Yes, I like the Cisco MDS Switches. Right now they got the perfect portfolio for every customer with SAN Switches. Including you ! Just have a peek at the TOP 5 reasons and maybe, just maybe, you like it like I do !
TOP 5 :
5 : Integrated Management.
With the standard integrated Device Manager you can monitor and configure the MDS. DCNM is for a bigger environment and UCS Director finish the job by automating the whole Data Center.
4 : Higher Reliability, Redundancy
You can have AC or DC powersupplies in a N:N, N+1 redundancy. There is NO bandwidth loss. You can create a portchannel with any port, any module up to 256 Gb Performance. Hardware based Slow Drain detection and Mitigation.
3: Winning Combination : UCS + Nexus + MDS
The devices are running NX-OS and can be managed by DCNM or UCS Director for automation.
2 : MDS 9700 performance unbeatable !
Right now you can have 384 X 16G ports without oversubscription. The MDS 9700 is ready for the 384 * 32G ports without oversubscription ! (You will need all fabrics.)
1 : Multi-Protocol Flexibility
And the #1 for every accountmanager, customer, finance person : Yes, the MDS Switches are cheap ! And you get a lot value of that price.
Starting with a MDS 9148S and only 12 port licensed.