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Cisco MDS 9706 Multilayer Director Data Sheet

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Product Overview

The Cisco® MDS 9706 Multilayer Director (Figure 1) is a director-class SAN switch designed for deployment in small to medium-sized storage networks that can support enterprise clouds and business transformation. It layers a comprehensive set of intelligent features onto a high-performance, protocol-independent switch fabric.

Cisco MDS 9706 addresses the stringent requirements of large virtualized data center storage environments. It delivers uncompromising availability, security, scalability, ease of management, and transparent integration of new technologies for extremely flexible data center SAN solutions. It shares the same operating system and management interface with other Cisco data center switches. The Cisco MDS 9706 lets you transparently deploy unified fabrics with Fibre Channel, IBM Fibre Connection (FICON), and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) connectivity for low total cost of ownership (TCO).

Figure 1. Cisco MDS 9706 Multilayer Director

Main Features

The Cisco MDS 9706 offers a number of important features.

Lower TCO with SAN Consolidation

Organizations need efficient, cost-effective SANs to keep up with today’s exponential data growth. The Cisco MDS 9706 lets you easily consolidate data assets into fewer, larger, and more manageable SANs to reduce hardware footprint and associated capital and operational expenses. It offers industry-leading scalability with:

Up to 192 16-Gbps Fibre Channel or 10-Gbps FCoE ports per chassis

Up to 12 terabits per second (Tbps) front-panel, Fibre Channel, line-rate, nonblocking system-level switching capacity

Exceptional capabilities with intelligent fabric services

Virtual SANs (VSANs) for consolidating individual physical SAN islands while maintaining logical boundaries

Inter-VSAN routing (IVR) for sharing resources across VSANs

For unified fabric deployments with converged LAN and SAN using lossless Ethernet, the Cisco MDS 9706 provides multihop FCoE. Protect your organization’s investments in existing storage infrastructure with any-to-any connectivity across multiple protocols.

Scalable Expansion with Outstanding Investment Protection

The Cisco MDS 9706 is designed to make optimal use of valuable data center floor space. It is 15.6 inches tall (9RU) and allows up to four Cisco MDS 9706 Directors per standard 7-foot rack (42RU). A smaller footprint makes it an excellent candidate for deployment in smaller storage networks as well as pod-based converged data center infrastructure solutions for the cloud.

Using Cisco MDS 9700 family switching modules, the Cisco MDS 9706 supports up to 192 ports in a 6-slot modular chassis, with up to 768 ports in a single rack. You can configure ports as Fibre Channel (2/4/8-Gbps, 4/8/16-Gbps, or 10-Gbps), FCoE (10-Gbps), or a mix of both Fibre Channel and FCoE. The Cisco MDS 9706 supports the same Fibre Channel and FCoE switching modules as the Cisco MDS 9710 director for a high degree of system commonality. Designed to grow with your storage environment, the Cisco MDS 9706 provides smooth migration, common sparing, and outstanding investment protection.

Enterprise-Class Availability

The Cisco MDS 9706 is designed from the beginning for high availability. In addition to meeting the basic requirements of nondisruptive software upgrades and redundancy of all critical hardware components, the Cisco MDS 9706 software architecture offers outstanding availability. The Cisco MDS 9706 provides the industry's first redundancy on all major hardware components including the supervisor and fabric modules as well as the power supplies. The Cisco MDS 9700 Series Supervisor Module automatically restarts failed processes, making the Cisco MDS 9706 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.

Business Transformation with Enterprise Cloud Deployment

Enterprise clouds provide organizations with elastic computing and network capabilities, enabling IT to scale resources up or down as needed in a quick and cost-efficient manner. Cisco MDS 9706 provides industry-leading scalability and the following features for enterprise cloud deployments:

Pay-as-you-grow flexibility to meet the scalability needs in the cloud

Multihop FCoE to provision storage in a multiprotocol unified fabric

Robust security for multitenant cloud applications

Predictable performance to meet stringent service-level agreements (SLAs)

Resilient connectivity for an always-on cloud infrastructure

Advanced traffic management capabilities, such as quality of service (QoS), to rapidly and cost-efficiently allocate network capabilities to cloud applications

Furthermore, Cisco Prime Data Center Network Manager (DCNM) provides resource monitoring and capacity planning on a per-virtual machine basis. You can federate up to 10 Cisco Prime DCNM servers to easily manage large clouds. Resource use information can be delivered through Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S)-based developer APIs to deliver IT as a service.

