Cisco Helps Customers Address Rising Cloud, Big Data Requirements by Raising
the Bar for Storage Networking
New Cisco MDS Storage Networking Solutions Help Customers Manage
Rapidly Growing Storage Requirements With Greater Performance, Scale,
SAN JOSE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 04/24/13 -- As trends such as cloud
computing, Big Data, and the Internet of Things generate rapidly
increasing amounts of data for organizations and users to process and
store, IT functions face an ever-increasing demand for better data
storage systems capable of coping with these trends. To help them,
Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) today announced new solutions for storage area
networks (SANs) that deliver higher performance, scalability and
reliability than other competing systems. The new solutions include
the Cisco(R) MDS 9710 Multilayer Director, which delivers three times
the bandwidth of any storage director in the industry. Cisco also
announced the Cisco MDS 9250i Multiservice Fabric Switch, which
improves efficiency by performing important storage networking
services in the SAN fabric.
Demand from enterprises for data storage systems is growing rapidly.
IDC estimates (March 2012) that data storage needs will grow at an
annual compound growth rate of 61.4 percent through 2015. As storage
systems grow, so too does the need to better integrate these systems
with other critical data center infrastructure such as networking and
computing systems. Cisco calls its strategy for delivering this close
integration the Unified Data Center.
Cisco's storage switching offerings are critical components of the
industry's most advanced and broadest end-to-end data center
networking portfolio -- a portfolio spanning storage directors,
switches, servers, central management and the company's common
operating system, NX-OS. Together, this portfolio helps a wide range
of industries, from companies needing faster access to business
metrics for better decision making, to medical caregivers accessing
information on-demand in examination, treatment, surgical, and
New Cisco MDS 9710 Multilayer Director
MDS 9710 Multilayer Director establishes a new benchmark for
performance -- delivering 24 terabits per second of total switching
lmost three times the bandwidth of any director in the
-- Supports both high-density Fibre Channel and Fibre Channel over
Ethernet, enabling consistent SAN and LAN networking operations.
-- Provides storage connectivity for mission-critical applications,
massive amounts of data, solid state drives (SSD) and cloud-based
environments without impacting current IT operations.
-- Designed for growth without rip-and-replace upgrades, with 24 Tbps of
total switching capacity for Fibre Channel that can support growth of
any organization beyond what it needs today.
-- The Cisco MDS 9710 Multilayer Director builds on the MDS heritage of
nonstop operations, including software upgrades, by providing the
highest fault-tolerant capabilities with fully redundant (N+1) fans,
switching fabrics, and power-supplies or grid redundancy (N:N).
-- Enabling scalability for any SAN with the new 48-port 16 GB Fibre
Channel and 48-port 10 GB FCoE line cards, the Cisco MDS 9710
Multilayer Director supports up to 384 line-rate 16 GB Fibre Channel
ports or FCoE in a single 14 RU chassis.
-- Operational consistency is provided across the data center, enabling
customers to use staff knowledge and existing processes to minimize
change management when migrating to new platforms.
New Cisco MDS 9250i Multiservice Fabric Switch
The Cisco MDS 9250i
Multiservice Fabric Switch delivers storage services, including Cisco
I/O accelerator and Data Mobility Manager, which improve SAN
efficiency by performing important storage services centrally in the
fabric. This architecture reduces the time and resources required to
perform common storage management functions and simplifies and
accelerates data protection for regulatory compliance.
-- Offers up to 40 line-rate ports of 16GB FC/FICON, 8 ports of 10 GE
FCoE, and 2 ports of 1/10GE FCIP/iSCSI, while delivering a rich set of
storage services via licensing.
-- SAN Extension simplifies data protection and business continuance
strategies by enabling backup, remote replication, and other
disaster-recovery services over WAN distances using open-standards
-- Cisco I/O Accelerator (IOA) provides acceleration for MAN/WAN
applications, and wire encryption for backup and replication
operations, making disaster recovery and regulatory compliance much
-- The Cisco Data Mobility Manager provides the ability to migrate data
easily from LUN to LUN or array to array, quickly and without
disruption of access to the data.
The Cisco MDS 9710 Multilayer Director is available now; the Cisco
MDS 9250i Multiservice Fabric Switch is scheduled to be available in
Q3 2013. Cisco's MDS Storage Networking product line is supported and
resold by authorized original storage manufacturers.
"As the leading IT service provider in Norway, we look to Cisco as a
key technology partner to support us in the process of consolidating
and upgrading data centers. We require storage networks to support
the next generation services and level of availability our customers
demand," said Jo Marius Pedersen, SAN specialist, EVRY. "The
converged management, predictable high performance, flexibility and
reliability of the 16 GB optimized Cisco MDS Multilayer 9710 has
through thorough testing shown unprecedented results. The changing
technology landscape, with its exponential data growth and increasing
pressure to reduce cost and complexity, forces us to constantly
balance innovative and known solutions. We can definitely recommend
businesses with similar challenges to evaluate the innovative MDS
"Today's announcement cements Cisco's technology leadership in the
storage director market," said David Yen, senior vice president, Data
Center Group, Cisco. "Cisco continues to deliver the greatest depth
and breadth for an end-to-end data center unified fabric. Together
with our ecosystem of partners, we are reshaping the data center into
an IT linchpin that transforms business continuity and operations for
customers, one that is critical to today's competitive business
-- Read: Cisco Data Center blog
-- Blog: Raising the Bar for Storage Networks
-- Learn More: Cisco Storage innovations announced today
-- Register for the May 16, 2013 webcast
-- Cisco Data Center Services
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