PowerConnect B-8000 Network Switch

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The PowerConnect™  B-8000 is a top-of-rack link layer (Layer 2) CEE/DCB and FCoE switch with 24 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports for LAN connections and 8 Fibre Channel ports with up to 8 Gigabit speed for Fibre Channel SAN connections

  • Versatile Layer 2 CEE/DCB and FCoE switch for server input/output (I/O) consolidation
  • 1U enclosure with 24 10 Gbps CEE/DCB ports and 8 FC ports supporting 8 Gbps speed
  • Energy efficient, operating at 350 watts with redundant power supplies and cooling fan FRUs

PowerConnect 8000 Switch

Top-of-rack link layer (Layer 2) CEE/DCB and FCoE switch with 24, 10 Gbps ports for LAN connections and 8 Gbps Fibre Channel ports for SAN connections

A Versatile Layer 2 CEE/DCB and FCoE Switch

Supporting Windows and Linux environments, the PowerConnect™ B-8000 Switch enables access to the LANs and SANs over a common server connection by utilizing emerging Data Center Bridging/Converged Enhanced Ethernet (CEE/DCB) and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) protocols. LAN traffic is forwarded to aggregation layer Ethernet switches using conventional 10 Gbps connections, and storage traffic is forwarded to Fibre Channel SANs over 8 Gbps Fibre Channel connections. Part of a unified CEE/DCB and FCoE solution, the PowerConnect™ B-8000 helps organizations reduce capital and operating expenses in enterprise data centers.

A Unified CEE/DCB and FCOE Solution

The PowerConnect B-8000 connects to servers utilizing Converged Network Adapters (CNAs). Consolidating server I/O (input/output) reduces the number of server adapters, which in turn reduces cabling and switch ports, resulting in lower infrastructure costs as well as lower power and cooling costs.

Moreover, consolidation is not limited to hardware components. Because FCoE preserves Fibre Channel constructs and services, it integrates seamlessly into existing Fibre Channel environments, enabling organizations to introduce CEE/DCB and FCoE into their data centers without disrupting their existing SANs or IT management practices.

High Performance

The PowerConnect B-8000 has advanced ASIC technology that provides unique frame-based trunking of server connections at up to 40GB of combined throughput. The switch also features standards-based Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP) for LAN connections, as well as frame-based trunking of SAN connections at up to 64 Gbps of throughput.

Comprehensive Layer 2 LAN Capabilities

The PowerConnect B-8000 switch provides broad, standards-based data link layer (Layer 2) capabilities covering Quality of Service (QoS), security and Layer 2 protocols. The switch’s 24 CEE/DCB ports provide uplink connections to conventional 10 Gbps port aggregation layer Ethernet switches. Layer 2 functions are configured and administered accordingly at the access layer.

Enterprise-Class High Availability

The PowerConnect B-8000 provides a reliable foundation for disaster recovery and business continuance by employing enterprise-class availability features such as hot-swappable, redundant, and integrated fan and power supply assemblies. Combined with a wide range of diagnostic and monitoring functions, these capabilities help ensure highly available SAN environments.

In conjunction with Brocade® SAN extension products, the PowerConnect B-8000 enables servers and storage devices to reside remotely, giving organizations a reliable way to create highly available environments that support the most sophisticated business continuance and disaster recovery initiatives.

Port Attributes

  • Port types

    FL_Port, F_Port, M_Port (Mirror Port), E_Port; self-discovery based on switch type (U_Port); optional port type control

    FCoE features

    Complete T11 FCoE entity and FCoE bridging
    The FCoE translation entity built into the hardware engine provides:

    Detection of Fibre Channel encapsulation and redirection of FCoE fabric login frames
    Encapsulation of Fibre Channel frames in FCoE Ethernet packets (FC > FCoE)
    Extraction of Fibre Channel frames from FCoE Ethernet packets (FCoE > FC)
    Mapping of Fibre Channel destination Virtual Fabrics and destination FC_ID to Ethernet Virtual LAN and destination MAC addresses
    Fabric-Provided MAC Addresses (FPMAs) enable new Ethernet MAC addresses to be created using the FC_ID assigned by the fabric

    DCB/CEE ports

    24 ports with 10 GB Ethernet

    DCB/CEE features

    Data Center Bridging eXchange (DCBX)
    Priority-based Flow Control (PFC) – IEEE 802.1Qbb
    Enhanced Transmission Selection (ETS) – IEEE 802.1Qaz


