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Warranty Information

IBM Services for the Cisco MDS 9000 Family

As the world's largest storage services and networking infrastructure solutions provider, IBM has the experience and skills required to offer time-tested solutions and flexible, cost-effective services for storage environments of all types and sizes. IBM Global Services provides planning, design, implementation, and operations support for the MDS 9000 storage networking family.

Warranty Support IBM Global Services is a Cisco Authorized Warranty and Post-Warranty Provider for MDS 9000 products purchased from IBM and IBM Business Partners. IBM Global Services provides 24x7x365 warranty and post-warranty support for the entire MDS 9000 product family in most geographies world-wide.  Cisco Systems provides MDS 9000 technical assistance and parts replacement support to IBM Global Services to assist in the delivery of high quality customer support.

Post-Warranty Support

Support beyond the standard one-year enhanced warranty can be purchased as warranty extensions (maintenance), available in 1-year and 2-year increments.

For additional information, customers should contact their IBM storage sales representative.

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Warranty and Post-Warranty Support
for products purchased from IBM or IBM Business Partners

To obtain warranty & post-warranty support through IBM:

Entitlement Information
When contacting IBM for support, please have the following information available for your hardware:

  • Machine Type# 2062 for all Cisco Storage Products (except as otherwise identified)
    or 2061 for the Port Analyzer Adapter and 9120 and 9140 Cisco Storage Products
  • Serial Number (For 2062, use IBM seven digit #, i.e. 13-XXXXX. For 2061, use Cisco eleven digit #, i.e. JABYYYYXXXX.)
  • Model number
  • Contact name
  • Contact telephone number
  • Address of hardware location

Warranty Terms
Your warranty is subject to the warranty terms and conditions provided with the warranty card received with your product.

Cisco One-Year Enhanced Hardware Warranty Terms: 78-15389-03

Any changes, moves, or updates to your product location may impact the ability to obtain the 24x7x4 Onsite support. In order to ensure enhanced service, please notify your warranty provider of any changes to your product location at least 30 days in advance.

Technical Support
Please contact your warranty provider for any technical support issues. Your warranty provider will be able to aid you with any hardware or software issues.

Available support documentation: Specifications, Installation, and Configuration

Software Updates
Software downloads for the Cisco MDS 9000 product family are available by logging in at the Software Center Storage Networking site.

Login access to the Software Center will be provided by your Authorized Warranty and Post-Warranty Provider.

If you are downloading the Cisco MDS 9000 Product Family software for the first time, you may need to submit a request form to be able to download the 'Cryptographic Software under Export Licensing Controls'. Your user profile must be up to date to complete the process. Once the application process is complete, the Cisco MDS 9000 software may be downloaded.

Access to
Please contact IBM Global Services, your Authorized Warranty and Post-Warranty Provider, to obtain access.

Optional Post-Warranty Support
Please contact your IBM Storage Sales representative to order any post-warranty maintenance services. Your Post-Warranty Support is subject to the terms and conditions provided with the card received with your product.

Cisco Optional Post-Warranty Support Terms: 78-16191-01

Any changes, moves, or updates to your product location may impact the ability to obtain the 24x7x4 Onsite support. In order to ensure post-warranty service, please notify your authorized post-warranty provider of any changes to your product location at least 30 days in advance.

Frequently Asked Question(s)

How do I locate my serial number on my chassis or line card?

Answer: The chassis serial number on a Cisco MDS 9000 Series Multilayer switch is used to identify the unit for warranty support. It can be manually read by checking the sticker in back of the unit next to the power supply or obtained remotely.

To obtain the Cisco serial number remotely, please view the following on-line instructions: