The "Standard" Cisco Fabric Manager software that is included at no charge with the MDS switches provides basic switch configuration and troubleshooting capabilities. 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.
- 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