi-Fi APs, refer to Configuration and Troubleshooting Support for Cisco Wireless Access Points and Controllers.)

The Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series switch delivers stacking performance of 160 Gbps and can control as many as 25 Wi-Fi APs and 1000 Wi-Fi users per stack. The Catalyst 3850 switch offers stacking performance of 480 Gbps and supports up to 50 Wi-Fi APs and 2000 wireless users on each switch or stack. Catalyst 3850 SFP Fiber Switches incorporate 12 or 24 1G fiber data ports at line rate, providing long distance connections, enhanced security, and an identical wired/wireless experience.

Catalyst 4500-E Series and Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches
Catalyst 4500-E and and Catalyst 4500-X Series switches are designed for campus and distribution deployments where space for networking equipment is at a premium. Powered by Cisco's IOS XE operating system, both the 4500-E and 4500-X product lines simplify network virtualization by supporting Cisco's Easy Virtual Network and Virtual Switching System (VSS) solutions. Virtualization allows you to divide a hardware network into a number of virtual networks (VNs) whose data planes and control planes are logically distinct. This makes possible the economy, protection, recoverability, and ease of management needed for Cloud environments or other scenarios where a single resource pool is used by applications and services that need to run in total isolation from each other. EVN streamlines the process of creating virtual networks and scales to 32 VNs per switch. Easy Virtual Network utilizes features of Multi-virtual routing and forwarding (VRF) and provides additional technologies including VNET Trunks and a simple way for duplicating replicating routes connecting virtual networks. VSS makes it possible to configure Catalyst 4500-E and Catalyst 4500-X Series switches to create zero-downtime VNs with optimized traffic load balancing.

Cisco Catalyst 4500-E Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 4500-E Family Switches ConsultantsCisco's Supervisor Engine 8-E for the Catalyst 4500-E switch has a built-in wireless controller that supports Cisco's Unified Access technology for wired/wireless convergence. The Supervisor Engine 8-E is the initial Catalyst supervisor engine to allow wired as well as wireless services on one switch powered by IOS XE. Technologies included are Cisco's FNF solution for traffic analytics across wired and wireless networks, Cisco TrustSec/SGT2 wired/wireless data security, consistent Quality of Service for wired and wireless networks, plus the extension of Nonstop Forwarding with Stateful Switchover to include wireless traffic for enterprise-class high availability.

Offered in chassis with from three to 10 plug-in slots, Catalyst 4500-E switches can support up to 384 1-Gigabit Ethernet access ports, 193 1GE non-blocking fiber connections, 96 10-Gigabit Ethernet fiber ports, and eight 10GE uplinks. Cisco's Supervisor Engine 8-E delivers as much as 928 Gbps of wired access per system and 20 Gbps of wireless termination performance. 50 wireless access points and 2000 wireless clients can be supported on each switch, and up to 250 wireless access points and 4000 wireless users are managed in a multi-switch deployment without a standalone wireless controller.

Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Switches
Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Family Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 4500-X Series switches are fixed 10GE aggregation switches that can deliver as much as 800 Gbps of backplane switching performance per chassis. The Catalyst 4500-X can have up to 32 10GE connections on the unit's baseboard and eight more 10GE ports on the expansion module for a maximum of up to 40 non-blocking 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections. Eight 10-Gigabit Ethernet uplinks are available via a separate module. In addition to providing non-stop performance and easy management, Cisco's virtual switching system solution on Catalyst 4500-X Series switches offers higher system performance of as much as 1.6 Tbps by enabling all available bandwidth between VSS-linked Catalyst 4500-X Series switches. Other features include FNF technology for application visibility, Cisco TrustSec security, and wire-rate IPv6 forwarding.

Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches
Catalyst 6500 Series and Catalyst 6800 switches are campus core platforms that share the proven technology of the Catalyst 6500 family of switches, which first appeared more than a dozen years ago and have been steadily enhanced ever since. Cisco Catalyst 6500 and Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series switches offer the same general features and operational consistency, and the modular Catalyst 6807-XL supports the Catalyst 6500 Supervisor Engine 2T and its family of line cards and modules. This mutual compatibility and commitment to ongoing improvement protects your IT expenditures and enables you to update your network backbone with little business disruption or IT staff training.

Common features of Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Catalyst 6800 modular switches equipped with Cisco's Supervisor Engine 2T include Cisco's Identity Services Engine (ISE) for convenient, single-point control to ensure consistent policy throughout a distributed environment, VSS technology for 99.999% availability through multi-level failover, and Cisco's Campus Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP) to facilitate client roaming and mobility and to simplify virtualization and migration to IPv6. Other virtual networking tools to segment distinct client groups and support the unique security and Quality of Service policy requirements of each group include L2/L3 VPN, complete Multiprotocol Label Switching, Easy Virtual Network (EVN), VRF-aware applications for Network Address Translation (NAT) NetFlow, IPv6 over IPv4 GRE Tunnels, and Layer 2 geographic extensions with virtual private LAN services. For converged wired/wireless networking, the Wireless Services Module 2 for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Catalyst 6800 modular switches can manage up to 1000 APs and 15,000 wireless users.