Convergence with Multihop FCoE

FCoE allows an evolutionary approach to network and I/O convergence by preserving all Fibre Channel constructs, maintaining the latency, security, and traffic management attributes of Fibre Channel and preserving investments in Fibre Channel tools, training, and SANs. The Cisco MDS 9706 shares the same operating system and management plane as Cisco Nexus® Family switches to enable transparent coexistence in a unified fabric with any-to-any connectivity for Fibre Channel and FCoE.

Comprehensive Solution for Robust Security

The Cisco MDS 9706 offers an extensive security framework to protect highly sensitive data crossing today's enterprise storage networks. It employs intelligent packet inspection at the port level, including the application of ACLs for hardware enforcement of zones, VSANs, and advanced port-security features. It also uses FC-SP and Cisco TrustSec® Fibre Channel link encryption mechanisms to provide comprehensive security for storage networks.

Features and Benefits

Table 1 summarizes the main features and benefits of the Cisco MDS 9706.

Table 1. Features and Benefits

Feature

Benefit

Performance and Scalability

Outstanding SAN performance

The combination of 16-Gbps Fibre Channel switching module and Fabric-1 crossbar switching modules enables up to 1.5 Tbps of front-panel Fibre Channel throughput between modules in each direction for each of the four Cisco MDS 9706 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. Cisco MDS 9706 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.

Industry-leading scalability

With up to 12 Tbps of Fibre Channel system bandwidth and 192 full line-rate autosensing Fibre Channel (2/4/8-Gbps, 4/8/16-Gbps, or 10-Gbps) or 10-Gbps FCoE ports in a single chassis, the Cisco MDS 9706 leads the industry in scalability and is designed to meet the requirements of large data center storage environments.

Reliability and Availability

High availability

The Cisco MDS 9706 combines nondisruptive software upgrades, stateful process restart and failover, and full redundancy of all major components for best-in-class availability. Redundancy is enabled on all major components, including the fabric card. It provides grid redundancy on the power supply and 1+1 redundant supervisors. Users can add fabric cards to enable N+1 fabric redundancy.

Multiprotocol Connectivity

Multiprotocol architecture

The multilayer architecture of the Cisco MDS 9700 Series enables a consistent feature set over a protocol-independent switch fabric. The Cisco MDS 9706 transparently integrates Fibre Channel, FCoE, and FICON.

The Cisco MDS 9706 supports full line-rate Fibre Channel (2/4/8-Gbps, 4/8/16-Gbps, or 10-Gbps) ports on the Cisco MDS 9700 48-Port 16-Gbps Fibre Channel Switching Module for deployment in both open systems and FICON environments.
FICON1: The Cisco MDS 9706 will support IBM System Z FICON and Linux environments.
Multihop FCoE: The Cisco MDS 9706 supports 10-Gbps FCoE ports on the MDS 9700 48-Port FCoE Switching Module for deployment in multihop FCoE environments, extending connectivity from FCoE and Fibre Channel fabrics to FCoE and Fibre Channel storage devices.

Integrated mainframe support[1]

The Cisco MDS 9706 will support the FICON protocol in both cascaded and noncascaded fabrics, as well as an intermix of FICON and open systems Fibre Channel Protocol traffic on the same switch. IBM Control Unit Port (CUP) support enables in-band management of Cisco MDS 9000 Family switches from mainframe management applications and supports a fabric-binding feature that helps ensure that inter-switch links (ISLs) are enabled only between specified switches in the fabric-binding configuration.

