Top-of-rack link layer (Layer 2) DCB/CEE switch with 24 10 GB ports for LAN connections and 8 GB Fibre Channel ports for SAN connections
A Versatile Layer 2 CEE/FCoE Switch
Supporting Windows and Linux environments, the PowerConnect B-8000e Switch enables access to the LANs, utilizing emerging Data Center Bridging/Converged Enhanced Ethernet (CEE) protocols. LAN traffic is forwarded to aggregation layer Ethernet switches using advanced 10 GB connections. Part of a unified DCB/CEE solution, the PowerConnect B-8000e helps organizations reduce capital and operating expenses in enterprise data centers.
A Unified DCB/CEE Solution
The PowerConnect B-8000e connects to servers utilizing Brocade Converged Network Adapters (CNAs). Consolidating server I/O reduces the number of server adapters, which in turn reduces cabling and switch ports, resulting in lower infrastructure costs as well as lower power and cooling costs.
The PowerConnect B-8000e has advanced ASIC technology that provides unique frame-based trunking of server connections at up to 40 GB of combined throughput. The switch also features standards-based Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP) for LAN connections.
To meet current and future needs, organizations have the flexibility to activate both the CEE and Fibre Channel ports, with full FCoE support enabled (with the B-8000e). Alternatively, they can deploy the PowerConnect B-8000e initially as a 10 GbE Layer 2 Ethernet switch and activate only the DCB/CEE ports. To deliver SAN connectivity in the future, organizations can add optional licenses to activate the Fibre Channel ports and FCoE capabilities, providing a seamless path to server I/O consolidation.
Comprehensive Layer 2 LAN Capabilities
The PowerConnect B-8000e switch provides broad, standards-based data link layer (Layer 2) capabilities covering Quality of Service (QoS), security, and Layer 2 protocols. The switch’s 24 DCB/CEE ports provide uplink connections to conventional 10 GbE port aggregation layer Ethernet switches. Layer 2 functions are configured and administered accordingly at the access layer.
Enterprise-Class High Availability
The PowerConnect B-8000e provides a reliable foundation for disaster recovery and business continuance by employing enterprise-class availability features such as hot-swappable, redundant, and integrated fan and power supply assemblies. Combined with a wide range of diagnostic and monitoring functions.