Brocade VDX 6730 Data Center Switches

Brocade VDX 6730 Data Center Switches
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Leveraging Brocade VCS™ technology, Brocade VDX 6730 Data Center Switches provide the foundation for Ethernet fabric—revolutionizing the design of Layer 2 networks and enabling cloud-optimized networking.

Revolutionizing the Way Data Center Networks are Built

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Brocade VDX 6730 Data Center Switch

As IT organizations look for better ways to build clouds and virtualized data centers, they are turning to high-performance networking solutions that increase flexibility through leading-edge technologies. Brocade VDX 6730 Data Center Switches are specifically designed to improve network utilization, maximize application availability, increase scalability, and dramatically simplify network architecture in virtualized data centers. By leveraging Brocade VCS technology, the Brocade VDX 6730 builds data center Ethernet fabrics—revolutionizing the design of Layer 2 networks and providing an intelligent foundation for cloud computing.

Whether organizations want to enhance their classic hierarchical network architectures, deploy flatter scale-out fabrics for virtualized data centers, or converge networks, the Brocade VDX 6730 delivers the innovative technology to enhance and simplify their networks.

Additional highlights include the following:

  • Simplifies network architectures and enables cloud computing by delivering Brocade VCS technology
  • Provides Ports on Demand flexibility with 16-, 24-, 40-, 50-, and 60-port 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) models built on Brocade sixth-generation fabric switching technology
  • Maximizes performance through wire-speed ports with 600 nanosecond port-to-port latency and hardware-based Inter-Switch Link (ISL) Trunking
  • Provides multi-homed active-active server connections for Ethernet networks
  • Builds scale-out Ethernet fabrics for virtualized data centers
  • Enables end-to-end convergence of Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), iSCSI, and NAS storage traffic along with IP LAN data traffic
  • Simplifies management by maintaining network policies as virtual machines move throughout the data center with Automatic Migration of Port Profiles (AMPP)
  • Helps reduce operational costs and complexity by enabling the entire fabric to be managed as a single switch
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Compared to classic Ethernet architectures, Ethernet fabrics allow all paths to be active and provide greater scalability—while reducing management complexity.

Features and Benefits

FEATURES BENEFITS
Flexible Deployments to Solve Data Center Challenges For classic Ethernet architectures, Brocade VCS technology enables organizations to preserve existing network designs and cabling, and to gain active-active server connections without employing Spanning Tree Protocol (STP). For scale-out fabric architectures, Brocade VCS technology allows organizations to flatten the network design, provide Virtual Machine (VM) mobility without network reconfiguration, and manage the entire fabric as a single logical chassis.

For data centers that can take advantage of a converged LAN/SAN environment, Brocade VCS technology provides end-to-end Data Center Bridging (DCB) capabilities, enabling traditional IP and storage traffic to exist on the same network. Organizations can also use Brocade VCS technology to prioritize Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and iSCSI traffic to make sure it receives sufficient bandwidth and remains lossless.Enabling Cloud-Optimized NetworkingAvailable in 16-, 24-, 40-, 50- and 60-port models, Brocade VDX 6730 data center switches are designed to exceed the requirements of emerging cloud computing architectures. A new hardware design, combined with Brocade Network Operating System (Brocade Network OS), supports higher-performance networks, greater network utilization, and added flexibility for the entire data center. These capabilities are critical for scaling out virtual server environments that require seamless movement, addition, and removal of application resources.Maximum PerformanceTo support mission-critical environments, the Brocade VDX 6730 delivers wire-speed 10 GbE performance across all ports, with port-to-port latency as low as 600 nanoseconds—making it one of the fastest Ethernet switches available.For maximum performance within the fabric, Brocade hardware-based Inter-Switch Link (ISL) Trunking is automatically used between switches. Up to eight links can be included in a trunk group, for up to 80 Gbps of balanced throughput. This feature uses links very efficiently to increase the number of usable switch ports for devices.Configuration FlexibilityThe Brocade VDX 6730 is also designed with maximum flexibility in mind. Each port supports both 10 Gbps and 1 Gbps connections, providing the bandwidth needed for new servers while supporting existing servers. In addition, multiple cabling options are available, enabling a more cost-efficient network design. For example, organizations can use direct-attached copper cables for server connections within the rack, direct-attached optical cables for switch-to-switch fabric connections, and optics and fiber optic cabling for uplinks to the network core.Ports on Demand capabilities are available for fast, easy, and cost-effective scalability, with switch models ranging from 16 to 60 ports. Organizations can purchase only the number of ports that they currently need and seamlessly scale up later by simply applying a software license.

To support modern, high-density server designs, the 24- and 60-port models have switch depths of only 15 and 17 inches, respectively. With reversible front-to-rear or rear-to-front airflow, the Brocade VDX 6730 also supports high-density server racks that have specific airflow requirements and are designed to leverage advanced cooling technologies and optimize utilization of floor space.Comprehensive Layer 2 LAN CapabilitiesAlong with Brocade VCS fabric technology, the Brocade VDX 6730 includes a rich set of traditional Layer 2 Ethernet protocols and features. When communicating to the rest of the network, the Brocade VDX 6730 utilizes protocols such as Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP) and 802.1Q.The Brocade VDX 6730 is also ready for IPv4/v6 Layer 3 routing capabilities that can be implemented in a future Brocade Network OS release.

System Summary

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Brocade VDX 6730 Feature Overview

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Brocade ICX 6610 Data Center Switches

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The Brocade ICX 6610 Switch redefines the economics of enterprise networking by providing unprecedented levels of performance, availability, and flexibility in a stackable form factor—delivering the capabilities of a chassis with the flexibility and cost-effectiveness of a stackable switch.

