brocade 6910 ethernet access switch

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BROCADE
6910
ETHERNET
ACCESS SWITCH
CARRIER-CLASS
ACCESS
HIGHLIGHTS
•Enables enterprise, wireless backhaul,
and residential Fiber-To-The-Home (FTTH)
services in a single Carrier Ethernet
access switch
•Supports comprehensive Quality of
Service (QoS) for multi-tiered Service
Level Agreement (SLA) offerings
•Helps ensure high reliability with
redundant power supplies and proactive
service monitoring and management for
fast resolution of performance issues
•Provides a single, cost-effective, and
easy-to-manage platform
•Enables profitable Ethernet services to
create new revenue streams
The Brocade One™ strategy helps
simplify networking infrastructures
through innovative technologies
and solutions. The Brocade 6910
Ethernet Access Switch supports
this strategy by enabling service
providers to streamline the
deployment of high-value services.
Carrier Ethernet Access Switch
Service providers today are focused on
transforming their networks and business
models to operate more efficiently and
profitably. To meet these challenges, service
providers need to extend their reach and
offer differentiated services while reducing
both cost and complexity.
The Brocade® 6910 Ethernet Access Switch
provides a flexible, easy-to-deploy solution
to address these challenges. Optimized for
pure-play Ethernet access within metro areas,
the Brocade 6910 supports applications
for mobile backhaul, business services,
and residential triple-play offerings. In
addition, it offers an energy-efficient and
small form-factor solution that extends
wire-speed Ethernet services to the
network edge without compromising
performance.
The Brocade 6910 helps service providers
reduce operational costs by providing
greater flexibility and efficiency. In addition
to supporting multiple fiber or copper
configurations on a single switch, it allows
the same ports to be configured to connect
directly to the customer or as a network
interface on the service side. This ideally
positions the Brocade 6910 at the edge
of a broadband access network for Ethernet
service demarcation, extension, and
aggregation—enabling service providers
to economically deliver high-value
Ethernet services.
KEY APPLICATIONS FOR
THE BROCADE 6910
•A managed Customer Premises
Equipment (CPE) device for
enterprise services
•An access switch for business parks
•A cell site switch for 4G backhaul
and public safety wireless networks
•A Layer 2 access switch for
residential triple-play services
CARRIER-CLASS PLATFORM
The Brocade 6910 is a carrier-grade access
switch that meets the requirements for
non-stop networking with Layer 2 services.
The platform provides dual-power input for
redundancy, and has been architected with
a state-of-the-art hardware design and
field-proven operating system for reliability
and resiliency. It combines the low cost and
high capacity of Ethernet with the reliability,
management, and service quality needed for
mission-critical applications. With its small
form factor, fanless design, and temperaturehardened specifications, the Brocade 6910
is ideal for a variety of physical environments
that support enterprise customers, managed
service providers, Multi-Tenant Unit (MTU)/
Multi-Dwelling Unit (MDU) deployments, and
wireless backhaul providers.
Optimized for Pure-Play Ethernet
Purpose-built as an Ethernet access switch,
the Brocade 6910 helps eliminate the overhead
cost of other technologies while efficiently
delivering business services to the edge and
providing triple-play services and business
Virtual Private Network (VPN) solutions.
The Brocade 6910 provides a standards-based
solution, enabling seamless deployment
and interoperability within the network. It
supports the full suite of Layer 2 features—
including Ethernet Ring Protection, Spanning
Tree Protocols, Provider Bridging, and IGMP
snooping—as well as Layer 3 static routing
for Internet connectivity.
Flexible Service Awareness
The Brocade 6910, with its full suite of
Ethernet features, provides flexible service
awareness and SLA adherence for tripleplay, enterprise, and mobile backhaul
services. As a pure-play Ethernet product, it
includes the latest innovations in Ethernet
technology, Ethernet control plane protocols,
and Ethernet Operations, Administration,
and Maintenance (OAM) mechanisms.
The result is a leading-edge access switch
that delivers advanced Layer 2 features,
comprehensive Quality of Service (QoS),
and robust management and performance
monitoring. Moreover, it can support a wide
range of services, including carrier-grade
Layer 2 services, mission-critical data,
high-speed Internet, and high-quality IPTV
and Voice over IP (VoIP) services.
