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Product Line: Cisco MDS 9200 Series Multilayer Switches
Product Type: Switch
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Product Description

The DS-X9248-256K9 is a Cisco networking module featuring 48 ports with 8 Gbps speed and compatibility with Cisco MDS NX-OS Software Release 5.2 or later. It supports 48 autosensing 1/2/4/8-Gbps Fibre Channel ports and 24 10 Gbps Fibre Channel ports, designed for use with Cisco MDS 9500 Series Multilayer Directors. This module provides advanced network security through VSANs, ACLs, and Fibre Channel Zoning, along with a suite of diagnostics and troubleshooting tools including POST Diagnostics and Fibre Channel Traceroute.

Key Feature for the DS-X9248-256K9

  • What is the port speed of the networking hardware?
    The port speed is 8 Gbps.
  • How many 10 Gbps Fibre Channel ports are available?
    There are 24 10 Gbps Fibre Channel ports.
  • Is this device compatible with Cisco MDS NX-OS Software Release 5.2 or later?
    Yes, it is compatible with Cisco MDS NX-OS Software Release 5.2 or later.
  • What are the minimum and maximum operating temperatures?
    The minimum operating temperature is 0 °C, and the maximum is 40 °C.
  • Does the device support hot swapping?
    Yes, the device supports hot swapping.
  • What is the weight of the device?
    The device weighs 10.5 lbs.
  • What network security features are included?
    Network security features include VSANs, ACLs, Per-VSAN RBAC, and Fibre Channel Zoning.
  • What are the dimensions of the device?
    The dimensions are 1.75 in. in height, 14.4 in. in width, and 16 in. in depth.
  • What advanced functions does the device offer?
    Advanced functions include VSAN, IVR, PortChannel with Multipath Load Balancing, Flow-Based and Zone-Based QoS, NPIV, and Local Switching with Centralized Arbitration.
  • Which series is this device intended for use with?
    It is intended for use with Cisco MDS 9500 Series Multilayer Directors.

Product Review

The Cisco DS-X9248-256K9 offers 48 ports with autosensing capabilities for 1/2/4/8-Gbps Fibre Channel connections and includes 24 ports for 10 Gbps, ensuring versatile and high-speed connectivity options for diverse network requirements. However, its operation is limited to a temperature range of 0 °C to 40 °C, potentially restricting its deployment in environments with extreme temperatures. Moreover, while it boasts comprehensive network security features such as VSANs, ACLs, and Fibre Channel Zoning, the requirement for Cisco MDS NX-OS Software Release 5.2 or later for compatibility might necessitate updates or changes in existing network infrastructure for integration.


The Cisco DS-X9248-256K9 is a high-performance, Fibre Channel switching module designed to enhance the scalability, flexibility, and reliability of storage networks. This module is compatible with Cisco MDS 9500 Series Multilayer Directors and is engineered to support a wide range of data center requirements. It features 48 ports that support 8 Gbps port speeds, providing high bandwidth for storage data traffic. All 48 ports are autosensing, capable of adjusting to 1/2/4/8-Gbps Fibre Channel speeds, ensuring compatibility with various devices and network speeds. Additionally, the module includes 24 ports that support 10 Gbps Fibre Channel, offering enhanced throughput for demanding applications. Key hardware specifications of the DS-X9248-256K9 include a minimum operating temperature of 0 °C and a maximum of 40 °C. It operates efficiently within a relative humidity range of 10% to 90% (noncondensing), and can be stored in conditions ranging from -40 °C to 70 °C with a relative humidity of up to 95% (noncondensing). The module's operational altitude ranges from -197 to 6500 ft, accommodating various data center environments. Its physical dimensions are 1.75 in. in height, 14.4 in. in width, and 16 in. in depth, with a weight of 10.5 lbs.
  • Software Compatibility: Cisco MDS NX-OS Software Release 5.2 or later.
  • Network Security: Includes features such as VSANs, ACLs, per-VSAN RBAC, and Fibre Channel zoning.
  • Advanced Functions: Supports VSAN, IVR, PortChannel with multipath load balancing, flow-based and zone-based QoS, NPIV, and local switching with centralized arbitration.
The module is designed for hot swap support, facilitating easy replacement and upgrades without network interruption. It supports a range of fabric services including Name Server, Registered State Change Notification (RSCN), Login Services, Fabric Configuration Server (FCS), Public Loop, and Broadcast, enhancing network management and operational efficiency. The DS-X9248-256K9 offers several programming interfaces, including a scriptable CLI, Cisco DCNM-SAN Essentials, and Cisco DCNM-SAN Advanced, providing flexible management options that cater to different operational requirements. Its diagnostics and troubleshooting tools, such as POST Diagnostics, online diagnostics, internal port loopbacks, SPAN and RSPAN, and Fibre Channel traceroute, ensure quick identification and resolution of network issues, minimizing downtime. Designed for use with Cisco MDS 9500 Series Multilayer Directors, the DS-X9248-256K9 is an essential component for building high-performance, reliable storage networks. Its comprehensive feature set, including advanced network security and diagnostics capabilities, makes it an ideal choice for data centers looking to enhance their storage infrastructure's efficiency and reliability.


Item CodeDS-X9248-256K9
Total Ports48
Port Capacity8 Gbps
Compatible SoftwareCisco MDS NX-OS, Version 5.2+
Autosensing FC Ports48 (1/2/4/8 Gbps)
10 Gbps FC Ports24
Network ServicesName Server, RSCN, Authentication Services, FCS, Public Loop, Broadcast
Lowest Operating Temp0 °C
Highest Operating Temp40 °C
Lowest Operating Humidity10% (Noncondensing)
Highest Operating Humidity90% (Noncondensing)
Lowest Storage Temp-40 °C
Highest Storage Temp70 °C
Lowest Storage Humidity10% (Noncondensing)
Highest Storage Humidity95% (Noncondensing)
Operational Altitude Range-197 to 6500 ft
Unit Height1.75 in.
Unit Width14.4 in.
Unit Depth16 in.
Unit Weight10.5 lbs
APIsScriptable CLI, Cisco DCNM-SAN Essentials, Advanced
Hot Swapping FeatureSupported
Security ProtocolsVSANs, Access Control Lists, Role-Based Access Control per VSAN, Fibre Channel Zoning
Enhanced CapabilitiesVSAN, IVR, PortChannel with Load Balancing, Quality of Service per Flow and Zone, NPIV, Local and Centralized Switching
Maintenance ToolsPower-On Self-Test, Real-Time Diagnostics, Internal Loopbacks, SPAN/RSPAN, Fibre Channel Ping
Intended UseCisco MDS 9500 Series Multilayer Directors

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