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Simple, affordable fabric switches and high availability Enterprise SAN Directors

Cisco MDS 9710 Multilayer Director for IBM® System Networking

Cisco MDS 9710 Multilayer Director for IBM System Networking is a director-class SAN switch designed for deployment in large-scale storage networks to enable enterprise clouds and business transformation. Layering a comprehensive set of intelligent features onto a high-performance, protocol-independent switch fabric, Cisco MDS 9710 Multilayer Director for IBM System Networking addresses the rigorous requirements of large, virtualized data-center storage environments with high availability, scalability, flexibility, security, ease of management and transparent integration of new technologies. By adding enterprise connectivity options that support IBM FICON® connectivity, MDS 9710 delivers a high performing and reliable FICON infrastructure designed to support fast and scalable IBM System z® servers. The MDS 9700 platform provides multi-protocol flexibility for storage area networks (SANs) delivering both 16-Gbps Fibre Channel and 10-Gbps FCoE capabilities.

Ports Up to 384 Fibre Channel ports per chassis
Link speeds 2, 4, 8, 10 and 16 Gbps at full line-rate speed
Operating systems For most current and complete information, refer to SSIC
Optional features MDS 9700 48-Port 10-Gbps FCoE Switching Module (3620), MDS 9700 Series 48-port 16-Gbps Fibre Channel Switching Module (3648), MDS 9700 Series Supervisor-1 Module (3601), MDS 9700 Series Enterprise Package (7610), MDS 9700 Series DCNM for SAN Advanced Edition (7611), MDS 9700 Mainframe Package (7612), MDS 9700 Series 3000 W AC power supply (5960), small form-factor pluggables, fans


IBM System Storage SAN768B-2 and SAN384B-2


 

IBM System Storage® SAN768B-2 and SAN384B-2 fabric backbones are among the industry's most powerful Fibre Channel switching infrastructure offerings. They provide reliable, scalable, high-performance foundations for mission-critical storage. These fabric backbones also deliver enterprise connectivity options to add support for IBM FICON® connectivity, offering a high-performing and reliable FICON infrastructure with fast and scalable IBM System z® servers.

Designed to increase business agility while providing nonstop access to information and reducing infrastructure and administrative costs, SAN768B-2 and SAN384B-2 Gen 5 Fibre Channel fabric backbones deliver a new level of scalability and advanced capabilities to this robust, reliable, high-performance technology.

Ports Single chassis: Up to 384 (SAN768B-2) or 192 (SAN384B-2) 16 Gbps universal (E, F, D, M, and EX) Fibre Channel ports using up to eight 32-, or 48-port Fibre Channel blades. Up to 512 (SAN768B-2) or 256 (SAN384B-2) 8 Gbps universal (E, F, M, and EX) Fibre Channel ports using 64-port 8 Gbps Fibre Channel blades.
Multi-chassis with ICL ports: Up to 3840×16 Gbps universal Fibre Channel ports (using 16 Gbps 48-port blades); up to 5120×8 Gbps universal Fibre Channel ports (using 8 Gbps 64-port blades); ICL ports (32 or 16 per chassis, optical QSFP) connected up to nine b-type SAN768B-2/SAN384B-2 chassis in a full-mesh topology or up to 10 chassis in a core-edge topology. Deploying five or more chassis with ICL connections within a fabric requires an Enterprise ICL license.
Link Speeds Fibre Channel: 2.125 Gbps line speed, full duplex; 4.25 Gbps line speed, full duplex; 8.5 Gbps line speed, full duplex; 10.53 Gbps line speed, full duplex; 14.025 Gbps line speed, full duplex; auto-sensing of 2, 4, 8, and 16 Gbps port speeds; 10 Gbps and optionally programmable to fixed port speed
Operating Systems Microsoft Windows 2008, Windows 2012
Red Hat Linux, Red Hat Linux Advanced Server
SUSE Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES)
IBM AIX®
Other selected operating systems
Optional Features Blades: 32- and 48-port 16 Gbps Fibre Channel switch blades (Fibre Channel #3632, 3648); 32- and 48-port 8 Gbps Fibre Channel switch blades (Fibre Channel #3633, 3649); 64-port 8 Gbps Fibre Channel switch blade (Fibre Channel #3864); 22-port 8 Gbps Extension blade (Fibre Channel #3890); 22-port 8 Gbps + 2-port 10 Gbps Enhanced Extension blade (Fibre Channel #3891);8 Gbps Encryption blade (Fibre Channel # 3895).
Licenses: Inter-chassis, FICON with CUP activation, Advanced Extension activation, Extension blade 10 GbE activation, FICON Accelerator activation, Encryption 96 Gbps disk performance upgrade activation, Integrated Routing and Enterprise ICL. Other: SFPs; fiber optic cables; upgrade power supplies

IBM System Storage SAN768B and


IBM System Storage SAN384B


 

The SAN768B and SAN384B are extremely efficient at reducing power consumption, cooling and the carbon footprint in data centers. While providing exceptional performance and scale, these networking backbones use less than one watt per Gbps—significantly more efficient than alternate offerings.

The SAN768B and SAN384B are build on years of innovation and use the core technology of systems designed to perform at greater than 99.999 percent uptime in the world’s most demanding data centers. With its intelligent sixth-generation ASICs and advanced hardware and software capabilities, the SAN768B and SAN384B provide a reliable foundation for fully connected multiprotocol SAN fabrics capable of supporting thousands of servers, storage and networking devices.

