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Next Gen Storage Networking Innovations From Cisco

Offers 32Gb FC, analytics, flash memory support and extended 32Gb fabric integration with UCS.
This is a Press Release edited by StorageNewsletter.com on 2017.04.19

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Data stored in global data centers will increase by five-fold to reach 915EB by 2020, according to the recent Cisco Global Cloud Index.

Cisco Technology, Inc. announced technology innovations for next-generation storage networking that will help customers access, manage and automate this stored data to better enable digital business goals.

MDS 9700 48-port 32-Gb FC switching module

With this announcement, the company offers storage networking customers 32Gb FC performance across an integrated MDS storage director and Unified Computing System (UCS) fabric, storage networking analytics, and non-volatile memory express (NVMe) over FC support for flash memory appliances.

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"Cisco continues to be strongly committed to the storage networking market, and we are pleased to deliver capabilities for the digital economy while also preserving customer investments," said Thomas Scheibe, senior director, product management, data center solutions, Cisco. "With the simple installation of a cost-effective module, customers can upgrade to next-generation storage networks that offer 32Gb fabrics with SAN analytics and flash memory support."

Announcements include:

  • High bandwidth SAN for flash storage: The MDS 9700 48-port 32Gb FC switching module enables customers to scale as demand grows.

      • Investment protection: The MDS 9700, first introduced in 2013, can now be upgraded to support 32Gb FC with firm's easily upgradable chassis architecture.

      • Highest density director: Industry 768 line-rate 32Gb FC ports per director for scale.

      • Performance: Full-duplex aggregate performance of 1,536Gb, for high-speed 32Gb storage connectivity for high-performance virtualized servers, all flash arrays and NVMe arrays.

  • Enhanced server to storage connectivity: 32Gb Broadcom/Emulex and Cavium/Qlogic FC HBA support on firm's UCS.

      • To meet SAN scalability requirements, the company is collaborating with Broadcom/Emulex and Cavium/Qlogic to provide customers with high bandwidth storage connectivity, and is providing 32Gb FC HBA with support on the UCS C-Series. The 32Gb HBAs are designed to address requirements of modern networked storage systems that utilize high performance and low latency SSDes for caching and persistent storage, as well as HDD drive arrays.

  • Deep visibility with integrated analytics engine
    With a built-in, high performing, hardware-based analytics engine on company's MDS 32G Modules, organizations gain complete visibility across SAN in real time - every exchange, every sequence, every packet at line rate. Customers will be able to analyze in real time FC exchanges and report on various metrics, providing comprehensive and timely monitoring of any potential performance issues in the network to make informed operational decisions.

  • Increase efficiency and simplify operations
    MDS storage directors and UCS C-Series servers offer support for NVMe over FC, enabling end-users to scale flash storage appliances to achieve faster application response times and better scalability.

      • Multi-protocol flexibility: MDS switches support NVMe and SCSI simultaneously over FC and FCoE.

      • Insertion: NVMe support can be enabled on MDS switches by non-disruptive upgrade to NX-OS version 8.x. No hardware changes are required.

      • Investment protection: NVMe over fabrics is supported on all current and future generations of MDS switches, including MDS 9700, 9396S, 9250i and 9148S.


"As a leading nationwide retailer, JC Penney has significant storage requirements with storage demand growing daily," said Pavan Kasumurthi, solution architect, JC Penney Company, Inc. "We rely on the scalability and reliability of Cisco MDS storage directors to manage our storage networks, and we are pleased to see high performance 32Gb FC capability on the Cisco MDS 9700 series that can be upgraded with the simple addition of a module, preserving our initial investment."

The company's products announced are scheduled to be available in May 2017.

Resources:
Cisco Storage Networking
Blog: MDS Enables 32G Transition
Cisco Data Center and Virtualization
Cisco Data Center Services

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