Application Centric Infrastructure

Cisco ACI helps customers manage and excel in complex environments by increasing operational efficiencies, delivering network automation, and improving security for any combination of on-premises data centers, private, and public clouds. With ACI, customers can increase business agility through network optimization, business protection, and cloud enablement.

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Simplify and Scale Virtual Networking

Use Virtual Networking Services

Cisco Nexus 1000V Port Profiles: The Nexus 1000V extends the concept of referenced configuration through the use of Cisco NX-OS port profiles. It publishes them in the hypervisor management domain, allowing ease of assignment and the portability of networking and security policies.

Since the Nexus 1000V is a virtual distributed switch, the policies from the profiles are known and supported across Cisco vPath v2.0, a fundamental architecture component of the Cisco Nexus 1000V vPath optimizes the use of Layer 4-7 virtual networking services in virtual machine and cloud environments.

Service chaining is supported, providing multiple virtual network services as part of a single traffic flow. For example, you can simply specify the network policy and let vPath direct traffic:

Cisco vPath also works on VXLAN to support movement between servers in different Layer 2 domains. Together, these features promote highly secure policy, application, and service delivery in the cloud.

Related:

Deploy Storage Services

Features and Capabilities

Benefits:

  • SAN consolidation and convergence with integrated multiprotocol support for Fibre Channel (FC), FC over Ethernet (FCoE), FCIP, iSCSI, and FICON
  • Optimized for performance, power, and space, with 40 line-rate 16-Gbps FC ports and 10 10-Gbps Ethernet ports
  • Remote SAN extension with high-performance FC over IP (FCIP) for remote replication and other disaster-recovery services
  • Intelligent fabric services, such as I/O Accelerator (IOA) and Data Mobility Manager (DMM)
  • Flexibility for future growth and capacity expansion

Features:

  • Hardware-based virtual fabric isolation with virtual SANs (VSANs) and FC routing with Inter-VSAN Routing (IVR)
  • Enterprise-class availability features for departmental SANs
  • Intelligent network services and advanced traffic management capabilities
  • Industry-leading SAN security to support compliance and regulatory requirements
  • Common Cisco NX-OS and management platform (Cisco Prime Data Center Network Manager) across Cisco MDS and Nexus product families

Specifications at a Glance

Minimum Software Requirements

Cisco MDS 9000 NX-OS Software Release 6.2, supporting Cisco MDS 9250i and Cisco Data Center Network Manager (DCNM) for SAN

Performance and Port Configuration

Port speed:

  • 16, 8, 4, and 2 Gbps auto-sensing with 16 Gbps of dedicated bandwidth per Fibre Channel port
  • 10 Gbps per FCoE and FCIP port

Buffer credits:

  • 64 per port (shared-mode ports) and up to 256 on an individual port (dedicated-mode ports with optional Cisco MDS 9000 enterprise package license activated)

Ports per chassis:

  • Up to 50 fixed ports, including 40 16-Gbps Fibre Channel, eight 10-Gbps FCoE, and two 10-Gbps FCIP and iSCSI ports
  • Base configuration with 30 ports; includes 20 16-Gbps Fibre Channel, eight 10-Gbps FCoE, and two 10-Gbps FCIP and iSCSI ports
  • Port activation license to upgrade license remaining 20 16-Gbps Fibre Channel ports

Intelligent Services

  • SAN extension built in
  • Cisco IOA and Cisco DMM activated by separate licenses

Advanced Functions

  • Virtual SAN (VSAN)
  • IVR
  • Port channel with multipath load balancing
  • Flow-based and zone-based QoS
  • FCIP tape read-and-write acceleration and FCIP compression
  • FICON over FCIP tape read-and-write acceleration (pipelining)

Related:

Increase Storage Bandwidth

Product Overview

Enable enterprise clouds. Transform large storage networks. Lower operating costs. Deploy Fibre Channel, IBM Fibre Connectivity (FICON), Fibre Channel over IP (FCIP), and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) on a single fabric. With the Cisco® MDS 9710 Multilayer Director (Figure 1), you’ll meet the stringent requirements of large virtualized storage environments. As a director-class SAN switch, the MDS 9710 uses the same operating system and management interface as other Cisco data center switches. It brings intelligent capabilities to a high-performance, protocol-independent switch fabric. You’ll gain uncompromising availability, security, and scalability; simplified management; and the capability to flexibly integrate new technologies.

Figure 1. Cisco MDS 9710 Multilayer Director

Product Highlights

The MDS 9710 offers the following features:

Outstanding: The combination of the 16-Gbps, 32-Gbps Fibre Channel switching module and Cisco Fabric-1 crossbar switching modules enables up to 1.5 terabits per second (Tbps) of front-panel Fibre Channel throughput between modules in each direction for each of the eight MDS 9710 payload slots. Based on central arbitration and a crossbar fabric, the MDS 9710 architecture provides 32-Gbps line-rate, nonblocking, predictable performance for all traffic conditions for every port in the chassis.