SIMPLIFIED SERVICE MANAGEMENT
Service providers realize that the key to
customer satisfaction and retention is
ensuring network reliability and quickly
resolving any issues that can impact quality
or service. The Brocade 6910 simplifies
service management by providing key
service monitoring and management at the
edge. It supports industry specifications,
such as IEEE 802.1ag Connectivity Fault
Management (CFM) and ITU-T Y.1731
Service Framework, to allow fast, proactive
monitoring of end-user services.
By leveraging these service monitoring and
management features, service providers
can identify connectivity and performance
issues, and isolate the problem from a
remote location, avoiding costly dispatch to
the onsite location. In addition, the Brocade
6910 enables service providers to monitor
service availability, delay, and jitter to verify
SLA conformance. It also helps support
non-stop networking by providing proactive
notification of performance degradation
before a service outage occurs.
High Reliability
The Brocade 6910 helps provide a
foundation for high reliability and
continuous availability. It supports G.8032
Ethernet Ring Protection Switching, which
enables the network to detect and recover
from incidents without impacting users—and
meets the most demanding quality and
availability requirements.
DIFFERENTIATED SERVICES WITH
ADVANCED QOS
Today’s network designs must include
stringent QoS metrics that allow service
providers to not only reliably deliver services,
but also provide service differentiation.
Typical business services are often tiered
under different service levels, ranging from
premium to “best-effort” services.
At each level of service, service providers
must meet or exceed customer
agreements—failing to do so can lead to
strict financial penalties and loss of business.
The Brocade 6910 supports advanced QoS
capabilities (such as the use of two-rate,
three-color traffic policers, and priority
remarking) to offer a deterministic “hard QoS”
capability that meets business VPN SLAs.
Each port on the Brocade 6910 supports
eight hardware queues—each with a distinct
priority level—enabling service providers to
sell multi-tiered business VPN services and
maximize their revenue opportunities.
Business
Mobile
Backhaul
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Figure 1.
Brocade 6910 Ethernet Access Switches in
a Metro Access Network (MAN).
Business
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BROCADE GLOBAL SERVICES
Brocade Global Services delivers worldclass professional services and technical
support to maximize service providers’
investments in the Brocade 6910 Ethernet
Access Switch. Brocade Professional
Services offers assessment, design, and
implementation services to optimize service
providers’ networks to meet increasing
bandwidth demands. Brocade Essential
Support helps service providers maximize
network availability to meet the demands of
their business.
KEY FEATURES
MAXIMIZING INVESTMENTS
Support for link aggregation
•Up to 8 ports per LAG
•Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP)
To help optimize technology investments,
Brocade and its partners offer complete
solutions that include education, support,
and services. For more information,
contact a Brocade sales partner or visit
www.brocade.com.
Carrier-grade Ethernet services
•Up to 16,000 MAC addresses
•IEEE 802.1ad Provider Bridges
•IEEE 802.1ag Connectivity Fault
Management
•ITU Y.1731 End-to-end performance
measurement
•ITU-T Y.1731 Service Framework
•Comprehensive set of Layer 2 control
protocols: RSTP, MSTP, and ITU G.8032
•MEF 9 and MEF 14 certification
•E-LINE (EPL and EVPL) and E-LAN
Traffic management
•Inbound and outbound two-rate
three-color traffic policers
•Eight queues per port, each with a
distinct priority level
•Multiple queue servicing disciplines:
Strict Priority, Weighted Round Robin,
and hybrid
•Egress-based shaping
Comprehensive hardware-based
security and policies
•Hardware-based ACLs
(both inbound and outbound)
Additional security capabilities
•Port-based network access control
using 802.1x or MAC port security
Advanced monitoring capabilities
•Hardware-based sFlow sampling
that allows extensive Layer 2-7 traffic
monitoring for IPv4 and Carrier Ethernet
services
•sFlow support
Interface capabilities
•Jumbo frame support up to 9216 bytes
•IEEE 802.3ah Link OAM
Redundancy
•Redundant, AC/DC power supplies
•Fanless design
BROCADE 6910 SPECIFICATIONS
Features
BR-6910-EAS-AC
BR-6910-EAS-DC
MEF specifications
Port density
12 10/100/1000
RJ45 or
12 10/100/1000
RJ45 or
12 100/1000
Fiber SFP
12 100/1000
Fiber SFP
Forwarding performance
24 Gbps
24 Gbps
Buffering
8 Mb
8 Mb
Power supply
Dual AC
(1+1 redundant)
Dual DC
(1+1 redundant)
Fan redundancy
Fanless
Fanless
• MEF 2 Requirements and Framework for Ethernet Service Protection
• MEF 4 Metro Ethernet Network Architecture Framework Part 1: Generic
Framework
• MEF 6.1 Metro Ethernet Services Definitions Phase 2
• MEF 9 Abstract Test Suite for Ethernet Services at the UNI
• MEF 10.1 Ethernet Services Attributes Phase 2
• MEF 11 User Network Interface (UNI) Requirements and Framework
• MEF 12 Metro Ethernet Network Architecture Framework Part 2:
Ethernet Services Layer
• MEF 13 User Network Interface (UNI) Type 1 Implementation Agreement
• MEF 14 Abstract Test Suite for Traffic Management Phase 1
• MEF 17 Service OAM Framework and Requirements (partial)
• MEF 21 Abstract Test Suite for UNI Type 2 Part 1 Link OAM
Dimensions
Brocade 6910
Ethernet Access Switch AC
44.5 mm × 440 mm × 250 mm (H×W×D)
1.75 in. × 17.3 in. × 9.8 in.
