Cisco MDS 9000 Family, resold by IBM, offers expanded capabilities with 8 Gbps Fibre Channel support featuresIBM United States Hardware Announcement 108-817
October 28, 2008
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The Cisco MDS family adds three new switching modules:
- 24 Port 8 Gbps Fibre Channel Switching Module
- 48 Port 8 Gbps Fibre Channel Switching Module
- 4/44 Port 8 Gbps Host Optimized Fibre Channel Switching Module
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The Cisco MDS 9000 family of Fabric Switch and Director Offerings, resold by IBM®, now offers expanded capabilities, with the introduction of the Cisco MDS 9000 8 Gbps switching modules.
For the 2062 Models D04, D07 and E11
- 24 Port 8 Gbps Fibre Channel Switching Module
- 4/44 Port 8 Gbps Fibre Channel Switching Module
- 48 Port 8 Gbps Fibre Channel Switching Module
- FC 8 Gb SW SFP Transceiver
- FC 8 Gb SW SFP Transceiver - 4 Pack
- FC 8 Gb 10km LW SFP Transceiver
- FC 8 Gb 10km LW SFP Transceiver - 4 Pack
For the 2062 Model D07 -- Fiber Optic Cable Four Packs
For the 2062 Model E11 -- 9513 Fabric2 Modules
Cisco MDS 9000 Family Fibre Channel 8-Gbps Switching Modules offer the following features:
High-performance Inter Switch Links (ISLs)
Support up to 16 links in a single PortChannel; links can span any port on any module within a chassis for added scalability and resilience. Up to 4095 buffer-to-buffer credits can be assigned to a single Fibre Channel port, providing industry-leading extension of storage networks up to 8000 km at 1 Gbps, 4000 km at 2 Gbps, 2000 km at 4 Gbps, or 1000 km at 8 Gbps while maintaining full link bandwidth.
Intelligent network services
Provide integrated support for VSAN technology, access control lists (ACLs) for hardware-based intelligent frame processing, and advanced traffic-management features such as Fibre Channel Congestion Control (FCC) and fabric-wide quality of service (QoS) to enable migration from SAN islands to enterprise storage networks.
Integrated hardware-based VSANs and Inter-VSAN Routing (IVR)
Enable deployment of large-scale multisite and heterogeneous SAN topologies. Integration into port-level hardware allows any port or any virtual machine (VM) within a system or fabric to be partitioned into any VSAN. Integrated hardware-based IVR provides line-rate routing between any ports within a system or fabric without the need for external routing appliances.
Comprehensive security framework
Supports RADIUS and TACACS+, Fibre Channel Security Protocol (FC-SP), Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP), Secure Shell (SSH) Protocol, and Simple Network Management Protocol Version 3 (SNMPv3) implementing Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), VSANs, hardware-enforced zoning, ACLs, and per-VSAN role-based access control.
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Requires Cisco MDS NX-OS 4.1, or higher
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|Planned availability date|
- January 30, 2009 -- Features #5850 and #5854
- December 5, 2008 -- All other features
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24-Port 8-Gbps Fibre Channel Switching Module
For high-demand storage networking environments, the Cisco MDS 9000 Family 24-Port 8-Gbps Fibre Channel Switching Module is designed to deliver high performance. The front panel ports deliver up to 192 Gbps of full-duplex bandwidth, making this module well suited for attachment of 4- and 8-Gbps-enabled storage subsystems and for Inter Switch Link (ISL) connectivity. With its multi protocol capability, the 24-Port 8-Gbps Fibre Channel Switching Module transparently integrates Fiber Connection (FICON®) protocol, FICON Control Unit Port (CUP) management, and switch cascading to enable mainframe connectivity. Virtual SANs (VSANs) allow hardware-based separation of Fibre Channel and FICON traffic switched on a single physical SAN, lowering overall total cost of operation without compromising your network's scalability, availability, manageability, and security.
