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Product Line: Cisco MDS 9700 Series
Product Type: Multilayer Director
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Product Description

The DS-C9706 Cisco offers comprehensive software compatibility with Cisco MDS NX-OS Software Release 6.2.9 or later, up to Release 9.3.1, ensuring flexibility across various network environments. It supports a high-density architecture with 4 line card slots, 2 supervisor slots, and 6 crossbar switching fabric slots, facilitating an impressive Fiber Channel switching bandwidth of 12.3 Tbps and FCoE bandwidth of 10.5 Tbps. Additionally, it is designed for high availability and easy maintenance, featuring 3 rear fan trays, 4 power supply bays with hot-swap support, and advanced network services such as VSAN and IVR, making it a scalable solution for demanding data center environments.

FAQs for the DS-C9706

  • What software versions are compatible with Cisco MDS switches?
    Cisco MDS switches are compatible with NX-OS Software Release 6.2.9 or later, 8.4.1 or later, and 9.3.1 or later.
  • How many line card slots does the device have?
    The device features 4 line card slots.
  • Can you list the types of slots available on this Cisco MDS model?
    This model includes 4 line card slots, 2 supervisor slots, and 6 crossbar switching fabric slots.
  • What is the total Fiber Channel switching bandwidth?
    The total Fiber Channel switching bandwidth is 12.3 Tbps.
  • How many fan trays does the system include?
    The system includes 3 rear fan trays.
  • What advanced functions are supported by this model?
    Supported advanced functions include VSAN, IVR, Port Channel with Multipath Load Balancing, Flow-Based and Zone-Based QoS, NPV.
  • What are the input power specifications for this device?
    The input voltage rating is 100 to 240 VAC with a maximum input current of 16 A. Output power is 1415 W at 100 VAC and 3051 W at 200 to 240 VAC.
  • Does the device support hot swapping of components?
    Yes, the device supports hot swapping of components.
  • What type of airflow does the device have?
    The device has front to back airflow.
  • What are the operating and storage temperatures for this Cisco MDS model?
    Operating temperature ranges from 0 °C to 40 °C, while storage temperature ranges from -40 °C to 70 °C.

Product Review

The CISCO DS-C9706 offers impressive switching capacities with a Fiber Channel switching bandwidth of 12.3 Tbps and FCoE bandwidth of 10.5 Tbps, catering to high-demand network environments. However, its substantial size of 15.6 x 17.3 x 32.0 inches and weight of 325 lbs when fully configured might pose challenges for space-constrained installations. Compatibility with multiple Cisco MDS NX-OS Software Releases enhances its versatility, but the hardware requires careful consideration of physical space and infrastructure support due to its dimensions and power requirements.


The CISCO DS-C9706 is a high-performance, scalable, and flexible networking hardware solution designed to meet the demands of modern data centers. This product is engineered to support a wide range of networking requirements, delivering exceptional performance and reliability for mission-critical applications. At the heart of the DS-C9706 are its hardware specifications, which include four line card slots and two supervisor slots, providing ample space for network expansion and management. The system also features six crossbar switching fabric slots, enhancing its capability to handle vast amounts of data traffic efficiently. For cooling, the DS-C9706 is equipped with three rear fan trays, ensuring optimal performance by maintaining the system at an appropriate temperature. Power management is a critical aspect of networking hardware, and the DS-C9706 addresses this with four power supply bays. These bays support an input voltage rating of 100 to 240 VAC, with a maximum input current of 16 A. Depending on the input voltage, the system can deliver an output power of 1415 W at 100 VAC or 3051 W at 200 to 240 VAC, making it a versatile solution for various power supply environments. The DS-C9706 boasts an impressive FCoE bandwidth of 10.5 Tbps and a fiber channel switching bandwidth of 12.3 Tbps, ensuring high-speed data transfers and efficient network operations. This system can support up to 192 Fibre Channel ports or 10 Gigabit Ethernet FCoE ports per rack, providing flexibility in connectivity options. Key features of the DS-C9706 include: - Hot swap support for uninterrupted service during component replacements. - A wide range of programming interfaces including scriptable CLI, Data Center Network Manager Web Services API, and Cisco DCNM GUI, facilitating easy management and customization. - Advanced functions such as VSAN, IVR, and port channel with multipath load balancing, enhancing network performance and reliability. The system also offers a comprehensive set of fabric services, including name server, login services, and fabric configuration server, among others. These services ensure smooth network operations, from device discovery to configuration management. Physically, the DS-C9706 is designed for durability and easy installation, with dimensions of 15.6 x 17.3 x 32.0 inches and a weight of 325 lbs when fully configured. It operates efficiently in a wide range of temperatures and humidity levels, with an operating temperature range of 0 °C to 40 °C and an operating relative humidity range of 10% to 90% (noncondensing). In terms of software compatibility, the DS-C9706 supports Cisco MDS NX-OS Software Releases 6.2.9 or later, 8.4.1 or later, and 9.3.1 or later, ensuring that the system can be integrated into existing networks with ease. To summarize, the CISCO DS-C9706 is a powerful and versatile networking solution, designed to support the most demanding data center environments. Its advanced features, combined with high performance and reliability, make it an ideal choice for businesses looking to optimize their network infrastructure.


Model and Maker CISCO DS-C9706
Compatible Software Compatible with Cisco MDS NX-OS Releases 6.2.9, 8.4.1, and 9.3.1 onwards
Expansion Slots for Line Cards 4
Supervisor Engine Slots 2
Slots for Crossbar Switching Fabrics 6
Cooling Modules 3 (Positioned at the Rear)
Slots for Power Supplies 4
FCoE Throughput 10.5 Terabits per Second
Fibre Channel Throughput 12.3 Terabits per Second
Status Indicators Indicators for Power Supply, Cooling Fans, Supervisor, Switching Fabric, and Line Cards
Max Ports per Enclosure 192 Fibre Channel or 10 Gigabit Ethernet FCoE Ports
Enhanced Capabilities VSAN, Inter-VSAN Routing, Port Channels and Load Balancing, Quality of Service by Flow and Zone, NPV Mode
Core Services Services including Name Server, Authentication, Broadcasting, Public Loop, Notification of State Changes, and Configuration Management
Component Replacement Supports Hot Swapping
APIs Command Line Interface, Web Services API via DCNM, Graphic User Interface of Cisco DCNM
Voltage Requirement 100 to 240 Volts AC
Max Current Draw 16 Amperes
Power Output 1415 Watts at 100 Volts AC; 3051 Watts at 200-240 Volts AC
Cooling Airflow Direction Front to Rear
Operational Temp Range 0 to 40 Degrees Celsius
Storage Temp Range -40 to 70 Degrees Celsius
Humidity Range for Operation 10% to 90%, Non-condensing
Humidity Range for Storage 10% to 95%, Non-condensing
Operational Elevation Range -197 to 6500 Feet
Dimensions (H x W x D) 15.6 x 17.3 x 32.0 Inches
Max Weight 325 Pounds when Fully Equipped

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