Cisco Fabric Manager is a responsive, easy-to-use, Web-based application that simplifies the management of Cisco MDS 9000 Family switches in storage area networks (SANS) through an integrated approach to switch and fabric administration. Cisco Fabric Manager offers storage administrators fabric-wide management capabilities, including discovery, multiple switch configuration, continuous network monitoring, and troubleshooting. This powerful approach greatly reduces switch setup times, increases overall fabric reliability, and provides robust diagnostics for resolving network problems and configuration inconsistencies.
With Cisco Fabric Manager's intuitive graphical interface, storage administrators can compare switch configurations side by side, perform configuration policy checks across Cisco MDS 9000 Family switches, set alarm thresholds for reporting into third-party fault management applications, view individual device and aggregate statistics in real time, and analyze historical performance statistics. All these capabilities are available through a secure interface that enables remote management from almost any location.
The Cisco Fabric Manager Server (FMS) Package extends Cisco Fabric Manager by providing historical performance data collection for network traffic hot-spot analysis, centralized management services and advanced application integration.
FC statistics monitoring
Performance statistics for inter-switch links (ISLs), host and storage device connections, and traffic between specific Fiber Channel sources and destinations are monitored continuously with Cisco FMS.
Historical performance reports and graphs over daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly intervals are available for network hot-spot analysis. Top 10 and daily summary reports for all ISLs, hosts and storage connections, and route flows present fabric wide statistics.
A management server can be set up to continuously run Fabric Manager services. Up to 8 clients (user interface) can access the management server.
Multiple fabric management
Multiple Fiber Channel fabrics can be monitored by each management server. No need to open multiple copies of Fabric Manager for each fabric.
Wizards are provided to quickly select information to monitor, setup route flows and estimate performance database storage requirements. After initial configuration, host and storage device selections automatically adapt to switch port changes to maintain performance history continuity.
Distribution mediaProduct Highlights
Cisco Fabric Manager Server Package is a firmware resident Java based application within an MDS 9000 series switch. The server portion of the application is installed from the switch to PC.
In The Box
- Hot spots that can limit bandwidth performance within a Fiber Channel interconnect can be monitored
- Historical switch link performance data can be recorded for analysis
- Fabric management can be centralized
- Multiple clients can access the same management information
- Cisco MDS 9100 Fabric Manager Server License