Brocade Communications Systems | VDX 8770-8 | Brocade VDX 8770 Switch data sheet
VDX 8770
•Simplifies and automates network
architectures to enable elastic
cloud networking with Brocade VCS
Fabric technology
•Manages an entire multitenant Brocade
VCS fabric as a single switch through
Brocade VCS Logical Chassis, with
REST APIs to allow higher-level
management frameworks
•Provides efficiently load-balanced
multipathing at Layers 1, 2, and 3, and
multiple active Layer 3 gateways
•Delivers 100/40/10/1 Gigabit Ethernet
(GbE) wire-speed switching with autotrunking Inter-Switch Links (ISLs) for
non-disruptive scaling
•Enables connectivity for over 1,000
server ports with scale-out fabrics,
10,000 ports with multifabrics,
and 100,000 ports using multifabrics
with overlays
•Simplifies Virtual Machine (VM)
mobility and management with
automated, dynamic port profile
configuration and migration
•Is designed to support Software-Defined
Networking (SDN) technologies within
data, control, and management planes
Scaling Out Brocade VCS Fabrics
Data centers continue to evolve, creating
a need for infrastructure that can support
growth in Virtual Machines (VMs),
distributed applications, and data as well
as the transition to cloud-based computing—
without compromising performance.
However, traditional data centers typically
use inflexible, three-tier network designs
that cannot efficiently manage east-west
traffic or deliver the bandwidth needed to
support virtualization and new services
delivery. To meet these challenges, data
center operators need high-performance
networks that are easy to manage, can
scale out on demand, and can adapt
to future application requirements and
network architecture approaches.
Brocade® VCS® fabrics running on
the Brocade VDX® 8770 Switch allow
organizations to create data center
networks that just work. Together,
these technologies provide unmatched
automation, efficiency, and elasticity in
support of the most demanding workloads—
including big data, rich media, and missioncritical applications—especially in highly
dynamic cloud environments. To learn more
about Brocade VCS Fabric technology, visit
Ethernet Fabric Architecture
Classic Hierarchical Ethernet Architecture
Servers with 10 Gbps Connections
Servers with 10 Gbps Connections
Figure 1.
Compared to classic Ethernet architectures, Ethernet fabrics—such as Brocade VCS fabrics—
allow all paths to be active and provide greater scalability while reducing management complexity.
The Brocade VDX 8770 Switch is designed
to scale out Brocade VCS fabrics and
support complex environments with dense
virtualization and dynamic traffic patterns—
where more automation is required for
operational scalability. Available in four-slot
and eight-slot versions, the Brocade VDX
8770 provides a highly scalable, low-latency
100/40/10/1 GbE modular switch.
Brocade VCS Fabric technology helps
streamline network operations and speed
deployment with embedded features
that enable automatic configuration and
management. These features include:
•Brocade VCS Logical Chassis:
Brocade VCS Logical Chassis enables
organizations to manage an entire
VCS fabric as a single switch, upgrade
software across the fabric with one
command, and centralize monitoring
and troubleshooting to enhance the
overall availability and reliability of the
network. Fabric-level REST APIs allow
higher-level management frameworks
to provide efficient orchestration of VCS
fabrics within a cloud context. The single
point of management eliminates the
need to manually configure and manage
each switch, simplifying management,
lowering operational costs, and reducing
configuration errors with the ability to
push software upgrades across the fabric
with a single command, accelerating
deployment. VCS Logical Chassis also
provides a single view of the fabric for
easy monitoring and troubleshooting,
minimizing the time to repair network
issues. For more information about VCS
Logical Chassis, read the white paper An
Overview of Brocade VCS Logical Chassis.
•Self-forming and self-healing fabric:
Configuration is simplified with selfforming fabrics. Configuration and device
information is known by all switches,
allowing switches to be added or
removed, and physical or virtual servers
to be relocated—without the fabric
requiring manual reconfiguration. In
addition, fabrics are self-healing, which
increases network resilience. The fabric
redirects traffic if a link fails, helping to
ensure uninterrupted traffic flow and
prevent data loss.
•Zero-touch provisioning and zerotouch scale-out: Zero-touch provisioning
enables simple, rapid deployment.
Provided natively in Brocade VDX
switches through VCS Fabric technology,
this feature enables installation,
automatic software download, and
configuration without user intervention.