Class-Leading Performance for Today and Tomorrow

Brocade-ICX-6610-Data-Center-SwitchThe Brocade ICX 6610 delivers wire-speed, non-blocking performance across all ports to support latency-sensitive applications such as real-time voice/video streaming and VDI. Brocade ICX 6610 Switches can be stacked using four full-duplex 40 Gbps stacking ports that provide an unprecedented 320 Gbps of backplane stacking bandwidth with full redundancy, eliminating inter-switch bottlenecks. Additionally, each switch can provide up to eight 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) ports for high-speed connectivity to the aggregation or core layers.

Additional highlights include the following:

  • Delivers chassis-level performance and availability, providing an optimal user experience for streaming video, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), Unified Communications (UC), and other mission-critical campus applications
  • Offers unprecedented stacking performance with 320 Gbps of stacking bandwidth, eliminating the need to work around inter-switch bottlenecks
  • Provides up to 1 Tbps of total switching capacity with up to 384 1 GbE and 64 10 GbE per stack for campus network edge and aggregation layers
  • Provides unmatched availability with four fully redundant 40 Gbps stacking ports per switch, hitless stacking failover, hot switch replacement, and dual hot-swappable power supplies and fan assemblies
  • Simplifies network operations and protects investments with the Brocade HyperEdge Architecture, enabling consolidated network management and advanced services sharing across heterogeneous switches
  • Offers up to eight “pay-as-you-need” 10 GbE ports activated through software licensing
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The Brocade ICX 6610 provides ToR 1 GbE and 10 GbE server connectivity with the Brocade ICX 6650 providing data center aggregation.

Features and Benefits

FEATURES BENEFITS
Built for the Most Demanding Network Environments Brocade stacking technology makes it possible to stack up to eight Brocade ICX 6610 Switches into a single logical chassis switch, providing simple and robust expandability for future growth at the network edge or aggregation layer. Also, this stacked virtual switch has only a single IP address to simplify management, and offers transparent forwarding across a pool of up to 384 1 GbE and 64 10 GbE ports. When new switches are added to the stack, they automatically inherit the stack’s existing configuration file, enabling true plug-and-play network expansion.Brocade stacking technology also delivers high availability, performing real-time state synchronization across the stack and enabling instantaneous hitless failover to a standby controller, if the master stack controller fails. In addition, organizations can use hot-insertion/removal of stack members to avoid interrupting service.

Brocade ICX 6610 Switches offer four dedicated full-duplex 40 Gbps stacking ports that provide full redundancy and an unprecedented 320 Gbps of stacking bandwidth, essentially eliminating the need to work around inter-switch bottlenecks.

Unlike competitive offerings that use proprietary stacking ports, the use of standard 40 Gbps QSFP ports offers optimum flexibility and future-proofing. These dedicated stacking ports free up the 10 GbE ports for high-speed connectivity to the aggregation or core layers.