As members of the IBM System Storage family of b-type SAN products, the SAN 768B and the SAN384B are designed to participate in fabrics containing other b-type and m-type devices manufactured by Brocade. This versatile hardware can serve as backbone in a complex fabric and provide connections to other b-type and m-type directors, switches and routers.

Ports SAN768B: Up to 512 per chassis, up to 1536 when three chassis are connected via inter-chassis links; SAN384B: Up to 256 per chassis, up to 768 when three SAN384B chassis are connected via inter-chassis links.
Link Speeds Fibre Channel: 1.063 Gbps line speed, full duplex; 2.125 Gbps line speed, full duplex; 4.25 Gbps line speed, full duplex; 8.50 Gbps line speed, full duplex; auto sensing of 1, 2, 4, and 8 Gbps port speeds; optionally programmable 1, 2, 4, and 8 Gbps ports; 10.5 Gbps line speed, full duplex.

CEE: 10.0 Gbps line speed, full duplex.

FCIP: 1 Gbps line speed; 10 Gbps line speed.

SAN768B ICL bandwidth: 512 Gbps; four ICLs, 16 × 8 Gbps Fibre Channel connections; SAN384B ICL bandwidth: 256 Gbps; four ICLs, 8 × 8 Gbps Fibre Channel connections.
Operating Systems IBM z/OS®, IBM AIX®, Microsoft® Windows®, UNIX®, Linux®, selected other operating systems
Optional Features SAN768B:16-port, 32-port, 48-port, and 64-port 8 Gbps Fibre Channel switch blade; 10 Gbps Fibre Channel switch blade; FCoE 10 GbE 24-port blade; 8 Gbps Extension blade; 8 Gbps 16-port encryption blade; SFPs and XFPs; fiber optic cables; Inter-Chassis Cable Kit; Inter-Chassis License; Upgrade Power Supplies; FICON® w/CUP activation; 8 Gbps Advanced Extension; 8 Gbps Extension Blade 10 GbE Activation; 8 Gbps Advanced FICON Accelerator; Encryption 96 Gbps Disk Performance Upgrade Activation; and Integrated Routing

SAN384B:16-port, 32-port, 48-port, and 64-port 8 Gbps Fibre Channel switch blade; 10 Gbps Fibre Channel switch blade; FCoE 10 GbE 24-port blade; 8 Gbps Extension blade; 8 Gbps 16-port encryption blade; SFPs and XFPs; fiber optic cables; Inter-Chassis Cable Kit; Inter-Chassis License; FICON w/CUP activation; 8 Gbps Advanced Extension; 8 Gbps Extension Blade 10 GbE activation; 8 Gbps Advanced FICON Accelerator; Extended Fabric; Encryption 96 Gbps Disk Performance Upgrade Activation; and Integrated Routing

Cisco MDS 9513 for IBM System Storage

The Cisco MDS 9513 for IBM® System Storage™ provides 12 to 524 ports, 4 and 8 Gbps fabric switching for Windows® NT®/2000, UNIX® and mainframe IBM FICON® switching for server clustering, infrastructure simplification and business continuity solutions. The base director offers Virtual SAN (VSAN), Cisco Fabric Manager and 11 feature slots. Features include 12-, 24- and 48-port 4 Gbps, 24-, 48- and 4/44-port 8 Gbps, and 4-port 10 Gbps FC Modules; IP and Multiservice 18/4 Modules; Enterprise, SAN Extension over IP, Fabric Manager Server, Storage Services Enabler and Mainframe Packages.

Servers IBM System z9™, IBM Power Systems™, IBM System p5™, IBM System i®, System p®, IBM System x™ and IBM System z®
Link Speeds 1, 2, 4, 8 and 10 Gbps
Ports up to 528

Cisco MDS 9509 for IBM System Storage

The Cisco MDS 9509 for IBM® System Storage™ provides 24 to 336 Fibre channel ports—with up to 8 Gigabit per second (Gbps) performance—and 4 to 40 Gigabit Ethernet ports for iSCSI or FCIP connectivity. With a high-availability design, it includes Virtual SAN (VSAN) capability for SAN consolidation into virtual SAN “islands” on a single physical fabric and comprehensive security for large enterprise SANs deployment. The director uses intelligent networking services to help simplify mainframe FICON® and Fibre Channel SAN management and reduce total cost of ownership (TCO).

Operating Systems AIX®, Linux®, Microsoft® Windows NT® or Microsoft Windows® 2000 and IBM mainframe operating systems
Link Speeds 1, 2, 4, 8 and 10 Gbps
Ports Up to 336 Fibre Channel ports

Cisco MDS 9506 for IBM System Storage

The Cisco MDS 9506 for IBM System Storage provides 24 to 192 Fibre channel ports—with up to 8 Gigabits per Second (Gbps) performance—and 4 to 40 Gigabit Ethernet ports for iSCSI or FCIP connectivity. With a high-availability design, it includes Virtual SAN (VSAN) capability for SAN consolidation into virtual SAN “islands” on a single physical fabric and comprehensive security for large enterprise SANs deployment. The director uses intelligent networking services to help simplify mainframe FICON and Fibre Channel SAN management and reduce total cost of ownership (TCO).

Ports Up to 192
Link Speeds 1, 2, 4, 8 and 10 Gbps
Operating Systems IBM AIX®, Linux®, Microsoft® Windows NT® or Microsoft Windows® 2000 and IBM mainframe operating systems

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