Cisco Multilayer Director Switch offers safe migration path from other vendor SAN switches.

When the Cisco IT Storage team migrated from McDATA switches to Cisco Multilayer Director Switches (MDS), the group did so gradually. For more than three months, Cisco IT operated critical engineering applications within a mixed storage-area network (SAN) environment, with Cisco MDS switches in the core and McDATA switches at the edge, proving the case that Cisco MDS can be used in a gradual migration away from smaller competitor SAN switches with service interruption.

This storage networking case study details the Cisco IT migration and business benefits of the Cisco MDS, including:

  • Higher port density, improving utilization and freeing up data center floor space
  • Ability to create multiple virtual SANs (VSANs) on the same switch
  • Higher availability

Read the Updated SAN Switch Interoperability in Migration Case Study