The Catalyst line of modular and fixed-configuration switches offers speed and control at the access, aggregation, and backbone 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 CCIE consultants offer online and on-premises support for Catalyst family switches to help your organization to plan a cost-effective network topology that meets your specific business requirements, set up proof-of-concept testing, install Catalyst switches, implement and verify a sensible security strategy, streamline network management and performance tracking, deliver troubleshooting and maintenance services, optimize switch performance, and configure Catalyst's fault-tolerant solutions to achieve near-zero downtime.

Progent can help you to manage and repair your legacy Catalyst switches or migrate seamlessly to the latest versions of Catalyst switches adhering to leading practices to ensure that you get the maximum return from your investment in your network.

The need for intelligent, fast switching is the result 0f a combination of fairly recent networking patterns whose overall impact is a cyber avalanche of data:

  • Cloud and IoT computing and an associated requirement for intensive virtualization
  • The pervasiveness of always-connected mobile devices
  • Data guzzling HD video apps
  • Social media for business
  • The popularity of Big Data in data analytics
  • Ever more advanced threats like ransomware
Private, public and hybrid clouds are only financially feasible because of network virtualization. Virtualized data centers slash expenses by permitting very high resource utilization and demanding minimal data center space and power use. However this also means that comparatively limited network resources have to support large amounts of data. The Bring-Your-Own-Device revolution has resulted in a steep rise in the amount of mobile users that must be supported by IT networks, and these users tend to run a great deal of bandwidth-intensive, rich media apps. Social business applications are replacing email as the primary enabler of workforce collaboration and is producing an ever increasing requirement for bandwidth. Businesses who are trying to remain competitive are resorting to Big Data techniques to search through enormous and disparate silos of information, which in turn generates Big Network Traffic. All of these trends are fairly recent, and combined they cause a critical demand for an advanced generation of switches that feature significantly more throughput, intelligence, uptime and manageability than older solutions were engineered to deliver.

Cisco's current portfolio of Catalyst switches are best suited for the distribution/core layers of enterprise campus deployments where mobile and stationary workers must be supported with predictable high throughput, secure client access control, careful group isolation, application intelligence, and wired/wireless convergence. Catalyst series switches address the need for speed and intelligence with features that include high-density 10G/40G/100G support, switching capacity more than 25 Tbps for each appliance, a powerful collection of tools including Easy Virtual Network (EVN) to facilitate the deployment of virtual networks, VSS technology for stateful interchassis failover with subsecond backup switch recovery and 99.999% uptime, IPv6 support, Application Visibility and Control (AVC) to maximize system utilization, and advanced Quality of Service capabilities for critical data prioritization.

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Cisco Offers Catalyst Switching Solutions for Businesses of All Sizes

Cisco Catalyst switches enable organizations of any size to benefit from incorporating intelligent switching and routing services into their network architecture, deploying an ecosystem that can deal with real-time needs, expand to accommodate future growth, protect vital data, and separate and manage tasks to optimize network operations.

Catalyst 1000 Series Fixed Ethernet Switches
Cisco Catalyst 1000 Series Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 1000 Layer 2 network access switches are small form factor, fixed-configuration switches targeted for small businesses and branches with up to 250 users and with minimal in-house IT expertise. Cisco's Catalyst 1000 family includes fanless versions for silent operation within an office venue. Mounting alternatives include desktop, wall or shelf mount, standard rack mount, and DIN. Designed as an easy upgrade for Catalyst 2960-L or 2960-Plus Series deployments, the Catalyst 1000 line includes versions with 8 to 48G Ethernet ports or 24 to 48 Fast Ethernet 10/100M ports.

Catalyst 1000 configuration and administration are simple using a web UI or command-line interface, security is enterprise-class, and Power over Ethernet ports with an automatically allocated budget of 740W supports a wide variety of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. As many as eight Catalyst 1000 Gbit Ethernet model switches can be managed at once with single IP. All Catalyst 1000 models are nonblocking line-rate devices, and all are based on Cisco's familiar IOS Software. QoS capabilities include egress queues on each port plus priority queuing to provide optimized performance for time-critical data. Catalyst 1000 switches also support 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 managed switches includes modular and fixed appliances and can support all deployment models including access, distribution, and core switching. The Cisco Catalyst 9000 series includes switches with the right value proposition to connect people and things in scenarios from small businesses and branches to global enterprises. Catalyst 9000 Series switches can be configured to implement any mix of local deployments, private and public clouds, and hybrid networks. Unified network management utilities and advanced cybersecurity features reduce expenses by saving time and protecting vital network assets. Cisco's 9000X family of switches provide converged switching and routing, delivering the first mix of 400G QSFP-DD ports plus full multigigabit and Power-over-Ethernet ports.

