Cisco MDS 9506 for IBM System Storage


High performance and manageability for SANs

The Cisco MDS 9506 for IBM System Storage supports 1, 2, 4, 8 and 10 Gbps FC switch connectivity and intelligent network services to help improve the security, performance and manageability required to consolidate geographically dispersed storage devices into a large enterprise SAN.

Improved internal bandwidth for higher scalability

The Cisco MDS 9506 for IBM System Storage utilises two Supervisor-2 Modules designed for high availability and performance. The Supervisor-2 Module combines an intelligent control module and a high-performance crossbar switch fabric in a single unit. It uses Fabric Shortest Path First (FSPF) multipath routing, which provides intelligence to load balance across a maximum of 16 equal-cost paths and to dynamically reroute traffic if a switch fails.

Each Supervisor-2 Module provides the necessary crossbar bandwidth to deliver full system performance in the Cisco MDS 9506 director with up to four FC switching modules. It is designed to eliminate the impact on system performance of the loss or removal of a single crossbar module.

Common features

Hardware summary

Feature Benefit
Supervisor-2 Module
Fibre channel switching module options
4 and 8 Gbps FC Modules with auto-sensing ports
12-port 4 Gbps Fibre Channel switching module

24-port 4 and 8 Gbps FC switching module
48-port 4 and 8 Gbps and 4/44 Gbps Fibre Channel switching modules with port bandwidth reservation
4-port 10 Gbps Fibre Channel switching module
Enterprise Package with Inter-VSAN routing
Fabric Manager Server Package
Mainframe Package
IBM product numbers 2054-E04—Cisco MDS 9506 for IBM System Storage includes dual Supervisor-2 cards, dual 1900 W AC power supplies
All models include SAN-OS 3.2 firmware with Fabric Manager, VSAN and PortChannel capabilities
8 Port IP Services Module (no optics)
SAN Extension over IP for 8 Port IP Services Module
Storage Services Module
4-port 10 Gbps Fibre Channel Switching Module (no optics)
12-port 4 Gbps Fibre Channel Switching Module (no optics)
24-port 4 Gbps Fibre Channel Switching Module (no optics)
24-port 8 Gbps Fibre Channel Switching Module (no optics)
48-port 4 Gbps Fibre Channel Switching Module (no optics)
48-port 8 Gbps Fibre Channel Switching Module (no optics)
4/44-port 8 Gbps Fibre Channel Switching Module (no optics)
Multiservice 18/4 Module (includes two 4 Gbps shortwave SFPs)
SAN Extension over IP for Multiservice 18/4 Module Fibre Channel 10 Gbps longwave X2 transceivers
Tri-Rate SPF Transceivers (1 and 2 Gbps FC and Gig Ethernet)
Fibre Channel 2 Gbps SFP transceivers
Ethernet Copper GbE SFP Transceiver
Fibre Channel 4 Gbps SFP transceivers, 4 pack
Fibre Channel 8 Gbps SFP transceivers, single and 4-pack
Flash Memory Card
MDS 9500 Enterprise Package
MDS 9500 Fabric Manager Server Package
MDS 9500 Mainframe Package
MDS 9500 Storage Services Enabler Package
Fibre optic cables: Multimode, 50u fibre optical cables with SC and/or LC connectors are available
Base warranty One year, 24x7, same day, on-site IBM warranty.
Supported systems 1 IBM Power Systems™ servers, IBM System p™ and selected IBM RS/6000® servers; IBM System x™ and selected IBM Netfinity® servers; other Intel® processor-based servers running the Linux®, Microsoft® Windows NT® or Microsoft Windows® 2000 operating systems; selected Sun and HP servers; IBM TotalStorage Enterprise Storage Server® (ESS); IBM System Storage DS8000 Disk Systems; IBM System Storage DS6000™ Disk Systems; IBM System Storage DS4000™ Disk Systems; IBM TotalStorage 3590 and 3592 Tape Drives; IBM TotalStorage 3494 Tape Library; IBM 3532, 3583 and 3584 Tape Libraries; and other selected storage systems
Physical characteristics 2
Dimensions 31.11 cm H x 44.12 cm W x 55.25 cm D (12.25 in x 17.37 in x 21.75 in)
Rack height 7U
Depth including cable guide 67.9 cm (26.75 in)
Weight (fully configured chassis) 56 kg (124 lb)
Director is rack mountable in a standard 19-inch EIA rack, meeting Cisco requirements defined in the recommended installation procedures. 3
Operating environment
Temperature 0° to 40° C (32° to 104° F)
Relative humidity 10% to 90%
Input 1900 W AC
100 to 240 V AC
50-60 Hz nominal
Output 1050 W at 100 to 100 V AC
1900 W at 200 VAC

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