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 • Revolutionizing the Way Data Center Networks Are Built
Brocade VDX 6720 Data Center Switch
The Brocade® VDX™ 6720 Data Center Switch is a high-performance 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) fixed port switch with LAN ports that supports the most demanding business applications.
  • VDX 6720-24 offers a base configuration (1U form factor) with 16 ports and can be upgraded via Brocade’s Ports on Demand license to a full 24 10GbE ports
  • VDX 6720-60 offers a base configuration (2U form factor) with 40 ports and can be upgraded via Brocade’s Ports on Demand license to either 50 ports or a full 60 10GbE ports
  • Extremely low latency for classic Ethernet networks or for scale-out of layer2 fabrics for virtual data centers
  • Enables end-to-end convergence of Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and iSCSI storage traffic along with IP LAN data traffic
  • Can be deployed as a traditional stand-alone ToR (Top of Rack) switch or in an Ethernet fabric with VCS technology
    The Brocade® VDX™ 6720 Data Center Switch is specifically designed to improve network utilization, maximize application availability, increase scalability, and dramatically simplify network architecture in virtualized data centers. With a rich set of Layer 2 features, the Brocade VDX 6720 is an ideal platform for traditional Top-of-Rack (ToR) switch deployments.

    Brocade VCS™ Fabric technology enables organizations to build data center Ethernet fabrics—revolutionizing the design of Layer 2 networks and providing an intelligent foundation for cloud-optimized data centers. The Brocade VDX 6720 can be easily deployed in VCS fabric mode with an add-on software license.
    The Brocade VDX 6720 is available in two models—the 2U Brocade VDX 6720-60 with 60 10 GbE LAN ports, and the 1U Brocade VDX 6720-24 with 24 10 GbE LAN ports. Both models provide Ethernet storage connectivity for Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), iSCSI, and NAS.

      Maximum efficiency
    Brocade VCS Fabric technology provides the foundation for a flexible and responsive network infrastructure while delivering maximum efficiency.

    -Optimized East-West Traffic :
    Traditional data centers are architected with a rigid, three-tier tree topology optimized for the north-south traffic flow of client-server computing environments, compromising performance, increasing latency, and creating bottlenecks. With the increased prevalence of virtualization and Web-based application architectures, data center network traffic is now predominantly east-west or server-server. The VCS fabric was specifically designed and optimized to address these traffic patterns by moving traffic through any of the active paths and avoiding the multiple hops required in other tiered topologies.

    -Multiple Load-Balanced Paths at Layers 1–3 :
    Brocade VCS Fabric technology enables highly elastic domains with extremely efficient load balancing in Layers 1–3. Innovative Brocade ISL Trunking load balances traffic across all the links in a trunk for improved performance at Layer 1. In Layer 2, Equal Cost Multi-Path (ECMP) uses all available network bandwidth, allowing all links to be fully active and utilized. In the event of a failure, traffic is automatically routed to the closest path, providing higher resilience and greater application uptime. In Layer 3, the fabric automatically load balances all flows among a number of Layer 3 instances that collectively act as a single Layer 3 gateway. Multilayer multipathing helps improve network utilization, reduce latency, and increase overall network performance.

      Foundation for Cloud Computing
    Brocade VCS Fabric technology is an innovative technology that enables organizations to build high-performance cloud-optimized data centers while preserving existing network designs and cabling, and gaining active-active server connections. For scale-out fabric architectures, Brocade VCS Fabric technology allows organizations to flatten network designs, provide Virtual Machine (VM) mobility without network reconfiguration, and manage the entire fabric more efficiently.

      Ehernet Storage Connectivity
    The Brocade VDX 6720 connects to FCoE, iSCSI, and NAS storage. The FCoE feature can be turned on with an add-on software license.

      Virtualization Automation Support
    Brocade VCS Fabric technology offers unique features to support virtualized server and storage environments. 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. 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 move and automatically activates the port profile configuration.

    Brocade VM-aware network automation provides secure connectivity and full visibility to virtualized server resources with 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 a data center. In addition to providing protection against VM MAC spoofing, AMPP and VM-aware network automation enable organizations to fully align virtual server and network infrastructure resources, and realize the full benefits of server virtualization.

    Proactive Monitoring
    Brocade Fabric Watch is an innovative switch health monitoring feature available on the Brocade VDX 6720. Fabric Watch monitors the health of certain switch components and, based on the threshold set, declares each component as marginal or down.
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