Compare fabric switches for storage area networks. Cisco MDS 9200 Series Switches help enable multiprotocol, multiservice storage convergence, while Cisco MDS 9100 Series Switches deliver enterprise-class storage connectivity to small and midsize organizations.




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Ports (standard)16 x 4/8/16/32-Gbps20 x 2/4/8/16-Gbps FC
8 x 10-Gbps FCoE
2 x 1/10 GE
12 or 48 ports
2/4/8/16-Gbps FC
Ports (expansion)16 x 4/8/16/32-GbpsLicense upgrade to 40 x 16-Gbps FCLicense upgrade in 12-port increments up to 48 ports
Form factorSemi-modularFixedFixed
Expansion slots1--
Supported interface modulesCisco MDS M9XT-FC1632 16-Port 32-Gbps Fibre Channel Port Expansion Module--
Smart storage services-FCIP, Cisco MDS 9000 I/O Accelerator
with a software license, Cisco Data Mobility Manager with a software license
Advanced traffic management: VSAN, IVR, up to 16 links for port channelsyesYesYes
Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE)NoYesNo
FICON supportNo (available on future release)Yes-
Air flowBi-directional airflowFront to backBack to front
Physical dimensions
(H x W x D)
1.72 x 17.3 x 20.11 in. (4.37 x 43.94 x 51.08 cm)3.84 x 17.22 x 21.40 in. (9.75 x 43.74 x 54.36 cm)1.72 x 17.16 x 16.34 in. (4.37 x 43.59 x 41.50 cm)
Physical dimensions
Weight (fully configured)21.64 lb. (9.82 kg)22.4 lb. (10.16 kg)19.84 lb. (9.0 kg)

1Post-first customer ship (FCS)