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Brocade ICX 6650 Switch
56-Port 10/40 Gigabit Ethernet Top-of-Rack Switch


Brocade ICX 6650 Switch

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Brocade ICX 6650 Switches
Brocade ICX 6650 with 32 10 GbE SFP+ ports enabled
Includes filler panels cover left side power and fan slots, Advanced software, No optics
No power supplies or fans (order separately), Optional POD licenses to enable 10 GbE and 40GbE ports (order separately)
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List Price: $14,500.00
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Brocade ICX 6650 with 32 10GbE SFP+ ports enabled
Includes two 250 W AC power supplies and two fan units, Exhaust airflow, Advanced software, No optics
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Brocade ICX 6650 with 32 10GbE SFP+ ports enabled, and PoD license for an additional 16 10GbE SFP+ ports
Includes two 250 W AC power supplies and two fan units, Exhaust airflow, Advanced software, No optics
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Brocade ICX 6650 with 32 10GbE SFP+ ports enabled, and PoD license for an additional 24 10GbE SFP+ ports
Includes two 250 W AC power supplies and two fan units, Exhaust airflow, Advanced software, No optics
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Overview:

The Brocade ICX 6650 Switch is a compact Ethernet switch that delivers industry-leading 10/40 GbE density, unmatched price/performance, and seamless scalability for the ultimate investment protection. Designed for demanding data center Top-of-Rack (ToR) environments and campus LAN aggregation deployments requiring cost-effective connectivity, the Brocade ICX 6650 offers flexible Ports on Demand (PoD) licensing for non-disruptive pay-as-you-grow scalability.

A Powerful Top-of-Rack Switch for Data Center and High-Performance Computing

Today's data centers are undergoing a significant transformation with explosive volumes of data, virtualization, and cloud computing. This disruption is imposing greater demands on the underlying network infrastructure, including the need for non-stop operation, improved scalability, and greater power efficiency. To meet this challenge, data center network solutions must provide a broad set of capabilities—including higher levels of performance, bulletproof reliability, and seamless scalability—to accommodate changing business needs while maximizing ROI.

A key member of the Brocade ICX family of Ethernet switches for campus LAN and classic Ethernet data center environments, the Brocade ICX 6650 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) Switch is optimized for high-performance data center and compute environments. It provides a compact form-factor design that delivers industry-leading 10/40 GbE density, unmatched price/performance value, and seamless scalability with Ports on Demand (PoD) licensing for the ultimate investment protection. Offering highly efficient power and cooling—with both front-to-back and back-to-front airflow options and automatic fan-speed adjustment—the Brocade ICX 6650 meets the most demanding energy efficiency requirements. The Brocade ICX 6650 is also a suitable solution for many campus LAN aggregation deployments requiring cost-effective 10 GbE connectivity.

Highlights

  • Provides a 10/40 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) Top-of-Rack (ToR) switch purpose-built for high-performance data center and compute environments
  • Delivers industry-leading 10 GbE density in a compact 1U design, saving valuable rack space
  • Offers flexible Ports on Demand (PoD) licensing for seamless scalability
  • Provides a low-latency, cut-through, non-blocking architecture—ideal for HPC, high-frequency trading, iSCSI storage, and real-time application environments
  • Delivers superior value by incorporating enterprise-grade advanced features such as VRRPe, BGP, robust IPv6 support, and Multi-Chassis Trunking (MCT) at no cost
  • Provides highly efficient power and cooling with front-to-back or back-to-front airflow and automatic fan-speed adjustment

Simplify Scalability with Ports on Demand

  • Add ports through software licenses
  • No hardware upgrades required
  • Seamless scalability supports non-disruptive expansion
  • Commitment to fully open, interoperable Carrier Ethernet technologies

Support Business Continuity with Multi-Chassis Trunking (MCT)

  • Supports dual homing of wiring closet access switches, or servers in a rack, to two Brocade ICX 6650 switches in an MCT peer group
  • Eliminates the risk of a single point of failure
  • Works with the Brocade extension to VRRP for MCT (VRRP-E) to provide redundancy and sub-second failover for Layer 2 and Layer 3
  • IEEE 802.1ad Provider Bridges and IEEE 802.1ag Connectivity
  • Comprehensive Layer 2 protocols

Get Flexible, High-Density 10 GBE Performance for Campus Aggregation and Data Center to Switch Aggregation

The Brocade ICX 6650 Switch easily moves high-performance application data, but its benefits go far beyond speed. You get a flexible solution that lets you pay as your grow. Customizable security features. And design efficiencies that help keep your TCO low.