48-Port 8-Gbps Fibre Channel Switching Module
For high-performance storage networking environments, the Cisco MDS 9000 Family 48-Port 8-Gbps Fibre Channel Switching Module helps deliver balance of performance and scalability. Its 48 autosensing 1/2/4/8-Gbps ports are designed to deliver a total of 192 Gbps of full-duplex bandwidth to meet the performance demands of enterprise-class or highly virtualized servers. Through easy-to-use traffic engineering capabilities, the 48-Port 8-Gbps Fibre Channel Switching Module offers the flexibility to support predictable high-performance storage and inter-switch connectivity, fully utilizing the available bandwidth.
4/44-Port 8-Gbps Host-Optimized Fibre Channel Switching Module
The Cisco MDS 9000 Family 4/44-Port 8-Gbps Fibre Channel Switching Module enables storage network consolidation with high-density connectivity. Four 8-Gbps ports and 44 4-Gbps ports are designed to deliver 96 Gbps of full-duplex bandwidth, sufficient for many of today's standard servers.
Port Bandwidth Reservation, available on all Cisco MDS 9000 Fibre Channel switching modules, enables switching bandwidth to be dedicated to specific ports. This unique Cisco feature gives flexibility in bandwidth allocation to support a mix of applications within a single module, including high-performance ISLs. By combining Cisco 24-Port, 48-Port, and 4/44-Port Host-Optimized 8-Gbps Fibre Channel switching modules in a single modular chassis, you can design storage networks in a wide range of application environments.
This application-based approach to port deployment can help reduce the number of switches and ISLs required in a storage network, in many cases reducing the need for core-edge network topologies. Using these switching modules, the Cisco MDS 9513 Multilayer Director can scale up to 528 ports per chassis or 1056 ports per rack. Fewer switches can help simplify management and reduce deployment and operational costs.
Cisco 8-Gbps Fibre Channel switching modules are hot-swappable and 1/2/4/8-Gbps autosensing compatible, and support hot-swappable, Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP) and Enhanced Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP+) LC interfaces. Individual ports can be configured with Cisco 4- and 8-Gbps short-wave or long wave SFPs and SFP+s for connectivity up to 10 kilometers. Each port supports 250 buffer credits for extensibility without requiring additional licensing. With the Cisco Enterprise Package, up to 4095 buffer credits can be allocated to an individual port, enabling full link bandwidth over thousands of kilometers with no degradation in link utilization.
Key features and benefits
Cisco MDS 9000 Family Fibre Channel 8-Gbps switching modules offer the following features:
- Autosensing 1/2/4/8-Gbps interfaces: Designed to provide high performance and compatibility with existing devices.
- High-performance ISLs: Support up to 16 links in a single PortChannel; links can span any port on any module within a chassis for added scalability and resilience. Up to 4095 buffer-to-buffer credits can be assigned to a single Fibre Channel port, providing industry-leading extension of storage networks up to 8000 km at 1 Gbps, 4000 km at 2 Gbps, 2000 km at 4 Gbps, or 1000 km at 8 Gbps while maintaining full link bandwidth.
- Intelligent network services: Designed to provide integrated support for VSAN technology, access control lists (ACLs) for hardware-based intelligent frame processing, and advanced traffic-management features such as Fibre Channel Congestion Control (FCC) and fabric-wide quality of service (QoS) to enable migration from SAN islands to enterprise storage networks.
- Integrated hardware-based VSANs and Inter-VSAN Routing (IVR): Enable deployment of large-scale multisite and heterogeneous SAN topologies. Integration into port-level hardware allows any port or any virtual machine (VM) within a system or fabric to be partitioned into any VSAN. Integrated hardware-based IVR (Inter VSAN Routing) provides line-rate routing between any ports within a system or fabric without the need for external routing appliances.
- Advanced FICON services: Support 1/2/4/8-Gbps FICON environments, including cascaded FICON fabrics, VSAN-enabled intermix of mainframe and open systems environments, and N_Port ID virtualization for mainframe Linux® partitions. CUP support enables in-band management of Cisco MDS 9000 Family switches from the mainframe management console.
