The base configuration for Cisco
® MDS 9100 Multilayer Fabric Switches includes enough active ports for the customer to build an entry-level storage area network (SAN). On-demand ports allow the customer to benefit from Cisco MDS 9000 SAN-OS Software features, while initially purchasing only a small number of activated ports on a Cisco MDS 9100 switch. Customers can expand switch connectivity as needed by licensing additional ports.
The following activation licenses are provided for on-demand ports:
• The Cisco MDS 9124 24-Port Multilayer Fabric Switch comes with 8 ports activated. An additional 8 ports can be activated with each on-demand port activation license, up to a total of 24 ports.
• The HP Cisco MDS 9124e fibre Channel blade switch for HP C Class BladeSwitch has 8 internal ports and 4 external ports activated in the base model. A single on-demand port activation license activates the remaining ports (8 internal and 4 external ports).
• The Cisco MDS 9148 Multilayer Fabric Switch has the flexibility to expand from 16 to 48 ports in 8-port increments with each on-demand port activation license.
• The IBM Cisco MDS Fibre Channel blade switch has 7 internal ports and 3 external ports activated in the base model. A single on-demand port activation license activates the remaining ports (7 internal and 3 external).
To use on-demand port licensing, Cisco MDS 9000 SAN-OS Software Release 3.1(1) or later must be installed on a Cisco MDS 9100 switch.
A number of Cisco MDS 9000 family products use on-demand port licensing: