Recommended Releases for Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches
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This document lists the minimum recommended Cisco NX-OS software release and the recommended software releases for 5.x and 6.x for use with Cisco MDS 9000 Series switches for both new deployments and existing deployments. Because these are minimum release recommendations, more recent software releases can be used to take advantage of newer hardware and software capabilities. These recommendations are general and should not replace environment-specific design review efforts.
General Recommendation for New Deployments
We recommend that customers with new Cisco MDS 9000 Series deployments choose from the following releases:
We recommend that customers choose from the following releases certified by IBM for use in FICON environments:
We recommend that customers choose from the following Cisco MDS 9000 Series Intelligent Applications recommended releases:
Recommended Software Release
I/O Accelerator (IOA)
Data Mobility Manager (DMM)
Storage Media Encryption (SME) - Disk
Storage Media Encryption (SME) - Tape
RecoverPoint and SANTap
Cisco NX -OS 5.0(7) and SSI 5.0(4m)
FICON Tape Acceleration (FTA)
XRC Acceleration (XRCA)
We recommend that customer choose Cisco DCNM-SAN Release 6.3(2) for Cisco DCNM-SAN software.
General Recommendation for Existing Deployments
We recommend that customers with existing Cisco MDS 9000 Series deployments upgrade to the following minimum recommended releases:
For Cisco NX-OS Release 4.x:
For Cisco NX-OS Release 5.x:
For Cisco NX-OS Release 6.x:
Existing Deployments That Use Software Earlier Than One of the Recommended Releases
To the extent possible, we recommend upgrading to one of the NX-OS releases listed previously. If that is not possible, we recommend that you review the Cisco MDS NX-OS Release Notes for the earlier release and the Bug Tool Kit to determine the impact of any open caveats.
Documentation and Software
For additional information, see the Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches product documentation page.
For software, see the Download Software page.
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