Cisco MDS 9396S 16G Multilayer Fabric Switch.jpgBy: Krister Eriksson, Senior Product Manager, NetApp


Today Cisco announced that it has broadened its Storage Area Networks (SAN) portfolio to SMBs and Enterprise customers with the Cisco MDS 9396S, a new high-density 16Gbps Fabric switch.


The latest addition to Cisco’s 16 Gbps Fibre Channel switch portfolio has a dense 2RU form factor and manages to provide up to 96 ports of line rate 16 Gbps Fibre Channel speeds.


Starting with a base configuration of either 48 or 96 activated ports, the MDS 9396S offers more Buffer-to-Buffer (B2B) credits than previous generation fabric switches, thus making the MDS 9396S perfect for NetApp’s MetroCluster application where long distance performances are often required.


As the pace of business continues to accelerate, enterprises need to deliver greater performance and responsiveness from key operations. Combining NetApp’s All-Flash FAS storage controllers running industry leading clustered Data ONTAP with Cisco’s 16 Gbps FC switch portfolio, customers achieve a scalable architecture that delivers up to 4 million IOPS, without compromising the efficiency, reliability and flexibility of your IT operations.


NetApp will continue to work with Cisco to support the MDS 9396S in all applications and configurations upon launch. The Cisco MDS 9396S will also be added to the NetApp portfolio of Fibre Channel switches available for resell to our SAN customers.


Congratulations to Cisco on their announcement today.


For more information, register for a Cisco Webinar on how the “New Cisco SAN Solutions Maximize Scale, Performance, and Affordability” or learn more about the MDS 9396S in the video below.



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NetApp Staff