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Catalyst 9000 Series Switches Are Designed for a Hybrid World

Catalyst 9200 Series Switches ExpertsWith double the backplane stacking bandwidth for around half the price of the end-of-life Cisco Catalyst 2960-X and 2960-XR switches they are designed to replace, Catalyst 9200 Series switches are a compelling network improvement for small branches and midsize campus deployments. The 9200 portfolio includes models that support 24 or 48 ports with full PoE+; 80-160 Gbps backplane stacking performance; streaming telemetry; and Layer 3 capabilities that include OSPF Interior Gateway Protocol, EIGRP, IS-IS, and routed access. Catalyst 9200 Series switches run the Cisco IOS XE operating system.

The Catalyst 9200 offers 160-Gbps backplane stacking throughput, 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 switch allows as many as 32 Virtual Networks and delivers 160-Gbps stacking throughput. The Catalyst 9200L offers 80-Gbps stacking throughput. Both the Catalyst 9200L multigigabit and the Catalyst 9200 multigigabit support wireless bandwidth tuning with 8 or 12 mGig ports as fast as 10G.

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

Powered by the Cisco IOS XE operating system, devices in the Catalyst 9300 family support auto device provisioning, API-based configuration, high-granularity visibility for close to realtime monitoring, and seamless software updates. Advanced security features include Encrypted Traffic Analytics (ETA) as well as AES-256 MACsec and IPSec encryption, and Trust Anchor Technologies with Image signing and Secure Boot. Cloud security is enhanced because Catalyst 9300 switches are able to host the Cisco Umbrella agent directly. This makes it possible for organizations to customize their DNS policies at a granular user or group level to block BYOD or IoT clients from accessing malicious websites.

The entry-level Cisco Catalyst 9300L switch features as much as 320G 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 hardware for 4 1G, 4 10G, or 2 40G ports. The Cisco Catalyst 9300 appliance features 480G of stacking capacity and supports 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 top-of-the-line Cisco Catalyst 9300X appliance provides up to 1Tbps backplane stacking capacity and supports 48 10G port density. The 9300X accepts uplink modules with dual-rate 100G/40G, multirate 25G/10G/1G, or mGig. Cisco 90W Universal Power Over Ethernet+ (UPOE+) supports IoT-intensive environments such as smart buildings. Cisco offers hardware to support 100G IPsec.

Catalyst 9400 Switches ExpertsCisco's Catalyst 9400 Series appliances are modular switches based on the Cisco IOS XE operating system and intended for medium-size and large campus access networks. Offering double the performance and more than quadruple the chassis bandwidth as the Catalyst 6500 it is designed to replace, Cisco's Catalyst 9400 portfolio ushers switch capability into the current era of connectivity impelled by cybersecurity, mobility, IoT, and cloud.

Catalyst 9400 switches are offered with 4-slot, 7-slot, and 10-slot chassis. Two slots on the chassis are dedicated to redundant supervisor cards, leaving 2, 5, or 8 slots available for line cards. Max capacity per line-card slot is 480G. Switching capacity can reach 1.44 Terabits per second and forwarding rate on Supervisor Module is as high as 9 Tbps with the 10-slot chassis. All Catalyst 9400 models can provide 90W UPOE+ on every access port, secure segmentation with Software-Defined Access (SD-Access) and N+N/N+1 power redundancy for high resilience. The Catalyst 9400 4-slot switch supports 96 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, 5G/10G mGig ports, or 10G SFP+ ports. The Catalyst 9400 7-slot switch supports 240 ports, and the Catalyst 9400 10-slot supports 384 ports. All Catalyst 9400 appliances can support 2 non-blocking 40 Gigabit Ethernet QSFP uplinks and up to 8 non-blocking 10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ uplinks.

