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SAN Fabric Technology

The Fibre Channel protocol and Brocade have been closely connected since the development of the first Brocade Fibre Channel platforms over 15 years ago. Today, organizations worldwide rely on Brocade Gen 5 Fibre Channel Storage Area Network (SAN) solutions in their mission-critical data centers to deliver unmatched reliability, simplicity, and 16 Gbps performance.

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What is Gen 5 Fibre Channel? Gen 5 Fibre Channel is the proven, purpose-built network infrastructure for data center storage, delivering unmatched reliability, scalability, and 16 Gbps performance.

Brocade platforms with Gen 5 Fibre Channel –including the Brocade DCX 8510 Backbone and Brocade 6520, 6510, and 6505 Switches –unleash the full potential of high-density server virtualization, cloud architectures, and flash storage. Brocade Gen 5 Fibre Channel platforms deliver many unique capabilities and advantages to meet the evolving requirements of today’s data center:

  • Brocade UltraScale chassis connectivity for Brocade DCX 8510 Backbones enables higher density and simpler fabrics, dramatically reducing network complexity and cost
  • Brocade Fabric Vision technology—an extension of Brocade Gen 5 Fibre Channel—provides innovative diagnostic, monitoring, and management capabilities to help administrators avoid problems, maximize application performance, and reduce operational costs
  • Brocade ClearLink Diagnostics—part of Fabric Vision technology—leverages Brocade ClearLink Diagnostic Port (D_Port) capabilities to ensure optical and signal integrity for Gen 5 Fibre Channel optics and cables, simplifying deployment and support of high- performance fabrics
  • Low latency and high IOPS performance maximize the number of virtual hosts per physical server
  • Tested and proven architectures minimize risk and fault domains of high-density server virtualization
  • Non-stop networking and automated management minimizes operational cost and complexity
  • Integrated advanced diagnostics, monitoring, and RAS capabilities simplify management and increase resiliency
  • Integrated ISL data compression and encryption optimize bandwidth and protect data
  • Backward-compatible with existing infrastructure
  • Low overhead and low latency eliminate I/O bottlenecks and unleash the full performance of Flash, SSD, and 16 Gbps-capable storage

The Brocade Gen 5 Fibre Channel switch platforms include:

SAN Fabric Technology Resources

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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.


Publication Date: February 2014


Evaluator Group’s benchmark testing demonstrates the superior performance of Brocade Gen 5 Fibre Channel vs FCoE for Solid State Storage environments.


Brocade SAN Analytics Management Pack for vCenter Operations Management Suite helps organizations quickly correlate SAN health to VM performance.


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.


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


Brocade switches with Gen 5 Fibre Channel unleash the full potential of high-density server virtualization, cloud architectures, and next-generation storage, doubling the data throughput of 8 Gbps links, enabling organizations to fully leverage existing and new IT investments.