DCX 8510
•Unleashes the full potential of private
cloud storage with unmatched scalability,
performance, and reliability
•Leverages Brocade UltraScale chassis
connectivity for simpler, flatter, lowlatency fabrics that reduce network
complexity, management, and costs
•Optimizes data center connectivity over
distance with integrated high-performance
metro and global connectivity
•Simplifies and centralizes end-to-end SAN
management with comprehensive
diagnostics, monitoring, and automation
through Brocade Fabric Vision technology
•Maximizes performance for I/O- and
bandwidth-intensive applications
•Protects investments in existing SAN
fabrics and automation tools while
reducing operational costs and
minimizing business disruption
Gen 5 Fibre Channel is the purposebuilt, data center-proven network
infrastructure for storage, delivering
unmatched reliability, simplicity,
and 16 Gbps performance. The
Brocade DCX 8510 with Gen 5 Fibre
Channel unleashes the full potential
of high-density server virtualization,
cloud architectures, and nextgeneration storage.
A Foundation for Server
Virtualization, Flash Storage,
and Cloud Architectures
Brocade® DCX® 8510 Backbones are the
industry’s most reliable, scalable, and
high-performance Gen 5 Fibre Channel
switching infrastructure for mission-critical
storage. They are designed to increase
business agility while providing non-stop
access to information and reducing
infrastructure and administrative costs.
Networks need to evolve in order to support
the growing demands of highly virtualized
environments, new flash-based storage, and
private cloud architectures. Fibre Channel,
the de facto standard for storage
networking, is evolving with the data center.
Brocade DCX 8510 Backbones with Gen 5
Fibre Channel deliver a new level of
scalability and advanced capabilities to this
robust, reliable, and high-performance
technology. This enables organizations to
continue leveraging their existing IT
investments as they grow their businesses.
In addition, they can consolidate their
Storage Area Network (SAN) infrastructures
to simplify management and reduce
operating costs.
Brocade DCX 8510 Backbones are available
in two modular form factors. Built for large
enterprise networks, the 14U Brocade DCX
8510-8 has eight vertical blade slots to
provide up to 384 16 Gbps Fibre Channel
ports. Built for midsize networks, the 8U
Brocade DCX 8510-4 has four horizontal
blade slots to provide up to 192 16 Gbps
Fibre Channel ports. The Brocade DCX 8510
family supports 2, 4, 8, 10, and 16 Gbps
Fibre Channel, FICON®, and 1/10 Gbps Fibre
Channel over IP (FCIP).
To help minimize downtime costs, Brocade
DCX 8510 Backbones build upon years of
innovation and leverage the core technology
of Brocade systems performing at greater
than 99.999 percent uptime in the world’s
most demanding data centers.
Networks are evolving in order to adapt
to rapid growth and change in the server
and storage infrastructure. Brocade
UltraScale chassis connectivity leverages
optical Inter-Chassis Links (ICLs) of up to
100 meters to connect up to 10 Brocade
DCX 8510 Backbones, enabling flatter,
faster, and simpler fabrics that increase
consolidation while reducing network
complexity and costs.
UltraScale ICLs enable scalable core-edge
and active-active mesh chassis topologies.
These high-density chassis topologies
reduce inter-switch cabling by 75 percent
and free up to 33 percent of ports for server
and storage. This maximizes overall port
density in the lowest amount of rack space.
Brocade Fabric Vision technology, an
extension of Brocade Gen 5 Fibre Channel,
introduces a breakthrough hardware
and software solution that maximizes
uptime, simplifies SAN management, and
provides unprecedented visibility and
insight across the storage network. Offering
innovative diagnostic, monitoring, and
management capabilities, the Brocade DCX
8510 with Fabric Vision technology helps
administrators avoid problems, maximize
application performance, and reduce
operational costs. Brocade Fabric Vision
technology includes:
•Flow Vision: Enables administrators to
identify, monitor, and analyze specific
application and data flows in order
to maximize performance, avoid
congestion, and optimize resources.
Flow Vision includes:
–– Flow Monitor: Provides comprehensive
visibility into flows in the fabric,
including the ability to automatically
learn (discover) flows and nondisruptively monitor flow performance.