Up to Eight 10 GbE Ports on Demand per Switch Brocade ICX 6610 Switches offer eight dual-mode Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP)/SFP+ ports, enabling high-bandwidth connectivity to the aggregation or core layers. These ports can be upgraded from 1 GbE to 10 GbE by simply applying a software license, eliminating the need to install a hardware module. In addition, organizations can aggregate these ports across the stack to provide high-speed, redundant links between the wiring closet and the aggregation layer, or between the aggregation and the core layer. With the ability to use short-range and long-range optics, along with copper Twinax cables, the Brocade ICX 6610 supports flexible and cost-effective network architectures.The Brocade ICX 6610 delivers industry-leading 8-port 10 GbE density in a 1U switch, providing up to 80 Gbps of uplink bandwidth to the aggregation or core layers of the network. This bandwidth enables a 1:1 subscription ratio throughout the network. As a result, organizations can deploy highly utilized networks to avoid congestion during peak hours.
Built to Power Next-Generation Edge Devices  The Brocade ICX 6610 can deliver both power and data across network connections, providing a single-cable solution for the latest edge devices. Brocade ICX 6610 Switches are compatible with industry-standard VoIP equipment as well as legacy IP phones. In addition, they support the Power over Ethernet (PoE+) standard (802.3at) to provide up to 30 watts of power to each device. This high-powered solution simplifies wiring for next-generation edge devices, such as video conferencing and Voice over IP (VoIP) phones, pan/tilt surveillance cameras, and 802.11n wireless Access Points (APs). The PoE capability reduces the number of power receptacles and power adapters while increasing reliability and wiring flexibility. With a 1500-watt power budget per switch (with two power supplies), the Brocade ICX 6610 24- and 48-port PoE models can supply up to Class 4 PoE+ (30 watts) power to every port.
Plug-and-Play Operations for Powered Devices The Brocade ICX 6610 supports the IEEE 802.1AB Link Layer Discovery Protocol (LLDP) and ANSI TIA 1057 Link Layer Discovery Protocol-Media Endpoint Discovery (LLDP-MED) standards that enable organizations to deploy interoperable multivendor solutions for UC. Configuring IP endpoints such as VoIP phones can be a complex task, requiring manual and time-consuming configuration. LLDP and LLDP-MED address this challenge by providing a standard, open method for configuring, discovering, and managing network infrastructure. The LLDP protocols also help reduce operational costs by simplifying and automating network operations. For example, LLDP-MED provides an open protocol for configuring Quality of Service (QoS), security policies, Virtual LAN (VLAN) assignments, PoE power levels, and service priorities.
Flexible Cooling Options All Brocade ICX 6610 Switches support reversible front-to-back airflow options. This data-center friendly design improves mounting flexibility in racks, while adhering to the cooling guidelines of the hosting environment. Organizations can specify airflow direction at the time of order and can reverse the direction after deployment by swapping the power supplies and fan assembly.
Full Layer 3 Capabilities Brocade ICX 6610 Switches also offer powerful IPv4 and IPv6 Layer 3 switching capabilities. Organizations can use premium Layer 3 features—such as IPv4/IPv6 OSPF and RIP routing, Policy-Based Routing (PBR), VRRP, and Protocol-Independent Multicast (PIM)—to reduce complexity and enhance the reliability of large enterprise networks by bringing Layer 3 capabilities to the network edge and/or aggregation layer. Advanced Layer 3 capabilities include BGP routing, enabling remote offices to connect Brocade ICX 6610 Switches to service provider networks. Premium and Advanced routing capabilities can be added to any Brocade ICX 6610 Switch model through software key-based activation.
Simplified, Secure Standards-based Management and Monitoring The Brocade ICX 6610 provides simplified, standards-based management capabilities that help organizations reduce administrative time and effort while securing their networks.
sFlow-based “Always-On” Network Monitoring sFlow is a modern, standards-based network export protocol (RFC 3176) that addresses many of the challenges that network managers face today. By embedding sFlow into the Brocade ICX 6610, Brocade delivers an “always-on” technology that operates with wire-speed performance. sFlow dramatically reduces implementation costs compared to traditional network monitoring solutions that rely on mirrored ports, probes, and line-tap technologies. Moreover, sFlow gives organizations full, enterprise-wide monitoring capability for every port in the network.
Simplified Deployment with Auto-Configuration The Brocade ICX 6610 supports auto-configuration, simplifying deployment with a truly plug-and-play experience. Organizations can use this feature to automate IP address and feature configuration of the switches without requiring a highly trained network engineer onsite. When the switches power up, they automatically receive an IP address and configuration from DHCP and Trivial File Transport Protocol (TFTP) servers. At this time, the switches can also automatically receive a software update to be at the same code revision as currently installed switches.
Open-Standards Management The Brocade ICX 6610 includes an industry-standard Command Line Interface (CLI) and supports Secure Shell (SSHv2), Secure Copy (SCP), and SNMPv3 to restrict and encrypt management communications to the system. In addition, support for Terminal Access Controller Access Control System (TACACS/TACACS+) and RADIUS authentication helps ensure secure operator access.
Out-of-Band Management The Brocade ICX 6610 includes a 10/100/1000 Mbps RJ-45 Ethernet port dedicated to out-of-band management, providing a remote path to manage the switches, regardless of the status or configuration of the data ports.
Data Center ToR for 1 GbE and 10 GbE Server Connectivity Thanks to its class-leading 10 GbE port count, the Brocade ICX 6610 is an ideal solution as a Top-of-Rack (ToR) switch in a mixed 1 GbE/10 GbE server connectivity environment. It is designed to fit in server racks, consuming only one rack unit and offering dual integrated power supplies and fan assemblies with reversible front-to-back/back-to-front airflow for flexible cooling options. In data center environments where most servers have 1 GbE and some 10 GbE network interfaces, the Brocade ICX 6610 provides a compact and cost-effective 1 GbE/10 GbE ToR switch. This configuration uses 10 GbE links to connect to Brocade ICX data center aggregation switches.Maximum Operational Efficiency and Investment Protection

To further improve operational efficiency, Brocade ICX 6610 Switches come with 90 days of free technical support from the Brocade Technical Assistance Center and free software updates. With these capabilities, organizations gain peace of mind while freeing up IT budget and resources to grow their businesses.

 

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Brocade FCX Series

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The Brocade FCX Series offers enterprise class stackable L2/L3 edge switches with 24 or 48 GbE ports and optional 10 GbE uplinks providing new levels of performance, scalability, and flexibility required for today’s enterprise campus and data center networks.

High Performance Enterprise-Class Stackable Switches for the Network Edge

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Brocade FCX Series

The Brocade® FCX series of switches provides new levels of performance, scalability, and flexibility required for today’s enterprise campus and data center networks. With advanced capabilities, these switches deliver performance and intelligence to the network edge in a flexible 1U form factor that helps reduce infrastructure and administrative costs.

Designed for wire-speed and non-blocking performance, FCX series switches include 24 and 48-port models, in both Power over Ethernet (PoE) and non-PoE versions. Utilizing Brocade IronStack technology, organizations can stack up to eight switches into a single logical switch with up to 384 ports simplifying management in the network access layer. PoE models support the emerging Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE+) standard to deliver up to 30 watts of power to edge devices, enabling next-generation enterprise applications.

The FCX series offers a comprehensive line of switches with specific models optimized for campus and for data center deployment.

Additional highlights include the following:

  • Enterprise class stackable L2/L3 edge switches with 24 or 48 10/100/1000 ports in compact 1U form factors
  • Brocade stacking technology delivers chassis like capabilities with fixed ports economics
  • Expandable up to 384 ports through vertical or horizontal stacking
  • High-availability stacking with hitless fail-over and hot insertion/removal of stacked units
  • L3 capabilities OSPF,RIP,VRRP, PIM come standard with all FCX series models
  • Modular design with internal redundant hot–swappable power supplies and fans
  • Hardware-based sFlow traffic monitoring
  • Protected by the Brocade Assurance Limited Lifetime Warranty

 

Plug-and-Play Operations for Powered Devices

FCX series switches support the IEEE 802.1AB Link Layer Discovery Protocol (LLDP) and ANSI TIA 1057 Link Layer Discovery Protocol-Media Endpoint Discovery (LLDP-MED) standards that enable organizations to deploy interoperable multivendor solutions for unified communications.