High availability: Get best-in-class availability. The MDS 9710 is the first director-class switch in which all major components, even the fabric card, are redundant. Obtain grid redundancy with the power supply and 1+1 redundant supervisors, and add another fabric card to enable N+1 fabric redundancy (16G).

The MDS 9710 combines nondisruptive software upgrades, stateful process restart and failover, and full redundancy of all major components for best-in-class availability.

Industry-leading scalability: Power the largest storage environments with up to 24 Tbps of Fibre Channel bandwidth. A single chassis delivers 384 2/4/8-Gbps, 4/8/16-Gbps, 8/16/32-Gbps or 10-Gbps full line-rate autosensing Fibre Channel ports, and a single rack supports up to 1152 Fibre Channel ports.

Intelligent network services: Migrate your SAN islands to enterprisewide storage networks with VSAN technology, access control lists (ACLs) for hardware-based intelligent frame processing, and fabricwide quality of service (QoS).

Integrated hardware-based VSANs and Inter-VSAN Routing (IVR): Integration of VSANs into port-level hardware allows any port in a system or fabric to be partitioned to any VSAN. Deliver line-rate routing between any ports in a system or fabric without the need for external routing appliances.

Intelligent storage services: Interoperability with intelligent service capabilities on other Cisco MDS 9000 Family platforms and the intelligent services switch provides services such as acceleration of storage applications for data replication, backup, and data migration to hosts and targets.

Smart zoning: Efficiently provision hardware access control entries specified by the zone set. Match smart zones to applications, application clusters, hypervisor clusters, or other data center entities. Avoid superfluous entries that allow servers (initiators) to talk to other servers or storage devices (targets) to talk to other storage devices. You’ll gain larger zones with multiple initiators and targets without consuming excessive hardware resources. Automate zoning tasks and avoid creating many small zones.

Virtual machine transparency: Deterministic hardware performance and a comprehensive feature set allow virtual machines to have the same SAN attributes as a physical server. On a per-virtual machine basis, the Cisco NX-OS Software offers VSANs, QoS policies, access control, performance monitoring, and data protection to promote the scalability and mobility of virtual machines. Cisco Prime Data Center Network Manager (DCNM) provides end-to-end visibility all the way from the virtual machine down to the storage resource, with resource allocation, performance measurements, and predictions available on a per-virtual machine basis to enable rapid troubleshooting in mission-critical virtualized environments.

Comprehensive security: In addition to support for services such as VSANs, hardware-enforced zoning, ACLs, per-VSAN role-based access control (RBAC), and Cisco TrustSec® Fibre Channel link encryption, Cisco MDS 9700 Series Multilayer Directors support a comprehensive security framework consisting of RADIUS and TACACS+, Fibre Channel Security Protocol (FC-SP), Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP), Secure Shell (SSH) Protocol, and Simple Network Management Protocol Version 3 (SNMPv3). Cisco TrustSec Fibre Channel link encryption delivers transparent, hardware-based 16-Gbps or 32-Gbps line-rate encryption of Fibre Channel data in addition to 10-Gbps line-rate encryption.

Unified SAN management: The MDS 9700 Series includes built-in storage network management with all features available through a command-line interface (CLI) or Cisco Prime DCNM, a centralized management tool that simplifies management of unified fabrics. DCNM supports integration with third-party storage management applications to allow transparent interaction with existing management tools. DCNM supports federation of up to 10 DCNM servers to manage up to 150,000 devices using a single management pane.

Sophisticated diagnostics: Intelligent diagnostics, protocol decoding, network analysis tools and the Cisco Call Home capability give you reliability, faster problem resolution, and reduced service costs. Starting with Cisco MDS 9000 NX-OS Release 6.2, the Cisco Generic Online Diagnostics (GOLD) framework replaces the Cisco Online Health Management System (OHMS) diagnostic framework on the new MDS 9700 Series chassis. GOLD is a suite of diagnostic tools that you can use to verify that hardware and internal data paths are operating properly. It offers boot-time diagnostics, continuous monitoring, standby fabric loopback tests, and on-demand and scheduled tests. Enable the rapid fault isolation and system monitoring that are critical in today’s continuously operating environments.

Multiprotocol architecture: A multilayer architecture enables a consistent feature set over a protocol-independent switch fabric. The MDS 9710 transparently integrates Fibre Channel, FCoE, and FICON.

2/4/8-Gbps, 4/8/16-Gbps, 8/16/32-Gbps, 10-Gbps Fibre Channel, and 10 Gigabit Ethernet: The MDS 9710 supports 2/4/8/16-Gbps and 10-Gbps ports on the Cisco MDS 9700 48-Port 16-Gbps Fibre Channel Switching Module for both open-systems and FICON environments. The MDS 9710 also supports 10 Gigabit Ethernet clocked optics carrying Fibre Channel traffic. The MDS 9710 supports 4/8/16/32-Gbps on the Cisco MDS 9700 48-Port 32-Gbps Fibre Channel Switching Module.

