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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 mid-sized organizations.




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Ports (Standard)20 x 2/4/8/16-Gbps FC
8 x 10-Gbps FCoE
2 x 10 GE
18 x 1/2/4-Gbps FC
4 x 1-Gbps Ethernet
16, 32, or 48-ports
1/2/4/8-Gbps FC
Ports (Expansion)License upgrade to 40 x 16-Gbps FC18 x 1/2/4-Gbps FC
16 x 1 GE
Upgrade in 8-port increments
up to 48 ports with an activation license
Form FactorFixedSemi-ModularFixed
Expansion Slots-1-
Supported Interface Modules-18/4-port Multiservice Module (MSM)
16-port Storage Services Node (SSN)
Smart Storage ServicesFCIP;
I/O Accelerator with a software license
Data Mobility Manager with a software license
FCIP, IOA, DMM in base model;
(IOA, DMM require licenses)
Add FCIP + IOA or DMM with MSM
Add FCIP + IOA with SSN
Advanced Traffic ManagementVSAN, IVR,
Up to 16 links for port channels
Up to 16 links for port channels
Up to 16 links for port channels
Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE)YesNoNo
FICON SupportYes1Yes-
Air FlowFront to backSide to sideBack to front
Physical Dimensions
(H x W x D)
3.84 x 17.22 x 21.40 in.5.25 x 17.32 x 22.66 in.1.72 x 17.16 x 18.89 in.
Physical Dimensions
WeightFully configured - 22.4 lbsFully configured with optional module 62 lbsConfigured with dual power supplies 22.2 lbs

1Post-first customer ship (FCS)

1 GE Software support will be enabled in a future release