Brocade FX8-24 Extension Blade - Datasheet

Brocade FX8-24 Extension Blade - Datasheet
Brocade FX8-24 Extension Blade
Industry-Leading SAN Extension for Remote Data
Replication and Backup
••Enables fast, reliable, and cost-effective
remote data replication and backup
••Offers best-in-class Fibre Channel
and FCIP port density, bandwidth, and
throughput with twelve 8 Gbps Fibre
Channel ports, ten 1 GbE ports, and up
to two optional 10 GbE ports
••Maximizes flexibility and scalability with
a modular blade platform and simple
software licensing to support a broad
range of SAN extension requirements
••Maximizes throughput over distance
IT organizations continue to face unprecedented data growth as more
platforms, applications, and users connect to the data center network. In
turn, the storage network infrastructure must continue evolving to enable
fast, continuous, and cost-effective access to mission-critical data from
anywhere in the world.
To address this challenge, the Brocade® FX8-24 Extension Blade,
designed specifically for Brocade DCX® 8510 Backbones and Brocade
DCX Backbones, helps provide the fastest, most reliable, and most costeffective network infrastructure for remote data replication and backup.
Leveraging advanced 8 Gbps Fibre Channel, 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE),
and Fibre Channel over IP (FCIP) technology, the Brocade FX8-24
provides a flexible and extensible platform to move more data faster
and farther than ever before.
using advanced FCIP technology
••Offers FCIP Trunking and Adaptive
Rate Limiting to maximize WAN link
utilization and resiliency
Simplifies management through
Brocade Fabric Vision technology,
reducing operational costs, maximizing
uptime, and optimizing application
Whether configured for synchronous or
asynchronous replication between data
centers or centralized backup across
multiple sites, the Brocade FX8-24
addresses the most demanding business
continuity, compliance, and global data
access requirements. Twelve 8 Gbps
Fibre Channel ports, ten 1 GbE ports,
and up to two optional 10 GbE ports
provide unmatched Fibre Channel
and FCIP bandwidth, port density, and
throughput for maximum application
performance over WAN links.
A Scalable, Flexible SAN
Extension Platform
The Brocade FX8-24 is an ideal
foundation for building or expanding
a high-performance SAN extension
infrastructure for disaster recovery
and data protection solutions (see
Figure 1). It leverages cost-effective
IP WAN transport to extend open
systems and mainframe disk and tape
storage applications over distances
that would otherwise be impossible,
impractical, or too expensive with
standard Fibre Channel connections.
Synchronous and Asynchronous Replication
Centralized SAN Backup and Archiving
Primary Site
Central Backup Site
Figure 1: The Brocade FX8-24 is a scalable SAN extension platform that extends disaster
recovery and data protection storage solutions across any distance.
Organizations can install up to four
Brocade FX8-24 blades in a Brocade
DCX 8510-8, Brocade DCX 8510-4,
Brocade DCX, or Brocade DCX-4S,
providing scalable Fibre Channel and
FCIP bandwidth for larger enterprise
data centers and multisite environments.
Activating the optional 10 GbE ports
doubles the aggregate bandwidth to
20 Gbps and enables additional FCIP
port configurations (ten 1 GbE ports and
one 10 GbE port, or two 10 GbE ports).
The Brocade FX8-24 provides
flexible deployment options within the
Brocade DCX 8510 and Brocade DCX
chassis, integrating seamlessly with
Fibre Channel and application blades
or providing standalone extension
services. In addition, a broad range of
optional advanced extension, FICON®,
and SAN fabric services are available to
address the most challenging extension
and storage networking requirements.
The Brocade FX8-24 is ideal for:
••Open systems and mainframe
disk and tape extension
••Multisite synchronous and
asynchronous disk replication
••Centralized SAN backup, recovery,
and archiving
Organizations can deploy the Brocade
FX8-24 and the Brocade 7840 or the
Brocade 7800 Extension Switch in a
data center-to-edge architecture as a
cost-effective option for connecting
primary data centers with remote data
centers and offices. Both the Brocade
7840 with up to twenty-four 16 Gbps
Fibre Channel ports, sixteen 1/10 Gigabit
Ethernet (GbE) ports, and two 40 GbE
ports and the Brocade 7800 with
up to sixteen 8 Gbps Fibre Channel
ports and six GbE ports provide the
bandwidth, port density, and throughput
required for maximum application
performance over WAN connections.
Simplified Disaster Recovery and
Data Protection
Today’s organizations depend on fast,
reliable access to data wherever and
whenever needed, regardless of location.
As a result, the ramifications and potential
business impact of an inadequate
disaster recovery and data protection
infrastructure are greater than ever.
