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Cisco MDS 9509 Multilayer Director

NOTE: This product is no longer being sold.

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Converge, Scale, and Provide Intelligence

The Cisco MDS 9509 Multilayer Director delivers industry-leading scalability, availability, security, and ease of management. Compatible with all generations of Cisco MDS 9000 switching modules, the Cisco MDS 9509 continues to provide outstanding investment protection.

Features and Capabilities

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

Use this director to:

  • Deploy high-performance SANs for virtualized environments
  • Transparently integrate intelligent fabric features for storage management
  • Transparently integrate Fibre Channel SANs with converged networks, using Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE)

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 auto-sensing
    • 1/2/4-Gbps auto-sensing
    • 10-Gbps fixed rate
  • Supported FCoE port speeds:
    • 10-Gbps fixed rate
  • Supported Ethernet port speeds:
    • 1-Gbps fixed rate
  • 32-port 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 (IVR)
  • Flow-based, zone-based Quality of Service (QoS)
  • Fibre Channel Congestion Control (FCC)
  • N_Port ID Virtualization (NPIV)
Reliability and availability
  • Online, non-disruptive software upgrades
  • Stateful non-disruptive 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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Why Choose Cisco MDS 9000?
Host intelligent multilayer services that fulfill business needs.

Additional Resources

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