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IBM Redbooks Product Guide

This IBM® Redbooks® publication Product Guide describes the Cisco MDS 9706 Multilayer Director for

IBM System Storage® (MDS 9706). The MDS 9706 is a director-class SAN switch that is designed for deployment in small- to medium-sized storage networks that can support enterprise clouds and business transformation. It layers a comprehensive set of intelligent features onto a high-performance, protocol-independent switch fabric.

MDS 9706 addresses the stringent requirements of large virtualized data center storage environments. It delivers uncompromising availability, security, scalability, ease of management, and transparent integration of new technologies for flexible data center SAN solutions. It shares the same operating system and management interface with other Cisco data center switches. The MDS 9706 lets you transparently deploy unified fabrics with Fibre Channel, IBM Fibre Connection (FICON), and Fibre

Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) connectivity for low total cost of ownership (TCO).

Figure 1 shows the MDS 9706.

Figure 1. MDS 9706

Cisco MDS 9706 Multilayer Director for IBM System Storage 1

Did you know?

The MDS 9706 is 15.6 inches tall (9RU) and allows up to four MDS 9706 Directors per standard

7-foot rack (42RU).

You can lower TCO with Fibre Channel, FICON, and FCoE SAN consolidation.

The MDS 9706 provides up to 12 terabits per second (Tbps) front-panel, Fibre Channel, line-rate, nonblocking system-level switching capacity.

Product highlights

The MDS 9706 offers a number of important features.

Lower TCO with SAN consolidation

Organizations need efficient, cost-effective SANs to keep up with today’s exponential data growth. The

MDS 9706 lets you easily consolidate data assets into fewer, larger, and more manageable SANs to reduce hardware footprint and the associated capital and operational expenses. It offers industry-leading scalability with the following features:

Up to 192 16-Gbps Fibre Channel or 10-Gbps FCoE ports per chassis

Up to 12 terabits per second (Tbps) front-panel, Fibre Channel, line-rate, nonblocking system-level switching capacity

Exceptional capabilities with intelligent fabric services

Virtual SANs (VSANs) for consolidating individual physical SAN islands while maintaining logical boundaries

Inter-VSAN routing (IVR) for sharing resources across VSANs

For unified fabric deployments with converged LAN and SAN using lossless Ethernet, the MDS 9706 provides multihop FCoE. Protect your organization’s investments in existing storage infrastructure with any-to-any connectivity across multiple protocols.

Scalable expansion with outstanding investment protection

The MDS 9706 is designed to make optimal use of valuable data center floor space. It is 15.6 inches tall

(9RU) and allows up to four MDS 9706 Directors per standard 7-foot rack (42RU). A smaller footprint makes it an excellent candidate for deployment in smaller storage networks and pod-based converged data center infrastructure solutions for the cloud.

Using Cisco MDS 9700 family switching modules, the MDS 9706 supports up to 192 ports in a 6-slot modular chassis, with up to 768 ports in a single rack. You can configure ports as Fibre Channel

(2/4/8-Gbps, 4/8/16-Gbps, or 10-Gbps), FCoE (10-Gbps), or a mix of both Fibre Channel and FCoE. The

MDS 9706 supports the same Fibre Channel and FCoE switching modules as the MDS 9710 director for a high degree of system commonality. Designed to grow with your storage environment, the MDS 9706 provides smooth migration, common sparing, and outstanding investment protection.

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Enterprise-class availability

The MDS 9706 is designed from the beginning for high availability. In addition to meeting the basic requirements of nondisruptive software upgrades and redundancy of all critical hardware components, the

MDS 9706 software architecture offers outstanding availability. It provides redundancy on all major hardware components, including the supervisor, the fabric modules, and the power supplies. The Cisco

MDS 9700 Series Supervisor Module automatically restarts failed processes, making the MDS 9706 exceptionally robust. In the rare event that a supervisor module is reset, complete synchronization between the active and standby supervisor modules helps ensure stateful failover with no disruption of traffic.

