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Cisco MDS 9506 Multilayer Director

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Get an Intelligent SAN for Small Environments

Deploy a flexible, intelligent SAN for your virtualized data center with the Cisco MDS 9506 Multilayer Director. This director-class SAN switch is designed for small, mission-critical environments, and helps you meet server virtualization challenges such as:

  • Increased need for servers to access data on the network
  • Higher bandwidth density per server
  • Different security profiles for multitenancy, cloud computing, and heterogeneous environments
  • Loss of insight into individual applications for the SAN administration team

The Cisco MDS 9506 Multilayer Director helps you meet these challenges with:

  • Convergence
  • Scale
  • Intelligence

Feature and Capabilities

  • Scalable expansion with outstanding investment protection
  • Multiprotocol architecture and convergence with multihop Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE)
  • Business transformation with Enterprise Cloud Deployment
  • Platform for intelligent storage applications
  • Enterprise-class availability

Converge Networks to Simplify SAN Connectivity

Using the Cisco MDS 9506 Multilayer Director, you can easily connect a Cisco MDS-based SAN infrastructure to large converged networks with multihop FCoE. In addition, the operating system and management interface are the same as for all other Cisco data center switches.

Easily Scale Your SAN

This SAN switch lets you consolidate highly virtualized servers and high-end storage in a SAN, with up to 192 Fibre Channel ports of 1, 2, 4, and 8 Gbps in one chassis.

Deploy Intelligent Storage Services

The Cisco MDS 9506 Multilayer Director offers intelligence for heterogeneous environments with:

Cisco Data Center Network Manager offers end-to-end virtual-machine-aware path analytics and trending, to help you simplify management of your data center virtual infrastructure.

Specifications at a Glance

Cisco MDS SAN-OS Software Release 3.0(1) or later
Performance and scalability
  • Supported Fibre Channel port speeds
  • 1/2/4/8 Gbps autosensing
  • 1/2/4 Gbps autosensing
  • 10 Gbps fixed rate
  • Supported FCoE port speeds
  • 10 Gbps fixed rate
  • Supported Ethernet port speeds
  • 1 Gbps fixed rate
  • 32- and 48-port 8 Gbps Advanced Fibre Channel modules buffer credits:
    • 32 per port (shared-mode ports)
    • Up to 500 per port (dedicated-mode ports) standard
    • Up to 4095 on an individual port (dedicated-mode ports with optional Cisco MDS 9000 Enterprise Package license activated)
Advanced functionality
  • VSAN
  • Inter-VSAN Routing
  • PortChannel with Multipath Load Balancing
  • Flow-based, zone-based Quality of Service (QoS)
  • N_Port ID Virtualization
Reliability and availability
  • Online, nondisruptive software upgrades
  • Stateful, nondisruptive supervisor module failover
  • Hot-swappable redundant supervisor modules
  • Hot-swappable 1+1 redundant power
  • Hot-swappable fan tray with integrated temperature and power management
  • Hot-swappable Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP) optics
  • Hot swappable Enhanced Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP+) optics
  • Hot-swappable small pluggable (X2) optics (10-Gbps)
  • Hot swappable switching modules
  • Stateful process restart
  • Any-module, any-port configuration for PortChannels
  • Fabric-based multipathing
  • Per-VSAN fabric services
  • Online diagnostics
  • Port tracking
  • Virtual Routing Redundancy Protocol (VRRP) for management

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