Cisco MDS 9710 Multilayer Director for IBM System Networking

IBM Redbooks Product Guide

Abstract

This IBM® Redbooks® Product Guide introduces Cisco® MDS 9710 Multilayer Director for IBM System Networking. It is a director-class SAN switch that is designed for deployment in large-scale storage networks to enable enterprise clouds and business transformation. Layering a comprehensive set of intelligent features onto a high-performance, protocol-independent switch fabric, the MDS 9710 addresses the stringent requirements of large virtualized data center storage environments: high availability, security, scalability, ease of management, and transparent integration of new technologies for flexible data center SAN solutions. Sharing the operating system and management interface with other Cisco data center switches, the MDS 9710 enables seamless deployment of fabrics with high-performance Fibre Channel connectivity to achieve low total cost of ownership (TCO).

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This IBM® Redbooks® Product Guide introduces Cisco® MDS 9710 Multilayer Director for IBM System Networking. It is a director-class SAN switch that is designed for deployment in large-scale storage networks to enable enterprise clouds and business transformation. By adding enterprise connectivity options that support IBM FICON® connectivity, MDS 9710 now delivers a high performing and reliable FICON infrastructure that is designed to support fast and scalable IBM System z® servers.

Layering a comprehensive set of intelligent features onto a high-performance, protocol-independent switch fabric, the MDS 9710 addresses the stringent requirements of large virtualized data center storage environments: high availability, security, scalability, ease of management, and transparent integration of new technologies for flexible data center SAN solutions. Sharing the operating system and management interface with other Cisco data center switches, the MDS 9710 enables seamless deployment of fabrics with high-performance Fibre Channel connectivity to achieve low total cost of ownership (TCO).

Figure 1 shows the Cisco MDS 9710 Multilayer Director for IBM System Networking.

Cisco MDS 9710 Multilayer Director for IBM System Networking
Figure 1. Cisco MDS 9710 Multilayer Director for IBM System Networking

The MDS 9700 Series Supervisor-1 Module delivers the latest advanced switching technology with Cisco® NX-OS software to power a new generation of scalable and intelligent multilayer switching solutions for storage area networks (SANs).

Designed to integrate multiprotocol switching and routing, intelligent SAN services, and storage applications onto highly scalable SAN switching platforms, the Cisco MDS 9700 Series Supervisor-1 Module, when combined with the MDS 9700 linecards, enables intelligent, resilient, scalable, and secure high performance multilayer SAN switching solutions. The Cisco® MDS 9000 Family lowers the total cost of ownership (TCO) for storage networking by combining a robust and flexible hardware architecture, multiple layers of network and storage intelligence, and compatibility with all MDS 9000 Family switching modules. It offers advanced management tools for overall lowest TCO. It supports Cisco Systems® virtual SAN (VSAN) technology for hardware-enforced, isolated environments within a single physical fabric for secure sharing of physical infrastructure, further decreasing TCO. This powerful combination helps organizations to build highly available, scalable storage networks with comprehensive security and unified management. The Cisco MDS Supervisor-1 Module is supported in the MDS 9710 Multilayer Director.

Figure 2 shows the Cisco MDS 9700 Series Supervisor-1 Module.

Cisco MDS 9700 Series Supervisor-1 Module
Figure 2. Cisco MDS 9700 Series Supervisor-1 Module

The 48-port 16Gbps switching module delivers full-duplex aggregate performance of 768 Gbps, making this module suited for attachment of high-performance 16 Gbps storage subsystems, 16 Gbps Inter-Switch Links (ISLs), and high-performance and virtualized servers. Figure 3 shows the Cisco MDS 9700 Series 16Gbps Fibre Channel Switching Module.

Cisco MDS 9700 Series 48-Port 16Gbps Fibre Channel Switching Module
Figure 3. Cisco MDS 9700 Series 48-Port 16Gbps Fibre Channel Switching Module

The Cisco MDS 9700 Series 16Gbps Fibre Channel Switching Module also provides Cisco VMpath technology to monitor, manage, and control SAN resource allocation and performance on a per-virtual machine basis and map out paths all the way from the server to storage, enabling tracking of mission-critical workloads end-to-end.

The MDS 9700 Series Fibre Channel Switching Module is hot-swappable and compatible with 2/4/8/16-Gbps and 10-Gbps interfaces, and it supports hot-swappable Enhanced Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP+) transceivers. Individual ports can be configured with Cisco 16, 8, or 10 Gbps shortwave or longwave SFP+ transceivers. Each port supports 500 buffer credits for exceptional extensibility without requiring additional licensing. With the Cisco Enterprise Package, up to 4095 buffer credits can be allocated to an individual port, enabling full link bandwidth over long distances with no degradation in link utilization.


