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Brocade VDX 6740 Data Center Switch
Brocade VDX 6740 switches provide the advanced feature set that data centers require while delivering the high performance and low latency virtualized environments demand.
  • Delivers high performance by reducing network congestion with 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) ports, low latency, and 24 MB deep buffers
  • Improves capacity with the ability to create up to a 160 GbE uplink with Brocade ISL Trunking
  • Simplifies Virtual Machine (VM) mobility and management with automated, dynamic port profile configuration and migration
  • Supports Software-Defined Networking (SDN) technologies within data, control and management planes
  • Provides efficiently load-balanced multipathing at Layers 1, 2, and 3, including multiple Layer 3 gateways
  • Manages an entire multitenant Brocade VCS fabric as a single switch with Brocade VCS Logical Chassis
    The Brocade VDX 6740 offers 48 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) SFP+ ports and four 40 GbE QSFP+ ports. Each 40 GbE port can be broken out into four independent 10 GbE SFP+ ports, providing an additional 16 10 GbE SFP+ ports. In addition, the switch features low power consumption, consuming 2 watts per 10 GbE port.

    Brocade VDX 6740 switches can simplify network design and operations for a more automated and efficient network. Its offer the flexibility needed to scale networks, and deliver the intelligence to more effectively manage VM mobility and rack density, as well as provide a cloud-ready infrastructure that helps transform legacy data centers.

    The Brocade VDX 6740 switches are Ethernet fabric Top-of-Rack (ToR) that support a demanding data center environment. With a choice of front-to-back or back-to-front airflow, these switches are ideal for ToR deployments connecting servers, storage, and other switches, as well as for providing compatibility for either hot aisle or cold aisle data center designs. With dual-speed functionality, each 10 GbE port also supports 1 GbE connections, providing the flexibility needed to support a mixed environment as data centers transition to higher densities.

      Unmatched simplicity and automation
    Brocade VDX 6740 switches, in conjunction with Brocade VCS Fabric technology, streamline configuration and management, maximize efficiency, and create a more automated and reliable network, especially in highly virtualized data centers. Brocade VCS Fabric technology delivers unmatched automation, efficiency, and resilience compared to traditional architectures and competitive fabric offerings. It delivers higher throughput and lower latency for the server-to-server (east-west) traffic patterns that are now dominating virtualized data centers. In changing how networks are architected, VCS fabrics deliver many benefits that fit the needs of evolving data centers.

      Advanced storage support
    The Brocade VDX 6740 offers advanced storage support with multiple storage connectivity options, including FCoE, iSCSI, and NAS storage. They also feature Data Center Bridging (DCB), which enables the reliable exchange of storage traffic over the LAN network. The switches offer Network-Attached Storage (NAS) Auto Priority intelligence to prioritize delay-sensitive IP storage traffic within the fabric and help ensure consistent performance while decreasing latency.

      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.

    Brocade Network Advisor is an easy-to-use network management platform for advanced management of Brocade VCS fabrics and Brocade VDX switches across the entire network lifecycle. Organizations can use Brocade Network Advisor to manage a VCS fabric as a single entity or to drill down to individual Brocade VDX switches for fault, inventory, or performance management—and to manage multiple VCS fabrics in parallel.

      Advanced technology enables the on-demand Data Center
    Data centers will continue to evolve as technology requirements evolve. With virtualization, cloud computing, and SDN on the rise, organizations need an infrastructure that is able to evolve with their businesses. Brocade VDX 6740 switches provide the features, performance, and operational efficiency for today and tomorrow.
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