Data Sheet
QLogic 5600Q/5602Q
Fibre Channel Stackable Switch
Now the benefits of stackable IP switches are available for high-performance 4Gb Fibre Channel SANs. QLogic 5600Q Series Stackable
Switches deliver the performance and seamless scalability of a modular chassis switch in an easy-to-manage, pay-as-you-grow
•• Entry as low as eight 4Gb device ports
•• Single-switch expansion to sixteen 4Gb device ports—plus four 10Gb stacking ports (20 ports total)
•• Multi-switch expansion to 96 device ports per stack
•• Single (SB5600Q) and dual-power supply (SB5602Q) options

Data Sheet
•• Affordable Now—Big Savings Later
•• Easy to Install and Manage
–– Low initial cost
–– Installation and configuration wizards
–– Reduced expansion costs
–– On-board graphical user interface (GUI)
–– Longer product and topology lifespan
–– Manage stacks as a single device
•• Powerful, Intuitive Software
•• Fast, Reliable 4Gb/10Gb Performance
–– QuickTools™ (included)
–– Nonblocking, full bandwidth architecture
–– Fabric Security (included)
–– Adaptive ISL Trunking
–– Enterprise Fabric Suite™ (optional)
–– I/O StreamGuard™ for registered state change notification
(RSCN) suppression
–– SANdoctor (optional)
–– Hardware-enforced zoning by worldwide name
•• More Ways to Grow
–– Flexible port licensing on a single switch
–– Hot-swappable dual power supply option
–– Stack switches for quick, easy expansion
–– Nondisruptive code load and activation (NDCLA)
–– High-speed modular backbone
The Most Cost-Effective Way to Build a SAN
Affordable Now—Big Savings Later
The QLogic 5600Q lets you start small, then scale with your company’s
needs using state-of-the-art 10Gb Fibre Channel “stacking” technology
typically found only in high-end director products. As proven in the
Ethernet world, stackable architectures cut costs and increase stability
by providing a dedicated, highly-expandable transport for aggregate ISL
traffic—eliminating the disruption, port waste, and management hassles
associated with the use of regular device ports as ISLs. It’s like having the
performance and hands-off convenience of an expensive chassis switch
without the overhead cost of a chassis!
•• Low initial cost—Out of the box, dual-speed QLogic 5600Q Series
products provide superior performance at a price-per-port that is
competitive with single-speed, non-stacking edge switches.
•• Reduced expansion costs—With no device ports wasted on ISLs,
multiswitch QLogic 5600Q networks require up to 50 percent fewer
switches. As your SAN grows, the cables and transceivers required for
QLogic 5600Q 10Gb ISLs actually cost less per gigabit of bandwidth
than using 4Gb ISLs.
•• Longer product and topology lifespan—Other vendors force
customers to take a non-linear “rip and replace” approach to SAN
growth, offering a limited solution at the low end, followed by a radically
different (and much more expensive) architecture as the installation
matures. QLogic’s modular ISL backbone helps customers pace
investments and deployment activities predictably over time, with
fewer wrong turns and reversals—even when corporate strategies and
directions change. The QLogic 5600Q ensures that every SAN purchase
remains a viable part of the infrastructure far into the future.
Need more server or storage ports? Simply add another 5000 Series Switch to
the stack. There’s no need to move existing cables or disrupt devices—your ISL
bandwidth expands automatically with each switch!
More Ways to Grow
•• Flexible port licensing on a single switch—QLogic 5600Q products
are available in a range of port-count configurations. As requirements
change, it’s easy to activate additional ports in four-port increments
using the embedded QuickTools interface or the command line interface.
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•• High-speed backbone for multiple switches—When you’re ready,
simply turn on the plug-and-play stacking ports for the quickest, most
cost-effective way to set up a multiswitch SAN. Only QLogic offers
industry-standard 10Gb Fibre Channel ISLs on both core and edge
switches—you’ll never need to unplug a device cable or disrupt a
device, no matter how large your fabric grows. Scalability “best
practices” are built into the QLogic 5600Q architecture!