- Comprehensive security framework: Supports RADIUS and TACACS+, Fibre Channel Security Protocol (FC-SP), Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP), Secure Shell (SSH) Protocol, and Simple Network Management Protocol Version 3 (SNMPv3) implementing Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), VSANs, hardware-enforced zoning, ACLs, and per-VSAN role-based access control.
- Sophisticated diagnostics: Designed to provide intelligent diagnostics, protocol decoding, and network analysis tools as well as integrated Call Home capability for added reliability, faster problem resolution, and reduced service costs.
- Port density and configuration flexibility: Provides 24-port, 48-port, and 4/44-port configurations to improve performance, flexibility, and density; supports industry-leading port densities of up to 528 8-Gbps Fibre Channel ports per chassis and 1584 ports per rack.
- Fibre Channel Link Encryption: Designed to deliver transparent, hardware-based, line-rate encryption of Fibre Channel data in motion between any Cisco MDS 9000 Family 8-Gbps modules, to help protect the integrity and securyty of Fibre Channel traffic.
The Cisco MDS 9000 Family offers high-port density, scaling from 4 to 528 ports per chassis. Because building a large-scale storage network requires more than just high-port density, Cisco has introduced innovative features that make multilayer storage networks a reality. VSANs, Inter-VSAN Routing on every port, advanced traffic management, hardware-enabled serviceability and security features make the Cisco MDS 9000 Family the platform of choice.
Well suited for efficient, secure SAN consolidation, ANSI T11 compliant VSANs allow more efficient storage network utilization by creating hardware-based isolated environments within a single physical SAN fabric or switch. Each VSAN can be zoned as a typical SAN, maintaining its own fabric services for added scalability and resilience. VSANs allow the cost of SAN infrastructure to be shared among more users, while supporting segregation of traffic and retaining independent control of configuration on a VSAN-by-VSAN basis. Through virtualization features, VSANs capabilities can be extended to virtualized servers, providing the foundation for an end-to-end virtualized data center.
Integrated SAN routing
In another step toward deploying consolidated storage networks, the Cisco MDS 9000 Family 8-Gbps Fibre Channel switching modules support IVR (Inter VSAN Routing) functionality on every port for Fibre Channel. IVR allows selective transfer of data traffic between specific initiators and targets on different VSANs while maintaining isolation of control traffic within each VSAN, thereby helping to maintain fabric stability and availability. Integrated IVR can help lower costs by eliminating the need for external routing appliances, helping to increase routing scalability while delivering line-rate performance and simplifying management.
Integrated mainframe support
Cisco MDS 9000 Family 8-Gbps Fibre Channel switching modules are mainframe ready, with full support for IBM System z® FICON and Linux environments. The 8-Gbps Fibre Channel switching modules support transport of the FICON protocol in both cascaded and noncascaded fabrics, as well as intermix of FICON and open systems Fibre Channel Protocol (FCP) traffic on the same switch. VSANs can help simplify the intermix of SAN resources between z/OS®, Linux for mainframes, and open systems environments, allowing for increased utilization and simplified management of SANs. VSAN-based intermix mode can help avoid the uncertainty and instability often associated with zoning-based intermix techniques.
VSANs can also help reduce the possibility that a misconfiguration or component failure in one VSAN affects other VSANs. VSAN-based management access control can enhance security by simplifying partitioning of SAN management responsibilities between mainframe and open systems environments. FICON VSANs can be managed using the integrated Cisco Fabric Manager; the Cisco command-line interface (CLI); or IBM CUP-enabled management tools, including SA/390, Resource Measurement Facility (RMF), or Dynamic Channel Path Management (DCM).