Product highlights

The Cisco MDS 9710 for IBM System Networking and its components offer the following main features:
  • Outstanding SAN performance: The combination of the Supervisor-1, the 16 Gbps Fibre Channel switching module and the Fabric-1 Crossbar switching modules enables up to 1.5 Tbps of FC throughput between modules for each of the eight MDS 9710 payload slots. This per-slot bandwidth is double the bandwidth that is needed to support a 48-port 16 Gbps FC module at full line rate.
  • High availability: The MDS 9710 director class switch enables redundancy on all major components, including the fabric card. It provides Grid Redundancy on Power Supply and 1+1 redundant Supervisors. Users can include a fourth fabric card to enable N+1 Fabric Redundancy at 768 Gbps slot bandwidth. The MDS 9710 combines nondisruptive software upgrades, stateful process restart and failover, and full redundancy of major components for higher availability.
  • Outstanding scalability: The MDS 9710 director, the MDS 9700 Series Supervisor-1 Module, and 48-port Switching Module, with up to 24 terabits per second (Tbps) of FC backplane bandwidth and 384 2/4/8/16-Gbps Full Line Rate autosensing Fibre Channel ports in a single chassis, combine nondisruptive software upgrades, stateful process restart and failover, and full redundancy of all major components to deliver a new level of scalability. They are designed to meet the requirements of even the largest data center storage environments.
  • Intelligent network services: VSAN technology, access control lists (ACLs) for hardware-based intelligent frame processing, and fabric-wide quality of service (QoS) enable migration from SAN islands to enterprise-wide storage networks.
    • Integrated hardware-based VSANs and Inter-VSAN Routing (IVR): Integration of VSANs into port level hardware allows any port in a system or fabric to be partitioned to any VSAN. Integrated hardware-based IVR provides line-rate routing between any ports in a system or fabric without the need for external routing appliances.
    • Intelligent storage services: MDS 9710 operates with intelligent service capabilities on other MDS 9000 Family platforms to provide services such as acceleration of storage applications for data replication and backup, and data migration to hosts and targets that are attached to MDS 9710.
    • SmartZoning: When the SmartZoning feature is enabled, Cisco MDS 9700 Series fabrics provision the hardware access control entries that are specified by the zone set more efficiently, avoiding the superfluous entries that allow servers (initiators) to talk to other servers, or allow storage devices (targets) to talk to other storage devices. This feature makes larger zones with multiple initiators and multiple targets feasible without excessive consumption of hardware resources. Thus, smart zones can correspond to applications, application clusters, hypervisor clusters, or other data center entities, saving the time that administrators previously spent creating many small zones, and enabling the automation of zoning tasks.
  • Virtual machine transparency: The Cisco MDS 9700 Series provides deterministic hardware performance and a comprehensive feature set that allows virtual machines to have the same SAN attributes as a physical server. On a per-virtual machine basis, the Cisco NX-OS Software offers VSANs, QoS policies, access control, performance monitoring, and data protection to promote the scalability and mobility of virtual machines. Cisco Data Center Network Manager for SAN (DCNM-SAN) provides end-to-end visibility all the way from the virtual machine down to storage, with resource allocation, performance measurements, and predictions available on a per-virtual machine basis to enable rapid troubleshooting in mission-critical virtualized environments.
  • Comprehensive security: The Cisco MDS 9700 Series Family supports a comprehensive security framework. It consists of RADIUS and TACACS+, Fibre Channel Security Protocol (FC-SP), Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP), Secure Shell (SSH) Protocol, and Simple Network Management Protocol Version 3 (SNMPv3) implementing VSANs, hardware-enforced zoning, ACLs, and per-VSAN role-based access control.
  • Resilient High-Performance ISLs: Cisco MDS 9710 16Gbps Fibre Channel Switching Module supports high-performance ISLs consisting of 16 Gbps, 10 Gbps, or 8 Gbps secure Fibre Channel. The Fibre Channel switching module also offers PortChannel technology, with up to 16 links spanning any port on any module within a chassis grouped into a logical link for added scalability and resilience. Up to 4095 buffer-to-buffer credits can be assigned to single Fibre Channel port, providing outstanding extension of storage networks up to 4000 km at 2 Gbps, 2000 km at 4 Gbps, 1000 km at 8 Gbps, 500 km at 16 Gbps, or 680 km at 10 Gbps while maintaining full link bandwidth.
  • Unified SAN management: DCNM supports federation of up to 10 Cisco DCNM servers to manage up to 150,000 devices using a single management pane.
  • Sophisticated diagnostic tests: The MDS 9710 and the 48-port 16Gbps Switching Module provide intelligent diagnostic tests, protocol decoding, and network analysis tools, and integrated Call Home capability for added reliability, faster problem resolution, and reduced service costs.
  • Multiprotocol intelligence: The multilayer architecture of the MDS 9710 enables a consistent feature set over a protocol-independent switch fabric.
    • 2/4/8-Gbps and 4/8/16-Gbps and 10-Gbps Fibre Channel: The MDS 9710 supports both 2/4/8/16-Gbps and 10-Gbps ports on the 48-port 16 Gbps Fibre Channel switching module for deployment in both open systems and FICON environments.
    • 2/4/8/16-Gbps and 10-Gbps FICON: The Cisco MDS 9710 is mainframe-ready, with full support for IBM System z FICON and Linux environments.


