Cisco MDS 9710 Multilayer Director for IBM System Networking


A next-generation, director-class SAN switch designed for deployment in large-scale storage networks, Cisco MDS 9710 Multilayer Director for IBM System Networking enables not only enterprise clouds, but business transformation. By adding enterprise connectivity options that support FICON, MDS 9710 delivers a high-performing and reliable FICON infrastructure designed to support fast and scalable z Systems servers. The MDS 9700 platform also provides multi-protocol flexibility for SANs delivering 32-Gbps and/or 16-Gbps FC, 10-Gbps FCoE, 40-Gbps FCoE and 1/10 Fibre Channel over IP (FCIP) capabilities.1

Layering a comprehensive set of intelligent features over a high-performance, protocol-independent switch fabric, MDS 9710 addresses the rigorous requirements of large, virtualised DC storage environments with features such as HA, extreme scalability, flexibility, security and ease of management. Importantly, it enables the transparent integration of new technologies into the DC to provide highly flexible SAN solutions.

Product features

Hardware summary

Feature Benefits
Business continuity
Intelligent network services
Virtual machine transparency
Comprehensive security
Unified SAN management
Sophisticated diagnostics
Total cost of ownership
Multiprotocol intelligence
Model 9710-E08
Chassis slot configuration
Hot-swappable components Power supplies, fan modules, small form-factor pluggables (SFP), supervisor modules, fabric modules
Warranty One year, 24×7 same-day maintenance service options available
Optional features MDS 9700 48-port 32-Gbps FC Switching Module Bundle (3645), MDS 9700 48-port 32-Gbps FC Switching Module (3649), MDS 9000 24/10-port SAN Extension Module (3650), MDS 9700 24-port 40-Gbps FCoE Switching Module (3640), MDS 9700 48-Port 10-Gbps FCoE Switching Module (3620), MDS 9700 Series 48-port 16-Gbps FC 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*
Dimensions (H x W x D) Chassis dimensions (14RU): 61.9 cm (24.35 in.) x 43.9 cm (17.3 in.) x 86.4 cm (34 in.) SFP+: 1.25 cm x 1.36 cm x 5.65 cm (0.49 in. x 0.54 in. x 2.22 in.)
  • Chassis (includes fans): 84.2 kg (185.5 lb)
  • 48-port 16-Gbps FC line card: 7.71 kg (17 lb)
  • 48-port 32-Gbps FC line card: 7.94 kg (17.5 lb)

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