Software Features

Advanced traffic management

Advanced traffic management capabilities in the Cisco MDS 9706 simplify deployment and optimization of large-scale fabrics:

Virtual output queue (VOQ): Helps ensure line-rate performance on each port, independent of traffic pattern, by eliminating head-of-line blocking.
Up to 4095 buffer-to-buffer credits: Using extended credits, allows up to 4095 buffer credits from a pool of more than 6000 buffer credits for a module to be allocated to ports as needed to greatly extend the distance for Fibre Channel SANs. Alternatively, 4095 buffer credits can be assigned to an individual port for optimal bandwidth utilization across distance.
PortChannels: Allow users to aggregate up to 16 physical ISLs into a single logical bundle, optimizing bandwidth utilization across all links. The bundle can consist of any speed-matched ports from any module in the chassis, helping ensure that the bundle can remain active even if a module fails. The Cisco MDS 9000 Family switch architecture helps ensure that frames can never be reordered within a switch.
Fabric Shortest Path First (FSPF)-based multipathing: Provides the intelligence to load balance across up to 16 Fibre Channel or FCoE equal-cost paths and, in the event of a switch failure, dynamically reroutes traffic.
QoS: Can prioritize critical traffic to manage bandwidth and control latency.

Intelligent network services

VSAN technology, ACLs for hardware-based intelligent frame processing, and fabric-wide QoS enable migration from SAN islands to enterprisewide storage networks.

Integrated hardware-based VSANs and Inter-VSAN Routing (IVR): Integrating 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 9706 interoperates with intelligent service capabilities on other Cisco MDS 9000 Family platforms and the intelligent services switch. You can accelerate storage applications for data replication, backup and data migration to hosts and targets attached to the Cisco MDS 9706.
Smart zoning: Using this feature, Cisco MDS 9700 Series Director fabrics can provision hardware access control entries specified by the zone set more efficiently. Avoid superfluous entries that allow servers (initiators) to talk to other servers or storage devices (targets) to talk to other storage devices. Large zones with multiple initiators and multiple targets are now possible without consuming excessive hardware resources. Smart zones can correspond to applications, application clusters, hypervisor clusters, or other data center entities. Automate zoning tasks and avoid the time previously spent creating many small zones.

Virtual machine transparency

The Cisco MDS 9700 Series provides deterministic hardware performance and a comprehensive feature set that allows virtual machines to have the same SAN attributes as a physical server. On a per-virtual machine basis, Cisco NX-OS Software offers VSANs, QoS policies, access control, performance monitoring, and data protection to promote virtual machine scalability and mobility. Cisco Prime DCNM provides end-to-end visibility - from the virtual machine to storage, with resource allocation, performance measurements, and predictions available on a per-virtual machine basis.

Security

Comprehensive security

Comprehensive security services include VSANs, hardware-enforced zoning, ACLs, per-VSAN role-based access control (RBAC), and Cisco TrustSec Fibre Channel link encryption. The Cisco MDS 9700 Series also supports a comprehensive security framework with RADIUS and TACACS+, FC-SP, Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP), Secure Shell (SSH) Protocol, and Simple Network Management Protocol Version 3 (SNMPv3).

FC-SP provides switch-to-switch and host-to-switch Diffie-Hellman Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol (DH-CHAP) supporting RADIUS or TACACS+ to help ensure that only authorized devices access protected storage networks.

Cisco TrustSec Fibre Channel link encryption, available in the Cisco MDS 9700 Series 16-Gbps modules, allows lets you to transparently encrypt ISLs at up to line-rate speeds, providing an additional layer of protection for traffic within and between data centers.

Diagnostics and Troubleshooting

Sophisticated diagnostics

The Cisco MDS 9706 provides intelligent diagnostics, protocol decoding, and network analysis tools as well as integrated Cisco Call Home capability for added reliability, faster problem resolution, and reduced service costs.

