Cisco MDS 9396S 16G Multilayer Fabric Switch

Cisco MDS 9396S 16G Multilayer Fabric Switchview expanded image

Versatile, Affordable, High Density Fabric Switch

The Cisco MDS 9396S 16G Multilayer Fabric Switch is the next generation of the highly reliable, flexible, and affordable Cisco MDS 9000 Family fabric switches. This powerful, compact, 2-rack-unit switch scales from 48 to 96 line-rate 16-Gbps Fibre Channel ports in 12 port increments. The Cisco MDS 9396S offers enterprise-class features at affordable price.

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Features and Capabilities


  • Flexibility for growth
  • Single switch solution for small SAN deployments
  • Easy deployment and management
  • Affordable switch with enterprise-class features


  • PowerOn Auto Provisioning and intelligent diagnostics
  • In-Service Software Upgrade and dual redundant hot-swappable power supplies for high availability
  • Role-based authentication, authorization, and accounting services to support regulatory requirements
  • High-performance interswitch links with multipath load balancing
  • Smart zoning and virtual output queuing
  • Hardware-based slow port detection and recovery

Specifications at a Glance

Performance and Port Configuration

  • Supports configurations of 48 60, 72, 84, or 96 active ports, with pay-as-you-grow, on-demand licensing
  • 2/4/8/10/16-Gbps auto-sensing with 16 Gbps of dedicated bandwidth per port
  • Up to 4095 buffer credits per group of 4 ports (500 per port default, 4095 maximum for a single port in the group)

Advanced Functions

  • Virtual SAN (VSAN)
  • Inter-VSAN Routing (IVR)
  • PortChannel with multipath load balancing
  • Flow-based and zone-based Quality of Service (QoS)

Additional Resources

Contact Cisco

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