Additional benefits

Here are some additional benefits of this switch.

Redundancy and availability

The MDS 9710 director provides redundancy on all major active hardware components. Table 1 shows details of redundancy across all components.

Table 1. Redundancy details for MDS 9710
ItemRedundancy
Supervisors1+1
Power suppliesGrid redundancy
FabricsN+1 redundancy

High availability is implemented at the fabric level by using robust and high-performance Inter-Switch Links (ISLs). PortChannel allows users to aggregate up to 16 physical links into one logical bundle. The bundle can consist of any speed-matched ports in the chassis, helping ensure that the bundle can remain active in the event of a port, application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC), or module failure. ISLs in a PortChannel can have significantly different lengths. This capability is valuable in campus and metropolitan area network (MAN) environments because logical links can now be spread over multiple physical paths, helping ensure uninterrupted connectivity even if one of the physical paths is disrupted.

The Cisco MDS 9700 Series Supervisor-1 Module, when combined with the linecards, provides Fabric Shortest Path First (FSPF)–based multipathing to help ensure high availability at the fabric level. With the intelligence to load balance across up to 16 equal cost paths, the module can dynamically reroute traffic in the event of a switch failure.

Virtual machine-aware SAN deployment

Increasing adoption of server virtualization in the data center increases the number of hosts that are attached to the SAN, places higher workloads on the SAN, requires increased storage, and increases the need for SAN services. Cisco VMpath technology, part of the Cisco Data Center Network Manager for SAN (DCNM-SAN), provides end-to-end visibility all the way from the virtual machine down to storage, with resource allocation, performance measurements, and predictions that are available on a per-virtual machine basis to enable rapid troubleshooting in mission-critical virtualized environments.

Advanced traffic management

Advanced traffic management capabilities that are integrated into the Cisco MDS 9710, the MDS 9700 Series 16Gbps Fibre Channel Switching Module, and Supervisor-1 Module are designed to simplify deployment and optimization of large-scale fabrics:
  • Virtual Output Queuing: Helps ensure line-rate performance on each port, independent of traffic pattern, by eliminating head-of-line blocking.
  • Up to 4095 Buffer-to-Buffer Credits: Can be assigned to an individual port for optimal bandwidth utilization across distance.
  • PortChannels: Allows users to aggregate up to 16 physical ISLs into a single logical bundle, providing optimized bandwidth utilization across all links. The bundle can consist of any speed-matched ports from any module in the chassis, helping ensure that the bundle can remain active even in the event of a module failure.
  • Fabric Shortest Path First (FSPF)-Based Multipathing: Provides the intelligence to load balance across up to 16 equal cost paths and, in the event of a switch failure, dynamically reroute traffic.
  • Quality of service (QoS): Helps manage bandwidth and control latency to prioritize critical traffic, and is available on every port.

Ease of management

The Cisco MDS 9710 presents the user with a consistent and logical command-line interface (CLI). Using the CLI, customers can enable debugging modes for each switch feature and view a real-time updated activity log of control protocol exchanges. Each log entry is timestamped and listed in chronological order.

Cisco DCNM (formerly Cisco Fabric Manager) is an easy-to-use application that simplifies management across multiple switches and converged fabrics. Focused on supporting efficient operations and management of virtual machine-aware fabrics, DCNM provides a robust framework and rich feature set that meet the routing, switching, and storage administration needs of present and future virtualized data centers. It streamlines provisioning of the unified fabric and proactively monitors the SAN components. DCNM can be used independently or with third-party management applications. Cisco provides an extensive API for integration with third-party and user-developed management tools.

Comprehensive solution for robust security

The MDS 9710 employs intelligent packet inspection at the port level, including the application of ACLs for hardware enforcement of zones, VSANs, and advanced port security features. VSANs are used to achieve higher security and greater stability by providing complete isolation among devices that are connected to the same physical SAN. IVR enables controlled sharing of resources between VSANs. In addition, FC-SP provides switch-to-switch and host-to-switch Diffie-Hellman Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol (DH-CHAP) authentication supporting RADIUS or TACACS+ to help ensure that only authorized devices access protected storage networks.

Advanced diagnostic and troubleshooting tools

The MDS 9710 integrates advanced analysis and debug tools. Power-on self test (POST) and online diagnostic tests provide proactive health monitoring. Integrated hardware functions enable diagnostic capabilities, such as Fibre Channel Traceroute, to identify the exact path and timing of flows, and Switched Port Analyzer (SPAN) and Remote Switched Port Analyzer (RSPAN) to intelligently capture network traffic. After traffic is captured, it can then be analyzed with the Cisco Fabric Analyzer, which is an embedded Fibre Channel analyzer.

Comprehensive port-based and flow-based statistics enable sophisticated performance analysis and service-level agreement (SLA) accounting. In addition, integrated Call Home capability is provided for added reliability, faster problem resolution, and reduced service costs. With the MDS 9700 Series, IBM delivers a comprehensive toolset for troubleshooting and analysis of storage networks.


