The Cisco MDS 9500 Series Multilayer Directors for IBM® System Storage® are director-class storage area networking (SAN) switches designed for deployment in scalable enterprise and service provider clouds to enable flexibility, resiliency and reliability. Layering a comprehensive set of intelligent features onto a high-performance, protocol-independent switch fabric, the MDS 9500 Series Multilayer Directors address the critical requirements of large virtualized data center storage environments such as high availability, security, scalability, ease-of- management and simple integration of new technologies for extremely flexible data center SAN solutions.
Sharing the same operating system and management interface with other Cisco data center switches, the MDS 9500 Directors can help enable smooth deployment of unified fabrics with high-performance Fibre Channel and FCoE connectivity for low total cost of ownership (TCO). Compatible with all generations of Cisco MDS 9000 Family Fibre Channel Switching Modules, the MDS 9500 Series Multilayer Directors can help provide outstanding investment protection.
Note: Effective June 14, 2016 and September 23, 2016, IBM will withdraw from marketing select IBM System Storage models and features. Refer to the Withdrawn products section for more information. On or after the effective date of withdrawal, you can no longer order these products directly from IBM. For new orders, the customer requested arrival date (CRAD) can be no later than July 14, 2016 and October 21, 2016, respectively. You can obtain these products on an as-available basis through IBM Business Partners.
IBM United States Withdrawal Announcement 916-100