Brocade 6910
Ethernet Access Switch DC
44.5 mm × 440 mm × 250 mm (H×W×D)
1.75 in. × 17.3 in. × 9.8 in.
IEEE compliance
• IEEE 802.3 10Base-T
• IEEE 802.3u 100Base-TX, 100Base-FX, 100Base-LX
• IEEE 802.3z 1000Base-SX/LX
• IEEE 802.3ab 1000Base-T
• 802.3 CSMA/CD Access Method and Physical Layer Specifications
• 802.3x Flow Control
• 802.3ad Link Aggregation
• 802.1Q Virtual Bridged LANs
• 802.1D MAC Bridges
• 802.1w Rapid STP
• 802.1s Multiple Spanning Trees
• 802.1x Port-based Network Access Control
• 802.1ad Provider Bridges
• 802.1ag Connectivity Fault Management (CFM)
Network management
• Integrated industry-standard Command Line Interface (CLI)
• Web management
• sFlow (RFC 3176)
• Telnet
• SNMPv1, v2c, v3
• RMON
Element security options
• AAA
• RADIUS
• Secure Shell (SSH v2)
• HTTPs
• Username/Password
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BROCADE 6910 SPECIFICATIONS (CONTINUED)
Environmental
Immunity
Temperature
Operating: –20°C to 65°C (–4°F to 149°F)
Non-operating: –25°C to 70°C (–13°F to 158°F)
Humidity
Relative: 5% to 90% at 40°C (104°F),
non-condensing
Non-operating: 95% maximum relative
humidity, non-condensing
Safety agency approvals
• CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 60950-1-3
• UL 60950-1
• IEC 60950-1
• EN 60950-1 Safety of Information Technology Equipment
• EN 60825-1 Safety of Laser Products—Part 1: Equipment Classification,
Requirements and User’s Guide
• EN 60825-2 Safety of Laser Products—Part 2: Safety of Optical Fibre
Communication Systems
• EN 61000-6-1 Generic Immunity and Susceptibility.
This supersedes EN 50082-1.
• EN 55024 Immunity Characteristics. This supersedes:
–– EN 61000-4-2 ESD
–– EN 61000-4-3 Radiated, radio frequency, electromagnetic field
–– EN 61000-4-4 Electrical fast transient
–– EN 61000-4-5 Surge
–– EN 61000-4-6 Conducted disturbances induced by radio-frequency fields
–– EN 61000-4-8 Power frequency magnetic field
–– EN 61000-4-11 Voltage dips and sags
Physical design and mounting
Rack mount
19-inch rack-mount supporting racks
compliant with:
• ANSI/EIA-310-D
• ETS 300 119
Electromagnetic emission
Environmental regulatory compliance
• ICES-003 Electromagnetic Emission
• FCC Class A
• EN 55022/CISPR-22 Class A/VCCI Class A
• AS/NZS 55022
• EN 61000-3-2 Power Line Harmonics
• EN 61000-3-3 Voltage Fluctuation and Flicker
• EN 61000-6-3 Emission Standard (Supersedes: EN 50081-1)
• EU 2002/95/EC RoHS
• EU 2002/96/EC WEEE
ORDERING INFORMATION
Product number
Description
BR-6910-EAS-AC
12×1 GbE combination copper 10/100/1000 Base-T (RJ45) or 100/1000 Base-X SFP ports, redundant AC power supply
BR-6910-EAS-DC
12×1 GbE combination copper 10/100/1000 Base-T (RJ45) or 100/1000 Base-X SFP ports, redundant DC power supply
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