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Brocade MLX Series

Brocade MLX Series core routers deliver unprecedented scale and performance, high reliability, and operational efficiency for the most demanding service provider and enterprise networks. Built on a programmable architecture with high-density 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE), 40 GbE, and 10 GbE routing, these routers meet massive bandwidth demands, while maximizing ROI. Leading OpenFlow 1.3 scale in hybrid port mode provides a seamless transition to SDN for increased network agility and programmatic control.

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Carrier-grade routers with IPv4/IPv6/MPLS/Multi-VRF enabled

4-, 8-, 16-, and 32-slot systems for maximum deployment versatility

Up to 19 billion packets per second routing performance with non-blocking 25.6 Tbps data capacity

Ideal for demanding, high-density environments up to:

  • 64 100 GbE ports per system
  • 128 40 GbE ports per system
  • 768 10 GbE ports per system
  • 1,536 1 GbE ports per system

Comprehensive, wire-speed, dual-stack IPv4/IPv6 routing support based on the Brocade Multi-Service IronWare OS:

  • High-performance, robust routing using Forwarding Information Base (FIB) programming in hardware
  • RIP/RIPng, OSPF/OSPFv3, IS-IS/IS-IS for IPv6, and BGP-4/BGP-MP for IPv6
  • Secure Multi-VRF routing for supporting virtual routing applications over non-MPLS backbones
  • VRRP and VRRP-E
  • Connecting IPv6 islands over IPv4 MPLS using IPv6 Provider Edge (6PE) routers
  • 6VPE enabling IPv6 multitenancy to the edge of the cloud
  • 127-bit IPv6 interface addresses

Industry-leading scalability up to:*

  • 10 million BGP routes
  • 2 million IPv4 routes in hardware (FIB)
  • 1 Million IPv6 routes in hardware (FIB)
  • 153,600 multicast routes
  • 2000 BGP peers per system
  • 2000 BGP/MPLS VPNs and up to 1 million VPN routes
  • 48,000 VLLs per system
  • 16,000 VPLS instances and up to 1 million VPLS MAC addresses 64,000 RSVP-TE LSPs
  • 4094 VLANs and up to 2 million MAC addresses
  • Large-scale Equal Cost Multi-Path (ECMP); up to 32 paths for unicast and multicast

Software-Defined Networking (SDN):

  • OpenFlow 1.3: QoS (for metering and enqueue), Group Table (select and fast failover), QinQ (TAG type auto-recognition), Active-Standby Controller, IPv6, Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.2 (controller interface)
  • Brocade OpenFlow hybrid-port mode with support for sFlow, IP, and MPLS/VPLS (uplinks) with protected VLAN for additional flexibility
  • 12-tuple matching for diverse set of applications
  • Support for up to 128,000 OpenFlow flows

Industry-leading performance for MPLS services, providing several service choices:

  • IP over MPLS, IPv6 over MPLS (6PE), IPv6 Layer 3 VPNs (6VPE), MPLS over GRE, Virtual Leased Line (VLL), Virtual Private LAN Service (VPLS), BGP/MPLS VPN, Multi-VRF, routing over VPLS, Max VPLS LSP Load Balance Scale for LER, RSVP TE Link Metric for CSPF Computation, RSVP Auto-Bandwidth with Absolute Threshold

Comprehensive MPLS signaling and path calculation algorithms for both traffic-engineered and non-traffic-engineered applications:

  • LDP, OSPF-TE, IS-IS-TE, RSVP-TE, CSPF, LDP over RSVP, Point-to-Multipoint (P2MP) RSVP-TE LSP
  • MPLS FRR (detour, bypass) and hot standby paths for traffic protection

Superior high-availability design:

  • Redundant management modules
  • Redundant switch fabrics
  • Redundant power supplies and cooling system
  • Hitless Layer 2/3 failover with stateful OSPF IS-IS, and BGP graceful restart
  • Hitless (in-service) software upgrades with graceful restart

Advanced QoS:

  • Hierarchical Quality of Service (H-QoS): Supports up to four levels of hierarchy—port, logical port (optional), customer (optional), and service
  • Inbound and outbound two-rate three-color traffic policers with accounting
  • Eight distinct priority levels
  • WRED support for congestion management and precedence dropping (tunable via configuration)
  • Support for hybrid queue servicing disciplines: Mixed, Strict Priority, and Weighted Fair Queuing

