IBM Storage Networking MDS 9000 24/10-port SAN Extension Module for SAN c-type directors delivers a high-performance, flexible, and unified platform for deploying enterprise-class disaster recovery and intelligent fabric applications

IBM United States Hardware Announcement 116-096
October 25, 2016


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IBM Storage Networking FCIP blade feature for c-type directors

The MDS 9000 24/10-port SAN Extension Module (feature number 3650) is supported on MDS 9700 Series Multilayer Directors. With industry-leading port densities of twenty-four line rate 2/4/8/10/16 Gbps FC ports, eight 1/10 GbE FCIP ports, and two 40 GbE FCIP ports, this module enables large and scalable deployment of SAN extension solutions. Traffic can be switched between an IP port and any Fibre Channel port on a Cisco MDS 9000 Family switch.

The Extension Module has two independent service engines which can each be individually and incrementally enabled to scale as business requirements expand. The Extension Module 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 FCIP module uses Cisco expertise and knowledge of IP networks to deliver outstanding SAN extension performance, reducing latency for disk and tape with FCIP acceleration features, including FCIP write acceleration and FCIP tape write and read acceleration. Hardware-based encryption helps secure sensitive traffic with Internet Protocol Security (IPsec), and hardware-based compression dramatically enhances performance for both high- and low-speed links, enabling immediate cost savings in expensive WAN infrastructure. Multiple FCIP interfaces within a single engine or across service engines can be grouped into a PortChannel of up to 16 links for high availability and increased aggregate throughput.

In addition, Tri-Rate shortwave and longwave small form-factor pluggables (SFPs) and a Gigabit Ethernet Copper SPF are now available on MDS 9700 Series Multilayer Directors.



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Cisco MDS 9000 24/10-port SAN Extension Module supports all features and functions listed, and requires Cisco MDS NX-OS 7.3.0.DY.1, or later.

For supported server models, operating systems levels, and attachment capabilities, go to IBM® System Storage® Interoperation Center (SSIC).



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November 11, 2016



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The Cisco MDS 9000 Family 24/10-port SAN Extension Module is designed for mission-critical enterprise storage networks that require secure, robust, and cost-effective business-continuance services. The Cisco MDS 9000 Family 24/10-port SAN Extension Module offers the following main features:

  • FCIP for remote SAN extension:
    • Simplifies data-protection and business-continuance strategies by enabling backup, remote replication, and other disaster-recovery services over WAN distances using open standards FCIP tunneling.
    • Optimizes utilization of WAN resources for backup and replication by enabling hardware-based compression, hardware-based encryption, XRC Acceleration for IBM System z®-based replication, FCIP write acceleration, and tape read and write acceleration for both FCIP and FICON® over IP. Up to 48 virtual Inter-Switch Link (ISL) connections are provided on the 8 Gigabit Ethernet ports through tunneling.
    • Preserves Cisco MDS 9000 Family enhanced capabilities across remote connections, including VSANs, advanced traffic management, and security.
  • Integrated IP storage services in a high-density form factor: The module supports eight 1/10 Gigabit Ethernet ports or two 40 Gigabit Ethernet ports for FCIP. Individual ports can be configured with hot-swappable shortwave and longwave SFPs for connectivity up to 200 kilometers.
  • Integrated hardware-based VSANs and Inter-VSAN Routing (IVR): The module enables deployment of large-scale, multisite, and heterogeneous SAN topologies. Integration into port-level hardware enables any port in a system or fabric to be partitioned into any VSAN. Integrated hardware-based IVR delivers line-rate routing between any ports in a system or fabric without the need for external routing appliances.
  • Intelligent network services: The module uses VSAN technology for hardware-enforced, isolated environments in a single physical fabric, access control lists (ACLs) for hardware-based intelligent frame processing, and advanced traffic management features such as fabric-wide Quality of Service (QoS) to facilitate migration from SAN islands to enterprise-wide storage networks.
  • Sophisticated diagnostics: The module delivers 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.
  • Comprehensive network security framework: The module 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 the AES, VSANs, hardware-enforced zoning, ACLs, and per-VSAN role-based access control (RBAC). RBAC provides separate control over management functions and access on a per-VSAN basis, enabling separation of duties among administrators on the same physical switch. Gigabit Ethernet ports support IPsec authentication, data integrity, and hardware-assisted data encryption.
  • IP Version 6 (IPv6) support: The module supports IPv6 as mandated by the US Department of Defense (DoD), Japan, and China. IPv6 support is provided for FCIP and for management traffic routed in band and out of band.

