Cisco MDS 9500 Family (2062 models), resold by IBM , offers expanded capabilities with SSN-16 and I/O acceleration support featuresIBM United States Hardware Announcement 110-029
February 9, 2010
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The Cisco MDS 9500 family (2062-D04/D07/E11) adds four new features:
- 16 Port Gigabit Ethernet SSN-16 Module
- MDS 9500 I/O Acceleration for 18/4 Module
- MDS 9500 FCIP Activation for SSN-16
- MDS 9500 I/O Acceleration for SSN-16
Also, there are miscellaneous post warranty features for the above options.
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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 16-Port Storage Services Node (SSN-16), as well as TCP/IP services and Input/Output (I/O) acceleration for the SSN-16. Four processors in the SSN-16 allow you up to a four-to-one performance increase over the existing 18/4 Multiservice Module (FN 2450) thereby helping to reduce slot requirements in Cisco MDS directors.
Cisco MDS 9000 Family Fibre Channel SSN-16 and I/O acceleration features can help gain economies of scale in terms of slots and performance.
Many IT departments have consolidated their data centers and SANs, achieving efficiencies along the way. Large enterprises with consolidated SANs have hundreds or thousands of servers running business applications interconnecting through a common network fabric, making the network fabric a nexus from which to deploy solutions such as FCIP activation and I/O acceleration.
The Cisco MDS 9000 16-Port Storage Services Node is designed to provide a high-performance, flexible, unified platform for deploying enterprise-class disaster recovery, business continuance, and intelligent fabric applications.
The Cisco MDS 9000 16-Port Storage Services Node hosts four independent service engines, which can each be individually and incrementally enabled to scale as business requirements change, or be configured to run separate applications. Based on the single service engine in the Cisco MDS 9000 18/4-Port Multiservice Module, this four-to-one consolidation can help deliver hardware savings and free slots in the Cisco MDS 9000 Series Multilayer Directors chassis.
The Cisco MDS 9000 16-Port Storage Services Node can integrate into the Cisco MDS 9500 Series Multilayer Directors. Each of the four service engines supports 4 Gigabit Ethernet IP storage services ports, for a total of 16 ports of Fibre Channel over IP (FCIP) connectivity. Traffic can be switched between an IP port and any Fibre Channel port on a Cisco MDS 9000 Family switch. The Cisco MDS 9000 16-Port Storage Services Node supports the full range of services available on other Cisco MDS 9000 Family Fibre Channel switching modules, including virtual SANs (VSANs), security, and traffic management.
The Cisco MDS 9000 16-Port Storage Services Node can help reduce latency for disk and tape with FCIP acceleration features, including FCIP write acceleration, and FCIP tape write and read acceleration.
Multiple Gigabit Ethernet ports within a single engine or across service engines can be grouped into a Port Channel of up to 16 links for high availability and increased aggregate throughput. Port Channels can also be enabled for FCIP tape read and write acceleration by running the optional Cisco MDS 9000 I/O Accelerator (IOA) Package on a service engine anywhere in the fabric.
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Requires Cisco MDS NX-OS 4.2(1), or later.
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|Planned availability date|
February 19, 2010
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16 Port Gigabit Ethernet SSN-16 Module
The Cisco MDS 9000 16-Port Storage Services Node is designed to support mission-critical enterprise storage networks that require secure, robust, cost-effective business-continuance services. The Cisco MDS 9000 16-Port Storage Services Node offers the following main features.
MDS 9000 SSN-16 FCIP Activation for remote SAN extension:
- Simplified data protection by enabling backup, remote replication, and other disaster-recovery services over WAN distances using open standards Fibre Channel over IP (FCIP) tunneling
- Utilization of WAN resources for backup and replication by enabling hardware-based compression, hardware-based encryption, FCIP write acceleration, and FCIP tape read and write acceleration; up to 48 virtual Inter-Switch Link (ISL) connections are provided on the 16-Gigabit Ethernet ports through tunneling
- Cisco MDS 9000 Family enhanced capabilities, including virtual SANs (VSANs), advanced traffic management, and security, across remote connections
MDS 9000 I/O Acceleration for SSN-16 module or 18/4 module:
- Utilization of metropolitan area network (MAN) resources for backup and replication by enabling hardware-based compression, Fibre Channel write acceleration, and Fibre Channel tape read and write acceleration
- Transport and speed-independent implementation, helps provide a unified solution for 1-Gbps, 2-Gbps, 4-Gbps, 8-Gbps, and 10-Gbps links over MANs and WANs
- With transparent insertion of the Cisco IOA service, avoids requirements for fabric reconfiguration or rewiring
- Port Channels for FCIP tape acceleration to provide high availability and resiliency
- Port Channels, service clustering, and Lightweight Reliable Transport Protocol (LRTP)
Integrated IP storage services in a high density form factor:
- The SSN-16 module supports 16 Gigabit Ethernet ports for FCIP. Individual ports can be configured with hot-swappable shortwave and longwave Small Form-Factor Pluggables (SFPs).