For diagnostics, the Cisco 9706 supports the powerful Cisco Generic Online Diagnostics (GOLD) framework. 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.
The Cisco MDS 9706 provides the integrated functions required to implement diagnostic capabilities such as Fibre Channel traceroute for identifying the exact path and timing of flows and Cisco 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. Comprehensive port-based and flow-based statistics enable sophisticated performance analysis and SLA accounting. With the Cisco MDS 9706, Cisco delivers a comprehensive tool set for troubleshooting and analysis of storage networks.

Management

Ease of management

The Cisco MDS 9700 Series includes built-in storage network management with all features available through a command-line interface (CLI) or Cisco Prime DCNM, a centralized management tool that simplifies management of unified fabrics. Cisco Prime DCNM supports integration with third-party storage management applications to allow transparent interaction with existing management tools.

Adhering to the syntax of the widely known Cisco IOS® Software CLI, the Cisco MDS 9000 Family CLI is easy to learn and delivers broad management capabilities. This highly efficient direct interface optimizes management. You can enable debugging modes for each switch feature and view a real-time updated activity log of control protocol exchanges. Each log entry is time-stamped and listed in chronological order.

Cisco Prime DCNM is the networking industry’s first converged SAN and LAN management solution. It can manage all Cisco NX-OS devices, including the Cisco MDS 9000 Family and Cisco Nexus Family switches. The intuitive GUI simplifies day-to-day operations of Cisco unified fabrics in highly virtualized data center environments. Cisco Prime DCNM supports:

Event and performance monitoring historically and at scale
Wizard- and template-based provisioning of Cisco NX-OS technologies and services
Cisco VMpath analytics with dynamic topology views for extended visibility into virtual infrastructure
Resource management through trend analysis of inventory and performance
Rule-based event notification and filtering
RBAC to provide separation between the network and storage teams

Cisco Prime DCNM can federate up to 10 Cisco Prime DCNM servers to manage up to 150,000 devices using a single management pane. The solution can scale to large enterprise deployments through scale-out server architecture with automated failover capability. Gain a resilient management system that centralizes infrastructure and path monitoring across geographically dispersed data centers. The Cisco Prime DCNM base management function is available at no charge, and advanced features are unlocked with a license. Cisco Prime DCNM can be installed on Linux and Microsoft Windows operating systems and supports both PostgreSQL and Oracle databases.

Licensing

Table 2 summarizes the optional licenses that can be purchased to enable additional features and capabilities on the Cisco MDS 9706.

Table 2. Optional Licenses

License

Description

Cisco MDS 9000 Family Enterprise Package

Includes advanced traffic-engineering and network security features such as IVR, QoS and zone-based QoS, Fibre Channel Security Protocol (FC-SP), port security, VSAN-based access control, and fabric binding for open systems. Licensed per switch for all the ports on the switch.

Cisco Prime DCNM for SAN Advanced Edition for Cisco MDS 9700 Series

Includes advanced management capabilities such as VMware vCenter integration, performance trending, advanced provisioning, backup, and dashboards. Licensed per switch for all the ports on the switch.

Cisco MDS 9700 Series Mainframe Package

Includes FICON protocol support and allows IBM CUP management for in-band management from IBM S/390 and z/900 processors. Also included in this package is FICON Tape Write/Read Acceleration. Licensed per switch for all the ports on the switch.

Product Specifications

Table 3 summarizes the Cisco MDS 9706 specifications.

Table 3. Product Specifications

Feature

Description

Product compatibility

Cisco MDS 9000 Family

Software compatibility

Cisco MDS NX-OS Software Release 6.2.9 or later

Indicators

Power supply LED
FAN LED
Supervisor LED
Fabric LED
Line-card module LED

Protocols

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)
Fibre Channel classes 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
FCoE standard port types: VE and VF
IEEE 802.1Qbb-2011: Priority-based flow control (PFC)
IEEE 802.3db-2011: MAC address control frame for priority-based flow control
IEEE 802.1Qaz-2011: Enhanced transmission selection for bandwidth sharing between traffic classes (ETSand DCBX)
IP over Fibre Channel (RFC 2625)
IPv6, IPv4, and Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) over Fibre Channel (RFC 4338)
Extensive IETF-standards-based TCP/IP, SNMPv3, and remote monitoring (RMON) MIBs

