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Cisco MDS 9124 Multilayer Fabric Switch

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The Cisco MDS 9124 includes enterprise-class features at a low entry price. (6:36 min)

The Cisco MDS 9124 24-Port Multilayer Fabric Switch is a flexible, highly available, and highly secure solution that offers outstanding value for mission-critical deployments. Affordable and easy to use, the MDS 9124 comes in a compact, one rack-unit (1 RU) form factor.

This new switch features 24 ports capable of speeds of 4, 2, and 1 Gbps. It supports the same industry-leading Cisco MDS 9000 NX-OS software that is supported on the entire Cisco MDS 9000 family of products.

Minimal Configuration and Easy Activation

The Cisco MDS 9124 features a quick configuration wizard that simplifies and accelerates the initial fabric activation. It requires no special training to operate, and offers flexible, on-demand port activation. Ports can be activated in eight-port increments through software licensing. The default base switch has eight active ports.

Feature and Capabilities

The Cisco MDS 9124 features a comprehensive security framework and advanced traffic management, as well as:

  • VSANs, port channels, and quality of service (QoS) intelligent storage networking services
  • Choice of either AC or DC hot-pluggable power supplies
  • Simplified Data Center Network Manager (DCNM) for SAN software
  • Sophisticated diagnostics and troubleshooting tools
  • Reduced total cost of ownership (TCO)

Specifications at a Glance

Minimum Software Requirements
  • Cisco MDS 9000 SAN-OS Software Release 3.1(1) supporting Cisco MDS 9124 and Cisco Fabric Manager (Note: SAN-OS 3.x releases are still supported but are End-of-Life)
  • Cisco MDS 9000 NX-OS Release 4.1(1) supporting Cisco MDS 9124 and Cisco Fabric Manager
  • Cisco MDS 9000 NX-OS Release 5.0(1) supporting Cisco MDS 9124 and Cisco Fabric Manager
  • Cisco MDS 9000 NX-OS 5.2(2) supporting Cisco MDS 9124 and DCNM for SAN
Performance and Port Configurations
  • Port speed: 4, 2, and 1 Gbps autosensing, with 4 Gbps of dedicated bandwidth per port
  • Buffer credits: Up to 64 for a group of four ports, with a default of 16 buffer credits per port
  • Ports per chassis: Up to 24 (base configuration with eight ports; additional ports in eight-port increments with the port activation license)
  • PortChannels: Up to 16 ports per PortChannel

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