Cisco Multilayer Director Switches improve storage usage, system management, and provisioning speed for ERP data storage.

In the mid-1990s, Cisco IT maintained a growing data storage infrastructure, consisting of about 90 percent direct-attached storage (DAS) and 10 percent network-attached storage. Through the early 2000s, Cisco migrated to storage-area networks (SANs), which allowed storage resources to be pooled into a large shared storage facility while improving overall storage utilization and reducing costs. The migration began with the deployment of Cisco MDS 9500 Series Multilayer Director Switches for enterprise resource planning (ERP) and data warehousing business functions at the Cisco data center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.

This storage networking case study describes Cisco IT’s deployment of the Cisco MDS 9509 and Cisco MDS 9513 Multilayer Director Switches within the Cisco global network, and business benefits of the deployment, including:

  • Improved storage utilization
  • Improved system management and reliability
  • Reduced costs
  • Faster provisioning

Read the Updated SAN for ERP Data Storage Case Study