•• Hardware-enforced zoning by WWN
•• Hot-swappable dual power supply option
•• Non-disruptive code load activation (NDCLA)
Powerful, Intuitive Software
QLogic implements the same code base for the entire QLogic product line,
including the popular QLogic 9000 Series Stackable Chassis Switch. Not
only are QLogic products backward and forward compatible, you’ll only
need to learn one set of management tools:
Easy to Install and Manage
•• Installation and configuration wizards—From basic switch setup
to advanced zoning and extended distance configuration, the QLogic
5600Q has automated routines to make deployment a snap. Installation
is a three-step, point-and-click process. Self-configuring switch ports
automatically adjust to 4Gb or 2Gb device speeds.
•• QuickTools (included)—Embedded Java® web applet for device
discovery, device management, zoning, and fabric management.
QuickTools includes the Configuration Wizard and QLogic’s exclusive
drag-and-drop zoning—the industry’s most intuitive zoning method.
•• On-board GUI—No software to load. Just point a web browser at
any switch and manage the entire fabric from that location. No matter
what your level of expertise, the web-based QuickTools interface has
everything you need for basic fabric management. For advanced
administration of larger SANs, the optional Enterprise Fabric Suite
application provides an unprecedented level of intuitive control.
•• Fabric Security (included)—Provides the right mix of protection
features for user, connection, and device security. The 5600Q supports
remote authentication dial in-user service (RADIUS), and SSH and SSL
encryption. Device connection security conforms to the Fibre Channel
Security Protocol (FC-SP), DH-CHAP, and FC-GS-4 CT.
•• Enterprise Fabric Suite (optional)—Control software costs while
managing the SAN your way with unprecedented precision. Enterprise
Fabric Suite bundles high-value enterprise features in a single sitelicensed package, including Fabric Tracker, Performance View, Port
Threshold Alarms, Stack Management, and the mPort™ technology
movable port activation. You’ll spend less time and money licensing
individual features and worrying about “balloon payment” per-switch
fees as your SAN grows.
•• Stack Management—With Enterprise Fabric Suite, you can manage
stacks of 5000 Series products as a single device, loading firmware,
applying security changes, and handling user and SNMP administration
for up to six switches simultaneously.
Fast, Reliable 4Gbps/10Gbps Performance
QLogic 5600Q products provide uncontested full-duplex bandwidth at every
port. That’s 136Gbps for device ports, plus 102Gbps on the ISL ports—a
total of 238Gb of bandwidth per switch! Plus, thanks to the QLogic 10Gb
backbone, ISL bandwidth expands automatically as network capacity
grows, ensuring a consistent user experience.
•• SANdoctor (optional)—Comprehensive set of diagnostic tools for
troubleshooting problems in your fabric. SANdoctor includes SFP digital
diagnostics, Fibre Channel trace route, and Fibre Channel ping.
•• Nonblocking, full bandwidth architecture—238Gb of bandwidth
per switch. Dedicated 10Gb ISL transport makes it easier to create
nonblocking multiswitch configurations.
•• Fully compatible with other QLogic switches—Mix and match in
stacks with all 5000 Series products (2Gb or 4Gb). As always, QLogic’s
management tools are 100-percent backward compatible with full
support for previous-generation switches.
•• Adaptive Trunking—No extra cost or complicated license schemes.
This built-in QLogic-exclusive trunking feature optimizes ISL usage and
performance by pooling the capacity of multiple 10Gb or 4Gb links in
a single high-bandwidth pipeline. Trunks are automatically employed
as needed, eliminating the need for manual configuration. Unlike other
trunking implementations, trunked ports do not need to be sequential,
and can even be spread across multiple switches. The industry-standard
switch-on-exchange method supports intelligent path selection (IPS),
fabric shortest path first (FSPF), and virtual trunking.