Configuring IP endpoints such as VoIP phones can be a complex task requiring manual and time-consuming configuration. LLDP and LLDP-MED address this challenge, providing a standard, open method for configuring, discovering, and managing network infrastructure. The LLDP protocols help reduce operational costs by simplifying and automating network operations. For example, LLDP-MED provides an open protocol for configuring Quality of Service (QoS), security policies, Virtual LAN (VLAN) assignments, PoE power levels, and service priorities.

Increased Flexibility and Scalability

FCX series switches provide a wide range of flexibility and scalability advantages for dynamic and growing enterprise networks.

Simplified, High-Performance, High Availability Stacking

Leveraging IronStack technology, up to eight FCX series switches can be stacked into a single logical switch providing simple and robust expandability for future growth at the network edge. This stacked switch has only a single IP address to simplify management. When new members are added to the stack, they automatically inherit the stack’s existing configuration file, enabling true plug-and-play network expansion. Brocade stacking technology delivers high availability, performing real-time state synchronization across the stack and enabling instantaneous hitless fail-over to a standby controller, should the master stack controller fails. Additionally, stack members can be hot inserted and hot removed with no interruption of service.

FCX-S models offer two dedicated full duplex 16 Gbps stacking ports providing 64 Gbps of stacking bandwidth, essentially eliminating the need to work around inter-switch bottlenecks (see Figure 2). These dedicated stacking ports free up the 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) ports for high-speed connectivity to the aggregation or core layers—providing maximum flexibility in a compact access switch. Additionally, all FCX series switches can be stacked through their optional 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) ports.

10 GbE ports can be trunked from different members of the stack to optimize performance and availability. For added flexibility, IronStack also supports the use of 10 GbE ports with fiber-optic cabling for stacking across racks, floors, and buildings.

Optional 10 GbE Module

FCX-S switches models accept an optional 10 GbE module containing two XFP ports, enabling high-bandwidth connectivity to the aggregation or core layers, or extended switch stacking across long distances. Up to eight 10 GbE links can be aggregated in a stack, providing 80 Gbps of bandwidth between the wiring closet and the aggregation layer.

FCX Models with 4 optional 10GbE uplinks

FCX624 and 648 models accept an optional 10 GbE module containing four SFP+ ports, enabling high-bandwidth connectivity to the aggregation or core layers, or creating a switch stack horizontally across a row of servers. Utilizing the SFP+ port form factor enables higher density, more flexible cabling options, and better energy efficiency. The ability to use short-range and long-range optics, along with copper Twinax cables, supports flexible and cost-effective network architectures.

Industry-leading 4-port 10 GbE density in a 1U switch provides up to 40 Gbps of uplink bandwidth to the aggregation or core layers of the network. Even with the high-density 48-port model, this bandwidth enables a near 1:1 subscription ratio throughout the network. As a result, organizations can deploy highly utilized networks to avoid congestion during peak hours.

Flexible Cooling Options

The Brocade FCX 624 and 648 are the first Brocade Ethernet switches with reversible front-to-back airflow options. This design improves mounting flexibility in a server rack, while adhering to the cooling guidelines of the data center. Organizations can specify airflow direction at the time of order and can reverse the direction after deployment by swapping the power supplies and the fan assembly.

High Reliability in a Compact Form Factor

In addition to stack level HA capabilities such as hitless failover and hot insertion and removal of stacked units, FCX series switches includes system level HA features such as optional dual hot-swappable, load-sharing, redundant power supplies (see Figure 3). The modular design also has a removable fan assembly. These features provide another level of availability for the campus wiring closet and the data center in a compact form factor.

Additional design features include intake and exhaust temperature sensors and fan spin detection to aid in fast identification of abnormal or failed operating conditions to help minimize mean time to repair.

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Brocade FCX Series switches can be stacked into a single logical switch and then redundantly connected to the aggregation layer using aggregated 10 GbE ports

Comprehensive Enterprise-Class Security

FCX series switches utilize the Brocade IronWare® operating system, providing a rich security suite for Layer 2 and Layer 3 services, Network Access Control (NAC), and Denial of Service (DoS) protection. IronWare security features include protection against TCP SYN and ICMP DoS attacks, Spanning Tree Root Guard and BPDU Guard to protect network spanning tree operations, and broadcast and multicast packet rate limiting. Additional security features including dynamic ARP inspection, DHCP snooping and IP source guard to protect against address spoofing and man-in-the middle attacks.

Network Access Control (NAC)

Organizations can rely on key features such as multi-device port authentication and 802.1X authentication with dynamic policy assignment to control network access and perform targeted authorization on a per-user level. In addition, FCX series switches support enhanced Media Access Control (MAC) policies with the ability to deny traffic to and from MAC addresses on a per-VLAN basis. This powerful tool helps organizations control access policies per endpoint device.

Standards-based NAC also facilitates best-in-class solutions for authenticating network users and validating the security posture of connecting devices. Support for policy-controlled MAC-based VLANs provides additional control of network access, enabling policy-controlled assignments of devices to Layer 2 VLANs

Advanced Multicast Features

FCX series switches support a rich set of Layer 2 multicast snooping features that enable advanced multicast services delivery. Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP) snooping for IGMP version 1, 2, and 3 is supported. Support for IGMPv3 source-based multicast snooping improves bandwidth utilization and security for multicast services. To enable multicast service delivery in IPv6 networks, FCX series switches support Multicast Listener Discovery (MLD) version 1 and 2 snooping, the multicast protocols used in IPv6 environments.

Network Resiliency through Fault Detection

Software features such as Virtual Switch Redundancy Protocol (VSRP), Brocade Metro-Ring Protocol (MRP) v1 and v2, Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP), protected link groups, 802.3ad Link Aggregation, and trunk groups provide alternate paths for traffic in the event of a link failure. Sub-second fault detection utilizing Link Fault Signaling (LFS) and Remote Fault Notification (RFN) helps ensure fast fault detection and recovery.