FICON: The MDS 9710 is mainframe ready and supports for IBM System z FICON and Linux environments.

Multihop FCoE: Extend connectivity from FCoE and Fibre Channel fabrics to FCoE and Fibre Channel storage devices.

SAN Extension FCIP support: The Cisco MDS 9000 24/10-Port SAN Extension Module is supported on MDS 9700 Series Multilayer Directors. With 24 line-rate 2/4/8/10/16-Gbps Fibre Channel ports and eight 1 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet FCIP ports, this module enables deployment of large and scalable SAN extension solutions.

Main Benefits

Reduce Total Cost of Ownership with SAN Consolidation

With the amount of data growing exponentially, organizations need efficent, cost-effective, large-scale SANs. Scale while managing your total cost of ownership (TCO) with industry-leading port densities of up to 384 32-Gbps Fibre Channel ports per chassis. Deploy 1.5-Tbps front-panel Fibre Channel performance per slot and up to 24-Tbps front-panel Fibre Channel line-rate nonblocking system-level switching. Deploy intelligent fabric services, VSANs for consolidating physical SAN islands while maintaining logical boundaries, and IVR for sharing resources across VSANs. Consolidate your data into fewer, larger, and more manageable SANs, thus reducing the hardware footprint and associated capital expenditures (CapEx) and operating expenses (OpEx). On unified fabrics with converged LAN and SAN environments using lossless Ethernet, multihop FCoE protects your investments in existing storage infrastructure with any-to-any connectivity across multiple protocols.

Enterprise-Class Availability

The MDS 9710 is designed from the beginning for high availability. In addition to meeting the basic requirements of nondisruptive software upgrades and redundancy of all critical hardware components, the MDS 9710 software architecture offers outstanding availability. The Cisco MDS 9700 Series Supervisor-1 Module automatically restarts failed processes, making the MDS 9710 exceptionally robust. In the rare event that a supervisor module is reset, complete synchronization between the active and standby supervisor modules helps ensure stateful failover with no disruption of traffic.

The MDS 9710 is the first in the industry to provide redundency on all major hardware components, as detailed in Table 1.

Table 1.Cisco MDS 9710 Redundancy

Component

Redundancy

Supervisors

1+1

Power supplies

Grid redundancy

Fabrics

N+1 redundancy

High availability is implemented at the fabric level using robust and high-performance Inter-Switch Links (ISLs). The port-channel capability allows you aggregate up to 16 physical links into one logical bundle. The bundle can consist of any speed-matched ports in the chassis, helping ensure that the bundle can remain active in the event of a port, application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC), or module failure. ISLs in a port channel can have significantly different lengths. This capability is valuable in campus and metropolitan area network (MAN) environments, because logical links can now be spread over multiple physical paths, helping ensure uninterrupted connectivity even if one of the physical paths is disrupted. The MDS 9710 provides outstanding high availability, helping ensure that solutions exceed the 99.999 percent uptime requirements of today’s most demanding environments.

Business Transformation with Enterprise Cloud Deployment

With industry-leading scalability and pay-as-you-grow flexibility, the MDS 9710 enables you to quickly scale enterprise clouds up or down as needed. You also receive these benefits:

Multihop FCoE provisions storage in a multiprotocol unified fabric.

Robust security protects multitenancy cloud applications.

Predictable high performance meets stringent service-level agreements (SLAs).

Resilient connectivity helps ensure always-on cloud infrastructure.

Advanced traffic management capabilities, such as QoS, quickly and cost-efficiently allocate elastic network capabilities to cloud applications.

Furthermore, Cisco Prime DCNM provides resource monitoring and capacity planning on a per-virtual machine basis. You can efficiently:

Consolidate enterprise cloud deployments

Federate up to 10 DCNM servers to easily manage large-scale clouds

Use information through Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S)–based developer APIs to deliver IT as a service

Advanced Traffic Management

Deploy and optimize large-scale fabrics more easily:

Virtual output queue (VOQ): Help ensure line-rate performance on each port, independent of traffic pattern, by eliminating head-of-line blocking.

Up to 4095 buffer-to-buffer credits: Using extended credits, allocate up to 4095 buffer credits from a pool of more than 6000 buffer credits for a module to ports as needed to greatly extend the distance for Fibre Channel SANs. Alternatively, assign up to 4095 buffer credits to an individual port for optimal bandwidth utilization across distances.

Port channels: Aggregate up to 16 physical ISLs into a single logical bundle, providing optimized bandwidth utilization across all links. The bundle can consist of any speed-matched ports from any module in the chassis, helping ensure that the bundle can remain active even in the event of a module failure. The MDS 9000 Family switch architecture helps ensure that frames can never be reordered within a switch.

