Cisco’s latest entrants to the Storage Area Networking (SAN) switch market are significantly different than their past offerings. They are stepping up to the plate by entering the arena with a 16 Gbps fiber channel that will give Brocade a run for their money. Though Brocade has offered a 16 Gbps SAN switch solution for the last two years, Cisco has upped the ante with improved performance, greater scalability and unparalleled resiliency.
The first of the two, the Cisco MDS 9710 Multilayer Director, provides 3x the performance of any storage director presently on the market and will be available later this year in both a 10 Gbps and a 16 Gbps fiber channel. The 14U chassis offers up to 1152 Fiber Channel ports and is the only one of its class that simultaneously supports both FC and FCoE protocols.
Next, the smaller 2U MDS 9250i offers up to forty 16 Gbps fiber channel ports and eight 10 GB FCoE ports. This next-gen switch is optimized for high performance SAN extension solutions, distributed intelligent fabric services and cost-effective multiprotocol connectivity that is conducive to both open systems and mainframe environments.
Don’t forget to tune into to Cisco’s Storage Networks webcast on May 16th at 8am PT/11am ET. You can register for it here.
Anne Watson has been working in Information Technology for the past 15 years in various roles, from Windows Administration to Project Management. her passion for Asset Management first struck when whe was at Skechers USA and has been her main focus for the last several years. Anne's mantra is: Knowing what you have; knowing what you need; knowing what you can live without - that's Asset Management
See here for all of Anne's Tom's IT Pro articles.