Enhanced spanning tree features such as Root Guard and BPDU Guard prevent rogue hijacking of a spanning tree root and maintain a contention- and loop-free environment, especially during dynamic network deployments. In addition, FCX series switches support port loop detection on edge ports that do not have spanning tree enabled. This capability protects the network from broadcast storms and other anomalies that can result from Layer 1 or Layer 2 loopbacks on Ethernet cables or endpoints.

Protected link groups minimize disruption to the network by protecting critical links from loss of data and power. In a protected link group, one port in the group acts as the primary or active link, and the other ports act as secondary or standby links. The active link carries the traffic and, if it goes down, one of the standby links takes over.

UniDirectional Link Detection (UDLD) monitors a link between two FCX series switches and brings down the ports on both ends of the link if the link fails at any point between the two devices.

FCX series switches also support stability features such as port flap dampening, single-link Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP), and port loop detection.

Advanced Capabilities

To meet a wide range of requirements, FCX series switches provide full Layer 3 capabilities, along with metro features for connecting buildings and campuses.

Full Layer 3 Capabilities

All FCX series switch models come standard with powerful Layer 3 switching capabilities. Organizations can use Layer 3 features such as IPv4 OSPF and RIP routing, policy-based routing, Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol (VRRP), and PIM (Protocol-Independent Multicast). Remove complexity and enhance reliability of large enterprise networks by bringing Layer 3 to the edge, utilizing Layer 3 capabilities built into every FCX switch.

Advanced (-ADV) models include BGP routing capabilities, enabling remote offices to connect FCX series switches to service provider networks. BGP routing can also be added to any FCX series model through software key based activation.

Metro Features Connecting Buildings and Campuses

Because FCX series switches contain Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) features, organizations can use them to connect a distributed enterprise. In this type of environment, FCX series switches provide rich services using MRP (v1 and v2) for building resilient ring-based topologies, VLAN stacking, (Q-in-Q), and advanced multicast capabilities—including IGMP v1/v2/v3 and Multicast Listener Discovery (MLD) v1/v2 snooping for controlling multicast traffic for high-bandwidth content delivery.

Simplified, Secure Management Based On Open Standards

FCX series switches provide simplified, standards-based management capabilities that help organizations reduce administrative time and effort while securing their networks.

Simplified Deployment with Auto-Configuration

FCX series switches support auto-configuration, simplifying deployment with a truly plug-and-play experience. Organizations can use this feature to automate IP address and feature configuration of the switches without requiring a highly trained network engineer onsite. When the switches power up, they automatically receive an IP address and configuration from DHCP and Trivial File Transport Protocol (TFTP) servers. At this time, the switches can also automatically receive a software update to be at the same code revision as already installed switches.

Open Standard Management

FCX series switches include an industry-standard Command Line Interface (CLI) and support Secure Shell (SSHv2), Secure Copy (SCP), and SNMPv3 to restrict and encrypt management communications to the system. In addition, support for Terminal Access Controller Access Control System (TACACS/TACACS+) and RADIUS authentication helps ensure secure operator access.

Out-of-Band Management

FCX series switches include an RJ-45 Ethernet port dedicated to out-of-band management, providing a remote path to manage the switches, regardless of the status or configuration of the data ports.

System Summary

 

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Brocade FCX Series Feature Comparison

 

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Brocade BigIron RX Series Switch

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Available in four chassis models, the BigIron RX Series Switch allows network designers to standardize on a single product family for aggregation and backbone switching. In addition to its enterprise role, the BigIron RX Series, with its high-density and compact design, is an ideal IP solution for high-performance computing environments and Internet Exchanges and Internet Service Providers (IXPs and ISPs) where non-blocking, high-density Ethernet switches are needed.

All four BigIron RX systems are designed for non-stop operation, supporting 1:1 management module redundancy, N+1 switch module redundancy, M+N power module redundancy and N+1 fan redundancy. Additionally, the BigIron RX Series supports hitless Layer 2 software upgrades and graceful restart routing for fast convergence in the event of a management module failure.

Brocade-BigIron-RX-Series-SwitchAt the heart of the BigIron RX architecture is an adaptive self-routing Clos switch fabric with a virtual output queue (VOQ) design. This non-blocking architecture is optimized for maximum throughput and low latency for all size packets. Scalable to over two billion packets per second, the BigIron RX Series is the most powerful Ethernet switch family in the industry. This advanced and scalable design ensures the reliable delivery of all IP-based voice, video and data applications.

The BigIron RX switches ship with field-proven IronWare networking software and IronShield security, embedded sFlow per port, advanced Ethernet switching, IPv4/IPv6 routing and multilayer security services. The BigIron RX Series enables a user to deploy a reliable, secure and scalable networking solution today that is ready to accommodate tomorrow’s applications and technologies.

Industry Leading Performance and Scalability

The BigIron RX Series is the industry’s most powerful switch family, delivering up to 1.6 Terabits per second of switching capacity and 1.14 Billion packets per second of forwarding performance.

High-Availability Design

  • Redundant, hot-swappable components provide non-stop service delivery

    • Switch Fabric Element Redundancy: Systems configured with a redundant switch fabric module support millisecond fail-over performance

    • Switch Fabric Element Redundancy: Systems configured with a redundant switch fabric module support millisecond fail-over performance

    • Hitless Management Failover (HMF): Stateful layer 2 failover ensures that the forwarding engines on the line modules are not impacted by a management failover. This capability enables non-stop packet forwarding in the event of a management module failover

    • Redundant Power Supplies: All three chassis support M+N power module redundancy for AC and DC power configurations.

