Brocade M6505 Fibre Channel Switch

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Industry-leading 16 Gbps Fibre Channel connectivity

Add 16 Gbps Fibre Channel connectivity across servers, storage and SAN as needed, without increasing your data center footprint.

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Fibre Channel ports

  • Switch mode: 12- and 24-port configurations (12-port increment through Ports on Demand [PoD] license); universal (E, F, M, D) ports


  • Full fabric architecture with 239 switches maximum

Certified maximum

  • 6000 active nodes; 56 switches, 19 hops in Brocade Fabric OS® fabrics; 31 switches, three hops in Brocade M-EOS fabrics; larger fabrics certified as required


  • Brocade 3XXX, 4XXX, 5XXX, and 6XXX switches; Brocade DCX® and Brocade DCX 8510 Backbones Access Gateway mode supports Brocade, McDATA, and Cisco fabrics


  • Auto-sensing of 2, 4, 8, and 16 Gbps port speeds

ISL Trunking

  • 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

Aggregate bandwidth

  • 384 Gbps end-to-end, full duplex

Fabric latency

  • Latency for locally switched ports is 700 ns; Forward Error Correction (FEC) adds 400 ns between E_Ports (enabled by default)

Maximum frame size

  • Maximum frame size: 2112 byte payload

Classes of Service

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

Port Types

  • Scaling from 12 to 24 ports using Ports on Demand (PoD) capabilities

Data Traffic Types

  • Fabric switches supporting unicast

Media Types

  • Requires Brocade hot-pluggable, Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP+), LC connector; Short-Wavelength (SWL), Long-Wavelength (LWL); Extended Long-Wavelength (ELWL); distance depends on fiber optic cable and port speed. Supports SFP+ (8 and 16 Gbps) optical transceivers.

Fabric Services

  • Brocade Advanced Performance Monitoring (including Top Talkers for E_Ports, F_Ports, and Fabric mode); Brocade Adaptive Networking (Ingress Rate Limiting, Traffic Isolation, QoS); Bottleneck Detection; Brocade Advanced Zoning (default zoning, port/WWN zoning, broadcast zoning); Dynamic Fabric Provisioning (DFP); Dynamic Path Selection (DPS); Brocade Extended Fabrics; Enhanced BB credit recovery; Brocade Fabric Watch; FDMI; Frame Redirection; Frame-based Trunking; FSPF; IPoFC; Brocade ISL Trunking; Management Server; NPIV; NTP v3; Port Fencing; Registered State Change Notification (RSCN); Reliable Commit Service (RCS); Server Application Optimization (SAO); Simple Name Server (SNS)


  • SFP media, Ports on Demand (12-port upgrade)Enterprise Performance Pack: ISL Trunking, Adaptive Networking, Advanced Performance Monitoring,Fabric Watch, and Extended Fabrics


  • 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


  • 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)


  • 272.75 x 272.75 x 307.24 mm (10.74 x 10.74 x 12.09 in.)

Environmental Operating Conditions

  • Operating temperature: 0ºC to 40ºC (32ºF to 104ºF)
    Nonoperating temperature: -20ºC to 70ºC (-4ºF to 158ºF)
    Operating altitude: Up to 3,048 m (10,000 ft)
    Storage altitude: Up to 10.668 km (35,000 ft)
    Operating relative humidity: 10% to 90% noncondensing
    Nonoperating relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing


  • DC input12V and 3.3V FOM chassis
    Power consumption30W to 40W
Brocade M6505

Blazing fast, scalable Fibre Channel connectivity

Open the door to blazing-fast 16 Gbps Fibre Channel bandwidth end-to-end across servers, storage and SAN networking with the Brocade M6505 Fibre Channel Blade.

  • Enable flatter, faster and simpler fabrics with fewer cables, increasing consolidation while reducing network complexity and costs.
  • Manage explosive physical and virtual server growth with pay-as-you-grow scalability. Buy only what you need now and add more blade switches down the road.
  • Meet the uncompromising I/O demands of enterprise-class storage.
  • Maximize performance and protect your SAN and server investments with flexible 16/8/4 Gbps speed options and scalable growth.
  • Protect your SAN and Server investments with flexible speed options and scalable growth.
  • Help ensure uptime with up to four switches per chassis for complete redundancy.

Simplified, flexible deployment

Deploy the M6505 as a Brocade Access Gateway or as a full-fabric switch.

  • Access Gateway mode utilizes N_Port ID Virtualization (NPIV) switch standards to present physical and virtual servers directly to the core of SAN fabrics. This makes the Access Gateway transparent to the SAN fabric, greatly reducing management of the network edge. The Brocade M6505 in Access Gateway mode can connect servers to NPIV-enabled Brocade B-Series, Brocade M-Series and other SAN fabrics.
  • Dynamic Ports on Demand (POD) provides a flexible mechanism for allocating port licenses that you can purchase to extend the base functionality of your Brocade switches. These additional ports are enabled after you install the appropriate license keys. The Dynamic POD feature assigns port licenses based on your connectivity choices. Any port on the switch can claim a free assignment from the pool of available POD licenses.
Brocade M6505

Easy integration and control

The Brocade M6505 is ideal for today’s space constrained data centers that demand greater density and streamlined control.

  • Zero-footprint design: The Brocade M6505 features a hot-pluggable blade design that integrates into your existing chassis without taking up additional space or requiring the cooling, power and cabling requirements of traditional external switches.
  • Consolidated I/O: Integrate I/O from all blade servers in up to eight shared switch ports.
  • Easy control: A centralized user interface allows you to manage disparate fabrics with a simple point and click.
  • Fast troubleshooting: Diagnostic ports (D ports) allow you to quickly identify and isolate optics and cable problems.


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