Feature spotlights

Lowers TCO with SAN consolidation

With the exponential growth of data in today’s smarter business environments, organizations must deploy large-scale SANs in the most efficient and cost-effective way possible. To meet scalability requirements while managing total cost of ownership MDS 9710 offers various capabilities to enable organizations to consolidate their data assets into fewer, larger and more manageable SANs. It helps reduce the data-center hardware footprint and associated capital and operational expenses.

Leverages Cisco MDS 9700 Series components

Cisco MDS 9710 shares the same operating system and management interface as other Cisco data-center switches, which enables seamless fabric deployment with high-performance Fibre Channel, FICON and FCoE connectivity. Cisco MDS 9700 Series 48-port 16-Gbps Fibre Channel Switching Module delivers outstanding performance and innovative features that empower scalability and intelligence in large, virtualized data-center deployments.

Provides enterprise-class availability

Beyond meeting the basic requirements of nondisruptive software upgrades and redundancy of critical hardware components, the MDS 9710 software architecture offers an outstanding level of availability. MDS 9710 provides redundancy on all major hardware components, including supervisor modules, fabric modules, power supplies and fan trays. Cisco MDS 9700 Series Multilayer Director is designed to exceed 99.999 percent uptime.

Transforms businesses with enterprise cloud deployment

MDS 9710 is designed to provide outstanding scalability and pay-as-you-grow flexibility, robust security for multi-tenancy cloud applications, the predictable high performance required to meet strict service level agreements (SLAs), the resilient connectivity required for no-downtime cloud infrastructures, and the advanced traffic management capabilities—such as quality of service—needed to quickly and cost-efficiently allocate elastic network capabilities to cloud applications.

Simplifies IT management

To meet the needs of virtually any user, MDS 9710 provides three principal management modes: the MDS 9000 Family command-line interface (CLI), DCNM and integration with third-party storage-management tools. MDS 9710 leverages the MDS 9000 Family’s easy-to-learn CLI to deliver broad management capabilities. This extremely efficient and direct interface is designed to provide consistent, logical, optimal capabilities to administrators in enterprise environments.

Supports robust security

Addressing the need for foolproof security in storage networks, MDS 9710 and the 48-port 16-Gbps line card offer an extensive security framework to protect the highly sensitive data crossing today’s enterprise networks. MDS 9710 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.

Offers advanced diagnostics and troubleshooting tools

Managing large-scale storage networks requires proactive diagnostics tools to verify connectivity and route latency, as well as mechanisms to capture and analyze network traffic. MDS 9710 provides comprehensive port-based and flow-based statistics that enable sophisticated performance analysis and SLA accounting. Plus, an integrated Call Home capability can add reliability, speed problem resolution and help reduce service costs.

Technical details

Software requirements

Software requirements for Cisco MDS 9710 Multilayer Director for IBM System Networking can be found here:

    Hardware requirements

    Hardware requirements for Cisco MDS 9710 Multilayer Director for IBM System Networking can be found here:

      Technical specifications

      Technical specifications for Cisco MDS 9710 Multilayer Director for IBM System Networking include:

      • Product number: 9710-E08
      • 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) (14RU): 61.9 cm (24.35 in.) x 43.9 cm (17.3 in.) x 86.4 cm (34 in.)
      • Weight: Chassis (includes fans): 84.2 kg (185.5 lb)
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