Feature spotlights

Lowers TCO with SAN consolidation

With exponential data growth and the pressures to do more with less, organizations need to deploy large-scale SANs in the most efficient, cost-effective way possible. MDS 9718 can meet both scalability and TCO requirements. It offers industry leading port densities of up to 768 16-Gbps Fibre Channel ports per chassis—so there’s plenty of room to grow in the future.

Supports enterprise networks

MDS 9718 is designed for high availability. Beyond meeting the basic requirements of nondisruptive software upgrades and redundancy of critical hardware components, the MDS 9718 software architecture offers outstanding availability. Its supervisor modules automatically restart failed processes, making MDS 9718 exceptionally robust.

Transforms business enterprises with cloud deployment

Enterprise clouds provide organizations with elastic compute and network capabilities, enabling IT to scale up or scale down resources on an as-needed basis in a quick and cost-efficient manner. MDS 9718 meets the needs of enterprise clouds by providing outstanding scalability, pay-as-you-grow flexibility, robust security for multi-tenant cloud applications, consistent high performance to meet stringent service-level agreements and other cloud deployment features.

Easy IT Management

To meet the needs of all users, MDS 9718 supports management via Cisco NX-API, the Cisco MDS 9000 Family command-line interface (CLI), Cisco DCNM and third-storage management tools. NX-API is a Representational State Transfer (REST) API-based framework for Cisco NX-OS. It provides output of CLIs in an easy-to-read Extensible Markup Language (XML) or JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) format for simple scriptability.

Delivers comprehensive solution for robust security

The extensive security framework of MDS 9718 protects sensitive data crossing enterprise networks. It features intelligent, port-level packet inspection, including the use of access control lists (ACLs) for hardware enforcement of zones, VSANs and advanced port security features.

Offers 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. Comprehensive port-based and flow-based statistics enable sophisticated performance analysis and SLA accounting. Integrated Call Home provides faster problem resolution and reduced service costs. With MDS 9718, IBM delivers a comprehensive toolset for troubleshooting,analysis and debugging of storage networks.

Convergences with multihop FCoE

FCoE allows an evolutionary approach to network and input/ output (I/O) convergence. It can help you preserve all Fibre Channel constructs; maintain the latency, security and traffic management attributes of Fibre Channel; and preserve investments in Fibre Channel tools, training and SANs. MDS 9718 coexists invisibly in a unified fabric with any-to-any connectivity for Fibre Channel and FCoE.

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