Brocade M4424 Fibre Channel Blade Switch

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4Gb Fibre Channel solution for Dell blade servers

Easy integration of Fibre Channel technology into new or existing storage area networks (SANs).

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Brocade M4424 Switch

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Fibre Channel ports

  • 24 ports available in two increments through Ports on Demand (POD) Licensing
    12 or 24 universal ports (E, F, FL, and N)


  • Full fabric architecture with 239 switches maximum


  • All Brocade classic and M-series switches and Directors
    Cisco and other third party Switches and Directors that support NPIV Technology


  • 4.5 Gbit/sec line speed with backward compatibility to 2.125 and 1.063 Gbit/sec line speed

ISL Trunking

  • Up to two 16 Gbit/sec trunk groups

Aggregate bandwidth

  • Single Trunk: 16GB
    Dual Trunk: 32GB
    Non-Trunk mode: 32GB

Fabric latency

  • <2.1 µsec with no contention

Maximum frame size

  • 2112-byte payload

Classes of Service

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

Port Types

  • FL_Port, F_Port, N_Port, and E_Port

Data Traffic Types

  • Fabric switches supporting unicast and broadcast

Media Types

  • Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP) laser. Short-wave up to 500 m (1,640 ft), and Long-wavelength up to 10km

Fabric Services

  • Simple Name Server, Registered State Change Notification (RSCN), Brocade Advanced Zoning, WebTools GUI management, and Brocade Access Gateway. Optional Advanced fabric services include: Brocade Fabric Watch; Brocade ISL Trunking; Brocade Advanced Performance Monitoring


  • Ports on Demand, Advanced Fabric Services (see list above)


  • Management Software Supported

    Managed through: Dell CMC Module, or Telnet; SNMP (FE MIB, FC Management MIB); or Brocade Advanced Web Tools with Ease of Use and Ease of Setup; Brocade Data Center Fabric Manager (optional)

    Management Access

    10/100 Ethernet port (RJ-45); Internal Serial port (RS-232); In-band via Management Server


  • POST and embedded online/offline diagnostics


  • Enclosure
    Width: 272.75 mm
    Height: 32.48 mm
    Depth: 307.24 mm
    Weight: 4.65 Pounds — 2.1kg

Environmental Operating Conditions

  • Temperature
    Operating: 0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)
    Non-Operating: -20°C to 70°C (-4°F to 158°F)

    Operating: 10% to 90%, non-condensing at 29°C
    Non-Operating: 5% to 95%, non-condensing at 38°C

    Operating: Up to 3,048 m (10,000 ft)
    Storage: Up to 10.668km (35,000ft)

    Operating: 20G for 6ms
    Non-operating: 50G with a velocity change of 4216 mm/sec squared

    Operating: 0.4G at 5 Hz to 500 Hz for 60 minutes
    Non-operating: 0.5G at 2 Hz to 200 Hz for 15 minutes; 1.04 GRMS Random for 15 minutes


  • Maximum output
    38 Watts

    Nominal input voltage
    12 V

    BTU rating (80% efficiency)
    42 Watts


  • The M4424 complies with the following safety certifications:
    United States Bi-Nat UL/CSA 60950-1 1st Ed or latest; ANSI C63.4
    Canada Bi-Nat UL/CSA 60950-1 1st Ed or latest; ICES-003 Class A
    Japan CISPR22 and JEIDA (Harmonics)
    European Community EN60950-1 or latest EN55022 and EN55024
    Australia/New Zealand -- EN55022 or CISPR22 or AS/NZS CISPR22
    Argentina IEC60950-1 or latest
    Russian Federation IEC60950-1 or latest 51318.22-99 and 51318.24.99 or latest
    Korea KN22 and KN24


The Dell PowerEdge M1000e blade enclosure and Brocade M4424 SAN Switch provide robust solutions for Fibre Channel SAN deployments. Not only does this offering help simplify and reduce the amount of SAN hardware components required for a deployment, but it also maintains the scalability, performance, interoperability, and management of traditional SAN environments.

The SAN Switch ships in one of two configurations:

  • Dual Function configuration. In this configuration, the SAN Switch operates in Standard Full Fabric Switch mode by default. The module can also operate in Access Gateway mode.
  • Access Gateway configuration. In this configuration the SAN Switch operates exclusively in Access Gateway mode. Access Gateway simplifies SAN deployment by using NPIV. NPIV provides Fibre Channel switch functions that help to improve SAN Switch scalability, manageability, and interoperability.
The Brocade M4424 SAN Switch provides exceptional backward and forward compatibility with industry standard SAN switches and Dell/EMC SAN switches. It helps IT organizations integrate the Dell PowerEdge M1000e blade enclosure into a new or existing SAN with ease while providing the freedom and flexibility to add switches, storage capacity, virtual servers and SAN devices to that SAN in the future. The Brocade M4424 SAN Switch is a key component of the Dell PowerEdge M1000e I/O infrastructure. By providing both 12-port and 24-port models of the Brocade M4424, Dell is able to help address the growing needs of the small, mid-range and enterprise class computing requirements.

Fast, Reliable 4 Gbit/sec Performance

  • Non-blocking and non-oversubscribed platform
  • The SAN Switch has been designed to be highly interoperable. It supports 1 Gbit/sec, 2 Gbit/sec, and 4 Gbit/sec transmit and receive rates with auto negotiation. The actual data signaling rate used on a port is automatically sensed and set to the rate supported by the device or devices attached to the port.

Affordable Scalability

  • Combines up to 24 ports of industry-leading 4Gbit/sec technology with Ports on Demand scaling from 12 to 24 ports, allowing “pay-as-you-grow.”
  • Operates in Access Gateway mode allowing connectivity to any Fabric – including Brocade, Cisco, and McDATA.

Simplified Deployment and Management

  • Simplify deployment and management of a Dell blade server environment with the dual-function Brocade M4424, providing NPIV-based Access Gateway functionality or full-fabric switch functionality.

Excellent Value for a Variety of SAN Environments

  • Easily integrate Fibre Channel (FC) technology into new or existing Storage Area Network (SAN) environments using the PowerEdge M1000e blade enclosure, Brocade M4424 4Gbps FC SAN Switch (Brocade M4424) and Dell/EMC storage.
  • Brocade ASIC expanded capabilities, including World Wide Name (WWN) and device-level zoning.

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Service Models

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Designed for organizations with limited or no dedicated IT staff, this offering includes:

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Designed for organizations with dedicated IT staff. Includes:

  • 24x7 direct access to Dell Expert Centers
  • Fast-track dispatch for Dell-certified technicians
  • Escalation management through Dell's Global Command Centers
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Customization and Set up
  • Installation — Dell provides streamlined standard installation services so you can easily choose the specific package that quickly gets new systems into the workspace and old systems out.
  • Maintenance — You can upgrade to three years of part or unit hardware replacement, with either same-day, four-hour or next-business-day response.
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