Brocade 5100 Fibre Channel Switch

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40-port 8Gb Fibre Channel Switch




  • Rack Size 1U
    Width 42.88 cm (16.88 in)
    Height 4.29 cm (1.69 in)
    Depth 61.05 cm (24.00 in)
    Weight 9.3 kg (20.60 lbs) with dual power supplies, no SFP


  • 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, 2, 4, and 8 Gbit/sec port speeds; optionally programmable to fixed port speed; speed matching between 1, 2, 4, and 8 Gbit/sec ports


  • Maximum output :
    125 Watts

    System power consumption :
    91 Watts max (with 40 ports at 8Gbit/sec), 84 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) :
    311 BTU/hr

    Inrush current :
    35A Max


  • The 5100 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
    China (PS only) GB4943-2001 and GB9254-1998 or latest; GB17625.1-2003 or latest
    Taiwan (PS only) CNS 14336(94) or latest CNS 13438(95) or latest

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


  • 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

Classes of Service

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

Environmental Operating Conditions

  • Temperature Operating:

    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 95 percent 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

    Air Flow:

    High speed: 29 CFM (cu. ft./min)
    Low speed: 22 CFM


Brocade 5100 — 40 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 680 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
  • 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.
  • Extended distance support that enables native Fibre Channel extension up to 3600 km 

Affordable Scalability

  • Combines up to 40 ports of industry-leading 8-Gbit/sec technology with Ports on Demand scaling from 24 to 32 to 40 ports, allowing “pay-as-you-grow” scalability
  • Provides integrated, per-port routing for excellent scalability, interoperability and fault isolation
  • Designed to protect existing investments by providing 8-Gbit/sec technology with auto-sensing capabilities to also recognize 1, 2 and 4-Gbit/sec devices
  • Helps 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, 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.
  • A USB port provides excellent serviceability and error logging functionality by facilitating easy firmware upgrades and downloads of system log files.
  • Top Talkers monitors resources and can assist in finding hot spots to increase resource utilization.
  • Utilizing ISL Trunking and Dynamic Path Selection, traffic can be distributed across ISLs in the SAN, helping to increase utilization of the SAN and reduce costs.

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