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Storage Networking

All 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.

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    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 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 z

    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 (Spilot)
    • 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