Long-Term Benefits

Long-Term Benefits

Expand your port density as your needs grow by purchasing additional software licenses online. No hardware upgrades are required, so the process is fast, easy, and cost-effective.

High-Speed Switching for your Demanding Applications

High-Speed Switching for your Demanding Applications

High-performance computing. High-definition video. High-frequency trading. These demanding applications depend on ultra-fast switching for rapid data delivery. And they get it with the Brocade ICX 6650 switch. Port-to-port throughput at wire speed, with no packet loss.

Lower Costs - Greener World

Lower Costs - Greener World

Isn’t it great when less is more? Like when less space, power, and cooling requirements add up to higher profits. The Brocade ICX 6650 switch delivers that advantage — with automatic fan-speed control, high-efficiency power supplies, and power-efficient optics that reduce operating costs.

Features:

Leading-Edge Flexibility and Reliability

The Brocade ICX 6650 provides a highly flexible data center solution that offers the highest levels of reliability. It features 1/10 GbE for server connectivity and 10/40 GbE for uplink connectivity, along with Ports on Demand (PoD) licensing that allows organizations to buy only what they need now and expand later. In addition, the Brocade ICX 6650 ships with redundant, hot-swappable power supplies and fans, reversible airflow, and advanced software.

Flexible Data Center Deployment and Future-Proofing
The Brocade ICX 6650 is a high-density 10 GbE solution for direct server or compute-node connectivity in data center and HPC cluster environments. Each of the 56 front Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP+) ports can function as dual-speed 1/10 GbE ports.

The Brocade ICX 6650 also provides six Quad Small Form-Factor Pluggable (QSFP+) ports in the back, including two 4X10 GbE breakout ports and four high-speed 40 GbE ports for uplink network connectivity, making it a flexible solution for environments of any size.

By enabling 1/10 GbE and 40 GbE ports in a 1U space, the Brocade ICX 6650 gives organizations the high density they need to design highly flexible networks while conserving valuable rack space. In addition, they can utilize multiple combinations of short-range and long-range transceivers for a variety of connectivity options.

Increased Reliability through Redundancy and Intelligence
The Brocade ICX 6650 includes dual-internal redundant power supplies. These power supplies are hot-swappable and load-sharing with auto-sensing and auto-switching capabilities, which are critical for power redundancy and deployment flexibility.

The hot-swappable power supplies and fan assembly allow organizations to replace components without service disruption. In addition, several high-availability and fault-detection features help in failover of critical data flows, enhancing overall system availability and reliability. Organizations can use Brocade Network Advisor and sFlow-based network monitoring and trending to proactively monitor risk areas and optimize network resources.

Brocade Multi-Chassis Trunking (MCT) supports dual homing of servers in a rack to two Brocade ICX 6650 switches in an MCT peer group, eliminating the risk of a single point of failure. In conjunction with MCT, VRRP-E (the Brocade extension to VRRP for MCT) provides redundancy and sub-second failover for both Layer 2 and Layer 3. For metro or campus deployments in a ring topology, the Brocade Metro Ring Protocol (MRP-I and MRP-II) prevents Layer 2 loops and enables faster re-convergence than Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) with sub-second failover.

Greener Data Centers with Lower TCO

As application data and storage requirements continue to rise exponentially, demand for higher port density and bandwidth grows, along with the number of network devices and power consumption. Organizations seeking to reduce TCO need solutions that can provide higher scalability and density per rack unit, thereby reducing power consumption and heat dissipation.

The Brocade ICX 6650 addresses those needs with a state-of-the-art ASIC, reversible airflow, automatic fan-speed control, and power-efficient optics to ensure the most efficient use of power and cooling. For low-cost, low-latency, and low-energy-consuming (0.1 watts) cabling within and between the racks, the Brocade ICX 6650 supports SFP+ Direct Attach Copper (Twinax) cables at up to 5 meters. For switch-to-switch connectivity, the Brocade ICX 6650 supports low-power-consuming Figure 1. The Brocade ICX 6650 features dual hot-swappable power supplies and fans.SFP+ and 40GBASE-SR4 QSFP+ optical transceivers at up to 100 meters. In high-port-density deployments, these features save significant operating costs.

Superior ROI and Investment Protection

The Brocade ICX 6650 combines strategic performance, availability, and scalability advantages with investment protection for existing LAN environments. It utilizes the same Brocade FastIron® operating system used by other Brocade Ethernet/IP products. This helps ensure full forward and backward compatibility among the product family while simplifying software maintenance and field upgrades.

Moreover, the use of the same industry-standard Command Line Interface (CLI) eliminates the need for staff retraining. As a result, the Brocade ICX 6650 enables organizations to better leverage their current training, tools, devices, and processes.

Brocade enables organizations to further maximize their investments by not requiring additional licensing fees for advanced Layer 3 features, including IPv6 routing.

Simplified, Standards-Based Management

Deploying more switches in a data center infrastructure can increase overall network performance, but it also can prevent organizations from gaining a complete view of network capacity, bandwidth consumption, utilization, and overall health.

To overcome this challenge, the Brocade ICX 6650 utilizes sFlow, a unique solution that helps simplify network management andmonitoring. By providing real-time visibility into the network, sFlow helps organizations effectively manage transactions flowing throughout the network. This open standards-based approach integrates with a wide range of management, monitoring, and trending utilities. For example, organizations can use Brocade Network Advisor to manage all Brocade data center Ethernet/IP switches and routers, including Brocade VDX® switches, Brocade TurboIron 24X Switches, Brocade ICX switches, Brocade FCX Series switches, Brocade ServerIron ADX Series application delivery switches, and Brocade MLXe Core Routers.

The Brocade ICX 6650 also supports the IEEE 802.1AB LLDP standard, enabling organizations to build open, converged, and advanced multivendor networks. LLDP greatly simplifies and enhances network management, asset management, and network troubleshooting.

With the resulting insight, organizations can quickly and accurately review overall data center operations, identify hot spots, and quickly diagnose and troubleshoot issues before they develop into widespread problems. The Brocade ICX 6650 also provides accurate SNMP/RMON statistics to Brocade Network Advisor, reducing the administrative burden normally associated with proactive network management, design, and capacity planning.

Purpose-Built Feature Set

The Brocade ICX 6650 combines a wide range of unique features to help organizations overcome the most challenging business requirements.

Industry-Leading Advanced Layer 2 and Layer 3 Features
To provide self-healing topologies in Layer 2 configurations, the Brocade ICX 6650 supports industry-standard Ethernet protocols, including multiple varieties of STP and link aggregation as well as optic-, link-, and switch-level fault detection and correction features. The advanced Layer 2 and Layer 3 feature set is leveraged from FastIron switches that have been field-proven in enterprise and data center networks for more than a decade. With rich Layer 3 features enabled, organizations can utilize the Brocade ICX 6650 in several environments.

Data Protection through Robust Security
Security is a critical requirement in today's data centers and branch offices, and the Brocade ICX 6650 provides robust security through a wide range of advanced features. Organizations can use both regular and extended Access Control Lists (ACLs) to control access to and through data center networks.

Organizations can use control policies that permit or deny traffic based on a wide variety of identification characteristics— such as source/destination MAC addresses, source/destination IP addresses, TCP/UDP ports/sockets, and well-known port numbers—further protecting and restricting network access. In addition, for maximum security the Brocade ICX 6650 also leverages 802.11x security, MAC authentication, port MAC security, and MAC filter enhancements.

The Brocade ICX 6650 implements hardware-based ACL, so security does not adversely affect switching performance. In addition, the Brocade ICX 6650 provides hardware-based protection against Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks (ICMP flood and TCP SYN) as well as hardware-based private VLAN attacks—with no impact on CPU utilization. Also, BPDU Guard and Root Guard prevent rogue hijacking of the spanning tree root and maintain a contention-free—and loop-free—environment, especially during dynamic network deployments.

Advanced QoS to Improve Data Traffic Integrity
The Brocade ICX 6650 offers superior QoS features designed to ensure high-reliability services throughout the data center. It can identify, mark, classify, reclassify, and manage traffic based on specific criteria. This enables organizations to classify bandwidth-critical application traffic, discriminating among various traffic flows and enforcing bandwidth policies.

After the traffic is classified, organizations have complete control over the method the system uses to service the queues: Weighted Round Robin (WRR), Strict Priority (SP), or a mix of both. For granular control to regulate bandwidth utilization, the Brocade ICX 6650 can also perform ingress rate limiting and egress rate shaping.

Multicast-Based Applications
The use of video, financial, and other one-to-many applications requires support for scalable multicast services. The Brocade ICX 6650 supports IGMPv1/2/3, PIM-SM/SSM/DM, MSDP, Anycast RP, and PIM Snooping for optimized multicast forwarding. In addition, the Brocade ICX 6650 provides storm-control features to contain and intelligently switch rather than broadcast multicast traffic.

Warranty

The Brocade ICX 6650 Switch is covered by the Brocade Standard Limited Warranty.

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Cloud-Optimized Network Acquisition

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Architectures:

Key Solution Areas

The Brocade ICX 6650 provides a high-performance, cost-effective solution for many types of data center and midmarket environments, including Top-of-Rack (ToR) server connectivity, 10 GbE aggregation, iSCSI storage, and HPC environments.

