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Standards Leadership

Brocade works with industry-leading organizations to facilitate the development of standards, technologies, products, and services designed to simplify data center infrastructure management and implementation. Brocade has a long history of being a major contributor to the evolution of industry standards ranging from Fibre Channel communication technology to storage network interoperability and management. As Brocade continues to expand its presence in the Ethernet space, the company's participation in associated standards groups continues to grow as well.

For Fabric OS 6.1 and later running on associated hardware, Brocade conforms with the following Fibre Channel Standards:

  • FC-AL-2 INCITS 332: 1999
  • FC-GS-5 ANSI INCITS 427:2007 (includes the following.)
    • FC-GS-4 ANSI INCITS 387: 2004
  • FC-IFR INCITS 1745-D, revision 1.03 (under development)
  • FC-SP INCITS 426-2007
  • FC-SP-2 INCITS 496-2012
  • FC-SW-4 INCITS 418:2006 (includes the following)
    • FC-SW-3 INCITS 384: 2004
  • FC-VI INCITS 357: 2002
  • FC-TAPE INCITS TR-24: 1999
  • FC-DA INCITS TR-36: 2004 (includes the following)
    • FC-FLA INCITS TR-20: 1998
    • FC-PLDA INCIT S TR-19: 1998
  • FC-MI-2 ANSI/INCITS TR-39-2005
  • FC-PI INCITS 352: 2002
  • FC-PI-2 INCITS 404: 2005
  • FC-PI-4 INCITS 1647-D, revision 7.1 (under development)
  • FC-FS-2 ANSI/INCITS 424:2006 (includes the following)
    • FC-FS INCITS 373: 2003
  • FC-LS INCITS 433: 2007
  • FC-BB-3 INCITS 414: 2006 (includes the following)
    • FC-BB-2 INCITS 372: 2003
  • FC-SB-3 INCITS 374: 2003 (replaces FC-SB ANSI X3.271: 1996; FC-SB-2 INCITS 374: 2001)
  • RFC 2625 IP and ARP Over FC
  • RFC 2837 Fabric Element MIB
  • MIB-FA INCITS TR-32: 2003
  • FCP-2 INCITS 350: 2003 (replaces FCP ANSI X3.269: 1996)
  • SNIA Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) Version 1.2 (includes the following)
    • SNIA Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) Version 1.03 ISO standard IS24775-2006. Replaces (ANSI INCITS 388: 2004)
    • SNIA Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) Version 1.1.0
    • SNIA Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) Version 1.2.0
For Fabric OS 6.0 and later running on associated hardware, Brocade conforms with the following Fibre Channel Standards:
  • FC-AL-2 INCITS 332: 1999
  • FC-GS-5 ANSI INCITS 427:2007 (includes the following.)
    • FC-GS-4 ANSI INCITS 387: 2004
  • FC-IFR INCITS 1745-D, revision 1.03 (under development)
  • FC-SW-4 INCITS 418:2006 (includes the following)
    • FC-SW-3 INCITS 384: 2004
  • FC-VI INCITS 357: 2002
  • FC-TAPE INCITS TR-24: 1999
  • FC-DA INCITS TR-36: 2004 (includes the following)
    • FC-FLA INCITS TR-20: 1998
    • FC-PLDA INCIT S TR-19: 1998
  • FC-MI-2 ANSI/INCITS TR-39-2005
  • FC-PI INCITS 352: 2002
  • FC-PI-2 INCITS 404: 2005
  • FC-PI-4 INCITS 1647-D, revision 7.1 (under development)
  • FC-FS-2 ANSI/INCITS 424:2006 (includes the following)
    • FC-FS INCITS 373: 2003
  • FC-LS INCITS 433: 2007
  • FC-BB-3 INCITS 414: 2006 (includes the following)
    • FC-BB-2 INCITS 372: 2003
  • FC-SB-3 INCITS 374: 2003 (replaces FC-SB ANSI X3.271: 1996; FC-SB-2 INCITS 374: 2001)
  • RFC 2625 IP and ARP Over FC
  • RFC 2837 Fabric Element MIB
  • MIB-FA INCITS TR-32: 2003
  • FCP-2 INCITS 350: 2003 (replaces FCP ANSI X3.269: 1996)
  • SNIA Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) Version 1.2 (includes the following)
    • SNIA Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) Version 1.03 ISO standard IS24775-2006. Replaces (ANSI INCITS 388: 2004)
    • SNIA Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) Version 1.1.0
    • SNIA Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) Version 1.2.0
For Fabric OS 5.3.0 and later running on associated hardware, Brocade conformed with the following Fibre Channel Standards:
  • FC-AL-2 INCITS 332: 1999
  • FC-GS-5 ANSI INCITS 427:2007 (includes the following.)
    • FC-GS-4 ANSI INCITS 387: 2004
  • FC-IFR INCITS 1745-D, revision 1.03 (under development)
  • FC-SW-4 INCITS 418:2006 (includes the following)
    • FC-SW-3 INCITS 384: 2004
  • FC-VI INCITS 357: 2002
  • FC-TAPE INCITS TR-24: 1999
  • FC-DA INCITS TR-36: 2004 (includes the following)
    • FC-FLA INCITS TR-20: 1998
    • FC-PLDA INCIT S TR-19: 1998
  • FC-MI-2 ANSI/INCITS TR-39-2005
  • FC-PI INCITS 352: 2002
  • FC-PI-2 INCITS 404: 2005
  • FC-PI-4 INCITS 1647-D, revision 7.1 (under development)
  • FC-FS-2 ANSI/INCITS 424:2006 (includes the following)
    • FC-FS INCITS 373: 2003
  • FC-LS INCITS 433: 2007
  • FC-BB-3 INCITS 414: 2006 (includes the following)
    • FC-BB-2 INCITS 372: 2003
