Cisco announces the end-of-sale and end-of life dates for the Cisco MDS 9000 Family 4-Gbps Fibre Channel Switching Modules. The last day to order the affected product(s) is May 1, 2010. Customers with active service contracts will continue to receive support from the Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) as shown in Table 1 of the EoL bulletin. Table 1 describes the end-of-life milestones, definitions, and dates for the affected product(s). Table 2 lists the product part numbers affected by this announcement. For customers with active and paid service and support contracts, support will be available until the termination date of the contract, even if this date exceeds the Last Date of Support shown in Table 1.
Table 1. End-of-Life Milestones and Dates for the Cisco MDS 9000 Family 4-Gbps Fibre Channel Switching Modules
End-of-Life Announcement Date
The date the document that announces the end of sale and end of life of a product is distributed to the general public.
August 15, 2009
The last date to order the product through Cisco point-of-sale mechanisms. The product is no longer for sale after this date.
May 1, 2010
Last Ship Date: HW
The last-possible ship date that can be requested of Cisco and/or its contract manufacturers. Actual ship date is dependent on lead time.
August 1, 2010
End of Routine Failure Analysis Date: HW
The last-possible date a routine failure analysis may be performed to determine the cause of product failure or defect.
February 13, 2011
End of New Service Attachment Date: HW
For equipment and software that is not covered by a service-and-support contract, this is the last date to order a new service-and-support contract or add the equipment and/or software to an existing service-and-support contract.
February 13, 2011
End of Service Contract Renewal Date: HW
The last date to extend or renew a service contract for the product.
May 11, 2014
Last Date of Support: HW
The last date to receive service and support for the product. After this date, all support services for the product are unavailable, and the product becomes obsolete.
February 28, 2015
HW = Hardware OS SW = Operating System Software App. SW = Application Software
Table 2. Product Part Numbers Affected by This Announcement
End-of-Sale Product Part Number
Replacement Product Part Number
Replacement Product Description
12-port 1/2/4-Gbps Fibre Channel Switching Module
24-Port 8-Gbps Fibre Channel Switching Module
12-port 1/2/4-Gbps FC Module for HP with Service, Spare
24-port Performance 8Gb FC Module for HP with Service, Spare
Customers are encouraged to migrate to the Cisco MDS 9000 Family 8-Gbps Fibre Channel Switching Modules. These modules deliver intelligence and consistent, predictable high performance to support the most demanding storage applications. With industry-leading 528 8-Gbps port density and twice the bandwidth of earlier-generation Cisco MDS Fibre Channel switching modules, Cisco MDS 9000 Family 8-Gbps Fibre Channel Switching Modules help you consolidate large-scale SANs with fewer chassis to reduce space, power, and cooling requirements and lower your total cost of ownership. For more information, visit http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps9881/index.html.
Table 3. Product Comparisons
Cisco MDS 9000 Family 4-Gbps Fibre Channel Switching Modules
Cisco MDS 9000 Family 8-Gbps Fibre Channel Switching Modules
Fibre Channel Port Speed
Bandwidth per Slot
96 Gbps of full-duplex bandwidth
192 Gbps of full-duplex bandwidth (24-port and 48-port 8-Gbps modules) 96 Gbps of full-duplex bandwidth (4/44-port 8-Gbps module)
Customers may purchase the Cisco MDS 9000 8-Gbps Fibre Channel Switching Modules from EMC Corporation, IBM Corporation, Hitachi Data Systems, Hewlett-Packard, Xiotech, Sun, Network Appliance, Dell, NEC, or Fujitsu, all of whom are designated original storage manufacturer (OSM) or solution technology integrator (STI) partners, or from any of these companies' resellers. Cisco does not offer trade-in credits or a trade-in program for Cisco MDS 9000 family products.