Users can monitor all flows from a
specific host to multiple targets/LUNs
or from multiple hosts to a specific
target/LUN; monitor all flows across
a specific ISL; or perform LUN-level
monitoring of specific frame types
to identify resource contention
or congestion that is impacting
application performance.
–– Flow Mirror: Provides the ability to
non-disruptively create copies of
specific application and data flows or
frame types that can be captured for
deeper analysis.
–– Flow Generator: Provides a built-in
test traffic generator for pre-testing
and validating the SAN infrastructure,
including verification of routes and
integrity of optics, cables, ports,
and ISLs, for robustness before
deploying applications.
•Monitoring and Alerting Policy Suite
(MAPS): Simplifies fabric-wide threshold
configuration and monitoring. By
leveraging pre-built rule/policy-based
templates, applying thresholds and alerts
to ports and switches is a simple two-step
The Brocade DCX 8510 matches the
highest-performing and most reliable
FICON infrastructure with the industry’s
fastest and most scalable System z
mainframes. Brocade builds on more than
25 years of mainframe leadership that
includes designing the FICON standard
and authoring many FICON patents.
process. Organizations can configure the
entire fabric (or multiple fabrics) at one
time using common rules and policies,
or customize policies for specific ports
or switch elements—all through a single
dialog. The integrated dashboard displays
an overall switch health report, along with
details on out-of-policy conditions, to help
administrators quickly pinpoint potential
issues and easily identify trends and
other behaviors occurring on a switch
or fabric.
•Brocade ClearLink Diagnostics:
Ensures optical and signal integrity
for Gen 5 Fibre Channel optics and
cables, simplifying deployment and
support of high-performance fabrics.
It leverages ClearLink Diagnostic Port
(D_Port) capabilities of Gen 5 Fibre
Channel platforms.
•Bottleneck Detection: Identifies and
alerts administrators to device or
ISL congestion as well as abnormal
levels of latency in the fabric. It works
in conjunction with Brocade Network
Advisor to automatically monitor and
detect network congestion and latency
in the fabric, providing visualization of
bottlenecks in a connectivity map and
product tree, and identifying exactly
which devices and hosts are impacted
by a bottle-necked port.
•Integration into Brocade Network
Advisor: Provides customizable health
and performance dashboard views to
pinpoint problems faster, simplify SAN
configuration and management, and
reduce operational costs.
•Critical diagnostic and monitoring
capabilities: Help ensure early problem
detection and recovery.
•Non-intrusive and non-disruptive
monitoring on every port: Provides a
comprehensive end-to-end view of the
entire fabric using capabilities integrated
into hardware, allowing sophisticated
monitoring without imposing an
additional burden on switches
with frequent polling activity.
•Forward Error Correction (FEC):
Enables recovery from bit errors in ISLs,
enhancing transmission reliability
and performance.
•Credit Loss Recovery: Helps overcome
performance degradation and congestion
due to buffer credit loss.
•Real-time bandwidth consumption
by hosts/applications on ISLs: Helps
easily identify hot spots and potential
network congestion.
Connecting distributed data centers enables
data mobility for advanced data protection
solutions. Brocade DCX 8510 Backbones
include integrated metro and global SAN
extension that provides application agility
and flexible business continuity and disaster
recovery solutions.
The Brocade DCX 8510 family enables
high-speed replication and backup solutions
over metro or WAN links with native Fibre
Channel (10/16 Gbps) and optional
FCIP (1/10 GbE) extension support. The
integrated metro connectivity includes
in-flight compression and encryption to
optimize bandwidth and minimize the risk
of unauthorized access.
Emerging and evolving critical workloads
and higher density virtualization are
continuing to push the limits of SAN
infrastructure. The Brocade DCX 8510
features industry-leading Gen 5 Fibre
Channel that provides 16 Gbps line-speed
performance and 8.2 Tbps chassis
bandwidth to address next-generation
I/O- and bandwidth-intensive applications.