Fabric Shortest Path First (FSPF)–based multipathing: Provide the intelligence to load-balance traffic across up to 16 Fibre Channel or FCoE equal-cost paths and, in the event of a switch failure, dynamically reroute traffic.

QoS: Use QoS to manage bandwidth and control latency to prioritize critical traffic.

Ease of Management

The MDS 9710 provides three modes of management: the MDS 9000 Family CLI, Cisco Prime DCNM, and integration with third-party storage management tools.

Adhering to the syntax of the widely known Cisco IOS® Software CLI, the MDS 9000 Family CLI is consistent and easy to learn and delivers broad management capabilities. The MDS 9000 Family CLI provides optimal capabilities: for instance, you can enable debugging modes for each switch feature and view a real-time updated activity log of control protocol exchanges. Log entries are time-stamped and listed in chronological order.

Cisco Prime DCNM is the network’s industry’s first converged SAN and LAN management solution. It lets you manage all NX-OS devices, including the MDS 9000 Family and Cisco Nexus® Family products. Its intuitive GUI simplifies day-to-day operations of Cisco unified fabrics in virtualized data center environments.

DCNM offers such functions as:

Monitoring of events and performance historically and at scale

Wizard- and template-based provisioning of NX-OS technologies and services

Cisco VMpath analytics, with dynamic topology views for extended visibility into virtual infrastructure

Resource management through trend analysis of inventory and performance

Rule-based event notification and filtering

RBAC to provide separation between network and storage teams

You can scale to large deployments through scale-out server architecture with automated failover capability. Provide a resilient management system that centralizes infrastructure and path monitoring across geographically dispersed data centers. The DCNM base management function is available at no charge, and advanced features are unlocked with a license. The application can be installed on Linux and Microsoft Windows operating systems and supports both PostgreSQL and Oracle databases.

Comprehensive Solution for Robust Security

The extensive security framework of the MDS 9710 protects sensitive data crossing enterprise networks. It provides intelligent, port-level packet inspection, including the use of ACLs for hardware enforcement of zones, VSANs, and advanced port security features. VSANs are used to achieve greater security and stability by providing complete isolation of devices that are connected to the same physical SAN. IVR enables controlled sharing of resources between VSANs. In addition, FC-SP provides switch-to-switch and host-to-switch Diffie-Hellman Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol (DH-CHAP) support for RADIUS and TACACS+. This feature helps ensure that only authorized devices access protected storage networks. To further protect traffic within and between data centers, Cisco TrustSec Fibre Channel link encryption, available in the MDS 9700 Series 16-Gbps and 32-Gbps modules, lets you transparently encrypt ISLs at up to line-rate speeds.

Advanced Diagnostics and Troubleshooting Tools

To manage large-scale storage networks, you need proactive diagnostics tools, tools to verify connectivity and route latency, and traffic analysis tools. We deliver a comprehensive tool set for analyzing, troubleshooting, and debugging storage networks. Power-on self-test (POST) and online diagnostics proactively monitor system health. Identify the exact path and timing of flows with capabilities such as Fibre Channel traceroute. Capture network traffic using Cisco Switched Port Analyzer (SPAN) and Remote SPAN (RSPAN). Then analyze traffic with the Cisco Fabric Analyzer, an embedded Fibre Channel analyzer. You’ll gain sophisticated performance analysis and SLA accounting capabilities by collecting port-based and flow-based statistics.

Convergence with Multihop FCoE

FCoE allows an evolutionary approach to network and I/O convergence. Preserve all Fibre Channel constructs; maintain the latency, security, and traffic management attributes of Fibre Channel; and preserve your investments in Fibre Channel tools, training, and SANs. Sharing the same operating system and management plane as the Cisco Nexus switches, the MDS 9710 coexists invisibly in a unified fabric with any-to-any connectivity for Fibre Channel and FCoE.

Integrated Mainframe Support

The MDS 9710 fully supports IBM System z FICON and Linux environments. It supports FICON protocol transport in both cascaded and noncascaded fabrics, as well as an intermix of FICON and open-systems Fibre Channel Protocol (FCP) traffic on the same switch. IBM Control Unit Port (CUP) enables in-band management of MDS 9000 Family switches from mainframe management applications. A fabric-binding feature helps ensure that ISLs are enabled only between specified switches in the fabric-binding configuration.

Product Specifications

Table 2 lists the product specifications for the MDS 9710 Multilayer Director.

