Brocade SX6 Extension Blade

Multi-protocol extension solution delivers business resiliency at scale

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Brocade SX6 Extension Blade solution for the Brocade X6 Directors securely moves more data faster over distance while scaling to support the world’s most demanding environments. It combines director-class reliability with Fabric Vision technology to simplify management, automatically detect WAN anomalies, and avoid unplanned downtime.

Performance over distance: Performance over distance is fundamental to keeping up with recovery demands. That’s why Brocade SX6 Extension Blade operates at full line-rate speed even with encryption turned on. You get fast data replication to meet recovery objectives, and excellent WAN utilization.

Enterprise-class availability: Meeting recovery point and recovery time objectives (RPO and RTO) requires a highly reliable network infrastructure . Brocade SX6 Extension Blade offers near-zero downtime, thanks to proactive monitoring, dynamic bandwidth sharing, and lossless failover between data centers.

Unmatched flexibility: Business needs change quickly, and data centers have to keep pace. Brocade SX6 Extension Blade scales on demand with industry-leading port density, and runs Fibre Channel and IP traffic to accommodate growth, change, and rising service level agreement (SLA) requirements.

Simplified operations: Gain visibility across your data centers with simplified operations that reduce costs and improve IT productivity. Brocade SX6 Extension Blade centralizes Fibre Channel and IP storage replication traffic with a single tool, and extends Fabric Vision over distance for greater control and insight.


Industry-leading performance

  • Up to 80 Gbps per blade provides industry-leading performance
  • Maximize utilization of WAN links through protocol optimization technology and expand WAN bandwidth with hardware-based compression
  • Secure data flows over distance with no performance penalty


Near-zero downtime

  • Hot-pluggable chassis components and non-disruptive software upgrades enhance availability
  • Lossless failover technology protects against WAN link failure and avoids restart/resync events
  • Dynamic bandwidth sharing maintains replication performance during disruptions
  • Proactive monitoring helps avoid unplanned downtime by detecting WAN anomalies 


Flexibility and scale

  • Multiprotocol port connectivity consolidates Fibre Channel and IP replication traffic
  • Up to four blades per chassis provides scale-as-you-grow flexibility
  • Port density provides scale on demand connectivity for more Fibre Channel and IP storage devices


Holistic management over distance

  • Extends Fabric Vision over distance for greater control and insight
  • Advanced monitoring and alerting simplifies troubleshooting of end-to-end I/O flows over distance
  • Built-in traffic generator and WAN test tool streamline deployment


Specification Value
Lifecycle Active
Fibre Channel Ports 16 32 Gbps ports; E, F, EX, D, and AE ports
Ethernet Ports 16 1/10 GbE ports and two 40 GbE ports
Port Types F_Port, E_Port, EX_Port, D_Port, and AE_Port. For FCIP, VE_Port (Virtual E_Port).
Class_of_Service Class 2, Class 3, Class F (inter-switch frames)
Fibre Channel Performance 4.25 Gbps line speed, full duplex; 8.5 Gbps line speed, full duplex; 10.53 Gbps line speed, full duplex; 14.025 Gbps line speed, full duplex; 28.05 Gbps, full duplex; auto-sensing of 4,8,16, 32 Gbps port speeds; 10 Gbps optionally programmable to fixed port speed
Size (mm) 420.6(W) x 36.3(H) x 289.8(D)
Certified Maximum Single fabric: 56 domains, 7 hops Multiprotocol routing fabric: 19 hops
Scalability Full fabric architecture with 239 switches maximum

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