Storage Networking Benefits

Ideal Features for Competitive Environments

Storage costs are growing faster than server costs. Businesses need more efficient, cost-effective, and responsive storage area networks (SANs), without increasing overall power consumption. Also, in today's environments that must comply with government regulations for data recovery, 24-hour access to critical information is imperative.

Cisco SANs provide:

  • Multiprotocol storage networking: Achieve lower total cost of ownership (TCO) and greater agility by integrating disparate protocols such as FC, FICON, FCoE, iSCSI, and FCIP
  • Unified OS and management tools: Reduce operating expenses and provide operational simplicity, seamless interoperability, and consistent features
  • Enterprise-class storage connectivity: Support significantly higher virtualized workloads, to increase availability, scalability, and performance
  • Services-oriented SANs: Extend any network service to any device, regardless of protocol, speed, vendor, or location

Cisco MDS 9000: Flexible, Agile, Cost-Effectivee

With Cisco MDS 9000 Switches, you can optimize physical resources, reduce operating costs such as energy use, and decrease capital expenditures to achieve lower TCO.

With industry-leading features and advanced capabilities, Cisco MDS 9000 Switches continue to be the leading platform for hosting intelligent multilayer services that fill business needs such as:

  • SAN consolidation
  • Storage encryption
  • Disaster recovery
  • Data mobility
  • SAN security
  • Replication

The MDS 9000 product family also facilitates server storage and fabric virtualization to provide an end-to-end virtualization solution for the data center.

SANs are central to the Cisco Data Center Business Advantage architecture. They provide a networking platform that helps IT departments achieve lower total cost of ownership, enhanced resiliency, and greater agility.

Consolidate Traffic and Boost Performance

John McCool, a Cisco Senior VP, describes unified fabric architecture with MDS
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Cisco Senior VP John McCool. (Video - 2:47)


Feature Cisco MDS 9148 Other Vendors' Switches Benefits of Cisco Switches
Virtual Fabric Support No additional cost Limited; not available in entry-level switches
  • Cost savings; fewer SAN switches needed
Switch-to-Switch Connections and SAN Extension No additional cost Fee for optional license
  • Scalability and business continuity without additional cost
  • No additional charge to connect two switches together or to extend the SAN
High Availability of Link No additional cost Fee for optional license
  • Reduced disruptions; included without additional cost on Cisco switches
Redundant Power Supplies No additional cost Not available in entry-level switches
  • Highly available; Cisco is the only vendor not to sacrifice high availability
Fabric Mangement and Monitoring No additional cost Fee for optional license
  • Fabric-view access to manage and monitor the network

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Cisco receives Miercom's 'Rated Best' Certification for MDS 9509 and 9513.

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