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Product Catalog: Cisco: Storage Networking: Cisco MDS 9000 Multilayer Directors and Fabric Switches: Cisco MDS 9500 Series Multilayer Directors
Scalability, Convergence, and Intelligence

Cisco MDS 9500 Series Multilayer Directors are high-performance, protocol-independent, director-class SAN switches. Cisco MDS Directors are designed to meet stringent requirements of enterprise data center storage environments.

Features and Capabilities

Cisco MDS 9500 Series Directors offer:

  • Multi-protocol architecture – Support for 1/2/4/8/10-Gbps and 10-Gbps Fibre Channel (FC), 10-Gbps Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), and 1/2/4/8 and 1/2/4/8/10-Gbps FICON
  • Scalability – 8.4-Tbps system bandwidth and up to 528 1/2/4/8–Gbps autosensing FC ports per chassis
  • Intelligent network services such as Virtual SAN technology, ACLs, intelligent frame processing, and fabric-wide QoS
  • Platform for smart storage services, including Cisco I/O Accelerator (IOA), Storage Media Encryption (SME), and Data Mobility Manager (DMM)
Specifications at a Glance
Chassis Configuration
  • Eleven line card slots; two supervisor slots, two crossbar switching fabric slots, fan trays, power supplies
Performance and Scalability
  • 8.4-Tbps internal switching bandwidth
  • 1/2/4/8-Gbps autosensing Fibre Channel port speeds supported; 10-Gbps fixed rate
  • 10-Gbps fixed rate FCoE port speeds supported
  • 1-Gbps fixed rate Ethernet port speeds supported
Ports Per Chassis
  • Up to 528 1/2/4/8-Gbps Fibre Channel ports
  • Up to 264 10-Gbps Fibre Channel ports
  • Up to 88 10-Gbps FCoE ports
  • Up to 176 1-Gbps Ethernet ports
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