Integrated FCIP for remote SAN and mainframe channel extension, data distribution, data protection, and business continuance services are significant components of today's information-centered businesses. The capability to efficiently replicate critical data on a global scale helps ensure a higher level of data protection for valuable corporate information, increases utilization of backup resources, and lowers total cost of storage ownership. The Cisco MDS 9000 Family 24/10-port SAN Extension Module uses the open standards FCIP protocol to extend the distance of current Fibre Channel and FICON solutions, enabling interconnection of SAN islands over extended distances.

Advanced SAN extension features

The Cisco MDS 9000 Family 24/10-port SAN Extension Module supports hardware-based FCIP compression to increase the effective WAN bandwidth of SAN extension solutions. The module can deliver up to a 40:1 compression ratio, with typical ratios of 4:1 or 5:1 over a wide variety of data sources.

The Cisco MDS 9000 Family 24/10-port SAN Extension Module supports IPsec encryption for secure transmission of sensitive data over extended distances. Hardware enablement of IPsec helps ensure line-rate throughput. Together, hardware-based compression and hardware-based encryption deliver a high-performance and highly secure SAN extension capability.

Additionally, the Cisco MDS 9000 Family 24/10-port SAN Extension Module supports FCIP write acceleration, a feature that can significantly improve application performance when storage traffic is extended across long distances. When FCIP write acceleration is enabled, WAN throughput is optimized by reducing the latency of command acknowledgments. XRC Acceleration is the equivalent feature for z/OS® Global Mirror mainframe-based replication from IBM, accelerating the updates to reduce latency and maximize bandwidth utilization. Similarly, the module supports FCIP and FICON over IP tape acceleration, which significantly improves throughput over WAN links for remote tape backup and restore operations.

VSANs

Ideal for efficient, secure SAN consolidation, ANSI T11-standard VSANs enable more efficient storage network utilization by creating hardware-based isolated environments with a single physical SAN fabric or switch. Each VSAN can be zoned as a typical SAN and maintained with its own fabric services for added scalability and resilience. VSANs enable the cost of SAN infrastructure to be shared among more users, while helping ensure segregation of traffic and retaining independent control of configuration on a VSAN-by-VSAN basis.

Integrated SAN routing

In another step toward deployment of efficient, cost-effective, consolidated storage networks, the Cisco MDS 9000 Family 24/10-port SAN Extension Module supports IVR, the industry's first and most efficient routing function for Fibre Channel. IVR enables selective transfer of data between specific initiators and targets on different VSANs while maintaining isolation of control traffic within each VSAN. With IVR, data can transit VSAN boundaries while maintaining control plane isolation, thereby maintaining fabric stability and availability. IVR eliminates the need for external routing appliances, greatly increasing routing scalability while delivering line-rate routing performance, simplifying management, and eliminating the challenges associated with maintaining separate systems. IVR lowers total cost of SAN ownership.

Advanced traffic management

The advanced traffic management capabilities integrated into the Cisco MDS 9000 Family 24/10-port SAN Extension Module simplify deployment and optimization of large-scale fabrics.

  • Virtual output queuing: Helps ensure line-rate performance on each port, independent of traffic pattern, by eliminating head-of-line blocking.
  • PortChannels: Enables users to aggregate up to 16 FCIP ISLs into a single logical bundle, providing optimized bandwidth utilization across all links. The bundle can consist of any speed-matched ports from any module in the chassis, helping ensure that the bundle can remain active even in the event of a module failure.
  • Fabric Shortest Path First (FSPF) multipathing: Delivers the intelligence to load balance across up to 16 equal-cost paths and, in the event of a switch failure, dynamically reroute traffic.
  • QoS: Can be used to manage bandwidth, control latency, and to prioritize critical traffic.

Advanced diagnostics and troubleshooting tools

Management of large-scale storage networks requires proactive diagnostics, tools to verify connectivity and route latency, and mechanisms for capturing and analyzing traffic. The Cisco MDS 9000 Family integrates the industry's most advanced analysis and diagnostic tools. Power-on self-test (POST) and online diagnostics provide proactive health monitoring. The Cisco MDS 9000 Family 24/10-port SAN Extension Module implements diagnostic capabilities such as Fibre Channel Traceroute, to detail the exact path and timing of flows and Switched Port Analyzer (SPAN) to intelligently capture network traffic.

