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Cisco MDS 9700 Series Supervisor-1 Module Data Sheet

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Product Overview

The Cisco® MDS 9700 Series Supervisor-1 Module delivers the latest advanced switching technology with proven Cisco NX-OS Software to power a new generation of scalable and intelligent multilayer switching solutions for SANs.

Designed to integrate multiprotocol switching and routing, intelligent SAN services, and storage applications onto highly scalable SAN switching platforms, the Cisco MDS 9700 Series Supervisor-1 Module enables intelligent, resilient, scalable, and secure high-performance multilayer SAN switching solutions. The Cisco MDS 9000 Family lowers the total cost of ownership (TCO) for storage networking by combining robust and flexible hardware architecture, multiple layers of network and storage intelligence, and compatibility with all Cisco MDS 9000 Family switching modules.

This powerful combination helps organizations build highly available, scalable storage networks with comprehensive security and unified management. The Cisco MDS 9700 Series Supervisor-1 Module is supported in the Cisco MDS 9710 Multilayer Director. Figure 1 shows the Cisco MDS 9700 Series Supervisor-1 Module.

Figure 1. Cisco MDS 9700 Series Supervisor-1 Module

Main Features and Benefits

The Cisco MDS 9700 Series Supervisor-1 Module offers numerous benefits.

Industry-Leading Scalability

The Cisco MDS 9700 Series Supervisor-1 Module combines industry-leading scalability and performance, intelligent SAN services, nondisruptive software upgrades, stateful process restart and failover, and fully redundant operation for a new standard in director-class SAN switching. Supporting up to 384 Fibre Channel ports in a single chassis, 1152 Fibre Channel ports in a single rack, and 24 Tbps of front-panel Fibre Channel system bandwidth, the Cisco MDS 9700 Series Supervisor-1 Module is designed to meet the requirements of even the largest data center storage environments.

Integrated Performance

The combination of the Cisco MDS 9700 Series Supervisor-1 module, Cisco MDS 9700 48-Port 16-Gbps Fibre Channel Switching Module and the Fabric-1 crossbar switching modules enables up to 1.5 Tbps of Fibre Channel throughput between modules in each direction for each of the eight Cisco MDS 9710 Multilayer Director payload slots. This per-slot bandwidth is twice the bandwidth needed to support a 48-port 16-Gbps Fibre Channel module at full line rate. The Cisco MDS 9700 architecture, based on central arbitration and crossbar fabric, provides 16‑Gbps line-rate, nonblocking, predictable performance across all traffic conditions for every port in the chassis.

High Availability

The Cisco MDS 9700 Series Supervisor-1 Module and Cisco MDS 9700 Series Multilayer Directors were designed from the beginning for high availability. In addition to meeting the basic requirement of nondisruptive software upgrades, the Cisco MDS 9700 Series software architecture offers availability. The Cisco MDS 9700 Series Supervisor-1 Module has the unique ability to automatically restart failed processes, making it exceptionally robust. In the rare event that a supervisor module is reset, complete synchronization between the active and standby supervisor modules helps ensure stateful failover with no disruption of traffic.

The Cisco MDS 9700 provides the industry’s first redundancy on all major hardware components, as detailed in Table 1.

Table 1. Redundancy Details for Cisco MDS 9700





Power supplies

Grid redundancy


N+1 redundancy

The Cisco MDS 9700 Series Supervisor-1 Module also provides Fabric Shortest Path First (FSPF)-based multipathing to help ensure high availability at the fabric level. With the intelligence to load balance across up to 16 equal-cost paths, the module can dynamically reroute traffic in the event of a switch failure. The Cisco MDS 9700 Series Supervisor-1 Module in combination with Cisco MDS 9700 Series Multilayer Directors provides exceptional high availability, helping ensure that solutions exceed the 99.999 percent uptime requirements of today’s most demanding environments.

Lower Total Cost of Ownership

The Cisco MDS 9000 Family provides advanced management tools for overall low total cost of ownership (TCO). Itsupports Cisco virtual SAN (VSAN) technology for hardware-enforced, isolated environments within a single physical fabric for secure sharing of physical infrastructure, further decreasing TCO.

Comprehensive Security Framework

The Cisco MDS 9000 Family supports RADIUS and TACACS+, Fibre Channel Security Protocol (FC-SP)1, Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP), Secure Shell (SSH) Protocol, and Simple Network Management Protocol Version 3 (SNMPv3) implementing Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), VSANs, hardware-enforced zoning, access control lists (ACLs), and per-VSAN role-based access control (RBAC).

Unified SAN Management

The Cisco MDS 9000 Family includes built-in storage network management, with all features available through a command-line interface (CLI) or Cisco Prime Data Center Network Manager (DCNM), a centralized management tool that simplifies management of multiple switches and fabrics. Integration with third-party storage management platforms allows transparent interaction with existing management tools.

