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Brocade VDX 6740T-64 Switch
48-Port 1000BASE-T/10GBASE-T Data Center Switch with Four 40 GbE QSFP+ Ports


Brocade VDX 6740T-64 Switch

Brocade Products
Data Center Switches
Brocade VDX 6740T, includes 48 10GBASE-T ports and 4 QSFP+ ports with Non-port Side Exhaust Airflow
Ports only, does NOT include Optics. Comes with two AC Power supplies
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List Price: $36,995.00
Our Price: $27,039.00
Brocade VDX 6740T, includes 48 10GBASE-T ports and 4 QSFP+ ports with Port Side Exhaust Airflow
Ports only, does NOT include Optics. Comes with two AC Power supplies
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List Price: $36,995.00
Our Price: $27,039.00
Brocade VDX 6740T, includes 48 10GBASE-T ports and 4 QSFP+ ports with Non-port Side Exhaust Airflow and VCS/FCOE License
Ports only, does NOT include Optics. Comes with two AC Power supplies
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List Price: $51,995.00
Our Price: $38,002.00
Brocade VDX 6740T, includes 48 10GBASE-T ports and 4 QSFP+ ports with Port Side Exhaust Airflow and VCS/FCOE License
Ports only, does NOT include Optics. Comes with two AC Power supplies
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List Price: $51,995.00
Our Price: $38,002.00

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Overview:

Brocade VDX 6740T switches provide the advanced feature set that data centers require and deliver the high performance and low latency virtualized environments demand. Together with Brocade VCS Fabric technology, these switches can simplify network design and operations for a more automated and efficient network, offer the flexibility needed to easily scale networks, deliver the intelligence to more effectively manage Virtual Machine (VM) mobility and rack density, as well as provide a cloud-ready infrastructure.

Advanced Features to Transform Data Centers

Data centers continue to evolve, creating a need for an infrastructure that can support growth in Virtual Machines (VMs), distributed applications, and data, as well as the transition to cloud-based computing—without compromising performance. The Brocade VDX 6740 and the Brocade VDX family of switches deliver the performance, flexibility, and efficiency essential to modern data centers, including cloud and highly virtualized environments.

The Brocade VDX 6740, 6740T, and 6740T-1G are all Ethernet fabric Top-of-Rack (ToR) switches that support a demanding data center environment. The Brocade VDX 6740 series of switches provides the advanced feature set that data centers require while delivering the high performance and low latency virtualized environments demand. Together with Brocade data center fabrics, these switches transform data center networks to support the New IP by enabling cloud-based architectures that deliver new levels of scale, agility, and operational efficiency. These highly automated, software-driven, and programmable data center fabric design solutions support a breadth of network virtualization options and scale for data center environments ranging from tens to thousands of servers. Moreover, they make it easy for organizations to architect, automate, and integrate current and future data center technologies while they transition to a cloud model that addresses their needs, on their own timetable and on their terms.

Highlights:

  • Transforms networks to deliver cloud scale, agility, and operational efficiency with Brocade data center fabrics
  • Supports 1, 10, and 40 GbE options for optimal flexibility and scale
  • Meets today's application demands with high performance and low latency
  • Delivers line-rate throughput for all ports and packet sizes
  • Fits into any data center design by leveraging 10 GbE/40 GbE uplinks, Ports on Demand (PoD), and Capacity on Demand (CoD)
  • Maximizes network availability with efficiency and resiliency
  • Supports storage environments with advanced flexibility

Architectural Flexibility

  • Select your architecture of choice to address your network needs and protect your investments
  • Save time and resources with elastic, self-forming, and self-healing fabrics
  • Deliver optimal low-latency support for east-west traffic with per-packet load balancing at Layers 1, 2, and 3
  • Deliver advanced storage networking with improved performance, management, security, span of control and connectivity for FCoE, iSCSI and NAS

A High Performance, Low-Latency Switch for Data Center Ethernet Connectivity

Let Brocade VDX 6740T switches help you build a smart virtualization strategy by meeting the demands of today’s applications with easy scalability and automated management. These Top of Rack (ToR) switches support 1/10/40 GbE ports—enabling the efficiency and flexibility you need to support cloud computing, virtualization, mobility, and consolidation.

High Performance Plus Low Latency

High Performance Plus Low Latency

Support virtualized data centers, reduce network congestion, and meet today’s demanding application performance requirements. The Brocade VDX 6740 offers wire speed and non-blocking packet forwarding to meet the capacity requirements of 1/10/40GbE servers and storage.

Simplicity and Automation

Simplicity and Automation

Streamline configuration and management, maximize efficiency and improve automation in highly virtualized data centers. We build in data center fabric innovations like scalable multitenancy, unification of virtual and physical environments, support for layer 3 gateways, automated storage traffic prioritization, and support for open cloud orchestration.

Efficiency and Resiliency

Efficiency and Resiliency

Create a more efficient, resilient and flexible network that adapts to changing business conditions and traffic patterns. Brocade data center fabric technology helps your organization maximize network bandwidth and allows for immediate discovery and recovery across all networking nodes.

