Storage Networking Platform for Data Center Business Advantage
Your data center infrastructure must evolve rapidly to improve resiliency, increase business responsiveness, and keep up with the growing demands of new applications while reducing overall power consumption. Storage costs are growing faster than server costs, increasing the need for efficient and cost-effective storage area networks. In highly competitive environments that comply with government regulations for data recovery, 24-hour access to critical information is imperative.
Cisco Storage Solutions benefits and features:
Cisco solutions for storage area networks provide:
Storage area networks are central to the Cisco Data Center Business Advantage architecture, providing a networking platform that helps IT departments achieve lower total cost of ownership, enhanced resiliency, and greater agility through Cisco data center storage solutions.
The Cisco MDS 9148 Fabric Switch provides 48 line-rate 8-Gbps ports and offers cost-effective scalability through on-demand activation of ports via software licensing.
The Cisco MDS 9000 16-Port Storage Services Node (SSN-16) hosts four independent service engines. Each of them can be activated individually and incrementally to scale as business requirements change, or they can be configured to run separate applications
The Cisco I/O Accelerator (IOA) provides a fabric-based, highly integrated, topology-independent acceleration service to improve remote I/O performance and bandwidth utilization over metropolitan and wide area networks.
Increase Data Center Efficiency
Data center managers want to increase the efficiency of their data centers by reducing power and cooling requirements, increasing overall use of servers and applications, isolating application traffic, and addressing security issues related to data integrity.
Cisco storage networking solutions addresses these requirements by:
Disaster Recovery/Business Continuance
Cisco pioneered VSANs seven years ago when the MDS 9000 Family was introduced, and they form the basis of the industry's Virtual Fabric standard. VSANs provide isolation of traffic, fabric faults, and administrative responsibilities.
Unified OS and Management tools provide operational simplicity, seamless interoperability, and feature consistency across the Cisco MDS 9000, Cisco Nexus 7000, Cisco Nexus 5000, and Cisco Nexus 1000V product families.
The DMM's transparent insertion feature makes it possible to initiate and perform data movement:
The newly converged Cisco Data Center Network Manager (DCNM):
The 9500 Series shares a common architecture and switching and services modules that are backward and forward compatible with all Cisco MDS 9500 Series Multilayer Directors and 9200 Series Multilayer Fabric Switches.
These switches deliver state-of-the-art multiprotocol and distributed multiservice convergence.
These cost-effective, scalable, easy-to-install, and highly configurable Fibre Channel switches are ideal for small to medium-sized businesses.
Applications such as continuous data replication, Cisco Storage Media Encryption (SME), Cisco MDS Data Mobility Manager (DMM), and network-based volume management address frequent customer concerns.
Rebranded as Data Center Network Manager for SAN, this is now part of the Data Center Network Manager converged solution for managing LAN and SAN.
Build Scalable, Secure SAN Solutions
Cisco and its storage partners provide tested and validated solutions that help customers efficiently create high-performance storage environments. With these joint solutions, customers can accelerate deployment, reduce risk, and cut preproduction testing time and costs.
To test and validate data center and SAN solutions, Cisco works closely with mulitple partners:
Improving Business-Process Flow (PDF - 650 KB)
Mixing Traffic on the Same SAN
Building Intelligent Storage Networks
Cisco MDS 9000 Overview
Get an overview of Cisco MDS 9000 Family features and benefits.
Learn how the Cisco MDS 9000 Family provides a leading high-density, high-bandwidth storage networking solution and integrated-fabric applications to support dynamic data center requirements.
Fibre Channel over Ethernet
Fibre Channel over Ethernet facilitates consolidation of I/O in the data center, allowing Fibre Channel and Ethernet networks to share a single, integrated infrastructure.
Statement of Direction
The Cisco MDS statement of direction is a quick summary of the Cisco Storage Networking Solutions portfolio that also describes ongoing research and development efforts.