•• Interoperable with all major storage, server, application,
and infrastructure vendors—QLogic products are designed for
heterogeneous operating system environments including Windows®,
UNIX®, Linux®, AIX®, MacOS®, Solaris® and others. SNMP, an API, and
the SMI-S agent are supported for integration into popular third-party
management applications.
•• Virtualization Support—N_Port ID virtualization (NPIV) support
comes standard with the QLogic 5600Q, allowing full integration and
interoperability with applications such as VMWare® and hardware such
as the IBM® Intelligent Pass-thru Module and the HP® VC-FC Blade
Switch Modules. Only QLogic delivers end-to-end NPIV support on
adapters and switches.
A variety of reliability features make the QLogic 5600Q switch capable of
delivering overall system availability greater than 99.999 percent.
•• I/O StreamGuard for RSCN suppression—Guaranteed uninterrupted
bandwidth for time-sensitive applications such as video streaming and
tape backups.
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Typical Uses
•• FC-SW-2 compliant—No need to be limited to proprietary SAN
products to achieve full function
Investment Protection
Planning to expand to a core-edge topology in the future? Need to add
edge connectivity to an existing core infrastructure? No matter where
you begin, QLogic 5600Q and QLogic’s 10Gb ISL backbone provide the
most efficient, cost-effective expansion method. Competing solutions rob
increasing numbers of device ports to support growing ISL requirements.
With the QLogic 5600Q, there is no “point of diminishing returns” for switch
investments and no performance penalty for growth. Every switch you
purchase continues to add value.
The modular backbone helps you avoid disruptive topology reversals and
react faster to changing requirements, including the adoption of new
technologies. With the QLogic 5600Q, IT managers can realize a costoptimized path from the initial-to-ultimate solution without knowing the
intervening requirements ahead of time.
Small stand-alone or
departmental/workgroup SANs
LAN-free backup
Disaster recovery
Storage/server consolidation
DAS-to-SAN migration
Edge switch in larger core‑edge
Enterprise resource planning
Manufacturing resource planning
Storage/server consolidation
Data warehousing
Why 10Gb Stacking Ports Matter
•• Predictable return on investment
•• No penalty for growth
•• “Best practices” are built into the architecture
Spend your IT dollar on user applications, not infrastructure. SANs exist to
support users. Don’t let cost and complex infrastructure turn this equation
upside down. QLogic 5600Q low total cost of ownership (TCO) products can
enhance any company’s long-term growth strategy, improving operational
efficiency, increasing storage usage—and ultimately making businesscritical applications and personnel more productive.
•• Simple ISL administration
•• ISLs are protected from day-to-day changes
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Fibre Channel Specifications
Fibre Channel protocols
•• Physical Interface (FC-PI-3)
•• Line Services (FC-LS)
•• Framing and Signaling (FC-FS-2)
•• Generic Services (FC-GS, FC-GS-2, FC-GS-3, FCGS-4,
FC-GS-5) except for enhanced zoning
•• Switch Fabric (FC-SW-2, FC-SW-3, FC-SW-4)
•• Arbitrated Loop Rev. 4.6 (FC-AL)
•• Arbitrated Loop-2 Rev. 7.0 (FC-AL-2)
•• Fibre Loop Attachment (FC-FLA)
•• Tape Technical Report (FC-Tape)
•• Virtual Interface Architecture Mapping (FC-VI)
•• Fabric Element MIB Specification (RFC 2837)
•• Fibre Alliance MIB Specification (Version 4.0)
•• Methodologies for Interconnects (FC-MI-2)
•• Device Attach (FC-DA)
•• Security Protocols (FC-SP)
