Organisations seeking a versatile Layer 2 CEE/DCB and FCoE switch with 24 10 Gbps ports for LAN connections and 8 Gbps Fibre Channel ports for SAN connections.
- Fibre Channel ports
8 Fibre Channel universal (E, F, M, and FL) ports with 1, 2, 4, and 8 Gbit/sec
24 ports with 10 GB Ethernet
Complete T11 FCoE entity and FCoE bridging
The FCoE translation entity built into the hardware engine provides:
Detection of Fibre Channel encapsulation and redirection of FCoE fabric login frames
Encapsulation of Fibre Channel frames in FCoE Ethernet packets (FC > FCoE)
Extraction of Fibre Channel frames from FCoE Ethernet packets (FCoE > FC)
Mapping of Fibre Channel destination Virtual Fabrics and destination FC_ID to Ethernet Virtual LAN and destination MAC addresses
Fabric-Provided MAC Addresses (FPMAs) enable new Ethernet MAC addresses to be created using the FC_ID assigned by the fabric
Data Center Bridging eXchange (DCBX)
Priority-based Flow Control (PFC) – IEEE 802.1Qbb
Enhanced Transmission Selection (ETS) – IEEE 802.1Qaz
FL_Port, F_Port, M_Port (Mirror Port), E_Port; self-discovery based on switch type (U_Port); optional port type control
- Fibre Channel: 1, 2, 4, and 8 Gbit/sec line speed full duplex
DCB/CEE: 10 GB line speed
Maximum frame size
2112-byte Fibre Channel payload; 9048-byte Ethernet frame
- Classes of service
Class 2, Class 3, Class F (inter-switch frames)
Spanning Tree Protocol (STP, MSTP, RSTP), VLAN Tagging (802.1q), MAC address learning and aging; native FCoE switching; IEEE 802.3ad Link Aggregation (LACP); access control lists based on VLAN, source, destination address, and port; eight priority levels for QoS and approximately 4000 VLANs; Priority-based Flow Control (PFC); Data Center Bridging eXchange (DCBX)-Capabilities Exchange; Enhanced Transmission Selection (ETS)
- FL_Port, F_Port, M_Port (Mirror Port), E_Port; self-discovery based on switch type (U_Port); optional port type control
Classes of Service
- Class 2, Class 3, Class F (inter-switch frames)
- Simple Name Server (SNS), Registered State Change Notification (RSCN), NTP, RADIUS, LDAP, Reliable Commit Service (RCS), Dynamic Path Selection (DPS), Enhanced Group Management (EGM), and Web Tools; optional fabric services include Fabric Watch, ISL Trunking, and Advanced Performance Monitoring
- Data traffic types
Fabric switches supporting unicast, multicast (255 groups), and broadcast
- ISL Trunking
Frame-based ISL Trunking (optional license) enables up to 8 ports between a pair of switches to be combined into a logical ISL with speeds of up to 64 GB (128 GB full duplex) for optimal bandwidth utilization and load balancing; exchange-based load balancing across ISLs with DPS (included in Fabric OS)
Link aggregation (10 Gigabit Ethernet)
Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP), Brocade-enhanced and 802.3ad standards-based
- Management software
SSH v2, HTTP/HTTPS, SNMP v1/v3, Telnet; SNMP (FE MIB, FC Management MIB, RMON, and IF-MIB for DCB/CEE); Web Tools; Data Center Fabric Manager (DCFM) Professional and Enterprise; SMI-S; RADIUS
One 10/100/1000 Megabit Ethernet, in-band over Fibre Channel, one serial port, and one USB port
POST and embedded online/offline diagnostics, including FCping and Pathinfo (FCtraceroute)
Brocade Fibre Channel ISL Trunking
Brocade Advanced Performance Monitoring
Brocade Fabric Watch
One USB port for firmware download, support save, and configuration upload/download
Non-port to port side airflow; 1U, 19-inch EIA-compliant, power from non-port side
Width: 42.9 cm (16.9 in)
Height: 4.3 cm (1.7 in)
Depth: 63.4 cm (25.0 in)
13.0 kg (28.6 lbs) with two power supply FRUs, without transceivers
- Media types
