Cisco MDS 9710 Enable enterprise clouds. Transform large storage networks. Lower operating costs. Deploy Fibre Channel, IBM Fibre
Enable enterprise clouds. Transform large storage networks. Lower operating costs. Deploy Fibre Channel, IBM Fibre Connectivity (FICON), Fibre Channel over IP (FCIP), and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) on a single fabric. With the Cisco® MDS 9710 Multilayer Director (Figure 1), you’ll meet the stringent requirements of large virtualized storage environments. As a director-class SAN switch, the MDS 9710 uses the same operating system and management interface as other Cisco data center switches. It brings intelligent capabilities to a high-performance, protocol-independent switch fabric. You’ll gain uncompromising availability, security, and scalability; simplified management; and the capability to flexibly integrate new technologies.
Cisco MDS 9710 Multilayer Director
The MDS 9710 offers the following features:
● Outstanding speed: The combination of the 16-Gbps, 32-Gbps Fibre Channel switching module and MDS 9710 Crossbar Switching Fabric-3 Module enables up to 3.5 Terabits per second (Tbps) of front-panel Fibre Channel throughput between modules in each direction for each of the eight MDS 9710 payload slots. Based on central arbitration and a crossbar fabric, the MDS 9710 architecture provides line-rate, nonblocking, predictable performance for all traffic conditions for every port up to the future 64-Gbps speed in the chassis.
● High availability: Get best-in-class availability. The MDS 9710 is the first director-class switch in which all major components, even the fabric card, are redundant. Obtain grid redundancy with the power supply and 1+1 redundant supervisors, and add another fabric card to enable N+1 fabric redundancy (32-Gbps).
● The MDS 9710 combines nondisruptive software upgrades, stateful process restart and failover, and full redundancy of all major components for best-in-class availability.