Cisco Catalyst 9500 Switches ExpertsCisco's Catalyst 9500 family consists of fixed core and edge services appliances designed for the enterprise campus. Catalyst 9500 switches are powered by Cisco IOS XE and the series incorporates the first network technology to provide switching rates higher than 25 Tbps.

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

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

Cisco Catalyst 9600 Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 9600 Series switches are modular core and distribution switches intended for the enterprise campus. The 6-slot chassis with a Catalyst 9600X Series Supervisor has switching capacity as high as 25.6 Terabits per second and can support up to 256 nonblocking 10/25/50 G ports, 96 nonblocking 40/100G Gigabit ports, or 8 nonblocking 200/400 GE QSFP-Double Density ports. The Catalyst 9600 switch also supports dual-rate 40G/100G and 10G/25G optics. Two chassis slots are reserved for redundant supervisors. You can combine 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 disrupting operation.

Legacy Catalyst Models Supported by Progent's Consultants
Progent's Cisco certified consultants have broad backgrounds delivering remote and onsite consulting and troubleshooting expertise for early-generation Catalyst switches which have reached End of Life or End of Support. These outdated Catalyst switches typically cost more to manage and maintain than contemporary models, provide less capacity and functionality, and for many cases can subject organizations to compliance and liability issues. Progent's consultants are available to assist you to support and repair these legacy Cisco products and can in addition help you to design and execute non-disruptive migrations to newer products from the Catalyst family or to solutions from Cisco's Nexus portfolio of switches which take advantage of Catalyst technology.

Cisco Catalyst Express 500 Family of Switches
Cisco Catalyst Express 500 and 520 Family Switches HelpCisco's Catalyst Express 500 line of Layer 2 switches are intended for companies with as many as 250 employees and deliver the dependability, security, expandability, and features small 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 switches support from 8 to 24 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet ports plus the option of backup power supplies with automatic fail-over for extra dependability. Integration with Cisco wireless access points helps organizations to build a local wireless network quickly and effectively. The Cisco Catalyst Express 500 and 520 family offers strong security against viruses thanks to Cisco's Self-Defending Network technology and Cisco Clean Access solutions. Catalyst 2940 Switch
Cisco 2900 Family Switches Consulting FirmCisco Catalyst 2900 fixed-configuration, managed 10/100 switches provide fundamental small-group networking for small to medium-size organizations. These wire-rate desktop switches deliver Cisco IOS Software functions for simple data, video, and voice services at the edge of the network. The Catalyst 2940 family of managed switches are compact, entry-level devices featuring eight Ethernet ports plus a single integrated Fast Ethernet or Gbit uplink. They can be installed outside the wiring cabinet in cramped office spaces such as on or under a user's desk or in a classroom.

Cisco Catalyst 2960-S Switch
The Catalyst 2960-S Series are fixed switches intended for small companies and branch offices. Available models incorporate either 24 or 48 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, four 1GE or two 10-Gigabit uplink connections, and deliver throughput of 176 Gbps. Cisco's FlexStack technology allows up to four 2960-S chassis to be combined in a stack to perform as one switch that provides 40 Gbps of stacking bandwidth and that reduces operational expense with one-switch configuration. Cisco's IPv6 FHS capability guards networks 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 includes IEEE 802.3af and Cisco Power over Ethernet (PoE) capability in 10/100 and Gigabit Ethernet configurations. The Cisco Catalyst 3560 is a proven access-layer switch for midsize business LAN connectivity or satellite-offices, offering both Gigabit and Power over Ethernet options for high efficiency while facilitating the deployment of key technology such a VoIP, Wi-Fi, video surveillance, and building management systems. IT managers can activate comprehensive smart services such as quality of service (QoS), rate management, ACLs, multicast administration, and fast IP routing while maintaining the ease of traditional LAN switching.

The Cisco Catalyst 3560 switch has a robust set of capabilities that permit network scalability and higher availability via IP routing plus a complete complement of Spanning Tree Protocol improvements designed to increase throughput in a Layer 2 LAN. Enhancements to the conventional Spanning Tree Protocol, including PVST+, Uplink Fast, and Port Fast, as well as enhancements like Flex Links Layer 2 interfaces, contribute to network uptime. Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Plus (PVST+) supports Data Link Layer load sharing on backup links to take advantage of the additional bandwidth associated with a redundant architecture.