  • Distributed Forwarding Architecture—Advanced network processors, high-performance CPU and high-speed memory on each interface module provide for a scalable high-performance architecture

  • IEEE 802.3ad link aggregation up to eight links—Scalable, cross- module trunking provides for resilient high-capacity connections between switches.

  • Resilient Layer 2 and Layer 3 protocols provide fast service restoration in event of link or equipment failures

    • Metro Ring Protocol optimized for ring topologies, IEEE 802.1s and 802.1w for general Layer 2 topologies, VSRP for redundant switch configurations and VRRP/VRRP-E for redundant router configurations, ECMP for routed backbones

Robust Layer 3 Feature Set

Brocade IronWare software suite includes scalable EGP and IGP routing protocols.

  • BGPv4—Scalable to 2 million routes, 256 peers and 14,000 attributes with MR2 management module

  • OSPF—Scalable to over 400,000 routes

  • IS-IS—Support for Level 1 and Level 2, includes 25,000 routes and 256 adjacencies

  • Brocade Direct Routing (BDR)—The forwarding information base (FIB) is downloaded to the hardware-based forwarding engine on each line module. This memory can be pre-populated with as many as 512,000 IP V4 and 64,000 IPV6 routes for wire-speed routing performance.

  • Policy-based Routing (PBR)—Support customizable routing policies using access control lists (ACLs). This feature can be used to balance network usage by controlling the network paths for different traffic flows.

  • Comprehensive multicast feature set—Provides hardware-based support for a number of multicast protocols including DVMRP, MSDP, PIM-SM (Sparse Mode) and PIM-DM (Dense Mode), allowing network managers to efficiently deploy next-generation multicast applications

  • VRRP and VRRPE (Enhanced VRRP)—Enables the BigIron RX to operate as a backup router to other network routers. In the event of a router failure, the BigIron RX will automatically and seamlessly perform the tasks of the failed router.

Industry Leading Layer 2 Features

To provide self-healing topologies in Layer 2 configurations, the BigIron RX supports industry standard Ethernet protocols including Spanning Tree Protocol (STP), Rapid Spanning Tree (RSTP), per VLAN STP (PVST) and per VLAN group STP (PVGST). The BigIron RX also supports Brocade Metro Ring Protocol (MRP) for sub-second service restoration in ring topologies. Additionally, the BigIron RX supports multi-instance spanning tree, VLAN topology grouping and VLAN tunneling for advanced Layer 2 service configurations.

  • Metro Ring Protocol (MRP)—An alternative to Spanning Tree Protocol, MRP provides sub-second fault detection and fail-over for Ethernet ring topologies. MRP works in conjunction with VSRP and 802.3ad based link aggregation to provide bandwidth scalability and SONET-like resilience.

  • Virtual Switch Redundancy Protocol (VSRP)—Supports sub-second fault detection and fail-over for mesh topologies in which redundant switches provide back-up operation for one another

  • Single-instance STP—Provides a single instance of STP to run on all port-based VLANs within a single device, interoperable with others that are 802.1d compliant

  • Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol based on IEEE 802.1w—Dramatically improves the spanning tree convergence time to sub-second by automatically renegotiating port roles in case of a link failure without relying on timers

  • Per VLAN Spanning Tree (PVST)—Allows for control of STP on an individual VLAN basis for traffic engineering VLAN traffic (i.e., load distribution)

  • Per VLAN Group Spanning Tree (PVGST)—Dramatically improves VLAN scalability by servicing up to 4,096 VLANs with 2 to 16 STP or Rapid STP group instances

  • Topology Groups—Goes beyond PVGST to scale all supported Layer 2 control protocols including STP, RSTP, MRP and VSRP

  • Super Aggregated VLANs (SAVs)—Allows transparent tunneling of multiple VLANs through a single backbone VLAN

  • PIM and IGMP Snooping—Offers efficient handling of multicast traffic in Layer 2 topologies by identifying ports that request a multicast stream and forwarding the stream only on these ports. This dramatically improves the performance of multicast applications, allowing for many more streams to be transiting the network.

Advanced Quality of Service

  • Advanced QoS—Allows administrators to enforce QoS policies based on port, VLAN, source MAC, ACL rules, 802.1p priority, Type of Service (ToS), DiffServ settings or Rate Limiting status

  • Very low latency across all packet sizes—Consistent low latency for strict priority applications such as voice over IP, high performance computing and video over IP

  • Configurable combinations of queuing disciplines and congestion control policies—Combinations of Strict Priority (SP) and Weighted Fair Queuing (WFQ) provide flexibility for network administrators. In the event of egress port congestion, traffic policies can be configured for tail drop or weighted random early detection (WRED) operation.

  • Advanced Bandwidth Management—Allows intelligent bandwidth management using hardware based enforcement of Committed Information Rate (CIR) with Excess Burst control capabilities and seamless integration with other advanced QoS features including priority marking and honoring.

