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Brocade FS8-18 Encryption Blade, Encryption module, 16 ports, 8Gb Fibre Channel


Part: BR-FS818-0001

MSRP: $130,000.00

Your price: $82,096.87

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The Brocade FS8-18 Encryption Blade is a 16-port 8 Gbps blade for the Brocade DCX Backbone family that provides up to 96 Gbps of disk encryption processing power and up to 48 Gbps of compression processing power for tapes, and is FIPS 140-2 Level 3 validated. A high-speed, highly reliable hardware device, the Brocade FS8-18 delivers fabric-based encryption services that allow organizations to secure their data to meet regulatory and internal compliance requirements.

A High-Performance Encryption Blade for the Brocade DCX Backbone Family

Managing operational risk by protecting valuable digital assets has become increasingly critical in today's enterprise IT environments. In addition to achieving compliance with regulatory mandates and meeting industry standards for data confidentiality, IT organizations must also protect against potential litigation and liability following a reported breach.

In the context of data center fabric security, Brocade provides advanced fabric services for Storage Area Networks (SANs) with the Brocade FS8-18 Encryption Blade for use in the Brocade DCX 8510 and Brocade DCX. The blade is a high-speed, highly reliable hardware device that delivers fabric-based encryption services to secure data assets either selectively or on a comprehensive basis.

The Brocade FS8-18 scales non-disruptively, providing up to 96 Gbps of encryption processing power to meet the needs of the most demanding environments with flexible, on-demand performance. It also provides compression services at speeds up to 48 Gbps for tape storage systems. Moreover, it is tightly integrated with industry-leading, enterprise-class key management systems that can scale to support key lifecycle services across distributed environments.

Highlights include:

  • High-performance, scalable fabric-based encryption enforces data confidentiality and privacy requirements
  • Unparalleled encryption processing at up to 96 Gbps using industry-standard AES-256 encryption algorithms
  • Choice of industry-leading key management solutions that help reduce operational costs and simplify management
  • A single, centralized security platform for both disk and tape SAN environments supporting heterogeneous enterprise data centers
  • Frame Redirection technology enables easy, non-intrusive deployment of fabric-based security services
  • Plug-in encryption and compression services available to all host servers, including Virtual Machines (VMs), attached to data center fabrics
  • Scalable performance with on-demand encryption and compression processing power meets regulatory mandates for securing data

Fibre Channel ports:

  • 16 ports, universal (F/FL/E/EX/M)

Ethernet ports:

  • Two redundant 1000BaseT Ethernet ports for clustering and I/O synchronization during rekeying operation

Smart cards:

  • Master key recovery, quorum authorization, and system recovery operations

Compression for tape:

  • Hardware-based data compression prior to encryption


  • IEEE 1619 standard-based mode (disk and tape)
  • DataFort-compatible mode (disk and tape)

Data rekeying:

  • Online or offline conversion of data from cleartext to ciphertext; manual or automated rekeying sessions

Crypto scalability:

  • Up to 256 target devices and initiators per encryption engine

Fibre Channel performance:

  • 1.063 Gbps line speed, full duplex; 2.125 Gbps line speed, full duplex; 4.25 Gbps line speed, full duplex; 8.5 Gbps line speed, full duplex; auto-sensing of 1, 2, 4, and 8 Gbps port speeds; optionally programmable to fixed port speed; speed matching between 1, 2, 4, and 8 Gbps ports

System scalability:

  • Up to four Brocade FS8-18 blades per Brocade DCX Backbone family chassis

ISL Trunking:

  • Frame-based trunking with up to eight 8 Gbps ports per ISL trunk; up to 64 Gbps throughput per ISL trunk

Maximum frame size:

  • 2112-byte payload for Fibre Channel

Classes of service:

  • Class 2 (unencrypted traffic), Class 3 (encrypted and unencrypted), and Class F (inter-switch frames)

Data traffic types:

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

Media types:

  • 8 Gbps: Utilizes Brocade hot-pluggable SFP+, LC connector; Short-Wavelength Laser (SWL); distance depends on fiber-optic cable and port speed


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