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Storage Area Networking (SAN)

Cisco storage networks deliver superior 64G Fibre Channel, NVMe enhanced analytics and investment protection.

Why Cisco Storage Area Networking?

Investment protection

Solutions offer 64G-capable speed and high performance for NVMe/FC and all-flash array storage environments.

Deep visibility

Built-in hardware-based analytics FC-SCSI/NVMe/FC provide fast troubleshooting and improved operations.

IT Automation

Reduce OPEX with DevOps tools, including Ansible, for faster end-to-end provisioning.


Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches come with industry leading security built in.

Introducing 64G Fibre Channel Done Right

New technologies, architectures and tools designed for storage network simplicity, scalability and agility.  

Enhanced NVMe/FC analytics

Industry’s highest-density director with 64G line-rate port.

Accelerated SAN performance

Accelerate SAN performance with active congestion management capabilities.

Cloud based SAN health tool

Assess fabric health for free with the next generation SAN Insights Discovery Tool.

Cisco SAN solutions that matter for your organization

SAN Analytics

Get end-to-end visibility and data-driven advice for better storage, faster troubleshooting, and optimized infrastructure.

64G storage networks

Now is the ideal time to create a strategy for NVMe over Fibre Channel.

NVMe/Fibre Channel

Optimize for the future using SANs with enhanced performance, analytics, and automation.

Non-disruptive SAN migration

Facilitate SAN migration between various vendors.

Scalable and programmable storage networking

Cisco MDS 9000 is built to meet today's demands while accommodating future innovation.

MDS multilayer directors

Get high-performance storage networking solution with the industry's highest port density, one that is 64G and NVMe over Fibre Channel-ready, and includes a SAN director for large, virtualized data centers.

MDS Fabric switches

Integrate storage networking for applications ranging from small fabrics to large data centers.

SAN management

Network management system support for traditional LAN and SAN fabrics on a single pane of glass.

Analyst perspectives from ESG

Cisco Storage Fabric Technology Modernizes SANs Non-disruptively with 64G NVMe

Cisco SAN Insights Discovery (SID) Tool

Meet your new storage fabric sidekick. 

What is the SID tool?

A free tool to assess the health of your MDS storage fabric.

Stop escalations before they start

Stay proactive with holistic health-check, inventory assessment and recommendations. 

Dial in performance with real-time data.

Monitor port performance and access data at both the fabric and switch level.  

Refresh smarter, plan better.

Stay ahead of the refresh curve with End-of-Life and End-of-Service notifications. 

Assess from anywhere.

Create, access and share reports regardless of location from the secure, cloud-hosted portal. 

How does it work?

Learn how to get started and use the tool in two simple steps.

Step 1: Download collector

Identify issues proactively with holistic health-check, inventory assessment and recommendations.

Step 2: Start assessing your SAN fabric.

Sign into the SAN Insights Discovery analysis application to upload your data and begin your dashboard.

Improve results with Cisco services

Cisco services help determine IT readiness, simplify operations, and reduce risk through expert guidance and centralized support.

Networking software subscriptions

Cisco Smart Licensing is a flexible and secure licensing model that provides you with an easier, faster, and more consistent way to purchase, activate, manage, renew, and upgrade software products across the Cisco portfolio and across your organization.

Networking Essentials

For single data centers. Includes both NX-OS or ACI management and operations capabilities.

Networking Advantage

For multiple data centers and/or clouds. Includes advanced capabilities on top of Networking Essentials.

Networking Premier

For multiple data centers and/or clouds. Get Networking Advantage plus Assurance and Insights Day 2 ops.


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