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Brocade FX8-24 Extension Blade

The Brocade FX8-24 Extension Blade for the Brocade DCX Backbone family provides enterprise-class Fibre Channel, FICON, and FCIP performance and availability for remote replication, backup, and migration. Twelve 8 Gbps Fibre Channel ports, ten 1 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) ports, and up to two optional 10 GbE ports provide maximum bandwidth, port density, and throughput, extending and optimizing fabric connectivity over distance for business continuity and disaster recovery.

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Industry-Leading SAN Extension for Remote Data Replication, Backup, and Migration
IT organizations continue to face unprecedented data growth as more platforms, applications, and users connect to the data center network. In turn, the storage network infrastructure must continue evolving to enable fast, continuous, and cost-effective access to mission-critical data from anywhere in the world.

To address this challenge, the Brocade FX8-24 Extension Blade, designed specifically for the Brocade DCX 8510 Backbone with Gen 5 Fibre Channel and Brocade DCX Backbones, helps provide the fastest, most reliable, and most cost-effective network infrastructure for remote data replication, backup, and migration. Leveraging advanced 8 Gbps Fibre Channel, 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE), and Fibre Channel over IP (FCIP) technology, the Brocade FX8-24 provides a flexible and extensible platform to move more data faster and farther than ever before.

Whether configured for synchronous or asynchronous replication between data centers or centralized backup across multiple sites, the Brocade FX8-24 addresses the most demanding business continuity, compliance, and global data access requirements. Twelve 8 Gbps Fibre Channel ports, ten 1 GbE ports, and up to two optional 10 GbE ports provide unmatched Fibre Channel and FCIP bandwidth, port density, and throughput for maximum application performance over WAN links.

Additional highlights include:

  • Enables fast, reliable, and cost-effective remote data replication, backup, and migration
  • Offers best-in-class Fibre Channel and FCIP port density, bandwidth, and throughput with 12 8 Gbps Fibre Channel ports, 10 1 GbE ports, and up to two optional 10 GbE ports
  • Maximizes flexibility and scalability with a modular blade platform and simple software licensing to support a broad range of SAN extension requirements
  • Simplifies management through Brocade Fabric Vision technology, reducing operational costs, maximizing uptime, and optimizing application performance
  • Maximizes throughput over distance using advanced FCIP networking technology
  • Offers FCIP Trunking and Adaptive Rate Limiting to maximize WAN link utilization and resiliency

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Publication Date: August 2013

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Publication Date: August 2013

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Adaptive Rate Limiting on the Brocade® 7800 Extension Switch and Brocade FX8-24 Extension Blade for the Brocade DCX® 8510 and DCX Backbones enables efficient and cost-effective sharing of WAN bandwidth for FCIP storage and non-storage applications. This paper details the operation and advantages of Brocade Adaptive Rate Limiting in shared WAN bandwidth environments.

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The pipelining and optimization technologies on the Brocade extension platforms improve throughput and mitigate the negative effects of latency when transporting storage traffic over distance. This paper details the operation and advantages of these technologies in extended RDR and tape applications.

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FCIP Trunking is one of the advanced features of the Brocade extension platforms, enabling bandwidth aggregation and lossless failover for increased resiliency over IP WANs. This paper details the operation and advantages of this technology in extended storage applications.