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Product Line: Brocade Brocade MLXe-16 Series
Product Type: Management module
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Product Description

The Brocade MLXe-16 AC system features a 7.68 Tbps switch fabric capacity and a 6.4 Tbps data forwarding capacity, ensuring high-performance networking. It supports up to 32 100 GbE ports, 64 40 GbE ports, 384 10 GbE ports, and 768 1 GbE ports, providing extensive scalability for diverse network requirements. Designed for reliability, it includes 1:1 management module redundancy, N+1 switch fabric redundancy, and 1+1 power supply redundancy, housed in a 14RU frame with front-to-back airflow for efficient cooling.

FAQs for the BR-MLXE-16-MR2-M-AC

  • What components are included with the Brocade MLXe-16 AC system?
    The system includes one MR2 (M) management module, two high-speed switch fabric modules, one 1,800 W AC power supply, four exhaust fan assembly kits, and an air filter. Note: Power cord is not included.
  • How many interface slots does the MLXe-16 have?
    It has 16 interface slots.
  • Can you provide the switch fabric capacity of the Brocade MLXe-16 AC system?
    The switch fabric capacity is 7.68 Tbps.
  • What is the data forwarding capacity?
    The data forwarding capacity of the system is 6.4 Tbps.
  • What packet routing performance does the Brocade MLXe-16 offer?
    It offers a packet routing performance of 4.75 billion packets per second (pps).
  • How many maximum 100 GbE ports does it support?
    The system supports up to 32 maximum 100 GbE ports.
  • What are the redundancy features of the MLXe-16?
    It features 1:1 management module redundancy and N+1 switch fabric redundancy. Also, it has 1+1 power supply redundancy.
  • What is the maximum number of 10 GbE and 1 GbE ports supported?
    It supports up to 384 maximum 10 GbE ports and 768 maximum 1 GbE ports.
  • Describe the airflow and cooling mechanism.
    The airflow is from front to back, facilitated by four exhaust fan assembly kits to ensure efficient cooling.
  • What are the physical dimensions and weight of the Brocade MLXe-16 AC system?
    The dimensions are 17.20 in. W × 24.47 in. H × 24.18 in. D (43.69 cm × 62.15 cm × 61.42 cm) and it weighs 351 lb (159 kg).

Product Review

The Brocade MLXe-16 AC system offers substantial capacity with a switch fabric of up to 7.68 Tbps and data forwarding capability of 6.4 Tbps, supporting a high density of Ethernet ports across 1, 10, 40, and 100 GbE configurations, ideal for environments demanding high throughput and scalability. However, the system's lack of a power cord and a single power supply as standard raises concerns about initial setup convenience and power redundancy, which might necessitate additional investment for critical deployments. Additionally, its significant weight and size require careful consideration for rack space planning and physical infrastructure support.


The Brocade MLXe-16 AC system is designed to meet the demands of high-capacity networking, featuring advanced hardware specifications that support extensive scalability and high performance. This system includes one MR2 (M) management module, two high-speed switch fabric modules, and a 1,800 W AC power supply. It also comes equipped with four exhaust fan assembly kits and an air filter to ensure optimal operating conditions, though it's important to note that the power cord is not provided. At the heart of its performance capabilities, the Brocade MLXe-16 AC boasts a switch fabric capacity of 7.68 Tbps and a data forwarding capacity of 6.4 Tbps. These figures underline the system's ability to handle vast amounts of data, making it suitable for environments where data throughput and efficiency are critical. Additionally, its packet routing performance is impressive at 4.75 billion packets per second (pps), ensuring smooth data transmission across networks. The system's interface slots allow for significant expansion, with support for up to: - 32 100 GbE ports, - 64 40 GbE ports, - 384 10 GbE ports, and - 768 1 GbE ports. This flexibility in interface options enables users to scale their networks according to evolving requirements, from dense 1 GbE deployments to high-speed 100 GbE infrastructure, without the need for immediate hardware upgrades. In terms of design, the Brocade MLXe-16 AC measures 17.20 inches in width, 24.47 inches in height, and 24.18 inches in depth, translating to a 14 rack unit (RU) footprint. Its weight is substantial at 351 pounds (159 kg), reflecting the robust build and quality materials used to ensure durability and long-term reliability. The system's airflow is from front to back, promoting efficient cooling and stable operation within the recommended operating temperature range of 0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F). The Brocade MLXe-16 AC is engineered with redundancy in mind, featuring 1:1 management module redundancy and N+1 switch fabric redundancy. Additionally, it offers 1+1 power supply redundancy, minimizing downtime and ensuring continuous operation even in the event of a component failure. These redundancy features are critical for enterprise networks where uninterrupted service is paramount. Given its comprehensive specifications, the Brocade MLXe-16 AC stands out as a powerful solution for enterprises and service providers seeking to deploy a scalable, high-performance networking infrastructure. Its ability to support a vast number of high-speed interfaces, combined with its high data throughput and packet routing capabilities, makes it well-suited to meet the demands of data-intensive applications and services. Furthermore, its built-in redundancy features and robust build quality assure that the system is not only capable of supporting current networking needs but is also a future-proof investment for growing network environments.


Part Number and Manufacturer BROCADE BR-MLXE-16-MR2-M-AC
Configuration Brocade MLXe-16 AC platform, one Management Module MR2 (M), dual high-speed switch fabric modules, single 1,800 W AC power supply, four exhaust fan assembly kits, one air filter. Power cord is excluded.
Interface Expansion Slots 16
Switching Capacity 7.68 Terabits per second
Data Throughput 6.4 Terabits per second
Packet Forwarding Rate 4.75 billion packets per second
Max 100 Gigabit Ethernet Ports 32
Max 40 Gigabit Ethernet Ports 64
Max 10 Gigabit Ethernet Ports 384
Max 1 Gigabit Ethernet Ports 768
Unit Height 24.50 inches / 14 Rack Units
Redundancy for Management Module 1:1
Switch Fabric Redundancy N+1
Power Supply Redundancy 1+1
Direction of Airflow Front to back
Physical Dimensions 17.20 inches Wide × 24.47 inches High × 24.18 inches Deep (43.69 cm × 62.15 cm × 61.42 cm)
Weight 351 pounds (159 kilograms)
Operational Temperature Range 0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)
Temperature Range for Storage –25°C to 70°C (–13°F to 158°F)

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