Intelligent Network Services

VSAN technology, ACLs for hardware-based intelligent frame processing, and fabricwide quality of service (QoS) enable migration from SAN islands to enterprisewide storage networks.

Integrated hardware-based VSANs and Inter-VSAN Routing (IVR): Integration of VSANs into port-level hardware allows any port in a system or fabric to be partitioned to any VSAN. Integrated hardware-based IVR provides line-rate routing between any ports in a system or fabric without the need for external routing appliances.

Intelligent storage services: The Cisco MDS 9700 operates with intelligent service capabilities on other Cisco MDS 9000 Family platforms to provide services such as acceleration of storage applications for data replication and backup and data migration to hosts and targets attached to the Cisco MDS 9700.

Smart Zoning: When the Smart Zoning feature is enabled, Cisco MDS 9700 Series fabrics provision the hardware access control entries specified by the zone set more efficiently, avoiding the superfluous entries that would allow servers (initiators) to talk to other servers or allow storage devices (targets) to talk to other storage devices. This feature makes larger zones with multiple initiators and multiple targets feasible without excessive consumption of hardware resources. Thus, smart zones can correspond to applications, application clusters, hypervisor clusters, or other data center entities, saving the time that administrators previously spent creating many small zones and enabling the automation of zoning tasks.

Advanced Diagnostics and Troubleshooting Tools

Management of large-scale storage networks requires proactive diagnostics, tools to verify connectivity and route latency, and mechanisms for capturing and analyzing traffic. The Cisco MDS 9000 Family integrates advanced, industry-leading analysis and debugging tools. The power-on self-test (POST) and online diagnostics provide proactive health monitoring. The Cisco MDS 9700 Series Supervisor-1 Module provides the integrated functions required to implement diagnostic capabilities such as Fibre Channel traceroute for identifying the exact path and timing of flows, and Switched Port Analyzer (SPAN) and Remote SPAN (RSPAN) to intelligently capture network traffic. After traffic has been captured, it can then be analyzed with the Cisco Fabric Analyzer, an embedded Fibre Channel analyzer. The Cisco MDS 9700 Series Supervisor-1 Module allows collection and management of comprehensive port-based and flow-based statistics, enabling sophisticated performance analysis and service-level agreement (SLA) accounting. The integrated Cisco Call Home capability provides additional reliability and enables faster problem resolution and reduced service costs. Starting with Cisco MDS 9000 NX-OS 6.2, the powerful Cisco Generic Online Diagnostics (GOLD) framework replaces the Cisco Online Health Management System (OHMS) diagnostic framework on the new Cisco MDS 9700 Series Multilayer Director chassis. Cisco GOLD is a suite of diagnostic facilities to verify that hardware and internal data paths are operating as designed. Boot-time diagnostics, continuous monitoring, standby fabric loopback tests, and on-demand and scheduled tests are part of the Cisco GOLD feature set. This industry-leading diagnostics subsystem enables the rapid fault isolation and continuous system monitoring critical in today's continuously operating environments. With the Cisco MDS 9700 Series, Cisco delivers a comprehensive tool set for troubleshooting and analyzing an organization’s storage network.

Multiprotocol Intelligence

The multilayer architecture of the Cisco MDS 9700 Series enables a consistent feature set over a protocol-independent switch fabric. The Cisco MDS 9700 transparently integrates Fibre Channel, Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), and IBM Fibre Connection (FICON).

2/4/8-Gbps and 4/8/16-Gbps, 10-Gbps Fibre Channel and 10 Gigabit Ethernet: The Cisco MDS 9700 supports both 2/4/8/16-Gbps and 10-Gbps ports on the Cisco MDS 9700 48-Port 16-Gbps Fibre Channel Switching Module. The Cisco MDS 9700 also supports 10 Gigabit Ethernet clocked optics carrying 10Gbps Fibre Channel traffic.

FICON: The Cisco MDS 9700 is mainframe ready, with full support for IBM System z FICON and Linux environments.

Multihop FCoE: The Cisco MDS 9700 supports Multihop FCoE, extending connectivity from FCoE and Fibre Channel fabrics to FCoE and Fibre Channel storage devices.

USB ports: Two USB 2.0 ports are provided on the front panel for simplified configuration-file uploading and downloading using common USB memory stick products.

Product Specifications

Table 2 lists the product specifications for the Cisco MDS 9700 Series Supervisor-1 Module.