Chassis slot configuration

Line-card slots: 4
Supervisor slots: 2
Crossbar switching fabric slots: 6*
Fan trays: 3 fan trays at the back of the chassis
Power supply bays: 4

Switching capability per fabric

Number of Fabric Cards

Front Panel Fibre Channel Bandwidth per Slot

FCoE Bandwidth per Slot

1

256 Gbps

220 Gbps

2

512 Gbps

440 Gbps

3

768 Gbps

660 Gbps

4

1024 Gbps

880 Gbps

5

1280 Gbps

1100 Gbps

6

1536 Gbps

1320 Gbps

Performance and scalability

Up to 12-Tbps front-panel Fibre Channel switching bandwidth and 10.5 Tbps of FCoE bandwidth
Supported Fibre Channel port speeds
2/4/8-Gbps autosensing; optionally configurable
4/8/16-Gbps autosensing; optionally configurable
10-Gbps Fibre channel
Buffer credits: 48-port line-rate 16-Gbps advanced Fibre Channel module
Up to 500 per port (dedicated-mode ports) standard
Up to 4095 on an individual port (dedicated-mode ports with optional Cisco MDS 9700 Series Enterprise Package license activated)
Ports per chassis
Up to 192 ports, which can be Fibre Channel (2/4/8-Gbps, 4/8/16-Gbps, or 10-Gbps), FCoE (10 Gigabit Ethernet), or a mix of both
Ports per rack
Up to 768 Fibre Channel (2/4/8-Gbps, 4/8/16-Gbps, or 10-Gbps) or 10 Gigabit Ethernet FCoE ports
PortChannel: Up to 16 ports (the channel can span any speed-matched port on any module in the chassis)

Features and Functions

Fabric services

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

Advanced functions

VSAN
IVR
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
SPAN and RSPAN
Fibre Channel Traceroute
Fibre Channel Ping
Fibre Channel Debug
Cisco Fabric Analyzer
Syslog
Online system health
Port-level statistics
Real-Time Protocol Debug

Network security

VSANs
ACLs
Per-VSAN RBAC
Fibre Channel zoning
N-Port Worldwide Name (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
FC-SP1
DH-CHAP switch-switch authentication
DH-CHAP host-switch authentication
Port security and fabric binding
Management access
SSHv2 implementing Advanced Encryption Standard (AES)
SNMPv3 implementing AES
SFTP
Cisco TrustSec Fibre Channel Link Encryption

IBM FICON1

FC-SB-3 compliant
Cascaded FICON fabrics
Intermix of FICON and Fibre Channel FCP traffic
FICON CUP management interface
Exchange-based-routing ready

Serviceability

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

Reliability and availability

Online, nondisruptive software upgrades
Stateful nondisruptive supervisor module failover
Hot-swappable redundant supervisor modules
Hot-swappable redundant fabric modules*
Hot-swappable 2N redundant power
Hot-swappable fan trays with integrated temperature and power management
Hot-swappable Enhanced Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP+) optics (2/4/8/10/16-Gbps Fibre Channel and 10Gigabit Ethernet)
Hot-swappable switching modules
Stateful process restart
Any module, any port configuration for PortChannels
Fabric-based multipathing
Per-VSAN fabric services
Online diagnostics
Port tracking
Virtual Routing Redundancy Protocol (VRRP) for management

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 Series Fibre Channel switching module
In-band FICON CUP over Fibre Channel
Access protocols
CLI using console and Ethernet ports
SNMPv3 using Ethernet port and in-band IP over Fibre Channel access
FICON CUP
Distributed Device Alias service
Network security
Per-VSAN role-based access control using RADIUS-based and TACACS+-based authentication, authorization, and accounting (AAA) functions
SFTP
SSHv2 implementing AES
SNMPv3 implementing AES
Management applications
Cisco MDS 9000 Family CLI
Cisco Prime DCNM