Brocade VDX switches are preconfigured
so that newly deployed switches require
only power and a network connection to
become part of the fabric. RBridge-ID,
VCS-ID, and other VCS fabric parameters
are automatically assigned. In addition,
Inter-Switch Links (ISLs) automatically
form between all new and existing
switches in the fabric. By eliminating
manual processes, this installation
method greatly simplifies scale-out
Zero-touch provisioning facilitates
zero-touch scale-out. With automatic
configuration of VCS fabric parameters,
self-forming trunks, and logical chassis,
network engineers can add, move, and
remove network Brocade VDX switches
without having to add or delete network
configurations. This helps organizations
contain costs while increasing reliability
and speed when deploying clouds and
data centers.
•A reliable foundation for softwaredefined networks: The Brocade VDX
8770 is hardware-enabled with the
flexibility to support emerging SDN
protocols. VCS Logical Chassis technology
and northbound APIs with fabric- and
node-level orchestration capabilities
provide operationally scalable
management and integration with
data center orchestration frameworks
such as OpenStack. To learn more, read
Brocade VCS Fabrics: The Foundation
for Software-Defined Networks.
Brocade VCS Fabric technology provides
the foundation for a flexible and responsive
network infrastructure while delivering
maximum efficiency.
Traditional data centers use a rigid,
three-tier tree topology in which traffic
travels north to south. This compromises
performance, increases latency, and creates
bottlenecks. The shift to server virtualization
and distributed applications has created
a need for higher throughput and lower
latency network designs. The Brocade
VCS fabric flattens today’s networks into a
flexible mesh topology optimized for eastwest traffic and greater efficiency.
Deliver Multitenant Cloud
Data Centers
In addition, public and private cloud
providers need to deploy and support
distributed virtualized workloads quickly,
securely, and in a scalable manner on a pertenant basis. Traditional VLANs can be used
for this purpose up to a point, but limitations
on VLAN ID scale and the complexity of
configuring large numbers of VLANs restrict
their usefulness in larger data centers. The
VCS Virtual Fabric feature of Brocade VCS
Fabric technology is designed to address
the scalability restrictions of traditional
VLANs used for multitenant segmentation. It
provides native secure multitenant support
for both physical and virtual application
deployments within and across VCS fabrics.
Managed centrally through Brocade
VCS Logical Chassis, the VCS Virtual
Fabric feature simplifies and accelerates
application deployment, and ensures policy
consistency for each tenant regardless of
how application components are distributed
across the data center. VXLAN and VRF Lite
are other options for network segmentation.
To learn more, read Multi-Tenancy Options
in Brocade VCS Fabrics.
Multiple Load-Balanced Paths at
Layers 1–3
Brocade VCS Fabric technology enables
highly elastic Layer 2 and Layer 3 domains
with extremely efficient load balancing and
multiple active Layer 3 gateways, in addition
to Layer 2 Equal Cost Multi-Path (ECMP) and
Brocade ISL Trunking. In the event
of a failure, traffic is automatically routed
to the closest path, providing higher
resilience and greater application uptime.
Multilayer multipathing helps improve
network utilization, reduce latency, and
increase overall network performance.
Read the white paper Setting a New
Standard for Network Efficiency with
VCS Fabric Multilayer Multipathing
Capabilities to learn more.
Optimized for Virtualization
Brocade VCS Fabric technology offers
unique features to support virtualized
server and storage environments, including:
•Brocade VM-Aware Network
Automation: Brocade VM-Aware
Network Automation provides secure
connectivity and full visibility to
virtualized server resources through
dynamic learning and activation of port
profiles. By communicating directly with
VMware vCenter, it eliminates manual
configuration of port profiles and supports
VM mobility across VCS fabrics within the
data center.
•Automatic Migration of Port Profiles:
During a VM migration, network switch
ports must be dynamically configured to
ensure that the VM traffic experiences
consistent policies and configurations.
The Brocade Automatic Migration of
Port Profiles (AMPP) feature enables a
seamless migration, since the VCS fabric
is aware of port profiles and automatically
tracks them as they move. Implemented
in a hypervisor-agnostic manner, port
profiles and MAC address mapping are
created on any switch in the fabric.
