Cisco's Catalyst line of modular and fixed switches offers performance and intelligence at the access, distribution, and backbone areas of converged voice, video, and 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 remote and onsite expertise with Catalyst switches to assist your organization to plan an efficient infrastructure that addresses your specific business needs, configure proof-of-concept testing, install Catalyst switches, establish and verify a sensible security and compliance strategy, streamline system management and monitoring, deliver troubleshooting and maintenance services, optimize switch capacity, and configure Catalyst's fault-tolerant technology to achieve non-stop operation.

Progent can help you to manage and troubleshoot your legacy Catalyst switches or upgrade smoothly to up-to-date versions of Catalyst switches adhering to leading practices to ensure that you receive the maximum business value from your investment in your network.

The need for smart, fast switching is driven by a combination of relatively new computing trends whose overall impact is a cyber avalanche of data traffic:

  • Cloud and Internet of Things networking and an associated demand for massive virtualization
  • The pervasiveness of always-connected mobile devices
  • Bandwidth-intensive HD video applications
  • Social business technologies
  • The popularity of Big Data in enterprise data analytics
  • Increasingly advanced cyberattacks like ransomware
Private, public and hybrid clouds are only operationally realistic because of virtualization technology. Virtualized infrastructures slash costs by permitting very high resource utilization and demanding very little real estate and energy use. However this also requires that comparatively limited network resources must accommodate substantial amounts of traffic. The Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) revolution has resulted in a dramatic increase in the amount of mobile clients that must be handled by business networks, and these clients run a high percentage of data-intensive, rich media applications. Social media for business is replacing email as the primary driver for workforce collaboration and is producing an ever increasing demand for data. Businesses who are trying to stay competitive are resorting to Big Data technology to mine enormous and varied silos of corporate data, which in turn generates Big Traffic. All of these computing trends are relatively new, and put together they create a serious demand for an advanced class of switches that feature much more speed, control, availability and ease of management than previous solutions were built to deliver.

Cisco's latest lineup of Catalyst switches are ideal for the distribution/core levels of enterprise campus environments where office employees must be supported with dependable high throughput, secure access management, tight segregation, application awareness, and wired/wireless convergence. Cisco's Catalyst switches are designed to meet the demand for speed and intelligence with capabilities that include high-port-count 10G/40G/100G services, switching capacity over 25 Tbps for each appliance, an extensive collection of technologies such as Easy Virtual Network (EVN) to facilitate the creation of virtual networks, Virtual Switching System technology for stateful failover with instant backup switch recovery and "five nines" (99.999%) uptime, IPv4 and IPv6 capability, Application Visibility and Control (AVC) to maximize system utilization, and sophisticated Quality of Service tools for business-critical traffic prioritization.

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Cisco Has Developed Catalyst Switching Solutions for Organizations of Any Size

Cisco Catalyst switches enable businesses of any size to build intelligent switching features into their network architecture, deploying an ecosystem that can deal with real-time needs, scale to support future capacity demands, protect sensitive information, and differentiate and manage processes to optimize network productivity.

Catalyst 1000 Series Fixed Ethernet Switches
Catalyst 1000 Family Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 1000 access switches are small form factor, fixed switches intended for small businesses and branch offices with as many as 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 venue. Mounting options include desktop, wall or shelf mount, rack mount, and DIN rail mount. Created as an easy upgrade for Catalyst 2960-L or 2960-Plus Series deployments, the Catalyst 1000 Series includes models with 8 to 48G Ethernet ports or 24 to 48 Fast Ethernet 10/100M Mbps ports.

Catalyst Series 1000 configuration and management are simple using a web interface or CLI, cybersecurity is enterprise-class, and PoE+ capability with an automatically allocated budget of 740W allows a wide variety of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. As many as eight Catalyst 1000 Gigabit Ethernet Series switches can be controlled together with single IP. All Catalyst 1000 units are nonblocking line-rate switches, and all are based on Cisco's familiar IOS Software. Quality-of-Service features include egress queues on each port as well as priority queuing to deliver optimized performance for all classes of data. Catalyst 1000 switches also offer SRR scheduling and Weighted Tail Drop (WTD) congestion management.

