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Cisco MDS 9700 Series Multilayer Directors

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Compare Fibre Channel SAN Directors - Cisco MDS 9710 Multilayer Director and Cisco MDS 9513 Multilayer Director. MDS 9710 supports 16-Gigabit Fibre Channel and 10-Gigabit FCoE connectivity with superior performance, reliability, and flexibility.

  MDS 9710 MDS 9706 MDS 9513 MDS 9506
Maximum ports per chassis 384 x 2/4/8/10/16-Gbps FC
384 x 10-Gbps FCoE
192 x 2/4/8/10/16-Gbps FC
192 x 10-Gbps FCoE
528 x 1/2/4/8/10-Gbps FC
88 x 10-Gbps FCoE
176 x 1-Gbps Ethernet
192 x 1/2/4/8-Gbps FC
32 x 10-Gbps FCoE
64 x 1-Gbps Ethernet
Line card slots 8 4 11 4
Supervisor slots 2 2 2 2
Power supply bays 8 4 2 2
Switching fabric slots 61 61 2 02
Switching fabric 256 Gbps FC per fabric 256 Gbps FC per fabric 128 Gbps FC per fabric Gbps per Supervisor
FC switching bandwidth 24 Tbps 12 Tbps 8.4 Tbps 1.5 Tbps
Physical dimensions
(H x W x D)
24.5 x 17.37 x 34.0 in. 15.6 x 17.3 x 32.0 in. 24.5 x 17.37 x 28.0 in. 12.25 x 17.37 x 21.75 in
Physical dimensions (RU) 14 9 14 7
Weight Chassis: 185 lb
Power supply: 6 lb
Fabric module: 11 lb
Supervisor-1: 7 lb
Chassis: 145 lb
Power supply: 6 lb
Fabric module: 5.6 lb
Supervisor-1: 7 lb
Chassis: 100 lb
Power supply: 32.5 lb
Fabric module: 5.75 lb
Supervisor-2/2A: 7.2 lb
Chassis: 46 lb
Power supply: 1 lb
Fabric module: N/A
Supervisor-2/2A: 7.2 lb
Airflow Front to back Front to back Side to side Side to side
Fan tray Three fan trays at back Three fan trays at back Front and back fan tray Side fan tray

1Minimum three fabrics needed to support fully populated chassis; four fabrics needed to provide N+1 protection.
2SUP2A provides switching functionality.

  9700 Series Supervisor-1 9500 Series Supervisor-2A
Chassis MDS 9710 MDS 9506, 9509, 9513
Supervisors Per Chassis Must be installed in pairs Must be installed in pairs
Max Fibre Channel (FC) Ports Up to 384 FC ports per chassis Up to 528 FC ports per chassis
Fibre Channel Port Bandwidth 2/4/8/10/16-Gbps 1/2/4/8/10 Gbps
FICON Support (future release) 1/2/4/8/10 Gbps
Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) (future release) Yes
iSCSI - Yes
Fibre Channel over IP (FCIP) - Yes
Memory 8 G 2 G
Number of Cores 4 1
Clock Speed 2.1 GHz 1.4 GHz
  48-Port 16 G FC Module 48-Port 10-Gbps FCoE Module
Ports 48 x 2/4/8/10/16-Gbps FC 48 x 10-Gbps FCoE
Maximum ports per chassis 384 x 16-Gbps FC 384 x 10-Gbps FCoE
Oversubscription Line rate Line rate
FC switching bandwidth 768 Gbps -
FCoE switching bandwidth - 480 Gbps
Multihop FCoE - Yes
FICON support Yes -
Intelligent
fabric services
VSAN, IVR,
up to 16 port channels
Up to 16 port channels