This mapping provides the logical flow
for traffic from the source port to the
destination port. As a VM migrates,
the destination port in the fabric learns
of the MAC address move and
automatically activates the port
profile configuration within a single
fabric or across separate fabrics.
Brocade VCS fabrics provide considerable
elasticity compared to both traditional
Ethernet networks and competitive Ethernet
fabric solutions. Organizations can start
with small VCS fabrics and scale out the
fabric as their needs dictate, adding or
removing nodes easily and non-disruptively.
Brocade VCS fabrics easily scale out to
optimize the performance of virtualized and
clustered applications of all types, including
big data, rich media, and mission-critical
enterprise applications. In addition, the
VCS fabric architecture is designed for
flexible policy and services management
of physical and logical networks together.
The Brocade VDX 8770 delivers a highperformance switch to support the most
demanding data center networking needs.
Key features include:
•Line-rate support for 1, 10, 40,
and 100 GbE to satisfy current
and future needs
•Packet forwarding performance of up
to 11.42 billion packets per second
•4 Tbps per slot line-rate design for
substantial capacity and headroom
(up to 32 Tbps capacity for the
Brocade VDX 8770-8; up to 16 Tbps
for the Brocade VDX 8770-4)
•4-microsecond latency to assure
rapid response for latency-sensitive
•Support for up to 384,000 MAC
addresses per fabric for extensive
virtualization scalability
•Multi-core CPUs within each line card to
support two separate Brocade Network
OS instances for high availability
•Efficient multipathing technology and
vLAGS to allow extremely large-scale
deployments with the best-possible
network utilization
•The flexibility to deploy data center
networks ranging from hundreds of
server ports using scale-out fabrics to
over 100,000 ports using multifabrics
with overlays
A Choice of Chassis with Multiple
Line Cards
•Provides access-layer fabric capabilities in
end-of-row or middle-of-row configurations
The flexible, modular switch design offers
interconnection with other Brocade VDX
8770 Switches; Brocade VDX 6710, 6730,
and 6740 fabric switches; traditional
Ethernet switch infrastructures; and direct
server connections. Modular four-slot and
eight-slot chassis options are available
to match the switch to the needs of the
organization. These include:
•Establishes a migration path for
organizations to adopt and grow resilient
and scalable Brocade VCS fabrics
•Brocade VDX 8770-4: Supports up to
192 10 GbE ports, 108 40 GbE ports,
24 100 GbE ports
•Brocade VDX 8770-8: Supports up to
384 10 GbE ports, 216 40 GbE ports,
48 100 GbE ports
The Brocade VDX 8770 supports a variety
of wire-speed line cards to offer maximum
flexibility in terms of port bandwidth as well
as cable and connector technology:
•1 GbE: 48×1 GbE line card provides
up to 48 SFP/SFP-copper ports
•10 GbE: 48×10 GbE line card provides
up to 48 SFP+ ports
•10 GbE-T: 48×10 GbE line card provides
up to 48 RJ45 ports
•40 GbE: 12×40 GbE line card provides
up to 12 40 GbE QSFP ports
•40 GbE: 27×40 GbE line card provides
up to 27 40 GbE QSFP ports
•100 GbE: 6×100 GbE line card provides
up to 6 100 GbE CFP2 ports
Aggregation and Migration for
Traditional Ethernet Environments
•Organizations utilizing traditional
Ethernet technology need sensible ways
to scale and expand their networks,
while enabling seamless migration to
fabric-based technologies to support
advanced virtualization. For organizations
with traditional hierarchical Ethernet
environments, the Brocade VDX 8770:
•Aggregates multiple traditional accesstier switches in an aggregation-tier fabric,
with efficient multipathing capabilities at
multiple layers to insulate core switches
from unnecessary traffic
Brocade Fabric Watch is an innovative
switch health monitoring feature available
on all Brocade VDX switches. Fabric Watch
monitors the health of certain switch
components and, based on the threshold
set, declares each component as marginal
or down.
In addition, the Brocade VDX 8770 provides
high availability at the line card level, an
industry first. Line-card high availability
allows the multi-core CPU within each line
card to support two separate Brocade
Network OS instances in an active/standby
configuration. This enables hitless failover
within each line card of the chassis. Even
during an In-Service Software Upgrade
(ISSU), there is no disruption because
the line card does not need to completely
restart while trying to sync with the new
code version.
