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Cisco MDS 9124 Express for System Storage


Cisco MDS 9124 Express for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs)

The Cisco MDS 9124 Express for IBM System Storage is designed to address the needs of SMBs with a wide range of SAN capabilities. It can be used as part of SAN solutions from simple single-switch configurations to larger multi-switch configurations in support of fabric connectivity and advanced business continuity capabilities. Fabric connectivity capabilities can be the basis for infrastructure simplification solutions for IBM System i, System p and System x server and storage consolidation and high-availability server clustering with IBM System Storage disk storage arrays. Business continuity capabilities can help businesses protect valuable data with IBM System Storage tape libraries and devices and IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) data protection software.

A single Cisco MDS 9124 switch can serve as an initial building block for a SAN for those who want to obtain the benefits of storage consolidation and are just beginning to implement Fibre Channel (FC) storage systems. An entry-level configuration, for example, could consist of one or two FC links to a disk storage array, or to an Linear Tape Open (LTO) tape drive. An entry-level, eight-port storage consolidation solution could support up to seven servers with a single path to either disk or tape. The On-Demand Port Activation feature is designed to enable a base switch to grow from 8 to 24 ports, in 8 port increments, to support more servers and more storage devices without taking the switch offline.

Higher availability solutions can be created using multiple Cisco MDS 9124 switches. Such implementations would be well-suited to server clustering environments. Such a configuration could support from six to 22 servers, each with dual FC adapters cross-connected to redundant 9124 switches, which are cross-connected to a dual-controller storage system.

While the focus of the Cisco MDS 9124 is as the foundation of medium-sized SMB SANs, it can also be configured to participate as a component of a tiered enterprise SAN with other members of the Cisco MDS 9000 for IBM System Storage family. Cisco MDS 9000 SAN-OS firmware provides enterprise-class capabilities such as virtual SANs (VSANs), Port Channels, quality of service (QoS) and security for deployment in core-edge enterprise SAN solutions. These capabilities help provide investment protection as SAN requirements evolve and grow over time.

Feature Benefit
Quick Configuration Wizard
On-Demand Port Activation
Redundant, swappable power supplies
Cisco Fabric Manager and Cisco Command Line Interface (CLI) Designed to help:
Auto-sensing 4, 2 and 1 Gbps ports Designed to help:
Hot-swappable Small Form Factor Pluggable (SFP) transceivers
High density package
Non-disruptive firmware upgrades Designed to help:
Wide range of IBM supported servers and storage products
Compatibility with Cisco MDS 9000 family
Cisco MDS 9000 Enterprise Package
Cisco MDS 9000 Fabric Manager Server Package

Product number 2053-424 (AAS); 2417-C24 (Xccellerator); PN 241724C (HVEC)
Base fabric switch Cisco MDS 9124 with 8 ports activated, 8 shortwave SFP transceivers Includes replaceable power supply and redundant cooling, Cisco Fabric Manager, Cisco Device Manager, Cisco CLI
FC interfaces E_Port, F_Port, FL_Port
Optical transceivers 4 Gbps shortwave SFPs
4 Gbps longwave 4 Km SFPs
4 Gbps longwave 10 Km SFPs
Fans and power Replaceable power supply and redundant cooling
Hot-swap components Power supplies, SFP optical transceivers
Rack support 19 inch, 1RU industry-standard rack
Management software Cisco Fabric Manager
Servers supported* IBM BladeCentre, IBM System x servers and selected Netfinity servers
Other Intel® processor-based servers
IBM System p and selected RS/6000 servers
IBM System i
Selected Sun and HP servers
OS supported* Microsoft Windows NT®, Windows 2000, Windows 2003
Red Hat Linux, Red Hat Linux Advanced
Server SUSE Linux, SUSE Linux
Enterprise Server (SLES) United Linux
Novell NetWare
Storage products supported* IBM Storage System DS6000, DS8000 and Enterprise Storage (ESS) Server
IBM TotalStorage ESS Systems
IBM System Storage DS3000 and DS4000 Disk Systems
IBM System Storage TS1120 Tape Drive
IBM System Storage TS3100, TS3200, TS3310 and TS3500 Tape Libraries
IBM TotalStorage 3494 Tape Library
IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller (SVC) & SAN File System (SFS)
Fibre optic cable Fibre optic cables are required and are available in various lengths in single mode and multi-mode formats
Optional features and options Redundant power supply
On-Demand Port Activation, 8 ports
Shortwave 1, 2, 4 Gbps optical SFP transceivers
Longwave 1, 2, 4 Gbps 4 km and10 km optical SFP transceivers
Cisco MDS 9000 Enterprise Package Activation
Cisco MDS 9000 Fabric Manager Server Package Activation
Fibre optical cables
Country specific power cords
Physical characteristics
Height 450 mm/1.75 in. (1RU)
Width 445 mm/17.5 in.
Depth 406 mm/16 in.
Weight 8.4 kg/18.5 lb. (dual power supplies)
Operating environment
Temperature 0° C to 40° C/32° F to 104° F
Electrical requirements
Power 100-240 VAC, 50-60 Hz, 12A maximum

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