Brocade DCX 8510 Backbones provide
unmatched chassis, slot-to-slot, and port
performance and bandwidth. In addition,
local switching capabilities ensure that data
traffic within the same port group does not
consume slot bandwidth, maximizing the
number of line-rate ports. Performance
capabilities include:
•Brocade DCX 8510-8:
–– Up to 384 ports (equivalent to 512
with UltraScale ICLs) at 16 Gbps
–– 8.2 Tbps chassis bandwidth
•6.1 Tbps Fibre Channel/FICON ports
•2.1 Tbps UltraScale ICL bandwidth
–– 512 Gbps bandwidth per slot
•Brocade DCX 8510-4:
–– Up to 192 ports (equivalent to 256
with UltraScale ICLs) at 16 Gbps
–– 4.1 Tbps chassis bandwidth
•3.1 Tbps Fibre Channel/FICON ports
•1 Tbps UltraScale ICL bandwidth
–– 512 Gbps bandwidth per slot
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 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.
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
Systems Architecture
Single chassis: Up to 384 (Brocade DCX 8510-8) or
192 (Brocade DCX 8510-4) 16 Gbps (E, F, D, M, and
EX) Fibre Channel ports using 48-port 16 Gbps Fibre
Channel blades. Up to 512 (Brocade DCX 8510-8) or
256 (Brocade DCX 8510-4) 8 Gbps (E, F, D, M, and
EX) Fibre Channel ports using 64-port 8 Gbps Fibre
Channel blades.
Multi-chassis with UltraScale ICL ports: Up to 3840
16 Gbps Fibre Channel ports (using 16 Gbps 48-port
blades); up to 5120 8 Gbps Fibre Channel ports
(using 8 Gbps 64-port blades); UtraScale ICL ports
(32 or 16 per chassis, optical QSFP) connect up to
nine chassis in a full mesh topology or up to 10
chassis in a core-edge topology. Each Brocade DCX
8510 chassis that connects to four or more Brocade
DCX 8510 chassis via UltraScale ICLs requires an
Enterprise ICL license.
Control processor
Redundant (active/standby) control processor modules
Full fabric architecture of 239 switches
Certified maximum
6000 active nodes; 56 switches, 19 hops in Brocade
Fabric OS® fabrics; 31 switches, larger fabrics certified
as required
Brocade FS8-18 Encryption Blade provides plug-in
encryption of data on disk or tape, supporting
industry-standard AES-256 and DataFort-compatible
encryption mode (16 8 Gbps Fibre Channel ports; up
to four blades; requires Brocade Network Advisor).
Brocade FX8-24 Extension Blade provides SAN
extension over IP networks (12 8 Gbps Fibre Channel
ports, 10 1 GbE ports with license option for up to two
10 GbE ports per blade; up to four blades).
ISL trunking
Fibre Channel: 2.125 Gbps line speed, full duplex;
4.25 Gbps line speed, full duplex; 8.5 Gbps line
speed, full duplex; 10.53 Gbps line speed, full duplex;
14.025 Gbps line speed, full duplex; auto-sensing of
2, 4, 8, and 16 Gbps port speeds; 10 Gbps and
optionally programmable to fixed port speed
Frame-based trunking with up to eight 16 Gbps ports
per ISL trunk; up to 128 Gbps per ISL trunk
Exchange-based load balancing across ISLs with DPS
included in Brocade Fabric OS
Chassis bandwidth
Brocade DCX 8510-8: 8.2 Tbps per chassis
(384 ports × 16 Gbps data rate + 2.048 Tbps
UltraScale ICL bandwidth)
Brocade DCX 8510-4: 4.1 Tbps per chassis
(192 ports × 16 Gbps data rate + 1.024 Tbps
UltraScale ICL bandwidth)
Slot bandwidth
512 Gbps (data rate)
Local switching
512 Gbps for Brocade FC16-32:
32 ports × 16 Gbps (data rate)
768 Gbps for Brocade FC16-48:
48 ports × 16 Gbps (data rate)
256 Gbps for Brocade FC8-32E:
32 ports × 8 Gbps (data rate)
384 Gbps for Brocade FC8-48E:
48 ports × 8 Gbps (data rate)
512 Gbps for Brocade FC8-64:
64 ports × 8 Gbps (data rate)
UltraScale ICL
Brocade DCX 8510-8: 2.048 Tbps; 32 UltraScale ICL
ports provide the equivalent of 128 16 Gbps ports.
Each UltraScale ICL port provides 64 Gbps bandwidth
over a QSFP (4×16 Gbps) link.