The Brocade VDX 8770 can be used to build
a variety of VCS fabric topologies to support
a wide range of scale and application
requirements. Architectural options include:
•Small-scale VCS fabrics: Can collapse
access and aggregation tiers using the
Brocade VDX 8770 as a port-dense,
middle-of-row/end-of-row access switch
•Medium-scale VCS fabrics: Can utilize
the Brocade VDX 8770 as a spine
switch in combination with Brocade VDX
6710, 6730, and 6740 leaf switches to
build highly scalable Layer 2 domains,
complete with automatic and secure
support for VM mobility
•Large-scale VCS fabrics: Can use the
Brocade VDX 8770 homogeneously
as both a leaf and spine switch or to
aggregate multiple access-tier switches
in full or partially meshed fabric domains
with a logically flat network topology
The Brocade VDX 8770 and Brocade
VCS fabrics offer benefits for today’s
most compelling and demanding
applications, including:
•Rich media: Service providers and cloud
providers require support for significant
east-west traffic within their data centers,
along with support for large numbers of
VMs and VM mobility. Content providers
with applications such as video on
demand require support for significant
amounts of north-south traffic. The
Brocade VDX 8770 and Brocade VCS
fabrics are ideal for these applications,
as they provide a low-latency, cut-through
architecture and considerable throughput
to enable balanced east-west and northsouth traffic performance.
•Big data: To realize business
benefits from their unstructured
data, organizations require seamless
access to both compute and storage
resources. High-performance computing
environments process large amounts
of data that drive significant east-west
traffic patterns and require low latency
for IPC interconnection. Big data has
emerged as a critical technology trend,
and the Brocade VDX 8770 provides key
advantages such as high-performance,
line-rate 10 GbE, 40 GbE, and 100 GbE.
•Mission-critical applications: A
wide variety of data center, cloud,
and enterprise applications can
take advantage of the Brocade VDX
8770, including ERP, Virtual Desktop
Infrastructure (VDI), and collaboration
applications such as Microsoft Exchange
and SharePoint. The virtualization-aware
networking characteristics of the Brocade
VDX 8770 and Brocade VCS fabrics,
along with high-availability and essential
security functionality, help ensure that
critical data services function as intended
while protecting vital data from corruption
or loss.
Brocade Network Advisor is an easy-touse network management platform for
advanced management of Brocade VCS
fabrics and Brocade VDX switches across
the entire network lifecycle. Organizations
can use Brocade Network Advisor to
manage a VCS fabric as a single entity
or to drill down to individual Brocade VDX
switches for fault, inventory, or performance
management—and to manage multiple
VCS fabrics in parallel.
Brocade Network Advisor also provides
simplified management of AMPP
configurations, and integrity checks can be
performed across physical Brocade VDX
configurations, either in the same fabric or
across different VCS fabrics. In addition,
Brocade Network Advisor enables VM-level
monitoring and can help identify top-talker
applications leveraging sFlow across the
fabric. Finally, Brocade Network Advisor
provides VCS fabric diagnostics, including
visualization of VCS fabric traffic paths and
network latency monitoring that enables
fault isolation via hop-by-hop inspection.
For details, visit
Organizations eager to capitalize on the
benefits of virtual environments, namely
increased automation, need networks that
can be easily and quickly deployed. This
requires network tools and infrastructure
that are open and able to change rapidly
with their businesses. Brocade supports
programmatic solutions and DevOps
tools that allow a customized approach
to deploying, operating, and interacting
with the network. These solutions offer a
new level of simplicity, agility, and rapid,
automatic deployment, enabling data
centers to evolve to meet new technology
Brocade VDX switches provide OpenStack
Neutron ML2 support and fabric-level,
programmable REST APIs with a YANG data
model to enable integration with third-party
and in-house network automation and cloud
management tools. Support for Puppet
and Python scripting offers choice and
more effective configuration management.
These programmability options help
automate, simplify, reduce human error,
and streamline the process while reducing
costs. The tools also help drive productivity
by enabling rapid application deployment
for enterprises, and increase profitability by
streamlining the tenant provisioning process
and making networks more intelligent and
flexible for cloud providers.
