Cisco MDS 9000 Family for IBM System Storage

Cisco MDS 9000 family provides midrange switches and enterprise directors

Cisco MDS 9718 Multilayer Director for IBM Storage Networking

Cisco MDS 9718 Multilayer Director for IBM® Storage 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, MDS 9718 addresses the stringent requirements of large virtualized data center storage environments: high availability, scalability, flexibility, security, ease of management and transparent integration of new technologies for extremely flexible data center SAN solutions.

Ports Up to 768 Fibre Channel ports per chassis, Up to 768 Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) ports per chassis
Link speeds 2/4/8/10/16-Gbps full line-rate speed, 10-Gbps FCoE full line-rate speed, 40-Gbps FCoE full line-rate speed
Operating systems For most current and complete information, refer to SSIC
Optional features 48-port 16-Gbps Fibre Channel Switching Module (Feature Code 3648), 48-port 10-Gbps FCoE Switching Module (Feature Code 3620), 24-port 40-Gbps FCoE Switching Module (Feature Code 3640), MDS 9700 Enterprise Package (7610), MDS 9700 DCNM SAN Advanced Edition(7611), SFPs, MDS 9700 3000W AC power supply (5960), fans*
* For more information, please refer to the Cisco MDS 9718 Multilayer Director for IBM Storage Networking Redbooks Product Guide.

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 z Systems™ servers. The MDS 9700 platform provides multi-protocol flexibility for storage area networks (SANs) delivering 16-Gbps Fibre Channel, 10-Gbps Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and 40-Gbps FCoE capabilities.

Ports Up to 384 16-Gbps Fibre Channel or 10-Gbps FCoE ports per chassis
Up to 192 40-Gbps FCoE 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 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 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

Cisco MDS 9706 Multilayer Director for IBM® System Storage®

MDS 9706 is a director-class storage area network (SAN) switch designed for deployment in small to midsized storage networks that can support enterprise clouds and business transformation. It layers a comprehensive set of intelligent features onto a high-performance, protocol-independent switch fabric.

Ports Up to 192 16-Gbps Fibre Channel or 10-Gbps Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) ports per chassis
Up to 96 40-Gbps FCoE 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 24-port 40-Gbps FCoE Switching Module (3640), MDS 9700 48-port 10-Gbps FCoE Switching Module (3620), MDS 9700 48-port 16-Gbps Fibre Channel Switching Module (3648),MDS 9706 Fabric-1 Switching Module (3611), MDS 9700 Enterprise Package (7610), MDS 9700 DCNM SAN Advanced Edition (7611), MDS 9710 Mainframe Package (7612), small form-factor pluggables, fans

Cisco MDS 9396S 16G Multilayer Fabric Switch for IBM System Storage


The latest generation of the highly powerful, dense and reliable Cisco MDS Series switches. Combines high performance with outstanding flexibility and cost effectiveness in a two rack-unit (2RU) switch.

Ports 96 ports of 16-Gbps Fibre Channel
Link speeds 2, 4, 8 and 16 Gbps, with 16 Gbps of dedicated bandwidth for each port
Operating systems For most current and complete information, refer to SSIC
Optional Features MDS 9300 Enterprise Package (FC 7310), MDS 9300 Enterpise+DCNM Bundle License (FC 7320), MDS 9300 DCNM Advanced Edition (FC 7311) and MDS 9396S 12-port On-Demand activation (FC 7312)

Cisco MDS 9148S 16G Multilayer Fabric Switch for IBM System Storage

Next generation of the highly reliable, flexible and low-cost Cisco MDS 9100 Series switches. Combines high performance with exceptional flexibility and cost effectiveness in a one rack-unit (1RU) switch.

Ports 48 ports of 16 Gbps Fibre Channel connectivity
Link speeds 2, 4, 8 and 16 Gbps with 16 Gbps of dedicated bandwidth for each port
Operating systems For most current and complete information, refer to SSIC
Optional features MDS 9100 Enterprise Package (7210), MDS 9100 DCNM Advanced Edition (7211) and MDS 9148S 12-port On-Demand activation (7212)

Cisco MDS 9250i Multiservice Fabric Switch for IBM® System Storage®


Cisco MDS 9250i Multiservice Fabric Switch for IBM System Storage is an optimized platform for deploying high performance SAN extension solutions, distributed intelligent fabric services, and cost-effective multiprotocol connectivity for open systems and mainframe environments.

Ports 40 ports of 16 Gbps Fibre Channel and 10 ports of 1/10 Gigabit Ethernet
Link speeds Port speed: 4/8/16 Gbps autosensing, optionally configurable
Operating systems For most current and complete information, refer to (SSIC)
Optional features MDS 9200 Enterprise Package (7011), MDS 9250i I/O Accelerator (7012), MDS 9200 Mainframe Package (7031), MDS 9200 DCNM SAN Advanced Edition (7050), MDS 9250i 20-port Fibre Channel Upgrade License (7065)

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