Table 2. Product Specifications



Product Compatibility

Cisco MDS 9700 Series

Software Compatibility

Cisco MDS SAN-OS Software Release 6.2.1 or later


One RS-232 RJ-45 console port
One 10/100/1000 Ethernet management port
Two USB 2.0 ports


Supervisor ID LED
Supervisor status LED
System status LED
Active supervisor LED
Power management LED
10/100/1000 Management Port Activity LED
Log Flash Activity LED
Slot 0 Activity LED

Switching Bandwidth

Up to 24 terabits per second (Tbps) of front-panel Fibre Channel system bandwidth
Up to 384 2/4/8-Gbps, 4/8/16-Gbps or 10-Gbps Full Line Rate autosensing Fibre Channel ports in a single chassis


Fibre Channel standards

FC-PH, Revision 4.3 (ANSI INCITS 230-1994)

FC-PH, Amendment 1 (ANSI INCITS 230-1994/AM1-1996)

FC-PH, Amendment 2 (ANSI INCITS 230-1994/AM2-1999)

FC-PH-2, Revision 7.4 (ANSI INCITS 297-1997)

FC-PH-3, Revision 9.4 (ANSI INCITS 303-1998)

FC-PI, Revision 13 (ANSI INCITS 352-2002)

FC-PI-2, Revision 10 (ANSI INCITS 404-2006)

FC-PI-3, Revision 4 (ANSI INCITS 460-2011)

FC-PI-4, Revision 8 (ANSI INCITS 450-2008)

FC-PI-5, Revision 6 (ANSI INCITS 479-2011)

FC-FS, Revision 1.9 (ANSI INCITS 373-2003)

FC-FS-2, Revision 1.01 (ANSI INCITS 424-2007)

FC-FS-2, Amendment 1 (ANSI INCITS 424-2007/AM1-2007)

FC-FS-3, Revision 1.11 (ANSI INCITS 470-2011)

FC-LS, Revision 1.62 (ANSI INCITS 433-2007)

FC-LS-2, Revision 2.21 (ANSI INCITS 477-2011)

FC-SW-2, Revision 5.3 (ANSI INCITS 355-2001)

FC-SW-3, Revision 6.6 (ANSI INCITS 384-2004)

FC-SW-4, Revision 7.5 (ANSI INCITS 418-2006)

FC-SW-5, Revision 8.5 (ANSI INCITS 461-2010)

FC-GS-3, Revision 7.01 (ANSI INCITS 348-2001)

FC-GS-4, Revision 7.91 (ANSI INCITS 387-2004)

FC-GS-5, Revision 8.51 (ANSI INCITS 427-2007)

FC-GS-6, Revision 9.4 (ANSI INCITS 463-2010)

FCP, Revision 12 (ANSI INCITS 269-1996)

FCP-2, Revision 8 (ANSI INCITS 350-2003)

FCP-3, Revision 4 (ANSI INCITS 416-2006)

FCP-4, Revision 2b (ANSI INCITS 481-2011)

FC-SB-2, Revision 2.1 (ANSI INCITS 349-2001)

FC-SB-3, Revision 1.6 (ANSI INCITS 374-2003)

FC-SB-3, Amendment 1 (ANSI INCITS 374-2003/AM1-2007)

FC-SB-4, Revision 3.0 (ANSI INCITS 466-2011)

FC-SB-5, Revision 2.00 (ANSI INCITS 485-2014)

FC-BB-6, Revision 2.00 (ANSI INCITS 509-2014)

FC-BB-2, Revision 6.0 (ANSI INCITS 372-2003)

FC-BB-3, Revision 6.8 (ANSI INCITS 414-2006)

FC-BB-4, Revision 2.7 (ANSI INCITS 419-2008)

FC-BB-5, Revision 2.0 (ANSI INCITS 462-2010)

FC-VI, Revision 1.84 (ANSI INCITS 357-2002)

FC-SP, Revision 1.8 (ANSI INCITS 426-2007)

FC-SP-2, Revision 2.71 (ANSI INCITS 496-2012)

FAIS, Revision 1.03 (ANSI INCITS 432-2007)

FAIS-2, Revision 2.23 (ANSI INCITS 449-2008)

FC-IFR, Revision 1.06 (ANSI INCITS 475-2011)

FC-FLA, Revision 2.7 (INCITS TR-20-1998)

FC-PLDA, Revision 2.1 (INCITS TR-19-1998)

FC-Tape, Revision 1.17 (INCITS TR-24-1999)

FC-MI, Revision 1.92 (INCITS TR-30-2002)

FC-MI-2, Revision 2.6 (INCITS TR-39-2005)

FC-MI-3, Revision 1.03 (INCITS TR-48-2012)

FC-DA, Revision 3.1 (INCITS TR-36-2004)

FC-DA-2, Revision 1.06 (INCITS TR-49-2012)

FC-MSQS, Revision 3.2 (INCITS TR-46-2011)

IP over Fibre Channel (RFC 2625)

IPv6, IPv4, and ARP over Fibre Channel (RFC 4338)

