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Chassis switch scales to 528 1/2/4Gbps ports

Posted: 04 May 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:MDS 9513 Director? chassis switch? SAN? storage area network? information lifecycle management?

EMC Corp. recently announced the new EMC Connectrix MDS 9513 Director, which can scale up to 528 ports to enable consolidation and tiering of storage area networks (SANs) for information lifecycle management. EMC also introduced new 4Gbps and 10Gbps Fiber Channel switching modules for use in new and existing Connectrix MDS 9000 family products.

Based on technology from Cisco Systems Inc., the MDS 9513 can scale to 528 1/2/4Gbps Fiber Channel ports and up to 44 10Gbps Fiber Channel ports in a single chassis. The product runs Cisco SAN-OS 3.0 and has capabilities such as dual supervisors, support for non-disruptive software upgrades, full redundancy of all critical hardware components, modular software with stateful process restart and support for cross-module inter-switch links that can each scale to 16 ports.

The new Fiber Channel switching modules is said to provide investment protection across the entire Connectrix MDS 9000 family. According to EMC, customers can upgrade their current Connectrix MDS 9506 and 9509 systems to incorporate the latest port speeds and scale them up to 192-and 336-ports per chassis respectively. The Connectrix MDS 9500 series, including the MDS 9513, provides integrated multi-protocol support of iSCSI, FCIP and FICON.

The new modules and Connectrix MDS 9513 system support the MDS 9000 feature set, including Virtual SANs (VSANs), Inter-VSAN routing, advanced management, security and diagnostic features. VSANs are said to allow more efficient SAN utilization by creating hardware-based isolated fabrics within a physical infrastructure. Inter-VSAN routing allows a resource on a VSAN to be shared by users of a different VSAN without merging the fabrics. SAN OS 3.0 also provides features for advanced port bandwidth reservation that allows individual ports to operate in dedicated mode.

The Connectrix MDS 9513 Multilayer Director and the Fiber Channel switching modules will be generally available from EMC and EMC Velocity partners in June 2006.

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