Brocade DCX 8510-4: 1.024 Tbps; 16 UltraScale ICLs
provide the equivalent of 64 16 Gbps ports. Each
UltraScale ICL port provides 64 Gbps bandwidth over
a QSFP (4×16 Gbps) link.
Both models: Frame-based trunking is enabled
between four UltraScale ICLs. DPS distributes
exchanges across all frame trunks.
Switch latency
Locally switched port latency is 700 ns; blade-to-blade
latency is 2.1 µsec; encryption/compression is
5.5 µsec per node; Forward Error Correction (FEC)
adds 400 ns between E_Ports (enabled by default).
Maximum frame size 2112-byte payload
Frame buffers
8192 per 16-port group on 32-port blades and up to
8192 per 24-port group on 48-port blades,
dynamically allocated
Classes of service
Class 2, Class 3, Class F (inter-switch frames)
Fibre Channel
port types
D_Port (ClearLink Diagnostic Port), E_Port, EX_Port,
F_Port, M_Port (Mirror Port); optional port type control
Data traffic types
Fabric switches supporting unicast
Media types
16 Gbps: Brocade FC16-32 and -48 require
Brocade hot-pluggable SFP+, LC connector;
16 Gbps SWL, LWL, ELWL
10 Gbps: Brocade FC16-32 and -48 require Brocade
hot-pluggable SFP+, LC connector; 10 Gbps SWL, LWL
8 Gbps: Brocade FC16-32 and -48; Brocade FC8-32E
and -48E; Brocade FX8-24; and Brocade FS8-18 blades
require Brocade hot-pluggable SFP+, LC connector;
High Availability
Passive backplane; redundant active/passive control
processor; redundant active/active core switching
blades; redundant WWN cards
Chassis power
Two 2000 W AC power supply modules (100 to 240 V
auto-sensing), 2N redundancy; Brocade DCX 8510-8
supports two additional power modules
Brocade DCX 8510-8: Three blower assembly modules
(two required for operation)
8 Gbps: Brocade FC8-64 blades require Brocade hotpluggable mSFP, mSFP LC connector; 8 Gbps SWL only
UltraScale ICL QSFP: Brocade CR16-8 and CR16-4
require Brocade hot-pluggable QSFP, MTP connector;
4×16 Gbps SWL (50 m OM3, 100 m OM4)
Brocade DCX 8510-4: Two blower assembly modules
(one required for operation)
Solution availability
Fibre Channel distance subject to fiber-optic cable
and port speed
1 USB port per control processor for firmware download,
support save, and configuration upload/download
Fabric services
Brocade Advanced Performance Monitoring (APM)
(including Top Talkers for E_Ports, F_Ports, and Fabric
mode); Brocade Adaptive Networking (Ingress Rate
Limiting, Traffic Isolation, QoS); Bottleneck Detection;
Brocade Advanced Zoning (default zoning, port/WWN
zoning, broadcast zoning); Dynamic Fabric
Provisioning (DFP); Dynamic Path Selection (DPS);
Brocade Extended Fabrics; Enhanced BB credit
recovery; Brocade Fabric Watch; FDMI; Flow Vision;
Frame Redirection; Frame-based Trunking; FSPF;
Integrated Routing; IPoFC; Brocade ISL Trunking;
Management Server; Monitoring and Alerting Policy
Suite (MAPS); NPIV; NTP v3; Port Fencing; Registered
State Change Notification (RSCN); Reliable Commit
Service (RCS); Brocade Server Application
Optimization (SAO); Simple Name Server (SNS); Virtual
Fabrics (Logical Switch, Logical Fabric)
Supports DWDM, CWDM, and FC-SONET devices;
Fibre Channel, in-flight compression (Brocade LZO)
and encryption (AES-GCM-256) BB credit recovery;
FCIP, Adaptive Rate Limiting (ARL), data compression,
Fast Write, read/write Tape Pipelining, QoS
FICON cascading (Brocade Fabric OS: Brocade DCX
8510-8, DCX 8510-4); support for lossless DLS; FICON
CUP; Advanced Accelerator for FICON (FICON Global
Mirror and XRC emulation and read/write Tape Pipelining).
The Brocade FC8-64 blade does not support FICON.
