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Cisco MDS 9700 Series Multilayer Directors

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  MDS 9718 MDS 9710 MDS 9706
Maximum ports per chassis 768 x 2/4/8/10/16-Gbps FC 384 x 2/4/8/10/16-Gbps FC 192 x 2/4/8/10/16-Gbps FC
768 x 10-Gbps FCoE  / 384 x 40-Gbps FCoE 384 x 10-Gbps FCoE 192 x 10-Gbps FCoE
Line card slots 16 8 4
Supervisor slots 2 2 2
Power supply bays 16 8 4
Switching fabric slots 6 61 61
Switching fabric 256 Gbps FC per fabric 256 Gbps FC per fabric 256 Gbps FC per fabric
FC switching bandwidth 48 Tbps 24 Tbps 12 Tbps
Physical dimensions 45.25 x 17.3 x 35 in. 24.5 x 17.37 x 34.0 in. 15.6 x 17.3 x 32.0 in.
(H x W x D)
Physical dimensions (RU) 26 14 9
Weight Chassis: 300 lb Chassis: 185 lb Chassis: 145 lb
Power supply: 6 lb Power supply: 6 lb Power supply: 6 lb
Fabric module: 20 lb Fabric module: 11 lb Fabric module: 5.6 lb
Supervisor-1E: 8.5lb Supervisor-1: 7 lb Supervisor-1: 7 lb
Airflow Front to back Front to back Front to back
Fan tray Three fan trays at back Three fan trays at back Three fan trays at back

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 9700 Series Supervisor-1E
Chassis MDS 9710, MDS 9706 MDS 9718
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 768 FC ports per chassis
Fibre Channel port bandwidth 2, 4, 8, 10, and 16 Gbps 2, 4, 8, 10, and 16 Gbps
FICON support Yes (MDS 9710) Future release
Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) Yes Yes
iSCSI - -
Fibre Channel over IP (FCIP) - -
Memory 8 Gigabits 32 Gigabits
Number of cores 4 8
Clock speed 2.1 GHz 2.1 GHz
  48-Port16 G FC Module 48-Port10-Gbps FCoE Module 24-Port40-Gbps FCoE Module
Ports 48 x 2-, 4-, 8-, 10-, 16-Gbps FC 48 x 10-Gbps FCoE 24 x 40-Gbps FCoE
Maximumports per chassis 768 x 2-, 4-, 8-, 10-, 16--GbpsFC 768 x 2-, 4-, 8-, 10-, 16-GbpsFC 768 x 10-Gbps FCoE; 384 x40-Gbps FCoE
Oversubscription Line rate Line rate Line rate
FCswitching bandwidth 768 Gbps - -
FCoEswitching bandwidth - 480 Gbps 960 Gbps
MultihopFCoE - Yes Yes
FICONsupport Yes - -
Intelligentfabric services VSAN, IVR, up to 16 portchannels Up to 16 port channels Up to 16 port channels