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Product Line: Cisco MDS 9500 Series
Product Type: Multilayer Director
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Product Description

The DS-C9513 Cisco is designed for high-capacity network environments, featuring an internal switching bandwidth of 8.4 Tbps and supports up to 1584 1/2/4/8-Gbps Fibre Channel ports, 792 10-Gbps Fibre Channel ports, 264 10-Gbps FCoE ports, and 528 1-Gbps Ethernet ports. It operates on Cisco MDS SAN-OS Software Release 3.0(1) or later, includes 11 line card slots, 2 supervisor slots, 2 crossbar switching fabric slots, and provides hot swap support for uninterrupted serviceability. The chassis supports advanced network functions such as VSAN, IVR, and Port Channel with Multipath Load Balancing, ensuring optimized data flow and reliability across networks.

FAQs for the DS-C9513

  • What software is compatible with the Cisco MDS switch?
    The Cisco MDS switch is compatible with the Cisco MDS SAN-OS Software Release 3.0(1) or later.
  • How many line card slots are available?
    There are 11 line card slots available.
  • Can you hot swap components in this device?
    Yes, components such as line cards and power supplies support hot swapping.
  • What is the maximum internal switching bandwidth?
    The maximum internal switching bandwidth is 8.4 Tbps.
  • What types of ports are supported, and how many of each type can fit per rack?
    The device supports up to 1584 1/2/4/8-Gbps Fibre Channel ports, up to 792 10-Gbps Fibre Channel ports, up to 264 10-Gbps FCoE ports, and up to 528 1-Gbps Ethernet ports per rack.
  • What advanced functions does this switch support?
    Advanced functions include VSAN, IVR, Port Channel with Multipath Load Balancing, Flow-Based and Zone-Based QoS, and NPV.
  • What fabric services are available?
    Fabric services include Name Server, Login Services, Broadcast, Public Loop, Registered State Change Notification, and Fabric Configuration Server.
  • What is the input voltage rating for this device?
    The input voltage rating is 100 to 240 VAC.
  • How does the airflow rate contribute to the device's cooling?
    The device has an airflow rate of 300 Linear Feet per Minute, helping to maintain optimal operating temperatures.
  • What are the operating and storage temperature ranges?
    The operating temperature range is 0 °C to 40 °C, and the storage temperature range is -40 °C to 70 °C.

Product Review

The Cisco DS-C9513 offers substantial scalability with 11 line card slots, supporting up to 1584 Fibre Channel ports, making it ideal for large data centers requiring extensive connectivity. However, its fixed port speeds of 10-Gbps for FCoE and 1-Gbps for Ethernet may limit performance in environments demanding higher throughput. Additionally, the chassis provides significant internal switching bandwidth of 8.4 Tbps and advanced features like VSAN and IVR, yet its operational requirements, including a high power input and specific environmental conditions, could pose challenges for deployment in varied settings.


The Cisco DS-C9513 is designed to meet the demanding needs of large data center networks, offering high-performance, scalability, and flexibility. This director-class SAN switch supports the Cisco MDS SAN-OS Software Release 3.0(1) or later, ensuring compatibility with a wide range of network applications and protocols. At the core of the DS-C9513's architecture are 11 line card slots and 2 supervisor slots, complemented by 2 crossbar switching fabric slots. This structure enables efficient management and high-speed data transfer across the network. The system is equipped with front and rear fan trays, ensuring optimal cooling for continuous operation in various environments. Powering the DS-C9513 are 2 power supply bays, with an input voltage rating of 100 to 240 VAC and a maximum input current of 16 A. The system's output power is rated at 2900 W (100 VAC at 16A) and 6000 W (200 VAC at 16A), sufficient to support its high-capacity operations. Additionally, the director features 2 clock module slots, essential for maintaining accurate time across network operations. One of the DS-C9513's standout features is its internal switching bandwidth of 8.4 Tbps, ensuring high-speed data transmission and efficient network performance. The system supports various port speeds and capacities, including: - Up to 1584 1/2/4/8-Gbps Fibre Channel Ports - Up to 792 10-Gbps Fibre Channel Ports - Up to 264 10-Gbps FCoE Ports - Up to 528 1-Gbps Ethernet Ports These capabilities allow for significant flexibility in network design and scalability to meet future demands. The DS-C9513 also supports advanced functions such as VSAN, IVR, Port Channel with Multipath Load Balancing, and Flow-Based and Zone-Based QoS, among others. These features enhance the efficiency, reliability, and security of network operations. The device's fabric services include essential functions like Name Server, Login Services, and Fabric Configuration Server, facilitating seamless integration and management within SAN environments. Hot swap support is another critical feature, enabling the replacement or upgrade of components without disrupting network operations. For ease of management, the DS-C9513 offers various programming interfaces, including a scriptable CLI, Data Center Network Manager Web Services API, and Device Manager GUI. These tools provide flexibility in network management, allowing administrators to customize and automate operations according to specific requirements. Regarding physical specifications, the DS-C9513 measures 24.5 x 17.37 x 28.0 inches and operates within a temperature range of 0 °C to 40 °C. It is designed to function optimally in conditions with an ambient operating relative humidity of 10% to 90% (noncondensing) and can be stored in environments with a relative humidity of 10% to 95% (noncondensing). The operating altitude range is from -197 to 6500 feet, and the system maintains an airflow of 300 linear feet per minute, ensuring components remain within safe operating temperatures. In summary, the Cisco DS-C9513 stands out as a highly capable and versatile director-class SAN switch, designed to support the complexities of modern data center networks with its extensive port capacities, high internal switching bandwidth, and comprehensive feature set for enhanced network performance and reliability.


Model NumberCisco DS-C9513
Compatible SoftwareRequires Cisco MDS SAN-OS Software Version 3.0(1) or newer
Available Slots for Line Cards11
Supervisor Engine Slots2
Slots for Crossbar Switch Fabrics2
Locations for Fan ModulesBoth front and back sides
Power Supply Unit Slots2
Slots for Clock Modules2
Switching Capacity Internally8.4 Terabits per second
Speed of FCoE Ports10 Gbps (Non-variable)
Speed of Ethernet Ports1 Gbps (Non-variable)
Maximum Ports per EnclosureUp to 1584 Fibre Channel Ports (1/2/4/8 Gbps), Up to 792 Fibre Channel Ports (10 Gbps), Up to 264 FCoE Ports (10 Gbps), Up to 528 Ethernet Ports (1 Gbps)
Key FeaturesVSAN, Inter-VSAN Routing, Port Channels with Load Balancing across Multiple Paths, Quality of Service based on Flow and Zone, NPV Mode
Fibre Services OfferedName Server, Authentication Services, Multicast, Public and Private Loops, Notification of State Changes, Server for Fabric Configuration
Capability for Hot SwappingSupported
Interfaces for ProgrammingCommand-Line Interface (Scriptable), Web Services API for Data Center Network Manager, Graphical Interface for Device Manager
Voltage Requirement100 to 240 Volts AC
Maximal Current Draw16 Amperes
Maximum Power Output2900 Watts at 100 Volts AC and 16 Amperes; 6000 Watts at 200 Volts AC and 16 Amperes
Airflow Rate300 Feet per Minute linearly
Temperature Range for Operation0 to 40 Degrees Celsius
Temperature Range for Storage-40 to 70 Degrees Celsius
Relative Humidity for Operation10% to 90%, non-condensing
Relative Humidity for Storage10% to 95%, non-condensing
Altitude for Operation-197 to 6500 feet
Dimensions (H x W x D)24.5 x 17.37 x 28.0 inches

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