Efficient routing mechanisms such as Open Shortest Path First (OPSF), EIGRP, Border Gateway Protocol, and static routing increase network capacity; Protocol Independent Multicast (PIM) improves the efficiency of system resource use; and VRFLite secures network traffic.

Catalyst 3750 Family Switches
Catalyst 3750 Series Switches HelpFor midsized organizations and corporate branch offices, the Cisco Catalyst 3750 switch facilitates integration of unified technologies and adapts to evolving competitive environments by providing configuration flexibility, ability to manage converged network traffic, and management-free set up of intelligent network functions. Also, Cisco's Catalyst 3750 Series is designed for high-density Gigabit environments and includes a wide selection of switches that meet the access, aggregation, and backbone-interface requirements of small or midsized deployments.

Cisco's Catalyst 3750 Series switch has either the IP Base or the Services image. The IP Base image features include industry-leading quality of service, rate-limiting, access control lists, and simple static and RIP routing support. The IP Services image provides a richer set of enterprise-class features, such as sophisticated built-in IP unicast/multicast routing.

StackWise technology is an architecture designed for Gigabit Ethernet. This technology is designed to respond to additions, deletions, and redeployments while providing dependable performance. Cisco StackWise technology unites as many as 9 separate switches into one functional device, utilizing custom stack-interconnect cables and software. The individual switches can be any combination of Cisco's Catalyst 3750 switches and the Catalyst 3750-E switches. The stack behaves as a single switching device that is managed by a control switch, selected from one of the stack of switches. The master switch intelligently builds and keeps current all the switching and optional routing tables. A working stack can accept new members or delete old devices without service interruption.

Cisco Catalyst 2960 Series Switches and 3560-CX Switches
Catalyst 2900 Series Switches ConsultingCisco's Catalyst 2960-CX is a fixed-port switch that is compact, fanless, power efficient, and includes a variety of mounting options. The switch has eight 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports and two Gigabit Ethernet uplinks and has an option for PoE+ power. Cisco's Catalyst 3560-CX appliance is a fixed-port switch packaged in a compact, quiet and energy-efficient unit that can be mounted almost anywhere convenient. Models are offered with eight or 12 1-GE ports or with 6 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports plus 2 multigigabit Ethernet ports. Up to four uplinks are offered, and Power over Ethernet is also available.

Cisco Catalyst 2900-L Switches Integration and TroubleshootingCisco's Catalyst 2960-L line includes entry-level fixed-port managed switches targeted for small offices, retail venues, and other places where space is limited. These low-profile switches have 8 to 48 Gigabit Ethernet ports and two or four Small Form-Factor Pluggable uplink ports. Power over Ethernet support saves space and fanless operation for most versions eliminates noise. RJ-45 connectors accommodate 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T and 1000BASE-T SFP-based ports.

Catalyst 2960-X and 2960-XR switches improve on the 2690-S family by delivering switching performance as high as 216 Gbps and supporting Cisco's FlexStack-Plus Stacking by means of a live-swappable plug-in that can combine 8 switches in a stack capable of 80 Gbps of stacking performance. Catalyst 2900 family switches also support NetFlow-Lite for conserving forwarding data for analysis. Cisco's Catalyst 2960-XR switch features Layer 3 dynamic routing, providing the convenience of using a single switch for L2 and L3 routing.

Catalyst 3650 and Catalyst 3850 Series Switches
Catalyst 3650 Switch and 3850 Switches Consulting and TroubleshootingCatalyst 3650 and Catalyst 3850 switches are fixed-configuration, stackable network access devices powered by Cisco's IOS XE OS and featuring full wireless controller functionality that lets you converge wired and wireless networks on a one device powered by one operating system. Cisco has models with either 24 or 48 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports with Power over Ethernet plus (PoE+), four 1GE or four 10-Gigabit uplink ports, and capacity for up to nine Catalyst switches per stack. All versions provide modular QoS, stateful failover for maximum uptime, support in software for IPv4 and IPv6 routing, multicast, and advanced security.

