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Cisco MDS Series is the #3 ranked solution in top Enterprise SAN tools. PeerSpot users give Cisco MDS Series an average rating of 9.0 out of 10. Cisco MDS Series is most commonly compared to Dell Connectrix SAN: Cisco MDS Series vs Dell Connectrix SAN. Cisco MDS Series is popular among the large enterprise segment, accounting for 53% of users researching this solution on PeerSpot. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a computer software company, accounting for 27% of all views.
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What is Cisco MDS Series?

Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches have met and often exceeded the demanding requirements for storage area networks for more than a decade. They offer a combination of performance, non-stop operations, and multiprotocol flexibility.

Cisco MDS Series was previously known as Cisco MDS 9100, Cisco MDS 9222i, Cisco MDS 9700.

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"It's perpetual licensing and maintenance is a recurrent cost."

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Mike  Zukerman - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr. Cloud Systems Engineer at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Good zoning, stable, scalable, and the support is good
Pros and Cons
  • "The most valuable features of this solution are the devices, databases, and zoning."
  • "The GUI client is Java-based and we know that Java is not secure, so everyone disables it."

What is our primary use case?

We use this solution to manage our storage and inner network solution.

How has it helped my organization?

Data Center Network Manager is good but it is not free and requires purchasing a separate license. It doesn't make sense to me - if you buy the switch the management software should be included with it.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features of this solution are the devices, databases, and zoning.

What needs improvement?

The GUI client is Java-based and we know that Java is not secure, so everyone disables it.

It would be nice to have an HTML-based client.

The initial setup could be simplified.

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For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for six years.

We are not using the latest version. We are using version 8.3.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's a stable solution. I don't have any issues with the stability of it.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is good.

We have three users in our organization who are using this solution. It is specifically for administration, and not for regular users. 

This is a management piece for the storage area network. Only storage administrative users, use it.

We are increasing the usage. We have purchased some new switches.

How are customer service and support?

I have contacted technical support and they are okay, once you pass the initial tier. The initial tier can help you with simple things.

For the more complex issues, it is almost always escalated to another level.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

In my previous employment, I used a competitive product call Brocade Switches from HP, for SAN management.

I changed employment and the new company uses MDS. Both are similar. 

Cisco is primarily used for Cisco environments. HP is more universal and it can manage any server, not just Cisco Servers, clients, and storage.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was a bit complex. It is more on the complicated side than it is easy.

It took a month to deploy this solution.

I am responsible for the maintenance of it.

What about the implementation team?

I completed the implementation myself.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It's perpetual licensing and maintenance is a recurrent cost.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend that you get training before using this solution.

I would rate Cisco MDS Series an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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AANKITGUPTAA - PeerSpot reviewer
Consultant at Pi DATACENTERS
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Robust, secure, and excellent support
Pros and Cons
  • "The most valuable feature of the Cisco MDS Series is security."
  • "Cisco MDS Series can improve by having API functionality for automation and programming."

What is our primary use case?

We deployed Cisco MDS Series in storage domains, which we use for 46 servers as a storage path in Active-Active Mode.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of the Cisco MDS Series is performance and stability multipathing. The SAN Environment should be stable and require near-line performance. 

What needs improvement?

Cisco MDS Series can improve by having SAN Manager with life cycle management features and Integration with 3rd party storage monitoring tools.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Cisco MDS Series for approximately seven years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The reliability of the Cisco MDS Series is good.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Cisco MDS Series is scalable and on the multi-chassis mode, it can provide support to 300 ports.

How are customer service and support?

The support of the Cisco MDS Series is very good. 

I rate the support from Cisco MDS Series a five out of five.

How would you rate customer service and support?

Positive

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I did not use another solution prior to Cisco MDS Series, the first in the Class NX-OS.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup of the Cisco MDS Series is straightforward, it is not complex.

What about the implementation team?

We used a third party to implement the solution.

What was our ROI?

This solution is required for any type of IT infrastructure for Storage Networking and provides high availability for storage service.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

This solution was the first choice, we did not evaluate other options.

What other advice do I have?

We have one system or network administrator which should have storage domain knowledge.

I rate Cisco MDS Series a ten out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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