The Cisco® MDS 9396S 16G Multilayer Fabric Switch (Figure 1) is the next generation of the high performance, high density and highly reliable Cisco MDS Series Fabric switches. It combines high performance with exceptional flexibility and cost effectiveness. This powerful, compact, 2-rack-unit (2RU) switch scales from 48 to 96 line-rate 16-Gbps Fibre Channel ports. The Cisco MDS 9396S is excellent for: A standalone SAN in large departmental storage environments A middle-of-row or top-of-rack switch in medium-sized redundant fabrics An edge switch in enterprise data center core-edge topologies The Cisco MDS 9396S is powered by Cisco NX-OS Software and Cisco Prime™ Data Center Network Manager (DCNM) software. It delivers advanced storage networking features and functions with ease of management and compatibility with the entire Cisco MDS 9000 Family portfolio for reliable end-to-end connectivity.