Cisco Catalyst 9000 Fixed and Modular Managed Switches
The Cisco Catalyst 9000 line of switches offers modular and fixed units and can support all deployment models including access, aggregation, and core switching. The Catalyst 9000 series includes devices with the appropriate value proposition to connect people and things in venues ranging from small businesses and branch offices to major enterprises. Catalyst 9000 Series switches can be configured to implement any mix of onsite deployments, private and public clouds, and hybrid networks. Modern network management utilities and advanced security features reduce cost of ownership by cutting operational overhead and protecting critical IT assets. Cisco's 9000X series of switches provide converged switching/routing, delivering the first combination of 400G QSFP-DD ports along with full mGig and PoE ports.

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Cisco Catalyst 9000 Switches Are Designed for a Hybrid Landscape

Cisco Catalyst 9200 Switches ConsultantsWith twice the backplane stacking bandwidth at around half the cost of the legacy Cisco Catalyst 2960-X and 2960-XR switches they are intended to replace, Catalyst 9200 Series switches are a natural network improvement for small branch offices and midsize campus deployments. The 9200 family includes models that offer 24 or 48 ports with full Power over Ethernet; 80-160 Gbps stacking performance; and Layer 3 capabilities that include OSPF, EIGP distance routing protocol, IS-IS, and RIP. Cisco Catalyst 9200 switches run the Cisco IOS XE operating system.

The Catalyst 9200 delivers 160-Gbps stacking capacity, supports field-replaceable redundant power supplies and fans, and supports add-in interface modules with 4x1G, 4x1/10G, 2x25G, or 2x40G uplink. The Catalyst 9200 Enhanced VN model supports as many as 32 Virtual Networks and delivers 160-Gbps backplane stacking performance. The Catalyst 9200L delivers 80-Gbps stacking throughput. The Catalyst 9200L multigigabit and the Catalyst 9200 multigigabit offer wireless bandwidth optimization with 8 or 12 multigigabit Ethernet ports as fast as 10Gbps.

Catalyst 9300 Switches ExpertsCisco's Catalyst 9300 Series switches are fixed, stackable units for high-density access switching. Key features available 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-unit stack, line rate IPsec tunnel with AES-256 Encryption and speeds up to 100G, redundant fans and power, plus data stack cables compatible throughout the entire Catalyst 9300 product line.

Powered by the Cisco IOS XE operating system, devices in the Catalyst 9300 family offer automated device provisioning, API-based configuration, granular visibility for near realtime monitoring, and transparent software patching. Advanced security capabilities include Encrypted Traffic Analytics (ETA) as well as AES-256 MACsec and IPSec encryption, plus Cisco Trust Anchor Technologies with Secure Boot. Cloud cybersecurity is enhanced because Catalyst 9300 switches have the ability to host Cisco's Umbrella agent directly. This allows organizations to customize their DNS filtering policies at user or group level to prevent BYOD or IoT users from accessing malicious websites.

The value-priced Cisco Catalyst 9300L switch provides up to 320G stacking throughput and offers 12 100M/1G/2.5G/5G/10G ports and 36 10M/100M/1G ports. The 9300L uses fixed rather than modular uplink components for 4 1G, 4 10G, or 2 40G uplink ports. The Cisco Catalyst 9300 switch offers 480G of stacking bandwidth and can provide 48 100M/1G/2.5G/5Gbps Ethernet ports, 24 100M/1G/2.5G/5G/10Gbps ports, or 48 1G SFP ports. Modular uplink speeds available are 1G, 10G, 25G, or 40G. The top-of-the-line Cisco Catalyst 9300X switch provides 1T 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 dense IoT environments such as smart buildings. Cisco offers hardware to support 100G IPsec.

Cisco Catalyst 9400 Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 9400 Series appliances are modular switches based on Cisco IOS XE and targeted for midsize and enterprise campus access deployments. Delivering twice the performance and more than quadruple the chassis bandwidth as the Catalyst 6500 line it is designed to replace, the Catalyst 9400 portfolio brings switch technology into the current era of connectivity impelled by security, mobility, Internet of Things, and cloud.