Cisco MDS 9710 Multilayer Director for IBM System Networking product specifications

This section describes the product specifications for the Cisco MDS 9710 Multilayer Director for IBM System Networking. The Cisco MDS 9710 Multilayer Director supports FC connectivity for servers and storage. The 9710-E08 model supports all the FICON features and functions that are listed, and requires Cisco MDS NX-OS 6.2.5 or later.

Integrated mainframe support

The Cisco MDS 9710 is mainframe-ready, with full support for IBM System z FICON and Linux environments. The Cisco MDS 9710 supports transport of the FICON protocol in both cascaded and non-cascaded fabrics, and an intermix of FICON and open systems Fibre Channel Protocol traffic on the same switch.

For a detailed, three-dimensional view of the Cisco MDS 9710 Multilayer Director for IBM System Networking, see the following website:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/prod/collateral/ps4159/ps6409/ps12970/index.html

All of the features that are shown in this view are included in the IBM offering.

Table 2 lists the product specifications for the Cisco MDS 9710 Multilayer Director for IBM System Networking.

Table 2. Product specifications for the Cisco MDS 9710 Multilayer Director for IBM System Networking
FeatureDescription
Product compatibilityCisco MDS 9000 Family
Software compatibilityCisco MDS NX-OS Software Release 6.2.3 or later. NX-OS 6.2.5 is recommended.
Chassis slot configuration
  • Line-card slots: 8
  • Supervisor slots: 2
  • Crossbar switching fabric slots: 6*
  • Fan trays: 3 Fan trays at the back of the chassis
  • Power supply bays: 8
Performance/Scalability
  • Up to 24-Tbps FC switching bandwidth
  • Supported Fibre Channel port speeds
    • 2/4/8-Gbps autosensing, optionally configurable
    • 4/8/16-Gbps autosensing, optionally configurable
  • Buffer credits: 48-port Line Rate 16-Gbps Advanced Fibre Channel modules:
    • Up to 500 per port (dedicated-mode ports) standard
    • Up to 4095 on an individual port (dedicated-mode ports with optional Cisco MDS 9700 Enterprise Package license activated)
  • Ports per chassis
    • Up to 384 2/4/8/10/16-Gbps Fibre Channel ports
  • PortChannel: Up to 16 ports (the channel can span any speed-matched port on any module in the chassis)
Fabric services
  • Name server
  • Registered State Change Notification (RSCN)
  • Login services
  • Fabric Configuration Server (FCS)
  • Broadcast
  • In-order delivery
Advanced functionality
  • VSAN
  • IVR
  • PortChannel with multipath load balancing
  • QoS-flow-based, zone-based
  • N_Port ID virtualization
Diagnostic tests and troubleshooting tools
  • POST diagnostic tests
  • Online diagnostic tests
  • Internal port loopbacks
  • SPAN and RSPAN
  • Fibre Channel Traceroute
  • Fibre Channel Ping
  • Fibre Channel Debug
  • Cisco Fabric Analyzer
  • Syslog
  • Online system health
  • Port-level statistics
  • Real-Time Protocol Debug
Network security
  • VSANs
  • ACLs
  • Per-VSAN RBAC
  • Fibre Channel zoning
    • N_Port WWN
    • N_Port FC-ID
    • Fx_Port WWN
    • Fx_Port WWN and interface index
    • Fx_Port domain ID and interface index
    • Fx_Port domain ID and port number
  • FC-SP
    • DH-CHAP switch-switch authentication
    • DH-CHAP host-switch authentication
  • Port security and fabric binding
  • Management access
    • SSHv2 implementing AES
    • SNMPv3 implementing AES
    • SFTP
FICON
  • FC-SB-3 compliant
  • Cascaded FICON fabrics
  • Intermix of FICON and Fibre Channel FCP traffic
  • CUP management interface
Serviceability
  • Configuration file management
  • Nondisruptive software upgrades for Fibre Channel interfaces
  • Call Home
  • Power-management LEDs
  • Port beaconing
  • System LED
  • SNMP traps for alerts
  • Network boot
Reliability and availability
  • Online, nondisruptive software upgrades
  • Stateful nondisruptive supervisor module failover
  • Hot-swappable redundant supervisor modules
  • Hot-swappable redundant crossbar modules
  • Hot-swappable 2N redundant power
  • Hot-swappable fan trays with integrated temperature and power management
  • Hot swappable Enhanced SFP (SFP+) optics (2/4/8/10/16 Gbps)
  • Hot-swappable switching modules
  • Stateful process restart
  • Any module, any port configuration for PortChannels
  • Fabric-based multipathing
  • Per-VSAN fabric services
  • Online diagnostic tests
  • Port tracking
  • Virtual Routing Redundancy Protocol (VRRP) for management
Network management
  • Access methods through Cisco MDS 9700 Series Supervisor-1 Module
    • Out-of-band 10/100/1000 Ethernet port
    • RS-232 serial console port
    • In-band IP over Fibre Channel
  • Access methods through Cisco MDS 9710 Family Fibre Channel switching module
    • In-band FICON CUP over Fibre Channel
  • Access protocols
    • CLI-using console and Ethernet ports
    • SNMPv3-using Ethernet port and in-band IP over Fibre Channel access
    • FICON CUP
  • Distributed Device Alias service
  • Network security
    • Per-VSAN role-based access control using RADIUS-based and TACACS+-based authentication, authorization, and accounting (AAA) functions
    • SFTP
    • SSHv2 implementing AES
    • SNMPv3 implementing AES
  • Management applications
    • Cisco MDS 9000 Family CLI
    • Cisco Data Center Network Manager
Programming interface
  • Scriptable CLI
  • Data Center Network Manager web services API
  • DCNM GUI
Physical dimensions
  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 24.35 in. x 17.3 in. x 34.0 in. (61.9 cm x 43.9 cm x 86.4 cm)
  • 14 RU
Weight
  • Chassis (includes fans): 185.5 lbs (84.2 kg)
  • Power supply (3000W AC): 6 lbs (2.7 kg)
  • Fabric module: 11 lbs (5.0 kg)
  • Cisco MDS 9700 Series Supervisor-1 module: 7 lbs (3.2 kg)
* A minimum of three fabrics are required to support fully populated chassis with 8 x 48 Port 16Gbps FC cards. Four fabrics are required to provide N + 1 protection.