VCS fabrics provide support for
OpenFlow 1.3, an industry-standard
SDN communications protocol, allowing
operators to address complex network
behavior, optimize performance, and
leverage a richer set of capabilities.
OpenFlow 1.3 integrated with Brocade
VDX switches provides the features,
performance, and operational efficiency
needed today and tomorrow.
Brocade Global Services has the expertise
to help organizations build scalable, and
efficient cloud infrastructures. Leveraging
15 years of expertise in storage, networking,
and virtualization, Brocade Global Services
delivers world-class professional services,
technical support, and education services,
enabling organizations to maximize their
Brocade investments, accelerate new
technology deployments, and optimize the
performance of networking infrastructures.
Brocade Capital Solutions helps
organizations easily address their IT
requirements by offering flexible network
acquisition and support alternatives.
Organizations can select from purchase,
lease, Brocade Network Subscription,
and Brocade Subscription Plus options to
align network acquisition with their unique
capital requirements and risk profiles.
To learn more, visit
To help optimize technology investments,
Brocade and its partners offer complete
solutions that include professional services,
technical support, and education. For more
information, please contact a Brocade sales
partner or visit
The Brocade VDX 8770 Switch operates
seamlessly under the Brocade Vyatta
Controller. This controller is a qualityassured edition of the OpenDaylight
controller code supported by an
established networking provider and
its leaders within the OpenDaylight
Brocade VDX 8770-4
Brocade VDX 8770-8
Port-to-port latency (64 byte packets)
4 microseconds
4 microseconds
Form factor
Dimensions and weight
Width: 43.74 cm (17.22 in.)
Width: 44 cm (17.32 in.)
Height: 34.7 cm (13.66 in.)
Height: 66.2 cm (26.06 in.)
Depth: 66.04 cm (26 in.)
Depth: 66.04 cm (26 in.)
Weight: 31.75 kg (70 lb)
Weight: 61.24 kg (135 lb)
Weight (fully loaded): 190 lb (86.18 kg)
Weight (fully loaded): 365 lb (165.55 kg)
1 GbE SFP/SFP-copper ports
10 GbE SFP+/RJ45 ports
40 GbE QSFP+ ports
100 GbE CFP2 ports
Power supplies
4 max
8 max
Cooling fans
Side-to-back airflow
Front-to-back airflow
Scalability Information*
Connector options
1 GbE copper SFP options
10 Gbps SFP+ options: 1/3/5 m direct-attached copper (Twinax)
10 GbE SR and 10 GbE LR
10 GbE 10GBASE-T RJ45
40 GbE QSFP+
100 GbE CFP2
Maximum VLANs
Maximum MAC addresses
Maximum IPv4 routes
Maximum IPv6 routes
Maximum ACLs
Maximum port profiles (AMPP)
Maximum ARP entries
Maximum members in a standard LAG
Maximum switches in a VCS fabric
Maximum ECMP paths in a VCS fabric
Maximum trunk members for VCS fabric ports
Maximum switches across which a vLAG can span
Maximum members in a vLAG
Maximum jumbo frame size
9,216 bytes
DCB Priority Flow Control (PFC) classes
Please refer to the latest version of the release notes for the most up-to-date scalability numbers supported in software.