Cisco Catalyst 6500-E Switches
Catalyst 6500 Family Switches ConsultantsThe Cisco Catalyst 6500-E line of modular switches are designed for aggregation and enterprise backbone networks that need maximum availability and high concentrations of 10/100/1000 Ethernet, 1 Gigabit Ethernet fiber, and/or 10 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet ports. Available versions include three to 13 slots and accept a wide range of modules. Integrated service modules enable wireless management, network analysis, and security. Just E-Series models of Cisco's extensive family of Catalyst 6500 switches work with the Supervisor Engine 2T.

The entry-level Cisco Catalyst 6503-E has a 4 rack unit form factor, holds 3 slots, and offers 180 Gbps of switching throughput per slot. The Catalyst 6503-E switch supports 97 1-Gigabit Ethernet access ports, up to 99 Gigabit Ethernet fiber connections, up to 34 10GE ports, and up to 8 40-Gigabit Ethernet access ports.

The high-end Catalyst 6513-E has a 19 rack unit, 13-slot form factor and can deliver up to 180 Gbps of performance per slot, with a total system bandwidth of up to 4 Tbps. A VSS configuration can deliver 8 Tbps of switching capacity. The Catalyst 6513-E Series switch can support up to 529 1 Gigabit Ethernet connections, up to 534 1GE fiber connections, up to 180 10GE access ports, and up to 44 40-Gigabit Ethernet connections.

Catalyst 6800 Series Switches
Catalyst 6800 Series Switches Consulting FirmCatalyst 6800 Series switches are campus core platforms designed to provide best-of-breed 10/40/100 Gigabit Ethernet support. The Cisco Catalyst 6880-X switch is a fixed, small form factor device for high-density Ethernet intended for small or midsize campus cores. The 6880-X switch supports as much as 2 Tbps throughput and has four slots for port cards. The maximum port concentration on one chassis is 80 1 Gigabit Ethernet access ports or 10-Gigabit Ethernet access ports or up to 20 40GE connections. With Cisco's Virtual Switching System, a two-chassis system can deliver 4 Tbps performance and support up to 158 10/100/1000 Ethernet connections or 10GE ports or up to 20 40GE connections.

The modular Catalyst 6807-XL switch comes in a 10 RU chassis that has 7 expansion slots and accepts standard Supervisor Engine 2T line cards and service modules. (Two slots are for the Supervisor Engine and five are for expansion modules.) The Catalyst 6807-XL switch offers up to 880 Gbps of switching performance per slot and up to 11.4 Tbps of switching bandwidth while handling up to 240 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports or 1GE fiber connections, up to 80 10-Gigabit Ethernet access ports or 20 40-Gigabit Ethernet ports. A two-chassis 6807-XL system configured with VSS can handle 22.8 Tbps of switching performance, 480 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports or 1GE fiber connections, 160 10GE ports or 40 40GE access ports.

Ways That Progent Can Help You with Cisco Catalyst Switches
Progent can provide the online or on-premises support services of Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants who have broad backgrounds delivering Catalyst switch support for small and midsize organizations, branches, campuses, data centers, Cloud environments, and service providers. Progent's skills include Cisco's Catalyst and Nexus families of smart switches and with Cisco's IOS, IOS-XR and NX-OS operating systems. Consulting and support services available from Progent's experts for Catalyst Series switches include proof-of-concept testing, system analysis, topology planning, upgrades and project management, network virtualization, wired and wireless convergence, management automation, capacity planning, problem mitigation, disaster recovery and business continuity planning, and IT security and compliance testing and remediation.

Progent's Cisco-certified consultants have deep knowledge of industry standards as well as with Cisco-owned protocols associated with switching and routing such as BGP, MPLS traffic engineering, PIM, VPNs, Spanning-Tree Protocol, virtual LANs, FabricPath, VPC, OTV, Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol, Open Shortest Path First (OSPF), Virtual Switching System (VSS), and LISP. Progent's network experts also offer familiarity with crucial networking technologies such as TCP/IP, IPv4, IPv6, Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol, Routing Information Protocol, and IGMP. Progent's CISSP-ISSAP certified information security and compliance consultants can show you how to develop an enterprise-wide security plan and deploy Catalyst switches so that they provide maximum enforcement to your network security posture.

If you require ultra high Ethernet density or extremely low latency Cisco switches for an enterprise-class data center, Progent can help you to evaluate, design, and carry out a migration to Cisco's Nexus Series switches. For information about Progent's consulting and support capabilities for Cisco's Nexus Series switches, refer to Cisco Nexus Switch configuration and support offered by Progent. Progent can also help you to integrate Catalyst core switches with Cisco Meraki aggregation switches. (See Cisco Meraki switch integration consultants.)

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