Storage Networking

Storage networking products

Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches have met and often exceeded the demanding requirements for storage area networks for more than a decade. They offer a combination of performance, non-stop operations, and multiprotocol flexibility.

Cisco MDS Multilayer Directors

Adopt intelligent features of a high-performance multiprotocol switch fabric. Address requirements of large data center environments.

Cisco MDS 9700 Series Multilayer Directors

  • Ready-to-adapt to accommodate future physical, virtual, and cloud environments
  • Up to 384 line-rate 2/4/8/16-Gbps Fibre Channel ports and 10-Gbps FCoE ports
  • Fully redundant components and fault-tolerant design
  • Multiprotocol innovations for architectural flexibility

Cisco MDS 9500 Series Multilayer Directors

  • Platform for smart storage services
  • Designed for large virtualized data center environments
  • Up to 528 1/2/4/8-Gbps Fibre Channel ports

Cisco MDS fabric switches

Integrate compact, cost-effective SAN connectivity for applications ranging from small fabrics to large data centers and intelligent SANs.

Cisco MDS 9300 Series Multilayer Fabric Switches

  • Versatile and high-density fabric switch
  • Simplified installation and management
  • Affordable switch with enterprise-class features
  • Compact form factor that supports pay as you grow model

Cisco MDS 9200 Series Multiservice Switches

  • State-of-the-art multiprotocol and multiservice convergence
  • High-performance SAN extension
  • Intelligent storage services
  • Compact form factor

Cisco MDS 9100 Series Multilayer Fabric Switches

  • Enterprise-level capabilities, such as virtualization and security
  • Highly reliable and available performance
  • Reduced total cost of operation (TCO)
  • Optimized virtual server environments and simple configuration and management

Cisco MDS software and storage services

Deploy a single operating system across the data center, including the storage network. Integrate intelligent storage services.

Cisco NX-OS Software for MDS 9000

  • Enterprise-class operating software
  • Unified operating environments for SAN and LAN
  • VM-aware SANs supported
  • Support for advanced storage services within the fabric

Cisco MDS 9000 Services-Oriented SANs

  • Ability to move data between heterogeneous storage arrays
  • No need for multiple migration solutions
  • I/O operations compressed and accelerated over WANs for backup and replication
  • Integrated, cost-effective, and reliable business-continuance solution for IBM System

Cisco MDS Cloud Integration

  • Automation of workload provisioning and open platform delivery
  • Ability to provision Fibre Channel block storage end to end across heterogeneous environments
  • Integration with Cisco UCS Director EMC ViPR, IBM PowerVC, and Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager

Cisco I/O Accelerator

  • Speed reading and writing available over metro area networks (MANs) and WANs
  • Acceleration, compression, and encryption support for backup and replication
  • Clustered service nodes for high availability
  • Support for transparent and non-disruptive insertion

Cisco XRC Acceleration

  • Performance improvement of IBM z/OS Global Mirror over WAN links
  • Support for multiple system data movers (SDM)
  • Encryption and data compression of underlying MDS switch
  • Reduced overhead and operating costs

Data center network management

Use one management platform across the data center, including the storage network.

Cisco Prime Data Center Network Manager

  • Multi-protocol management of storage and Ethernet networks
  • Troubleshooting of health and performance of Cisco Nexus and MDS switches
  • Simplified wizard and template-based configuration and provisioning
  • Dashboard and report-based resource management

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