Table 3 lists the supported protocols for the Cisco MDS 9710 Multilayer Director for IBM System Networking.

Table 3. Supported protocols for the Cisco MDS 9710 Multilayer Director for IBM System Networking
Supported standards
Protocols
    • FC-PH, Revision 4.3 (ANSI INCITS 230-1994)
    • FC-PH, Amendment 1 (ANSI INCITS 230-1994/AM1-1996)
    • FC-PH, Amendment 2 (ANSI INCITS 230-1994/AM2-1999)
    • FC-PH-2, Revision 7.4 (ANSI INCITS 297-1997)
    • FC-PH-3, Revision 9.4 (ANSI INCITS 303-1998)
    • FC-PI, Revision 13 (ANSI INCITS 352-2002)
    • FC-PI-2, Revision 10 (ANSI INCITS 404-2006)
    • FC-PI-3, Revision 4 (ANSI INCITS 460-2011)
    • FC-PI-4, Revision 8 (ANSI INCITS 450-2008)
    • FC-PI-5, Revision 6 (ANSI INCITS 479-2011)
    • FC-FS, Revision 1.9 (ANSI INCITS 373-2003)
    • FC-FS-2, Revision 1.01 (ANSI INCITS 424-2007)
    • FC-FS-2, Amendment 1 (ANSI INCITS 424-2007/AM1-2007)
    • FC-FS-3, Revision 1.11 (ANSI INCITS 470-2011)
    • FC-LS, Revision 1.62 (ANSI INCITS 433-2007)
    • FC-LS-2, Revision 2.21 (ANSI INCITS 477-2011)
    • FC-SW-2, Revision 5.3 (ANSI INCITS 355-2001)
    • FC-SW-3, Revision 6.6 (ANSI INCITS 384-2004)
    • FC-SW-4, Revision 7.5 (ANSI INCITS 418-2006)
    • FC-SW-5, Revision 8.5 (ANSI INCITS 461-2010)
    • FC-GS-3, Revision 7.01 (ANSI INCITS 348-2001)
    • FC-GS-4, Revision 7.91 (ANSI INCITS 387-2004)
    • FC-GS-5, Revision 8.51 (ANSI INCITS 427-2007)
    • FC-GS-6, Revision 9.4 (ANSI INCITS 463-2010)
    • FCP, Revision 12 (ANSI INCITS 269-1996)
    • FCP-2, Revision 8 (ANSI INCITS 350-2003)
    • FCP-3, Revision 4 (ANSI INCITS 416-2006)
    • FCP-4, Revision 2b (ANSI INCITS 481-2011)
    • FC-SB-2, Revision 2.1 (ANSI INCITS 349-2001)
    • FC-SB-3, Revision 1.6 (ANSI INCITS 374-2003)
    • FC-BB-2, Revision 6.0 (ANSI INCITS 372-2003)
    • FC-BB-3, Revision 6.8 (ANSI INCITS 414-2006)
    • FC-BB-4, Revision 2.7 (ANSI INCITS 419-2008)
    • FC-BB-5, Revision 2.0 (ANSI INCITS 462-2010)
    • FC-VI, Revision 1.84 (ANSI INCITS 357-2002)
    • FC-SP, Revision 1.8 (ANSI INCITS 426-2007)
    • FC-SP-2, Revision 2.71 (ANSI INCITS 496-2012)
    • FAIS, Revision 1.03 (ANSI INCITS 432-2007)
    • FAIS-2, Revision 2.23 (ANSI INCITS 449-2008)
    • FC-IFR, Revision 1.06 (ANSI INCITS 475-2011)
    • FC-FLA, Revision 2.7 (INCITS TR-20-1998)
    • FC-PLDA, Revision 2.1 (INCITS TR-19-1998)
    • FC-Tape, Revision 1.17 (INCITS TR-24-1999)
    • FC-MI, Revision 1.92 (INCITS TR-30-2002)
    • FC-MI-2, Revision 2.6 (INCITS TR-39-2005)
    • FC-MI-3, Revision 1.03 (INCITS TR-48-2012)
    • FC-DA, Revision 3.1 (INCITS TR-36-2004)
    • FC-DA-2, Revision 1.06 (INCITS TR-49-2012)
    • FC-MSQS, Revision 3.2 (INCITS TR-46-2011)
  • FC-Tape, Revision 1.17 (INCITS TR-24-1999)
  • FC-MI, Revision 1.92 (INCITS TR-30-2002)
  • FC-MI-2, Revision 2.6 (INCITS TR-39-2005)
  • FC-DA, Revision 3.1 (INCITS TR-36-2004)
  • Class of service: Class 2, Class 3, and Class F
  • Fibre Channel standard port types: E, F, FL, and B
  • Fibre Channel enhanced port types: SD, ST, and TE
  • T11 standards-compliant FC-BB-5 Revision 2.0
  • T11 FCoE Initialization Protocol (FIP) (FC-BB-5)
  • Fibre Channel forwarding (FCF)
  • Fibre Channel enhanced port types: VE, TE, and VF
  • IPv6, IPv4, and ARP over Fibre Channel (RFC 4338)
  • Extensive IETF-standards-based TCP/IP, SNMPv3, and remote monitoring (RMON) MIBs
  • CEE DCB
    • Priority flow control (PFC)
    • Data Center Bridging Exchange (DCBX)
  • Enhanced transmission selection (ETS)