Data Center ToR Server Connectivity
The Brocade ICX 6650 is designed to fit in server racks, and it consumes only one rack unit. To simplify cabling, the 10 GbE Network Interface Cards (NICs) in the servers connect to the Brocade ICX 6650 10 GbE ports by using fiber and SFP+ optical transceivers or SFP+ Direct Attach Copper cable (see Figure 1).

If any servers in the rack have only 1 GbE-capable NICs, organizations can connect them to the same Brocade ICX 6650 switch by using a 10 GbE port as a 1 GbE port through an SFP. The Brocade ICX 6650 ToR switch can connect to the data center middle-of-row/end-of-row aggregation chassis with either 10 GbE or 40 GbE, usually through link aggregation.

The Brocade ICX 6650 provides data center ToR access while the Brocade MLXe routers provide an aggregation solution.

Figure 1. The Brocade ICX 6650 provides data center ToR access while the Brocade MLXe routers provide an aggregation solution.

Cost-Effective 10 GbE Aggregation
In data center environments where most servers are 1 GbE-capable, the Brocade ICX 6650 provides a compact and cost-effective 10 GbE aggregation switch. It connects to the data center core through 10 GbE or 40 GbE ports, and it uses 10 GbE links to connect to Brocade ICX ToR switches at the edge of the network (see Figure 2).

The Brocade ICX 6650 provides data center aggregation with Brocade ICX 6610, 6430, and 6450 Switches providing ToR access.

Figure 2. The Brocade ICX 6650 provides data center aggregation with Brocade ICX 6610, 6430, and 6450 Switches providing ToR access.

High-Performance Cluster Computing Connectivity
HPC cluster connectivity has entered the mainstream marketplace with classic Ethernet switching as the technology of choice. Low-latency, high-density Ethernet switching is required for successful deployment, making the Brocade ICX 6650 ideal for this type of environment.

The Brocade ICX 6650 is designed to meet the high-performance, density, and reliability requirements of the most demanding HPC environments. In environments where high-speed cluster interconnectivity is required over distance, organizations can use Brocade Metro Ring Protocol (MRP)-supporting devices (such as the Brocade FastIron, Brocade NetIron, and Brocade BigIron offerings) in conjunction with the Brocade ICX 6650 to provide dual-ring, fault-tolerant connectivity (see Figure 3).

The Brocade ICX 6650 provides HPC cluster interconnectivity based on Brocade MRP.

Figure 3. The Brocade ICX 6650 provides HPC cluster interconnectivity based on Brocade MRP.

Collapsed Aggregation and Core Layer Deployment for Midmarket Networks
The aggregation and core layer may be collapsed in some environments due to a smaller number of connections from the access/edge layer. In this case, the need for a cost-effective, high-density 10 GbE platform becomes imperative. The Brocade ICX 6650 provides the necessary advanced Layer 2 and Layer 3 features to be deployed in such networks (see Figure 4).

The Brocade ICX 6650 provides a collapsed aggregation and core layer for midmarket networks, while the Brocade ICX 6610, 6430, and 6450 Switches provide access to users.

Figure 4. The Brocade ICX 6650 provides a collapsed aggregation and core layer for midmarket networks,
while the Brocade ICX 6610, 6430, and 6450 Switches provide access to users.

Cost-Effective Co-Located Financial Services
Brokerage firms, trading partners, and financial service providers use co-located data centers as a way to connect and exchange data. The Brocade ICX 6650 acts as a border gateway for these data centers to efficiently and cost-effectively exchange BGP routes between virtual sites using 1/10 GbE connectivity (see Figure 5).

The Brocade ICX 6650 acts as a border gateway to efficiently and cost-effectively exchange BGP routes between sites using 1/10 GbE connectivity.

Figure 5. The Brocade ICX 6650 acts as a border gateway to efficiently and cost-effectively exchange BGP routes between sites using 1/10 GbE connectivity.

