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Product Line: Brocade CES 2000 Series Series
Product Type: Ethernet Switch
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Product Description

The BR-CES-2024F-4X-AC BROCADE delivers high-capacity networking with 24 SFP ports supporting 100/1000 Mbps Ethernet, alongside four combination RJ45/SFP Gigabit Ethernet ports and four fixed ports of 10 GbE SFP+ for elevated connectivity options. It is engineered for performance and reliability, featuring a 128 Gbps forwarding performance, 101 Mpps packet forwarding performance, and 192 MB of buffering, all powered by a 500 W AC power supply with 1+1 power supply redundancy. Designed for operational efficiency, it includes M+N fan redundancy, operates within a temperature range of 0°C to 40°C, and supports a maximum altitude of 10,000 ft, ensuring dependable network performance in various environments.

FAQs for the BR-CES-2024F-4X-AC

  • What port configuration does the 4X offer for Ethernet connectivity?
    The 4X includes 24 SFP ports for 100/1000 Mbps Ethernet, four combination RJ45/SFP Gigabit Ethernet ports, and four fixed ports of 10 GbE SFP+.
  • How much power does the 4X consume?
    The maximum AC power consumption of the 4X is 268 Watts.
  • Is a fan unit required for the 4X, and if so, which model is compatible?
    Yes, the 4X requires a fan unit for cooling, specifically the XNI-CE-2000-FAN model.
  • What are the 4X's power supply options?
    The 4X supports internal AC or DC power supply options with 1+1 redundancy.
  • What level of forwarding and packet forwarding performance does the 4X provide?
    The 4X delivers a forwarding performance of 128 Gbps and a packet forwarding performance of 101 Mpps.
  • What is the size and weight of the 4X?
    The dimensions of the 4X are 17.4 inches in width, 1.7 inches in height, and 17.6 inches in depth. The weight is not specified.
  • What are the operating temperature and humidity ranges for the 4X?
    The operating temperature range is 0°C to 40°C, with a relative humidity range of 5% to 90%, non-condensing, at 40°C.
  • Does the 4X offer any form of redundancy for its power supply or cooling system?
    Yes, the 4X offers power supply redundancy (1+1) and fan redundancy (M+N), ensuring continuous operation.
  • What is the maximum DC power consumption and thermal output of the 4X?
    The maximum DC power consumption is 222 Watts, with a thermal output of 915 BTU/hour.
  • What are the storage conditions for the 4X?
    The storage temperature range for the 4X is –25°C to 70°C, with an operating altitude of up to 10,000 feet.

Product Review

The BROCADE BR-CES-2024F-4X-AC offers a versatile port configuration, including 24 SFP ports for 100/1000 Mbps Ethernet, four combination RJ45/SFP Gigabit Ethernet ports, and four 10 GbE SFP+ ports, catering to a variety of network demands. However, the device's power consumption, peaking at 268 watts for AC, might pose challenges for energy-conscious deployments, despite its comprehensive power supply and fan redundancy features ensuring system reliability. Additionally, the requirement for a specific fan, the XNI-CE-2000-FAN, for optimal operation adds an extra consideration for maintenance and initial setup.


The Brocade BR-CES-2024F-4X-AC is a high-performance networking switch designed to meet the demands of modern data centers and enterprise networks. This switch is equipped with a comprehensive set of hardware specifications that enable efficient data transmission, enhanced connectivity options, and reliable network performance under various operational conditions. At the core of its design, the BR-CES-2024F-4X-AC features 24 SFP ports that support 100/1000 Mbps Ethernet, providing flexibility for various network deployments. These ports are complemented by four combination RJ45/SFP Gigabit Ethernet ports, allowing for a mix of fiber and copper connections based on network requirements. Additionally, the switch includes four fixed ports of 10 GbE SFP+, offering high-speed uplink capabilities for connecting to core networks or high-performance servers. The switch is powered by a 500 W AC power supply (RPS9), ensuring reliable operation. It has a maximum AC power consumption of 268 watts when operating between 100 to 240 V AC, indicating its energy efficiency. For environments requiring additional cooling, the XNI-CE-2000-FAN is necessary to maintain optimal operating temperatures and ensure continuous performance. Key hardware specifications include: -
  • Port Density: 24 hybrid fiber SFP ports capable of 100/1000 Mbps, along with 4×10 GbE ports for uplinks, providing significant flexibility and connectivity options for various network configurations.
  • Forwarding Performance: With a forwarding capacity of 128 Gbps and a packet forwarding rate of 101 Mpps, the switch is designed to handle high volumes of traffic, ensuring smooth data transmission across the network.
  • Buffering: A 192 MB buffer helps manage traffic bursts and maintain performance during peak loads, reducing the risk of packet loss and improving overall network reliability.
The switch supports both internal AC or DC power supplies, featuring 1+1 power supply redundancy and M+N fan redundancy. This redundancy ensures uninterrupted operation and network availability even in the event of a hardware failure. The airflow design from front to back aids in maintaining the optimal temperature for the hardware components, contributing to the longevity of the switch. Dimensionally, the BR-CES-2024F-4X-AC measures 17.4 inches in width, 1.7 inches in height, and 17.6 inches in depth, making it a compact solution that fits easily into standard racks. It operates effectively within a temperature range of 0°C to 40°C and can withstand relative humidity levels from 5% to 90% at 40°C, non-condensing. The maximum DC power consumption is lower than AC, at 222 watts, and the maximum thermal output is 915 BTU/hour. Designed to function at altitudes up to 10,000 feet (3048 m), it is suitable for a wide range of operational environments. The storage temperature range extends from –25°C to 70°C, ensuring the switch can withstand various storage conditions. Overall, the Brocade BR-CES-2024F-4X-AC is engineered for networks requiring high-speed connectivity, reliable performance, and efficient operation, making it an ideal choice for enterprise and data center applications.


Part Number BROCADE BR-CES-2024F-4X-AC
Manufacturer BROCADE
Port Configuration 24 ports SFP 100/1000 Mbps, 4 combo RJ45/SFP Gigabit Ethernet, 4 dedicated 10GbE SFP+
Power Supply Unit 500W AC, Model RPS9
Maximum Power Usage 268 Watts (100-240V AC)
Cooling Requirement XNI-CE-2000-FAN
Port Capacity 24 Fiber SFP 100/1000 with 4 additional 10GbE ports
10GbE Support Integrated
Switching Capacity 128 Gbps
Packet Switching Rate 101 Million pps
Memory Buffer 192 Megabytes
Power Supply Variants Available in AC or DC
Power Redundancy 1+1 Scheme
Cooling Redundancy M+N Configuration
Airflow Direction Front to Back
Physical Dimensions 17.4" Width × 1.7" Height × 17.6" Depth (44.3 cm × 4.4 cm × 44.8 cm)
Operating Temperature Range 0°C to 40°C
Humidity Tolerance 5% to 90% non-condensing at 40°C
DC Power Consumption 222 Watts
Heat Dissipation 915 BTU/hour
Maximum Operating Altitude 10,000 feet (3048 meters)
Storage Temperature Range –25°C to 70°C

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