Cisco MDS 9020 Series Fabric Switch

End-of-Sale and End-of-Life Announcement for the Cisco MDS 9020 Series Fabric Sw

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Cisco Systems® announces the end-of-sale and end-of life dates for the Cisco MDS 9020 Series Fabric Switch. The last day to order the Cisco MDS 9020 Series Fabric Switch 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 9020 Series Fabric Switch. Table 2 lists the product part numbers affected by this announcement.

Customers are encouraged to migrate to the Cisco MDS 9124 1/2/4-Gbps 24-Port Multilayer Fabric Switch. With its flexibility to expand from 8 to 24 ports in 8-port increments, the Cisco MDS 9124 offers the densities required for both departmental storage area network (SAN) switches and edge switches in enterprise SANs.

Table 1. End-of-Life Milestones and Dates for the Cisco MDS 9020 Series Fabric Switch




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

End-of-Sale Date

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

End-of-Sale Product Part Number

Product Description

Replacement Product Part Number

Replacement Product Description


MDS 9020 20-Port 4 Gbps Fibre Channel Fabric Switch


MDS 9124 24-port 4Gbps FC switch (8-port base config)

Product Migration Options

The recommended replacement for the Cisco MDS 1/2-Gbps 9020 Fabric Switch is the Cisco MDS 9124 1/2/4-Gbps 24-Port Multilayer Fabric Switch. The Cisco MDS 9124 is compatible with Cisco MDS 9500 Series multilayer directors and Cisco MDS 9200 Series multilayer fabric switches, providing transparent, end-to-end service delivery in core-edge deployments. Further information can be found at

Table 3. Product Comparisons


Cisco MDS 9020 1/2-Gbps 20-Port Fabric Switch

Cisco MDS 9124 1/2/4-Gbps 24-Port Multilayer Fabric Switch

Max Interface Speed



Autosensing FC Interfaces

20 1/2/4-Gbps FC Ports

24 1/2/4-Gbps FC Ports

Dual Power Supply



On-Demand Port Activation



Operating System



QuickConfig Wizard



Intelligent Network Services-Integrated Support for VSAN, ACLs, QOS



Comprehensive Security Services



Port Channels



Customers may purchase the Cisco MDS 9124 1/2/4-Gbps 24-Port Multilayer Fabric Switch 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.

For More Information

For more information about the Cisco MDS 9124 24-Port Multilayer Fabric Switch, visit, or contact your local account representative.
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