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Cisco MDS 9506 for IBM System Storage

Intelligent storage networking for IBM System Storage solutions

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High performance and manageability for SANs

The Cisco MDS 9506 for IBM System Storage™ supports 1, 2, 4, 8 and 10 Gbps Fibre Channel switch connectivity and intelligent network services to help improve the security, performance and manageability required to consolidate geographically dispersed storage devices into a large enterprise SAN.

Improved internal bandwidth for higher scalability
The Cisco MDS 9506 for IBM System Storage utilizes two Supervisor-2 Modules designed for high availability and performance. The Supervisor-2 Module combines an intelligent control module and a high-performance crossbar switch fabric in a single unit. It uses Fabric Shortest Path First (FSPF) multipath routing, which provides intelligence to load balance across a maximum of 16 equal-cost paths and to dynamically reroute traffic if a switch fails.

Each Supervisor-2 Module provides the necessary crossbar bandwidth to deliver full system performance in the Cisco MDS 9506 director with up to four Fibre Channel switching modules. It is designed to eliminate the impact on system performance of the loss or removal of a single crossbar module.

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