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Brocade DCX 8510-4 Backbone
Brocade DCX 8510 Backbones are the industry’s most powerful Fibre Channel switching infrastructure, providing the most reliable, scalable, high-performance foundation for private cloud storage and highly virtualized environments.
  • Up to 192 ports at 16 Gbps (4.1 Tbps chassis bandwidth with ICLs)
  • Unleashes the full potential of private cloud storage with unmatched scalability, performance, and reliability
  • Leverages Brocade UltraScale chassis connectivity for simpler, flatter, low-latency fabrics that reduce network complexity, management, and costs
  • Optimizes data center connectivity over distance with integrated high-performance metro and global connectivity cy fabrics that reduce network complexity, management, and costs
  • Simplifies and centralizes end-to-end SAN management with comprehensive diagnostics, monitoring, and automation through Brocade Fabric Vision technology
  • Maximizes performance for I/O- and bandwidth-intensive applications
  • Protects investments in existing SAN fabrics and automation tools while reducing operational costs and minimizing business disruption
    The Brocade DCX 8510-4 is designed to increase business agility while providing non-stop access to information and reducing infrastructure and administrative costs. Networks need to evolve in order to support the growing demands of highly virtualized environments and private cloud architectures. Today, Fibre Channel is the de facto standard for storage networking in the data center. The introduction of Brocade DCX 8510 Backbones with 16 Gbps Fibre Channel extends the life of this robust, reliable, and high-performance technology. This enables organizations to continue leveraging their existing IT investments as they solve their most difficult business challenges.

    Built for midsize networks, the 8U Brocade DCX 8510-4 has four horizontal blade slots to provide up to 192 16 Gbps Fibre Channel ports. The Brocade DCX 8510-4 ships with 1U exhaust shelf. The Brocade DCX 8510-4 supports 2, 4, 8, 10, and 16 Gbps Fibre Channel, FICON®, and 1/10 Gbps Fibre Channel over IP (FCIP). To help minimize downtime costs, Brocade DCX 8510 Backbones build upon years of innovation and leverage the core technology of Brocade systems performing at greater than 99.999 percent uptime in the world’s most demanding data centers.

    Networks are evolving in order to adapt to rapid growth and change in the server and storage infrastructure. New optical Inter-Chassis Links (ICLs) can connect up to six Brocade DCX 8510 Backbones, enabling flatter, faster, and simpler fabrics that increase consolidation while reducing network complexity and costs. ICLs enable scalable core-edge and active-active mesh chassis topologies. These high-density chassis topologies reduce inter-switch cabling by 75 percent and free up to 33 percent of ports for server and storage. This maximizes overall port density in the lowest amount of rack space.

    Connecting distributed data centers enables data mobility for advanced data protection solutions. Brocade DCX 8510 Backbones include integrated metro and global SAN extension that provides application agility and flexible business continuity and disaster recovery solutions. The Brocade DCX 8510 family enables high-speed replication and backup solutions over metro or WAN links with native Fibre Channel (10/16 Gbps) and optional FCIP (1/10 GbE) extension support. The integrated metro connectivity includes in-flight compression and encryption to optimize bandwidth and minimize the risk of unauthorized access.

    Brocade Fabric Vision technology introduces a breakthrough hardware and software technology that maximizes uptime, simplifies SAN management, and provides unprecedented visibility and insight across the storage network. Offering innovative diagnostic, monitoring, and management capabilities, the Brocade DCX 8510-4 with Fabric Vision technology helps administrators avoid problems, maximize application performance, and reduce operational costs. The Brocade DCX 8510-4 supports the following Brocade Fabric Vision technology features:

    -Flow Monitor: Provides comprehensive visibility into flows in the fabric, including the ability to automatically learn (discover) flows and non-disruptively monitor flow performance. Users can monitor all flows from a specific host to multiple targets/LUNs or from multiple hosts to a specific target/LUN; monitor all flows across a specific ISL; or perform LUN-level monitoring of specific frame types to identify resource contention or congestion that is impacting application performance.

    -Monitoring and Alerting Policy Suite (MAPS): Simplifies fabric-wide threshold configuration and monitoring. By leveraging pre-built rule/policy-based templates, applying thresholds and alerts to ports is a simple two-step process. Organizations can configure the entire fabric (or multiple fabrics) at one time using common rules and policies, or customize policies for specific ports—all through a single dialog. The integrated dashboard displays an overall switch health report, along with details on out-of-policy conditions, to help administrators quickly pinpoint potential issues.

    -Bottleneck Detection: Identifies and alerts administrators to device or ISL congestion as well as abnormal levels of latency in the fabric. This feature works in conjunction with Brocade Network Advisor to automatically monitor and detect network congestion and latency in the fabric, providing visualization of bottlenecks in a connectivity map and product tree, and identifying exactly which devices and hosts are impacted by a bottlenecked port.

    -Integration into Brocade Network Advisor: Provides customizable health and performance dashboard views to pinpoint problems faster, simplify SAN configuration and management, and reduce operational costs.

    -Critical diagnostic and monitoring capabilities: Help ensure early problem detection and recovery.

    -Non-intrusive and non-disruptive monitoring on every port: Provides a comprehensive end-to-end view of the entire fabric using capabilities integrated into hardware, allowing sophisticated monitoring without imposing an additional burden on switches with frequent polling activity.
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