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Smarter Fabrics: At Your Service

Designed to create a strategic SAN platform with superior reliability, performance, scalability, and features, Cisco MDS 9000 NX-OS Software powers Cisco MDS 9000 Series Multilayer Switches.

Advantages of the software include:

  • Flexibility and scalability for enterprise SANs
  • Consistency across platforms to provide a unified software base for unification of Ethernet, storage, and high-performance computing networks
  • Reduced total cost of ownership (TCO) through integrated fabric applications, security, and ease of management

The software's essential features include the following:

  • Integrated fabric applications to deliver network-based storage applications and services
  • Tightly integrated SAN Extension and I/O Acceleration to support open systems and mainframe I/O traffic over metropolitan-area networks (MANs) and WANs
  • Virtual SAN (VSAN) capability to improve Fibre Channel SAN scalability, availability, manageability, and security
  • End-to-end virtualization and mobility to simplify deployment and management of virtual machines, VSAN fabrics, blade servers, and virtualized storage devices
  • Integrated encryption features to help preserve the integrity and confidentiality of Fibre Channel traffic between modular switches within a data center or across MANs and WANs

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