Programming interface

Scriptable CLI
Cisco Prime DCNM web services API
Cisco Prime DCNM GUI

Power and cooling

Power supplies (3000W AC and DC)
Input: 100 to 240V AC nominal (±10% for full range); 16A nominal; 50 to 60 Hz nominal (±3 Hz for full range)
Output: 1451W 50V ±4%/28A, 3.4V ±4%/15A (100 to 120V AC input), 3051W 50V ±4%/60A, and 3.4V ±-4%/15A (200 to 240V AC input)
Airflow: Front-to-back

The Cisco MDS 9706 provides x linear feet per minute (LFM) average system velocity, and y cubic feet per minute (CFM) total flow through each line-card slot depending on the line-card type and fan-speed setting.

Power consumption (typical)

Cisco MDS 9706 with 3 Fabrics (Watts [W])

Ports

Watts

96

1465

192

2425

Environmental

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
(H x W x D)

Chassis dimensions (9RU): 15.6 x 17.3 x 32.0 in. (39.62 x 43.9 x 81.3 cm)
Chassis depth including cable management and chassis doors is 38 in. (96.52 cm)
Unit is rack mountable in a standard 19-inch (482.6-mm) EIA rack, Unit is also 2-post rack mountable

Weight

Chassis only: 145 lb (65.8 kg)
Fully configured: 325 lb

Approvals and compliance

Safety compliance
CE Marking
UL 60950
CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 60950
EN 60950
IEC 60950
TS 001
AS/NZS 3260
IEC60825
EN60825
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
* A minimum of three fabrics is needed to support a fully populated chassis with four Cisco MDS 9700 48-Port 16-Gbps Fibre Channel cards; four fabrics are needed to provide N+1 redundancy.
1 IBM FICON will be officially supported on the Cisco MDS 9706 in a post-FCS release.

Warranty Information

Find warranty information on Cisco.com on the Product Warranties page.

Ordering Information

To place an order, visit the Cisco Ordering Homepage. To download software, visit the Cisco Software Center. Table 4 summarizes the ordering information.

Table 4. Ordering Information

Product Description

Part Number

Cisco MDS 9700 Series Component

MDS 9706 Chassis, No Power Supplies, Fans Included

DS-C9706

MDS 9700 Series Supervisor-1

DS-X97-SF1-K9

MDS 9706 Crossbar Switching Fabric-1 Module

DS-X9706-FAB1

MDS 9700 3000W AC power supply

DS-CAC97-3KW

MDS 9700 3000W DC power supply

DS-CDC97-3KW

48-Port 16-Gbps Fibre Channel Switching Module

DS-X9448-768K9

48-port 10-Gbps FCoE Switching Module

DS-X9848-480K9

MDS 9706 Base Config: Chassis, 2 Sup-1, 3 Fabric-1, 6 3K AC

DS-C9706-1K9

MDS 9706 Enhanced Config: Chassis, 2 Sup-1, 6 Fabric-1, 4 3K AC

DS-C9706-1EK9

MDS 9706 Bundle Config Chassis Sup-1 3 Fab-1 3 PS AC 3K 2 Modules 16G SFP+ Enterprise License

DS-C9706-2BSK9

MDS 9706 Bundle Config Chassis Sup-1 3 Fab-1 3 PS AC 3K 2 Modules 8G SFP+ Enterprise License

