SAN-OS 2.1 is the latest version of the operating system for the Cisco MDS 9000 SAN switch family and includes features designed specifically to enable third-party storage software applications. SAN-OS 2.1 provides support for FAIS-based storage applications, appliance-based storage applications via the SANTap protocol, and network-accelerated serverless backup. By providing an open, standards-based platform, SAN-OS 2.1 enables Intelligent Fabric Applications such as volume management, point-in-time copy, data replication, continuous data protection, data migration and high-performance backups. Ciscos commitment to standards will foster industry-wide interoperability to provide customers more flexibility in choosing the best solution for their business/IT requirements while driving down the total costs associated with managing their data.

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