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Cisco MDS 9000 Family Enables Power-Efficient Data Centers

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Reducing power consumption in the data center is a top priority for IT professionals. When designing for energy efficiency, it is important to take a holistic view of the data center, comparing the solutions for total power consumption and weighing the costs and benefits.

Designing a network with individual products consuming the lowest power in each category could end up making the total power use higher. If not properly designed, the resulting solution could also increase the overall cost due to performance, high-availability, and reliability issues.

Cisco MDS 9000 Family SAN switches play important roles in reducing overall power consumption in the data center:

  • Fabric virtualization delivers greater consolidation of SANs by logically virtualizing them on a single physical infrastructure.
  • Server consolidation accelerates deployments of server virtualization and blade servers.
  • Storage virtualization provides optimal utilization, consolidation, and tiering of physical storage.
  • Unified I/O reduces the number of network adapters in the servers and consolidates LAN and SAN access layer switches.

Server Consolidation


Cisco MDS 9500 Series Multilayer Directors help reduce data center power by enabling greater server consolidation. Cisco MDS 9000 Family Fibre Channel switching modules consume only marginally more power than competing products on a per-switch basis, while delivering:

  • Integrated intelligent services
  • Advanced features
  • Consistent and reliable performance

Integrated Intelligence


Cisco MDS 9500 Series Multilayer Directors are designed with application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) to deliver:

  • Comprehensive intelligent capabilities
  • Consistent and reliable performance
  • Investment protection

Cisco MDS 9000 Family Fibre Channel switching modules deliver more intelligence than corresponding modules from competitors.

Less Power


As data centers evolve, the network provides increasing numbers of services. Cisco pioneered the services-oriented architecture (SOA), which integrates intelligent, high-performance services into the network. This integration eliminates the need for separate appliances, thus increasing consolidation and reducing power consumption.