Switch / Switch Chassis

DCX8510-8 2PS 0P 2CP 2 16GB CORE 0 SFP E

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Brocade DCX 8510 Backbones are the industry’s most powerful Fibre Channel switching infrastructure, providing the most reliable, scalable, high-performance foundation for private cloud storage and highly virtualized environments. They are designed to increase business agility while providing non-stop access to information and reducing infrastructure and administrative costs.

A Foundation for Private Cloud Storage Networks

Networks need to evolve in order to support the growing demands of highly virtualized environments and private cloud architectures. Fibre Channel, the de facto standard for storage networking, is evolving with the data center. The introduction of Brocade DCX 8510 Backbones with 16 Gbps Fibre Channel delivers a new level of scalability and advanced capabilities to this robust, reliable, and high-performance technology. This enables organizations to continue leveraging their existing IT investments as they grow their businesses. In addition, they can consolidate their Storage Area Network (SAN) infrastructures to simplify management and reduce operating costs.

Highlights include:

  • Unleashes the full potential of private cloud storage with unmatched scalability, performance, and reliability
  • Enables simpler, flatter, low-latency chassis connectivity to reduce network complexity, management, and costs
  • Optimizes data center connectivity over distance with integrated high-performance metro and global connectivity
  • Simplifies and centralizes end-to-end Storage Area Network (SAN) management with comprehensive diagnostics, monitoring, and automation
  • Maximizes performance for I/O- and bandwidth-intensive applications 
  • Protects investments in existing SAN fabrics and automation tools while reducing operational costs and minimizing business disruption


  • Single chassis: Up to 512 (Brocade DCX) or 256 (Brocade DCX-4S) 8 Gbps (E, F, FL, M, EX) Fibre Channel ports using up to eight 16-, 32-, 48-, or 64-port Fibre Channel blades
  • Dual-chassis: Up to 1024 (Brocade DCX) or 512 (Brocade DCX-4S) 8 Gbps Fibre Channel ports; ICL ports (four per chassis, copper pin) connect up to two Brocade DCX or Brocade DCX-4S chassis (same models or a mix)
  • Three chassis: Up to 1536 (Brocade DCX) or 768 (Brocade DCX-4S) 8 Gbps Fibre Channel ports; ICL ports (four per chassis, copper pin) connect up to three Brocade DCX or Brocade DCX-4S chassis (same models or a mix)

Control Processor:

  • Redundant (active/standby) control processor modules


  • Full fabric architecture of 239 switches

Certified Maximum:

  • 6000 active nodes; 56 switches, 19 hops in Brocade FOS fabrics; 31 switches, larger fabrics certified as required

Special-purpose blades:

  • Brocade FX8-24 Blade: Provides SAN extension over IP networks (12 8 Gbps Fibre Channel ports with license options providing up to 10 1 GbE ports and up to two 10 GbE ports per blade; up to four blades)
  • Brocade FCOE10-24 Blade : Provides DCB/FCoE connectivity for server I/O consolidation (24 10 GbE DCB ports; up to two blades)


  • Fibre Channel: 1.063 Gbps line speed, full duplex; 2.125 Gbps line speed, full duplex; 4.25 Gbps line speed, full duplex; 8.50 Gbps line speed, full duplex; auto sensing of 1, 2, 4, and 8 Gbps port speeds; optionally programmable 1, 2, 4, and 8 Gbps ports;
  • DCB: 10.0 Gbps line speed, full duplex

ISL Trunking:

  • Frame-based trunking with up to eight 8 Gbps ports per ISL trunk; up to 64 Gbps per ISL trunk
  • Exchange-based load balancing across ISLs with DPS included in Brocade Fabric OS

Chassis bandwidth:

  • Brocade DCX: 4.6 Tbps per chassis
    (512 ports × 8 Gbps data rate + 512 Gbps ICL bandwidth)
  • Brocade DCX-4S: 2.3 Tbps per chassis
    (256 ports × 8 Gbps data rate + 256 Gbps ICL bandwidth)

Slot bandwidth:

  • 256 Gbps (data rate)

Local switching bandwidth:

  • 128 Gbps for FC8-16: 16 ports x 8 Gbps (data rate)
  • 256 Gbps for FC8-32: 32 ports x 8 Gbps (data rate)
  • 384 Gbps for FC8-48: 48 ports x 8 Gbps (data rate)
  • 512 Gbps for FC8-64: 64 ports x 8 Gbps (data rate)

ICL bandwidth:

  • Brocade DCX: 512 Gbps; four ICLs provide the equivalent of 64 8 Gbps ports
  • Brocade DCX-4S: 256 Gbps; four ICLs provide the equivalent of 32 8 Gbps ports
  • Both models: ICL bandwidth is load-balanced using eight 8-port frame-based trunks and DPS

Switch latency:

  • Locally switched ports 700 ns; blade-to-blade latency is 2.1 µsec

Maximum frame size:

  • 2112-byte payload

Frame buffers:

  • 2048 per 16-port group on 16-, 32-, and 64-port blades and up to 2048 per 24-port group on 48-port blades, dynamically allocated

Classes of service:

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

Fibre Channel Port types:

  • FL_Port, F_Port, M_Port (Mirror Port), E_Port, EX_Port (Fibre Channel Integrated Routing); optional port type control

Data traffic types:

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

Media types:

  • 4 Gbps: FC8-16, -32, and -48; blades require Brocade hot-pluggable, Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP), LC connector; 4 Gbps Short-Wavelength Laser (SWL); 4 Gbps Long-Wavelength Laser (LWL); 4 Gbps Extended Long-Wavelength Laser (ELWL)
  • 8 Gbps: FC8-16, -32, and -48; FX8-24; and FS8-18 blades require Brocade hot-pluggable SFP+, LC connector; 8 Gbps SWL; 8 Gbps LWL
  • 8 Gbps: FC8-64 blades require Brocade hot-pluggable mSFP, mSFP LC connector; 8 Gbps SWL only
  • Fibre Channel distance subject to fiber-optic cable and port speed
  • DCB media type: Hot-pluggable, Brocade 10 GbE SFP+ supports any combination of Short-Reach (SR) and Long-Reach (LR) optical transceivers; Brocade copper Twinax cables of one, three, or five meters


  • 1 USB port per control processor for firmware download, support save, and configuration upload/download

Fabric services:

  • Advanced Performance Monitoring (including Top Talkers); Adaptive Networking (Ingress Rate Limiting, Traffic Isolation, QoS); BB credit recovery; Bottleneck Detection; Brocade Advanced Zoning (default zoning, port/WWN zoning, broadcast zoning); Dynamic Path Selection (DPS); Extended Fabrics; Fabric Watch; FDMI; Flow Monitor; Frame Redirection; FSPF; Integrated Routing; IPoFC; ISL Trunking; Management Server; Monitoring and Alerting Policy Suite (MAPS); N_Port Trunking; NPIV; NTP v3; Port Fencing; Registered State Change Notification (RSCN); Reliable Commit Service (RCS); Simple Name Server (SNS); Virtual Fabrics (Logical Switch, Logical Fabric)

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