Brocade M5424 8Gb Fibre Channel Switch for M1000e-Series Blade Enclosures

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Brocade M5424


Fibre Channel ports

  • 24 ports available in five port increments through Ports on Demand Licensing at 12, and 32 universal ports(E, F, and FL)


  • Full fabric architecture with 239 switches maximum

Certified maximum

  • 50 switches. Larger fabrics may be certified as required.


  • All Brocade switches and Directors


  • 1.063 Gbit/sec line speed, full duplex; 2.125 Gbit/sec line speed, full duplex; 4.25 Gbit/sec full duplex; 8.50 Gbit/sec full duplex; Auto-sensing of 1 Gbit/sec, 2 Gbit/sec, 4 Gbit/sec and 8 Gbit/sec port speeds; optionally programmable to fixed port speed; Speed matching between 1 Gbit/sec, 2 Gbit/sec, 4 Gbit/sec, and 8Gbit/sec ports

ISL Trunking

  • Inter-Switch Link (ISL) Trunking allows up to four ports between a pair of switches to be combined to form a single, logical ISL with an aggregate speed of up to 32 Gbit/sec for optimal bandwidth utilization and load balancing.

Aggregate bandwidth

  • 128 Gbit/sec end to end

Fabric latency

  • 1.2 µsec with no contention, cut-through routing at 4 Gbit/sec. Latency increases as input port speed increases and becomes disparate from out put port speed.

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; self-discovery based on switch type (U_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). Optional fabric services include: Brocade Advanced Zoning; Brocade Fabric Watch; Brocade ISL Trunking; Brocade Advanced Performance Monitoring; Brocade Web Tools.


  • SFP media, Ports on Demand, Advanced Fabric Services


  • Management software supported

    Telnet; SNMP (FE MIB, FC Management MIB); Brocade Advanced Web Tools with Ease of Use and Ease of Setup; Brocade Advanced Zoning; Brocade 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— without media

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


  • DC Input 12V and 3.3V from chassis
    Power consumption About 32 Watts


  • The M5424 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 Brocade® M5424 switch and the Dell™ PowerEdge™ M1000e blade enclosure 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.

Fast, Reliable 8-Gbit/sec Performance

  • Non-blocking and non-oversubscribed platform with an aggregate bandwidth of 128 Gbit/sec end-to-end
  • Optional adaptive networking services, including adaptive fabric quality of service, traffic isolation and ingress rate limiting, enabling organizations to maintain optimized application performance in virtual environments

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® M5424 and Dell/EMC storage.
  • New platform combines with Brocade® 8Gb edge switches from Dell to extends the next generation dynamic Data Center Fabric features of Brocade® backbone DCX architecture to the Dell PowerEdge M1000e Chassis.

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