Network OS Administration Guide

Supporting Network OS 6.0.1a

Part Number: 53-1003768-04

Classic Ethernet access and aggregation use case

Brocade VCS Fabric can be deployed in the same fashion as existing top-of-rack switches, as shown in the following figure. In the right-most two server racks, a two-switch Ethernet fabric replaces the Ethernet switch at the top of each rack.

Figure 5. Pair of Brocade VDX switches at the top of each server rack

The servers perceive a single top-of-rack switch, allowing for active/active connections running end-to-end.

Brocade VCS Fabric technology in this use case provides the following advantages:

  • Multiple active-active connections, with increased effective bandwidth
  • Preserves existing architecture
  • Works with existing core and aggregation networking products
  • Co-exists with existing access switches
  • Supports 1- and 10-Gbps server connectivity
  • Works with server racks or blade servers