Cisco SAN Switch, Director Appliances Suited for Cloud Environments
The MDS 9710 Multilayer Director is available now, and the MDS 9250i Multiservice Fabric Switch is scheduled to be available in Q3 2013.Networking specialist Cisco announced two solutions for storage area networks (SANs) that are designed to help businesses address rising trends such as big data and cloud computing: the MDS 9710 Multilayer Director and the MDS 9250i Multiservice Fabric Switch. The MDS 9710 Multilayer Director delivers 24 terabits per second of total switching capacity and supports both high-density Fibre Channel and Fibre Channel over Ethernet, enabling consistent SAN and LAN operations. The appliance also builds on the MDS heritage of nonstop operations, including software upgrades, by providing the high-fault-tolerant capabilities with fully redundant (N+1) fans, switching fabrics, and power-supplies or grid redundancy (N:N). In addition, operational consistency is provided across the data center, helping enable organizations to use staff knowledge and existing processes to minimize change management when migrating to new platforms. The appliance supports up to 384 line-rate 16GB Fibre Channel ports or Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) in a single 14-rack unit (RU) chassis. The MDS 9250i Multiservice Fabric Switch offers SAN Extension, which simplifies data protection and business continuance strategies by enabling backup, remote replication and other disaster recovery services over wide-area network (WAN) distances using an open-standards based Fibre Channel over IP (FCIP) tunnel.
In addition, Cisco's Data Mobility Manager provides the ability to migrate data easily from logical unit number (LUN) to LUN or array to array, while the company's I/O Accelerator (IOA) provides acceleration for wire encryption for backup and replication operations, helping make disaster recovery and regulatory compliance a more streamlined process.