PowerConnect B-8000e Switch

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Dell PowerConnect B-8000e


Fibre Channel ports

  • 8 upgradable Fibre Channel universal (E, F, M, and FL) ports with 1, 2, 4, and 8 Gbit/sec


  • DCB/CEE: 10 GB line speed

    Maximum frame size: 9048-byte Ethernet frame

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)

Port Attributes

  • Fibre Channel
    8 upgradable Fibre Channel universal (E, F, M, and FL) ports with 1, 2, 4, and 8 Gbit/sec

    24 ports with 10 GB Ethernet

    CEE/DCB features
    Data Center Bridging eXchange (DCBX)
    Priority-based Flow Control (PFC) – IEEE 802.1Qbb
    Enhanced Transmission Selection (ETS) – IEEE 802.1Qaz
    No Native FCoE on B-8000e

Classes of Service

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

Port Types

  • FL_Port, F_Port, M_Port (Mirror Port), E_Port; self-discovery based on switch type (U_Port); optional port type control

Media Types

  • 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

Fabric Services

  • 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


  • 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

    Management access
    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)

    Licensing options
    Fabric OS includes the following optional features that can be enabled via license keys and are applicable only to the Fibre Channel ports of the PowerConnect B-8000e:
    Brocade Fibre Channel ISL Trunking
    Brocade Advanced Performance Monitoring
    Brocade Fabric Watch


  • 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

    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)

    System weight
    13.0 kg (28.6 lbs) with two power supply FRUs, without transceivers

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: 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

    CO2 emissions
    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

    Heat dissipation
    32 ports: 1044 BTU/hr


  • Power
    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 switch with 24 10 Gbps ports for LAN connections and 8 Gbps 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 Converged Enhanced Ethernet/Data Center Bridging (CEE/DCB) protocols. LAN traffic is forwarded to aggregation layer Ethernet switches using advanced 10 Gbps connections. Part of a unified CEE/DCB solution, the PowerConnect B-8000e helps organizations reduce capital and operating expenses in enterprise data centers.

A Unified CEE/DCB 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.

High Performance

The PowerConnect B-8000e has advanced ASIC technology that provides unique frame-based trunking of server connections at up to 40 Gbps 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. Alternatively, they can deploy the PowerConnect B-8000e initially as a 10 GbE Layer 2 Ethernet switch and activate only the CEE/DCB 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. 24 CEE/DCB 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.

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