Cisco Systems® announces the end-of-sale and end-of life dates for the Cisco MDS 9000 Family 1/2-Gbps 16-Port Fibre Channel Switching Module. The last day to order the Cisco MDS 9000 Family 1/2-Gbps 16-Port Fibre Channel Switching Module is September 27, 2007. 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 Cisco MDS 9000 Family 1/2-Gbps 16-Port Fibre Channel Switching Module. Table 2 lists the product part numbers affected by this announcement.
Customers are encouraged to migrate to either the Cisco MDS 9000 Family 1/2/4-Gbps 12-Port Fibre Channel Switching Module or Cisco MDS 9000 Family 1/2/4-Gbps 24-Port Fibre Channel Switching Module. The 1/2/4-Gbps 12-port switching module is ideal for attachment to highest-performance storage subsystems and for ISL connections between switches. The 1/2/4-Gbps 24-port switching module is designed to meet the performance demands of today's enterprise-class storage arrays and servers.
Table 1. End-of-Life Milestones and Dates for the Cisco MDS 9000 Family 1/2-Gbps 16-Port Fibre Channel Switching Module
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.
March 29, 2007
The last date to order the product through Cisco point-of-sale mechanisms. The product is no longer for sale after this date.
September 27, 2007
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.
December 26, 2007
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.
September 26, 2008
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.
September 26, 2008
End of Service Contract Renewal Date: HW
The last date to extend or renew a service contract for the product.
December 23, 2011
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.
September 25, 2012
• HW = Hardware
• OS SW = Operating System Software
• App. SW = Application Software
Table 2. Product Part Numbers Affected by This Announcement
The recommended replacement for the Cisco MDS 9000 Family 1/2-Gbps 16-Port Fibre Channel Switching Module is either the Cisco MDS 9000 Family 1/2/4-Gbps 12-Port Fibre Channel Switching Module or the Cisco MDS 9000 Family 1/2/4-Gbps 24-Port Fibre Channel Switching Module. The Cisco MDS 9000 Family 1/2/4-Gbps Fibre Channel Switching Modules are compatible with all Cisco MDS 9500 Series Multilayer Directors as well as Cisco MDS 9216A and MDS 9216i Multilayer Fabric Switches, providing seamless transition to higher interface speed and unprecedented investment protection. Information about Cisco MDS 9000 Family 1/2/4-Gbps Fibre Channel Switching Modules can be found at
Table 3. Product Comparisons
Cisco MDS 9000 Family 1/2-Gbps 16-Port Fibre Channel Switching Module
Cisco MDS 9000 Family 1/2/4-Gbps Fibre Channel Switching Modules
Max Interface Speed
Autosensing FC interfaces
16 1/2-Gbps FC Ports
12 1/2/4-Gbps FC Ports, or 24 1/2/4-Gbps FC Ports
Up to 255 buffer credits per port
Up to 4095 buffer credits per port
Max Port Density per Chassis
1/2/4-Gbps 12-port FC Module: 132 ports 1/2/4-Gbps 24-port FC Module: 264 ports
Intelligent Network Services─Integrated support for VSAN, ACLs, FCC, QOS
Integrated hardware-based VSANs and inter-VSAN Routing
Advanced FICON services
Comprehensive Security Services
Customers may purchase the Cisco MDS 9000 Family 1/2/4-Gbps 12-port Fibre Channel Switching Module and the Cisco MDS 9000 Family 1/2/4-Gbps 24-port Fibre Channel Switching Module from EMC Corporation, IBM Corporation, Hitachi Data Systems, Hewlett Packard, Xiotech, Sun, Network Appliance, Dell, NEC, Fujitsu all of whom are designated Original Storage Manufacturer (OSM) or Solutions Technology Integrator (STI) partners, or from any of these companies' resellers. Cisco does not offer trade-in credits or a trade-in program.