Cisco MDS 9700 Series 48-port 16Gbps Fibre Channel Switching Module

Table 4 lists the product specifications for the Cisco MDS 9700 Series 48-port 16Gbps Fibre Channel Switching Module.

Table 4. Product specifications for the Cisco MDS 9700 Series 48-port 16Gbps Fibre Channel Switching Module
FeatureDescription
Product compatibilityCisco MDS 9700 Series
Software compatibilityCisco MDS NX-OS Software Release 6.2.3 or later. NX-OS 6.2.5 is recommended.
Cards, ports, and slots
  • 48 autosensing 2/4/8-Gbps or 4/8/16-Gbps Fibre Channel ports
  • 48 10-Gbps Fibre Channel ports
Fabric services
  • Name server
  • Registered State Change Notification (RSCN)
  • Login services
  • Fabric Configuration Server (FCS)
  • Public loop
  • Broadcast
  • In-order delivery
Advanced functions
  • VSAN
  • IVR
  • PortChannel with Multipath Load Balancing
  • Flow-based and zone-based QoS
  • NPIV
  • Local switching with centralized arbitration
Diagnostic and troubleshooting tools
  • POST diagnostic tests
  • Online diagnostic tests
  • Internal port loopbacks
  • SPAN and RSPAN
  • Fibre Channel Traceroute
  • Fibre Channel Ping
  • Fibre Channel Debug
  • Cisco Fabric Analyzer
  • Syslog
  • Online system health
  • Port-level statistics
  • Real-Time Protocol Debug
Network security
  • VSANs
  • ACLs
  • Per-VSAN RBAC
  • Fibre Channel zoning
    • N-port Worldwide Name (WWN)
    • N-port Fibre Channel ID (FC-ID)
    • Fx-port WWN
    • Fx-port WWN and interface index
    • Fx-port domain ID and interface index
    • Fx-port domain ID and port number
    • Logical unit number (LUN)
  • Fibre Channel Security Protocol (FC-SP)
    • Diffie-Hellman Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol (DH-CHAP) switch-to-switch authentication
    • DH-CHAP host-to-switch authentication
  • Port Security and Fabric Binding
  • Management access
    • SSHv2 implementing AES
    • SNMPv3 implementing AES
    • SFTP
Serviceability
  • Configuration file management
  • Nondisruptive software upgrades for Fibre Channel interfaces
  • Call Home
  • Power-management LEDs
  • Port beaconing
  • System LED
  • SNMP traps for alerts
  • Network boot
Performance
  • Port speed: 2/4/8/16-Gbps autosensing, optionally configurable for 10-Gbps Fibre Channel
  • Buffer credits: Up to 500 per port and up to 4095 on an individual port (with optional Enterprise Package license activated)
  • PortChannel: Up to 16 ports
Reliability and availability
  • Hot-swappable module
  • Hot-swappable SFP/SFP+ transceivers
  • Online diagnostic tests
  • Stateful Process Restart
  • Nondisruptive Supervisor Failover
  • Any module, any port configuration for PortChannels
  • Fabric-based multipathing
  • Per-VSAN fabric services
  • Port Tracking
  • Virtual Routing Redundancy Protocol (VRRP) for management
Network management
  • Access methods through Cisco MDS 9700 Series Supervisor module
    • Out-of-band 10/100 Ethernet port (Supervisor-1)
    • Out-of-band 10/100/1000 Ethernet port (Supervisor-1)
    • RS-232 serial console port
    • In-band IP over Fibre Channel
  • Access protocols
    • CLI through console and Ethernet ports
    • SNMPv3 through Ethernet port and in-band IP over Fibre Channel access
  • Distributed Device Alias service
  • Network security
    • Per-VSAN RBAC using RADIUS- and TACACS+-based authentication, authorization, and accounting (AAA) functions
    • SFTP
    • SSHv2 implementing AES
    • SNMPv3 implementing AES
  • Management applications
    • Cisco MDS 9000 Family CLI
    • Cisco Fabric Manager
    • Cisco Device Manager
    • CiscoWorks Resource Manager Essentials (RME) and Device Fault Manager (DFM)
Programming interfaces
  • Scriptable CLI
  • Cisco DCNM-SAN Essentials
  • Cisco DCNM-SAN Advanced
Physical dimensions
  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 1.75 in. x 15.9 in. x 21.8 in. (4.4 cm x 40.39 cm x 55.37 cm)
  • Weight: 17 lbs (7.71 kg)