Specifications:


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  ICX 6650
System Architecture
Ports 56-port 10GBASE-X SFP+ (dual-speed 1/10 GbE)
2-port 4X10GBASE-X QSFP+ (10 GbE)
4-port 40GBASE-X QSFP+ (40 GbE)
Performance 8 MB packet buffer
1600 Gbps line-speed full-duplex throughput
1190 Mpps forwarding capacity
1100 to 1800 nanosecond latency
Scalability VLANs: 4096
MAC addresses: 64,000
ACLs: 2000 (ingress/egress)
QoS queues per port: 8
Link aggregation: 8 links per group, 127 groups per switch
STP: 16
RSTP: 254
IPv4 routes: 8000 
IPv6 routes: 2000
Hosts: 8000
Max ECMP: 8
IGMP groups: 4000
Maximum frame size 10,220 byte Ethernet frame
Data traffic types Unicast, multicast, and broadcast IP traffic
Media types 1000BASE-TX SFP, RJ45 (Cat5, 6, Cat6a/7)
1000BASE-SX SFP
1000BASE-LX SFP
SFP+ Direct Attach Copper cable, 10 GbE (1/3/5 m Twinax)
10GBASE-USR SFP+ (MMF Ultra-Short Reach)
10GBASE-SR SFP+ (MMF Short Reach)
10GBASE-LR SFP+ (SMF 10 km reach)
40GBASE-SR4 QSFP+ (MTP 1X8 or 1X12), MMF 100 m
40GBASE-SR4 QSFP+ (MTP 1X8 or 1X12), MMF 100 m (10GBASE-SR compatible, breakout)
QSFP+ to 4 SFP+ Direct Attach Copper breakout cable (1/3/5 m)
Licensing options Ports on Demand (PoD) licenses for up to 24 additional SFP+ ports (1/10 GbE) in increments of 8, and up to 6 additional QSFP+ ports (4X10 GbE or 40 GbE) in increments of 2
Management
Supported management software SSHv2, SNMPv1/v2/v3, Telnet; Brocade Network Advisor; RADIUS
Management access One 10/100/1000 Mbps (RJ-45) port and one mini-USB serial console port
Diagnostics POST and embedded online/offline diagnostics
Mechanical
Enclosure Reversible airflow; 1U; 16.88 in. EIA-compliant; power from non-port side
Size Width: 429.0 mm (16.88 in.)
Height: 44 mm (1.732 in.)
Depth: 406.4 mm (16.00 in.)
System weight 8.41 kg (18.5 lb) with two power supplies, two fans, without transceivers
Environmental
Temperature Operating: 0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)
Non-operating: −25°C to 70°C (−23°F to 158°F)
Humidity Operating: 5% to 95% non-condensing
Non-operating: 5% to 80% non-condensing
Operating noise 46.7 dB
Altitude Operating: Up to 9842 feet above sea level (3000 m)
Storage: Up to 39,370 feet above sea level (12,000 m)
Airflow Maximum: 53 CFM
Nominal (65% speed): 35 CFM
Heat dissipation 478 BTU/hour
Power
Power Maximum power output: 250 W per power supply
Maximum power consumption: 230 W
Input voltage 100 to 240 VAC nominal
Input line frequency 50 to 60 Hz
Regulatory Compliance
Safety
  • CAN/CSA-C22.2 NO. 60950-1-07;
  • UL 60950-1 2nd Edition; IEC 60950-1 2nd Edition;
  • EN 60950-1:2006 Safety of Information Technology Equipment;
  • EN 60825-1 Safety of Laser Products—Part 1: Equipment Classification, Requirements and User’s Guide;
  • EN 60825-2 Safety of Laser Products—Part 2: Safety of Optical Fibre Communication Systems
Electromagnetic emission certification
  • CC Class A (Part 15);
  • EN 55022/CISPR-22 Class A;
  • VCCI Class A;
  • ICES-003 Electromagnetic Emission;
  • AS/NZS 55022;
  • EN 61000-3-2 Power Line Harmonics;
  • EN 61000-3-3 Voltage Fluctuation and Flicker;
  • EN 61000-6-3 Emission Standard (supersedes: EN 50081-1)
Immunity
  • EN 61000-6-1 Generic Immunity and Susceptibility (supersedes EN 50082-1);
  • EN 55024 Immunity Characteristics (supersedes EN 61000-4-2 ESD);
  • EN 61000-4-3 Radiated, Radio Frequency, Electromagnetic Field;
  • EN 61000-4-4 Electrical Fast Transient; EN 61000-4-5 Surge;
  • EN 61000-4-6 Conducted Disturbances Induced by Radio-Frequency Fields;
  • EN 61000-4-8 Power Frequency Magnetic Field;
  • EN 61000-4-11 Voltage Dips and Sags
Environmental regulatory compliance
  • RoHS compliant (6 of 6)
  • WEEE compliant

Switch Features:


Layer 1

  • IEEE 802.3ad Link Aggregation
  • IEEE 802.3x Flow Control
  • IEEE 802.3 10BASE-T
  • IEEE 802.3u 100BASE-TX
  • IEEE 802.3z 1000BASE-SX/LX
  • IEEE 802.3ab 1000BASE-T
  • 802.3 CSMA/CD Access Method and Physical Layer Specifications
  • 802.3ae 10 Gigabit Ethernet
  • 802.3ba 40 Gigabit Ethernet
  • Jumbo Frame