The advanced performance and network
optimization features of the Brocade
FX8-24 enable replication and backup
applications to send more data over FCIP
links in less time, protecting time-sensitive
synchronous or other high-priority traffic,
and optimizing available WAN bandwidth.
Acceleration for SCSI writes (FastWrite)
and IBM z/OS Global Mirror (zGM,
and Sharing
Copy or XRC) maximize replication
performance and enable cost-effective
synchronous and asynchronous
replication across any distance. In
addition, Tape Pipelining
for open
systems and mainframe tapes utilizes
unique read and write tape processing
significantly reduce backup and recovery
FX8-24 anywhere in the
times over distance
world. Optional FCIP Trunking provides
FCIP tunnel redundancy for lossless
path failover and guaranteed in-order
data delivery in the event of a failure.
The Brocade DCX 8510, the Brocade
DCX, and the Brocade FX8-24 leverage
the core technology of Brocade SAN
fabric platforms, consistently delivering
99.9999 percent uptime in the world’s
most demanding data centers. The
Brocade DCX Backbone family combines
enterprise-class availability features
such as hot-pluggable redundant power
supplies and fans with non-disruptive
software upgrades to maximize
application uptime and minimize
outages. These unique capabilities
enable a high-performance and highly
reliable network infrastructure for
disaster recovery and data protection.
Unmatched Performance and
Best-in-class Fibre Channel and FCIP
switch port density, bandwidth, and
throughput address today’s dynamic
I/O and workload requirements, and
are designed to meet the evolving
requirements of highly virtualized data
centers. Each Brocade FX8-24 provides
aggregate bandwidth of up to 96 Gbps
for Fibre Channel and up to 20 Gbps for
FCIP. Supporting up to 350 ms RoundTrip Time (RTT) of latency, the Brocade
FX8-24 enables cost-effective SAN
extension solutions over distances up
to 52,500 kilometers (33,000 miles).
The Brocade FX8-24 maximizes
replication and backup throughput
over distance using advanced Fibre
Channel frame compression, disk and
tape protocol acceleration, and FCIP
networking technology. Unique features
and technologies include the following:
••FCIP Trunking combines multiple
IP source and destination address
pairs into a single logical highbandwidth FCIP trunk spanning
multiple physical ports—including 10
GbE ports—to provide load balancing
and network failure resiliency.
••Adaptive Rate Limiting dynamically
adjusts bandwidth between minimum
and maximum rate limits to optimize
bandwidth utilization and sharing.
••FCIP Quality of Service (QoS)
provides high-, medium-, and lowpriority handling of initiator-target
flows within the same FCIP tunnel
for transmission over the WAN with
individual TCP sessions per QoS class.
••IPsec support ensures secure
transport over WAN links by
encrypting data-in-flight with
standard 256-bit AES algorithm.
••Advanced compression architecture
provides multiple modes to optimize
compression ratios for various
throughput requirements.
FCIP Fast Write accelerates SCSI write
processing, maximizing performance
of synchronous and asynchronous
replication applications across
high-latency WAN connections.
••Open Systems Tape Pipelining
accelerates read and write tape
processing over distance, minimizing
backup and restore windows.
••Brocade Advanced Accelerator for
FICON uses advanced networking
technologies, data management
techniques, and protocol intelligence
to accelerate IBM zGM, mainframe
tape read and write operations, and
z/OS host connection to Teradata
warehousing systems over distance.
••Storage-Optimized TCP optimizes
TCP window size and flow control,
accelerating TCP transport for
storage applications.
Simplified Management and
Robust Network Analytics
Brocade Fabric Vision™ technology
provides a breakthrough hardware and
software solution that helps simplify
monitoring, maximize network availability,
and dramatically reduce costs. Featuring
innovative monitoring, management,
and diagnostic capabilities, Fabric Vision
technology enables administrators to
avoid problems before they impact
operations, helping their organizations
meet Service Level Agreements (SLAs).
The Brocade FX8-24 Extension
Blade supports the following Brocade
Fabric Vision technology features:
••Monitoring and Alerting Policy Suite
(MAPS): Provides a pre-built, policybased threshold monitoring and alerting
tool that proactively monitors storage
extension network health based on a
comprehensive set of metrics per circuit
or QoS. Administrators can configure
multiple fabrics at one time using predefined or customized rules and policies
for specific ports or switch elements.
••Fabric Performance Impact (FPI)
Monitoring: Leverages pre-defined
MAPS policies to automatically
detect and alert administrators to
different latency severity levels, and
identifies slow drain devices that can
impact the network. This feature uses
advanced monitoring capabilities
and intuitive MAPS dashboard
reporting to indicate various latency
severity levels, pinpointing exactly
which devices are causing or are
impacted by a bottlenecked port.