DS-C9706-2B8K9

16 Gbps Fibre Channel SW SFP+, LC

DS-SFP-FC16G-SW

16 Gbps Fibre Channel LW SFP+, LC

DS-SFP-FC16G-LW

10 Gbps Fibre Channel SW SFP+, LC

DS-SFP-FC10G-SW

10 Gbps Fibre Channel LW SFP+, LC

DS-SFP-FC10G-LW

8 Gbps Fibre Channel SW SFP+, LC

DS-SFP-FC8G-SW

8 Gbps Fibre Channel LW SFP+, LC

DS-SFP-FC8G-LW

8 Gbps Fibre Channel Extended Reach SFP+, LC

DS-SFP-FC8G-ER

10GBASE-SR SFP Module

DS-SFP-10GE-SR,

SFP-10G-SR

10GBASE-LR SFP Module

DS-SFP-10GE-LR,
SFP-10G-LR

10GBASE-ER SFP Module

SFP-10G-ER

Power cord 250VAC 16A, Australia, source plug AU20S3

CAB-9K16A-AUS

Power cord 250VAC 16A, China, source plug GB16C

CAB-9K16A-CH

Power cord 250VAC 16A, Europe, source plug CEE 7/7

CAB-9K16A-EU

Power cord 250VAC 16A, international, source plug IEC 309

CAB-9K16A-INT

Power cord 250VAC 16A, Israel, source plug SI16S3

CAB-9K16A-ISR

Power cord 250VAC 16A, South Africa, source plug EL 208, SABS 164-1

CAB-9K16A-SA

Power cord 250VAC 16A, Switzerland, source plug SEV 5934-2 Type 23

CAB-9K16A-SW

Power cord 250VAC 16A, United States/Japan, source plug NEMA 6-20

CAB-9K16A-US1

Power cord 250VAC 16A, United States/Japan, source plug NEMA L6-20

CAB-9K16A-US2

Power Cord, 125VAC 20A NEMA 5-20 Plug, North America/Japan

CAB-9K20A-NA

Power Cord 250VAC 16A, Korea, Src Plug

CAB-9K16A-KOR

Power Cord 250VAC 16A, Argentina, Src Plug IR2073-C19

CAB-9K16A-ARG

Power Cord 250VAC 16A, Brazil, Src Plug EL224-C19

CAB-9K16A-BRZ

Cabinet Jumper Power Cord, 250 VAC 16A, C20-C19 Connectors

CAB-C19-CBN

MDS 9706 - Front Door Kit

DS-C9706-FD-MB

Licensed Software

Enterprise package license for 1 MDS9700 switch

M97ENTK9

DCNM for SAN License for MDS 9700

DCNM-SAN-M97-K9

MDS 9700 Mainframe Package License for one MDS 9700 switch

M97FIC1K9

Spare Component

MDS 9706 Chassis, Spare, No Power Supplies, Fans Included

DS-C9706=

MDS 9700 Series Supervisor-1

DS-X97-SF1-K9=

MDS 9706 Crossbar Switching Fabric-1 Module

DS-X9706-FAB1=

MDS 9700 3000W AC power supply

DS-CAC97-3KW=

MDS 9700 3000W DC power supply

DS-CDC97-3KW=

MDS 9706 FAN Tray

DS-C9706-FAN=

48-Port 16-Gbps Fibre Channel Switching Module

DS-X9448-768K9=

MDS 9700 48-port 16Gbps FC Module + 48 8-Gbps SW SFP+, Spare

DS-X9448768B8K9=

MDS 9700 48-port 16Gbps FC Module + 48 16-Gbps SW SFP+, Spare

DS-X9448768BSK9=

48-port 10-Gbps FCoE Switching Module, Spare

DS-X9848-480K9=

MDS 9700 48-port 10Gbps FCoE Module + 48 10-Gbps SR SFP, Spare

DS-X9848480BK9=

16 Gbps Fibre Channel SW SFP+, LC

DS-SFP-FC16G-SW=

16 Gbps Fibre Channel LW SFP+, LC

DS-SFP-FC16G-LW=

10 Gbps Fibre Channel SW SFP+, LC

DS-SFP-FC10G-SW=

10 Gbps Fibre Channel LW SFP+, LC

DS-SFP-FC10G-LW=

8 Gbps Fibre Channel SW SFP+, LC

DS-SFP-FC8G-SW=

8 Gbps Fibre Channel LW SFP+, LC

DS-SFP-FC8G-LW=

