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Cisco MDS 9100 Series Multilayer Fabric Switches

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

  9250i 9222i 9148 9148S
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 GE
16, 32, or 48 ports
1/2/4/8-Gbps FC
12 or 48 ports 2/4/8/16-Gbps FC
Ports (expansion) License upgrade to 40 x 16-Gbps FC 18 x 1/2/4-Gbps FC
16 x 1 GE
License upgrade in 8-port increments
up to 48 ports
License upgrade in 12-port increments up to 48 ports
Form factor Fixed Semimodular Fixed Fixed
Expansion slots - 1 - -
Supported
interface modules
- Cisco MDS 9000 18/4-Port Multiservice Module (MSM) and
16-Port Storage Services Node (SSN)
- -
Smart storage services FCIP, Cisco MDS 9000 I/O Accelerator
with a software license, Cisco Data Mobility Manager with a software license
FCIP, IOA, DMM in base model

Add FCIP + IOA or DMM with MSM
Add FCIP + IOA with SSN
(IOA, DMM require licenses)
- -
Advanced traffic management:
VSAN, IVR, up to 16 links for port channels
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) Yes No No No
iSCSI Yes Yes No No
FICON support Yes1 Yes - -
Air flow Front to back Side to side Back to front Back to front
Physical dimensions
(H x W x D)
3.84 x 17.22 x 21.40 in. (9.75 x 43.74 x 54.36 cm) 5.25 x 17.32 x 22.66 in. (13.34 x 43.99 x 57.56 cm) 1.72 x 17.16 x 18.89 in. (4.37 x 43.59 x 47.98 cm) 1.72 x 17.16 x 16.34 in. (4.37 x 43.59 x 41.50 cm)
Physical dimensions
(RU)
2 3 1 1
Weight (fully configured) 22.4 lb. (10.16 kg) 62 lb. (28.12 kg) (with optional module) 22.2 lb. (10.07 kg) 19.84 lb. (9.0 kg)

1Post-first customer ship (FCS)