by Adam Armstrong

Cisco Announces New SAN Extension Using FCIP

Today Cisco announced its new SAN extension using Fibre Channel over IP (FCIP). This new SAN extension will help companies that need to scale over geographically dispersed datacenters, especially in the case where optical networks are cost prohibitive. Cisco states that its new SAN extension will help bring simplified data protection and business continuance strategies to organizations.

Downtime can be expensive as one major airline recently discovered. Or, in the case of smaller businesses, downtime and be disastrous, potentially ending the business altogether. One way to ensure a safe disaster recovery location is geographical displacement; having the two data centers far enough apart one disaster couldn’t wipe them both out. The main problem with this is latency. Enter Cisco's new SAN extension using FCIP.

The SAN extension is designed to bring long distance, high-speed backup and disaster recovery over IP networks. This integrated modular solution is made for both high-scale and high-availability. And since it is backward compatible with fifth generation FCIP solutions, companies can already leverage the investments they have. Since the extension supports higher performance storage connectivity (10/25/40/50/100G) companies will be able to replicate and backup large amounts of data.

Cisco is also announcing a few other new products today including:

  • FCIP capabilities for Cisco’s flagship storage director, MDS 9700 Series Multilayer Director, for connectivity, backup and replication over large distances. The new FCIP Module (Cisco MDS 9000 Family 24/10 SAN Extension Module) offers 24 ports line rate 16G, FC, and 10 Ports of 1/10GE FCIP/ while providing high-performance SAN Extension solutions. The module also has two ports of 40GE FCIP capability that will be available in FY17. Previously, FCIP services were offered only on the Cisco MDS 9250i. With the introduction of this new module, customers now have the option to use high-end MDS 9700 Multilayer Directors to build high-performance SAN extensions with the highest reliability.
  • Cisco Nexus 9000 will now offer 10/40 FCoE, 100G/50G/25G FCoE capable and is optimized for 100G/50G/25G IP storage networking, delivering superior performance for storage connectivity to support tomorrow’s mission-critical applications, massive amounts of data, and cloud-based environments. The Nexus 9000 Series is an ideal choice for convergence, enabling 100G IP storage for high bandwidth ISL requirements and 25G/50G for server connectivity. Designed with Cisco Cloud Scale technology, it supports highly scalable cloud architectures, with the option to operate in Cisco NX-OS or Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) mode.
  • Version 10.1 of Cisco Data Center Network Manager (DCNM), the industry’s first Unified Storage Area Network (SAN) and Local Area Network (LAN) management solution. DCNM provides comprehensive management of Cisco NX-OS devices, including the Cisco MDS and Cisco Nexus family products. The latest DCNM release extends manageability of SAN/LAN to storage arrays, enabling customers to implement efficiently and visualize and manage end-to-end LAN/SAN and storage devices/arrays.

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