Brocade 4900 Fibre Channel Switch

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Performance, availability and value

Organisations deploying Dell/EMC CX3 array-based SANs who desire future-proofing for a 4Gb/s infrastructure and fast inter-switch linking.

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Brocade 4900 Switch


Fibre Channel ports

  • 64 ports, universal (E, F, and FL)


  • Full fabric architecture with 239 switches maximum

Certified maximum

  • 56 switches, 7 hops

    larger fabrics may be certified as required


  • All Brocade switches


  • 1.063 Gbit/sec line speed (full duplex)
    2.125 Gbit/sec line speed (full duplex)
    4.25 Gbit/sec line speed (full duplex)
    auto-sensing of 1 Gbit/sec, 2 Gbit/sec, and 4 Gbit/sec port speeds
    optionally programmable to fixed port speed
    speed matching between 1, 2, and 4 Gbit/sec ports

ISL Trunking

  • Up to eight 4.25 Gbit/sec ports per ISL trunk

    Up to 64 Gbit/sec per ISL trunk

Aggregate bandwidth

  • 512 Gbit/sec end to end

Fabric latency

  • Less then 1.0 µ sec. with no contention, cut-through routing at 4 Gbit/sec

Maximum frame size

  • 2112-byte payload

Classes of Service

  • Class 2, Class 3, Class F (inter-switch frames)

Port Types

  • FL_Port, F_Port, and E_Port

    Self-discovery based on switch type (U_Port)

Data Traffic Types

  • Fabric switches supporting unicast and broadcast

Media Types

  • Small Form-factor Pluggable (SFP) media;
    short-wave up to 500 meters (1640 feet);
    long-wave up to 10 kilometers (6.2 miles);
    extended long-wave up to 100 km (62.1 mi). Distance depends on fiber optic cable and port speed.

Fabric Services

  • Simple Name Server, Registered State Change Notification (RSCN)
    Optional fabric services include: Brocade Advanced
    Zoning; Brocade Fabric Watch; Brocade Extended
    Fabrics; Brocade Remote Switch; Brocade ISL
    Trunking; Brocade Advanced Performance
    Monitoring; Brocade Web Tools


  • SFP Media


  • Telnet
    SNMP (FE MIB, FC Management MIB)
    Brocade Advanced Web Tools (optional)
    Brocade Fabric Manager (optional)


  • POST and embedded online/offline diagnostics

Environmental Operating Conditions

  • Temperature
    Operating: 0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)
    Non-Operating: -25°C to 70°C (-13°F to 158°F)

    Operating: 20 to 85 percent non-condensing at 40°C (104°F)

    Operating: Up to 3000 meters (9,842 feet)
    Storage: Up to 12 kilometers (39,370 feet)

    Operating: 20 g, 6 ms half-sine
    Non-operating: 15 g, 12-18 ms trapezoid

    Operating: 0.5 g sine, 0.4 grms random, 5 to 500 Hz
    Non-operating: 2.0 g sine, 1.1 grms random, 5 to 500 Hz


  • Maximum output :
    300 Watts

    System power consumption :
    Nominal system draw 175 Watts

    Nominal input voltage :
    90 to 264 VAC, 47 to 63 Hz

    Input line frequency :
     47 to 63 Hz

    Minimum input voltage :
    90 VAC

    Maximum input voltage :
    264 VAC

    BTU rating (80% efficiency) :
    756 BTU/hr

    Inrush current :
    Maximum of 15 amps for period between 10 to 150 ms at 50° Celsius (122° Fahrenheit)


Brocade 4900 — 64 Port 4 Gbit/sec Fibre Channel Switches* for Midrange and Enterprise SANs

Fast, Reliable 4 Gbit/sec Performance

  • Up to 512 Gbit/sec of aggregated throughput (64 ports x 4Gbps base transport rate).
  • Up to 64 ports capable of 4 Gbit/sec full-duplex performance
  • Up to 64 Gbit/sec throughput with Brocade Inter-Switch Linking (ISL) Trunking
  • Exchange-based dynamic path selection for load balancing between trunk groups

Affordable Scalability

  • Fabric Shortest Path First (FSPF) traffic rerouting
  • Nondisruptive software upgrades (hot code load and activation)
  • Redundant, hot-swappable components, fans and power supplies

Simplified Deployment and Management

  • Hardware-enforced zoning by World Wide Name (WWN)
  • Brocade WEB TOOLS utilization over a secure browser using the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol

Excellent Value for a Variety of SAN Environments

  • Full forward and backward compatibility for changing SAN environments
  • Integration with heterogeneous environments: Windows, Windows NT, UNIX, AIX, Linux and Solaris

Enterprise Support Services

Dell™ offers a broad portfolio of services designed to help organizations optimize their use of Dell/EMC® technology, deploy systems rapidly and attain the highest possible levels of system uptime. With the Dell/EMC partnership, customers can benefit from the synergy of Dell's award-winning server services now enhanced with EMC's best practice methodologies, tools and customer training for storage systems.

Standard Support

Note: The following services are required to ensure the best possible customer experience. Hardware installation and Gold-level support are included in the hardware systems price. Implementation is also a mandatory service.

Consulting and Deployment Services (Required)

  • Presales Design and Site Readiness Assessment (Gratis)
  • Hardware Installation — On-site installation of Dell/EMC systems, rack mounting of systems, connection to power sources and power-on of devices.
  • Implementation — System planning, design documentation, select software installation, configuration of switches, cabling, host connectivity, creation of storage groups, product orientation session and extensive custom options.

Standard Support Services for Dell/EMC Systems (Required)

Dell Gold-Level Enterprise Support Service for Dell/EMC Storage features the following:

  • 7x24 high-level engineer to engineer support with direct access to Gold Queue
  • Technical Account Management Team
  • 7x24 4-hour On-site Support
  • Remote Software and Storage Support — Unlimited Resolutions
  • Storage System Remote Monitoring
  • Prefailure Alert Program
  • Seamless support between Dell and key 3rd-party providers
  • Change notification/Software Subscription

Optional Services

  • Dell/EMC support
  • Customer training
  • Backup and recovery design and implementation
  • Cluster implementation for Microsoft® Exchange and SQL Server®
  • SnapView and MirrorView installation and configuration
  • On-site troubleshooting
  • On-site engineers
  • On-site parts
  • Platinum-level support
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