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Brocade DCX 8510 Backbones

Brocade DCX 8510 Backbones with Gen 5 Fibre Channel are the industry's most reliable, scalable, and high-performance Gen 5 Fibre Channel switching infrastructure for mission-critical storage. They are designed to unleash the full potential of high-density server virtualization, cloud architectures, and flash storage.

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Systems Architecture
Chassis Single chassis: Up to 512 (Brocade DCX 8510-8) or 256 (Brocade DCX 8510-4) 16 Gbps (E, F, D, M, and EX) Fibre Channel ports using 64-port 16 Gbps Fibre Channel blades.
Multi-chassis with UltraScale ICL ports: Up to 6,144 16 Gbps Fibre Channel ports; UltraScale ICL ports (32 or 16 per chassis, optical QSFP) connect up to nine chassis in a full mesh topology or up to 12 chassis in a core-edge topology. Each Brocade DCX 8510 chassis that connects four or more Brocade DCX 8510 chassis via UltraScale ICLs requires an Enterprise ICL license.
Control processor Redundant (active/standby) control processor modules
Scalability Full fabric architecture of 239 switches
Certified maximum 6000 active nodes; 56 switches, 19 hops in Brocade Fabric OS fabrics; 31 switches, larger fabrics certified as required
Special-purpose blades Brocade FX8-24 Extension Blade provides SAN extension over IP networks (12 8 Gbps Fibre Channel ports, 10 1 GbE ports with license option for up to two 10 GbE ports per blade; up to four blades).
Brocade FCOE10-24 Blade provides Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and Data Center Bridging (DCB) for end-of-row server connectivity, delivering line-rate 10 Gbps performance across 24 ports.
Performance Fibre Channel: 2.125 Gbps line speed, full duplex; 4.25 Gbps line speed, full duplex; 8.5 Gbps line speed, full duplex; 10.53 Gbps line speed, full duplex; 14.025 Gbps line speed, full duplex; auto-sensing of 2, 4, 8, and 16 Gbps port speeds; 10 Gbps and optionally programmable to fixed port speed
ISL trunking Frame-based trunking with up to eight 16 Gbps ports per ISL trunk; up to 128 Gbps per ISL trunk

Exchange-based load balancing across ISLs with DPS included in Fabric OS
Chassis bandwidth Brocade DCX 8510-8: 10.2 Tbps per chassis
(512 ports × 16 Gbps data rate + 2.048 Tbps UltraScale ICL bandwidth)
Brocade DCX 8510-4: 5.1 Tbps per chassis
(256 ports × 16 Gbps data rate + 1.024 Tbps UltraScale ICL bandwidth)
Slot bandwidth 512 Gbps (data rate)
Local switching bandwidth

512 Gbps for Brocade FC16-32:
32 ports × 16 Gbps (data rate)

768 Gbps for Brocade FC16-48:
48 ports × 16 Gbps (data rate)

1,024 Gbps for Brocade FC16-64: 64 ports × 16 Gbps (data rate)

UltraScale ICL bandwidth Brocade DCX 8510-8: 2.048 Tbps; 32 UltraScale ICL ports provide the equivalent of 128 16 Gbps ports. Each UltraScale ICL port provides 64 Gbps bandwidth over a QSFP (4×16 Gbps) link.

Brocade DCX 8510-4: 1.024 Tbps; 16 UltraScale ICLs provide the equivalent of 64 16 Gbps ports. Each UltraScale ICL port provides 64 Gbps bandwidth over a QSFP (4×16 Gbps) link.

Both models: Frame-based trunking is enabled between four UltraScale ICLs. DPS distributes exchanges across all frame trunks.
Switch latency Locally switched port latency is 700 ns; blade-to-blade latency is 2.1 µsec; encryption/compression is 5.5 µsec per node; Forward Error Correction (FEC) adds 400 ns between E_Ports (enabled by default)
Maximum frame size 2112-byte payload
Frame buffers 8,192 per 16-port group on 32-port and 64-port blades and up to 8192 per 24-port group on 48-port blades, dynamically allocated
Classes of service Class 2, Class 3, Class F (inter-switch frames)
Fibre Channel port types D_Port (ClearLink Diagnostic Port), E_Port, EX_Port, F_Port, M_Port (Mirror Port); optional port type control
Data traffic types Fabric switches supporting unicast
Media types

