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Brocade VDX 8770 Modular Switch
Powered by Brocade VCS Fabric technology, the 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE)-ready Brocade VDX 8770 Switch supports complex, highly dynamic environments with dense virtualization and extensive automation requirements.
  • Simplifies network architectures and enables elastic cloud networking with Brocade VCS Fabric technology
  • Delivers 40 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) wire-speed switching with auto-trunking Inter-Switch Links (ISLs) for non-disruptive scaling and increased bandwidth utilization
  • Enables easy scale-out of Brocade VCS fabrics with massive Layer 2 domains and direct connections for more than 8000 server ports per fabric
  • Provides efficiently load-balanced multipathing at Layers 1, 2, and 3, with multiple Layer 3 gateways
  • Simplifies Virtual Machine (VM) mobility and management with automated, dynamic port profile configuration and migration
  • Provides scale-out performance and investment protection with a 100 GbE-ready, 4 Tbps line-rate backplane design and 4-microsecond latency
  • Is designed to support Software-Defined Networking (SDN) implementations across data, control, and management planes
    The Brocade VDX 8770 Switch is designed to scale out Brocade VCS fabrics. The 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE)-ready Brocade VDX 8770 provides a highly scalable, low-latency 1/10/40 GbE modular switch. The VDX 8770 and VCS Fabric technology deliver a greatly simplified network that can save time and resources with elastic, self-forming, and self-healing fabrics. Management is streamlined with seamless, zero-touch VM discovery, network configuration, and VM mobility. Multi-node fabrics can be managed as a single logical element.
    The VDX 8770 supports high-density, line-rate 10 GbE and 40 GbE interfaces with a 4 Tbps line-rate backplane design that provides long-term investment protection. The VDX 8770 enables the growth and elasticity of Layer 2 domains through load-balanced multipathing at multiple layers. Able to support more than 8000 server ports in a fabric, the VDX 8770 also provides industry-leading support for latency-sensitive applications with approximately 4-microsecond latency between any two ports.
    Future-proofed to support the next wave of data center innovations, the VDX 8770 is 100 GbE-ready. In addition, the VDX 8770 is hardware-enabled to flexibly support emerging Software-Defined Networking (SDN) protocols such as OpenFlow, VXLAN/NVGRE, and others. RESTful APIs provide openness to emerging management frameworks such as OpenStack.

      Two Chassis with Multiple Line Cards
    The flexible, modular switch design offers interconnection with other VDX switches, traditional Ethernet switch infrastructures, and direct server connections. Modular four-slot and eight-slot chassis options are available:
    Brocade VDX 8770-4: Supports up to 192 10 GbE ports, 48 40 GbE ports, or a combination;
    Brocade VDX 8770-8: Supports up to 384 10 GbE ports, 96 40 GbE ports, or a combination.
    The VDX 8770 supports a variety of wire-speed line cards to offer maximum flexibility in terms of port bandwidth as well as cable and connector technology:
    1 GbE: 48×1 GbE line card (up to 48 SFP ports);
    10 GbE: 48×10 GbE line card (up to 48 SFP+ ports);
    40 GbE: 12×40 GbE line card (up to,12 QSFP ports).
    Organizations utilizing traditional Ethernet technology need sensible ways to scale and expand their networks, while enabling seamless migration to fabric-based technologies to support advanced virtualization. For organizations with traditional hierarchical Ethernet environments, the VDX 8770:
  • Aggregates multiple traditional access-tier switches in an aggregation-tier fabric, with efficient multipathing capabilities at multiple layers to insulate core switches from unnecessary traffic;
  • Provides access-layer fabric capabilities in end-of-row or middle-of-row configurations;
  • Establishes a migration path for organizations to adopt and grow resilient and scalable Brocade VCS fabrics.

  •   Elasticity Scalability Flexibility
    VCS fabrics support considerable elasticity, compared to both traditional Ethernet networks and competitive Ethernet fabric solutions. With Brocade, organizations can start with small VCS fabrics and scale out the fabric as their needs dictate.Brocade VCS fabrics easily scale out and interconnect to optimize the performance of virtualized and clustered applications of all types, including big data, rich media, and mission-critical enterprise applications.
    For organizations deploying Brocade VCS fabrics, the VDX 8770:
  • Creates large, homogeneous fabrics by aggregating multiple switch domains with a logically flat network topology
  • Interconnects multiple Brocade VCS fabrics for highly scalable Layer 2 domains, complete with automatic and secure support for VM mobility
  • Provides a high-density access layer fabric to directly connect more than 8000 servers into a Brocade VCS fabric
  • Offers a migration path from 1 to 100 GbE and from traditional hierarchical configurations to Brocade VCS fabric deployment

  •   Load-Balanced Paths at Layers 1-3
    Ethernet fabrics have improved the way organizations deploy, use, and maintain their network access layers. Unfortunately, traditional Layer 3 routing often adds wasted bandwidth, multiple network hops for east-west traffic (increasing latency), and the need to manually configure every aspect of Layer 3 connectivity.
    With NOS 4.0, VCS technology enables highly elastic Layer 2 and Layer 3 domains with extremely efficient load balancing and multiple active Layer 3 gateways, on top of L2 ECMP and Brocade ISL Trunking. The results are more effective link utilization that reduces overall cost, more resilience that results in greater application uptime, and a more flexible and agile network that helps organizations rapidly adapt to changing business conditions.

      Optimized for Virtualization
    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 the data center.
    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, since the VCS fabric is aware of port profiles and automatically tracks them as they move. Implemented in a hypervisor-agnostic manner, 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 address move and automatically activates the port profile configuration within a single fabric or across separate fabrics.
    Increasing east-west traffic is typical for today’s virtualized environments, with increased inter-VLAN traffic and the need for support of VM migration activities such as VMware VMotion. With efficient multipathing capabilities, Brocade VDX switches at the access layer can easily be configured to perform Layer 3 routing functionality for very efficient inter-VLAN routing.
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