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New features Machine Feature Description type Model number Cisco MDS 9506 Director 2062 D04 24 Port 8 Gb Switching Module 2824 4/44 Port 8 Gb Host Switching Module 2844 48 Port 8 Gb Switching Module 2848 FC 8 Gb SW SFP+ 5830 FC 8 Gb SW SFP+ - 4 Pack 5834 FC 8 Gb 10km LW SFP+ 5850 FC 8 Gb 10km LW SFP+ - 4 Pack 5854 24 Port 8 Gb Blade Post Warranty 6408 4/44 Port 8 Gb Blade Post Warranty 6409 48 Port 8 Gb Blade Post Warranty 6410 Cisco MDS 9509 Director 2062 D07 24 Port 8 Gb Switching Module 2824 4/44 Port 8 Gb Host Switching Module 2844 48 Port 8 Gb Switching Module 2848 5m 50u LC/LC Fibre Cable - 4 Pack 5642 25m 50u LC/LC Fibre Cable - 4 Pack 5643 FC 8 Gb SW SFP+ 5830 FC 8 Gb SW SFP+ - 4 Pack 5834 FC 8 Gb 10km LW SFP+ 5850 FC 8 Gb 10km LW SFP+ - 4 Pack 5854 24 Port 8 Gb Blade Post Warranty 6408 4/44 Port 8 Gb Blade Post Warranty 6409 48 Port 8 Gb Blade Post Warranty 6410 Cisco MDS 9513 Director 2062 E11 24 Port 8 Gb Switching Module 2824 4/44 Port 8 Gb Host Switching Module 2844 48 Port 8 Gb Switching Module 2848 9513 Fabric2 Modules - Field 3100 FC 8 Gb SW SFP+ 5830 FC 8 Gb SW SFP+ - 4 Pack 5834 FC 8 Gb 10km LW SFP+ 5850 FC 8 Gb 10km LW SFP+ - 4 Pack 5854 24 Port 8 Gb Blade Post Warranty 6408 4/44 Port 8 Gb Blade Post Warranty 6409 48 Port 8 Gb Blade Post Warranty 6410
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A fiber optic cable is required for attaching the Cisco MDS 9000 Multilayer Directors to host computer system adapters, or other Fibre Channel storage area components. The fiber optic cable must be customer supplied, and must meet specifications defined by Cisco Systems.
While operating at 8 Gbps Fibre Channel standard tolerances, 50.0/125-micrometer OM3 fiber optic cable is designed for use up to 150-meter distances, and 62.5/125-micrometer fiber optic cable is designed for use up to 21-meter distances. The fiber optic cable connection is a Lucent Connector (LC) type.
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|Terms and conditions|
MES discount applicable
Equal to the volume commitment discount
Field installable features
One year. This feature assumes the same warranty or maintenance terms as the machine in which it is installed for the full warranty or maintenance period announced for such machine.
Same license terms and conditions as base machine.
IBM maintenance is available for 2062 products when the machine type exits Cisco extended warranty.
Post warranty maintenance is available for the 2062 product hardware and firmware features and must be the same coverage as the base chassis. The chassis can have either Cisco extended warranty or IBM Managed Maintenance Services (MMS) for Cisco storage maintenance. Post warranty maintenance for the feature must match that of the chassis.
If the 2062 is currently under Cisco extended warranty, The feature will come with one year of Cisco enhanced warranty and the customer will need to be sold enough Cisco extended warranty for the feature coverage post warranty to match the chassis coverage.
If the 2062 is under IBM maintenance the feature post warranty maintenance will automatically be billed to the customer and covered. Global Technology Services (GTS) will need to buy Cisco support post warranty for the feature.