Designed to provide 99.999 percent uptime capabilities;
hot-pluggable redundant power supplies, fans, WWN
cards, processors, core switching, port blades, and
optics; online diagnostics; non-disruptive firmware
download and activation
HTTP, SNMP v1/v3 (FE MIB, FC Management MIB),
SSH; Auditing, Syslog; Brocade Advanced Web Tools,
Brocade Network Advisor SAN Enterprise or Brocade
Network Advisor SAN Professional Plus; Command
Line Interface (CLI); SMI-S compliant; Administrative
Domains; trial licenses for add-on capabilities
AES-GCM-256 encryption on ISLs; DH-CHAP (between
switches and end devices), FCAP switch authentication;
FIPS 140-2 L2-compliant, HTTPS, IPsec, IP filtering, LDAP
with IPv6, OpenLDAP, Port Binding, RADIUS, User-defined
Role-Based Access Control (RBAC), Secure Copy (SCP),
Secure RPC, SFTP, SSH v2, SSL, Switch Binding,
TACACS+, Trusted Switch
10/100/1000 Ethernet (RJ-45) per control processor,
in-band over Fibre Channel; serial port (RJ-45) and
one USB per control processor module; call-home
integration enabled through Brocade Network Advisor
Built-in flow generator, ClearLink optics and cable
diagnostics, including electrical/optical loopback, link
traffic/latency/distance; POST and embedded online/
offline diagnostics, including environmental
monitoring, FCping and Pathinfo (FC traceroute), flow
mirroring, frame viewer, non-disruptive daemon
restart, port mirroring, optics health monitoring, power
monitoring (16 Gbps blades-only), RAStrace logging,
and Rolling Reboot Detection (RRD)
Mechanical Specifications
Rear panel-to-door airflow; Brocade DCX 8510-4 ships
with 1U exhaust shelf
Operating: 0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)
Non-operating: –25°C to 70°C (–13°F to 158°F)
Rack-mountable in a standard 19-inch EIA cabinet
Brocade DCX 8510-8
Width: 43.74 cm (17.22 in.)
Height: 61.24 cm (24.11 in., 14U)
Depth (without door): 61.19 cm (24.09 in.)
Depth (with door): 73.20 cm (28.82 in.)
Brocade DCX 8510-4
Width: 43.74 cm (17.22 in.)
Height: 35.00 cm (13.78 in., 8U) plus 4.37 cm
exhaust shelf (1.72 in, 1U)
Depth without door: 61.19 cm (24.09 in.)
Depth with door: 73.20 cm (28.82 in.)
Operating humidity: 5% to 93% RH non-condensing at
40°C (104°F) with a maximum gradient of 10% per
Non-operating humidity: 10% to 93% RH noncondensing at 70°C (158°F)
Up to 3000 meters (9842 feet)
Operating: 20 g, 6 ms, half sine
Non-operating: 33 g, 11 ms, half sine
Operating: 0.5 g p-p, 5 to 500 Hz
Non-operating: 2.0 g p-p, 5 to 500 Hz
Heat dissipation
Brocade DCX 8510-8
Min: 32-port configuration (no QSFP), 986 W,
3365 BTU/hr
Max: 384-port configuration (fully loaded with QSFPs),
2429 W, 8283 BTU/hr
Brocade DCX 8510-4
Min: 32-port configuration, 713 W, 2433 BTU/hr
Max: 192-port configuration (fully loaded with QSFPs),
1347 W, 4592 BTU/hr
CO2 emissions
Brocade DCX 8510-8
7.8 metric tonnes per year (with 384 ports at 0.42 kg/kWh)
0.95 kg per Gbps per year
Brocade DCX 8510-4
4.3 metric tonnes per year (with 256 ports at 0.42 kg/kWh)
1.04 kg per Gbps per year
System weight
Brocade DCX 8510-8
103.50 kg (228.20 lb) for 384-port configuration
fully populated
39.55 kg (82.20 lb) for chassis
Brocade DCX 8510-4
68.04 kg (150.00 lb) for 192-port configuration
fully populated
25.76 kg (56.80 lb) for chassis
Supported power
Range: 85 to 264 VAC Auto-volt
Nominal: 100 to 240 VAC
85 to 132 VAC: 1000 W
180 to 264 VAC: 2000 W
In-rush current
60 Amps maximum, peak
47 to 63 Hz (Nominal: 50 to 60 Hz)
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