Business transformation with enterprise cloud deployment

Enterprise clouds provide organizations with elastic computing and network capabilities, enabling IT to scale resources up or down as needed in a quick and cost-efficient manner. MDS 9706 provides industry-leading scalability and the following features for enterprise cloud deployments:

Pay-as-you-grow flexibility to meet the scalability needs in the cloud

Multihop FCoE to provision storage in a multiprotocol unified fabric

Robust security for multitenant cloud applications

Predictable performance to meet stringent service-level agreements (SLAs)

Resilient connectivity for an always-on cloud infrastructure

Advanced traffic management capabilities, such as quality of service (QoS), to allocate rapidly and cost-efficiently network capabilities to cloud applications

Furthermore, Cisco Data Center Network Manager (DCNM) provides resource monitoring and capacity planning on a per-virtual machine basis. You can federate up to 10 Cisco DCNM servers to easily manage large clouds. Resource use information can be delivered through Storage Management Initiative

Specification (SMI-S)-based developer APIs to deliver IT as a service.

Convergence with multihop FCoE

FCoE allows an evolutionary approach to network and I/O convergence by preserving all Fibre Channel constructs, maintaining the latency, security, and traffic management attributes of Fibre Channel and preserving investments in Fibre Channel tools, training, and SANs.

Comprehensive solution for robust security

The MDS 9706 offers an extensive security framework to protect highly sensitive data crossing today's enterprise storage networks. It employs intelligent packet inspection at the port level, including the application of ACLs for hardware enforcement of zones, VSANs, and advanced port-security features. It also uses FC-SP and Cisco TrustSec Fibre Channel link encryption mechanisms to provide comprehensive security for storage networks.

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Key features

Table 1 summarizes the main features and benefits of the MDS 9706.

Table 1. The main features and benefits of the MDS 9706 (part 1 of 4)

Feature Benefit

Performance and scalability

Outstanding SAN performance

The combination of 16-Gbps Fibre Channel switching module and Fabric-1 crossbar switching modules enables up to 1.5 Tbps of front-panel Fibre Channel throughput between modules in each direction for each of the four MDS 9706 payload slots. This per-slot bandwidth is twice the bandwidth that is needed to support a 48-port 16-Gbps

Fibre Channel module at full line rate. The MDS 9706 architecture, based on central arbitration and crossbar fabric, provides 16-Gbps line-rate, nonblocking, predictable performance across all traffic conditions for every port in the chassis.

Industry-leading scalability The MDS 9706 provides up to 12 Tbps of Fibre Channel system bandwidth and 192 full line-rate autosensing Fibre Channel (2/4/8-Gbps, 4/8/16-Gbps, or 10-Gbps) or 10-Gbps

FCoE ports in a single chassis. It is designed to meet the requirements of large data center storage environments.

Reliability and availability

High availability The MDS 9706 combines nondisruptive software upgrades, stateful process restart and failover, and full redundancy of all major components for best-in-class availability.

Redundancy is enabled on all major components, including the fabric card. It provides grid redundancy on the power supply and 1+1 redundant supervisors. Users can add fabric cards to enable N+1 fabric redundancy.

Multiprotocol connectivity

Multiprotocol architecture The multilayer architecture of the Cisco MDS 9700 Series enables a consistent feature set over a protocol-independent switch fabric. The MDS 9706 transparently integrates

Fibre Channel, FCoE, and FICON.

The MDS 9706 supports full line-rate Fibre Channel (2/4/8-Gbps, 4/8/16-Gbps, or

10-Gbps) ports on the Cisco MDS 9700 48-Port 16-Gbps Fibre Channel Switching

Module for deployment in open systems and FICON environments.

FICON: The MDS 9706 supports IBM System z FICON and Linux environments.

