Cisco Puts Storage into 'Beast' Mode

New MDS 9718 SAN Director is built for a decade and 32G

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Cisco this week says it fortified its SAN switching lineup for the next 10 years. The company launched the MDS 9718 – or “the beast” as it was referred to internally -- a high port density, programmable director that’s ready for 32G.

The switch supports 10G, 16G, 40G today, and with future support for 32G Cisco claims it should be around for the next decade. FibreChannel tops out at 16G today.

It scales to 768 line rate 16G FibreChannel or 10G FibreChannel-over-Ethernet (FCoE) ports, or 384 40G FCoE. Brocade's DCX 8510, by contrast, supports up to 512 16G FC.

The MDC 9718 is designed for both cloud- and flash-based services, and the NX-OS operating system supports a RESTful API for programmability. The API allows for programmatic access to MDS so it can be set to publish the output of the API calls, which Cisco says aids in scripting and further programming.

Cisco also rolled out the 40G Nexus 5672UP-176Gswitch, which is designed to provide 16G FibreChannel, and 40G FCoE and Ethernet convergence. The Nexus 5672UP-176G supports 24 ports of 8/16G FC, 6 ports of 40G FCoE, and 24 ports of 1/10 Ethernet.

The company also unveiled the Nexus 2348UPQ Fabric Extender, with support for multiprotocol storage and LAN connectivity. The 2348UPQ complements the Nexus 5672UP-16G by enabling scale and support for FC, FCoE and Ethernet, and supports ISCSI, NAS, FC, FCoE and LAN connectivity.

The 2348UPQ scales up to 96 16G FC ports, even on legacy Nexus 5600 switches, Cisco says.

Cisco also unveiled a new fabric interconnect for its UCS servers. The UCS Fabric Interconnect 6300 series includes two 1RU 40G switches and a 40G fabric extender. The 40G ports are intended to enable an end-to-end 40G low latency and lossless fabric.

Monitoring, provisioning and management of the new products is provided by Cisco Data Center Network Manager Release 7.3x.

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