Since wireless data traffic is present at the Catalyst 3000 family switch, administrators can identify and assign priorities to wireless data using Cisco's Flexible NetFlow solution and advanced Quality of Service capabilities for a better wireless 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 specification on existing cabling infrastructure. (To find out about Progent's consulting and support services for Cisco's 802.11ac Aironet Wi-Fi access points and wireless controllers, and Meraki cloud-managed access points, refer to Configuration and Troubleshooting Support for Cisco Wireless Products.)

The Catalyst 3650 switch delivers stacking performance of up to 160 Gbps and supports up to 25 Wi-Fi access points and 1000 Wi-Fi users per switch. The Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series switch delivers stacking bandwidth of 480 Gbps and can control up to 50 Wi-Fi APs and 2000 wireless users per switch. Cisco Catalyst 3850 SFP Fiber Switches have 12 or 24 1G fiber data ports at line rate on every port, providing long distance connections, advanced security, and an identical wired and wireless user experience.

Catalyst 4500-E and Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches
Catalyst 4500-E Series and and Catalyst 4500-X Series switches are intended for campus and distribution environments where space for infrastructure equipment is limited. Powered by Cisco's IOS XE control software, the 4500-E and 4500-X families facilitate network virtualization by supporting Cisco's EVN and Virtual Switching System (VSS) technologies. Virtualization makes it possible to divide a hardware network into a number of virtual networks whose data and control planes are logically separate. This makes possible the efficient utilization, protection, resilience, and ease of management required for Cloud environments or other scenarios where a single resource pool is used by applications and services that must operate in complete isolation from one another. Easy Virtual Network streamlines the process of creating virtual networks and scales to 32 VNs for each switch. Easy Virtual Network utilizes features of Multi-VRF and includes additional technologies such as VNET Tags and a simple technique for duplicating replicating routes between VNs. VSS technology makes it easy to configure Catalyst 4500-E and 4500-X Series switches to create zero-downtime virtual networks with optimized traffic load balancing.

Catalyst 4500-E Switches
Cisco Catalyst 4500-E Series Switches ConsultantsThe Supervisor Engine 8-E for the Catalyst 4500-E switch includes an integrated wireless controller that supports Cisco's Unified Access technology for wired/wireless convergence. The Supervisor Engine 8-E is the first Cisco Catalyst supervisor engine to enable wired plus wireless services on one switch based on IOS XE. Technologies included are Cisco's FNF technology for traffic analytics across both wired and wireless networks, Cisco TrustSec/SGT2 wired/wireless security, consistent QoS for wired and Wi-Fi clients, and the expansion of Nonstop Forwarding with Stateful Switchover (NSF/SSO) to include Wi-Fi data traffic for enterprise-quality availability.

Offered in chassis that have from three to 10 slots, Catalyst 4500-E Series switches with Supervisor 8-E can handle up to 384 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, 193 Gigabit Ethernet fiber fiber connections, 96 10-Gigabit Ethernet fiber ports, and eight 10GE uplinks. Cisco's Supervisor Engine 8-E delivers up to 928 Gbps of wired throughput for each system and up to 20 Gbps of wireless termination performance. 50 Wi-Fi access points and 2000 wireless users can be supported on each switch, and up to 250 access points and 4000 wireless users can be managed in a multi-switch deployment without requiring a standalone wireless network controller.

Catalyst 4500-X Switches
Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Family Switches ConsultantsCatalyst 4500-X switches are fixed 10-Gigabit Ethernet aggregation platforms that can provide 800 Gbps of core switching performance per device. The Catalyst 4500-X switch supports up to 32 10GE connections on the unit's baseboard and eight additional 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports on the expansion module for a maximum of up to 40 non-blocking 10GE connections. Eight 10GE uplinks are also available via a separate module. In addition to offering non-stop operation and simple management, Cisco's virtual switching system technology on Catalyst 4500-X Series switches offers increased system throughput of up to 1.6 Tbps by activating all possible capacity across VSS-linked Catalyst 4500-X switches. Other features include Cisco's FNF technology for capacity planning, Cisco TrustSec protection, and wire-rate IPv6 forwarding.

Catalyst 6500 Series and Catalyst 6800 Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 6500 and Catalyst 6800 switches are enterprise campus core platforms that incorporate the proven DNA of the Catalyst 6500 family of switches, which were introduced over a decade ago and which have been continually enhanced since then. Catalyst 6500 and Cisco Catalyst 6800 switches offer identical features and operation, and the modular Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL supports the Cisco Catalyst 6500 Supervisor Engine 2T and its extensive portfolio of line cards and service modules. This mutual compatibility and commitment to ongoing improvement preserves your IT investment and permits you to update your network with minimal service interruption or IT team re-education.

