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Brocade 6520 Switch
 • Enterprise-Class SAN Switch for Highly Virtualized, Cloud Environments
Brocade 6520 Switch
The Brocade 6520 Switch meets the demands of growing, dynamic workloads and private cloud storage environments by delivering market-leading 16 Gbps Fibre Channel technology and capabilities.
  • Provides high scalability in an ultra-dense 96-port switch to support highly virtualized, private cloud storage and data center consolidation
  • Enables “pay-as-you-grow” flexibility from 48 to 96 ports using Ports on Demand (PoD) capabilities with speeds up to 16 Gbps
  • 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
  • Provides up to eight in-flight encryption and compression ports, delivering data center-to-data center security and bandwidth savings
  • Optimizes link and bandwidth utilization with Brocade ISL Trunking and Dynamic Path Selection (DPS)
  • Accelerates deployment and troubleshooting with Dynamic Fabric Provisioning (DFP), monitoring, and advanced diagnostics
    The Brocade 6520 is a high-density, purposebuilt, foundational building block for large and growing Storage Area Network (SAN) infrastructures. It provides industry-leading scalability, reliability, and performance in a flexible, easy-to-deploy enterprise-class switch, enabling greater data center consolidation, operational efficiency, and business continuity. In addition to increased throughput, it helps improve bandwidth utilization, security, and network visibility and management through in-flight data compression and encryption and advanced diagnostics. It’s an ideal switch for bandwidth-intensive workloads, evolving virtualized data centers, and private cloud architectures.

    The Brocade 6520 features 96 Fibre Channel ports in a 2U form factor, delivering industry-leading port density and space utilization for data center consolidation. Designed for maximum flexibility, this enterprise-class switch offers “pay-as-you-grow” scalability with Ports on Demand (PoD). Organizations can quickly, easily, and cost-effectively scale from 48 to 96 ports in 24-port increments, each supporting 2, 4, 8, 10, or 16 Gbps. In addition, flexible, high-speed 16 Gbps and 8 Gbps optics allow organizations to deploy bandwidth on demand to meet growing data center needs. For maximum flexibility, the switch also features dual-direction airflow options to support the latest hot aisle/cold aisle configurations.

    The Brocade 6520 delivers exceptional performance for growing and dynamic workloads through a combination of market-leading throughput and bandwidth utilization. With the unpredictability of virtualized workloads and cloud services, throughput becomes critical to ensuring that the network does not become the bottleneck. With 96 ports, the Brocade 6520 provides an aggregate 1536 Gbps full-duplex throughput. Up to eight ISLs can be combined together in a 128 Gbps framed-based trunk. In addition, exchange-based Dynamic Path Selection (DPS) optimizes fabric-wide performance and load balancing by automatically routing data to the most efficient, available path in the fabric (see Figure 1). This augments ISL trunking to provide more effective load balancing in certain configurations. Moreover, the enterprise-class capabilities of this switch yield 40 percent higher performance compared to 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) alternatives at a similar cost.

    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

    The Brocade 6520 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 6520 also supports multitenancy in cloud environments through Virtual Fabrics, Quality of Service (QoS), and fabric-based zoning features.
    The Brocade 6520 enables secure metro extension to virtual private or hybrid clouds with 10 Gbps Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) link support, as well as in-flight encryption and data compression to optimize bandwidth and minimize the risk of unauthorized access. With four times more in-flight encryption and compression ports than the Brocade 6510 Switch, the Brocade 6520 supports higher data volumes over long distance. The switch also features on-board data security and acceleration, minimizing the need for separate acceleration appliances to support distance extension. Internal fault-tolerant and enterprise-class RAS features help minimize downtime to support mission-critical cloud environments.
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