Multihop FCoE: The MDS 9706 supports 10-Gbps FCoE ports on the MDS 9700

48-Port FCoE Switching Module for deployment in multihop FCoE environments, extending connectivity from FCoE and Fibre Channel fabrics to FCoE and Fibre

Channel storage devices.

Integrated mainframe support

The Cisco MDS 9706 supports FICON protocol in both cascaded and noncascaded fabrics, as well as an intermix of FICON and open systems Fibre Channel Protocol traffic on the same switch. IBM Control Unit Port (CUP) support enables in-band management of Cisco MDS 9000 Family switches from mainframe management applications and supports a fabric-binding feature that helps ensure that inter-switch links (ISLs) are enabled only between specified switches in the fabric-binding configuration.

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Table 1. The main features and benefits of the MDS 9706 (part 2 of 4)

Feature Benefit

Software features

Advanced traffic management

Advanced traffic management capabilities in the MDS 9706 simplify deployment and optimization of large-scale fabrics:

Virtual output queue (VOQ):

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:

Using extended credits allows up to 4095 buffer credits from a pool of more than 6000 buffer credits for a module to be allocated to ports as needed to greatly extend the distance for Fibre Channel SANs.

Alternatively, 4095 buffer credits can be assigned to an individual port for optimal bandwidth utilization across distance.


Allow users to aggregate up to 16 physical ISLs into a single logical bundle, optimizing 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 if a module fails. The Cisco MDS 9000 Family switch architecture helps ensure that frames can never be reordered within a switch.

Fabric Shortest Path First (FSPF)-based multipathing:

Provides the intelligence to load balance across up to 16 Fibre Channel or FCoE equal-cost paths and, in the event of a switch failure, dynamically reroutes traffic.


Can prioritize critical traffic to manage bandwidth and control latency.

Intelligent network services

Virtual machine transparency

VSAN technology, ACLs for hardware-based intelligent frame processing, and fabric-wide QoS enable migration from SAN islands to enterprise-wide storage networks.

Integrated hardware-based VSANs and Inter-VSAN Routing (IVR): Integrating

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: The MDS 9706 interoperates with intelligent service capabilities on other Cisco MDS 9000 Family platforms and the intelligent services switch. You can accelerate storage applications for data replication, backup, and data migration to hosts and targets that are attached to the MDS 9706.

Smart zoning: Using this feature, Cisco MDS 9700 Series Director fabrics can provision hardware access control entries that are specified by the zone set more efficiently. Avoid superfluous entries that allow servers (initiators) to talk to other servers or storage devices (targets) to talk to other storage devices. Large zones with multiple initiators and multiple targets are now possible without consuming excessive hardware resources. Smart zones can correspond to applications, application clusters, hypervisor clusters, or other data center entities. Automate zoning tasks and avoid the time previously spent creating many small zones.

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, Cisco NX-OS Software offers VSANs, QoS policies, access control, performance monitoring, and data protection to promote virtual machine scalability and mobility. Cisco DCNM provides end-to-end visibility from the virtual machine to storage, with resource allocation, performance measurements, and predictions available on a per-virtual machine basis.

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Table 1. The main features and benefits of the MDS 9706 (part 3 of 4)

Feature Benefit


Comprehensive security Comprehensive security services include VSANs, hardware-enforced zoning, ACLs, per-VSAN role-based access control (RBAC), and Cisco TrustSec Fibre Channel link encryption. The Cisco MDS 9700 Series also supports a comprehensive security framework with RADIUS and TACACS+, FC-SP, Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP),

Secure Shell (SSH) Protocol, and Simple Network Management Protocol Version 3


FC-SP provides switch-to-switch and host-to-switch Diffie-Hellman Challenge

Handshake Authentication Protocol (DH-CHAP) supporting RADIUS or TACACS+ to help ensure that only authorized devices access protected storage networks.

Cisco TrustSec Fibre Channel link encryption, which is available in the Cisco MDS

9700 Series 16-Gbps modules, allows you to encrypt transparently ISLs at up to line-rate speeds, providing an additional layer of protection for traffic within and between data centers.

