Cisco MDS Series Review

Good zoning, stable, scalable, and the support is good


What is our primary use case?

We use this solution to manage our storage and inner network solution.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features of this solution are the devices, databases, and zoning.

What needs improvement?

The GUI client is Java-based and we know that Java is not secure, so everyone disables it.

It would be nice to have an HTML-based client.

The initial setup could be simplified.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for six years.

We are not using the latest version. We are using version 8.3.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's a stable solution. I don't have any issues with the stability of it.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is good.

We have three users in our organization who are using this solution. It is specifically for administration, and not for regular users. 

This is a management piece for the storage area network. Only storage administrative users, use it.

We are increasing the usage. We have purchased some new switches.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have contacted technical support and they are okay, once you pass the initial tier. The initial tier can help you with simple things.

For the more complex issues, it is almost always escalated to another level.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

In my previous employment, I used a competitive product call Brocade Switches from HP, for SAN management.

I changed employment and the new company uses MDS. Both are similar. 

Cisco is primarily used for Cisco environments. HP is more universal and it can manage any server, not just Cisco Servers, clients, and storage.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was a bit complex. It is more on the complicated side than it is easy.

It took a month to deploy this solution.

I am responsible for the maintenance of it.

What about the implementation team?

I completed the implementation myself.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It's perpetual licensing and maintenance is a recurrent cost.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend that you get training before using this solution.

I would rate Cisco MDS Series an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises

Which version of this solution are you currently using?

8.3
**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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