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Cisco MDS 9148 Multilayer Fabric Switch

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With the Cisco MDS 9148 Multilayer Fabric Switch, you can gain high performance, ease of deployment, industry-leading security, and enterprise-class features at a low price. This switch provides 48 line-rate 8 Gbps ports, and offers cost-effective scalability through on-demand software licensing activation of ports.

Feature and Capabilities


  • Optimized for performance, power, and space, with 48 line-rate 8 Gbps ports for green SAN deployments
  • Flexibility for growth and virtualization
  • Enterprise-class capabilities at the lowest price point
  • Easy to deploy and provision
  • Requires no training to operate


  • Enterprise-class availability features for smaller scale and departmental SANs
  • Virtualization features optimized for virtual server environments
  • Industry-leading SAN security, to support compliance and regulatory requirements
  • Comprehensive, built-in management and operational tools for end-to-end SAN management and diagnostics
  • Common NX-OS across Cisco MDS and Nexus families

Specifications at a Glance

Item Specification
Minimum software requirements
  • Cisco MDS 9000 NX-OS Software Release 5.0(1), supporting Cisco MDS 9148 and Cisco Fabric Manager
  • Cisco MDS 9000 NX-OS Release 5.2(1), supporting Cisco Data Center Network Manager (DCNM) for SAN
  • Zero-touch installation capability scheduled for a future release of Cisco MDS 9000 NX-OS Software
Performance and port configuration
  • Port speed: 8, 4, 2, and 1 Gbps autosensing with 8 Gbps of dedicated bandwidth per port
  • Buffer credits: Up to 128 for a group of 4 ports, with a default of 32 buffer credits per port and a maximum of 125 buffer credits for a single port in the group
  • Ports per chassis: Up to 48 8-Gbps ports:
    • Base configuration with 16 ports; additional configurations for 32 and 48 ports available
    • Upgrade ports in 8-port increments from any configuration with the port activation license
  • PortChannel: Up to 16 ports in a PortChannel with automatic load balancing
  • VSAN fabric isolation
  • Intelligent packet inspection at port level
  • Hardware zoning by access control lists (ACLs)
  • Logical-unit-number (LUN) zoning and read-only zones
  • Extended broadcast zoning
  • FC-SP switch-to-switch authentication
  • FC-SP host-to-switch authentication
  • Role-based access control (RBAC) using RADIUS or TACACS+ authentication, authorization, and accounting (AAA) functions
  • Management access
  • Secure FTP (SFTP)
  • Secure Shell Version 2 (SSHv2)
  • Simple Network Management Protocol Version 3 (SNMPv3), implementing Advanced Encryption Standard (AES)
  • Control plane security
Virtual Computing Environment (VCE) coalition Cisco MDS 9148 supported as a VCE coalition option for Vblock1 and Vblock2


Featured Content

ESG Test and Validation Report (PDF - 1.28 MB)
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