Extensive IETF-standards-based TCP/IP, SNMPv3, and remote monitoring (RMON) MIBs

Class of Service: Class 2, Class 3, and Class F

Fibre Channel standard port types: E, F, FL, and B

Fibre Channel enhanced port types: SD, ST, and TE

Chassis Slot Configuration

Two Cisco MDS 9700 Series Supervisor-1 Modules required per system to provide redundancy

Features and Functions

Fabric Services

Name server
Registered State Change Notification (RSCN)
Login services
Fabric Configuration Server (FCS)
In-order delivery

Advanced Functions

PortChannel with multipath load balancing
QoS: flow based and zone based
N_Port ID virtualization

Diagnostics and Troubleshooting Tools

POST diagnostics
Online diagnostics
Internal port loopbacks
Fibre Channel Traceroute
Fibre Channel Ping
Fibre Channel Debug
Cisco Fabric Analyzer
Online system health
Port-level statistics
Real-Time Protocol Debug

Network Security

Fibre Channel zoning

N_Port WWN

N_Port FC-ID

Fx_Port WWN

Fx_Port WWN and interface index

Fx_Port domain ID and interface index

Fx_Port domain ID and port number





DH-CHAP switch-switch authentication

DH-CHAP host-switch authentication

Port security and fabric binding
Management access

SSHv2 implementing AES

SNMPv3 implementing AES


Cisco TrustSec ® 1 Fibre Channel link encryption


FC- SB-5 compliant
Cascaded FICON fabrics
Intermix of FICON and Fibre Channel FCP traffic
CUP management interface
Exchange Based Routing Ready


Configuration file management
Nondisruptive software upgrades for Fibre Channel interfaces
Cisco Call Home
Power-management LEDs
Port beaconing
System LED
SNMP traps for alerts
Network boot

Reliability and Availability

Hot-swappable module
Active-active redundancy
Stateful process restart
Stateful, nondisruptive supervisor failover
Online, nondisruptive software upgrades
Virtual Routing Redundancy Protocol (VRRP) for management
Per-VSAN fabric services
Power management
Thermal management
Fabric-based multipathing

Network Management

Access methods through Cisco MDS 9700 Series Supervisor-1 Module

Out-of-band 10/100/1000 Ethernet port

RS-232 serial console port

In-band IP over Fibre Channel

Access methods through Cisco MDS 9700 Fibre Channel switching module

In-band FICON CUP over any Systems Z FICON Channel

Access protocols

CLI using console and Ethernet ports

SNMPv3-using Ethernet port and in-band IP over Fibre Channel access


Distributed Device Alias service
Network security

Per-VSAN RBAC using RADIUS- and TACACS+-based authentication, authorization, and accounting (AAA) functions


SSHv2 implementing AES

SNMPv3 implementing AES

Management applications

Cisco MDS 9000 Family CLI

Cisco Prime DCNM GUI

Programming Interface

Scriptable CLI
Cisco Prime Data Center Network Manager web services API
Cisco Prime DCNM GUI


Temperature, ambient operating: 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Temperature, ambient nonoperating and storage: -40 to 158°F (-40 to 70°C)
Relative humidity, ambient (noncondensing) operating: 10 to 90%
Relative humidity, ambient (noncondensing) nonoperating and storage: 10 to 95%
Altitude, operating: -197 to 6500 ft (-60 to 2000m)

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions (H x W x D): 2.04 x 7.5 x 21.8 in. (5.18 x 19.05 x 55.37 cm)


7 pounds (3.2 kg)

Approvals and Compliance

Safety compliance

CE Marking

UL 60950

CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 60950

EN 60950

IEC 60950

TS 001

AS/NZS 3260



21 CFR 1040

EMC compliance

FCC Part 15 (CFR 47) Class A

ICES-003 Class A

EN 55022 Class A

CISPR 22 Class A

AS/NZS 3548 Class A

VCCI Class A

EN 55024

EN 50082-1

EN 61000-6-1

EN 61000-3-2

EN 61000-3-3

FIPS certified
FIPS 140-2 Level 2

Ordering Information

Table 3 provides ordering information for the Cisco MDS 9700 Series Supervisor-1 Module.

Table 3. Ordering Information

Part Number

Product Description

MDS 9700 Component


MDS 9710 Chassis, No Power Supplies, Fans Included


MDS 9700 Series Supervisor-1

Licensed Software


Enterprise package license for 1 MDS9700 switch


DCNM for SAN License for MDS 9700


Mainframe package license for 1 MDS9700 switch

Spare Component


MDS 9710 Chassis, Spare, No Power Supplies, Fans Included


MDS 9700 Series Supervisor-1

Licensed Software


Enterprise package license for 1 MDS9700 switch


E-delivery Enterprise package license for 1 MDS9700 switch


DCNM for SAN License for MDS 9700


E-delivery DCNM for SAN Package Advanced Edition for MDS 9700


Mainframe package license for 1 MDS9700 switch


E-delivery Mainframe package license for 1 MDS9700 switch

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