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Key requirements shaping Storage Networks

With Big Data, trends like Internet of Everything hitting the data center and cloud, it is an exciting time for storage networking. These trends serve as market drivers with requirements for higher bandwidth, zero downtime coupled with some top careabouts like multi-protocol storage connectivity, ease of management, fast disaster recovery, low latency at scale etc.






New Cisco Innovations

Cisco has been a strong innovator and leader in this market, and it is time to raise the bar yet again.

Today, we introduce two new storage area networking (SAN) switches to the MDS storage networking family – the Cisco MDS 9710 Multi-layer Director and the Cisco MDS 9250i Multi-Service switch. 



The MDS 9710 provides 3X the performance of any storage director in the market today and is designed with room for growth.

The MDS 9250i is a next-generation storage services switch and is an optimized platform for high‑performance SAN extension solutions, distributed intelligent fabric services, and cost-effective multiprotocol connectivity for both open systems and mainframe environments.

It offers up to 40 Ports 16G FC, 8 Ports 10GE FCoE and 2 Ports 10GE FCIP/iSCSI, all at line rate, a rich set of Storage Services via licensing, including IO Accelerator (IOA), and Data Mobility Migration (DMM).

The MDS 9250i provides unmatched flexibility for Cisco’s Unified fabric as the single platform for consolidating storage services across Cisco’s MDS and Nexus product families. With its multi protocol capabilities,  the 9250i provides the services infrastructure for both FC and FCoE SANs , thereby eliminating service device sprawl in converged architectures.

Addtional Perspectives

Recently I spoke to Rajeev Bhardwaj, VP, MDS and Nexus 7000 product management to get his perspectives around these areas. Rajeev provides his thoughts on a decade of MDS and these new innovations. I will follow-up with a seperate post on this later. Meanwhile, you can watch the video here:

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Be sure to tune in to an upcoming webcast on this topic, scheduled to be broadcast on May 16.


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  1. Good writing on storage networking, really helped me, hope it will help others also.


  2. thank you for the information, very helpful to me.


  3. Great information.

    As someone who was a very early adopter of cloud storage (i.e. before the term ‘cloud’ was even internationally adopted as the convention) I wholeheartedly recommend and implement cloud computing with most, if not all, my small and medium business clients.

    Just think of the cloud as gmail on steroids!

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  4. Thanks for information. Helpful for me!


  5. Thanksss shashi..


  6. thenksss thankss:)


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