Table 2.Technical Specifications

Feature

Description

Product compatibility

Cisco MDS 9000 Family

Software compatibility

Cisco MDS NX-OS Software Release 6.2.1 or later

Indicators

Power supply LED

FAN LED

Supervisor LED

Fabric LED

Line-card module LED

Protocols

Fibre Channel standards
FC-PH, Revision 4.3 (ANSI INCITS 230-1994)
FC-PH, Amendment 1 (ANSI INCITS 230-1994/AM1-1996)
FC-PH, Amendment 2 (ANSI INCITS 230-1994/AM2-1999)
FC-PH-2, Revision 7.4 (ANSI INCITS 297-1997)
FC-PH-3, Revision 9.4 (ANSI INCITS 303-1998)
FC-PI, Revision 13 (ANSI INCITS 352-2002)
FC-PI-2, Revision 10 (ANSI INCITS 404-2006)
FC-PI-3, Revision 4 (ANSI INCITS 460-2011)
FC-PI-4, Revision 8 (ANSI INCITS 450-2008)
FC-PI-5, Revision 6 (ANSI INCITS 479-2011)
FC-FS, Revision 1.9 (ANSI INCITS 373-2003)
FC-FS-2, Revision 1.01 (ANSI INCITS 424-2007)
FC-FS-2, Amendment 1 (ANSI INCITS 424-2007/AM1-2007)
FC-FS-3, Revision 1.11 (ANSI INCITS 470-2011)
FC-LS, Revision 1.62 (ANSI INCITS 433-2007)
FC-LS-2, Revision 2.21 (ANSI INCITS 477-2011)
FC-SW-2, Revision 5.3 (ANSI INCITS 355-2001)
FC-SW-3, Revision 6.6 (ANSI INCITS 384-2004)
FC-SW-4, Revision 7.5 (ANSI INCITS 418-2006)
FC-SW-5, Revision 8.5 (ANSI INCITS 461-2010)
FC-GS-3, Revision 7.01 (ANSI INCITS 348-2001)
FC-GS-4, Revision 7.91 (ANSI INCITS 387-2004)
FCP, Revision 12 (ANSI INCITS 269-1996)
FCP-2, Revision 8 (ANSI INCITS 350-2003)
FCP-3, Revision 4 (ANSI INCITS 416-2006)
FCP-4, Revision 2b (ANSI INCITS 481-2011)
FC-SB-2, Revision 2.1 (ANSI INCITS 349-2001)
FC-SB-3, Revision 1.6 (ANSI INCITS 374-2003)
FC-SB-3, Amendment 1 (ANSI INCITS 374-2003/AM1-2007)
FC-SB-4, Revision 3.0 (ANSI INCITS 466-2011)
FC-SB-5, Revision 2.00 (ANSI INCITS 485-2014)
FC-BB-6, Revision 2.00 (ANSI INCITS 509-2014)
FC-BB-2, Revision 6.0 (ANSI INCITS 372-2003)
FC-BB-3, Revision 6.8 (ANSI INCITS 414-2006)
FC-BB-4, Revision 2.7 (ANSI INCITS 419-2008)
FC-BB-5, Revision 2.0 (ANSI INCITS 462-2010)
FC-VI, Revision 1.84 (ANSI INCITS 357-2002)
FC-SP, Revision 1.8 (ANSI INCITS 426-2007)
FC-SP-2, Revision 2.71 (ANSI INCITS 496-2012)
FAIS, Revision 1.03 (ANSI INCITS 432-2007)
FAIS-2, Revision 2.23 (ANSI INCITS 449-2008)
FC-IFR, Revision 1.06 (ANSI INCITS 475-2011)
FC-FLA, Revision 2.7 (INCITS TR-20-1998)
FC-PLDA, Revision 2.1 (INCITS TR-19-1998)
FC-Tape, Revision 1.17 (INCITS TR-24-1999)
FC-MI, Revision 1.92 (INCITS TR-30-2002)
FC-MI-2, Revision 2.6 (INCITS TR-39-2005)
FC-MI-3, Revision 1.03 (INCITS TR-48-2012)
FC-DA, Revision 3.1 (INCITS TR-36-2004)
FC-DA-2, Revision 1.06 (INCITS TR-49-2012)
FC-MSQS, Revision 3.2 (INCITS TR-46-2011)
Fibre Channel classes of service: Class 2, Class 3, and Class F
Fibre Channel standard port types: E, F, FL, and B
Fibre Channel enhanced port types: SD, ST, and TE
FCoE standard port types: VE and VF
IEEE 802.1Qbb-2011: Priority-based flow control (PFC)
IEEE 802.3db-2011: MAC address control frame for priority-based flow control
IEEE 802.1Qaz-2011: Enhanced transmission selection for bandwidth sharing between traffic classes (ETS and DCBX)
IP over Fibre Channel (RFC 2625)
IPv6, IPv4, and Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) over Fibre Channel (RFC 4338)
Extensive IETF-standards-based TCP/IP, SNMPv3, and remote monitoring (RMON) MIBs
RFC 3643 and 3821 FCIP

