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Release 7.3 supports enhanced Fibre Channel (FC) and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) connectivity, and new fabric services for the Cisco MDS 9000 Family of products. It can enable higher scalability, superior reliability, and simpler manageability on Cisco MDS platforms.

Features and Capabilities

Release 7.3 supports 2-, 4-, 8-, 10-, and 16-Gbps Fibre Channel as well as 10-Gigabit and 40-Gigabit FCoE.

Multi-protocol support delivers superior flexibility. Examples include:

  • Fibre Channel
  • FCoE
  • IBM Fibre Connection (FICON)
  • Fibre Channel over IP (FCIP)
  • iSCSI

The software architecture provides non-disruptive software upgrades, stateful process failover, and other features so customers gain high availability and reliability.

Comprehensive network security features support access control, authorization, encryption, port security, and more.

Fabric applications support a variety of storage services, including virtualization, data protection, acceleration, migration and replication, among others

Specifications at a Glance

  • Supported protocols: Fibre Channel, FCoE, IBM Fibre Connection (FICON), iSCSI, and Fibre Channel over IP (FCIP)
  • Architecture features: Non-disruptive software upgrades, stateful process failover, and other features
  • Security features: Support for access control, authorization, encryption, port security, and more
  • Storage services supported: Virtualization, data protection, acceleration, migration, replication, and others

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