Cisco intros scalability, investment-protection

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NEW DELHI: Cisco Systems has introduced scalability and investment-protection in the new Cisco MDS 9513 Multilayer Director.


Designed to scale up to 528 ports in a single-chassis, the latest addition to the Cisco MDS 9000 family will help enable SAN environments to meet requirements for increased responsiveness, resiliency, manageability, performance and cost-effectiveness.

Other innovations which Cisco unveiled with the MDS 9513 at Storage Networking World in San Diego, California, last night, were: Cisco SAN-OS Software Release 3.0; and 4 gigabits per seconds (Gbps) and 10 Gbps Fibre Channel Switching Modules for use in new and existing MDS 9000 Family products. The new features in SAN-OS 3.0 include advanced port bandwidth management and enhanced FICON capability.

Cisco MDS 9513 Multilayer Director


The MDS 9513 offers an advanced feature set and full bandwidth redundancy to help ensure system throughput even in the event of a crossbar failure. Other high availability attributes include dual supervisors, support for non-disruptive software upgrades, modular software with stateful process restart, support for cross-module inter-switch links (ISLs) scaling to 16 ports each, and full redundancy of all critical hardware components.

Cisco 4Gbps, 10Gbps Switching Modules

Four new switching modules are being introduced. New 1/2/4-Gbps autosensing modules are available in 12-, 24- and 48-port configurations. In addition Cisco is introducing a new 10Gbps Fibre Channel module available in a 4-port configuration. The new switching modules provide increased performance, higher density, improved economics and superior investment protection.


Investment Protection

The new switching modules provide investment protection by fitting into existing Cisco MDS 9500 Series directors as well as Cisco 9216i and 9216A Multilayer Fabric Switches. Additionally, the MDS 9513 supports all currently shipping modules.

The Cisco MDS 9513 Multilayer Director and the new modules announced are expected to be generally available through Cisco's OSM and STI partners starting in May.

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