Brocade 300 Fibre Channel Switch

Windows 10
intel® xeon™
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24-port, 8Gb/s Fibre Channel switch

Small- to medium-sized enterprises seeking a 24-port switch that offers incredible value, flexible management capabilities and energy-efficient power savings.

Brocade 300

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Fibre Channel ports

  • 24 ports, universal (E, F, M, FL or N)


  • Full-fabric architecture with 239 switches maximum

Certified maximum

  • 6000 active nodes; single fabric up to 56 switches, 19 hops; larger fabrics certified as required.


  • All Brocade switches


  • 1.063 Gbit/sec line speed, full duplex; 2.125 Gbit/sec line speed, full duplex; 4.25 Gbit/sec line speed, full duplex; 8.5 Gbit/sec line speed, 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, 2, 4, and 8 Gbit/sec ports.

ISL Trunking

  • Frame-based trunking with up to eight 8 Gbit/sec ports per ISL trunk with optional license; up to 68 Gbit/sec per ISL trunk (8 ports × 8.5 Gbit/sec [line rate])

Aggregate bandwidth

  • 408 Gbit/sec: 24 ports × 8.5 Gbit/sec (line rate) × 2 (full duplex)

Fabric latency

  • 700 nanoseconds with no contention, cut-through routing at 8 Gbit/sec

Maximum frame size

  • 2112-byte payload

Classes of Service

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

Port Types

  • FL_Port, F_Port, E_Port, M_Port (Mirror Port), and self-discovery based on switch type (U_Port); N_Port if using Access Gateway feature

Data Traffic Types

  • Fabric switches supporting unicast, multicast (255 groups), and broadcast

Media Types

  • 4 Gbit/sec: Requires Brocade hot-pluggable,Small Form-factor Pluggable (SFP), LC connector; 4 Gbit/sec Short-Wavelength Laser (SWL)

    8 Gbit/sec: Requires Brocade hot-pluggable SFP+, LC connector; Short-Wavelength Laser (SWL); distance depends on fiber-optic cable; 8 Gbit/sec Extended Long-Wavelength Laser (ELWL).

Fabric Services

  • Simple Name Server (SNS); Registered State Change Notification (RSCN), NTP v3, Reliable Commit Service (RCS), Dynamic Path Selection (DPS), Brocade Advanced Zoning (default zoning, port/WWN zoning, broadcast zoning), NPIV, FDMI, Management Server, FSPF, Fabric Watch; ISL Trunking; Advanced Performance Monitoring, Adaptive Networking (per-data flow QoS, Ingress Rate Limiting, Traffic Isolation, fabric dynamics profiling, application “Top Talkers” report), Enhanced Group Management, Integrated Routing, IPFC


  • Rack-mount rail kits (fixed, slide, mid-mount)


  • Telnet®, HTTP, SNMP v1/v3 (FE MIB, FC Management MIB); Auditing, Syslog, Change, Management tracking; EZSwitchSetup wizard; Brocade Advanced Web Tools; Brocade EFCM Standard/Enterprise 9.x (optional); Brocade Fabric Manager (optional: FOS environments (only); SMI-S compliant, SMI-S scripting toolkit, Administrative Domains; trial licenses for select add on capabilities.

    Management Access:

    10/100 Ethernet (RJ-45), in-band over Fibre Channel; serial port (RJ-45); USB; call-home integration enabled through Brocade EFCM and Brocade Fabric Manager


  • POST and embedded online/offline diagnostics, including RAS trace logging, environmental monitoring, non-disruptive daemon restart, FCping and Pathinfo (FC traceroute), port mirroring (SPAN port).


  • Rack Size 1U
    Width 42.88 cm (16.88 in)
    Height 4.29 cm (1.69 in)
    Depth 30.66 cm (12.07 in)
    Weight 4.2 kg (9.3 lb) with single power supply, no SFP

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 percent non-condensing

    Operating: Up to 3000 meters (9,842 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

    Air Flow:
    High speed: 23 CFM (cu. ft./min)
    Low speed: 18 CFM


  • Maximum output
    75 Watts

    System power consumption
    57 Watts max (with 24 ports at 8Gbit/sec), 48 Watts nominal

    Nominal input voltage
    100 to 240 VAC, Universal

    Input line frequency
    47 to 63 Hz

    Minimum input voltage
    85 VAC

    Maximum input voltage
    264 VAC

    BTU rating (80% efficiency)
    195 BTU/hr

    Inrush current
    21.5 Amps @ 240Vac


  • The 300 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

    Product Safety, EMC and Environmental Datasheets
    Dell Regulatory Compliance Home Page
    Dell and the Environment


Brocade 300 — 24-Port, 8-Gbit/sec Fibre Channel switches for entry and midrange Enterprise SANs

Fast, Reliable 8-Gbit/sec Performance

  • Non-blocking and non-oversubscribed platform with a total bandwidth of 408 Gbit/sec in 1U
  • Designed to increase network performance with enhanced Brocade Inter-Switch Link (ISL) Trunking, which allows up to eight ports (at 2-, 4-, or 8-Gbit/sec speeds) between a pair of switches to be combined to form a single, logical ISL with a speed up to 64 Gbit/sec
  • Utilizes extended distance support to enable native Fibre Channel extension greater than 590 km

Affordable Scalability

  • Combines up to 24 ports of industry-leading 8-Gbit/sec technology with Ports on Demand scaling from 8 to 16 to 24 ports, allowing “pay-as-you-grow” scalability
  • Helps protect existing investments by providing 8-Gbit/sec technology with auto-sensing capabilities to also recognize 1-, 2- and 4-Gbit/sec devices
  • Designed to future-proof investments by allowing organizations to use 4-Gbit/sec Small Form-Factor Pluggables (SFPs) today and upgrade to 8-Gbit/sec SFPs when required 

Simple Deployment and Management

  • Utilizes the Brocade EZSwitchSetup wizard, which can make SAN configuration a simple 3-step point-and-click task
  • Includes a USB port that can increase serviceability and error logging by facilitating firmware upgrades and downloads of system log files
  • Features an easy-to-use, non-blocking and non-oversubscribed platform that is designed to eliminate time wasted on managing ports and cables

Excellent Value for a Variety of SAN Environments

  • Offers dual functionality as a full fabric FC SAN switch or as a Brocade Access Gateway, providing seamless connectivity into any vendor SAN environment
  • Designed to provide a greater than 40 percent power efficiency improvement (Watts/Gbit) over the previous generation of Brocade switches — further reducing power consumption and the overall cooling burden in a data center


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