Features:

Transforms Networks to Deliver New Levels of Scale, Agility, and Operational Efficiency

Brocade VDX switches allow organizations to evolve their data center networks at their own pace, with full investment protection. As the foundation for several data center architectures, Brocade VDX switches support Brocade IP fabrics, Brocade VCS fabrics, as well as network virtualization, including controller-based network virtualization architectures, such as VMware NSXV-certified, and standards-based controller-less architectures with Brocade BGP-EVPN Network Virtualization for architectural flexibility (see Figure 4). For organizations seeking automated provisioning capabilities to improve IT agility, Brocade VDX switches, together with Brocade VCS Fabric technology, accelerate time to value through automated provisioning of network devices and network virtualization. Automated service and resource upgrades further reduce ongoing maintenance time and costs. High availability is achieved through non-disruptive In-Service Software Upgrade (ISSU) and self-healing fabrics.

Organizations that aim to automate the entire network lifecycle and integrate with cross-domain technologies to improve business agility—but lack sufficient engineering resources or training—can transform their networks with Brocade Workflow Composer. Brocade Workflow Composer supports the Brocade VDX platform, enabling enterprise and cloud service provider IT organizations to bring network automation to IT operations. Unlike other network automation solutions that require proprietary hardware platforms and focus solely on configuration management, Brocade Workflow Composer provides turnkey, customizable, or do-it-yourself network workflow automation for provisioning, validation, troubleshooting, and remediation of the entire Brocade VDX platform—while integrating with tool chains and processes from other IT domains. Brocade Workflow Composer is powered by StackStorm, an open, extensible, and microservices-based framework that leverages the power of proven DevOps methodologies; popular open source technologies such as Puppet, Python, and Mistral; and a thriving technical community for peer collaboration and innovation to provide event-driven, cross-domain workflow automation.

Additionally, Brocade VDX switches offer programmability and interoperability options through a PyNOS Library and YANG model-based REST and Netconf APIs. Cloud orchestration and control through OpenStack and OpenDaylightbased SDN controller support enable full network integration with compute and storage resource provisioning and management.

Meets Today’s Application Demands with High Performance and Low Latency

As data centers virtualize more of their servers and VM density per server increases, organizations will require higher bandwidth connectivity to support the explosion of data and application processing. With 1/10 GbE connections, Brocade VDX 6740, 6740T, and 6740T-1G Switches deliver the highperformance computing needed to keep up with the demands of a virtualized data center, allowing organizations to reduce network congestion, improve application performance, and meet the capacity required by 1 GbE and 10 GbE servers. The 40 GbE uplinks can easily aggregate high-bandwidth traffic and reduce bottlenecks that occur when aggregating multiple 10 GbE connections, keeping data center networks working at peak performance.

In a Brocade VCS fabric, Brocade VDX 6740 Switches also help maximize network utilization with hardware-based Brocade ISL trunking. Organizations can create an 80 GbE trunk by utilizing two 40 GbE ports, or a 160 GbE trunk with 16 10 GbE ports. The Brocade ISL trunk is automatically formed between two Brocade VDX 6740, 6740T, and 6740T-1G Switches when they are linked together, allowing traffic to be equally distributed among all ports. This increases link efficiency and limits traffic disruptions, especially during high traffic times. Also, 40 GbE and 10 GbE trunking is supported between Brocade VDX 6740, 6940, and 8770 Switches. Refer to the Brocade VDX 6740 Hardware Reference Manual for details. While an increase in traffic can also create latency issues, Brocade VDX 6740 Switches deliver very low latency through wire-speed ports with 850 ns (Brocade VDX 6740) and 3 µs (Brocade VDX 6740T/6740T-1G) any-port-to-any-port latency. In addition, the switches deliver an industry-leading 24 MB deep buffer per switch. This provides the buffering capacity to handle increases in traffic, especially during peak times when ports are congested, allowing traffic to be distributed across the ports. The Brocade VDX 6740, 6740T, and 6740T-1G feature a single ASIC design, instead of multiple ASIC designs commonly found on other switches, further improving performance and reducing latency since all ports can communicate via one ASIC.

Fits into Any Data Center Design

Access ports are positioned to allow for easy server connectivity and to simplify cabling. With a choice of front-to-back or back-to-front airflow, these switches are ideal for ToR deployments connecting servers, storage, and other switches, as well as for providing compatibility for either hot aisle or cold aisle data center designs. With dual-speed functionality, each 1 GbE port also supports 10 GbE connections, providing the flexibility needed to support a mixed environment as data centers transition to higher bandwidth.

The switches are designed to connect data centers with multiple options to meet individual design requirements. This flexible design provides investment protection, giving organizations a single switch that can support varying data center requirements. The following features help organizations meet their evolving needs:

  • 10 GbE or 40 GbE uplinks: The 40 GbE SFP+ ports offer the flexibility to expand and interconnect the network infrastructure intelligently and efficiently while reducing bottlenecks. The switches offer the option to separate the 40 GbE uplinks into four 10 GbE uplinks via breakout cables. As capacity and need increase, organizations can revert to 40 GbE when ready.
  • Ports on Demand: Ports on Demand (PoD) enables organizations to activate 24 to 64 ports. They can purchase the number of ports that they currently need and seamlessly scale up later by simply applying a software license. This flexible and cost-efficient “pay as you grow” licensing model solves scalability challenges by allocating IT resources as needed.
  • Capacity on Demand: The Capacity on Demand (CoD) license for the Brocade VDX 6740T-1G enables organizations to upgrade all 48 1000BASE-T ports to 48 10GBASE-T. This helps organizations migrate seamlessly from 1 GbE to 10 GbE via a software license without ripping and replacing the physical switch.