16 Gbps: Brocade FC16-64 requires Brocade hot-pluggable QSFP connector; 4×16 Gbps SWL, MPO 1×12 ribbon cable connector (66 m OM3, 100 m OM4)

16 Gbps: Brocade FC16-32 and -48 require Brocade hot-pluggable SFP+, LC connector; 16 Gbps SWL, LWL, ELWL

10 Gbps: Brocade FC16-32 and -48 require Brocade hot-pluggable SFP+, LC connector; 10 Gbps SWL, LWL; Brocade FCOE10-24 requires hot-pluggable, Brocade 10 GbE SFP+ with any combination of Short-Reach (SR) and Long-Reach (LR) optical transceivers

8 Gbps: Brocade FC16-64 requires Brocade hot-pluggable QSFP connector 4×8 Gbps SWL, MPO 1×12 ribbon cable connector (150 m OM3, 190 m OM4)

8 Gbps: Brocade FC16-32 and -48; Brocade FX8-24; and FS8-18 blades require Brocade hot-pluggable SFP+, LC connector; 8 Gbps SWL, LWL, ELWL

8 Gbps: Brocade FC8-64 blades require Brocade hot-pluggable mSFP, mSFP LC connector; 8 Gbps SWL only

UltraScale ICL QSFP: Brocade CR16-8 and CR16-4 require Brocade hot-pluggable QSFP, MTP connector; 4×16 Gbps SWL (50 m OM3, 100 m OM4)

Fibre Channel distance subject to fiber-optic cable and port speed

USB 1 USB port per control processor for firmware download, support save, and configuration upload/download
Fabric services Brocade Fabric Vision technology; Monitoring and Alerting Policy Suite (MAPS); Flow Vision; Brocade Advanced Performance Monitoring (APM) (including Top Talkers for E_Ports, F_Ports, and Fabric mode); Brocade Adaptive Networking (Ingress Rate Limiting, Traffic Isolation, QoS); Bottleneck Detection; Brocade Advanced Zoning (default zoning, port/WWN zoning, broadcast zoning); Dynamic Fabric Provisioning (DFP); Dynamic Path Selection (DPS); Brocade Extended Fabrics; Enhanced BB credit recovery; Brocade Fabric Watch; FDMI; Flow Vision; Frame Redirection; Frame-based Trunking; FSPF; Integrated Routing; IPoFC; Brocade ISL Trunking; Management Server; Monitoring and Alerting Policy Suite (MAPS); NPIV; NTP v3; Port Fencing; Registered State Change Notification (RSCN); Reliable Commit Service (RCS); Brocade Server Application Optimization (SAO); Simple Name Server (SNS); Virtual Fabrics (Logical Switch, Logical Fabric)
Extension Supports DWDM, CWDM, and FC-SONET devices; Fibre Channel, in-flight compression (Brocade LZO) and encryption (AES-GCM-256) BB credit recovery; FCIP, Adaptive Rate Limiting (ARL), data compression, Fast Write, read/write Tape Pipelining, QoS
FICON FICON cascading (Brocade Fabric OS: Brocade DCX 8510-8, DCX 8510-4); support for lossless DLS; FICON CUP; Advanced Accelerator for FICON (FICON Global Mirror and XRC emulation and read/write Tape Pipelining). The Brocade FC8-64 and FC16-64 blades must be in a logical switch that is not being used for FICON connections; they do not support FICON.
High Availability
Architecture Passive backplane; redundant active/passive control processor; redundant active/active core switching blades; redundant WWN cards
Chassis power Two 2000 W AC power supply modules (100 to 240 V auto-sensing), 2N redundancy; Brocade DCX 8510-8 supports two additional power modules
Cooling Brocade DCX 8510-8: Three blower assembly modules (two required for operation)
Brocade DCX 8510-4: Two blower assembly modules (one required for operation)
Solution availability Designed to provide 99.999 percent uptime capabilities; hot-pluggable redundant power supplies, fans, WWN cards, processors, core switching, port blades, and optics; online diagnostics; non-disruptive firmware download and activation
Management
Management HTTP, SNMP v1/v3 (FE MIB, FC Management MIB), SSH; Auditing, Syslog; Brocade Advanced Web Tools, Brocade Network Advisor SAN Enterprise (Brocade DCX 8510-8, Brocade DCX 8510-4) or Brocade Network Advisor SAN Professional/Professional Plus (Brocade DCX 8510-4 only); Command Line Interface (CLI); SMI-S compliant; Administrative Domains; trial licenses for add-on capabilities
Security AES-GCM-256 encryption on ISLs; DH-CHAP (between switches and end devices), FCAP switch authentication; FIPS 140-2 L2-compliant, HTTPS, IPsec, IP filtering, LDAP with IPv6, OpenLDAP, Port Binding, RADIUS, User-defined Role-Based Access Control (RBAC), Secure Copy (SCP), Secure RPC, SFTP, SSH v2, SSL, Switch Binding, TACACS+, Trusted Switch
Management access 10/100/1000 Ethernet (RJ-45) per control processor, in-band over Fibre Channel; serial port (RJ-45) and one USB per control processor module; call-home integration enabled through Brocade Network Advisor.
Diagnostics Built-in flow generator, ClearLink optics and cable diagnostics, including electrical/optical loopback, link traffic/latency/distance; POST and embedded online/offline diagnostics, including environmental monitoring, FCping and Pathinfo (FC traceroute), flow mirroring, frame viewer, non-disruptive daemon restart port mirroring, optics health monitoring, power monitoring (16 Gbps blades-only), RAStrace logging, and Rolling Reboot Detection (RRD)
Mechanical Specifications
Enclosure Rear panel-to-door airflow; Brocade DCX 8510-4 ships with 1U exhaust shelf
Mounting Rack-mountable in a standard 19-inch EIA cabinet
Size Brocade DCX 8510-8
Width: 43.74 cm (17.22 in.)
Height: 61.24 cm (24.11 in., 14U)
Depth (without door): 61.19 cm (24.09 in.)
Depth (with door): 73.20 cm (28.82 in.)