Fibre Channel classes of service
•• Class 2, Class 3, and Class F (inter-switch frames)
Modes of Operation
•• Fabric, Public loop, Broadcast
Ports per chassis
•• Eight to sixteen 4Gbps ports (upgradeable in 4-port
•• Four 10Gbps XPAK MSA-compliant ports
Multi-switch fabric support
•• All topologies including stack, cascade, cascaded loop,
and mesh
•• Multiple 10Gb or 4Gb links between switches
•• Adaptive trunking, intelligent path selection
Port types
•• Universal, auto-discovering, self-configuring: F_Port,
FL_Port, E_Port, G_Port, GL_Port
Performance Features
Fabric port speeds
•• 4Gbps, 10Gbps full-duplex; 4Gb ports auto-negotiate
with slower devices
•• Fabric latency less than 0.4µs
•• Cut-through routing
•• Nonblocking architecture
Maximum frame sizes
•• 2148 bytes (2112 byte payload)
Per-port buffering
•• ASIC-embedded memory (non-shared)
•• Guaranteed 16-credit zero-wait state buffer for full
performance up to 13km at 2Gbps, 2km at 10Gbps
•• Extended transmission distance through credit
Dual hot-swappable power supply model
•• Hot-swappable power supplies, integrated fans
•• Optional rack-mount kit
•• Front-to-back airflow (both models)
•• Hot-pluggable, industry-standard 3.3V SFP for 4Gbps
•• 5600Q: H×W×D: 43.2×432×305mm
•• Hot-pluggable, industry-standard XPAK optics or
copper stacking cables for 10Gbps ports
•• 5602Q: H×W×D: 43.2×432×508 mm (1.7×17×20in)
Supported SFP types
•• 5600Q: 4.08kg (9lbs)
•• Shortwave/longwave (optical), active copper
•• 5602Q: 6.80kg (15lbs)
Media transmission ranges (2Gbps)
•• Shortwave optical: 500m (1,640ft)
Environmental and Equipment Specifications
•• Longwave optical: 10km (6.2mi)
Cable types
•• Temperature: 0°–40°C (32°–104°F)
•• 50/62.5 micron multimode fiber optic
•• Humidity: 15–80 percent non-condensing
•• 9 micron single-mode fiber optic
•• Altitude: 0–10,000 feet
•• Vibration: 5–500Hz, random, 0.21Grms, 10min
•• Shock: 4g, 11ms, 20 repetitions
•• Compatible with FC-SW-2 compliant switches
including Brocade®, Cisco®, and McDATA®
•• Management interoperability with leading SAN
management applications
•• Humidity: 5–90 percent non-condensing
•• Temperature: -40°–70°C (-40°–158°F)
•• Altitude: 0–50,000 feet
•• Vibration: 5–500Hz, random, 2.09Grms, 10min
Fabric Management
•• Shock: 30g, 13msec, trapezoidal
Management methods
•• QuickTools Web applet (included)
•• Voltage: 100–240VAC; 50–60Hz
•• CLI (included)
•• Power load: 120VAC
•• Enterprise Fabric Suite (optional)
•• Heat output: 100W maximum
•• API, GS-4 Management Server (including FDMI), SNMP,
Access methods
•• 10/100 Ethernet BaseT (RJ45), serial port (RS‑232
with DB9), in-band (Fibre Channel)
Agency Approvals—Product Safety
•• US/Canada: UL/cUL, 60950-1
•• Europe: EN60950, CB Scheme-IEC 60950-1, CE, TUV,
Low Voltage Directive
•• Russia: GOST R
•• Power-on self test (POST)
•• Argentina: S Mark
•• Optional SANdoctor fabric diagnostics software
Agency Approvals—EMI/EMC
Fabric services
Aggregate bandwidth
User interface
•• 238Gbps per chassis, end-to-end
•• LEDs, command-line console, and Web utilities
•• Optional rack-mount kit
•• 2550MBps full-duplex on 10Gbps ports
•• 850MBps full-duplex on 4Gbps ports
•• Rubber mounting feet, mounting brackets
•• RoHS compliant
•• Simple name server, hardware-based zoning,
I/O StreamGuard for RSCN suppression, multi-chassis
in-order delivery, automatic path selection, FDMI
Fabric point-to-point bandwidth
Single integrated power supply model
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•• Meets Class A emissions and immunity requirements
for USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand,
Korea, Japan
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