Integrated hardware-based VSANs and Inter-VSAN Routing (IVR):
- The SSN-16 module enables deployment of large-scale multisite and heterogeneous SAN topologies. Integration into port-level hardware allows any port in a system or fabric to be partitioned into any VSAN. Integrated hardware-based IVR provides line-rate routing between any port in a system or fabric without the need for external routing appliances.
Intelligent network services:
- The SSN-16 module uses VSAN technology for hardware-enforced, isolated environments in a single physical fabric, accesses control lists (ACLs) for hardware-based intelligent frame processing, and has advanced traffic management features such as Fibre Channel congestion control and fabric wide quality of service (QoS) to facilitate migration from SAN islands to enterprise wide storage networks.
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Machine Feature Description type Model number New features announcing for: Cisco MDS 9506 Director 2062 D04 16 Port SSN-16 Module 2816 16 Port SSN Blade Post Warranty 6411 9500 I/O Acc for 18/4 Post Warranty 6412 9500 I/O Acc for SSN16 Post Warranty 6414 9500 I/O Acc for 18/4 7075 9500 FCIP Act for SSN16 7085 9500 I/O Acc for SSN16 7095 Cisco MDS 9509 Director 2062 D07 16 Port SSN-16 Module 2816 16 Port SSN Blade Post Warranty 6411 9500 I/O Acc for 18/4 Post Warranty 6412 9500 I/O Acc for SSN16 Post Warranty 6414 9500 I/O Acc for 18/4 7075 9500 FCIP Act for SSN16 7085 9500 I/O Acc for SSN16 7095 Cisco MDS 9513 Director 2062 E11 16 Port SSN-16 Module 2816 16 Port SSN Blade Post Warranty 6411 9500 I/O Acc for 18/4 Post Warranty 6412 9500 I/O Acc for SSN16 Post Warranty 6414 9500 I/O Acc for 18/4 7075 9500 FCIP Act for SSN16 7085 9500 I/O Acc for SSN16 7095
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Specified operating environment
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Supported servers and storage systems
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Support for some configurations may not be available on the initial planned availability date.
Requires Cisco MDS SAN NX-OS 4.2(1), or later.
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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.
In many situations, the required lengths and installation of fiber optic cables will be unique to each customer's configuration and facility specifications. Product support services, offered by IBM Global Services' Site and Connectivity Solutions, can provide assistance for these unique cabling and installation requirements.
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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 9000 Directors: 16 Port SSN-16 Module 2062 D04/D07/E11 2816 16 Port SSN Blade Post Warranty 2062 D04/D07/E11 6411 9500 I/O Acc for 18/4 P Warranty 2062 D04/D07/E11 6412 9500 I/O Acc for SSN16 Post W. 2062 D04/D07/E11 6414 9500 I/O Acc for 18/4 2062 D04/D07/E11 7075 9500 FCIP Act for SSN16 2062 D04/D07/E11 7085 9500 I/O Acc for SSN16 2062 D04/D07/E11 7095 Field Plant Feature install install MES Cables number only only removal required 2816 N N N N 6411 Y N N N 6412 Y N N N 6414 Y N N N 7075 N N N N 7085 N N N N 7095 N N N N
If field installed on a purchased machine, parts removed or replaced become the property of IBM and must be returned.
|2062||D04||2816||16 Port SSN-16 Module||$92,319|
|2062||D04||6411||16 Port SSN Blade Post War||$13,184|
|2062||D04||6412||9500 I/O Acc for 18/4 P War||$11,881|
|2062||D04||6414||9500 I/O Acc for SSN16 Post W||$11,881|
|2062||D04||7075||9500 I/O Acc for 18/4||$72,928|
|2062||D04||7085||9500 FCIP Act for SSN16||$30,524|
|2062||D04||7095||9500 I/O Acc for SSN16||$72,928|
|2062||D07||2816||16 Port SSN-16 Module||$92,319|
|2062||D07||6411||16 Port SSN Blade Post War||$13,184|
|2062||D07||6412||9500 I/O Acc for 18/4 P War||$11,881|
|2062||D07||6414||9500 I/O Acc for SSN16 Post W||$11,881|
|2062||D07||7075||9500 I/O Acc for 18/4||$72,928|
|2062||D07||7085||9500 FCIP Act for SSN16||$30,524|
|2062||D07||7095||9500 I/O Acc for SSN16||$72,928|
|2062||E11||2816||16 Port SSN-16 Module||$92,319|
|2062||E11||6411||16 Port SSN Blade Post War||$13,184|
|2062||E11||6412||9500 I/O Acc for 18/4 P War||$11,881|
|2062||E11||6414||9500 I/O Acc for SSN16 Post W||$11,881|
|2062||E11||7075||9500 I/O Acc for 18/4||$72,928|
|2062||E11||7085||9500 FCIP Act for SSN16||$30,524|
|2062||E11||7095||9500 I/O Acc for SSN16||$72,928|
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