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New features for Cisco 9000 Multilayer Directors
Machine Feature Description type Models number Cisco MDS 9506 Directors 24 Port 8 Gb sw Module 2062 D04/D07/E11 2824 4/44 Port 8 Gb Host sw Mod. 2062 D04/D07/E11 2844 48 Port 8 Gb sw Module 2062 D04/D07/E11 2848 FC 8 Gb SW SFP+ 2062 D04/D07/E11 5830 FC 8 Gb SW SFP+ - 4 Pack 2062 D04/D07/E11 5834 FC 8 Gb 10km LW SFP+ 2062 D04/D07/E11 5850 FC 8 Gb 10km LW SFP+ -4 Pack 2062 D04/D07/E11 5854 24 Port 8 Gb Blade Post War. 2062 D04/D07/E11 6408 4/44 Port 8 Gb Blade Post W. 2062 D04/D07/E11 6409 48 Port 8 Gb Blade Post War. 2062 D04/D07/E11 6410 5m 50u LC/LC F Cable -4 Pack 2062 D07 5642 25m 50u LC/LC FC - 4 Pack 2062 D07 5643 9513 Fabric2 Modules - Field 2062 E11 3100 Field Plant Feature install install MES Cables number only only removal required 2824 Y N N N 2844 Y N N N 2848 Y N N N 5830 Y N N N 5834 Y N N N 5850 Y N N N 5854 Y N N N 6408 Y N N N 6409 Y N N N 6410 Y N N N 5642 Y N N N 5643 Y N N N 3100 Y N N N ** If field installed on a purchased machine, parts removed or replaced become the property of IBM and must be returned.
|Description||Machine Type||Model||Feature number||List Price|
|24 Port 8 Gb sw Module||2062||D04||2824||$54,300|
|4/44 Port 8 Gb Host sw mod||2062||D04||2844||54,320|
|48 Port 8 Gb sw Module||2062||D04||2848||80,100|
|8 Gb SW SFP+||2062||D04||5830||930|
|FC 8 Gb SW SFP+ - 4 Pack||2062||D04||5834||3,720|
|5m 50u LC/LC F Cable -4 Pack||2062||D07||5642||960|
|25m 50u LC/LC FC - 4 Pack||2062||D07||5643||1,320|
|9513 Fabric2 Module - Field||2062||E11||3100||10,370|
|24 Port 8 Gb Blade Post War||2062||D04||6408||7,130|
|4/44 Port 8 Gb Blade Post W||2062||D04||6409||7,150|
|48 Port 8 Gb Blade Post War||2062||D04||6410||10,440|
|24 Port 8 Gb sw Module||2062||D07||2824||54,300|
|4/44 Port 8 Gb Host sw mod||2062||D07||2844||54,320|
|48 Port 8 Gb sw Module||2062||D07||2848||80,100|
|8 Gb SW SFP+||2062||D07||5830||930|
|FC 8 Gb SW SFP+ - 4 Pack||2062||D07||5834||3,720|
|24 Port 8 Gb Blade Post War||2062||D07||6408||7,130|
|4/44 Port 8 Gb Blade Post W||2062||D07||6409||7,150|
|48 Port 8 Gb Blade Post War||2062||D07||6410||10,440|
|24 Port 8 Gb sw Module||2062||E11||2824||54,300|
|4/44 Port 8 Gb Host sw mod||2062||E11||2844||54,320|
|48 Port 8 Gb sw Module||2062||E11||2848||80,100|
|8 Gb SW SFP+||2062||E11||5830||930|
|FC 8 Gb SW SFP+ - 4 Pack||2062||E11||5834||3,720|
|24 Port 8 Gb Blade Post War||2062||E11||6408||7,130|
|4/44 Port 8 Gb Blade Post W||2062||E11||6409||7,150|
|48 Port 8 Gb Blade Post War||2062||E11||6410||10,440|
|8Gb 10km LW SFP+||2062||D04||5850||5,150|
|8Gb 10km LW SFP+ -4 Pack||2062||D04||5854||20,600|
|8Gb 10km LW SFP+||2062||D07||5850||5,150|
|8Gb 10km LW SFP+ -4 Pack||2062||D07||5854||20,600|
|8Gb 10km LW SFP+||2062||E11||5850||5,150|
|8Gb 10km LW SFP+ -4 Pack||2062||E11||5854||20,600|
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