Brocade 5300 Fibre Channel Switch

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80-port, 8 Gb/s Fibre Channel switch

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The Brocade® 5300 switch is designed to consolidate connectivity in rapidly growing mission-critical environments — combining 1, 2, 4 and 8 Gb/s technology in configurations of 48, 64 or 80 ports in an efficiently designed 2U package.

The combination of density, performance and 'pay-as-you-grow' scalability can increase server and storage utilization while reducing complexity for virtualized servers and storage. The evolutionary design makes the Brocade 5300 very efficient in power, cooling and rack density to help enable medium- and large-scale server and storage consolidation.

The Brocade 5300 also includes Adaptive Networking capabilities, which are designed to manage resources more efficiently in highly consolidated environments while providing high service levels to data-center applications.


The Brocade 5300 is an 80-port, 8-Gbit/sec Fibre Channel switch for entry and midrange enterprise storage area networks (SANs).

Fast, Reliable 8-Gbit/sec Performance

  • Non-blocking and non-oversubscribed platform with a total bandwidth of 1360 Gbit/sec 
  • 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
  • Offers Adaptive Networking services, including Adaptive fabric quality of service (QoS), traffic isolation and ingress rate limiting, enabling organizations to maintain optimized application performance in virtual environments

Affordable Scalability

  • Combines up to 80 ports of industry-leading, 8-Gbit/sec technology with Ports on Demand scaling from 48 to 64 to 80 ports, allowing “pay-as-you-grow” scalability
  • Provides integrated, per-port routing for increased scalability, interoperability and fault isolation
  • 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

  • Delivers 80 ports in a single domain, 2U package, helping to maximize port density while simplifying management
  • Utilizes the Brocade EZSwitchSetup wizard, making SAN configuration a simple three-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
  • Meets high-availability requirements with redundant, hot-pluggable components, nondisruptive software upgrades and hot code activation for a wide range of SAN configurations
  • Employs familiar Brocade software and management interfaces, including Brocade EFCM and Brocade Fabric Manager, simplifying management and reducing training costs

Excellent Value for a Variety of SAN Environments

  • Designed to provide a greater than 40 percent power efficiency improvement (watts/Gbit) over the previous generation of Brocade switches, further helping to reduce power consumption and the overall cooling burden in a data center
  • Includes a USB port that helps provide increased serviceability and error logging functionality by facilitating easy firmware upgrades and downloads of system log files
  • Offers Top Talkers, which monitors resources and can assist in finding hot spots to help increase resource utilization
  • Utilizes ISL Trunking and dynamic path selection, traffic can be distributed across ISLs in the SAN, which helps to increase utilization of the SAN and reduce costs

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