Catalyst 9400 switches are available with 4-slot, 7-slot, and 10-slot chassis. Two of the slots on each chassis are dedicated to high-availability supervisor cards, leaving 2, 5, or 8 slots open for line cards. Maximum bandwidth scalability for each line-card slot is 480 Gbps. Switching performance can reach 1.44 Terabits per second and forwarding rate on Supervisor Module can reach 9 Tbps for the 10-slot chassis. All Catalyst 9400 models can provide 90W UPOE+ on every port, protected segmentation with Software-Defined 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 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 models can support 2 non-blocking 40G QSFP uplinks and up to 8 non-blocking 10G SFP+ uplinks.

Catalyst 9500 Switches ExpertsThe Catalyst 9500 family consists of fixed core and edge services appliances designed for the enterprise campus. Catalyst 9500 switches are based on Cisco IOS XE and the the family includes the first infrastructure technology to deliver switching speeds higher than 25 Terabits per second.

Cisco's Catalyst 9500 appliances deliver up to 6.4 Terabits per second switching performance with forwarding throughput as high as 2 Bpps. Catalyst 9500 switches can support up to 32 nonblocking 100 GB QSFP28 optical ports, 32 nonblocking 40G QSFP+ ports, 48 nonblocking 25 Gigabit SFP28 ports, or 48 nonblocking 10 Gigabit SFP+ ports. You can deploy Multichassis EtherChannel (MEC) across Cisco StackWise-Virtual members for high resiliency.

Catalyst 9500X products can provide as high as 25.6 Terabits per second switching capacity with 2 Bpps forwarding speed. Catalyst 9500X devices deliver up to 28 nonblocking 40/100 GB QSFP28 ports or 8 nonblocking 40/100/200/400 Gigabit QSFP-DD ports. The 9500X product line also includes hardware support for line-rate 256-bit 802.1AE MACsec and WAN-MACsec1 encryption.

Catalyst 9600 Switches ExpertsCatalyst 9600 Series switches are modular core and distribution appliances intended for the enterprise campus. The 6-slot 9600 Series chassis using a Catalyst 9600X Series Supervisor has switching performance up to 25.6 Terabits per second and can support as many as 256 nonblocking 10/25/50 Gigabit ports, 96 nonblocking 40/100G Gigabit ports, or 8 nonblocking 200/400 GE QSFP-DD 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 mix and match a variety of line cards for core and aggregation deployment scenarios. The chassis uses a passive backplane, so you can change out fan tray, power supplies, and line cards without disruption.

End-of-Life Catalyst Switches Supported by Progent
Progent's Cisco certified consultants have broad experience providing online and on-premises consulting and troubleshooting services for older Catalyst Series switches for which Cisco has announced End of Life. These outdated Catalyst switches typically are more expensive to operate and maintain than contemporary switches, provide lower performance and fewer features, and for many situations can subject businesses to regulatory compliance and even liability issues. Progent can assist your business to maintain and troubleshoot these older switches and can in addition assist you to design and carry out seamless migrations to newer products within the Catalyst line or to devices from the Cisco Nexus line of switches which build upon Catalyst design experience.

Catalyst Express 500 Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst Express 500 and 520 Series Switches Consulting FirmCisco's Catalyst Express 500 line of fixed-configuration switches are intended for organizations with as many as 250 workers and provide the reliability, protection, extensibility, and features small businesses need at an affordable cost. PoE support makes it simple to install network devices like VoIP phones and closed-circuit cameras.

Versions of the Catalyst Express 500 and 520 switches offer up to 24 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet ports plus the option of backup power with auto fail-over for extra dependability. Integration with Cisco wireless access points helps businesses to build a wireless LAN network rapidly and easily. The Cisco Catalyst Express 500 platform offers strong security against viruses With Cisco's Self-Defending Network strategy and Cisco Clean Access agents. Cisco Catalyst 2940 Switch
Cisco 2900 Family Switches Consulting FirmCatalyst 2900 fixed-configuration, managed 10/100 Ethernet switches offer basic small-group connectivity for small to midsize businesses. These wire-speed desktop appliances deliver Cisco IOS Software features for simple data, video, and voice services at the edge of the network. The Catalyst 2940 line of switches are small, entry-level switches featuring eight Ethernet ports plus a single built-in Fast or Gigabit Ethernet uplink. The enclosures can be installed outside the wiring closet in space-constrained areas such as on or under a worker's desk or in a classroom.