Diagnostics and troubleshooting

Sophisticated diagnostic tests

The MDS 9706 provides intelligent diagnostic tests, protocol decoding, and network analysis tools and integrated Cisco Call Home capability for added reliability, faster problem resolution, and reduced service costs.

For diagnostic tests, the MDS 9706 supports the powerful Cisco Generic Online

Diagnostics (GOLD) framework. Cisco GOLD is a suite of diagnostic facilities to verify that hardware and internal data paths are operating as designed. Boot-time diagnostic tests, continuous monitoring, standby fabric loopback tests, and on-demand and scheduled tests are part of the Cisco GOLD feature set. This industry-leading diagnostics subsystem enables the rapid fault isolation and continuous system monitoring that are critical in today's continuously operating environments.

The MDS 9706 provides the integrated functions that are required to implement diagnostic capabilities. These include Fibre Channel traceroute for identifying the exact path and timing of flows and Cisco Switched Port Analyzer (SPAN) and

Remote SPAN (RSPAN) to capture intelligently network traffic. After traffic is captured, it can 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 SLA accounting. With the

MDS 9706, Cisco delivers through IBM a comprehensive tool set for troubleshooting and analysis of storage networks.

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Table 1. The main features and benefits of the MDS 9706 (part 4 of 4)

Feature Benefit


Ease of management The Cisco MDS 9700 Series includes built-in storage network management with all features available through a command-line interface (CLI) or Cisco DCNM, which is a centralized management tool that simplifies the management of unified fabrics. DCNM supports integration with third-party storage management applications to allow transparent interaction with existing management tools.

Adhering to the syntax of the widely known Cisco IOS Software CLI, the Cisco MDS

9000 Family CLI is easy to learn and delivers broad management capabilities. This highly efficient direct interface optimizes management. You 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.

DCNM, through the intuitive GUI, simplifies day-to-day operations of unified fabrics in highly virtualized data center environments. DCNM SAN Advanced Edition supports the following features:

Event and performance monitoring historically and at scale

Wizard- and template-based provisioning of Cisco NX-OS technologies and services

Cisco VMpath analytics with dynamic topology views for extended visibility into virtual infrastructure

Resource management through trend analysis of inventory and performance

Rule-based event notification and filtering

RBAC to provide separation between the network and storage teams

DCNM can federate up to 10 DCNM servers to manage up to 150,000 devices by using a single management pane. The solution can scale to large enterprise deployments through a scale-out server architecture with automated failover capability. You gain a resilient management system that centralizes infrastructure and path monitoring across geographically dispersed data centers. The DCNM base management function is available at no charge, and advanced features are unlocked with a license. DCNM can be installed on Linux and Microsoft Windows operating systems and supports both

PostgreSQL and Oracle databases.


Table 2 summarizes the optional licenses that can be purchased to enable the additional features and capabilities of the Cisco MDS 9706.

Table 2. Optional licenses


MDS 9700 Enterprise

Package (FC 7610)


Includes advanced traffic-engineering and network security features, such as IVR, QoS and zone-based QoS, Fibre Channel Security Protocol (FC-SP), port security,

VSAN-based access control, and fabric binding for open systems. Licensed per switch for all the ports on the switch.


Advanced Edition

(FC 7611)

9710 Mainframe Package

(FC 7612)

Includes advanced management capabilities, such as VMware vCenter integration, performance trending, advanced provisioning, backup, and dashboards. Licensed per switch for all the ports on the switch.

Includes FICON protocol support and allows IBM CUP management for in-band management from IBM S/390 and z/900 processors. Licensed per switch for all the ports on the switch.

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This section lists the specifications and supported protocols for the MDS 9706.

Table 3 summarizes the MDS 9706 specifications.