Brocade VDX 8770 Modules and Line Cards
Management Module
• Multicore processor
• 8 GB SDRAM, USB port
• Console, management port, auxiliary service port (all RJ-45)
Flash memory support
• One 8 GB compact flash in each Management Module
• Two 4 GB compact flash in each line card
1 GbE access (fiber/copper) line card
• 48-port SFP/SFP-copper
1 GbE/10 GbE access (copper) line card
• 48-port RJ45
10 GbE access or aggregation line card
• 48-port SFP+ (10 GbE/1 GbE)
• 48-port RJ45 (10 GbE/1 GbE)
40 GbE aggregation line card
• 12-port QSFP+ module
• 27-port QSFP+ module
100 GbE aggregation line card
• 6-port CFP2 module
Operating system
Brocade Network OS, a modular operating system
Layer 2 switching features
• MAC Learning and Aging
• Static MAC Configuration
• Link Aggregation Control Protocol
(LACP) 802.3ad/802.1AX
• Virtual Local Area Networks (VLANs)
• VLAN Encapsulation 802.1Q
• Layer 2 Access Control Lists (ACLs)
• Private VLANs
• Edge Loop Detection (ELD)
• Uni-Directional Link Detection
• Pause Frames 802.3x
• Address Resolution Protocol (ARP)
RFC 826
• IGMP v1/v2 Snooping
• Pause Frames 802.3x
• Multiple Spanning Tree Protocol (MSTP) 802.1s
• Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP) 802.1w
• Per-VLAN Spanning Tree (PVST+/PVRST+)
• STP Root Guard
• STP PortFast
• BPDU Guard, BPDU Filter
• BUM Storm Control
• High availability/In-Service Software Upgrade—hardwareenabled
• Port Security
Layer 3 switching features
• BGP4+
• Static routes
• Multicast: PIM-SM, IGMPv2
• VRF lite
• DHCP Helper
• Layer 3 ACL
• IPv4/v6 ACL
• Policy-Based Routing (PBR)
• VRF-aware OSPF, BGP, VRRP, static routes
• VRRP v2 and v3
• IPv4/IPv6 dual stack
• IPv6 ACL packet filtering
• IPv6 routing
• Bi-Directional Fault Detection (BFD)
• 16-way ECMP
Brocade VCS Fabric technology features
• Automatic Fabric Formation
• DHCP Option 66/67 (Auto Fabric
• VM-Aware Network Automation
• Distributed Fabric Services
• Transparent LAN Services
• Virtual Link Aggregation Group
(vLAG) spanning multiple physical
• Distributed Configuration Management
• Transparent Interconnection of Lots of Links (TRILL)
• 32-way ECMP
• Zero-touch provisioning
Multitenancy and virtualization features
• TRILL FGL-based VCS Virtual Fabric
• Protocol-agnostic overlay support
• Automatic Migration of Port Profiles (AMPP)
• VM-Aware Network Automation
DCB features
• Priority-based Flow Control (PFC)
• Enhanced Transmission Selection
(ETS) 802.1Qaz
• Manual configuration of lossless
queues for protocols other than
FCoE and iSCSI
• Data Center Bridging eXchange (DCBX)
• DCBX Application Type-Length-Value (TLV) for FCoE and
Fibre Channel/FCoE features
• Multihop Fibre Channel over
Ethernet (FCoE); requires Brocade
VCS Fabric technology
• FC-BB5-compliant Fibre Channel
Forwarder (FCF)
• FIP Snooping Bridge connectivity
• Native FCoE forwarding
• End-to-end FCoE (initiator to target)
• FCoE Initialization Protocol (FIP) v1 support for FCoE
devices login and initialization
• Name Server-based zoning
• Multi-hop Access Gateway Support
• Logical SANs
• FCoE on QSFP+ port, for switch-switch (ISL) traffic
• FCoE traffic over standard LAG
IP storage
Auto NAS (QoS for NAS traffic)
Quality of Service (QoS)
• Eight priority levels for QoS
• Class of Service (CoS) 802.1p
• DSCP Trust
• DSCP to CoS Mutation
• DSCP to Traffic Class Mutation
• Flow-based QoS
• DSCP to DSCP Mutation
• Random Early Discard (RED)
• Per-port QoS configuration
• Scheduling: Strict Priority (SP), Shaped Deficit Weighted
Round-Robin (SDWRR)
• ACL-based Rate Limiting
• ACL-based QoS
• Dual-rate three-color token bucket
• ACL-based remarking of CoS/DSCP/Precedence
• ACL-based sFlow
• Queue-based Shaping
High availability
• ISSU L2 and L3
• Management Module Failover
• OSPF v2 / v3
• BGP4
Management and monitoring