Cohesive, Unified and Easy-To-Use Network Management

  • Centralized network management—Brocade IronView Network Manager is a web-based, graphical interface tool that empowers network operators to seamlessly control software and configuration updates

    • Command Line Interface (CLI)—Industry-standard configuration interface, consistent and common throughout all Brocade products

    • Web interface—Provides easy-to-use Graphical User Interface (GUI) for system configuration from standard Web browsers

    • sFlow (RFC 3176)—Provides scalable, wire-speed network monitoring and accounting with no impact on network performance

IronShield Security

  • Wire-speed extended Layer 2, Layer 3 & 4 Access Control Lists (ACL)—Control packet forwarding and restricts access to the system management interface, while providing wire-speed switching and routing:

    • Extensible ACL Implementation for Layer 3 & 4 Information: Identifies traffic based on source or destination IP address, IP protocol type, TCP or UDP port, IP precedence or ToS values

    • Flexible ACL Implementation for Layer 2 Information: Identifies traffic based on source or destination MAC address, Ethernet type, VLAN-ID values and 802.1p values

    • ACL scalability: Support for up to 8,000 ACLs

    • Ease of administration: Identify an ACL by name or number, or add a comment line for ease of administration

    • Secure Shell and Secure Copy: Provides secure access to the administration and management interface over the network

  • Protection against Denial of Service (DoS) attacks—Prevents or minimizes network downtime from malicious users by limiting TCP SYN and ICMP traffic and protects against broadcast storms

  • User authentication—Authentication with AAA, 802.1x, RADIUS, TACACS, and TACACS+ prevents unauthorized network access

  • MAC Port Security—Controls the MAC addresses allowed per port

  • sFlow (RFC 3176)—Provides cost-effective, scalable, wire-speed network monitoring to detect unusual network activity

  • SNMPv3—Secured SNMP management with authentication and privacy services

  • BGP-Guard—Complements MD5 security for BGP sessions to protect against session disruption by restricting the number of hops the BGP session can traverse

System Summary

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Brocade BigIrion System Summary

 

Typical Applications

Brocade Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions

Today’s Enterprise network is critical to the ongoing operations of the organization. Network administrators are concerned about zero downtime on the network, securing the network from DoS attacks, cyber-spying, and malicious users, and maintaining data integrity and confidentiality, without adding excessive cost or impacting performance. All this in a structure that allows for graceful growth as the Enterprise grows.

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The BigIron RX Series incorporates exceptional resiliency, security and scalability in an architecture designed to scale from the edge to the core to minimize TCO. The resilient design includes redundant management modules, switch fabrics, fans and power supplies. This hardware resiliency is enhanced with software resiliency including hitless system failover, graceful restart, MRP, VSRP, and VRRP for Layer 2 and Layer 3 resiliency. High priority voice and data traffic fly through the chassis utilizing the high performance hardware-based QoS features of the RX Series. Wire-speed security is maintained by locking out unauthorized users with port security, by filtering DoS and unauthorized traffic with ACLs, and by monitoring traffic flows with sFlow. The BigIron RX Series allows you to grow from just 24 ports of 10/100/ 1000 at the edge up to 1,536 ports of 10/100/ 1000 or 128 ports of 10-Gigabit Ethernet in the core. The BigIron RX Series provides one common architecture that meets the demands of today’s, and tomorrow’s Enterprise network needs with high performance, resiliency, security and scalability with low TCO.

Brocade for Enterprise and Application Hosting Solutions

Data centers are the core of business operations requiring high density, high performance, high security and low latency switching to ensure connectivity to mission critical applications. The increasing value of the data center to business operations necessitates that data and network integrity, confidentiality and security must be maintained without impacting performance.

The BigIron RX Series addresses these needs by acting as the gateway and switch fabric of the data center. The density of the RX Series allows for growth from the smallest to the largest data center. Port aggregation allows for high performance interconnects up to 80 Gbps increasing the availability of the server farm.

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Brocade Enterprise and Application Hosting Solutions

 

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Brocade 6520 Data Center Switches

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The Brocade 6520 is a 96-port, high-density switch for large enterprise data centers to support data center consolidation, growing workloads, and highly virtualized, private cloud storage environments. Delivering market-leading Gen 5 Fibre Channel technology and unmatched port density, the Brocade 6520 Switch provides industry-leading scalability, reliability, and 16 Gbps performance in a flexible, easy-to-deploy enterprise-class switch.

Class-Leading Performance for Today and Tomorrow

Brocade-6520-Data-Center-SwitchThe Brocade 6520 Switch meets the demands of growing, dynamic workloads and private cloud storage environments by delivering market-leading Gen 5 Fibre Channel technology and capabilities. The Brocade 6520 is a high-density, purpose built, foundational building block for large and growing Storage Area network (SAN) infrastructures. It provides industry-leading scalability, reliability, and 16 Gbps performance in a flexible, easy-to-deploy enterprise-class switch, enabling greater data center consolidation, operational efficiency, and business continuity. In addition to increased throughput, it helps improve bandwidth utilization, security, and network visibility and management through in-flight data compression and encryption and advanced diagnostics. It’s an ideal switch for bandwidth-intensive workloads, evolving virtualized data centers, and private cloud architectures.

Additional highlights include the following:

  • Provides high scalability in an ultra-dense 96-port switch to support highly virtualized, private cloud storage and data center consolidation
  • Enables “pay-as-you-grow” flexibility from 48 to 96 ports using Ports on Demand (PoD) capabilities with speeds up to 16 Gbps
  • Simplifies management through Brocade Fabric Vision technology, reducing operational costs and improving application performance
  • Helps maximize application uptime and performance while reducing overall operational expenses with ClearLinkDiagnostic Ports (D_Ports)
  • Provides up to eight in-flight encryption and compression ports, delivering data center-to-data center security and bandwidth savings
  • Optimizes link and bandwidth utilization with Brocade ISL Trunking and Dynamic Path Selection (DPS)
  • Accelerates deployment and troubleshooting with Dynamic Fabric Provisioning (DFP), monitoring, and advanced diagnostics
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Dynamic Path Selection (DPS) augments Brocade ISL Trunking to route data efficiently between multiple trunk groups.

