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 9513
Maximum Ports Per Chassis 384 x 2/4/8/10/16-Gbps FC
384 x 10-Gbps FCoE1
528 x 1/2/4/8/10-Gbps FC
88 x 10-Gbps FCoE
176 x 1-Gbps Ethernet
Line Card Slots 8 11
Supervisor Slots 2 2
Switching Fabric Slots 62 2
Switching Fabric 256 Gbps FC per fabric 128 Gbps FC per fabric
FC Switching Bandwidth 24-Tbps 8.4-Tbps
Physical Dimensions
(H x W x D)
24.5 x 17.37 x 34.0 in. 24.5 x 17.37 x 28.0 in.
Physical Dimensions (RU) 14 14
Weight Chassis - 185 lbs
Power supply - 6 lbs
Fabric module - 11 lbs
Supervisor-1 - 7 lbs
Chassis - 100 lbs
Power supply - 32.5 lbs
Fabric module - 5.75 lbs
Supervisor-2/2A - 7.2 lbs
Airflow Front to back Side to side
Fan Tray Three fan trays at back Front and back fan tray

1To be supported in a future release
2Minimum three fabrics needed to support fully populated chassis; four fabrics to provide N+1 protection.

  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 Fibre Channel (FC) Module
Ports 48 x 2/4/8/10/16-Gbps FC
Maximum Ports Per Chassis 384 x 16-Gbps FC
Oversubscription Line rate
FC Switching Bandwidth 24-Tbps
Multihop Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) -
FICON Support (future release)
Fabric Services
up to 16 port channels