Chassis slot configuration

Line-card slots: 8

Switching capability per fabric

Number of Fabric Cards

Front-Panel Fibre Channel Bandwidth per Slot

FCoE Bandwidth per Slot

1

256 Gbps

220 Gbps

2

512 Gbps

440 Gbps

3

768 Gbps

660 Gbps

4

1024 Gbps

880 Gbps

5

1280 Gbps

1100 Gbps

6

1536 Gbps

1320 Gbps

Performance and scalability

8/16/32-Gbps autosensing; optionally configurable
10-Gbps Fibre Channel
Up to 500 per port (dedicated-mode ports) standard
Up to 4095 on an individual port (dedicated-mode ports with optional Cisco MDS 9700 Enterprise Package license activated)
Buffer credits: 48-port line-rate 32-Gbps Fibre Channel modules:
Up to 500 per port (dedicated-mode ports) standard
Up to 8191 on an individual port (dedicated-mode ports with optional Cisco MDS 9700 Enterprise Package license activated)

Features and Functions

Fabric services

Advanced functions

Diagnostics and troubleshooting tools

Network security

Cisco TrustSec Fibre Channel link encryption1

FICON

Exchange-based routing ready

Serviceability

Reliability and availability

Hot-swappable Enhanced Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP+) optics (2/4/8/10/16/32-Gbps Fibre Channel and 10 Gigabit Ethernet). 2G speeds not supported on 32G switching module.

Network management

Programming interface

Power and cooling

With the Cisco MDS 9710 using front-to-back cold-aisle and hot-aisle air flow, Cisco recommends that you maintain a minimum air space of 7 inches (17.78 cm) between walls, such as in a cabinet, and the chassis front and back air vents.

Power consumption (typical)

Cisco MDS 9710 with 3 Fabrics (Watts)

Ports

Watts

192

2695

288

3655

384

4615

Environmental

Physical dimensions (H x W x D)

Cisco MDS 9700 48-Port 16-Gbps Fibre Channel line card: 1.75 x 15.9 x 21.8 in. (4.4 x 40.39 x 55.37 cm)
Cisco MDS 9700 48-Port 32-Gbps Fibre Channel line card; 1.75 x 15.9 x 21.8 in. (4.4 x 40.39 x 55.37 cm)
Power supply (3000W AC): 22.04 x 3.95 x 1.6 in. (55.98 x 10.03 x 4.06 cm)
Power supply (3000W DC): 23.54 x 3.95 x 1.6 in. (59.79 x 10.03 x 4.06 cm)
Fabric-1 module: 18.09 x 2.02 x 9.22 in. (45.95 x 5.13 x 23.42 cm)
Supervisor-1 module: 2.04 x 7.5 x 21.8 in. (5.18 x 19.05 x 55.37 cm)
Fan tray: 23.54 x 5.15 x 4.09 in. (59.79 x 13.08 x 10.39 cm)
SFP+: 0.49 x 0.54 x 2.22 in. (1.25 x 1.36 x 5.65 cm)

Weight

48-port 16-Gbps Fibre Channel line card: 17 lb (7.71 kg)
48-port 32-Gbps Fibre Channel line card: 17.5 lb (7.94 kg)
Fan tray: 8.5 lb (3.86 kg)
Supervisor blank cover: 1.25 lb (0.57 kg)
Line-card blank cover: 4.5 lb (2.04 kg)

Approvals and compliance

Safety compliance
CE Marking
UL 60950
CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 60950
EN 60950
IEC 60950
TS 001
AS/NZS 3260
IEC60825
EN60825
21 CFR 1040
EMC compliance
FCC Part 15 (CFR 47) Class A
ICES-003 Class A
EN 55022 Class A
CISPR 22 Class A
AS/NZS 3548 Class A
VCCI Class A
EN 55024
EN 50082-1
EN 61000-6-1
EN 61000-3-2
EN 61000-3-3
FIPS certified
FIPS 140-2 Level 2
* A minimum of three fabric modules is needed to support a fully populated chassis with four Cisco MDS 9700 48-Port 16-Gbps Fibre Channel cards; four fabric modules are needed to provide N+1 redundancy. A minimum of six fabric modules is needed to support a fully populated chassis with four Cisco MDS 9700 48-Port 32-Gbps Fibre Channel cards.
1 This feature is supported from software release NX-OS 6.2(9) onwards.

Ordering Information

Table 3 provides ordering information for the MDS 9710 Multilayer Director.

