The Cisco MDS 9148 Multilayer Fabric Switch is a high-performance, flexible, cost-effective platform with the industry's highest port density and lowest power consumption available in a compact one rack-unit chassis form factor. It provides 48 ports for storage networking deployments in small, medium-sized, and large enterprise environments. The Cisco MDS 9148 based on a purpose-built "switch-on-a-chip" application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC), offers outstanding value by providing high-availability, security, and ease of use at a cost-effective price. The Cisco MDS 9148 offers the densities required to scale from an entry-level departmental switch to top-of-the-rack switch to edge connectivity in enterprise SANs. The Cisco MDS 9148 delivers a no blocking architecture, with all 48 ports operating at line-rate concurrently.
The Cisco MDS 9148 supports the Cisco device manager quick configuration wizard, which allows it to be deployed quickly and easily in networks of any size. Powered by Cisco MDS 9000 NX-OS software, it includes advanced storage networking features and functions, providing transparent, end-to-end service delivery in core-edge deployments.
High-performance with exceptional flexibility
The Cisco MDS 9148 offers up to 48 autosensing Fiber Channel ports capable in a compact form-factor chassis with dedicated bandwidth for each port and has an aggregate platform bandwidth.
Intelligent storage networking services at a cost-effective price
The Cisco MDS 9148, powered by Cisco MDS 9000 NX-OS software, offers intelligent storage networking capabilities such as virtual SANs (VSANs), link aggregation via PortChannels, quality of service (QoS), and security. These features make it easy to design, deploy, and manage the Cisco MDS 9148 as either a standalone departmental SAN switch or a top-of-the-rack switch or an edge switch in an enterprise core-edge SAN.
Simplified scalable deployment of virtual machine-aware SANs
In a virtual machine environment in which many host operating systems or applications are running on a physical host, the Cisco MDS 9148 uses N-Port ID Virtualization (NPIV) technology to provide independent management for each virtual machine. Furthermore, the Cisco MDS 9148 provides Cisco N-Port Virtualization (NPV) and fabric-port (F-port) channeling features to enable scaling of SANs without reaching Fiber Channel Domain ID limits. The Cisco FlexAttach feature enables transparent server deployment and movement without SAN reconfiguration.
High-availability platform for mission-critical deployments
The Cisco MDS 9148 is designed for environments in which downtime is unacceptable. It offers non-disruptive software upgrades, dual redundant hot-swappable power supplies (with integrated fans), dual redundant hot-swappable fan trays, VSANs for fault isolation, PortChannels for Inter-Switch Link (ISL) resiliency, and F-port turning for resiliency on uplinks from a Cisco MDS 9148 operating in NPV mode.
Comprehensive security framework
The Cisco MDS 9148 supports as standard Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) using RADIUS or TACACS+ authentication, authorization and accounting (AAA) functions, VSAN fabric isolation, intelligent packet inspection at the port level, Fiber Channel Security Protocol (FC-SP) host-to-switch and switch-to-switch authentication, Secure FTP (SFTP), Secure Shell version 2 (SSHv2) and Simple Network Management Protocol version 3 (SNMPv3) implementing Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), control-plane security, Logical Unit Number (LUN) zoning and read-only zones, hardware-enforced zoning, broadcast zones, and management access.
Simplified storage management
The Cisco MDS 9148 supports SAN Plug-and-Play capability as well as built-in storage network management, with all features available through a command-line interface (CLI) or the Cisco Fabric Manager, a centralized management tool with task-based wizards that simplifies management of a standalone switch or multiple switches and fabrics.
Sophisticated diagnosticsProduct Highlights
Industry-leading intelligent diagnostics such as Fiber Channel ping, Fiber Channel trace route, Switched Port Analyzer (SPAN), Cisco Fabric Analyzer, and integrated call home capability to enhance reliability, facilitate faster problem resolution, and reduce service costs.
- Reduced total cost of ownership (TCO)