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Brocade VDX 6720 Switch

The Brocade VDX 6720 Switch is a high-performance, ultra-low latency wire-speed 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) fixed configuration switch. The Brocade VDX 6720 with Brocade VCS Fabric technology is an ideal platform for a variety of Top-of-Rack (ToR) fabric deployments.

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Brocade VDX 6720 Feature Overview

  Brocade VDX 6720-24 Brocade VDX 6720-60
Switching bandwidth (data rate, full duplex) 480 Gbps 1,200 Gbps
Port-to-port latency 600 nanoseconds within 10-port group 600 nanoseconds within 10-port group
Form factor 1U 2U
Dimensions and Weight Width: 42.88 cm (16.88 in.)
Height: 4.32 cm (1.70 in.)
Depth: 38.10 cm (15.00 in.)
Weight: 7.30 kg (16.10 lb)
Width: 42.88 cm (16.88 in.)
Height: 8.89 cm (3.50 in.)
Depth: 43.18 cm (17.00 in.)
Weight: 15.88 kg (35.00 lb)
1/10 GbE SFP+ ports 24 60
Ports on Demand (PoD) increments 16, 24 40, 50, 60
Power supplies Two hot-swappable, load-sharing Two hot-swappable, load-sharing
Cooling fans N+1 redundant, integrated into power supplies N+1 redundant, three hot-swappable fan units