Layer 2

  • IEEE 802.1D MAC Bridging/STP
  • IEEE 802.1p Mapping to Priority Queue
  • IEEE 802.1Q VLAN Tagging
  • IEEE 802.1w Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP)
  • IEEE 802.1s Multiple Spanning Tree Protocol (MSTP)
  • IEEE 802.1x Port Based Network Access Control
  • IEEE 802.1AB LLDP
  • 802.1AX Link Aggregation
  • Private VLAN
  • STP Port Fast
  • STP Root Guard
  • 802.1ad Q-in-Q
  • MCT (Brocade Multi-Chassis Trunking)
  • MRP-I, MRP-II (Brocade Metro Ring Protocol)
  • Topology and VLAN Groups

Security

  • Access Control Lists (ACLs)
  • ACL for RP Candidate
  • AES Encryption for SSHv2, SNMPv3
  • Port Mirroring
  • sFlow
  • Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting (AAA)
  • Username/Password (Challenge and Response)
  • Bi-Level Access Mode (Standard and EXEC Level)
  • Secure Copy (SCP)
  • Secure Shell (SSHv2)
  • RFC 2865 RADIUS
  • TACACS/TACACS+
  • MAC Filter and Authentication
  • Port MAC Security
  • 802.1X Accounting

IP protocols

  • RFC 768 UDP
  • RFC 783 TFTP
  • RFC 791 IP
  • RFC 792 ICMP
  • RFC 793 TCP
  • RFC 826 ARP
  • RFC 894 IP over Ethernet
  • RFC 903 RARP
  • RFC 906 TFTP Bootstrap
  • RFC 951 BootP
  • RFC 1027 Proxy ARP
  • RFC 1112 Host Extensions for IP Multicasting
  • RFC 1519 CIDR
  • RFC 1541 and 2131 DHCP
  • RFC 1591 DNS (client)
  • RFC 1812 Requirements for IPv4 Routers
  • RFC 3768 VRRP
  • VRRP-E (Enhanced VRRP)
  • Brocade Virtual Switch Routing Protocol (VSRP)
  • RIP
  • RFC 1058 RIP v1
  • RFC 1723 RIP v2
  • OSPF
  • RFC 2328 OSPF v2
  • RFC 3101 OSPF NSSA
  • RFC 1745 OSPF Interactions
  • RFC 1765 OSPF Database Overflow
  • RFC 1850 OSPF v2 MIB
  • RFC 2154 MD5 – Support
  • RFC 3137 Stub Router Advertisement
  • RFC 4222 Pri Treatment and Congestion Avoidance
  • BGP
  • RFC 1269 BGP-3 MIB
  • RFC 1657 BGP-4 MIB
  • RFC 1745 OSPF Interactions
  • RFC 1771 BGP-4
  • RFC 1965 BGP-4 Confederations
  • RFC 1997 Communities Attribute
  • RFC 2385 TCP MD5
  • Authentication of BGP Session
  • RFC 2439 Route Flap Dampening
  • RFC 2796 Route Reflection
  • RFC 2842 BGP4 Capabilities Advertisement
  • RFC 2918 Route Refresh Capability
  • ECMP
  • IPv6 Host Support
  • IPv6
  • RFC 2080 RIPng
  • RFC 2460 IPv6
  • RFC 2526 Reserved IPv6 Subnet
  • Anycast Address
  • RFC 2464/6085 IPv6 over Ethernet
  • RFC 4291 IPv6 Addressing Architecture
  • RFC 2710/3810 MLD v1/v2 for IPv6
  • RFC 5340 OSPF for IPv6 (OSPFv3)
  • RFC 5798 VRRP v3 for IPv4 and IPv6

Quality of Service (QoS)

  • Rate Limiting
  • Traffic Shaping
  • MAC Address Mapping to Priority Queue
  • ACL Mapping to Priority Queue
  • ACL Mapping to ToS/DSCP
  • ACL Mapping and Marking of ToS/DSCP
  • QoS Queue Management using Weighted Round Robin (WRR), Strict Priority (SP), and a combination of WRR and SP
  • RFC 2475 An Architecture for Differentiated Services
  • RFC 3246 An Expedited Forwarding PHB
  • RFC 2597 Assured Forwarding PHB Group
  • RFC 2698 A Two-Rate, Three-Color Marker