8 Gbps Fibre Channel Extended Reach SFP+, LC

DS-SFP-FC8G-ER=

10GBASE-SR SFP Module

DS-SFP-10GE-SR=,
SFP-10G-SR=

10GBASE-LR SFP Module

DS-SFP-10GE-LR=,
SFP-10G-LR=

10GBASE-ER SFP Module

SFP-10G-ER=

1470 nm CWDM 2/4/8-Gbps Fibre Channel SFP+

DS-CWDM8G1470=

1490 nm CWDM 2/4/8-Gbps Fibre Channel SFP+

DS-CWDM8G1490=

1510 nm CWDM 2/4/8-Gbps Fibre Channel SFP+

DS-CWDM8G1510=

1530 nm CWDM 2/4/8-Gbps Fibre Channel SFP+

DS-CWDM8G1530=

1550 nm CWDM 2/4/8-Gbps Fibre Channel SFP+

DS-CWDM8G1550=

1570 nm CWDM 2/4/8-Gbps Fibre Channel SFP+

DS-CWDM8G1570=

1590 nm CWDM 2/4/8-Gbps Fibre Channel SFP+

DS-CWDM8G1590=

1610 nm CWDM 2/4/8-Gbps Fibre Channel SFP+

DS-CWDM8G1610=

Cisco 10GBASE DWDM SFP+ Modules

DWDM-SFP10G-xx.xx=

Power cord 250VAC 16A, Australia, source plug AU20S3

CAB-9K16A-AUS=

Power cord 250VAC 16A, China, source plug GB16C

CAB-9K16A-CH=

Power cord 250VAC 16A, Europe, source plug CEE 7/7

CAB-9K16A-EU=

Power cord 250VAC 16A, international, source plug IEC 309

CAB-9K16A-INT=

Power cord 250VAC 16A, Israel, source plug SI16S3

CAB-9K16A-ISR=

Power cord 250VAC 16A, South Africa, source plug EL 208, SABS 164-1

CAB-9K16A-SA=

Power cord 250VAC 16A, Switzerland, source plug SEV 5934-2 Type 23

CAB-9K16A-SW=

Power cord 250VAC 16A, United States/Japan, source plug NEMA 6-20

CAB-9K16A-US1=

Power cord 250VAC 16A, United States/Japan, source plug NEMA L6-20

CAB-9K16A-US2=

Power Cord, 125VAC 20A NEMA 5-20 Plug, North America/Japan

CAB-9K20A-NA=

Power Cord 250VAC 16A, Korea, Src Plug

CAB-9K16A-KOR=

Power Cord 250VAC 16A, Argentina, Src Plug IR2073-C19

CAB-9K16A-ARG=

Power Cord 250VAC 16A, Brazil, Src Plug EL224-C19

CAB-9K16A-BRZ=

Cabinet Jumper Power Cord, 250 VAC 16A, C20-C19 Connectors

CAB-C19-CBN=

MDS 9706 - Front Door Kit

DS-C9706-FD-MB=

MDS 9706 - Rack Mount Kit

DS-C9706-RMK=

MDS 9706 - Bottom Support Kit

DS-C9706-BSK=

MDS 9706 - Cable Management and top LED kit

DS-C9706-CBTOP=

Licensed Software Spares

Enterprise package license for 1 MDS9700 switch

M97ENTK9=

E-delivery Enterprise package license for 1 MDS9700 switch

L-M97ENTK9=

DCNM for SAN License for MDS 9700

DCNM-SAN-M97-K9=

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

L-DCNM-S-M97-K9=

MDS 9700 Mainframe Package License for one MDS 9700 switch, Spare

M97FIC1K9=

MDS 9700 Mainframe Package License for one MDS 9700 switch, Spare edelivery

L-M97FIC1K9=

Cisco Services

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For More Information

For detailed information about supported optics, see Cisco MDS 9000 Family Pluggable Transceivers.

For more information about the Cisco MDS 9706, visit http://www.cisco.com/go/storage or contact your local account representative.



[1] IBM FICON will be officially supported on the Cisco MDS 9706 in a post-FCS release.