I am new to Cisco UCS, I have a little idea about Nexus Series Switches.
I would like to know what exactly are the differentiating factors between -
UCS 6100 Fabric Interconnect
Nexus 5000 Series
MDS 9000 Series switches
All these can support FCoE, 1G / 10G Ports, I know 6100 Fabric Interconnect has built in UCS Manager
where I can place these in a real worl solution.
Can we make multiple Blades in a chassis, or Multiple Blades in Multiple Chassis conected to a Single / Multiple interconnected 6100 Fabric Interconnect / Nexus / MDS switch, to combine as a Single / One Server.
UCS 6100 FI along with the chassis and the blades make up for the entire UCS B series solution and you can view them as servers. FI runs UCSM and also provides N/W and SAN connectivity to the blades connected to it.
MDS provides FC connectivity only.
Nexus 5000 is again a FC/FCoE and ethernet switch.
So in your setup, place the FI in place of the servers, MDS for FC connectivity and N5K for FC/FCoE connectivity plus ethernet.
You can only connect one chassis to one pair of FI (two FI in a cluster), the FI then in turn can connect to the MDS and the N5K.
The Cisco Nexus 5000 Series (http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps9670/index.html) switches deliver high performance, standards-based Ethernet and FCoE that enable the consolidation of LAN, SAN, and cluster network environments onto a single Unified Fabric. Each switch contains a single unified crossbar fabric ASIC and multiple unified port controllers to support fixed ports and expansion modules.
The Cisco MDS 9513 Multilayer Director allows you to deploy high-performance SANs using a high-performance, protocol-independent switch fabric. It provides uncompromising high availability, security, scalability, ease of management, and transparent integration of new technologies for extremely flexible data center SAN solutions. The Cisco MDS 9513 is compatible with first-, second-, and third-generation Cisco MDS 9000 Family switching modules.
The Cisco MDS 9134 Multilayer Fabric Switch is a 1RU chassis that provides line-rate 4-Gbps and 10-Gbps ports. It expands from 24 to 32 ports in 8-port increments and optionally activates 2 10-Gbps ports. The Cisco MDS 9134 offers non-blocking architecture, with all 32 4-Gbps ports and the 2 10-Gbps ports operating at line rate concurrently.
The 10-Gbps ports support a range of optics for connection to the Cisco MDS 9000 family core using 10-Gbps Inter-Switch Link (ISL) connectivity. The Cisco MDS 9134 can also be stacked using copper CX4 X2 transceivers to cost effectively offer up to 64-port densities. The Cisco MDS 9134 supports quick configuration and task wizards that allow it to be deployed quickly and easily in networks of any size. Powered by Cisco MDS 9000 NX-OS/SAN-OS Software, it includes advanced storage networking features and functions and is compatible with Cisco MDS 9500 Series Multilayer Directors and Cisco MDS 9200 Series Multilayer Fabric Switches, providing transparent, end-to-end service delivery in core-edge deployments.
The Cisco MDS 9148 Multilayer Fabric Switch is a one rack unit (1RU) top-of-rack (ToR) chassis that provides 48 line-rate 8-Gbps ports for storage networking deployments. It can expand from 16 to 48 ports in 8-port increments. The Cisco MDS 9148 delivers a non-blocking architecture, with all 48 1/2/4/8-Gbps ports operating at line-rate concurrently.
The Cisco MDS 9148 supports the Cisco Device Manager Quick Configuration Wizard, which allows it to be deployed quickly and easily in networks of any size. Powered by Cisco MDS 9000 NX-OS Software, it includes advanced storage networking features and functions and is compatible with Cisco MDS 9500 Series Multilayer Directors and Cisco MDS 9200 and other 9100 Series Multilayer Fabric Switches, providing transparent, end-to-end service delivery in core-edge deployments.
What abt the Storage Device? Cisco does not provide storage boxes, so which one I can use to make the complete solution? Who is the Cisco Partner on this solution, EMC, IBM? If I want to configure the solution how can I do it? Can I do it from Cisco DCT Tool?
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