Cisco Catalyst 2960-S Series Switch
The Catalyst 2960-S Series are fixed-configuration switches intended for small businesses and branch offices. Available versions have 24 or 48 1Gb Ethernet ports, four 1-Gigabit or two 10-Gigabit uplinks, and provide throughput as high as 176 Gbps. Cisco's FlexStack technology allows four 2960-S chassis to be combined in a stack to perform like one switching unit that offers 40 Gbps of stacking throughput and that cuts management costs with one-switch configuration. IPv6 First Hop Security (FHS) capability guards networks against address theft and other attacks.

Cisco Catalyst 3560 Family Switches
Cisco Catalyst 3560 Family Switches ConsultingThe Catalyst 3560 Series is a selection of non-modular switches that features IEEE 802.3af and Cisco Power over Ethernet (PoE) functionality in 10/100 and Gigabit Ethernet configurations. Cisco's Catalyst 3560 Series switch is a proven access-layer switch for midsize business network connectivity or branch-offices, combining both Gigabit Ethernet and PoE configurations for high productivity while facilitating the installation of key technology including Voice over IP, wireless access, video surveillance, and remote video kiosks. IT managers can activate network-wide intelligent services such as quality of service, rate management, ACLs, multicast management, and broadband IP routing with the simplicity of conventional LAN switching.

The Cisco Catalyst 3560 Series switch has a robust set of features that allow for network expandability and higher availability through IP routing as well as a complete complement of Spanning Tree Protocol improvements designed to increase availability in a Layer 2 LAN. Improvements to the conventional Spanning Tree Protocol, such as Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Plus, and Port Fast, as well as enhancements like Flex Links interfaces, improve network efficiency. PVST+ allows for Data Link Layer traffic sharing on backup connections to exploit the additional capacity inherent in a redundant design.

Efficient routing mechanisms including Open Shortest Path First (OPSF), Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP), Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), static routing, and PBR improve network capacity; Protocol Independent Multicast increases the efficiency of system resource use; and VRFLite protects network traffic.

Catalyst 3750 Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series Switches Professional ServicesFor midsized organizations and enterprise branch offices, the Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series switch simplifies deployment of converged applications and accommodates changing competitive needs by providing configuration flexibility, ability to manage converged network traffic, and automatic configuration of smart system services. In addition, Cisco's Catalyst 3750 switch is designed for high-density Gigabit deployments and includes a wide range of switches that address the access, distribution, and backbone-connectivity requirements of small or mid-size networks.

Cisco's Catalyst 3750 Series switch has either the IP Base image or the Services image. The IP Base image capabilities include industry-leading quality of service, rate-management, ACLs, and basic static and RIP routing support. The IP Services image provides a richer selection of high-end features, such as sophisticated built-in IP unicast/multicast routing.

StackWise technology is an architecture optimized for Gigabit interfaces. StackWise is intended to react to installs, deletions, and redeployments while maintaining dependable operation. Cisco StackWise technology combines up to nine separate switches into one logical unit, using special stack-interconnect cables and software. Any of the switches can be any combination of the Catalyst 3750 Series switches and the Catalyst 3750-E switches. The stack operates as an individual switching unit that is directed by a control switch, elected from one of the stack of switches. The control switch automatically builds and updates all the switching and optional routing tables. A deployed stack can accommodate new switches or delete old devices without operational discontinuity.

