Cisco Unveils New Director and Modules for MDS 9000 Family Products

Cisco redefines SAN scalability; provides industry-leading investment protection

Cisco has garnered broad support from storage vendors that participate in its Original Storage Manufacturer (OSM) and Solution Technology Integrator (STI) partner programs. OSM and STI partners that intend to qualify and sell the new products include EMC, Hitachi Data Systems, HP, IBM, Network Appliance, and Xiotech.

"EMC and Cisco share a common vision to help customers consolidate their multiple SANs as part of an information lifecycle management strategy," said Marty Lans, Director, Storage Networking, EMC Corporation. "As a member of the EMC Connectrix family of switches and directors, the MDS 9513 will be an ideal complement to our leading storage platforms, including the new Symmetrix DMX-3 systems which provide our customers with the capability for massive data center consolidation."

"Hitachi Data Systems continues to work with Cisco to provide solutions that map application requirements to storage resources," said Steve TenBarge, vice president, Global Product Marketing, at Hitachi Data Systems Corporation. "The high port density and the VSAN capability in the new Cisco MDS 9513 complement our controller-based storage virtualization by segregating and managing traffic for different tiers to achieve the most robust tiered storage architecture in the industry."

"The new offerings from Cisco strengthen HP's portfolio of flexible storage networking solutions that help customers put information to work by dramatically simplifying SAN deployment, consolidation and information lifecycle management, allowing them to address both current and future IT storage infrastructure needs," said Kyle Fitze, director of SAN marketing, StorageWorks Division, HP.

"We are pleased by the enterprise class scalability that these new Cisco products allow IBM to deliver to our customers," said Robert Mahoney, IBM business line executive, storage networking. "IBM's large mainframe customers will be especially interested with the ultra-scalability range of 4-Gbps features and switch characteristics supporting investment protection now available in the MDS 9000 Family. Together with products in the IBM System Storage portfolio, customers stand to benefit from a range of midrange and enterprise infrastructure simplification and business continuity solutions that utilize the expanded Cisco MDS 9000 capabilities."


The Cisco MDS 9513 Multilayer Director and the new modules announced today are expected to be generally available through Cisco's OSM and STI partners starting in May.