Cisco to Offer New Midrange Switches
The MDS 9120 and MDS 9140, with 20 and 40 ports, respectively, are intended to compete directly against offerings from Brocade and McData.Cisco Systems Inc. is adding new midrange products to its Multilayer DataCenter Switch family, officials of the networking giants storage division will announce this week. The new switches are called MDS 9120 and MDS 9140, with 20 and 40 ports, respectively, and are intended to compete directly against Brocade Communications Systems Inc. and McData Corp. offerings, officials said. Both switches are 1U enclosures and share the high-end MDS 9500 series high-availability and management features, instead of sacrificing functionality for small size, officials said.
Storage vendors EMC Corp., IBM, Hewlett-Packard Co. and Hitachi Ltd. will certify the switches and determine the actual availability and pricing. Certifications will begin this quarter, officials said.