Table 5 lists the supported Cisco optics, media, and transmission distances.

Table 5. Supported Cisco optics, media, and transmission distances
SpeedMedia
8-Gbps SW, LC, SFP+50/125-micron multimode
8-Gbps SW, LC, SFP+62.5/125-micron multimode
8-Gbps LW, LC, SFP+9/125-micron single-mode
8-Gbps ER, LC, SFP+9/125-micron single-mode
10-Gbps SW, LC, SFP+50/125-micron multimode
10-Gbps SW, LC, SFP+62.5/125-micron multimode
10-Gbps LW, LC, SFP+9/125-micron single-mode
16-Gbps SW, LC, SFP+50/125-micron multimode
16-Gbps SW, LC, SFP+62.5/125-micron multimode
16-Gbps LW, LC, SFP+9/125-micron single-mode
16-Gbps ER, LC, SFP+9/125-micron single-mode
4-Gbps SW, LC, SFP50/125-micron multimode
4-Gbps SW, LC, SFP62.5/125-micron multimode
4-Gbps SW, LC, SFP62.5/125-micron multimode


Product specifications for the Cisco MDS 9700 Series Supervisor-1 Module

Table 6 lists the specifications for the Cisco MDS 9700 Series Supervisor-1 Module.

Table 6. Specifications for the Cisco MDS 9700 Series Supervisor-1 Module
FeatureDescription
Product compatibilityCisco MDS 9700 Series
Software compatibilityCisco MDS NX-OS Software Release 6.2.3 or later. NX-OS 6.2.5 is recommended.
Interfaces
  • (1) RS-232 RJ-45 console port
  • (1) 10/100/1000 Ethernet management port
  • (2) USB 2.0 ports
Indicators
  • Status LED
  • System LED
  • Power management LED
  • Active/standby LED
Backplane bandwidth
  • Up to 24 terabits per second (Tbps) of FC backplane bandwidth
  • Up to 384 2/4/8/16-Gbps Full Line Rate autosensing Fibre Channel and 10-Gpbs fixed speed ports in a single chassis
Chassis slot configurationTwo Cisco MDS 9700 Series Supervisor-1 modules are required per system.
Fabric services
  • Name server
  • Registered State Change Notification (RSCN)
  • Login services
  • Fabric Configuration Server (FCS)
  • Broadcast
  • In-order delivery
Advanced functionality
  • VSAN
  • IVR
  • PortChannel with multipath load balancing
  • QoS-flow-based, zone-based
  • FCC
  • N_Port ID virtualization
Diagnostic and troubleshooting tools
  • POST diagnostic tests
  • Online diagnostic tests
  • Internal port loopbacks
  • SPAN and RSPAN
  • Fibre Channel Traceroute
  • Fibre Channel Ping
  • Fibre Channel Debug
  • Cisco Fabric Analyzer
  • Syslog
  • Online system health
  • Port-level statistics
  • Real-Time Protocol Debug
Network security
  • VSANs
  • ACLs
  • Per-VSAN RBAC
  • Fibre Channel zoning
    • N_Port WWN
    • N_Port FC-ID
    • Fx_Port WWN
    • Fx_Port WWN and interface index
    • Fx_Port domain ID and interface index
    • Fx_Port domain ID and port number
    • LUN
    • Read-only
    • Broadcast
  • FC-SP
    • DH-CHAP switch-switch authentication
    • DH-CHAP host-switch authentication
  • Port security and fabric binding
  • Management access
    • SSHv2 implementing AES
    • SNMPv3 implementing AES
    • SFTP
Serviceability
  • Configuration file management
  • Nondisruptive software upgrades for Fibre Channel interfaces
  • Call Home
  • Power-management LEDs
  • Port beaconing
  • System LED
  • SNMP traps for alerts
  • Network boot
Reliability and availability
  • Hot-swappable module
  • Active-active redundancy
  • Stateful Process Restart
  • Stateful, nondisruptive supervisor failover
  • Online, nondisruptive software upgrades
  • Virtual Routing Redundancy Protocol (VRRP) for management
  • Per-VSAN fabric services
  • Power management
  • Thermal management
  • Fabric-based multipathing
Network management
  • Access methods through Cisco MDS 9700 Series Supervisor-1 Module
    • Out-of-band 10/100/1000 Ethernet port
    • RS-232 serial console port
    • In-band IP over Fibre Channel
  • Access protocols
    • CLI-using console and Ethernet ports
    • SNMPv3-using Ethernet port and in-band IP over Fibre Channel access
  • Distributed Device Alias service
  • Network security
    • Per-VSAN role-based access control using RADIUS-based and TACACS+-based authentication, authorization, and accounting (AAA) functions
    • SFTP
    • SSHv2 implementing AES
    • SNMPv3 implementing AES
  • Management applications
    • Cisco MDS 9000 Family CLI
    • Cisco Data Center Network Manager
Programming interface
  • Scriptable CLI
  • Data Center Network Manager web services API
  • DCNM GUI
Physical Dimensions
  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 2.04 in. x 7.5 in. x 21.8 in. (5.18 cm x 19.05 cm x 55.37 cm)
  • Weight: 7 pounds (3.2 kg)