Fibre Channel media type: Hot-pluggable, industry-standard Small Form Factor Pluggable (SFP) and SFP+, LC connector; Short-Wave Laser (SWL) and Long-Wave Laser (LWL); distance depends on fiber optic cable and port speed; supports SFP+ (2, 4, and 8 Gbit/sec) and SFP (1, 2, and 4 Gbit/sec) optical transceivers
DCB/CEE media type: Hot-pluggable, Brocade 10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ supports any combination of Short-Reach (SR) and Long-Reach (LR) optical transceivers; Brocade copper twinax cables of one, three, or five meters
Environmental Operating Conditions
Operating: 0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)
Non-operating: -25°C to 70°C (-13°F to 158°F)
Operating: 10% to 85% non-condensing
Non-operating: 10% to 90% non-condensing
Operating: Up to 3000 meters (9842 feet)
Storage: Up to 12 kilometers (39,370 feet)
Operating: 20 g, 6 ms half-sine
Non-operating: Half-sine, 33 g 11 ms, 3/eg Axis
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
335 kg per year (with 40 ports at 0.42 kg/kWh)
1.05 kg per Gbit/sec per year
Maximum: 42 CFM
Nominal (65% speed): 35 CFM
32 ports: 1044 BTU/hr
Maximum: 350 watts
Consumption: 306 watts
Input voltage: 85 to 264 VAC nominal
Input line frequency: 47 to 63 Hz
Inrush current: 60 amps maximum
Maximum current: 29 amps at 12V DC
Top-of-rack link layer (Layer 2) CEE/DCB and FCoE switch with 24, 10 Gbps ports for LAN connections and 8 Gbps Fibre Channel ports for SAN connections
A Versatile Layer 2 CEE/DCB and FCoE Switch
Supporting Windows and Linux environments, the PowerConnect™ B-8000 Switch enables access to the LANs and SANs over a common server connection by utilizing emerging Data Center Bridging/Converged Enhanced Ethernet (CEE/DCB) and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) protocols. LAN traffic is forwarded to aggregation layer Ethernet switches using conventional 10 Gbps connections, and storage traffic is forwarded to Fibre Channel SANs over 8 Gbps Fibre Channel connections. Part of a unified CEE/DCB and FCoE solution, the PowerConnect™ B-8000 helps organizations reduce capital and operating expenses in enterprise data centers.
A Unified CEE/DCB and FCOE Solution
The PowerConnect B-8000 connects to servers utilizing Converged Network Adapters (CNAs). Consolidating server I/O (input/output) 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.
Moreover, consolidation is not limited to hardware components. Because FCoE preserves Fibre Channel constructs and services, it integrates seamlessly into existing Fibre Channel environments, enabling organizations to introduce CEE/DCB and FCoE into their data centers without disrupting their existing SANs or IT management practices.
The PowerConnect B-8000 has advanced ASIC technology that provides unique frame-based trunking of server connections at up to 40GB of combined throughput. The switch also features standards-based Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP) for LAN connections, as well as frame-based trunking of SAN connections at up to 64 Gbps of throughput.
Comprehensive Layer 2 LAN Capabilities
The PowerConnect B-8000 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 CEE/DCB ports provide uplink connections to conventional 10 Gbps port aggregation layer Ethernet switches. Layer 2 functions are configured and administered accordingly at the access layer.
Enterprise-Class High Availability
The PowerConnect B-8000 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, these capabilities help ensure highly available SAN environments.
In conjunction with Brocade® SAN extension products, the PowerConnect B-8000 enables servers and storage devices to reside remotely, giving organizations a reliable way to create highly available environments that support the most sophisticated business continuance and disaster recovery initiatives.
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