  • FC-SB-3 INCITS 374: 2003 (replaces FC-SB ANSI X3.271: 1996; FC-SB-2 INCITS 374: 2001)
  • RFC 2625 IP and ARP Over FC
  • RFC 2837 Fabric Element MIB
  • MIB-FA INCITS TR-32: 2003
  • FCP-2 INCITS 350: 2003 (replaces FCP ANSI X3.269: 1996)
  • SNIA Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) Version 1.2 (includes the following)
    • SNIA Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) Version 1.03 ISO standard IS24775-2006. Replaces (ANSI INCITS 388: 2004)
    • SNIA Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) Version 1.1.0
    • SNIA Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) Version 1.2.0
For M-EOS 9.7 and later, running on associated hardware, Brocade conforms with the following Fibre Channel Standards:
  • FC-AL-2 INCITS 332: 1999
  • FC-GS-5 ANSI INCITS 427: (includes the following.)
    • FC-GS-4 ANSI INCITS 387: 2004
  • FC-IFR INCITS 1745-D, revision 1.03 (under development)
  • FC-SW-4 INCITS 418:2006 (includes the following)
    • FC-SW-3 INCITS 384: 2004
  • FC-VI INCITS 357: 2002
  • FC-TAPE INCITS TR-24: 1999
  • FC-DA INCITS TR-36: 2004 (includes the following)
    • FC-FLA INCITS TR-20: 1998
    • FC-PLDA INCIT S TR-19: 1998
  • FC-MI-2 ANSI/INCITS TR-39-2005
  • FC-PI INCITS 352: 2002
  • FC-PI-2 INCITS 404: 2005
  • FC-PI-4 INCITS 1647-D, revision 7.1 (under development)
  • FC-FS-2 ANSI/INCITS 424:2006 (includes the following)
    • FC-FS INCITS 373: 2003
  • FC-LS INCITS 433: 2007 >
  • FC-BB-3 INCITS 414: 2006 (includes the following)
    • FC-BB-2 INCITS 372: 2003
  • FC-SB-3 INCITS 374: 2003 (replaces FC-SB ANSI X3.271: 1996; FC-SB-2 INCITS 374: 2001)
  • RFC 2625 IP and ARP Over FC
  • RFC 2837 Fabric Element MIB
  • MIB-FA INCITS TR-32: 2003
  • FCP-2 INCITS 350: 2003 (replaces FCP ANSI X3.269: 1996)
  • SNIA Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) Version 1.2 (includes the following)
    • SNIA Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) Version 1.03 ISO standard IS24775-2006. Replaces (ANSI INCITS 388: 2004)
    • SNIA Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) Version 1.1.0
    • SNIA Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) Version 1.2.0
EM-EOS 9.6 running on associated hardware, Brocade conformed with the following Fibre Channel Standards:
  • FC-AL-2 INCITS 332: 1999
  • FC-GS-5 ANSI INCITS 427: (includes the following.)
    • FC-GS-4 ANSI INCITS 387: 2004
  • FC-IFR INCITS 1745-D, revision 1.03 (under development)
  • FC-SW-4 INCITS 418:2006 (includes the following)
    • FC-SW-3 INCITS 384: 2004
  • FC-VI INCITS 357: 2002
  • FC-TAPE INCITS TR-24: 1999
  • FC-DA INCITS TR-36: 2004 (includes the following)
    • FC-FLA INCITS TR-20: 1998
    • FC-PLDA INCIT S TR-19: 1998
  • FC-MI-2 ANSI/INCITS TR-39-2005
  • FC-PI INCITS 352: 2002
  • FC-PI-2 INCITS 404: 2005
  • FC-PI-4 INCITS 1647-D, revision 7.1 (under development)
  • FC-FS-2 ANSI/INCITS 424:2006 (includes the following)
    • FC-FS INCITS 373: 2003
  • FC-LS INCITS 433: 2007
  • FC-BB-3 INCITS 414: 2006 (includes the following)
    • FC-BB-2 INCITS 372: 2003
  • FC-SB-3 INCITS 374: 2003 (replaces FC-SB ANSI X3.271: 1996; FC-SB-2 INCITS 374: 2001)
  • RFC 2625 IP and ARP Over FC
  • RFC 2837 Fabric Element MIB
  • MIB-FA INCITS TR-32: 2003
  • FCP-2 INCITS 350: 2003 (replaces FCP ANSI X3.269: 1996)
  • SNIA Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) Version 1.2 (includes the following)
    • SNIA Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) Version 1.03 ISO standard IS24775-2006. Replaces (ANSI INCITS 388: 2004)
    • SNIA Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) Version 1.1.0
    • SNIA Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) Version 1.2.0

Brocade's products conform to the above standards in a manner consistent with accepted engineering practices and procedures. In certain cases, Brocade may add proprietary supplemental functions to those specified in the standards in such a way that they support special characteristics but do not violate the standards. Brocade verifies conformance with Fibre Channel Standards by subjecting its switches to SANmark Conformance Tests developed by the Fibre Channel Industry Association. Brocade's switches have earned the SANmark logo indicating such conformance. SANmark is a limited testing program and does not test all standards or all aspects of standards. Brocade verifies conformance with SMI-S by subjecting its software to SNIA SMI CTP Tests developed by the Storage Networking Industry Association. Brocades software has been certified by the SNIA indicating such conformance. SNIA SMI CTP is a limited testing program and does not test all standards or all aspects of the standards.