Table 3. Product specifications (part 1 of 7)

Feature Description

Product compatibility

Software compatibility


Fibre Channel standards


Cisco MDS 9000 Family

Cisco MDS NX-OS Software Release 6.2.11c or later

Power supply LED


Supervisor LED

Fabric LED

Line-card module LED

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)

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Table 3. Product specifications (part 2 of 7)

Feature Description

Fibre Channel standards

(protocols) (cont.)

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-SB-3, Amendment 1 (ANSI INCITS 374-2003/AM1-2007)

FC-SB-4, Revision 3.0 (ANSI INCITS 466-2011)

FC-SB-5, Revision 2.00 (ANSI INCITS 485-2014)

FC-BB-6, Revision 2.00 (ANSI INCITS 509-2014)

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)

Fibre Channel classes 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

FCoE standard port types: VE and VF

IEEE 802.1Qbb-2011: Priority-based flow control (PFC)

IEEE 802.3db-2011: MAC address control frame for priority-based flow control

IEEE 802.1Qaz-2011: Enhanced transmission selection for bandwidth sharing between traffic classes (ETS and DCBX)

IP over Fibre Channel (RFC 2625)

IPv6, IPv4, and Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) over Fibre Channel (RFC


Extensive IETF-standards-based TCP/IP, SNMPv3, and remote monitoring


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Table 3. Product specifications (part 3 of 7)

Feature Description

Chassis slot configuration

Performance and scalability

Line-card slots: 4

Supervisor slots: 2

Crossbar switching fabric slots: 6*

Fan trays: 3 fan trays at the back of the chassis

Power supply bays: 4

Up to 12-Tbps front-panel Fibre Channel switching bandwidth and 10.5 Tbps of

FCoE bandwidth

Supported Fibre Channel port speeds o

2/4/8-Gbps autosensing; optionally configurable o 4/8/16-Gbps autosensing; optionally configurable o 10-Gbps Fibre Channel

Buffer credits: 48-port line-rate 16-Gbps advanced Fibre Channel module o o

Up to 500 per port (dedicated-mode ports) standard

Up to 4095 on an individual port (dedicated-mode ports with optional license activated)

Ports per chassis: Up to 192 ports, which can be Fibre Channel (2/4/8-Gbps,

4/8/16-Gbps, or 10-Gbps), FCoE (10 Gigabit Ethernet), or a mix of both

Ports per rack: Up to 768 Fibre Channel (2/4/8-Gbps, 4/8/16-Gbps, or 10-Gbps) or

10 Gigabit Ethernet FCoE ports

PortChannel: Up to 16 ports (the channel can span any speed-matched port on any module in the chassis)

Features and functions

Fabric services

Advanced functions

Name server

Registered State Change Notification (RSCN)

Login services

Fabric configuration server (FCS)


In-order delivery



PortChannel with multipath load balancing

QoS: flow-based and zone-based

N-Port ID virtualization

*A minimum of three fabrics is needed to support a fully populated chassis with four Cisco MDS 9700

48-Port 16-Gbps Fibre Channel cards. Four fabrics are needed to provide N+1 redundancy.

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Table 3. Product specifications (part 4 of 7)

Feature Description

Features and functions (cont.)

Diagnostic and troubleshooting tools

POST diagnostic tests

Online diagnostic tests

Internal port loopbacks


Fibre Channel Traceroute

Fibre Channel Ping

Fibre Channel Debug

Cisco Fabric Analyzer


Online system health

Port-level statistics

Real-Time Protocol Debug

Network security




Fibre Channel zoning

N-Port Worldwide Name (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


DH-CHAP switch-switch authentication

DH-CHAP host-switch authentication

Port security and fabric binding

Management access

SSHv2 implementing Advanced Encryption Standard (AES)

SNMPv3 implementing AES


Cisco TrustSec Fibre Channel Link Encryption


FC-SB-3 compliant

Cascaded FICON fabrics

Intermix of FICON and Fibre Channel FCP traffic

FICON CUP management interface

Exchange-based-routing ready

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Table 3. Product specifications (part 5 of 7)

Feature Description

Features and functions (cont.)


