The Cisco MDS 9124 Fabric Switch is a 4Gbps Fibre Channel switch which supports up to 24 ports that customers can use to deploy high-performance storage area networks in their enterprise. The Cisco MDS 9124 Fabric Switch supports VSAN, an industry standard for fabric virtualization enabling more efficient network use by creating hardware-based isolated environments within a single physical SAN fabric or switch. In addition, advanced traffic management features such as PortChannels, virtual output queuing, and Fabric Shortest Path First (FSPF) simplify deployment while optimizing the fabric. Management is simplified with a broad range of integrated tools that range from a consistent Cisco MDS 9000 family Command Line Interface (CLI) to Cisco Fabric Manager and an industry-standard API that includes support for SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) and SMI-S (Storage Management Initiative Specification) for integration with third-party and user-developed tools. Also, switch management is integrated with HP Storage Essentials creating an integrated experience for storage administrators.