Maximizes Network Availability with Efficiency and Resiliency

Brocade data center fabrics create a more efficient and resilient network, and deliver the high performance and high reliability required by today’s data centers.

Optimizing East-West Traffic
Traditional data centers are architected with a rigid, three-tier tree topology optimized for the north-south traffic flow of client-server computing environments, compromising performance, increasing latency, and creating bottlenecks. With the increased prevalence of virtualization and distributed applications, data center network traffic is now predominantly east-west, or server-server. Brocade data center fabrics were designed and optimized to address these traffic patterns by moving traffic through any of the active paths and avoiding the multiple hops required in other tiered topologies.

In-Service Software Upgrade
The Brocade VDX 6740 family of switches delivers a highly efficient ToR In-Service Software Upgrade (ISSU) by leveraging a software model that uses a dual-OS infrastructure on a multicore CPU. This enables data center administrators to deliver enterprise-class business continuity on ToR switches during a software upgrade/downgrade process. This software change process is non-disruptive to Layer 2, Layer 3, Fibre Channel, and FCoE traffic. Moreover, the ISSU implementation is hardware-optimized, thus reducing the time it takes to complete the upgrade/ downgrade process.

Supports Storage Environments with Advanced Flexibility

The Brocade VDX 6740, 6740T, and 6740T-1G offer advanced storage support with multiple storage connectivity options, including FCoE, Fibre Channel (Brocade VDX 6740 only), iSCSI, and NAS storage. They also feature Data Center Bridging (DCB), which enables the reliable exchange of storage traffic over the LAN network, eliminating packet loss when network congestion occurs and allocating bandwidth as needed to keep the network running efficiently. Moreover, the switches offer Network-Attached Storage (NAS) Auto QoS intelligence to prioritize delay-sensitive IP storage traffic within the fabric and to help ensure consistent performance while decreasing latency.

The Brocade VDX 6740 features 32 Flex Ports, which can take either a 10 GbE or 16 Gbps Fibre Channel personality. In Fibre Channel mode, these Flex Ports can be used to either directly connect Fibre Channel storage to VCS fabrics or bridge FCoE traffic to Fibre Channel SANs, thus protecting existing SAN investments. The Flex Ports and FCoE features on the Brocade VDX 6740 can be turned on with an add-on software license.

Brocade Global Services

Brocade Global Services has the expertise to help organizations build scalable, efficient cloud infrastructures. Leveraging 20 years of expertise in storage, networking, and virtualization, Brocade Global Services delivers worldclass professional services, technical support, and education services, enabling organizations to maximize their Brocade investments, accelerate new technology deployments, and optimize the performance of networking infrastructures.

Acquisition Options That Match Balance Sheet Objectives

Successful network deployments drive business forward, providing technical and financial agility. Brocade offers the broadest financing models, from traditional leasing to Brocade Network Subscription. Network-as-a-Service allows organizations to subscribe to network assets today then upgrade on demand, scale up or down, or return them with 60-day notification. Brocade Network Subscription plans can be structured to meet IASC guidelines for OpEx or CapEx treatment to align with financial goals.

Maximizing Investments

To help optimize technology investments, Brocade and its partners offer complete solutions that include professional services, technical support, and education.

Architectures:

Brocade Data Center Fabrics and Network Virtualization Options

Multiple network architectures offer the flexibility that can help organizations rapidly adapt to changing business conditions and traffic patterns.

Brocade Data Center Fabrics and Network Virtualization Options

Brocade Workflow Composer

Brocade Workflow Composer brings workflow-centric, cross-domain network automation to IT operations.

Brocade Workflow Composer

Specifications:

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  VDX 6740 VDX 6740T VDX 6740T-1G
Form factor 1U 1U 1U
Switching bandwidth (data rate, full duplex) 1.28 Tbps 1.28 Tbps 1.28 Tbps
Switch performance 960 Mpps 960 Mpps 960 Mpps
Port-to-port latency 850 ns 3 µs 3 µs
Dimensions and Weight Width: 43.99 cm (17.32 in.)
Height: 4.32 cm (1.75 in.)
Depth: 40.99 cm (16.14 in.)
Weight: 8.66 kg (19.1 lb)
Width: 43.74 cm (17.22 in.)
Height: 4.27 cm (1.68 in.)
Depth: 53.65 cm (21.12 in.)
Weight: 10.82 kg (23.85 lb)
Width: 43.74 cm (17.22 in.)
Height: 4.27 cm (1.68 in.)
Depth: 53.65 cm (21.12 in.)
Weight: 10.82 kg (23.85 lb)
1/10 GbE SFP+ ports Up to 64 Up to 16 Up to 16
2/4/8/16 Gbps Fibre Channel Flex Ports Up to 32 (out of 64 10 GbE ports)
Port types supported: E_Port (connecting to EX_Port only), F_Port, N_Port (Access Gateway mode)
0 0
1/10 GBASE-T 0 48 48
40 GbE QSFP+ (10 GbE breakout cable) 4 4 4
10 GbE Ports on Demand (PoD) 24, 32, 40, 48, 56, 64 24, 32, 40, 48, 56, 64 N/A
10 GbE Capacity on Demand (CoD) N/A N/A 16, 32, 48
Power supplies Two hot-swappable, load-sharing Two hot-swappable, load-sharing Two hot-swappable, load-sharing
Cooling fans N+1 redundant, integrated into power supplies N+1 redundant, five hot-swappable fan units N+1 redundant, five hot-swappable fan units
Airflow Front to back
Back to front
Front to back
Back to front
Front to back
Back to front
Scalability Information*
Connector options Out-of-band Ethernet management: RJ45 (fixed)
Console management: RJ45 to RS-232 (fixed)
Firmware and diagnostic: USB
Maximum VLANs 4,096
Maximum MAC addresses 160,000
Maximum port profiles (AMPP) 1,024
Maximum members in a standard LAG 64
Maximum per-port priority pause level 8
Maximum switches that a vLAG can span 8
Maximum members in a vLAG 64
Maximum jumbo frame size 9,216 bytes
Queues per port 8
DCB Priority Flow Control (PFC) classes 8
Maximum ACLs 13,000
Maximum ARP entries 32,000
Maximum IPv4 unicast routes 12,000
Maximum IPv6 unicast routes 3,000†
HA/ISSU ISSU fully supported
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 3,048 meters (10,000 feet)
Non-operating and storage: Up to 12 kilometers (39,370 feet)
Shock Operating: 20 G, 11 ms half-sine
Non-operating and storage: Square wave, 44 G, 15 ms
Vibration Operating: 0.5 G peak, 0.7 G ms random, 5 to 500 Hz
Non-operating and storage: 2.0 g sine, 1.4 G rms random, 5 to 500 Hz
Airflow Brocade VDX 6740T port-side-intake: Maximum: 49.3 CFM; Nominal: 26.3 CFM
Brocade VDX 6740T port-side-exhaust: Maximum: 51.9 CFM; Nominal: 27.3 CFM
Brocade VDX 6740 port-side-intake and port-side-exhaust: Maximum: 25.7 CFM; Nominal: 11.5 CFM
Heat dissipation 1,672.41 BTU/hr
Power VDX 6740 VDX 6740T VDX 6740T-1G
Power supplies Two internal, redundant, field-replaceable, load-sharing AC power supplies
Power inlet C13
Input voltage 85 to 264 VAC nominal
Input line frequency 50 to 60 Hz
Inrush current Limited to 30 A peak at 240 VAC during cold startup at 25°C ambient
Maximum current 6 A max at 100 VAC/60 Hz
Maximum power consumption 110 W 460 W 276 W (Base SKU)
Compliance
Safety Compliance
  • CAN/CSA C22.2 No. 60950-1-07 including A1 / UL 60950-1-07, Ed. 2 including A1
  • CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 60950-1 Second Edition
  • EN 60950-1 Second Edition +A1/A12
  • IEC 60950-1 Second Edition +A1
  • GB 4943.1-2011 and GB9254-2008
  • CNS14336-1(99)
EMC
  • FCC Class A
  • ICES-003 Class A
  • VCCI-Class A
  • CE
  • C-Tick
  • BSMI
  • GOST
  • KCC 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

Brocade VDX 6740 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 802.3 Ethernet
  • 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)
  • IEEE 802.3ab 1000BASE-T
  • IEEE 802.3z 1000BASE-X

The following draft versions of the Data Center Bridging (DCB) and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) standards are also supported on the Brocade VDX 6740:

  • 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)

The Brocade VDX 6740 products conform to the following Fibre Channel standards:

  • FC-GS-5 ANSI INCITS 427:2007 (includes the following) - FC-GS-4 ANSI INCITS 387: 2004
  • FC-SP-2 INCITS 496-2012 (AUTH-A, AUTH-B1 only)
  • FC-DA INCITS TR-36: 2004 (includes the following) - FC-FLA INCITS TR-20: 1998 - FC-PLDA INCIT S TR-19: 1998
  • FC-MI-2 ANSI/INCITS TR-39-2005
  • FC-PI INCITS 352: 2002
  • FC-PI-2 INCITS 404: 2005
  • FC-PI-4 INCITS 1647-D, revision 7.1 (under development)
  • FC-FS-2 ANSI/INCITS 424:2006 (includes the following) - FC-FS INCITS 373: 2003
  • FC-LS INCITS 433: 2007
  • MIB-FA INCITS TR-32: 2003

* Please refer to the latest version of the release notes for the most up-to-date scalability numbers.
† Hardware supported.