• IPv4/IPv6 management
• Netconf API
• REST API with YANG data model
• Brocade VCS Plugin for OpenStack
• Industry-standard Command Line
Interface (CLI)
• Link Layer Discovery Protocol (LLDP)
IEEE 802.1AB
• Switch Beaconing
• Logical chassis management
• Management VRF
• Switched Port Analyzer (SPAN)
• Remote SPAN (RSPAN)
• Telnet
• SNMP v1/v2C, v3
• sFlow RFC 3176
• RMON-1, RMON-2
• Management Access Control Lists (ACLs)
• Role-Based Access Control (RBAC)
• Fabric Watch monitoring and notification
• OpenStack Neutron ML2 plugin
• Python
• Puppet
• Port-based Network Access
Control 802.1X
• Secure Shell (SSHv2)
• BPDU Drop
• Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP)
• Secure Copy Protocol (SCP)
• Port Security
Software-Defined Networking and Programmability
• OpenFlow 1.3
• REST API with YANG data model
• Puppet
• Python
19-inch EIA-compliant; power from port side
Operating: 0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)
Non-operating and storage: -25°C to 70°C (-13°F to 158°F)
Operating: 10% to 85% non-condensing
Non-operating and storage: 10% to 90% non-condensing
Operating: Up to 3,000 meters (9,842 feet)
Non-operating and storage: Up to 12 kilometers (39,370 feet)
Brocade VDX 8770-4
Maximum: 675 CFM
Nominal: 200 CFM
Brocade VDX 8770-8
Maximum: 1,250 CFM
Nominal: 375 CFM
Max power utilization†
Brocade VDX 8770-4: 3,250 W
Brocade VDX 8770-8: 6,387 W
Power inlet
Input voltage
200 to 240 VAC (Operating voltage range: 180 to 264 VAC)
Input line frequency
50/60 Hz
Maximum current
AC: 16.0 A max per power supply
DC: 70.0 A max per power supply
Safety Compliance
• UL 60950-1 Second Edition
• CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 60950-1 Second Edition
• EN 60950-1 Second Edition
• IEC 60950-1 Second Edition
• AS/NZS 60950-1
• 47CFR Part 15 (CFR 47) Class A
• AS/NZS CISPR22 Class A
• CISPR22 Class A
• EN55022 Class A
• ICES003 Class A
• VCCI Class A
• EN61000-3-2
• EN61000-3-3
• KN22 Class A
• EN55024
• EN300386
• KN 61000-4 series
Environmental Regulatory Compliance
• RoHS-compliant (with lead exemption) per EU Directive 2002/95/EC
• NEBS-compliant
Standards Compliance
The Brocade VDX 8770 products conform to the following Ethernet standards:
• IEEE 802.3ad Link Aggregation with LACP
• IEEE 802.3 Ethernet
• IEEE 802.3ae 10G Ethernet
• IEEE 802.1Q VLAN Tagging
• IEEE 802.1p Class of Service Prioritization and Tagging
• IEEE 802.1v VLAN Classification by Protocol and Port
• IEEE 802.1AB Link Layer Discovery Protocol (LLDP)
• IEEE 802.3x Flow Control (Pause Frames)
• IEEE 802.1D Spanning Tree Protocol
• IEEE 802.1s Multiple Spanning Tree
• IEEE 802.1w Rapid Reconfiguration of Spanning Tree Protocol
Delivered power based on fully populated system with 10 GbE ports.
The following draft versions of the Data Center Bridging (DCB) and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) standards are also supported on the
Brocade VDX 8770:
• IEEE 802.1Qbb Priority-based Flow Control
• IEEE 802.1Qaz Enhanced Transmission Selection
• IEEE 802.1 DCB Capability Exchange Protocol (Proposed under the DCB Task Group of IEEE 802.1 Working Group)
• FC-BB-5 FCoE (Rev 2.0)
RFC Support
RFC 768 RFC 783 RFC 791 RFC 792 RFC 793
RFC 826 RFC 854
RFC 894
User Datagram Protocol (UDP)
TFTP Protocol (revision 2)
Internet Protocol (IP)
Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP)
Transmission Control Protocol (TCP)
Telnet Protocol Specification A Standard for the Transmission of IP Datagram over Ethernet
RFC 959
RFC 1027 Using ARP to Implement Transparent Subnet Gateways
(Proxy ARP)
RFC 1112 IGMP v1
RFC 1157 Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) v1 and v2
RFC 1305 Network Time Protocol (NTP) Version 3
RFC 1519 Classless Interdomain Routing (CIDR)
RFC 1584 Multicast Extensions to OSPF RFC 1765 OSPF Database Overflow