Brocade VDX 6720 Specifications

System architecture
Scalability information Please refer to the latest version of the release notes for the most up-to-date scalability numbers.
Connector options 1 GbE copper SFP options
1000Base-SX and 1000Base-LX
10 Gbps SFP+ options: 1/3/5 m direct-attached copper (Twinax)
10 GbE SR and 10 GbE LR
Out-of-band Ethernet management: RJ-45 (fixed)
Remote lights-out management: 10/100/1000 BaseT Ethernet
Console management: RJ45 to RS-232 (fixed)
Firmware and diagnostic: USB
Maximum VLANs 4,096
Maximum MAC addresses 32,000
Maximum port profiles (AMPP) 256
Maximum Layer 2 multicast groups 2,000
Maximum Spanning Tree instances 32
Maximum per-port priority pause level 8
Maximum LAG groups in a VCS fabric 512
Maximum members in a standard LAG 16
Maximum MAC addresses in a VCS fabric 30,000
Maximum switches in a VCS fabric 32
Maximum ECMP paths in a VCS fabric 8
Maximum trunk members for VCS fabric ports 8
Maximum switches across which a vLAG can span 4
Maximum members in a vLAG 32
Maximum jumbo frame size 9,208 bytes
Queues per port 8
DCB Priority Flow Control (PFC) classes 8
Operating system Brocade Network OS
Layer 2 switching features
  • MAC Learning and Aging
  • Static MAC Configuration
  • Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP) 802.3ad/802.1AX
  • Private VLAN (PVLAN)
  • Virtual Local Area Networks (VLANs)
  • VLAN Encapsulation 802.1Q
  • Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP) 802.1w
  • Multiple Spanning Tree Protocol (MSTP) 802.1s
  • Per-VLAN
  • STP PortFast and PortFast BDPU Guard
  • STP Root Guard
  • STP over VCS
  • Layer 2 Access Control Lists (ACLs)
  • Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) RFC 826
  • IGMP v1/v2 Snooping
  • Pause Frames 802.3x
Layer 3 switching features
  • DHCP Helper 1
  • OSPF
  • Border Gateway Protocol (BGP)
  • VRRP and VRRP-E support
  • Static routes
Brocade VCS Fabric technology features
  • Automatic Fabric Formation
  • Distributed Fabric Services
  • Transparent LAN Services
  • Virtual Link Aggregation Group (vLAG) spanning multiple physical switches
  • Switch Beaconing
  • Distributed Configuration Management
  • Transparent Interconnection of Lots of Links (TRILL)
  • DHCP Option 66/67 1
  • Equal Cost Multi-Path (ECMP)
  • Automatic Migration of Port Profiles (AMPP)
  • VM-Aware Network Automation
DCB features
  • Priority-based Flow Control (PFC) 802.1Qbb
  • Enhanced Transmission Selection (ETS) 802.1Qaz
  • Data Center Bridging eXchange (DCBX)
  • DCBX Application Type-Length-Value (TLV) for FCoE and iSCSI
FCoE features
(Requires FCoE License)
  • Multihop Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE); requires Brocade VCS Fabric technology
  • FC-BB5 compliant Fibre Channel Forwarder (FCF)
  • Native FCoE forwarding
  • End-to-end FCoE (initiator to target)
  • FCoE Initialization Protocol (FIP) v1 support for FCoE devices login and initialization
  • Name Server-based zoning
  • FIPS Snooping Bridge (FSB)
Quality of Service (QoS)
  • Eight priority levels for QoS
  • Class of Service (CoS) IEEE 802.1p
  • DSCP Trust
  • DSCP to Traffic Class Mutation
  • Random Early Discard
  • Per-port QoS configuration
  • Scheduling: Strict Priority (SP), Shaped Deficit Weighted Round-Robin (SDWRR)
    • DSCP to CoS Mutation
    • DSCP to DSCP Mutation
Switch health monitoring Fabric Watch monitoring and notification
Management
Management and control
  • IPv4/IPv6 management
  • Netconf API
  • Brocade VCS Plugin for OpenStack
  • Industry-standard Command Line Interface (CLI)
  • Remote lights-out management (future update)
  • In-band management (standalone mode)
  • Link Layer Discovery Protocol (LLDP) 802.1AB
  • Logical chassis management
  • MIB II RFC 1213 MIB
  • Switch Beaconing
  • Switched Port Analyzer (SPAN)
  • Telnet
  • SNMP v1/v2C, v3
  • sFlow RFC 3176
  • Out-of-band management
  • RMON-1, RMON-2
  • NTP
  • Management Access Control Lists (ACLs)
  • Role-Based Access Control (RBAC)
Security
  • Port-based Network Access Control 802.1X
  • RADIUS
  • TACACS+
  • Secure Shell (SSHv2)
  • BPDU Drop
  • Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP)
  • Secure Copy Protocol
Mechanical
Enclosure Front-to-rear, rear-to-front airflow; 1U, 19-inch EIA-compliant; power from non-port side
Environmental
Temperature Operating: 0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)
Non-operating and storage: -25°C to 70°C (-13°F to 158°F)
Humidity Operating: 10% to 85% non-condensing
Non-operating and storage: 10% to 90% non-condensing
Altitude Operating: Up to 3000 meters (9842 feet)
Non-operating and storage: Up to 12 kilometers (39,370 feet)
Shock Operating: 20 g, 6 ms half-sine
Non-operating and storage: Half-sine, 33 g 11 ms, 3/eg Axis
Vibration Operating: 0.5 g sine, 0.4 grms random, 5 to 500 Hz
Non-operating and storage: 2.0 g sine, 1.1 grms random, 5 to 500 Hz
Airflow
Brocade VDX 6720-24
  • Brocade VDX 6720-24
    Maximum: 53 CFM
    Nominal: 35 CFM
  • Brocade VDX 6720-60
    Maximum: 115 CFM
    Nominal: 76 CFM
Heat dissipation 450 BTU/hr (24-port switch); 1126 BTU/hr (60-port switch)
Power
Power supplies Two internal, redundant, field-replaceable, load-sharing AC power supplies
Power inlet C13
Input voltage 85 to 256 VAC nominal
Input line frequency 47 to 63 Hz
Inrush current 50 amps max
Maximum current 3.5 amps max (24-port switch); 7 amps max (60-port switch)
Maximum power consumption 132 watts (24-port switch); 330 watts (60-port switch)
Safety Compliance
  • UL 60950-1 Second Edition
  • CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 60950-1 Second Edition
  • EN 60950-1 Second Edition
  • IEC 60950-1 Second Edition
  • GB4943-2001 and GB9254-1998
  • CNS 14336(94)
EMC
  • FCC Class A
  • ICES A
  • VCCI-Class A
  • CE
  • C
  • BSMI
  • GOST
  • KC Class A
  • CCC
Immunity
  • ANSI C63.4
  • ICES-003 Class A
  • CISPR22 and JEIDA (Harmonics)
  • EN55022 Class A and EN55024
  • CISPR22
  • AS/NZS CISPR22
  • CNS 13438(95)
  • 51318.22-99 and 51318.24-99
  • KN22 and KN24
  • GB17625.1-2003
Environmental Regulatory Compliance
  • RoHS-6 (with lead exemption) Directive 2002/95/EC
Standards Compliance

The Brocade VDX 6720 products conform to the following Ethernet standards:

  • IEEE 802.1D Spanning Tree Protocol
  • IEEE 802.1s Multiple Spanning Tree
  • IEEE 802.1w Rapid reconfiguration of Spanning Tree Protocol
  • IEEE 802.3ad Link Aggregation with LACP
  • IEEE 802.3ae 10G Ethernet
  • IEEE 802.1Q VLAN Tagging
  • IEEE 802.1p Class of Service Prioritization and Tagging
  • IEEE 802.1v VLAN Classification by Protocol and Port
  • IEEE 802.1AB Link Layer Discovery Protocol (LLDP)
  • IEEE 802.3x Flow Control (Pause Frames)

The following draft versions of the Data Center Bridging (DCB) and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) standards are also supported on the Brocade VDX 6720:

  • IEEE 802.1Qbb Priority-based Flow Control
  • IEEE 802.1Qaz Enhanced Transmission Selection
  • IEEE 802.1 DCB Capability Exchange Protocol (Proposed under the DCB Task Group of IEEE 802.1 Working Group)
  • FC-BB-5 FCoE (Rev 2.0)

1 Brocade Network OS 4.1 is planned for release in 1H2014. Please refer to the current version of the release notes for the most up-to-date feature support.

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