This feature also provides automatic
mitigation or recovery from the
effects of slow drain devices.
••Dashboards: Provides integrated
dashboards that display an overall
SAN health view, along with details
on out-of-range conditions, to
help administrators easily identify
trends and quickly pinpoint issues
occurring on a switch or in a fabric.
••Configuration and Operational
Monitoring Policy Automation
Services Suite (COMPASS): Simplifies
deployment, ensures consistency, and
increases operational efficiencies of
larger environments with automated
switch and fabric configuration services.
Administrators can configure a template
or adopt an existing configuration as
a template and seamlessly deploy
the configuration across the fabric.
In addition, they can ensure that
settings do not drift over time with
COMPASS configuration and policy
violation monitoring within Brocade
Network Advisor dashboards.
••Flow Vision: Enables administrators to
identify, monitor, and analyze specific
application flows in order to simplify
troubleshooting, maximize performance,
avoid congestion, and optimize
resources. Flow Vision includes:
-- Flow Monitor: Provides
comprehensive visibility into flows
across a storage extension network,
including the ability to automatically
learn flows and non-disruptively
monitor flow performance.
Administrators can monitor all
flows from a specific storage device
that is writing to or reading from a
destination storage device/LUNs or
across a storage extension network.
Additionally, they can perform
LUN-level monitoring of specific
frame types to identify resource
contention or congestion that is
impacting application performance.
fabric. In addition, dashboards and reports
can be configured to show only the most
relevant data, enabling administrators to
more efficiently prioritize their actions
and maintain network performance.
Brocade Network Advisor
Brocade Network Advisor simplifies
Gen 5 Fibre Channel management
and helps users proactively diagnose
and resolve issues to maximize uptime,
increase operational efficiency, and
reduce costs. The wizard-driven interface
dramatically reduces deployment and
configuration times by allowing fabrics,
switches, and ports to be managed
as groups. Customizable dashboards
graphically display performance and
health indicators out of the box, including
all data captured using Brocade Fabric
Vision technology. To accelerate
troubleshooting, administrators can use
dashboard playback to quickly review
past events and identify problems in the
Integrated Architecture and
The Brocade FX8-24 utilizes the same
Brocade Fabric OS® that supports the
entire Brocade SAN product family—from
the Brocade 6505 Switch to the Brocade
DCX 8510 Backbone with Gen 5 Fibre
Channel. This helps ensure seamless
interoperability with advanced features
such as Brocade Integrated Routing,
Brocade ISL Trunking, Brocade Fabric
Vision technology, Brocade Adaptive
Networking, Brocade Server Application
Optimization (SAO), Brocade Advanced
Performance Monitoring, Brocade Fabric
Watch, and Brocade Extended Fabrics.
In addition, organizations can perform
management and administrative tasks
through familiar Brocade management
tools, including Brocade Network
Advisor, Brocade Web Tools, and the
Command Line Interface (CLI). Moreover,
optional FICON Control Unit Port (CUP)
capabilities enable legacy management
applications to seamlessly support
Brocade FICON environments.
Brocade Global Services
Brocade Global Services has the
expertise to help organizations build
scalable, efficient cloud infrastructures.
Leveraging 15 years of expertise in
storage, networking, and virtualization,
Brocade Global Services delivers worldclass professional services, technical
support, network monitoring services,
and education, enabling organizations
to maximize their Brocade investments,
accelerate new technology deployments,
and optimize the performance of
networking infrastructures.
Maximizing Investments
To help optimize technology investments,
Brocade and its partners offer complete
solutions that include professional
services, technical support, and education.
For more information, contact a Brocade
sales partner or visit
Brocade FX8-24 Specifications
System Architecture
Fibre Channel ports
12 ports; E, F, M, EX, and FL ports
Fabric latency
FCIP ports
12 ports (VE, VEX): 10 1 GbE ports and two
optional 10 GbE ports
700 ns with no contention, cut-through routing
at 8 Gbps
Maximum frame size
2,112-byte payload
Standard FCIP port
10 1 GbE ports
Maximum MTU size
1,500-byte Ethernet packets with FCIP
Classes of service
Class 2, Class 3, Class F (inter-switch frames)
Optional FCIP 10 GbE
port configurations
10 1 GbE ports and one 10 GbE port; two
10 GbE ports
Port types
Full fabric architecture with 239 switches
FL_Port, F_Port, E_Port, EX_Port, and M_Port
(Mirror Port). For FCIP, VE_Port (Virtual E_Port),
VEX_Port (Virtual EX_Port).