Shared attributes of Catalyst 6500 and Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series modular switches equipped with the Supervisor Engine 2T include Cisco's ISE technology for convenient, single-point control to put in place consistent policy across a distributed network, VSS Quad Sup SSO (VS4O) technology for maximum uptime via multi-level redundancy, and Cisco's Campus Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP) to support client roaming and mobility and to streamline virtualization and migration to IPv6. Other virtualization tools to segment specific client groups and serve the special security and Quality of Service policy requirements of each group include Layer 2 and Layer 3 VPN, complete MPLS, Easy Virtual Network, VPN Routing and Forwarding-aware technology for Network Address Translation (NAT) NetFlow, IPv6 over IPv4 GRE Tunnels, and L2 extensions with VPLS. For converged wired and wireless environments, the WiSM2 controller Catalyst 6500 Series and Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series modular switches includes support for as many as 1000 APs and 15,000 wireless users.

Catalyst 6500-E Series Switches
Catalyst 6500 Family Switches ConsultantsThe Cisco Catalyst 6500-E family of modular switches are intended for distribution and campus backbone networks that require world-class availability and high concentrations of 10/100/1000 Ethernet, 1 GE fiber, and/or 10 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet access ports. Models come with three to 13 slots and accept a broad selection of interfaces. Integrated service modules enable wireless, network monitoring, and security and compliance. Only E-Series versions of Cisco's extensive line of Catalyst 6500 switches are compatible with the Supervisor Engine 2T.

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

The high-end Catalyst 6513-E switch has a 19 rack unit, 13-slot form factor and can deliver as much as 180 Gbps of performance per slot, providing a system bandwidth as high as 4 Tbps. A Virtual Switching System configured system can support 8 Tbps of switching throughout. The Catalyst 6513-E Series switch supports up to 529 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, up to 534 1GE fiber connections, 180 10GE connections, and 44 40-Gigabit Ethernet connections.

Catalyst 6800 Switches
Catalyst 6800 Family Switches Consulting FirmCatalyst 6800 Series switches are campus backbone switches intended to provide optimal 10/40/100 Gigabit Ethernet services. The Cisco Catalyst 6880-X switch is a fixed-configuration, compact device for Ethernet aggregation intended for small or midsize enterprise campus cores. The Catalyst 6880-X switch supports as much as 2 Tbps performance and has four slots for port cards. The maximum port concentration per chassis is 80 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports or 10GE access ports or as many as 20 40-Gigabit Ethernet connections. Configured with VSS, these switches can deliver 4 Tbps performance and support up to 158 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports or 10GE connections or up to 20 40GE access ports.

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

How Progent Can Assist Your Business with Catalyst Switches
Progent offers the online or on-premises expertise of CCIE-certified network consultants who have broad backgrounds providing Catalyst switch solutions for small and medium sized businesses, branches, campuses, data centers, Cloud networks, and service providers. Progent's areas of expertise include Cisco's Catalyst and Nexus lines of managed switches and with Cisco's IOS and NX-OS control software. Consulting and support services offered by Progent for Catalyst switches include proof-of-concept testing and validation, network analysis and monitoring, topology design, migrations and project management, network virtualization, wired and wireless convergence, management automation, performance optimization, troubleshooting, disaster recovery and business continuity preparedness, and IT security and compliance testing and verification.

Progent offers deep expertise with open standards as well as with Cisco-owned protocols and technologies related to switching and routing such as Border Gateway Protocol, MPLS, Protocol Independent Multicast, VPNs, ISIS, VLANs, Cisco FabricPath, VPC, OTV, VRRP, Open Shortest Path First (OSPF), VSS, and Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP). Progent's infrastructure experts also have familiarity with key networking technologies including TCP/IP, IPv4/IPv6, Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP), Routing Information Protocol, and Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP). Progent's CISSP-ISSAP certified network security consultants can assist you to develop an enterprise-wide security plan and implement Catalyst switches so that they provide optimal enforcement to your security policies.

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

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