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 April 19, 2014, IBM® will withdraw from marketing Cisco MDS 9509 fabric director (2054-E07) and select SAN features. On or after the effective date of withdrawal, you can no longer order these products directly from IBM . Refer to the Hardware Withdrawal annoucement letter (ENUS914-006) for more information. For new orders, the customer requested arrival date (CRAD) can be no later than May 16, 2014.
In reference to replacement products, please refer to Hardware Announcement 113-115, dated July 09, 2013.