Multicast

  • RFC 1112 IGMP
  • RFC 2236 IGMPv2
  • RFC 3376 IGMPv3
  • IGMP Proxy
  • RFC 1112 Host Extensions
  • RFC 3973 PIM-DM
  • RFC 2362 PIM-SM/SSM
  • RFC 3618 MSDP
  • RFC 4610 Anycast-RP using PIM

Management

  • Industry-standard Command Line Interface (CLI)
  • Configuration logging
  • LLDP
  • Brocade Network Advisor Integration with HP OpenView for Sun Solaris, HP-UX, IBM AIX, and Windows NT
  • IEEE 802.3 MAU MIB (RFC 2239)
  • RFC 2571 Architecture for Describing SNMP Framework
  • RFC 951 BootP
  • RFC 1542 BootP Extensions
  • RFC 2131 DHCP
  • RFC 854 Telnet Client and Server
  • RFC 2865 RADIUS
  • RFC 1493 Bridge MIB
  • RFC 1643 Ethernet-like Interface MIB
  • RFC 3176 sFlow
  • RFC 1213 MIB-II
  • RFC 1516 Repeater MIB
  • RFC 1354 IP Forwarding Table MIB
  • RFC 1757 RMON MIB
  • RFC 2572 SNMP Message Processing and Dispatching
  • RFC 1573 SNMP MIB II
  • RFC 1157 SNMPv1/v2c
  • RFC 3411 SNMPv3 Framework
  • RFC 3412 SNMPv3 Processing
  • RFC 3414 SNMPv3 USM
  • RFC 2030 SNTP

Frequently Asked Questions:

Specifically designed for data centers and midmarket networks, the Brocade® ICX® 6650 Switch is a compact, high-performance, high-availability, and high-density 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and 40 GbE solution that meets mission-critical network requirements for real-time applications, High-Performance Cluster Computing (HPCC) deployments, and iSCSI storage. With a low-latency, cut-through, non-blocking architecture, the Brocade ICX 6650 provides a cost-effective solution for server, compute-node, or aggregation connectivity.

What environment is the Brocade ICX 6650 Switch primarily designed for?

The Brocade ICX 6650 is primarily designed for Top-of-Rack (ToR) and aggregation deployments in data centers and midsize to large branch offices. It provides costeffective 10 GbE high-speed server connectivity and aggregation in demanding data center environments, including HPCC environments. Available with front-to-back or backto-front airflow and redundant, hot-swappable power supplies and fan units—all in a 1U form factor—the Brocade ICX 6650 is built for high-performance data center access and real-time applications.

The Brocade ICX 6650 is a ToR switch that provides 10 GbE server connectivity, but does it support legacy servers with 1 GbE Network Interface Cards (NICs)?

Yes. Servers with 1 GbE connections can connect to the Brocade ICX 6650 using twistedpair cable with 1000BASE-T Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP) transceivers or using optical fiber with 1000BASE-X SFPs installed into the front SFP+ ports.

The Brocade ICX 6650 has a cut-through architecture. What is the difference between a cut-through architecture and a store-and-forward architecture?

With a cut-through architecture, the switch has to look at only the first 128 bytes of the packet header to determine where the packet needs to be sent. The packet can then be forwarded to the destination before the switch receives the entire packet. This architecture results in very low latency, which is required for HPC and High-Frequency Trading (HFT) environments. With a store-and-forward architecture, the switch receives the entire packet, analyzes it, and then determines where it should go. As a result, storeand-forward architectures require larger buffers to receive data and usually have higher latency.

The Brocade ICX 6650 has high-density 10 GbE and 40 GbE uplinks. Can it be used as an aggregation or core layer switch?

The Brocade ICX 6650 is designed for high-performance 10 GbE interconnection commonly required in the data center for server access or aggregation. High-availability deployment is also supported using a pair of Brocade ICX 6650 switches with MultiChassis Trunking (MCT) in conjunction with VRRPe. In some cases, it can serve as a campus LAN aggregation layer switch or even a small core layer device. Please consult with your Brocade representative to determine whether the Brocade ICX 6650 is suitable for a particular deployment in the aggregation or core layer. For highly demanding network applications—such as streaming security cameras, video editing, Webinars, and Unified Communications (UC) collaboration—Brocade recommends either the Brocade FastIron® SX or the Brocade MLX® chassis solutions for switch aggregation.

Does the Brocade ICX 6650 support both copper and optical server connections?

Yes. For 1 GbE connectivity, the 56 front dual-speed Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP+) ports support 1000BASE-T copper SFPs as well as 1000BASE-SX/LX SFPs. For 10 GbE connectivity, the SFP+ ports support SFP+ Direct Attach Copper cables and 10GBASEUSR/SR/LR SFP+ optical transceivers. The Quad Small Form-Factor Pluggable (QSFP+) ports in the back support 40GBASE-SR4 optical transceivers for 40 GbE and 10 GbE connectivity, as well as Direct Attach Copper breakout cables of 1 m, 3 m, and 5 m for 10 GbE connectivity.