Comprehensive hardware-based security and policies:

  • Layer 2/3 ACLs (both inbound and outbound)
  • Granular ACL accounting (both inbound and outbound)
  • Hardware-based packet filtering
  • Hardware-based Policy-Based Routing (PBR)
  • Unicast Reverse Path Forwarding (uRPF)
  • IPv4/IPv6 Receive ACLs
  • Extensive sFlow Layer 2-7 traffic monitoring for IPv4, IPv6, and MPLS services
  • IPv6 ACL-Based Rate Limiting
  • ACL Editing
  • Port-based network access control using 802.1x or MAC port security
  • Root guard and BPDU guard
  • Broadcast, multicast, and unknown unicast rate limits
  • ARP inspection for static entries
  • Multi-port Static ARP and Static MAC
  • Suite B Algorithm support for 256-bit IP-layer encryption
  • 128-bit MAC layer encryption

Advanced Carrier-grade Ethernet services

  • Up to 128,000 MAC addresses
  • 4000 VLANs/S-VLANs/B-VLANs
  • Ability to reuse VLAN-ID on each port using the Brocade Ethernet Service Instance (ESI) framework
  • MPLS Layer 2 VPN services
  • IEEE 802.1ad Provider Bridges
  • IEEE 802.1ah Provider Backbone Bridges
  • IEEE 802.1ag Connectivity Fault Management
  • ITU Y.1731 OAM functions and mechanisms for Ethernet-based networks
  • Comprehensive set of Layer 2 control protocols: Brocade MRP/MRP-II, VSRP, RSTP, MSTP, and ITU G.8032 Ethernet Ring Protection (ERP version 1 and 2)
  • Multi-Chassis Trunking with support for up to 256 clients (Active/Active mode or Active/Standby mode for Active/Passive access for client ports)
  • E-LINE (EPL and EVPL), E-LAN, and E-TREE support
  • Protocol tunneling of Bridge Protocol Data Units (BPDUs)
  • MEF 9, MEF 14, and MEF 21 certification

Full suite of unicast and multicast IPv4 and IPv6 routing protocols:

  • Supported IPv4 protocols include RIP, OSPF, BGP-4, IS-IS, PIM-DM, PIM-SM/SSM, IGMP, BGP-MP for multicast, MSDP, Anycast RP, PIM Multicast ECMP, and RPF Shortcut
  • Supported IPv6 protocols include RIPng, OSPFv3, IS-IS for IPv6, BGP-MP for IPv6 (BGP4+), PIM-SM/SSM, MLD, VRRPv6, IPv6 Non-Stop Routing (NSR), VRRP-E, PIM Multicast ECMP, and RPF Shortcut

Advanced monitoring capabilities

  • Port- and ACL-based mirroring that enables traffic mirroring based on incoming port, VLAN-ID, or IPv4/TCP/UDP flow
  • Hardware-based sFlow sampling that allows extensive Layer 2-7 traffic monitoring for IPv4 and Carrier Ethernet services
  • ACL-based sFlow support

* Scalability limits depend on configured system parameters, -X module types, licenses, system profile selected, and routing database complexity

The Brocade MLX Series provides a wide range of leading-edge Ethernet modules for 1 GbE, 10 GbE, 40 GbE, and 100 GbE that enable organizations to use a single platform for many applications.

Interface Module Versions Supported
-DM -M -X -X2
24×1 GbE RJ45    
24×1 GbE Fiber    
48x1 GbE MRJ21      
4x10 GbE    
8x10 GbE    
24x10 GbE      
20x10 GbE    
4x10 GbE IPsec      
4x40 GbE      
2x100 GbE CFP2    
2x100 GbE CFP*      
1x100 GbE CFP*      
Interface Module Version Supported Route Table Scalability
-DM 256,000 IPv4 routes
64,000 IPv6 routes
-M 512,000 IPv4 routes
128,000 IPv6 routes
-X 1 million IPv4 routes
240,000 IPv6 routes
-X2 2 million IPv4 routes
1 million IPv6 routes

MLX Series Resources

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