Cisco Catalyst 2960 Series Switches and Catalyst 3560-CX Switches
Cisco Catalyst 2900 Family Switches ConsultingCisco's Catalyst 2960-CX is a fixed-port switch that is low-profile, fanless, low power, and includes flexible mounting alternatives. The switch has eight 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports and two Gigabit Ethernet uplink ports and optionally provides Power over Ethernet. Cisco's Catalyst 3560-CX is a fixed-port switch packaged in a sleek, noiseless and low-power enclosure that can be placed almost anywhere outside a wiring closet. Versions are available with 8 or 12 1-GE ports or with 6 1-GE ports and 2 multigigabit Ethernet ports. Up to four uplink ports are offered, and PoE+ power is also an option.

Catalyst 2900-L Switches Integration and TroubleshootingCisco's Catalyst 2960-L line consists of entry-level fixed-configuration switches targeted for small offices, retail areas, and other environments where space is at a premium. These low-profile appliances include eight to 48 GE ports and either two or four SFP uplink ports. Power over Ethernet support saves space and fanless design for the 8- versions eliminates noise. RJ-45 connectors support 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T and 1000BASE-T SFP-based ports.

Catalyst 2960-X and 2960-XR switches improve on the 2690-S line by delivering switching capacity of 216 Gbps and providing Cisco's FlexStack-Plus stacking technology via a live-swappable plug-in that allows 8 Catalyst switches in a stack capable of 80 Gbps of stacking throughput. Catalyst 2900 family switches also work with NetFlow-Lite for conserving forwarding data for analysis. Cisco's Catalyst 2960-XR Series switch features Layer 3 dynamic routing, providing the simplicity of having a single device for Layer 2 and Layer 3 routing.

Catalyst 3650 and Catalyst 3850 Switches
Catalyst 3650 Switch and 3850 Switches ConsultantsCatalyst 3650 and Catalyst 3850 series switches are fixed-configuration, stackable access switches powered by Cisco's IOS XE operating system and featuring full wireless network controller capability that allows you to control wired and wireless infrastructure on a single device powered by a single operating system. Cisco has versions with 24 or 48 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports with Power over Ethernet plus (PoE+), four 1GE or four 10-GB Ethernet uplink connections, and capacity for up to nine Catalyst switches per FlexStack stack. All models offer modular Quality of Service, stateful switchover for maximum availability, support in software 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 spot and assign priorities to wireless data using Cisco's Flexible NetFlow (FNF) solution and advanced Quality of Service features for a better user environment and quicker problem mediation. Fast Ethernet switching can handle the high-throughput defined by the new 802.11ac Wave 2 wireless standard using currently in-place cabling solutions. (To find out about Progent's consulting and support services for Cisco's 802.11ac Aironet Wi-Fi access points and wireless controllers, and Cisco's Meraki cloud-managed access points, visit Planning and Deployment Consulting Services for Cisco Wireless Products.)

The Catalyst 3650 offers stacking throughput as high as 160 Gbps and supports as many as 25 wireless access points and 1000 wireless clients on each switch. The Cisco Catalyst 3850 delivers stacking performance of 480 Gbps and can control up to 50 Wi-Fi APs and 2000 Wi-Fi users on each stack. Cisco Catalyst 3850 SFP Fiber Switches have 12 or 24 1G fiber connections at line rate, providing long distance connectivity, enhanced security, and a consistent wired and wireless user experience.

Cisco Catalyst 4500-E and Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches
Catalyst 4500-E Series and and Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Series switches are designed for campus access and distribution deployments where space for infrastructure equipment is limited. Powered by Cisco's IOS XE control software, both the Catalyst 4500-E and 4500-X product lines facilitate network virtualization by supporting Cisco's Easy Virtual Network and Virtual Switching System (VSS) solutions. Virtualization allows you to divide a physical network into a number of virtual networks (VNs) whose data and control planes are logically separate. This makes possible the economy, security and compliance, resilience, and ease of management needed for Cloud computing or other situations where a common resource pool is used by software and services that need to run in complete isolation from one another. EVN speeds up the process of creating VNs and can be expanded to 32 VNs per switch. Easy Virtual Network incorporates features of Multi-virtual routing and forwarding (VRF) and provides additional technologies including VNET Trunks and an easy way for duplicating replicating routes between virtual networks. Virtual Switching System technology makes it possible to configure Catalyst 4500-E and 4500-X Series platforms to create non-stop VNs with optimized traffic load balancing.

