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Expanding Hitachi Data Systems and Cisco Partnership: now includes the Nexus 5548/5596UP, and Nexus 2232PP

For nearly 10 years, Cisco and Hitachi Data Systems have delivered agile, scalable, and efficient virtualized solutions for mutual global customers.  Cisco technology transforms how individuals and organizations connect, communicate, and collaborate; Hitachi Data Systems provides scalable, reliable and highly available storage.

Partnership moves beyond storage and MDS. So what are they announcing?

Hitachi Data Systems today introduced Cisco’s Nexus family  to their data center networks product portfolio. Customers can now buy an end to end solution from Hitachi and through their reseller partners    In addition to the MDS 9000 Family, the Hitachi portfolio now includes the Cisco Nexus 5548UP and Cisco Nexus 5596UP switches, and Cisco Nexus 2232PP 10GE Fabric Extender. With the introduction of the Cisco Nexus Unified Fabric products, Hitachi Data Systems has a unique opportunity to capitalize on current datacenter fabric trends.    Rather than having discrete networks to support multi-protocol deployments as legacy data centers have typically deployed, Hitachi now has the ability to offer a single, intelligent fabric solution based on Cisco’s Nexus family of switches regardless of the type or quantity of the protocols being deployed on the Hitachi storage systems.

Cisco Unified Fabric compliments Hitachi’s data center  solutions by enabling  flexible,  high-performance, low latency, and highly available networks to serve diverse data centers needs including the lossless requirements to carry storage traffic (FC, FCoE, iSCSI, NAS) over Ethernet.

Products Introduced:

  • The Cisco Nexus 5596UP Switch is a two-rack-unit (2RU) 1/10 Gigabit Ethernet, 8/4/2/1-Gbps native Fibre Channel and 10GB FCoE switch offering up to throughput of 1.92 terabits per second (Tbps).  It provides up to 96 ports: 48 fixed “unified”1/10-Gbps Enhanced Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP+) Ethernet, Fibre Channel, and FCoE ports and three expansion slots.
  • The Cisco Nexus 5548UP switch provides up to 48 ports with 32 fixed “unified” 1/10-Gbps SFP+ Ethernet, 8/4/2/1-Gbps native Fibre Channel and 10GB FCoE ports and one expansion slot.
  • The Cisco Nexus 2232PP 10GE Fabric Extender is a 1RU form-factor switch that provides 32x 10 Gigabit Ethernet (IEEE DCB and FCoE capable) SFP+ server ports and 8x 10 Gigabit Ethernet (IEEE DCB and FCoE-capable) SFP+ uplink ports.  Since the 2232PP is a fabric extender, no local configuration is required.

The Cisco Nexus 2232PP series, when deployed in conjunction with the Cisco Nexus 5500UP series, delivers a unified fabric over lossless Ethernet for LAN, storage and HPC traffic. Unified fabric at the server access layer provides cost benefits through infrastructure reduction (CapEx savings) and infrastructure simplification (OpEx savings).

Managing End to End

With Command Suite as the single pane of glass for management across Hitachi storage solutions (block, file, and content), and Cisco Data Center Network Manager as the single management solution for all datacenter fabrics customers now have the simple and effective tools necessary to manage their multi-protocol environments.

 Watch Hitachi’s vision video, “Harnessing the Power of Data – Hitachi Data Systems Vision for Information”.

For more info:  www.cisco.com/go/nexus or www.cisco.com/go/fcoe

Tony Antony
Sr Marketing Manager

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