Feature spotlights

Scalable expansion with outstanding investment protection

MDS 9706 is designed to make optimal use of valuable data center floor space. It is 15.6 inches tall (9RU) and allows up to four MDS 9706 Directors per standard 7-foot rack (42RU). A smaller footprint makes it an excellent candidate for deploy- ment in smaller storage networks as well as pod-based converged data center infrastructure solutions for the cloud.

Enterprise class availability

MDS 9706 is designed for high availability and to meet the requirements of nondisruptive software upgrades and redundancy of all critical hardware components. MDS 9706 software architecture offers outstanding availability. MDS 9706 provides redundancy on all major hardware components, including the supervisor and fabric modules as well as the power supplies.

Business transformation with enterprise cloud deployment

Enterprise clouds provide organizations with elastic computing and network capabilities, enabling IT to scale resources up or down as needed in a quick and cost-efficient manner. MDS 9706 provides industry-leading scalability and features for certain enterprise cloud deployments, including pay-as-you-grow flexibility to meet the scalability needs in the cloud.

Convergence with multihop FCoE

FCoE allows an evolutionary approach to network and input/ output (I/O) convergence by preserving all Fibre Channel constructs, maintaining the latency, security and traffic management attributes of Fibre Channel and preserving investments in Fibre Channel tools, training and SANs.

Integrated mainframe support

Cisco MDS 9706 supports the FICON protocol in both cascaded and noncascaded fabrics, as well as an intermix of FICON and open-systems Fibre Channel Protocol traffic on the same switch. IBM control unit port (CUP) support enables in-band management of Cisco MDS 9000 Family switches from mainframe management applications and supports a fabric-binding feature that helps ensure that inter-switch links (ISLs) are enabled only between specified switches in the fabric-binding configuration.

Comprehensive solution for robust security

MDS 9706 offers an extensive security framework to protect highly sensitive data crossing today’s enterprise storage networks. It employs intelligent packet inspection at the port level, including the application of access control lists (ACLs) for hardware enforcement of zones, VSANs, and advanced port-security features. It also uses Fibre Channel Security Protocol (FC-SP) and Cisco TrustSec Fibre Channel link encryption mechanisms to provide comprehensive security for storage networks.

Technical details

Software requirements

Software requirements for Cisco MDS 9706 Multilayer Director for IBM System Storage can be found here:

    Hardware requirements

    Hardware requirements for Cisco MDS 9706 Multilayer Director for IBM System Storage can be found here:

      Technical specifications

      Technical specifications for Cisco MDS 9706 Multilayer Director for IBM System Storage include:

      • Product number: 9710-E06
      • Hot–swap components include power supplies, fan modules and small form-factor pluggables
      • One year warranty with 24×7 same-day maintenance and service options available
      • Optional features can be found in the MDS 9706 Redbooks product
      • Chassis dimensions (H x W x D) (9RU): 39.62 cm (15.6 in.) x 43.90 cm (17.3 in.) x 81.30 cm (32 in.)
      • Weight: chassis only: 65.80 kg (145 lb), fully configured: 147.42 kg (325 lb)
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