Catalyst 4500-E Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 4500-E Series Switches Consulting FirmThe Supervisor Engine for for the Catalyst 4500-E modular switch has a built-in wireless network controller that works with Cisco's Unified Access technology for wired and wireless convergence. this is the first Catalyst supervisor engine to allow wired plus wireless services on one platform powered by Cisco's IOS XE. Technologies include Cisco's Flexible NetFlow solution for application visibility across both wired and Wi-Fi networks, TrustSec/SGT2 wired and wireless data security, identical Quality of Service for wired and Wi-Fi clients, and the expansion of Nonstop Forwarding with Stateful Switchover to include wireless data traffic for world-quality availability.

Available in chassis with from three to 10 slots, Cisco Catalyst 4500-E Series switches with Supervisor 8-E can handle as many as 384 1-Gigabit Ethernet access ports, 193 1GE non-blocking fiber ports, 96 10-Gigabit Ethernet fiber connections, and eight 10-Gigabit Ethernet uplink ports. Cisco's Supervisor Engine 8-E delivers up to 928 Gbps of wired throughput per system and as much as 20 Gbps of wireless termination performance. 50 Wi-Fi APs and 2000 wireless users can be handled on each chassis, and 250 access points and 4000 wireless users are managed in a two-switch installation without a standalone wireless controller.

Cisco Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches
Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches Consulting and TroubleshootingCisco's Catalyst 4500-X Series switches are fixed-configuration 10-Gigabit Ethernet aggregation switches that deliver up to 800 Gbps of backplane switching capacity per chassis. The Catalyst 4500-X switch can have as many as 32 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections on the baseboard and eight more 10GE ports on the expansion module for a total of up to 40 non-blocking 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports. Eight 10-Gigabit Ethernet uplink ports are also available with another module. In addition to providing zero-downtime operation and simple manageability, Cisco's virtual switching system technology on Catalyst 4500-X Series switches provides higher system throughput of up to 1.6 Tbps by activating all available bandwidth across redundant Catalyst 4500-X Series switches. Other features include Cisco's Flexible NetFlow solution for traffic analysis, Cisco TrustSec security, and fast, hardware-based IPv6 forwarding.

Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches
Catalyst 6500 Series and Catalyst 6800 switches are campus core switches that share the field-proven DNA of the Cisco Catalyst 6500 line of switches, which were introduced over a decade ago and have been steadily improved ever since. Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series switches offer identical general features and operational consistency, and the modular Catalyst 6807-XL switch supports the Catalyst 6500 Series Supervisor Engine 2T and the associated family of line cards and modules. This backwards compatibility and program of continual enhancement protects your information technology investment and allows you to upgrade your network backbone with little business disruption or IT staff re-education.

Shared attributes of Catalyst 6500 Series and Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series modular switches equipped with the Supervisor Engine 2T include Cisco's Identity Services Engine for convenient, centralized management to ensure unvarying policy throughout a distributed network, VSS Quad Sup SSO (VS4O) technology for maximum uptime via multi-level switchover, and the Cisco LISP protocol to support client roaming and mobility and to simplify network virtualization and migration to IPv6. Additional virtualization tools to partition distinct client groups and serve the special security/compliance and QoS policy requirements of each group include L2/L3 VPN, full Multiprotocol Label Switching, Easy Virtual Network (EVN), VPN Routing and Forwarding-aware technology for Network Address Translation (NAT) NetFlow, IPv6 over IPv4 GRE Tunnels, and Layer 2 extensions with virtual private LAN services. For converged wired and wireless networking, the Wireless Services Module 2 for Catalyst 6500 and Catalyst 6800 Series modular switches can manage 1000 APs and 15,000 wireless users.