Configuration file management

Nondisruptive software upgrades for Fibre Channel interfaces

Cisco Call Home

Power-management LEDs

Port beaconing

System LEDs

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 fabric modules*

Hot-swappable 2N redundant power

Hot-swappable fan trays with integrated temperature and power management

Hot-swappable Enhanced Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP+) optics

(2/4/8/10/16-Gbps Fibre Channel and 10 Gigabit Ethernet)

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

*A minimum of three fabrics is needed to support a fully populated chassis with four Cisco MDS 9700

48-Port 16-Gbps Fibre Channel cards. Four fabrics are needed to provide N+1 redundancy.

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Table 3. Product specifications (part 6 of 7)

Feature Description

Features and functions (cont.)

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 9700 Series 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


Distributed Device Alias service

Network security

Per-VSAN role-based access control using RADIUS-based and TACACS+-based authentication, authorization, and accounting (AAA) functions


SSHv2 implementing AES

SNMPv3 implementing AES

Management applications

Cisco MDS 9000 Family CLI

Cisco DCNM

Programming interface

Scriptable CLI

Cisco DCNM web services API


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Table 3. Product specifications (part 7 of 7)

Feature Description

Features and functions (cont.)

Approvals and compliance

Safety compliance

CE Marking

UL 60950

CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 60950

EN 60950

IEC 60950

TS 001

AS/NZS 3260



21 CFR 1040

EMC compliance

FCC Part 15 (CFR 47) Class A

ICES-003 Class A

EN 55022 Class A

CISPR 22 Class A

AS/NZS 3548 Class A

VCCI Class A

EN 55024

EN 50082-1

EN 61000-6-1

EN 61000-3-2

EN 61000-3-3

FIPS certified

FIPS 140-2 Level 2

Table 4 lists the switching capability per fabric.







Table 4. Switching capability per fabric

Number of fabric cards Front panel Fibre Channel bandwidth per slot

256 Gbps

512 Gbps

768 Gbps

1024 Gbps

1280 Gbps

1536 Gbps

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FCoE bandwidth per slot

220 Gbps

440 Gbps

660 Gbps

880 Gbps

1100 Gbps

1320 Gbps


Physical specifications

Table 5 lists the physical, electrical, and environmental specifications.

Table 5. Physical, electrical, and environmental specifications

Item Description

Power and cooling

Power supplies (3000 W AC)

Input: 100 to 240 V ac nominal (±10% for full range); 16 A nominal; 50 to 60 Hz nominal (±3 Hz for full range)

Output: 1451 W 50 V ±4%/28A, 3.4 V ±4%/15 A (100 to 120 V ac input),

3051 W 50 V ±4%/60A, and 3.4 V ±-4%/15 A (200 to 240 V AC input)

Airflow: Front-to-back

Power consumption (typical)


Physical dimensions (H x W x D)


MDS 9706 with 3 fabrics (Watts [W])







Temperature, ambient operating: 0 to 40°C (32 to 104°F)

Temperature, ambient nonoperating and storage: -40 to 70°C (-40 to


Relative humidity, ambient (noncondensing) operating: 10 to 90%

Relative humidity, ambient (noncondensing) nonoperating and storage:

10 to 95%

Altitude, operating: -60 to 2000 m (-197 to 6500 ft)

Chassis dimensions (9RU): 396.2 mm x 439 mm x 813 mm (15.6 in. x

17.3 in. x 32 in.)

Chassis depth including cable management and chassis doors is 965.2 mm (38 in.)

Unit is rack mountable in a standard 482.6-mm (19-inch) EIA rack, Unit is also 2-post rack mountable

Chassis only: 65.8 kg (145 lb)

Fully configured: 147.42 kg (325 lb.)

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Related publications and links

For more information, see the following documents:

IBM Support Fix Central support site (select a product from drop-down menus)

IBM System Storage Interoperation Center (SSIC)

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