RFC Support

RFC Support

  • RFC 768 User Datagram Protocol (UDP)
  • RFC 783 TFTP Protocol (revision 2)
  • RFC 791 Internet Protocol (IP)
  • RFC 792 Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP)
  • RFC 793 Transmission Control Protocol (TCP)
  • RFC 826 ARP
  • RFC 854 Telnet Protocol Specification
  • RFC 894 A Standard for the Transmission of IP Datagram over Ethernet Networks
  • RFC 959 FTP
  • RFC 1027 Using ARP to Implement Transparent Subnet Gateways (Proxy ARP)
  • RFC 1112 IGMP v1
  • RFC 1157 Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) v1 and v2
  • RFC 1305 Network Time Protocol (NTP) Version 3
  • RFC 1492 TACACS+
  • RFC 1519 Classless Inter-Domain Routing (CIDR)
  • RFC 1584 Multicast Extensions to OSPF
  • RFC 1765 OSPF Database Overflow
  • RFC 1812 Requirements for IP Version 4 Routers
  • RFC 1997 BGP Communities Attribute
  • RFC 2068 HTTP Server
  • RFC 2131 Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP)
  • RFC 2154 OSPF with Digital Signatures (Password, MD-5)
  • RFC 2236 IGMP v2
  • RFC 2267 Network Ingress Filtering
  • RFC 2328 OSPF v2
  • RFC 2370 OSPF Opaque Link-State Advertisement (LSA) Option—Partial Support
  • RFC 2375 IPv6 Multicast Address Assignments
  • RFC 2385 Protection of BGP Sessions with the TCP MD5 Signature Option
  • RFC 2439 BGP Route Flap Damping
  • RFC 2460 Internet Protocol, Version 6 (v6) Specification (on management interface )
  • RFC 2462 IPv6 Stateless Address Auto-Configuration
  • RFC 2464 Transmission of IPv6 Packets over Ethernet Networks (on management interface)
  • RFC 2474 Definition of the Differentiated Services Field in the IPv4 and IPv6 Headers
  • RFC 2571 An Architecture for Describing SNMP Management Frameworks
  • RFC 2711 IPv6 Router Alert Option
  • RFC 2865 Remote Authentication Dial-In User Service (RADIUS)
  • RFC 3101 The OSPF Not-So-Stubby Area (NSSA) Option
  • RFC 3176 sFlow
  • RFC 3137 OSPF Stub Router Advertisement
  • RFC 3392 Capabilities Advertisement with BGPv4
  • RFC 3411 An Architecture for Describing SNMP Frameworks
  • RFC 3412 Message Processing and Dispatching for the SNMP
  • RFC 3413 Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) Applications
  • RFC 3587 IPv6 Global Unicast Address Format
  • RFC 3623 Graceful OSPF Restart - IETF Tools
  • RFC 3768 VRRP
  • RFC 4271 BGPv4
  • RFC 4291 IPv6 Addressing Architecture
  • RFC 4292 IP Forwarding MIB
  • RFC 4293 Management Information Base for the Internet Protocol (IP)
  • RFC 4443 ICMPv6 (replaces 2463)
  • RFC 4456 BGP Route Reflection
  • RFC 4510 Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP): Technical Specification Road Map
  • RFC 4601 Protocol Independent Multicast—Sparse Mode (PIM-SM): Protocol Specification (Revised)
  • RFC 4724 Graceful Restart Mechanism for BGP
  • RFC 4861/5942 IPv6 Neighbor Discovery
  • RFC 4893 BGP Support for Four-Octet AS Number Space
  • RFC 5880 Bidirectional Forwarding Detection (BFD)
  • RFC 5881 Bidirectional Forwarding Detection (BFD) for IPv4 and IPv6 (Single Hop)
  • RFC 5882 Generic Application of Bidirectional Forwarding Detection (BFD)
  • RFC 5883 Bidirectional Forwarding Detection (BFD) for Multihop Paths

IPv6 Routing

  • RFC 2740 OSPFv3 for IPv6
  • RFC 2545 Use of BGP-MP extensions for IPv6

IPv6 Multicast

  • RFC 2710 Multicast Listener Discovery (MLD) for IPv6

VRRP/VRRPe

  • RFC 5798 VRRP Version 3 for IPv4 and IPv6

Brocade Network OS Software Capabilities:


