Cisco MDS 9000 Advanced Services Module (ASM)
Fibre Channel , Virtualisation
The Cisco MDS 9000 Family 32-Port Fibre Channel Advanced Services Module is supported in the MDS 9509/9506 and 9216 switches and enables pooling of heterogeneous storage for increased storage utilization, simplified storage management, and reducing total cost of storage ownership.
Combining a highly distributed processing architecture and integrated VERITAS Storage Foundation for Networks software, the Cisco Advanced Services Module is available in a 32-port configuration and accepts the same 2/1 Gbps Fibre Channel small form-factor pluggable (SFP) optical modules as MDS 9000 Family Fibre Channel switching modules.
This network-based intelligent software platform improves interoperability, enables consistent administration of multiple classes of storage, and increases utilization. In addition to enhanced manageability, VERITAS Storage Foundation for Networks also increases overall availability through mirroring, point-in-time snapshots, online configuration and re-layout capabilities, and provides multiple paths to storage devices.
The data sheet can be found at: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/hw/ps4159/ps4358/products_data_sheet09186a00 801ce92d.html