Brocade VDX 6730 Converged Switch for IBM

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System x
Brocade VDX 6730
Converged Switch for IBM
Converged Ethernet and FC/FCoE switching for
simplified and efficient networking
Highlights
10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) FCoE switch
with LAN and native Fibre Channel ports
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Supports multiple protocols including
Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE),
iSCSI and NAS
Streamlines management by utilizing
Brocade Network Advisor and available
integration with IBM System Director
Ideal for customers looking to connect to
existing Brocade SANs
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Seeking better ways to build clouds and virtualized data centers, today’s
IT organizations are turning to high performance networking solutions
that increase flexibility through leading-edge technologies. Whether
organizations want to enhance their classic hierarchical network
architectures or deploy flatter scale-out fabrics for virtualized data centers, the Brocade VDX 6730 Converged Switches for IBM deliver
the innovative technology to enhance and simplify their networks.
IBM is partnering with Brocade, an industry-leading SAN Switch provider, to deliver converged data center solutions. Converging FC storage
and regular Ethernet traffic on one platform allows administrators to
reduce the number of adapters, simplify management and protect storage
investments by utilizing the existing SAN infrastructure. IBM delivers
interoperability by providing end-to-end FCoE testing with the latest
System x® servers, Brocade VDX 6730 Converged switches, IBM System
Storage SAN b-type and Brocade SAN switches and IBM Storage.
Brocade VDX 6730 switches
The Brocade VDX 6730 connects to FC storage area networks (SANs) in
addition to FCoE, iSCSI, and NAS storage, providing unified Ethernet
storage connectivity options. It is available in two models—the 2U
Brocade VDX 6730-76 with sixty 10 GbE LAN ports and sixteen 8 Gbps
native FC ports, and the 1U Brocade VDX 6730-32 with twenty-four
10 GbE LAN ports and eight 8 Gbps native FC ports. IBM models ship
with 8 Gbps FC SWL transceivers standard allowing for connections up
to 150 m. Both VDX models come with dual power supplies and customers have the choice of front-to-back or back-to-front airflow models.
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Local switching delivers high performance for intra-rack
traffic in virtualized environments, providing latency of
600 nanoseconds for the same ASIC and 1.8 microseconds
across ASICs on the same switch. This helps organizations
design a network with no over-subscription and improved
application response time.
Features and benefits
The comprehensive set of VDX features enables organizations
to easily build and set up FCoE solutions. VDX Data Center
Bridging features include Priority-based Flow Control (PFC)
IEEE 802.1Qbb, Enhanced Transmission Selection (ETS)
IEEE 802.1Qaz and Data Center Bridging eXchange (DCBX).
These protocols are essential for protecting storage traffic.
Brocade VDX 6730 includes a rich set of traditional Layer 2
Ethernet protocols and features. When communicating to
the rest of the network, it uses protocols such as Link
Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP) and 802.1Q. The
Brocade VDX 6730 is also ready for IPv4/IPv6 Layer 3 routing
capabilities that can be implemented in a future Brocade
Network OS release.
Brocade VDX 6730 Converged Switch for IBM at a glance
Product characteristics
Product numbers
Brocade VDX 6730-32
Brocade VDX 6730-76
Rear-to-front airflow (System x)
8553-AF6
8553-BF8
Front-to-rear airflow (System x)
8553-AR5
8553-BR7
Rear-to-front airflow (Storage)
3759-C32
3759-C76
Form factor/height
1U
2U
1/10 GbE SFP+ ports
24
60
Dimensions and weight
Width: 42.8 cm (16.9 in.)
Height: 4.37 cm (1.7 in.)
Depth: 38.4 cm (15.1 in.)
Weight: 7.3 kg (16.3 lb)
Width: 43.0 cm (17.0 in.)
Height: 8.7 cm (3.5 in.)
Depth: 43.2 cm (17.0 in.)
Weight: 15.3 kg (33.9 lb)
Fibre Channel ports
8 (SWL transceivers shipped standard)
16 (SWL transceivers shipped standard)
Switching bandwidth (data rate,
full duplex)
480 Gbps for Ethernet ports
128 Gbps for FC ports
896 Gbps for Ethernet ports
256 Gbps for FC ports
Port-to-port latency
600 ns within 10-port group
600 ns within 10-port group
FCoE features
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FCoE
Native FCoE forwarding
Multihop FCoE (available in 4Q 2012)
FC-BB5 compliant Fibre Channel Forwarder (FCF)
End-to-end FCoE (initiator to target)
FCoE Initialization Protocol (FIP) v1 support for FCoE devices login and initialization
Name Server-based zoning
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Brocade VDX 6730 Converged Switch for IBM at a glance
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Layer 2 features
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Management and control
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Security
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Priority-based Flow Control (PFC) IEEE 802.1Qbb
Enhanced Transmission Selection (ETS) IEEE 802.1Qaz
Data Center Bridging eXchange (DCBX)
DCBX Application Type-Length-Value (TLV) for FCoE and iSCSI
Static MAC Configuration
Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP) IEEE 802.3ad/802.1AX
VLAN Encapsulation IEEE 802.1Q
Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP) IEEE 802.1D
Multiple Spanning Tree Protocol (MSTP) IEEE 802.1s
Per-VLAN Spanning Tree (PVST+/PVRST+)
STP PortFast and PortFast BDPU Guard
STP Root Guard
Layer 2 Access Control Lists (ACLs)
IGMP v1/v2 Snooping
Pause Frames IEEE 802.3x
IPv4/IPv6 management
Link Layer Discovery Protocol (LLDP) IEEE 802.1AB
MIB II RFC 1213 MIB
Switched Port Analyzer (SPAN)
Telnet
SNMP v1/v2C,v3
sFlow RFC 3176
Out of Band management (standalone mode)
RMON-1, RMON-2
Management Access Control Lists (ACLs)
Role-Based Access Control (RBAC)
Port-based Network Access Control IEEE 802.1X
RADIUS
TACACS+
Secure Shell (SSHv2)
Power
Power supplies
Two hot-swappable, load-sharing
Cooling fans
N+1 redundant, integrated into power supplies
Power inlet
C13
Input voltage
100 V TO 240 V ~5 A – 2.5 A
Input line frequency
47 to 63 Hz
Inrush current
50 amps max
Maximum current
4 amps max (24-port switch); 7 amps max (60-port switch)
Maximum power consumption
Brocade VDX 6730-32
131 W
Maximum power consumption
Brocade VDX 6730-76
321 W
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Tested FCoE configurations
IBM provides extensive FCoE testing to deliver network
interoperability. Customers should reference the System
Storage Interoperation Center (SSIC) web site for a full
listing of IBM supported FCoE and iSCSI configurations at:
ibm.com/systems/support/storage/ssic/interoperability.wss
Why IBM?
IBM is the leader in delivering standards-based solutions for
converged storage and server environments required by today’s
infrastructures.
For more information
To learn more about the Brocade VDX 6730 Converged
Switch for IBM, visit ibm.com/networking or contact your
IBM representative or IBM Business Partner.
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