  VCS Fabrics IP Fabrics
Software Scalability
Maximum switches in a fabric 48 Unlimited
Maximum ECMP paths in a fabric 32 32
Maximum LAGs in a fabric 2000 48
Layer 2 Switching
Service Node Load Balancing BFD/ARP Optimizations
Conversational MAC Learning
Virtual Link Aggregation Group (vLAG) spanning
Layer 2 Access Control Lists (ACLs
Edge Loop Detection (ELD)
Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) RFC 826
Private VLANs  
Maintenance Mode/Graceful Traffic Diversion  
Distributed VXLAN Gateway  
Diagnostic Ports  
IP Maps Support  
L2 Loop prevention in an overlay environment
High availability/In-Service Software Upgrade—hardware-enabled
IGMP v1/v2 Snooping
MAC Learning and Aging
Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP) IEEE 802.3ad/802.1AX
Virtual Local Area Networks (VLANs)
VLAN Encapsulation 802.1Q
Per-VLAN Spanning Tree (PVST+/PVRST+)
Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP) 802.1w
Multiple Spanning Tree Protocol (MSTP) 802.1s
STP PortFast, BPDU Guard, BPDU Filter
STP Root Guard
Pause Frames 802.3x
Static MAC Configuration
Uni-Directional Link Detection (UDLD)
Transparent LAN Services  
Layer 3 Switching
Border Gateway Protocol (BGP4+)
DHCP Helper
Layer 3 ACLs
Multicast: PIM-SM, IGMPv2
OSPF v2/v3
Static routes
IPv4/v6 ACL
Policy-Based Routing (PBR)
Bidirectional Fault Detection (BFD)
32-WAY ECMP
VRF Lite
VRF-aware OSPF, BGP, VRRP, static routes
VRRP v2 and v3
Fabric Virtual Gateway
IPv4/IPv6 dual stack
IPv6 ACL packet filtering
BGP Additional-Path
BGP-Allow AS
BGP Generalized TTL Security Mechanism (GTSM)
BGP Peer Auto Shutdown
Multicast Refactoring
IPv6 routing
OSPF Type-3 LSA Filter
Wire-speed routing for IPv4 and IPv6 using any routing protocol
BGP-EVPN Control Plane Signaling RFC 7432  
BGP-EVPN VXLAN Standard-based Overlay  
Multi-VRF
IP Unnumbered Interface  
Intersubnet Routing (Symmetric and Assymetric)  
IP over Port Channel  
VRRP-E
Static Anycast Gateway  
ARP Suppression  
Automation and Programmability
OpenFlow 1.3
REST API with YANG data model
Puppet
Python
PyNOS libraries
Ansible
VMware vRealize plugins
DHCP automatic fabric provisioning
Netconf API
Multitenancy and Virtualization
TRILL FGL-based VCS Virtual Fabric feature  
Virtual fabric extension  
VM-Aware Network Automation  
BFD for virtual fabric extension  
Brocade VCS Gateway for NSX  
Brocade IP Fabric Gateway for NSX  
VMware NSX-v Certification
Automatic Migration of Port Profiles (AMPP)
DCB
Priority-based Flow Control (PFC) 802.1Qbb  
Enhanced Transmission Selection (ETS) 802.1Qaz  
Manual configuration of lossless queues for protocols other than FCoE and iSCSI  
Data Center Bridging eXchange (DCBX)  
DCBX Application Type-Length-Value (TLV) for FCoE and iSCSI    
Fibre Channel/FCoE
Multi-hop Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE); requires Brocade VCS Fabric technology  
FC-BB5 compliant Fibre Channel Forwarder (FCF)  
Native FCoE forwarding  
FCoE to Fibre Channel Bridging  
FCoE on Brocade VDX 6740 and Brocade VDX 6740T    
FCoE on QSFP+ port  
Flex Ports, allowing direct and SAN connectivity of Fibre Channel targets  
Multi-hop Access Gateway Support  
End-to-end FCoE (initiator to target)  
FCoE Initialization Protocol (FIP) v1 support for FCoE device login and initialization    
Name Server-based zoning  
Supports connectivity to FIP Snooping Bridge (FSB) device  
FCoE traffic over standard LAG  
Interface Binding  
10 GbE CoD license needs to be activated in order to support FCoE on the Brocade VDX 6740T-1G  
Dual Personality Ports  
Logical SANs    
High Availability
ISSU L2 and L3
BFD
OSPF3-NSR
BGP4-GR
Quality of Service (QoS)
ACL-based QoS
Eight priority levels for QoS
Class of Service (CoS) IEEE 802.1p
DSCP Trust
DSCP to Traffic Class Mutation
DSCP to CoS Mutation
DSCP to DSCP Mutation
Random Early Discard
Per-port QoS configuration
ACL-based Rate Limit
Dual-rate, three-color token bucket
ACL-based remarking of CoS/DSCP/Precedence
ACL-based sFlow
Scheduling: Strict Priority (SP), Deficit Weighted Round-Robin (DWRR), Hybrid Scheduling (Hybrid)
Queue-based Shaping
Flow-based QoS
Management and Monitoring
Logical chassis management
Switch Beaconing
IPv4/IPv6 management
Industry-standard Command Line Interface (CLI)
Netconf API
REST API with YANG data model
Brocade VDX Plugin for OpenStack
Link Layer Discovery Protocol (LLDP) IEEE 802.1AB
MIB II RFC 1213 MIB
Management VRF
Switched Port Analyzer (SPAN)
Telnet
SNMP v1, v2C, v3
sFlow RFC 3176
Out-of-band management
Remote SPAN (RSPAN)
RMON-1, RMON-2
NTP
Management Access Control Lists (ACLs)
Role-Based Access Control (RBAC)
Range CLI support
UDLD
OpenStack Neutron ML2 plugin
Python
Puppet
Distributed Configuration Management  
Maps switch health monitoring  
Security
Port-based Network Access Control 802.1X
RADIUS (AAA)
TACACS+
Secure Shell (SSHv2)
BPDU Drop
Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP)
Secure Copy Protoco
Port Security

Premier and Premier-Plus Support:

Personalized, Preferential, Proactive Support to Maximize the Network's Value

Brocade understands that every network is unique and requires a different level of technical support to meet the customer's business requirements. Brocade Direct Support offers different levels of support to meet each customer's specific needs. To help customers with large, complex environments maximize the value of their networks, Brocade Premier and PremierPlus Support provide personalized, preferential, and proactive support.

A Personalized Support Experience

Premier and Premier-Plus Support are designed to provide a higher level of support for larger, more complex environments. At the same time, these support options help customers realize the full potential of their networks through advanced features, including:

  • Support Account Manager
  • Onsite Support Engineer
  • Premier account profile
  • Choice of hardware Service Level Agreements (SLAs)
  • MySupport online portal

Support Account Manager
Premier and Premier-Plus Support include a Brocade Support Account Manager (SAM) who acts as a single point of contact into Brocade Technical Support. The Brocade SAM monitors support activities, streamlining the delivery of Brocade Technical Support to accelerate problem resolution. Within the first few days of contract activation, the Brocade SAM will meet with the customer to review Brocade Technical Support processes, share contact information, determine the customer's reporting requirements, and establish a regular meeting schedule to review the status of support activities.