  • Fibre Channel: 1, 2, 4, and 8 Gbit/sec line speed full duplex

    10 GB line speed

    Maximum frame size

    2112-byte Fibre Channel payload; 9048-byte Ethernet frame



    Spanning Tree Protocol (STP, MSTP, RSTP), VLAN Tagging (802.1q), MAC address learning and aging; native FCoE switching; IEEE 802.3ad Link Aggregation (LACP); access control lists based on VLAN, source, destination address, and port; eight priority levels for QoS and approximately 4000 VLANs; Priority-based Flow Control (PFC); Data Center Bridging eXchange (DCBX)-Capabilities Exchange; Enhanced Transmission Selection (ETS)

Port Types

  • FL_Port, F_Port, M_Port (Mirror Port), E_Port; self-discovery based on switch type (U_Port); optional port type control

Classes of Service

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

Fabric Services

  • Simple Name Server (SNS), Registered State Change Notification (RSCN), NTP, RADIUS, LDAP, Reliable Commit Service (RCS), Dynamic Path Selection (DPS), Enhanced Group Management (EGM), and Web Tools; optional fabric services include Fabric Watch, ISL Trunking, and Advanced Performance Monitoring

Other Switching

  • Link aggregation (10 Gigabit Ethernet)

    Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP), Brocade-enhanced and 802.3ad standards-based

    Classes of service

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

    Data traffic types

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


  • Management software
    SSH v2, HTTP/HTTPS, SNMP v1/v3, Telnet; SNMP (FE MIB, FC Management MIB, RMON, and IF-MIB for DCB/CEE); Web Tools; Data Center Fabric Manager (DCFM) Professional and Enterprise; SMI-S; RADIUS

    Management access
    One 10/100/1000 Megabit Ethernet, in-band over Fibre Channel, one serial port, and one USB port

    POST and embedded online/offline diagnostics, including FCping and Pathinfo (FCtraceroute)

    Brocade Fibre Channel ISL Trunking
    Brocade Advanced Performance Monitoring
    Brocade Fabric Watch


  • USB

    One USB port for firmware download, support save, and configuration upload/download



    Non-port to port side airflow; 1U, 19-inch EIA-compliant, power from non-port side


    42.9 cm (16.9 in)

    Height: 4.3 cm (1.7 in)

    Depth: 63.4 cm (25.0 in)

    System weight

    13.0 kg (28.6 lbs) with two power supply FRUs, without transceivers

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% non-condensing
    Non-operating: 10% to 90% non-condensing
    Operating: Up to 3000 meters (9842 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

    CO2 emissions
    335 kg per year (with 40 ports at 0.42 kg/kWh)
    1.05 kg per Gbit/sec per year

    Maximum: 42 CFM
    Nominal (65% speed): 35 CFM

    Heat dissipation
    32 ports: 1044 BTU/hr


  • Power

    Maximum: 350 watts

    306 watts

    Input voltage:
    85 to 264 VAC nominal

    Input line frequency: 47 to 63 Hz

    Inrush current:
    60 amps maximum

    Maximum current:
    29 amps at 12V DC

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If you don’t have an IT staff, Dell ProSupport for end users is the way to go. You’ll receive:
  • 24x7x365 direct break-fix hardware and software support for your employees
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  • Remote setup assistance for simple networks (wired and wireless)
  • Award-winning support from Global Command Centers for dispatch monitoring and end-to-end case management for critical situations or natural disasters

If you have an IT team, Dell ProSupport for IT is right for you. You’ll receive:
  • 24x7x365 direct access to Dell expert centers through email, chat and phone support
  • Mission-critical Response Options, including ability to self-designate Severity Level 1
  • Hardware and software diagnostics and troubleshooting, including direct Dell OEM (original equipment manufacturer) support and third-party collaborative support
  • Tech-to-tech support to skip the script and save time
  • Fast-track dispatch for Dell-certified technicians, enabling you to self-dispatch parts and labor
  • Award-winning support from Global Command Centers for dispatch monitoring and end-to-end case management for critical situations or natural disasters
Further maximize the availability and stability of your infrastructure through Dell ProSupport options such as asset and data protection, speed of response, specialized on-site services, proactive maintenance and remote advisory services. Streamline patch management and get detailed reporting. Get advice through telephone access to technical expertise on applications and solutions such as Microsoft Exchange, virtualization and more. And for more complex IT environments, choose the enterprise-wide contract option, which provides a designated Service Delivery manager, performance benchmarking, proactive planning and custom reporting.

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