Features and Benefits

FEATURES BENEFITS
Exceptional Scalability for Demanding Workloads and Data Center Consolidation The Brocade 6520 features 96 Fibre Channel ports in a 2U form factor, delivering industry-leading port density and space utilization for data center consolidation. Designed for maximum flexibility, this enterprise-class switch offers “pay-as-you-grow” scalability with Ports on Demand (PoD). Organizations can quickly, easily, and cost-effectively scale from 48 to 96 ports in 24-port increments, each supporting 2, 4, 8, 10, or 16 Gbps. In addition, flexible, high-speed 16 Gbps and 8 Gbps optics allow organizations to deploy bandwidth on demand to meet growing data center needs. For maximum flexibility, the switch also features dual-direction airflow options to support the latest hot aisle/cold aisle configurations.
Industry-Leading Performance for Growing Workload The Brocade 6520 delivers exceptional performance for growing and dynamic workloads through a combination of market-leading throughput and bandwidth utilization. With the unpredictability of virtualized workloads and cloud services, throughput becomes critical to ensuring that the network does not become the bottleneck. With 96 ports, the Brocade 6520 provides an aggregate 1536 Gbps full-duplex throughput. Up to eight ISLs can be combined together in a 128 Gbps framed-based trunk. In addition, exchange-based Dynamic Path Selection (DPS) optimizes fabric-wide performance and load balancing by automatically routing data to the most efficient, available path in the fabric. This augments Brocade ISL Trunking to provide more effective load balancing in certain configurations. Moreover, the enterprise-class capabilities of this switch yield 40 percent higher performance compared to 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) alternatives at a similar cost.
Simplified Management and Robust Network Analytics Brocade Fabric Vision technology, an extension of Brocade Gen 5 Fibre Channel, introduces a breakthrough hardware and software technology that maximizes uptime, simplifies SAN management, and provides unprecedented visibility and insight across the storage network. Offering innovative diagnostic, monitoring, and management capabilities, the Brocade 6520 with Fabric Vision technology helps administrators avoid problems, maximize application performance, and reduce operational costs. Brocade Fabric Vision technology includes:

  • Brocade ClearLink diagnostics
  • Bottleneck Detection
  • Integration into Brocade Network Advisor
  • Forward Error Correction (FEC)
  • Additional buffers
  • Real-time bandwidth consumption by hosts/applications on ISLs
A Building Block for Virtualized, Private Cloud Storage The Brocade 6520 provides a critical building block for today’s highly virtualized, private cloud storage environments. It simplifies server virtualization and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) management while meeting the high-throughput demands of Solid State Disks (SSDs). The Brocade 6520 also supports multitenancy in cloud environments through Virtual Fabrics, Quality of Service (QoS), and fabric-based zoning features.

The Brocade 6520 enables secure metro extension to virtual private or hybrid clouds with 10 Gbps Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) link support, as well as in-flight encryption and data compression to optimize bandwidth and minimize the risk of unauthorized access. With four times more in-flight encryption and compression ports than the Brocade 6510 Switch, the Brocade 6520 supports higher data volumes over long distance. The switch also features on-board data security and acceleration, minimizing the need for separate acceleration appliances to support distance extension. Internal fault-tolerant and enterprise-class RAS features help minimize downtime to support mission-critical cloud environments.

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Brocade

Brocade-logoFounded in 1995, Brocade is an industry leader in providing reliable, high-performance network solutions that help the world’s leading organizations transition smoothly to a virtualized world where applications and information reside anywhere.

Today, Brocade is extending its proven data center expertise across the entire network with future-proofed solutions built for consolidation, network convergence, virtualization, and cloud computing.

Headquartered in San Jose, California, the company has approximately 4000 employees worldwide and serves a wide range of industries and customers in more than 160 countries. With a complete family of Ethernet, storage, and converged networking solutions, Brocade helps organizations achieve their most critical business objectives through:

  • Unmatched simplicity to overcome today’s complexity
  • Non-stop networking to maximize business uptime
  • Optimized applications to increase business agility and gain a competitive advantage
  • Investment protection to provide a smooth transition to new technologies while leveraging existing infrastructure

Brocade combines a proven track record of expertise, innovation, and new technology development with open standards leadership and strategic partnerships with the world’s leading IT companies. This extensive partner ecosystem enables truly best-in-class business solutions.

To ensure a comprehensive solution, Brocade also provides a full range of education, support, and professional services offerings.

  • Brocade 6520 Data Center Switches Brocade-BigIron-RX-Series-SwitchThe Brocade 6520 is a 96-port, high-density switch for large enterprise data centers to support data center consolidation, growing workloads, and highly virtualized, private cloud storage environments. Delivering market-leading Gen 5 Fibre Channel technology and unmatched port density, the Brocade 6520 Switch provides industry-leading scalability, reliability, and 16 Gbps performance in a flexible, easy-to-deploy enterprise-class switch.
  • Brocade BigIron RX Series Switch Available in four chassis models, the BigIron RX Series Switch allows network designers to standardize on a single product family for aggregation and backbone switching.
  • Brocade FCX Series The Brocade FCX Series offers enterprise class stackable L2/L3 edge switches with 24 or 48 GbE ports and optional 10 GbE uplinks providing new levels of performance, scalability, and flexibility required for today’s enterprise campus and data center networks.
  • Brocade ICX 6610 Data Center Switches The Brocade ICX 6610 Switch redefines the economics of enterprise networking by providing unprecedented levels of performance, availability, and flexibility in a stackable form factor—delivering the capabilities of a chassis with the flexibility and cost-effectiveness of a stackable switch.
  • Brocade VDX 6730 Data Center Switches Leveraging Brocade VCS™ technology, Brocade VDX 6730 Data Center Switches provide the Brocade-VDX-6730-Data-Center-Switchfoundation for Ethernet fabric, revolutionizing the design of Layer 2 networks and enabling cloud-optimized networking.