Cisco storage networks offer 32Gb fabrics with SAN analytics

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Technology giant Cisco announced its next-generation storage networks that offer 32Gb fabrics with SAN analytics and flash memory support with the installation of a cost-effective module.

The latest tech innovations for storage networking from Cisco will assist its business customers to manage and automate stored data to enable digital business goals.

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

Cisco offers 32Gb fibre channel 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 – to storage networking customers.

“Cisco continues to be strongly committed to the storage networking market, and we are pleased to deliver leading-edge capabilities for the digital economy while also preserving customer investments,” said Thomas Scheibe, senior director of product management, Cisco Data Center Solutions.

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Business customers can scale the new MDS 9700 48-Port 32-Gbps Fibre Channel Switching module as demand grows.

Business customers can upgrade the Cisco MDS 9700, first introduced in 2013, to support 32G Fibre Channel with Cisco’s easily upgradable chassis architecture.

Cisco is offering 768 line-rate 32-Gbps Fibre Channel ports per director for scale.

Cisco is promising full-duplex aggregate performance of 1536 Gbps, for high-speed 32-Gbps storage connectivity for high-performance virtualized servers, all flash arrays and non-volatile memory express (NVMe) arrays.

Cisco said 32Gb Broadcom/Emulex and Cavium/Qlogic fibre channel host bus adapter (HBA) support on Cisco UCS.

Cisco has tied up with Broadcom / Emulex and Cavium / Qlogic to provide high bandwidth storage connectivity, and is providing 32Gb Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapter with support on the Cisco UCS C-Series.

Cisco said the 32Gb HBA’s are designed to address requirements of modern networked storage systems that utilize high performance and low latency solid state storage drives for caching and persistent storage, as well as hard disk drive arrays.

Cisco MDS storage directors and Cisco UCS C-Series servers now offer support for (NVMe) over Fibre Channel, enabling end-users to scale flash storage appliances to achieve faster application response times and better scalability.

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