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Compare models in the Cisco MDS 9500 Series. These storage area network directors deliver protocol-independent, high-performance connectivity for enterprise storage environments.

MDS 9500 Series Multilayer Directors 9506 9509 9513
Maximum Ports Per Chassis 192 x 1/2/4/8-Gbps FC
16 x 10-Gbps FC
32 x 10-Gbps FCoE
64 x 1-Gbps Ethernet
336 x 1/2/4/8-Gbps FC
28 x 10-Gbps FC
56 x 10-Gbps FCoE
112 x 1-Gbps Ethernet
528 x 1/2/4/8-Gbps FC
263 x 10-Gbps FC
88 x 10-Gbps FCoE
176 x 1-Gbps Ethernet
Line Card Slots 4 7 11
Supervisor Slots 2 2 2
Switching Fabric Slots In Supervisor In Supervisor 2
Switching Bandwidth 96 Gbps per slot 96 Gbps per slot 256 Gbps per slot
Physical Dimensions
(H x W x D)
12.25 x 17.37 x 21.75 in. 24.5 x 17.37 x 28.0 in. 24.5 x 17.37 x 28.0 in.
Physical Dimensions (RU) 7 RU 14 14
Weight Chassis - 46 lbs Chassis - 55 lbs Chassis - 100 lbs
Power supply - 32.5 lbs
Fabric module - 5.75 lbs
Supervisor 2, 2A - 7.2 lbs

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MDS 9500 Series Supervisors Supervisor-2A
Chassis MDS 9506, 9509, 9513
Supervisors Per Chassis Must be installed in pairs
Switching Bandwidth 1.4 Tbps (two supervisors)
2.2 Tbps (with two times MDS 9513 Crossbar modules)
Maximum Fibre Channel (FC) Ports Up to 528 FC ports per chassis
FC Port Bandwidth 1/2/4/8/10 Gbps
FICON Support 1/2/4/8/10 Gbps
Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) Yes
Fibre Channel over IP (FCIP) Yes

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  32 or 48-port Advanced
8 Gbps FC Modules
8-port 10 Gbps FCoE Module 16-port Storage Services Node
Ports 32 or 48-port
1/2/4/8-Gbps FC
or 24-port 10-Gbps FC
8-port 10-Gbps FCoE 16 fixed 1-Gbps Ethernet
Maximum Ports Per Chassis 528 8-Gbps FC 88 10-Gbps FCoE One module per MDS 9500 or 9222i chassis
Oversubscription 32-port, line rate;
48-port, 1.5:1,
Line rate with arbitrated local switching enabled
Line rate -
Switching Bandwidth 8.4 Tbps per chassis 80 Gbps per line card -
Multihop Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) - Compatible with
Cisco Nexus 5000 and 7000 Series Switches
FICON Support 1/2/4/8/10-Gbps FICON   -
Fabric Services
16 port channels,
Cisco VMpath
16 port channels
16 port channels
Fabric Applications
- - Four service engines:
Integrated FCIP,
Advanced FCIP
(FCIP compression,
IPsec encryption,
FCIP write acceleration),
Cisco I/O Accelerator,
Storage media encryption with a software license

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