Cisco MDS Series Overview

Cisco MDS Series is the #2 ranked solution in our list of top Enterprise SAN tools. It is most often compared to HPE SN6000: Cisco MDS Series vs HPE SN6000

What is Cisco MDS Series?

Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches have met and often exceeded the demanding requirements for storage area networks for more than a decade. They offer a combination of performance, non-stop operations, and multiprotocol flexibility.

Cisco MDS Series is also known as Cisco MDS 9100, Cisco MDS 9222i, Cisco MDS 9700.

Cisco MDS Series Buyer's Guide

Download the Cisco MDS Series Buyer's Guide including reviews and more. Updated: July 2021

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What users are saying about Cisco MDS Series pricing:
  • "It's perpetual licensing and maintenance is a recurrent cost."

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Shivanand Hadapad
Solution Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Easy to upgrade, easy to configure and easy to administer

What is our primary use case?

Cisco MDS 9148 SAN switch model is the best product. It is highly reliable and at a low cost, easy to deploy, easy to upgrade, easy to configure and easy to administer. This gives effective performance when used for SAN switch connectivity between hosts and storage boxes. It supports reverse compatibility 4/8/16 Gbps of throughput. When configured in redundancy there is a 0% chance of a path missing between the host and storage array. It also supports short distance and long-distance ISL configuration without any issues. WebUI is simple and easy to understand.

Pros and Cons

  • "The features I found most valuable are the ease of deployment, it's easy to upgrade, easy to configure and easy to administer. There is no need for vendor professional services which saves project cost. The usage of WebUI for all primary features like hostname, IP address, SNMP traps, zone sets, addition and deletion of zone members or zone sets, backup of switch DB is very simple."
  • "It is quite a stable product. It should be shipped with the latest firmware to avoid download and upload schema at the beginning of the initial setup. There should also be the possibility of downgrading the firmware when required. WebUI needs DCNM instead a web-based GUI should be made available like Brocade san switch."
PP
Solution Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Good reliability, integration, and support

What is our primary use case?

The primary use case is as a standard SAN (single-site), and metro-SAN (10-15km between datacenters). Both types of switches, fixed and directors, are used.

Pros and Cons

  • "The issues with these switches are extremely rare, and the whole product line is very predictable and stable."
  • "The licensing model could be less complicated."

What other advice do I have?

The only advice is to invest in the staff education.
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Mike  Zukerman
Zukerman at Alarm.com
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
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.

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable features of this solution are the devices, databases, and zoning."
  • "The GUI client is Java-based and we know that Java is not secure, so everyone disables it."

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.