Table 3.Ordering Information

Part Number

Product Description

Cisco MDS 9700 Series Component

DS-X9824-960K9

Cisco MDS 9700 40-Gbps 24-Port FCoE Module

DS-C9710

MDS 9710 Chassis, No Power Supplies, Fans Included

DS-X97-SF1-K9

MDS 9700 Series Supervisor-1

DS-X9710-FAB1

MDS 9710 Crossbar Switching Fabric-1 Module

DS-CAC97-3KW

MDS 9700 3000W AC power supply

DS-CDC97-3KW

MDS 9700 3000W DC power supply

DS-X9448-768K9

48-Port 16-Gbps Fibre Channel Switching Module

DS-X9648-1536K9

MDS 9700 48-Port 32-Gbps Fibre Channel Switching Module

DS-X9848-480K9

48-Port 10-Gbps Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) Module

DS-X9334-K9

Cisco MDS 9000 Family 24/10 SAN Extension Module

DS-C9710-1K9

MDS 9710 Base Config: Chassis, 2 Sup-1, 3 Fabric-1, 6 3K AC

DS-C9710-1EK9

MDS 9710 Enhanced Config: Chassis, 2 Sup-1, 6 Fabric-1, 8 3K AC

DS-C9710-4BSK9

MDS 9710 Bundle Config Chassis Sup-1 3 Fab-1 6 PS AC 3K 4 Modules 16G SFP+ Licenses Enterprise

DS-C9710-4B8K9

MDS 9710 Bundle Config Chassis Sup-1 3 Fab-1 6 PS AC 3K 4 Modules 8G SFP+ Licenses Enterprise