Ordering information

Table 7 lists the ordering information.

Table 7. Part numbers or feature codes and descriptions
IBM Part Number / Feature CodeDescription
9710-E08MDS 9710 Base Config: Chassis, two Sup-1, three Fabric-1 Switching Modules and six 3000W AC power supplies
3600MDS 9710 Enhanced Config: Adds three Fabric-1 Switching Modules (FC 3601) and two 3000W AC power supplies (FC5960) to base model
3601MDS 9710 Fabric-1 Switching Modules - Field
364848-Port 16-Gbps Fibre Channel Switching Module
5020FC 10Gbps FC SW SFP+
5022FC 10Gbps FC LW SFP+
541010GBASE-SR SFP+
542010GBASE-LR 10km SFP+
548010GBASE-ER 10km SFP+
5602FC 16Gbps SW SFP+
5604FC 16Gbps SW SFP+ - 4 Pack
5611FC 16Gbps 10km LW SFP+
5614FC 16Gbps 10km LW SFP+ - 4 Pack
5830FC 8Gbps SW SFP+
5834FC 8Gbps SW SFP+ - 4 Pack
5850FC 8Gbps 10km LW SFP+
5854FC 8Gbps 10km LW SFP+ - 4 Pack
5855FC 8 Gbps LC 40 Km SFP+
56411m 50u LC/LC Fiber Cable - 4 Pack
56425m 50u LC/LC Fiber Cable - 4 Pack
564325m 50u LC/LC Fiber Cable - 4 Pack
5960MDS 9700 3000W AC power supply
5961MDS 9710 - Front Door Kit
9310Pwr Crd 9513 250VAC, US/Japan, Plug NEMA 6-20
9311Pwr Crd 9513 250VAC, US/Japan, Plug NEMA L6-20
9312Pwr Crd 9513 250VAC, Eur., Src Plug CEE 7/7
9313Pwr Crd 9513 250VAC, Int., Src Plug IEC 309
9314Pwr Crd 9513 250VAC, S Africa Src Plug EL 208, SABS 164-1
9315Pwr Crd 9513 250VAC, Switz. SEV 5934-2 Type 23
9316Power Cord 250VAC 16A, China, Src Plug GB16C
9317Power Cord 250VAC 16A, Korea, Src Plug
9319Power Cord 250VAC 16A, Australia, Src Plug AU20S3
9320Pwr Crd, 125VAC 20A NEMA 5-20 Plug, North America/Japan
9321Pwr Crd 250VAC 16A, Israel, Src Plug SI16S3
9322Pwr Crd 250VAC 16A, Argentina, Src Plug IR2073-C19
9323Pwr Crd 250VAC 16A, Brazil, Src Plug EL224-C19
9229Cab Jumper Power Cord, 250 VAC 20A, C20-C19 Connector
9555Bulk Order MES Feature
9601MDS 9710 Fabric-1 Switching Module
IBM Part Number / Feature CodeDescription
9602MDS 9700 Series Supervisor-1 Module
9643Install 9710 in 2109-C36 - Plant
9644Field Merge 9710 in 2109-C36

Table 8 lists the feature codes for licensed software.

Table 8. Licensed software
Feature CodeDescription
7610MDS 9700 Enterprise Pkg
7611DCNM SAN Advanced Edition MDS 9700
7612MDS 9710 Mainframe Package


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Related publications

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Cisco MDS 9710 Multilayer Director for IBM System Networking
http://www.ibm.com/systems/networking/switches/san/ctype/9700/

Cisco MDS 9700 Series Multilayer Directors
http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps12970/index.html

Cisco MDS 9000 Family Pluggable Transceivers
http://bit.ly/1dbyDXs

IBM Support Fix Central support site (select a product from drop-down menus)
http://www.ibm.com/support/fixcentral/

IBM System Storage® Interoperation Center (SSIC)
http://www.ibm.com/systems/support/storage/ssic/interoperability.wss

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