Brocade DCX 8510-4
Width: 43.74 cm (17.22 in.)
Height: 35.00 cm (13.78 in., 8U) plus 4.37 cm exhaust shelf (1.72 in, 1U)
Depth without door: 61.19 cm (24.09 in.)
Depth with door: 73.20 cm (28.82 in.)
System weight Brocade DCX 8510-8
103.38 kg (227.9 lb) for 512-port configuration fully populated
37.3 kg (82.20 lb) for chassis

Brocade DCX 8510-4
69. kg (152 lb) for 256-port configuration fully populated
25.4 kg (56 lb) for chassis
Environment
Temperature Operating: 0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)
Non-operating: –25°C to 70°C (–13°F to 158°F)
Humidity Operating humidity: 5% to 93% RH non-condensing at 40°C (104°F) with a maximum gradient of 10% per hour
Non-operating humidity: 10% to 93% RH non-condensing at 70°C (158°F)
Altitude Up to 3000 meters (9842 feet)
Shock Operating: 20 g, 6 ms, half sine
Non-operating: 33 g, 11 ms, half sine
Vibration Operating: 0.5 g p-p, 5 to 500 Hz
Non-operating: 2.0 g p-p, 5 to 500 Hz
Heat dissipation Brocade DCX 8510-8
Min: 32-port configuration (no QSFP), 873 W, 2982 BTU/hr
Max: 384-port configuration (fully-loaded w/QSFPs in ICL ports), 2242 W, 7654 BTU/hr

Brocade DCX 8510-4
Min: 32-port configuration (no QSFP), 618 W, 2111 BTU/hr
Max: 192-port configuration (fully-loaded w/QSFPs in ICL ports), 1195 W, 4078 BTU/hr
CO2 emissions Brocade DCX 8510-8
7.8 metric tonnes per year (max 384 ports at 0.42 kg/kWh)
0.95 kg per Gbps per year

Brocade DCX 8510-4
4.3 metric tonnes per year (max 256 ports at 0.42 kg/kWh)
1.04 kg per Gbps per year
Power
Supported power range Voltage:
Range: 85 to 264 VAC Auto-volt
Nominal: 100 to 240 VAC

Power:
85 to 132 VAC: 1000 W
180 to 264 VAC: 2000 W
In-rush current 60 Amps maximum, peak
Frequency 47 to 63 Hz (Nominal: 50 to 60 HZ)

For information about supported SAN standards, visit www.brocade.com/sanstandards
For information about switch and device interoperability, visit www.brocade.com/interoperability
For information about hardware regulatory compliance, visit www.brocade.com/regulatorycompliance

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