Cisco MDS 9124 SAN Switch


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Cisco MDS9124 Switch

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Fibre Channel ports

  • 24 ports, universal (E, F, and FL)
    Port speed—4-, 2-, and 1-Gbps autosensing with 4 Gbps of dedicated bandwidth per port
    Buffer credits—Up to 64 for a group of 4 ports, with a default of 16 buffer credits per port


  • 1.063 Gbit/sec line speed (full duplex)
    2.125 Gbit/sec line speed (full duplex)
    4.25 Gbit/sec line speed (full duplex)
    auto-sensing of 1 Gbit/sec, 2 Gbit/sec, and 4 Gbit/sec port speeds

Aggregate bandwidth

  • 192 Gbit/sec end to end

Maximum frame size

  • 2112-byte payload

Classes of Service

  • Class 2, Class 3, Class F (inter-switch frames)

Port Types

  • FL_Port, F_Port, and E_Port
    Self-discovery based on switch type (U_Port)

Data Traffic Types

  • Fabric switches supporting unicast and broadcast

Media Types

  • Small Form-factor Pluggable (SFP) media;

    short-wave up to 500 meters (1640 feet);

    long-wave up to 10 kilometers (6.2 miles);

    extended long-wave up to 100 km (62.1 mi). Distance depends on fiber optic cable and port speed.

Fabric Services

  • Name server
    Registered state change notification (RSCN)
    Login services
    Public loop
    In-order delivery
    Name-server zoning


  • SFP Media


  • Out-of-band 10/100 Ethernet port
    EIA/TIA-232 serial console port
    In-band IP over Fibre Channel


  • Power-on self-test (POST) diagnostics
    Online diagnostics
    Internal loopbacks
    Fibre Channel Traceroute capability
    Fibre Channel Ping
    Fibre Channel Debug
    Cisco Fabric Analyzer
    Port-level statistics


  • Rack Size 1U
    Width 42.90 cm (16.9 in)
    Height 4.4 cm (1.7 in)
    Depth 26.4 cm (10.4 in)
    Weight 4.9 kg (10.8 lb) with dual power supplies, no SFP

    Physical dimensions (H x W x D) of 1 RU

    1.75 x 17.5 x 16 in. (4.5 x 44.5 x 40.6 cm)

Environmental Operating Conditions

  • Temperature

    Ambient operating temperature is 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
    non-operating temperature is -40 to 158°F (-40 to 70°C)

    Airflow: Front to rear


  • Power supplies (300W AC) (maximum of two per switch)
    Input: 100 to 240 VAC nominal (+/-10% for full range)
    Input current maximum 20A

    Input current steady state
    4A @ 110 VAC
    2A @ 220 VAC
    50 to 60 Hz nominal (+/-3 Hz for full range)

    Output: 300W @ 100 VAC
    300W @ 220 VAC

The Cisco MDS 9124 24-port multilayer fabric switch features 24 ports that are capable of speeds of 4, 2, and 1 Gbps. It also offers outstanding value by providing a flexible, highly available and secure solution that is both affordable and easy to use, all in a compact one rack-unit (1-RU) form factor. The Cisco MDS 9124 supports the same industry-leading MDS 9000 storage area network (SAN) OS software that is supported on the entire Cisco MDS 9000 family of products.

The Cisco MDS 9124 can be deployed with minimal configuration and does not require any special training to operate. The quick configuration wizard simplifies and accelerates the initial fabric activation. The Cisco MDS 9124 offers flexible, on-demand port activation. Through software licensing, ports can be activated in eight-port increments. The default base switch has eight active ports.

This new product also provides:

  • Exceptional flexibility and scalability
  • Intelligent storage networking services at an affordable price
  • A highly available platform for business-critical deployments
  • Comprehensive security framework
  • Simplified storage management
  • Sophisticated diagnostics
  • Reduced total cost of ownership (TCO)
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