Brocade High-Performance Gen 5 Fibre Channel Switches

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Gen 5 Fibre Channel performance

Optimize storage performance for increasing server virtualization density with Brocade® Gen 5 16 Gbps Fibre Channel rack and blade switches.

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  • Supported Management Software
    HTTP, SNMP v1/v3 (FE MIB, FC Management MIB), SSH; Auditing, Syslog; Brocade Advanced Web Tools, Advanced Performance Monitoring, Brocade Fabric Watch; Brocade Network Advisor SAN Enterprise or Brocade Network Advisor SAN Professional/Professional Plus; Command Line Interface (CLI); SMI-S compliant; Administrative Domains; trial licenses for add-on capabilities

    SSL, SSH v2, HTTPS, LDAP, RADIUS, Role-Based Access Control (RBAC), DH-CHAP (between switches and end devices), Port Binding, Switch Binding, Secure RPC, Secure Copy (SCP), Trusted Switch, IPSec, IP Filtering

    Management access
    In-band over Fibre Channel; serial port (RJ-45)

    D_Port offline diagnostics, including electrical/optical loopback, link traffic/latency/distance; POST and embedded online/offline diagnostics, including environmental monitoring, FCping and Pathinfo (FC traceroute), frame viewer, non-disruptive daemon restart, port mirroring, optics health monitoring, power monitoring, RAStrace logging, and Rolling Reboot Detection (RRD)

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 (84.2°F)
    Non-operating: 5% to 95%, non-condensing at 38°C (100.4 °F)

    Operating altitude
    Up to 3,048 m (10,000 ft)

    Storage altitude
    Up to 10,668km (35,000ft)

    Operating Shock
    20 G for 6 ms

    Non-operating Shock
    50 G 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


  • DC Input
    12V and 3.3V from chassis

    Power consumption
    32W (normal) to 39W (maximum)


  • Size
    Width: 272.75 mm (10.74 in)
    Height: 272.75 mm (10.74 in)
    Depth: 307.24 mm (12.09 in)

    System Weight
    2.10 kg (4.65 pounds) without media
                    Legend: S — Standard, OA — Option Available, N — Not Available
Performance Brocade M6505Brocade 6505 Brocade 6510 Brocade 6520
Fibre Channel: Autosensing of 2, 4, 8 and 16 Gbps port speeds; and optionally programmable to fixed port speed SS S
Maximum frame size: 2112 byte payload SS S  S
Power Brocade M6505 Brocade 6505 Brocade 6510  Brocade 6520
AC input 85V to 264V ~ 5A to 2.5A 85V to 264V ~ 5A to 2.5A85V to 264V ~5A to 2.5A 
DC input 12V and 3.3V FOM chassis N N 
Input line frequency N  47Hz to 63Hz 47Hz to 63Hz47Hz to 63Hz 
Power supply (Dual, hot-swappable redundant power supplies with integrated system cooling fans) N OAS
Power consumption 30W to 40W 60W to 80W  72W to 110W450W with all 96 ports with 16 Gbps SWL optics 
Management Brocade M6505  Brocade 6505  Brocade 6510 Brocade 6520
SSH v2, HTTP/HTTPS, SNMP v1/v3, Telnet; SNMP; WEBTOOLS, Brocade Network Advisor (BNA), SMI-S, RADIUS, LDAP S S  S 
Access: 10/100 Mbps Ethernet (RJ-45), in-band over Fibre Channel, serial port (RJ-45) and one USB port S S S
Port mirroring provides the capability of mirroring four source ports to improve network traffic monitoring and troubleshooting S  S  S S
Chassis Brocade M6505 Brocade 6505 Brocade 6510Brocade 6520 
Dimensions (H x W x D) 272.75 x 272.75 x 307.24 mm (10.74 x 10.74 x 12.09 in.) 43.18 x 437.64 x 443.23 mm (1.7 x 17.23 x 17.45 in.)43 x 438 x 443 mm (1.7 x 17.23 x 17.45 in.)86.74 x 429.25 x 609.75 mm 
(16.90 x 3.42 x 24.01 in.)
Unit weight (refer to data sheet for detailed information): 2.10 kg (4.65 lb)  9.16 kg (20.19 lb) 9.16 kg (20.19 lb) 16.92 kg (37.3 lb)
Form factor Blade for M1000e chassisRack-mount fixed form factor Rack-mount fixed form factor Rack-mount fixed form factor 
Environmental Brocade M6505  Brocade 6505 Brocade 6510Brocade 6520 
Operating temperature: 0ºC to 40ºC (32ºF to 104ºF)  0ºC to 40ºC (32ºF to 104ºF) 0ºC to 40ºC (32ºF to 104ºF)0º C to 40º C (32º F to 104º F) 
Nonoperating temperature:-20ºC to 70ºC (-4ºF to 158ºF) -25ºC to 70ºC (-13ºF to 158ºF)  -25ºC to 70ºC (-13ºF to 158ºF) -25ºC to 70ºC (-13ºF to 158ºF)
Operating altitude:Up to 3,048 m (10,000 ft) Up to 3,000 m (9,843 ft) Up to 3,000 m (9,843 ft) Up to 3,000 m (9,843 ft) 
Storage altitude:Up to 10.668 km (35,000 ft) Up to 12 km (39,370 ft) Up to 12 km (39,370 ft)  Up to 12 km (39,370 ft)
Operating relative humidity: 10% to 90% noncondensing 10% to 85% noncondensing 10% to 85% noncondensing10% to 85% noncondensing 
Nonoperating relative humidity:5% to 95% noncondensing 10% to 90% noncondensing 10% to 90% noncondensing 10% to 90% noncondensing 
Port AttributesBrocade M6505 Brocade 6505 Brocade 6510 Brocade 6520 
Fibre Channel ports24 24,36,48 48,72, 96 
Classes of ServiceBrocade M6505 Brocade 6505 Brocade 6510 Brocade 6520 
Class 2, Class 3, Class F (inter-switch frames) S
ISL TrunkingBrocade M6505 Brocade 6505 Brocade 6510 Brocade 6520 
Up to eight 16 Gbps ports per ISL trunk; up to 128 Gbps per ISL trunk. There is no limit to how many trunk groups can be configured in the switch S S
DiagnosticsBrocade M6505 Brocade 6505  Brocade 6510Brocade 6520 
POST and embedded online/offline diagnostics including FCPing, Pathinfo (FCTraceroute), Forward Error Correction (FEC), etc. Diagnostic Port (D-Port) S


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