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Cisco MDS 9100 Series Multilayer Fabric Switches

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Compare fabric switches for storage area networks. Cisco MDS 9100 Series Switches help enable multiprotocol, multiservice storage convergence, while Cisco MDS 9200 Series Switches deliver enterprise-class storage connectivity to mid-sized organizations.

  9250i 9222i 9148
Ports (Standard) 20 x 2/4/8/16-Gbps FC
8 x 10-Gbps FCoE
2 x 1/10 GE
18 x 1/2/4-Gbps FC
4 x 1-Gbps Ethernet
16, 32, or 48-ports
1/2/4/8-Gbps FC
Ports (Expansion) License upgrade to 40 x 16-Gbps FC 18 x 1/2/4-Gbps FC
16 x 1 GE
Upgrade in 8-port increments
up to 48 ports with an activation license
Form Factor Fixed Semi-Modular Fixed
Expansion Slots - 1 -
Supported
Interface Modules
- 18/4-port Multiservice Module (MSM)
16-port Storage Services Node (SSN)
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Smart Storage Services FCIP;
I/O Accelerator
with a software license
Data Mobility Manager
with a software license
FCIP, IOA, DMM in base model;
(IOA, DMM require licenses)
Add FCIP + IOA or DMM with MSM
Add FCIP + IOA with SSN
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Advanced Traffic Management VSAN, IVR,
Up to 16 links for port channels
VSAN, IVR,
Up to 16 links for port channels
VSAN, IVR,
Up to 16 links for port channels
Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) Yes No No
iSCSI Yes Yes No
FICON Support Yes1 Yes -
Air Flow Front to back Side to side Back to front
Physical Dimensions
(H x W x D)
3.84 x 17.22 x 21.40 in. 5.25 x 17.32 x 22.66 in. 1.72 x 17.16 x 18.89 in.
Physical Dimensions
(RU)
2 3 1
Weight Fully configured - 22.4 lbs Fully configured with optional module 62 lbs Configured with dual power supplies 22.2 lbs

1Post-first customer ship (FCS)