The Cisco MDS 9513 elevates the standard for director-class switches. Providing industry-leading availability, scalability, security, and management, the Cisco MDS 9513 allows you to deploy high-performance storage area networks (SANs) with an extremely low total cost of ownership (TCO). Layering a rich set of intelligent features onto a high-performance, protocol-independent switch fabric, the Cisco MDS 9513 addresses the stringent requirements of large data center storage environments: uncompromising high availability, security, scalability, ease of management, and transparent integration of new technologies for extremely flexible data center SAN solutions. The Cisco MDS 9513 provides advanced functionality and unparalleled investment protection, allowing the use of any Cisco MDS 9000 family switching module in this highly scalable system.
Industry-leading scalability and availability
The Cisco MDS 9513 combines nondestructive software upgrades, stateful process restart and failover, and full redundancy of all major components for best-in-class availability. Supporting up to 528 Fiber Channel ports in a single chassis, 1584 Fiber Channel ports in a single rack, the Cisco MDS 9513 leads the industry in scalability and is designed to meet the requirements of the largest data center storage environments.
Flexibility and investment protection
The Cisco MDS 9513 supports mix of first-, second-, and third-generation Cisco MDS 9000 family switching modules, providing backward compatibility and unparalleled investment protection.
TCO driven design
Offers advanced management tools for overall lowest TCO. It supports Cisco virtual SAN (VSAN) technology for hardware-enforced, isolated environments within a single physical fabric for secure sharing of physical infrastructure, further decreasing TCO.
The multilayer architecture of the Cisco MDS 9000 family enables a consistent feature set over a protocol-independent switch fabric. The Cisco MDS 9513 transparently integrates Fiber Channel, IBM Fiber Connection (FICON), Small Computer System Interface over IP (iSCSI), and Fiber Channel over IP (FCIP) in one system.
Intelligent network services
Provides integrated support for VSAN technology, access control lists (ACLs) for hardware-based intelligent frame processing, and advanced traffic management features such as Fiber Channel Congestion Control (FCC) and fabric-wide quality of service (QoS) to enable migration from SAN islands to enterprise-wide storage networks.
Integrated Cisco Storage Media Encryption (SME) as distributed fabric service
Supported on the Cisco MDS 18/4-port multiservice module, encrypts data at rest on heterogeneous tape drives and virtual tape libraries (VTLs) in a SAN environment using secure IEEE standard Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) 256-bit algorithms. Cisco MDS 9000 18/4-port multiservice module helps ensure ease of deployment, scalability, and high availability by using innovative technology to transparently offer Cisco SME capabilities to any device connected to the fabric without the need for reconfiguration or rewiring.
Open platform for intelligent storage applications
Provide the intelligent services necessary for hosting and/or accelerating storage applications such as network-hosted volume management, data migration and backup.
Integrated hardware-based VSANs and Inter-VSAN Routing (IVR)
Enable deployment of large-scale multisite and heterogeneous SAN topologies. Integration into port-level hardware allows any port within a system or fabric to be partitioned into any VSAN. Integrated hardware-based inter-VSAN routing provides line-rate routing between any ports within a system or fabric without the need for external routing appliances.
Advanced FICON services
Supports 1/2/4-Gbps and 10-Gbps FICON environments, including cascaded FICON fabrics, VSAN-enabled intermix of mainframe and open systems environments, and N Port ID virtualization for mainframe Linux partitions. CUP (Control Unit Port) support enables in-band management of Cisco MDS 9000 family switches from the mainframe management console.
Comprehensive security framework
Supports RADIUS and TACACS+, Fiber Channel Security Protocol (FC-SP), Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP), Secure Shell (SSH) Protocol, and Simple Network Management Protocol Version 3 (SNMPv3) implementing Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), VSANs, hardware-enforced zoning, ACLs, and per-VSAN role-based access control.
Provides intelligent diagnostics, protocol decoding, network analysis tools as well as integrated call-home capability for added reliability, faster problem resolution, and reduced service costs.
Unified SAN management
The Cisco MDS 9000 family includes built-in storage network management with all features available through a command-line interface (CLI) or Cisco Fabric Manager, a centralized management tool that simplifies management of multiple switches and fabrics. Integration with third party storage management platforms allows seamless interaction with existing management tools.
Cisco Trusted Security (CTS) Fiber Channel link encryptionProduct Highlights
Deliver transparent, hardware-based, line-rate encryption of Fiber Channel data between any Cisco MDS 9000 family 8-Gbps modules.
- 1/2/4/8-Gbps and 10-Gbps Fiber Channel switching