Data traffic types
Certified maximum
Single fabric: 56 domains, 7 hops
Fabric switches supporting unicast,
multicast (255 groups), and broadcast
Media types
Fibre Channel: Brocade hot-pluggable Small
Form Factor Pluggable (SFP) and SFP+, LC
connector; Short-Wave Laser (SWL) and LongWave Laser (LWL); distance depends on fiberoptic cable and port speed; supports SFP+ (2, 4,
and 8 Gbps) and SFP (1, 2, and 4 Gbps) optical
Multiprotocol routing fabric: 19 hops
Fibre Channel
1.063 Gbps line speed, full duplex; 2.125 Gbps
line speed, full duplex; 4.25 Gbps line speed, full
duplex; 8.5 Gbps line speed, full duplex. Autosensing of 1 Gbps, 2 Gbps, 4 Gbps, and 8 Gbps
port speeds; optionally programmable to fixed
port speed. Speed matching between 1 Gbps, 2
Gbps, 4 Gbps, and 8 Gbps ports.
FCIP performance
1 Gbps line speed; 10 Gbps line speed
System scalability
Up to four Brocade FX8-24 blades per Brocade
DCX Backbone family chassis
ISL Trunking
Up to eight 8 Gbps ports per ISL trunk; up to
64 Gbps per ISL trunk. There is no limit to how
many trunk groups can be configured on the
Fibre Channel
aggregate bandwidth
96 Gbps: 12 ports × 8 Gbps data rate
FCIP aggregate
(supported port
10 Gbps: 10 ports × 1 Gbps data rate
20 Gbps: 10 ports × 1 Gbps data rate and
1 port × 10 Gbps data rate
20 Gbps: 2 ports × 10 Gbps data rate
1 GbE: Brocade hot-pluggable optical SFP,
Short-Wave Laser (SWL) and Long-Wave Laser
(LWL); GbE Copper SFP; distance depends on
fiber-optic or copper cable and port speed
10 GbE: Brocade hot-pluggable optical 10 GbE
SFP+, Short-Reach (SR) and Long-Reach (LR);
distance depends on fiber-optic cable and port
Fabric services
Brocade Advanced Zoning, Dynamic Path
Selection (DPS), FDMI, Enhanced Group
Management (EGM), Frame Redirection,
Registered State Change Notification (RSCN),
Reliable Commit Service (RCS), Simple Name
Server (SNS), Brocade Adaptive Networking,
Brocade Server Application Optimization (SAO),
and Bottleneck Detection
Optional fabric services include: Monitoring
and Alerting Policy Suite (MAPS), Flow Monitor,
Brocade Advanced Performance Monitoring,
Brocade Fabric Watch, Brocade Integrated
Routing, Brocade Extended Fabrics, and
Brocade ISL Trunking
Brocade FX8-24 Specifications (Continued)
Licensing options
The following optional extension features can be
enabled via license keys:
GbE License: Enables the two 10 GbE
ports and optional 10 GbE port configurations
Extension: Enables FCIP Trunking
and Adaptive Rate Limiting
Management Server: Control Unit
Port (CUP) enables host control of switches in
mainframe environments
Height: 42.1 cm (16.6 in.)
Depth: 29.9 cm (11.8 in.)
Occupies one slot in a Brocade DCX Backbone
family chassis
System weight
and z/OS connection to Teradata systems
over distance
Operating: 0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)
Non-operating: −25°C to 70°C (−13°F to 158°F)
Operating: 10% to 85% non-condensing
Non-operating: 10% to 90% non-condensing
SSH v2, HTTP/HTTPS, SNMP v1/v3, Telnet;
management software SNMP (FE MIB, FC Management MIB);
Brocade Web Tools; Brocade Network Advisor
SAN Enterprise or Brocade Network Advisor
Professional/Professional Plus; Command Line
Interface (CLI); SMI-S
4.3 kg (9.4 lb) without SFP/SFP+
Accelerator for FICON:
Accelerates IBM zGM, mainframe tapes,
Width: 3.6 cm (1.4 in.)
DH-CHAP (between switches and end devices),
HTTPS, IPsec, IP Filtering, LDAP, OpenLDAP,
Port Binding, RADIUS, Role-Based Access
Control (RBAC), TACACS+, Secure Copy (SCP),
Secure RPC, SSH v2, SSL, Switch Binding,
Trusted Switch
POST and embedded online/offline diagnostics,
including FCping, Pathinfo (FCtraceroute)
Operating: Up to 3,000 m (9,842 ft)
Storage: Up to 12 km (39,370 ft)
Operating: 20 g, 6 ms half-sine
Non-operating: 33 g, 11 ms, half-sine, 3/eg Axis
Operating: 0.5 g sine, 0.4 grms random, 5 to
500 Hz
Non-operating: 2.0 g sine, 1.1 grms random,
5 to 500 Hz
Maximum power
250 watts
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