Cisco Catalyst 6500-E Series Switches
Catalyst 6500 Series Switches Planning and Support ServicesThe Catalyst 6500-E line of modular switches are intended for distribution and campus backbone environments that require world-class uptime and high concentrations of 10/100/1000 Ethernet, 1 GE fiber, or 10 and 40 GE access ports. Models come with three to 13 slots and accept a broad range of modules. Integrated service modules support wireless, traffic analysis, and security. Only E-Series versions of Cisco's extensive line of Catalyst 6500 switches are compatible with Cisco's Supervisor Engine 2T.

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

The top-of-the-line Cisco Catalyst 6513-E has a 19 rack unit, 13-slot form factor and offers up to 180 Gbps of capacity on each slot, with a system bandwidth as high as 4 Tbps. A Virtual Switching System configuration can support 8 Tbps of throughout. The Cisco Catalyst 6513-E Series switch offers a maximum of 529 1 Gigabit Ethernet connections, up to 534 Gigabit Ethernet fiber ports, up to 180 10GE connections, and 44 40-Gigabit Ethernet access ports.

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Switches
Catalyst 6800 Series Switches Consulting FirmCatalyst 6800 switches are campus backbone platforms intended to provide best-of-breed 10/40/100 Gigabit Ethernet services. The Cisco Catalyst 6880-X switch is a fixed, compact device for high-density Ethernet designed for small or midsize enterprise campus backbones. The 6880-X supports as much as 2 Tbps capacity and features four slots for port cards. The top port concentration per chassis is 80 1 Gigabit Ethernet access ports or 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections or up to 20 40GE access ports. With Cisco's Virtual Switching System, these switches can provide 4 Tbps switching capacity and support up to 158 10/100/1000 Ethernet access ports or 10GE access ports or up to 20 40GE connections.

The modular Catalyst 6807-XL switch comes in a 10-rack-unit form factor that has 7 slots and accepts standard Supervisor Engine 2T cards and modules. (Two slots are reserved for the Supervisor Engine and the other five are for expansion modules.) The Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL switch offers as much as 880 Gbps of switching bandwidth per slot and a total of 11.4 Tbps of full-duplex switching bandwidth while handling up to 240 1 Gigabit Ethernet ports or 1GE fiber connections, 80 10GE connections or 20 40-Gigabit Ethernet access ports. an 6807-XL system with Cisco's Virtual Switching System can handle 22.8 Tbps of switching capacity, 480 1 Gigabit Ethernet access ports or Gigabit Ethernet fiber connections, 160 10GE ports or 40 40GE connections.

How Progent Can Help You with Catalyst Series Switches
Progent can provide the remote or onsite expertise of CCIE-certified network consultants who have broad backgrounds delivering Catalyst switch support for small and midsize businesses, branches, enterprise campuses, data centers, Cloud networks, and SPs. Progent's areas of expertise include Catalyst and Nexus families of smart switches and Cisco's IOS, IOS-XR and NX-OS control software. Support services available from Progent's experts for Cisco Catalyst Series switches include pilot testing and validation, network analysis, network architecture design, upgrades and project management, virtualization, wired and wireless convergence, management automation, performance optimization, problem mitigation, disaster recovery and business continuity planning, and information security testing and verification.

Progent's Cisco-certified consultants have deep knowledge of open standards as well as with Cisco-owned protocols and technologies related to switching and routing including BGP, MPLS traffic engineering, Protocol Independent Multicast, VPNs, STP, virtual LANs, FabricPath, VPC, HSRP, Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol, Open Shortest Path First (OSPF), VSS, and Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP). Progent's network experts also offer familiarity with key technologies such as TCP/IP protocols, IPv4/IPv6, EIGRP, RIP, and Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP). Progent's CISSP-ISSAP certified network security and compliance consultants can show you how to create a comprehensive security and compliance plan and implement Cisco Catalyst switches so that they offer maximum support for your network security policies.

If you need ultra high density or sub-microsecond latency switches for a world-class data center, Progent can assist you to evaluate, plan, and carry out a transition to Nexus family of switches. To learn about Progent's consulting capabilities for Nexus switches, refer to Cisco Nexus Switch consulting services. Progent can also help you to connect Catalyst data center switches with Cisco Meraki distribution switches. (See Cisco Meraki switch integration consultants.)

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