Back in the Fibre Channel world, we made a couple of announcements in the IBM/Cisco portfolio on 19 May that might be of interest. And in support of this we have created a new product guide, and updated another:
Cisco MDS 9250i Multiservice Fabric Switch - New
This IBM® Redbooks® Product Guide describes the Cisco MDS 9250i Multiservice Fabric Switch. The Cisco MDS 9250i Multiservice Fabric Switch, the next generation of the highly flexible, industry-leading, and proven Cisco MDS 9200 Series Multiservice Switches, is an optimized platform for deploying high performance SAN extension solutions, distributed intelligent fabric services, and cost-effective multiprotocol connectivity for both open systems and mainframe environments. With a compact form factor and advanced capabilities normally that are available only on director-class switches, the Cisco MDS 9250i is an ideal solution for departmental and remote branch-office SANs and as in large-scale SANs with the Cisco MDS 9710 Multilayer Director.
Cisco MDS 9710 Multilayer Director - Updated
This IBM® Redbooks® Product Guide introduces Cisco MDS 9710 Multilayer Director for IBM System Networking. It is a director-class SAN switch that is designed for deployment in large-scale storage networks to enable enterprise clouds and business transformation. Layering a comprehensive set of intelligent features onto a high-performance, protocol-independent switch fabric, the MDS 9710 addresses the stringent requirements of large virtualized data center storage environments: high availability, security, scalability, ease of management, and transparent integration of new technologies for flexible data center SAN solutions. Sharing the operating system and management interface with other Cisco data center switches, the MDS 9710 enables seamless deployment of fabrics with high-performance Fibre Channel connectivity to achieve low total cost of ownership (TCO).
Now, the update to this is because we have now announced the Cisco MDS 9700 48-port 10-Gbps FCoE Switching Module - which means you can now combine Fibre Channel and FCoE into a single chassis.