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Product Line: Cisco MDS 9300 Series
Product Type: Fabric Switch
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Product Description

The DS-C9396S-48IK9 CISCO switch features 48 active ports with port side intake, supporting port speeds of 2/4/8/10/16-Gbps Autosensing and allowing up to 16 physical links in a port channel. It offers advanced security through VSAN fabric isolation, hardware zoning by Access Control Lists, and Fibre Channel Security Protocol (FC-SP) authentication mechanisms. Designed for high-density configurations, it provides a buffer credit of up to 500 per port (expandable to 4095 with an optional Enterprise License), and incorporates scriptable CLI and Cisco Prime DCNM Web Services API for versatile programming interfaces, all within a 2 RU form factor for efficient space utilization in standard 19-inch racks.

FAQs for the DS-C9396S-48IK9

  • What is the total number of active ports on this networking hardware?
    The networking hardware has 48 active ports.
  • How does the device handle airflow?
    It features a port side intake with airflow direction from front to back.
  • Can you list the security features available?
    The device includes VSAN fabric isolation, hardware zoning by Access Control Lists, Fibre Channel Security Protocol (FC-SP) switch-to-switch and host-to-switch authentication.
  • What are the supported port speeds?
    Supported port speeds are 2/4/8/10/16-Gbps Autosensing.
  • How many physical links can the port channel support?
    Up to 16 physical links can be supported by the port channel.
  • What is the maximum buffer credit available per port with an optional Enterprise License?
    With an optional Enterprise License, the maximum buffer credit available per port is up to 4095.
  • What programming interfaces are available for this hardware?
    The hardware offers a scriptable CLI and Cisco Prime DCNM Web Services API.
  • What are the dimensions and weight of this networking hardware?
    The dimensions are 3.4 in. in height, 17.42 in. in width, and 22.28 in. in depth, with a weight of 39.24 lbs.
  • What voltage range does the hardware support?
    It supports a voltage range from 100 VAC to 240 VAC.
  • What are the environmental operating conditions?
    The operating temperature ranges from 0 °C to 40 °C, with relative humidity from 10% to 90% (Non-Condensing). The device can operate at altitudes up to 2,000 m.

Product Review

The CISCO DS-C9396S-48IK9 offers 48 active ports with 2/4/8/10/16-Gbps autosensing, supporting up to 16 physical links in a port channel and providing flexibility in connectivity speeds. It features comprehensive security measures including VSAN fabric isolation and both switch-to-switch and host-to-switch authentication, ensuring a secure network environment. However, the buffer credits are limited to 500 per port unless upgraded with an optional Enterprise License, which may restrict performance in high-demand scenarios without additional investment.


The CISCO DS-C9396S-48IK9 is a specialized networking device designed to cater to the demands of modern data centers. This device offers an impressive array of hardware specifications that ensure high performance, scalability, and security. With 48 active ports, each capable of autosensing port speeds ranging from 2 Gbps to 16 Gbps, this switch is built to accommodate a diverse set of networking requirements. The inclusion of port side intake facilitates efficient airflow management, ensuring the device operates within optimal temperature ranges. Security is a paramount concern for any networking hardware, and the CISCO DS-C9396S-48IK9 addresses this with a comprehensive suite of features. It supports VSAN fabric isolation, hardware zoning through Access Control Lists (ACLs), and Fibre Channel Security Protocol (FC-SP) for both switch-to-switch and host-to-switch authentication. These features work together to provide a secure networking environment that safeguards data integrity and privacy. The device also offers flexibility in terms of port channels, supporting up to 16 physical links. This, combined with the ability to extend buffer credits up to 4095 per port with an optional Enterprise License, significantly enhances its performance capabilities. The programming interfaces include a scriptable CLI and Cisco Prime DCNM Web Services API, which allow for customizable and automated network management. In terms of physical specifications, the CISCO DS-C9396S-48IK9 boasts a compact form factor at 2 RU, making it suitable for various rack sizes with a standard width of 19 inches. Despite its relatively modest size, it weighs 39.24 lbs, reflecting the quality and durability of its construction. The device requires an AC voltage between 100 VAC and 240 VAC to operate, with an airflow direction from front to back, ensuring efficient cooling.
  • Minimum and maximum operating temperatures are set at 0 °C and 40 °C, respectively, with storage temperatures ranging from -40 °C to 70 °C.
  • The operating relative humidity is between 10% and 90% (non-condensing), with storage relative humidity from 10% to 95% (non-condensing).
  • It is designed to function optimally at altitudes up to 2,000 meters, accommodating a variety of installation environments.
The CISCO DS-C9396S-48IK9 is not just about hardware; it also offers advanced networking functions such as Virtual Storage Area Networks (VSANs), Inter-VSAN Routing (IVR), and Port Channels with Multipath Load balancing. These features are complemented by flow-based and zone-based Quality of Service (QoS), as well as support for N_Port Virtualization (NPV), enhancing its utility in complex networking scenarios. Fabric services like Name Server, Login Services, and Registered State Change Notification are integrated to simplify network management and monitoring. In summary, the CISCO DS-C9396S-48IK9 is a highly capable networking switch that combines performance, security, and flexibility in a compact and efficient form factor. Its wide range of supported features and physical specifications make it an ideal choice for data centers looking to optimize their networking infrastructure.


Model NumberDS-C9396S-48IK9
Ports Available48
Intake OrientationPort Side
Security FeaturesVSAN isolation, ACL-based zoning, Switch-to-switch and host-to-switch FC-SP authentication
Port Autonegotiation Speeds2/4/8/10/16 Gbps
Link Aggregation CapabilityMaximum 16 Links
Maximum Buffer Credits500 per port, 4095 with Enterprise License
APIsCLI, DCNM Web Services API
Height3.4 inches
Width17.42 inches
Depth22.28 inches
Device Size2 Rack Units
Compatible Rack Width19 inches
Device Weight39.24 pounds
Lowest AC Input100 V
Highest AC Input240 V
Cooling AirflowFront to Rear
Operational Temperature Range0 to 40 °C
Storage Temperature Range-40 to 70 °C
Humidity Level for Operation10% - 90% Non-Condensing
Humidity Level for Storage10% - 95% Non-Condensing
Maximum Operating Elevation2,000 meters
Core Network ServicesName Server, Authentication Services, Broadcasts, Loop Services, State Change Notifications
Enhanced CapabilitiesVSAN support, Inter-VSAN Routing, Enhanced Port Channels, Load balancing, Quality of Service based on flow and zone, NPV mode

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