Cisco MDS 9000 Series Software License Packages

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The Cisco MDS 9000 Family comprises both hardware and software products.

The SOFTWARE contains:

  • Cisco NX-OS Software for MDS 9000
  • Services-Oriented SANs
  • Cisco I/O Accelerator
  • Cisco Data Mobility Manager
  • Cisco XRC Acceleration
  • Cisco Prime Data Center Network Manager

The Cisco MDS 9000 Family Enterprise Package enables a set of advanced traffic-engineering and security features that are useful for large or complex SANs. It is well suited for enterprise customers who have more sophisticated requirements beyond the standard SAN features that are included at no charge with Cisco MDS 9000 Series Multilayer Switches.

The Cisco MDS 9000 Family Enterprise Package is licensed per switch for all the ports on the switch. Some package features can be used only if all the switches in the fabric have licenses for this package. Please refer to the data sheets for the respective switches for information about features with limited or no support listed in this document.

Limitations on Cisco MDS 9100 Series Switches

The following features of the Cisco MDS 9000 Family Enterprise License are not supported on Cisco MDS 9100 Series Multilayer Fabric Switches:

  • IPsec
  • Extended credits
  • SCSI flow statistics
  • Cisco TrustSec Fibre Channel Link Encryption

To use Cisco MDS 9000 Family Enterprise Package features, Cisco MDS 9000 NX-OS 4.1(1) or later must be installed on a Cisco MDS 9000 Family switch.

Licensed Package Description Features
Enterprise license This package includes advanced traffic engineering and advanced security features for enterprise SANs. Advanced traffic management

• Inter-VSAN Routing (IVR)

• Quality of service (QoS)

• Extended credits Security

• Switch-to-switch and host-to-switch authentication

• Logical unit number (LUN) zoning

• Read-only zones

• Port security

• VSAN-based access control

• IP Security (IPsec) for Internet Small Computer Systems Interface and FCIP

• Internet Key Exchange (IKE) digital certificates

• Fabric binding for Fibre Channel

Cisco Data Center Network Manager (DCNM) license Data Center Network Manager is designed to help customers efficiently implement and manage next-generation virtualized data centers. It provides timely management support for data center hardware platforms and Cisco NX-OS Software innovations. SAN management

• Virtual machine–aware path management

• Monitoring and troubleshooting

• Single-pane management

• Scalability: Federation and VSAN

• Scoping LAN management

• Network virtualization through creation of virtual device contexts (VDCs)

• Full automation of virtual-port-channel (vPC) operations

• Cisco FabricPath

SAN Extension over IP license This package provides an integrated, cost-effective, and reliable business-continuance solution that uses the existing IP infrastructure. • FCIP compression

• FCIP write acceleration

• FCIP read-write tape acceleration

• SAN extension tuner

• Inter-VSAN Routing (IVR) for FCIP

Cisco I/O Accelerator (IOA) license IOA provides a fabric-based service to accelerate SCSI disk write and tape read and write I/O operations across metropolitan area network (MAN) and WAN links. The IOA feature is a highly available service with clustering capability that increases reliability, performance, scalability, and application stability. • Accelerated disk write and tape

• Fibre Channel link compression channel links

• Transparent insertion of fabric service

• Clustered IOA service engines with load balancing and failover

• Port-channel flexibility across multiple slots within a chassis.

• Read and write operations over Fibre Channel and FCIP

Mainframe license This package includes features required in mainframe environments. FICON is an architecture for high-speed connectivity between mainframe and I/O devices. • VSAN for FICON and Fibre Channel Protocol (FCP) intermode channel-to-channel operations

• FICON Control Unit Protocol (CUP)

• Fabric binding

• Switch cascading

• IBM TotalStorage virtual tape server

• IBM TotalStorage Extended Remote Copy (XRC)

• FICON native mode and native mixing operation

• Persistent FICON FCID assignment

• Port swapping for host channel cable connectors

• FICON tape acceleration

Ordering Information

The Table below lists the part numbers associated with this package.

Part Number Description



●  Enterprise Package for one Cisco MDS 9700 Series Multilayer Director

●  Spare

●  Spare-Electronic Delivery



●  Enterprise Package for one Cisco MDS 9500 Series Multilayer Director

●  Spare

L-M95ENT1K9= ●  Enterprise Package for one Cisco MDS 9500 Series Multilayer Director, spare-Electronic Delivery


●  Enterprise Package for one Cisco MDS 9200 Series Multilayer Fabric Switch

●  Spare

L-M92ENT1K9= ●  Enterprise Package for one Cisco MDS 9200 Series Multilayer Fabric Switch, spare-Electronic Delivery


●  Enterprise Package for one Cisco MDS 9100 Fabric Switch

●  Spare

L-M9100ENT1K9= ●  Enterprise Package for one Cisco MDS 9100 Fabric Switch, spare-Electronic Delivery

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