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Brocade DCX Backbones

The Brocade DCX Backbone family includes highly robust 8 Gbps network switching platforms that deliver performance, scalability, and energy efficiency. Supporting open system and System z environments, Brocade DCX Backbones are designed to address the data growth and application demands of evolving enterprise data centers; enable server, SAN, and data center consolidation; and reduce infrastructure and administrative costs.

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Build a Foundation for Mission-Critical Applications
Fibre Channel is the traditional and transformational networking solution for mission-critical applications and data. It is the foundation for the virtualized data center with years of deployment and customer success. Brocade DCX Backbones are a family of 8 Gbps Fibre Channel modular network switching platforms that deliver performance, scalability, and reliability for enterprise storage. Brocade DCX Backbones are designed to address the data growth and application demands; enable server, SAN, and data center consolidation; and reduce infrastructure and administrative costs.

Additional highlights include:

  • Provides a highly robust 8 Gbps platform in two modular form factors for enterprise data centers supporting open system and System z environments
  • Maximizes chassis bandwidth, performance, and port density with the industry's first and only 64-port Fibre Channel blade
  • Delivers over four times the performance of competitive offerings to meet data growth and access demands, expand virtualization, and consolidate resources
  • Delivers five times the energy efficiency of competitive offerings, enabling data centers to support more server and storage equipment
  • Provides a high-density, multiprotocol platform for consolidating server connectivity using emerging DCB and FCoE networking technology
  • Secures and protects data against threats and disasters with plug-in blades for data encryption and SAN extension
  • Enables logical partitioning of platforms and fabrics into virtual data and management domains without sacrificing performance, scalability, security, or reliability

DCX Backbone Resources

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The guiding principles driving a new architecture for the data center include consolidation, virtualization, service-level resource allocation, and policy-based data management. These principles simplify how business exploits its data for competitive advantage in a cost-effective manner.

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Describes recommended cabling solutions for high-density port solutions based on the Brocade FC8-64 FC port blade.

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This tech brief provides best practices for implementation of advanced Brocade Fabric OS features that identify, monitor, and protect Fibre Channel SANs from problematic device and media behavior.

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Brocade® Advanced Performance Monitoring—based on Brocade Frame Filtering technology and a unique performance counter engine—is a comprehensive tool for monitoring the performance of networked storage resources. This ASIC-based monitoring tool helps reduce the total cost of ownership and over-provisioning while enabling Storage Area Network (SAN) performance tuning, reporting of Service Level Agreements (SLAs), and greater administrator productivity.

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SmartOptics provides DWDM connectivity solutions and 4/8/16 Gbps Fibre Channel transceivers and Brocade Fibre Channel Switches provide a data center connectivity solution that is more simple and cost-effective than DWDM transmission systems.

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Describes procedures for replacing a Brocade Mi10K Director at the core of a Brocade M-EOS fabric with a Brocade DCX Backbone in Interopmode 2 or 3.

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Beiersdorf boosts server performance with Brocade SAN and server connectivity solutions while simplifying data center management with Brocade DCFM

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A growing service provider gains the flexibility to deliver network capacity on-demand while controlling costs with Ethernet fabrics

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Discusses the integration of the Brocade DCX Backbone into existing Brocade Fabric OS SAN infrastructures.

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This document provides guidance for selecting an ideal Brocade FOS code version for use on Brocade Fibre Channel switch platforms and when migrating from one Brocade FOS release to another. These “Target Path” release recommendations should be used in conjunction with advice from your Brocade switch vendor.

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Describes procedures for replacing a Brocade Mi10K Director at the core of a Brocade M-Enterprise (M-EOS) fabric with a Brocade DCX of DCX-4S in Interopmode 2 or 3 and moving the Brocade Mi10K to the edge.

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This document provides guidelines and strategies for the migration from the Cisco MDS-based fabric to the high-performance 16-Gbps Brocade DCX 8510 Backbone Family and 8-Gbps Brocade DCX Backbone Director.

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The Brocade DCX 8510 Backbone with Gen 5 Fibre Channel offers unique optical ICL connectivity, enabling massive fabric scalability while simplifying network topologies.

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Describes and illustrates scenarios that demonstrate how the Brocade DCX Backbone platform can be added non-disruptively into the core of existing SANs and new data center fabrics.

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Describes the internal architecture of the Brocade DCX Backbone and explains how best to leverage its industry-leading performance and blade flexibility to meet business requirements.

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The Brocade DCX Backbone provides industry-leading performance, scalability, and investment protection, unleashing the full capabilities of IBM System z, especially IBM zEnterprise 196 (z196) solutions

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This paper explores the various approaches Brocade is taking toward heterogeneous fabric connectivity following its acquisition of McDATA.

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Describes a FOS 6.2 capability: Virtual Fabrics (VFs). Using VFs, customers can partition a physical switch into multiple Logical Switches, each of which belongs to a Logical Fabric, which has independent data paths, fabric configuration (zoning, Quality of Service, fabric mode) ,and management.