If servers have high-speed 10 GbE connections to the Brocade ICX 6650, will the uplink connections to the aggregation or core layer be a bottleneck?

No. The Brocade ICX 6650 can bundle up to eight 10 GbE ports (80 Gbps), or up to four 40 GbE ports (160 Gbps) to the aggregation or core layer. When designing highperformance networks, it is critical to understand the amount of traffic that will be traversing the switch at any instant. A 4:1 subscription ratio for uplink traffic might be sufficient, but a 2:1 ratio might be necessary in very demanding environments. The Brocade ICX 6650 can even support an uplink port for every server port (1:1 subscription), but that is not necessary in most environments.

Does the Brocade ICX 6650 include one or two power supplies?

The Brocade ICX 6650 includes two internal redundant power supplies. The highefficiency 250 W AC power supplies are hot-swappable and load-sharing with autosensing and auto-switching capabilities, which are critical for power redundancy and deployment flexibility.

If one power supply fails, is a single power supply sufficient to power all ports on the switch?

If one power supply fails, a single power supply is fully capable of driving all available ports. However, the failed power supply should be replaced as soon as possible to maintain high availability.

Does the Brocade ICX 6650 offer AC and DC power?

At this time, the Brocade ICX 6650 offers only AC power supplies. DC power supplies will be supported in the future.

The Brocade ICX 6650 has dual removable fan units. Can the fan units be replaced while the unit is running?

Yes. The fan units are hot-swappable, which means that they can be replaced while the unit is running. However, only one fan unit should be taken out at a time, and the fan should be replaced immediately after it is removed.

How is the Brocade ICX 6650 managed?

The Brocade ICX 6650 supports a wide range of management standards, has an industry-standard Command Line Interface (CLI), and can be managed by Brocade Network Advisor—similar to other Brocade IP/Ethernet products.

Does the Brocade ICX 6650 have Layer 3 capabilities?

Yes. The Brocade ICX 6650 has advanced Layer 3 routing capabilities, including OSPF, BGP, PIM and IPv6 unicast routing, making it suitable for a wide range of applications in data centers, campus, metro, and federal government networks.

Can I use the Brocade ICX 6650 as a border gateway for a branch office?

Yes. The Brocade ICX 6650 provides extensive BGP support (up to one million routes in RIB), making it suitable as a border gateway for a branch office.

Do I need to purchase all ports now, or can I just buy what I need and expand later?

With the Brocade ICX 6650, organizations can purchase just the ports they need now (low first-in cost) with the assurance that they will be able to enable additional ports later (pay as you grow) by purchasing Ports on Demand (PoD) license upgrades. PoD license upgrades are available in groups of 8X10 GbE or 2X40 GbE ports.

Do I need a separate license for Layer 3 features?

No. The Brocade ICX 6650 comes with all advanced Layer 2 and Layer 3 features, allowing organizations to deploy without additional costs.*

*Brocade reserves the right to charge for Layer 3 licenses in the future.

Documentation:

Download the Brocade ICX 6650 Switch Datasheet (PDF).

Pricing Notes:

Brocade Products
Brocade ICX 6650 Switches
Brocade ICX 6650 with 32 10 GbE SFP+ ports enabled
Includes filler panels cover left side power and fan slots, Advanced software, No optics
No power supplies or fans (order separately), Optional POD licenses to enable 10 GbE and 40GbE ports (order separately)
#ICX6650-32-ADV
List Price: $14,500.00
Our Price: $10,537.00
Brocade ICX 6650 with 32 10GbE SFP+ ports enabled
Includes two 250 W AC power supplies and two fan units, Exhaust airflow, Advanced software, No optics
#ICX6650-32-E-ADV
List Price: $19,200.00
Our Price: $13,953.00
Brocade ICX 6650 with 32 10GbE SFP+ ports enabled, and PoD license for an additional 16 10GbE SFP+ ports
Includes two 250 W AC power supplies and two fan units, Exhaust airflow, Advanced software, No optics
#ICX6650-48-E-ADV
List Price: $24,000.00
Our Price: $17,441.00
Brocade ICX 6650 with 32 10GbE SFP+ ports enabled, and PoD license for an additional 24 10GbE SFP+ ports
Includes two 250 W AC power supplies and two fan units, Exhaust airflow, Advanced software, No optics
#ICX6650-56-E-ADV
List Price: $28,000.00
Our Price: $20,348.00