The Cisco MDS 9513 for IBM System Storage provides 12 to 528 Fibre Channel ports, with 4 and 8 Gbps support and a high-availability design. It offers 4 to 44 10 Gbps ports for ISL connectivity across metro optical networks. It includes Virtual SAN (VSAN) capability for SAN consolidation into virtual SAN "islands" on a single physical fabric. The Cisco MDS 9513 provides network security features for large-enterprise SANs deployment. The director also offers intelligent networking services to help simplify mainframe FICON and Fibre Channel SAN management and reduce total cost of ownership (TCO).
High performance and manageability for SANs
The Cisco MDS 9513 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 dispersed SAN islands into a large-enterprise SAN.
Improved internal bandwidth for higher scalability
The Cisco MDS 9513 for IBM System Storage utilizes two Supervisor-2 modules to support high availability. The Supervisor-2 Module provides industry-leading scalability, intelligent SAN services, non-disruptive software upgrades, stateful process restart, and failover and redundant operation. Dual crossbar switching fabric modules provide a total internal switching bandwidth of 2.4 terabytes per second (Tbps) for interconnection of up to 11 Fibre Channel switching modules.
Connectivity, compatibility and traffic management
Fibre Channel switching modules improve performance, flexibility and density. The Cisco MDS 9513 for IBM System Storage requires a minimum of one Fibre Channel switching module and allows a maximum of 11. These modules are available in 12-, 24- or 48-port 4 and 8 Gbps configurations, enabling the Cisco MDS 9513 to support 12 to 528 Fibre Channel ports per chassis. Optionally, a 4-port 10-Gbps Fibre Channel module is available for high-performance Inter-Switch Link (ISL) connections over metro optical networks.