Thereafter, the Brocade SAM is the focal point for coordination of all support activities, including:

  • Problem escalation and critical situation management
  • Proactive support reviews and health checks
  • Upcoming product implementations and change activities
  • Software release and upgrade planning
  • Coordination of firmware upgrades

Onsite Support Engineer
In today's business climate, IT organizations with growing and complex networking infrastructures often find themselves short on time and/or resources—making it difficult to meet the needs of the business while performing daily support and management activities. Yet adding headcount is not always an option. To address this issue, Premier-Plus Support includes a Brocade Onsite Support Engineer (OSE) in addition to the features in a Premier Support agreement. Brocade OSEs work side by side with a customer's IT staff, providing onsite technical expertise to keep Brocade Storage Area Network (SAN) and IP networking environments running smoothly.

Brocade OSEs are senior technical professionals who have in-depth expertise in Brocade hardware and software products, and provide half- or full-time onsite support. As focused support contacts for all Brocade solutions, Brocade OSEs facilitate communication and provide proactive coordination of problem escalation and change activities, accelerating resolution and improving operational efficiency. These engineers have access to a vast Brocade knowledge base and leverage strategic Brocade partnerships to quickly troubleshoot and resolve issues in multivendor environments.

Premier Account Profile
As an extended member of the customer team, the Brocade SAM will create a Premier account profile, detailing pertinent information about a customer's environment. When a service request is opened by phone, e-mail, or online using MySupport, the Brocade Technical Support Engineer addressing the problem can access this profile to gain full insight into the customer's Brocade environment and expedite problem resolution. The Premier account profile facilitates faster time to resolution by including details such as:

  • Customer contact information
  • Secure remote access instructions
  • Network diagrams
  • Device list, software version, and configuration files
  • Quarterly support review and annual health check reports

Service Level Options
No two customers or networks are identical. To meet the specific needs of a customer's network and business requirements, Premier and Premier-Plus Support offer several SLA options, providing customers increased flexibility and choice:

  • 2 Hour, 4-Hour, NextBusiness-Day Onsite
  • 2 Hour, 4-Hour, Next-Business-Day Parts
  • Return to Factory
  • Remote Support
  • Software Technical Support (24X7)

Onsite Support
Available in most major metropolitan areas worldwide, 2-Hour, 4-Hour, and next-Business-Day Onsite support provide 24X7 telephone support and electronic access to software updates, plus remote support and two-hour, four-hour, or next-business-day advanced hardware replacement response on parts delivery. (As available. Contact Brocade for more information.)

Parts Support
Available in most major metropolitan areas worldwide, 2-Hour, 4-Hour, and NextBusiness-Day Parts support provide 24X7 telephone support and electronic access to software updates, plus two-hour, fourhour, or next-business-day advanced hardware replacement response on parts delivery. (As available. Contact Brocade for more information.)

Return to Factory
Available worldwide, Return to Factory support provides 24X7 telephone support and electronic access to software updates, plus no-charge return-to-factory hardware repair. The repaired or replacement unit is shipped within five business days after the day the failed unit is received.

Remote Support
Available on certain products, Remote Support provides 24X7 telephone support and electronic access to software updates. Any required hardware repairs would be performed under warranty or on a time-andmaterial basis.

Software Technical Support (24X7)
Available on software applications, Software Technical Support provides 24X7 telephone support and electronic access to software updates.

MySupport Online Portal
Brocade Technical Support customers with a valid Technical Support agreement have access to MySupport, an online portal for 24X7 technical support. A customizable module within MyBrocade™, MySupport gives customers access to a Case and Asset Management tool to open, update, and track service requests in real time. Through MySupport, customers can also access a knowledge base for solutions to technical issues, product documentation, and software downloads for firmware upgrades and new releases.

Priority Access to Brocade Technical Support

Large SAN and IP networking organizations require maximum network uptime to meet their business requirements. To address the business challenges facing these customers, Premier and PremierPlus Support provide priority access to Brocade Technical Support and accelerated escalation management.

Available Service Options 2-Hour Onsite 2-Hour Parts 4-Hour Onsite 4-Hour Parts Next-Business-Day Onsite
Telephone Support 24X7 access 24X7 access 24X7 access 24X7 access 24X7 access
Online Support and Trouble Ticketing Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Secure Remote Access Included Included Included Included Included
Software Releases Bug fixes and maintenance updates Bug fixes and maintenance updates Bug fixes and maintenance updates Bug fixes and maintenance updates Bug fixes and maintenance updates
Hardware Replacement/Repair 2-hour onsite hardware replacement 2-hour advanced hardware replacement 4-hour onsite hardware replacement 4-hour advanced hardware replacement Next-Business-Day onsite hardware replacement
Available Service Options Next-Business-Day Parts Return to Factory Remote Support Software Technical Support 24X7
Telephone Support 24X7 access 24X7 access 24X7 access 24X7 access
Online Support and Trouble Ticketing Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Secure Remote Access Included Included Included Included
Software Releases Bug fixes and maintenance updates Bug fixes and maintenance updates Bug fixes and maintenance updates Bug fixes and maintenance updates
Hardware Replacement/Repair Next-Business-Day advanced hardware replacement Repaired hardware shipped within 5 business days None None

Priority Access
Premier and Premier-Plus Support customers can bypass the support queue and move to the front of the line for more immediate problem resolution.

Accelerated Escalation Management
The Brocade Technical Support escalation policy offers rapid response and more frequent communication with Premier and Premier-Plus Support customers. Severity 1 and Severity 2 issues receive management attention faster and at a higher level within Brocade for faster problem resolution. Premier and Premier-Plus customers also receive frequent updates on the status of outstanding service requests.