After traffic has been captured, it can be analyzed with the Cisco Fabric Analyzer, an embedded Fibre Channel analyzer. Comprehensive port-based and flow-based statistics facilitate sophisticated performance analysis and service-level agreement (SLA) accounting. With the Cisco MDS 9000 Family, Cisco delivers a comprehensive toolset for troubleshooting and analysis of storage networks.

Comprehensive solution for robust network security

Addressing the need for fail-proof security in storage networks, the Cisco MDS 9000 Family 24/10-port SAN Extension Module offers an extensive security framework to protect highly sensitive data moving in today's enterprise networks. The module employs intelligent frame inspection at the port level, including the application of ACLs for hardware enforcement of zones, VSANs, and advanced port security features.

  • Extended zoning capabilities restrict broadcasts to only the selected zones (broadcast zones)
  • VSANs are used to achieve higher security and greater stability by providing complete isolation among devices that are connected to the same physical SAN
  • Fibre Channel Security Protocol (FC-SP) provides switch-switch and host-switch Diffie-Hellman Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol (DH-CHAP) authentication supporting RADIUS and TACACS+, to help ensure that only authorized devices can access protected storage networks
  • For FCIP deployments, the comprehensive IPsec protocol suite delivers secure authentication, data integrity, and hardware-based encryption

In addition, Tri-Rate shortwave and longwave SFPs, and a Gigabit Ethernet Copper SPF are now available on MDS 9700 Series Multilayer Directors.

Tri-Rate SW SFP (#5210): This feature provides a Tri-Rate (1 and 2 Gbps and Gigabit Ethernet) SW SFP transceiver, designed to provide Fibre Channel connections at supported distances up to 35 meters while using the appropriate 50.0/125 micrometer fiber optic cable, and distances up to 15 meters while using the appropriate 62.5/125 micrometer fiber optic cable.

Tri-Rate LW SFP (#5220): This feature provides Tri-Rate (1 and 2 Gbps and Gigabit Ethernet) LW SFP transceiver, designed to provide Fibre Channel connections at distances up to 10 Km (6.2 miles), while using the appropriate 9.0/125 micrometer single mode fiber optic cable with LC connectors.

Gigabit Ethernet Copper SFP (#5250): This feature provides a Gigabit Ethernet Copper SFP that can be used on the IP and FCoE ports.

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Description Machine type Model Feature
MDS 9000 24/10-port SAN Extension Module 9710 E06 3650
Tri-Rate SW SFP 9710 E06 5210
Tri-Rate LW SFP 9710 E06 5220
GigE Copper SFP 9710 E06 5250
Description Machine type Model Feature
MDS 9000 24/10-port SAN Extension Module 9710 E08 3650
Tri-Rate SW SFP 9710 E08 5210
Tri-Rate LW SFP 9710 E08 5220
GigE Copper SFP 9710 E08 5250
Description Machine type Model Feature
MDS 9000 24/10-port SAN Extension Module 9710 E16 3650
Tri-Rate SW SFP 9710 E16 5210
Tri-Rate LW SFP 9710 E16 5220
GigE Copper SFP 9710 E16 5250



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BP Attachment for Announcement Letter 116-096


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For the most current and complete description of the Cisco Systems MDS 9000 family of storage networking products, go to the IBM and Cisco Solutions website.

Software requirements

Specific details on supported operating system releases are available at the Cisco MDS 9000 Family for IBM System Storage website.

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The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communications facilities.



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MES discount applicable

Equal to the volume commitment discount


Field installable feature

Yes


Warranty period

One year

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Customer setup

No


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No license terms apply



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Description Machine type Model Feature Plant install Field install CSU
MDS 9000 24/10-port SAN Extension Module 9710 E06 3650 Y Y N
Tri-Rate SW SFP 9710 E06 5210 Y Y N
Tri-Rate LW SFP 9710 E06 5220 Y Y N
GigE Copper SFP 9710 E06 5250 Y Y N
Description Machine type Model Feature Plant install Field install CSU
MDS 9000 24/10-port SAN Extension Module 9710 E08 3650 Y Y N
Tri-Rate SW SFP 9710 E08 5210 Y Y Y
Tri-Rate LW SFP 9710 E08 5220 Y Y Y
GigE Copper SFP 9710 E08 5250 Y Y Y
Description Machine type Model Feature Plant install Field install CSU
MDS 9000 24/10-port SAN Extension Module 9710 E16 3650 Y Y N
Tri-Rate SW SFP 9710 E16 5210 Y Y Y
Tri-Rate LW SFP 9710 E16 5220 Y Y Y
GigE Copper SFP 9710 E16 5250 Y Y Y

CSU = Customer setup

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