DS-SFP-FC32G-SW

32 Gbps Fibre Channel SW SFP+, LC

DS-SFP-FC32G-LW

32 Gbps Fibre Channel LW SFP+, LC

DS-SFP-FC16G-SW

16 Gbps Fibre Channel SW SFP+, LC

DS-SFP-FC16G-LW

16 Gbps Fibre Channel LW SFP+, LC

DS-SFP-FC16GELW

16 Gbps Fiber Channel ELW SFP+, LC

DS-SFP-FC10G-SW

10 Gbps Fibre Channel SW SFP+, LC

DS-SFP-FC10G-LW

10 Gbps Fibre Channel LW SFP+, LC

DS-SFP-FC8G-SW

8 Gbps Fibre Channel SW SFP+, LC

DS-SFP-FC8G-LW

8 Gbps Fibre Channel LW SFP+, LC

DS-SFP-FC8G-ER

8 Gbps Fibre Channel Extended Reach SFP+, LC

SFP-10G-SR

10GBASE-SR SFP Module

SFP-10G-LR

10GBASE-LR SFP Module

SFP-10G-ER

10GBASE-ER SFP Module

CAB-9K16A-AUS

Power cord 250VAC 16A, Australia, source plug AU20S3

CAB-9K16A-CH

Power cord 250VAC 16A, China, source plug GB16C

CAB-9K16A-EU

Power cord 250VAC 16A, Europe, source plug CEE 7/7

CAB-9K16A-INT

Power cord 250VAC 16A, international, source plug IEC 309

CAB-9K16A-ISR

Power cord 250VAC 16A, Israel, source plug SI16S3

CAB-9K16A-SA

Power cord 250VAC 16A, South Africa, source plug EL 208, SABS 164-1

CAB-9K16A-SW

Power cord 250VAC 16A, Switzerland, source plug SEV 5934-2 Type 23

CAB-9K16A-US1

Power cord 250VAC 16A, United States/Japan, source plug NEMA 6-20

CAB-9K16A-US2

Power cord 250VAC 16A, United States/Japan, source plug NEMA L6-20

CAB-9K20A-NA

Power Cord, 125VAC 20A NEMA 5-20 Plug, North America/Japan

CAB-9K16A-KOR

Power Cord 250VAC 16A, Korea, Src Plug

CAB-9K16A-ARG

Power Cord 250VAC 16A, Argentina, Src Plug IR2073-C19

CAB-9K16A-BRZ

Power Cord 250VAC 16A, Brazil, Src Plug EL224-C19

CAB-C19-CBN

Cabinet Jumper Power Cord, 250 VAC 16A, C20-C19 Connectors

DS-C9710-FD-MB

MDS 9710 – Front Door Kit

Licensed Software

M97ENTK9

Enterprise package license for 1 MDS9700 switch

DCNM-SAN-M97-K9

DCNM for SAN License for MDS 9700

M97FIC1K9

Mainframe package license for 1 MDS9700 switch

Spare Component

DS-C9710=

MDS 9710 Chassis, Spare, No Power Supplies, Fans Included

DS-X97-SF1-K9=

MDS 9700 Series Supervisor-1

DS-X9710-FAB1=

MDS 9710 Crossbar Switching Fabric-1 Module

DS-CAC97-3KW=

MDS 9700 3000W AC power supply

DS-CDC97-3KW=

MDS 9700 3000W DC power supply

DS-C9710-FAN=

MDS 9710 FAN Tray

DS-X9448-768K9=

48-Port 16-Gbps Fibre Channel Switching Module

DS-X9448768B8K9=

MDS 9700 48-port 16Gbps FC Module + 48 8-Gbps SW SFP+, Spare

DS-X9448768BSK9=

MDS 9700 48-port 16Gbps FC Module + 48 16-Gbps SW SFP+, Spare

DS-X9334-K9=

Cisco MDS 9000 Family 24/10 SAN Extension Module, Spare

DS-X9648-1536K9=

MDS 9700 48-Port 32-Gbps Fibre Channel Switching Module, spare

DS-X9648-1536K9B=

MDS 9700 48-Port 32-Gbps Fibre Channel Switching Module and 48 16G SW SFP+

DS-X9710-FAB1B=

MDS 9710 Crossbar Switching Fabric-1 Module, Bundle of 3

DS-SFP-FC32G-SW=

32 Gbps Fibre Channel SW SFP+, LC

DS-SFP-FC32G-LW=

32 Gbps Fibre Channel LW SFP+, LC

DS-SFP-FC16G-SW=

16 Gbps Fibre Channel SW SFP+, LC

DS-SFP-FC16G-LW=

16 Gbps Fibre Channel LW SFP+, LC

DS-SFP-FC16GELW=

16 Gbps Fiber Channel ELW SFP+, LC

DS-SFP-FC10G-SW=

10 Gbps Fibre Channel SW SFP+, LC

DS-SFP-FC10G-LW=

10 Gbps Fibre Channel LW SFP+, LC

DS-SFP-FC8G-SW=

8 Gbps Fibre Channel SW SFP+, LC

DS-SFP-FC8G-LW=

8 Gbps Fibre Channel LW SFP+, LC

DS-SFP-FC8G-ER=

8 Gbps Fibre Channel Extended Reach SFP+, LC

DS-SFP-10GE-SR=SFP-10G-SR=

10GBASE-SR SFP Module

DS-SFP-10GE-LR=SFP-10G-LR=

10GBASE-LR SFP Module

SFP-10G-ER=

10GBASE-ER SFP Module

DS-CWDM8G1470=

1470 nm CWDM 2/4/8-Gbps Fibre Channel SFP+

DS-CWDM8G1490=

1490 nm CWDM 2/4/8-Gbps Fibre Channel SFP+

DS-CWDM8G1510=

1510 nm CWDM 2/4/8-Gbps Fibre Channel SFP+

DS-CWDM8G1530=

1530 nm CWDM 2/4/8-Gbps Fibre Channel SFP+

DS-CWDM8G1550=

1550 nm CWDM 2/4/8-Gbps Fibre Channel SFP+

DS-CWDM8G1570=

1570 nm CWDM 2/4/8-Gbps Fibre Channel SFP+

DS-CWDM8G1590=

1590 nm CWDM 2/4/8-Gbps Fibre Channel SFP+

DS-CWDM8G1610=

1610 nm CWDM 2/4/8-Gbps Fibre Channel SFP+

DWDM-SFP10G-xx.xx=

Cisco 10GBASE DWDM SFP+ Modules

CAB-9K16A-AUS=

Power cord 250VAC 16A, Australia, source plug AU20S3

CAB-9K16A-CH=

Power cord 250VAC 16A, China, source plug GB16C

CAB-9K16A-EU=

Power cord 250VAC 16A, Europe, source plug CEE 7/7

CAB-9K16A-INT=

Power cord 250VAC 16A, international, source plug IEC 309

CAB-9K16A-ISR=

Power cord 250VAC 16A, Israel, source plug SI16S3

CAB-9K16A-SA=

Power cord 250VAC 16A, South Africa, source plug EL 208, SABS 164-1

CAB-9K16A-SW=

Power cord 250VAC 16A, Switzerland, source plug SEV 5934-2 Type 23

CAB-9K16A-US1=

Power cord 250VAC 16A, United States/Japan, source plug NEMA 6-20

CAB-9K16A-US2=

Power cord 250VAC 16A, United States/Japan, source plug NEMA L6-20

CAB-9K20A-NA=

Power Cord, 125VAC 20A NEMA 5-20 Plug, North America/Japan

CAB-9K16A-KOR=

Power Cord 250VAC 16A, Korea, Src Plug

CAB-9K16A-ARG=

Power Cord 250VAC 16A, Argentina, Src Plug IR2073-C19

CAB-9K16A-BRZ=

Power Cord 250VAC 16A, Brazil, Src Plug EL224-C19

CAB-C19-CBN=

Cabinet Jumper Power Cord, 250 VAC 16A, C20-C19 Connectors

DS-C9710-FD-MB=

MDS 9710 – Front Door Kit

Licensed Software

M97ENTK9=

Enterprise package license for 1 MDS9700 switch

L-M97ENTK9=

E-delivery Enterprise package license for 1 MDS9700 switch

DCNM-SAN-M97-K9=

DCNM for SAN License for MDS 9700

L-DCNM-S-M97-K9=

E-delivery DCNM for SAN Package Advanced Edition for MDS 9700

M97FIC1K9=

Mainframe package license for 1 MDS9700 switch

L-M97FIC1K9=

E-delivery Mainframe package license for 1 MDS9700 switch

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