Moreover, the Brocade SAM acts as the customer's advocate within Brocade and serves as a single point of contact for all Brocade hardware and software escalations and critical situation management. The Brocade SAM streamlines support while working on the customer's behalf for timely issue escalation and problem resolution.

Proactive Problem Identification and Faster Time to Resolution

Brocade recognizes that network downtime can be costly, and took this into consideration when designing Premier and Premier-Plus Support. These support options proactively address issues before a customer's network is impacted by providing:

  • Fault management and proactive monitoring
  • Quarterly support reviews
  • Annual Brocade SAN Health and Brocade NET Health™ checks

Fault Management and Proactive Monitoring
Utilizing a secure Virtual Private Network (VPN) infrastructure to conduct fault management and proactive monitoring, Brocade Technical Support Engineers can view customers' Brocade network devices and proactively identify problems before their networks are impacted. Fault management gives Brocade Technical Support Engineers the ability to respond proactively to problems or faults within customers' network devices. Proactive monitoring—which is provided for all devices included in a Premier or Premier-Plus Support agreement—allows Brocade Technical Support Engineers to anticipate potential problems and thereby avoid issues that could lead to network downtime. If a problem is identified, tight integration with Brocade Technical Support expedites the creation of service requests and reduces time to resolution. Together, fault management and proactive monitoring can reduce network downtime by as much as one hour per event.

Quarterly Support Reviews
Brocade SAMs conduct quarterly support reviews to communicate the overall support status of Brocade networking infrastructures and to discuss ways to improve uptime and operational efficiency. These reviews include:

  • Metrics on the number of open and closed service requests
  • A list of open requests and their status
  • An in-depth analysis of the reported problems
  • Recommendations to address these issues

Annual Health Checks
Brocade offers annual Brocade SAN Health and Brocade NET Health checks for efficient networking infrastructure operations. The Brocade SAM coordinates the annual health check, working with Brocade experts to collect and analyze critical operational data such as the logical and physical topology, device inventory, zoning, bandwidth utilization, and monitoring capabilities.

World-Class Support Infrastructure

Brocade Technical Support is designed to provide optimum support for Premier and Premier-Plus Support customers. Premier and Premier-Plus Support customers can leverage the Brocade worldwide support infrastructure, expertise, best-practice guidance, and commitment to quality to maximize their network uptime.

Worldwide Coverage
With multiple Brocade Technical Assistance Centers and more than 170 parts depots in over 40 countries, Brocade is capable of delivering support wherever it is needed. Through this worldwide support infrastructure, Premier and Premier-Plus Support customers have access to a strong partner ecosystem capable of performing onsite repair and/or replacement. In addition, toll-free numbers and local language support enable easy, trouble-free communication with Brocade Technical Support.

Brocade Expertise
Brocade Technical Support Engineers have deep networking expertise and are trained to resolve network problems as quickly as possible with minimal downtime. Moreover, Brocade Technical Support Engineers receive ongoing training and certification to provide customers with the most skilled team to address their issues.

Best-Practice Guidance
Brocade SAMs are knowledgeable about Brocade hardware and software products, and offer best-practice guidance to optimize Brocade networking infrastructures. Brocade SAMs can help Premier and Premier-Plus Support customers understand the features available in each product release as well as the differences between Brocade and Brocade OEM Partner release levels. In addition, they can provide recommendations for software and hardware upgrades.

Commitment to Quality
Leveraging best practices and fostering a culture of continuous improvement, Brocade offers high-quality technical support for its networking solutions by investing in quality processes, people, and partnerships. Brocade Technical Support invests in quality processes by gathering customer feedback on delivery quality, processes, systems, products, and offerings, and leverages a third party to gather unbiased customer feedback, satisfaction ratings, and statistics that help drive ongoing improvement. Brocade Technical Support also invests in its people through ongoing training and certification, providing customers with the most skilled team to address their issues. Furthermore, Brocade invests in its partnerships through quarterly business reviews with partners to identify areas for improvement.

Documentation:

Download the Brocade VDX 6740 Switch Datasheet (PDF).

Pricing Notes:

Brocade Products
Data Center Switches
Brocade VDX 6740T, includes 48 10GBASE-T ports and 4 QSFP+ ports with Non-port Side Exhaust Airflow
Ports only, does NOT include Optics. Comes with two AC Power supplies
#BR-VDX6740T-64-F
List Price: $36,995.00
Our Price: $27,039.00
Brocade VDX 6740T, includes 48 10GBASE-T ports and 4 QSFP+ ports with Port Side Exhaust Airflow
Ports only, does NOT include Optics. Comes with two AC Power supplies
#BR-VDX6740T-64-R
List Price: $36,995.00
Our Price: $27,039.00
Brocade VDX 6740T, includes 48 10GBASE-T ports and 4 QSFP+ ports with Non-port Side Exhaust Airflow and VCS/FCOE License
Ports only, does NOT include Optics. Comes with two AC Power supplies
#BR-VDX6740T-64-ALLSW-F
List Price: $51,995.00
Our Price: $38,002.00
Brocade VDX 6740T, includes 48 10GBASE-T ports and 4 QSFP+ ports with Port Side Exhaust Airflow and VCS/FCOE License
Ports only, does NOT include Optics. Comes with two AC Power supplies
#BR-VDX6740T-64-ALLSW-R
List Price: $51,995.00
Our Price: $38,002.00