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Brocade 6505 Switch
 • Flexible, Easy-to-Use Entry-Level SAN Switch for Private Cloud Storage
Brocade 6505 Switch
The Brocade® 6505 Switch provides exceptional price/performance value, combining flexibility, simplicity, and enterprise-class functionality in an entry-level switch.
  • Provides exceptional price/performance value, combining flexibility, simplicity, and enterprise-class functionality in a 24-port, 1U entry-level switch
  • Enables fast, easy, and cost-effective scaling from 12 to 24 ports using Ports on Demand (PoD) capabilities
  • Maximizes resiliency with non-disruptive software upgrades and an optional redundant power supply
  • Simplifies deployment with the Brocade EZSwitchSetup wizard
  • Simplifies management through Brocade Fabric Vision technology, reducing operational costs and optimizing application performance
  • Simplifies deployment and supports high-performance fabrics by using Brocade ClearLink Diagnostic Ports (D_Ports) to identify optic and cable issues
  • Simplifies server connectivity by deploying as a full-fabric switch or a Brocade Access Gateway
    Designed to enable maximum flexibility and reliability, the Brocade 6505 is configurable in 12 or 24 ports and supports 2, 4, 8, or 16 Gbps speeds in an efficiently designed 1U package. It comes standard with a single power supply with integrated fans. A second, optional power supply provides additional redundancy for increased resiliency. A simplified deployment process and a point-and-click user interface make the Brocade 6505 both powerful and easy to use. Moreover, the Brocade 6505 offers low-cost access to industry-leading Storage Area Network (SAN) technology while providing “pay-as-you-grow” scalability to meet the needs of an evolving storage environment.

    The Brocade 6505 combines market-leading throughput with an affordable switch form factor, making it ideal for growing SAN workloads. The 24 ports produce an aggregate 384 Gbps full-duplex throughput; any eight ports can be trunked for 128 Gbps Inter-Switch Links (ISLs). Exchange-based Dynamic Path Selection (DPS) optimizes fabric-wide performance and load balancing by automatically routing data to the most efficient and available path in the fabric. It augments Brocade ISL Trunking to provide more effective load balancing in certain configurations.
    In addition, the Brocade 6505 provides a low Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) thanks to a 12-port base configuration, easy administration, 1U footprint, and low-energy consumption—
    0.22 watts per Gbps and 3.3 watts per port. Enterprise-class capabilities combined with a low TCO yield 40 percent higher performance compared to 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) alternatives at a similar cost.

    The Brocade 6505 delivers industry-leading SAN technology within a flexible, simple, and easy-to-use solution. The base configuration includes 12 ports, with up to 24 ports on demand. In addition to providing best-in-class scalability, the Brocade 6505 is easy to deploy with the Brocade EZSwitchSetup wizard and the new “D_Port” feature, which simplifies setup.

    The Brocade 6505 provides a critical building block for today’s highly virtualized, private cloud storage environments. It simplifies server virtualization and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) management while meeting the high-throughput demands of Solid State Disks (SSDs). The Brocade 6505 also supports multi-tenancy in cloud environments through Quality of Service (QoS) and fabric-based zoning features.

    Brocade Fabric Vision technology, an extension of Gen 5 Fibre Channel, delivers breakthrough technologies that dramatically simplify SAN deployment and management, drive down costs, and offer unprecedented visibility and insight across the storage network. Key advantages include:

    Dramatically reduced costs:

    • Automates the deployment of threshold-based rules and policies for proactive monitoring and management, reducing operational costs

    • Pre-tests and validates the SAN infrastructure to accelerate deployments and simplify ongoing support

    • Eliminates the need for expensive third-party monitoring, diagnostics, and test equipment through built-in flow monitoring, flow mirroring, and traffic generator tools

    Maximum infrastructure uptime:

    • Provides a customizable dashboard that displays the overall health of the SAN, helping to pinpoint problems faster and enabling trend analysis

    • Features critical diagnostic and monitoring capabilities, helping to ensure early problem detection and recovery

    • Validates the health, reliability, and performance of the network prior to deployment and for ongoing support, reducing downtime risk

    Optimized application performance:

    • Provides comprehensive visibility into flows in the fabric, including the ability to automatically learn (discover) flows and non-disruptively monitor flow performance

    • Instantly identifies congestion or abnormal levels of latency in the fabric, and identifies exactly which devices and hosts are impacted by the bottleneck

    • Provides a customizable performance dashboard with all critical information in one screen to easily identify hot spots and potential network congestion
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