RFC 1812 Requirements for IP Version 4 Routers
RFC 1997 BGP Communities Attribute
RFC 2068 HTTP Server
RFC 2131 Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP)
RFC 2154 OSPF with Digital Signatures (Password, MD-5)
RFC 2236 IGMP v2
RFC 2267 Network Ingress Filtering
RFC 2328 OSPF v2 (edge mode)
RFC 2370 OSPF Opaque Link-State Advertisement (LSA) Option—Partial
RFC 2385 Protection of BGP Sessions with the TCP MD5 Signature Option
RFC 2439 BGP Route Flap Damping
RFC 2474 Definition of the Differentiated Services Field in the IPv4 and
IPv6 Headers
RFC 2571 An Architecture for Describing SNMP Management Frameworks
RFC 2865
RFC 3101 RFC 3176
RFC 3137 RFC 3392
RFC 4510
Remote Authentication Dial In User Service (RADIUS) The OSPF Not-So-Stubby Area (NSSA) Option
OSPF Stub Router Advertisement
Capabilities Advertisement with BGPv4
Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP): Technical
Specification Road Map
RFC 4271 BGPv4
RFC 4292 IP Forwarding MIB
RFC 4293 Management Information Base for the Internet Protocol (IP)
RFC 3411 An Architecture for Describing SNMP Frameworks
RFC 3412 Message Processing and Dispatching for the SNMP
RFC 3413 Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) Applications
RFC 4456 BGP Route Reflection
RFC 4601 Protocol Independent Multicast—Sparse Mode (PIM-SM):
Protocol Specification (Revised)
RFC 4893 BGP Support for Four-Octet AS Number Space
RFC 2460 IPv6 Specification
RFC 4861/ IPv6 Neighbor Discovery
RFC 2462 IPv6 Stateless Address Auto-Configuration
RFC 4443 ICMPv6 (replaces 2463)
RFC 4291 IPv6 Addressing Architecture
RFC 3587 IPv6 Global Unicast Address Format
RFC 2375 IPv6 Multicast Address Assignments
RFC 2464 Transmission of IPv6 over Ethernet Networks
RFC 2711 IPv6 Router Alert Option
RFC 4724 Graceful Restart Mechanism for BGP
RFC 3623 Graceful OSPF Restart - IETF Tools
RFC 5880 Bidirectional Forwarding Detection (BFD)
RFC 5881 Bidirectional Forwarding Detection (BFD) for IPv4 and IPv6
(Single Hop)
RFC 5882 Generic Application of Bidirectional Forwarding Detection (BFD)
RFC 5883 Bidirectional Forwarding Detection (BFD) for Multihop Paths
IPv6 Routing
RFC 2740
OSPFv3 for IPv6
RFC 2545
Use of BGP-MP extensions for IPv6
IPv6 Multicast
RFC 2710
Multicast Listener Discovery (MLD) for IPv6
RFC 5798
VRRP Version 3 for IPv4 and IPv6
Please refer to the latest version of the release notes for the most up-to-date scalability numbers supported in software.
Delivered power based on fully populated system with 10 GbE ports.
4-slot chassis with three Switch Fabric Modules, one Management Module, two fans,
two 3,000 W power supply units AC
4-slot chassis, three Switch Fabric Modules, one Management Module, two fans,
two 3,000 W power supply units DC
8-slot chassis, six Switch Fabric Modules, one Management Module, four fans,
three 3,000 W power supply units AC
8-slot chassis, six Switch Fabric Modules, one Management Module, four fans,
three 3,000 W power supply units DC
4-slot chassis, no Switch Fabric Modules, no Management Modules, two fans,
no power supply units
8-slot chassis, no Switch Fabric Modules, no Management Modules, four fans,
no power supply units
48×1 GbE, SFP module, no optics
48×1/10 GbE, SFP/SFP+ module, no optics
48×1/10 GbE, RJ45 module, no optics
12×40 GbE, QSFP+ module, no optics
27×40 GbE, QSFP+ module, no optics
6×100 GbE, CFP2 module, no optics
Management Module
Switch Fabric Module
Fan FRU for 4- and 8-slot chassis
3,000 W power supply unit AC
3,000 W power supply unit DC
FCoE feature chassis license
VCS feature chassis license
Layer 3 feature chassis license
Advanced feature chassis license (includes Layer 3, FCoE, and VCS licenses)
Upgrade license from VCS, FCoE, or Layer 3 features to Advanced license
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