Cisco MDS Switches

In our FlexPod on Fabric MetroCluster project, we selected Cisco MDS switches for the back-end MetroCluster fibre-channel connectivity.

These switches have been supported by NetApp since Data ONTAP 8.1.1, and it made much more sense to us than the traditional Brocade models in this instance, as it means that in the FlexPod there is now a single, common switch O/S in the form of Cisco NX-OS.

We've found the MDS switches absolutely great to use in this role, and have even made a small contribution to the NetApp MDS switch configuration guide!