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Product Line: Brocade MLXe Series
Product Type: Chassis
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Product Description

The BR-MLXE-4-S BROCADE networking hardware features 4 interface slots, a switch fabric capacity of 1.92 Tbps, and a data forwarding capacity of 1.6 Tbps. It supports up to 8 100 GbE ports, 16 40 GbE ports, 96 10 GbE ports, and 192 1 GbE ports, with dimensions of 17.20 in. W × 8.71 in. H × 23.0 in. D and a weight of 117 lb (53 kg). The device ensures redundancy with 1:1 management module redundancy, N+1 switch fabric redundancy, and 1+1 power supply redundancy, designed for operation in environments with temperatures ranging from 0°C to 40°C and up to 6,600 ft operating altitude.

FAQs for the BR-MLXE-4-S

  • What is the switch fabric capacity of the device?
    The switch fabric capacity is 1.92 Tbps.
  • How many 100 GbE ports does part number support?
    It supports up to 8 100 GbE ports.
  • Can you detail the data forwarding and packet routing performance?
    The data forwarding capacity is 1.6 Tbps, and it has a packet routing performance of 1.6 billion pps.
  • What is the maximum number of 40 GbE ports available?
    The device can support up to 16 40 GbE ports.
  • What power redundancy options are available?
    It offers 1+1 power supply redundancy.
  • How many 1 GbE and 10 GbE ports can the part number accommodate?
    It can accommodate up to 192 1 GbE ports and 96 10 GbE ports.
  • What are the airflow direction and maximum DC/AC power consumption?
    Airflow direction is side to back, with a maximum DC and AC power consumption of 2,083 W.
  • Describe the physical dimensions and weight of the part number.
    The dimensions are 17.20 in. W × 8.71 in. H × 23.0 in. D, and it weighs 117 lb (53 kg).
  • What are the operating and storage temperature ranges?
    Operating temperature ranges from 0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F), and storage temperature ranges from -25°C to 70°C (-13°F to 158°F).
  • What is the maximum operating altitude for the part number?
    The maximum operating altitude is 6,600 ft (2,012 m).

Product Review

The Brocade BR-MLXE-4-S offers impressive switch fabric and data forwarding capacities at 1.92 Tbps and 1.6 Tbps, respectively, with the ability to handle up to 1.6 billion packets per second, catering to high-demand network environments. However, its power consumption and thermal output are considerable, at 2,083 watts and 7,108 BTU/hr, respectively, which could be a concern for energy efficiency and cooling requirements in dense deployments. The unit's support for a wide range of Ethernet ports, from 1 GbE to 100 GbE, and its redundancy features in management modules, switch fabric, and power supply make it a versatile and reliable choice for diverse networking needs, despite its relatively large footprint and weight.


The BROCADE BR-MLXE-4-S is a high-performance networking platform designed to meet the demands of modern data centers and large network environments. This device offers a comprehensive set of specifications that ensure high-speed data transmission, efficient packet routing, and scalable networking capabilities. At its core, the BROCADE BR-MLXE-4-S features four interface slots that support a variety of Ethernet ports, providing flexibility for different network configurations. The switch fabric capacity of this device reaches up to 1.92 Terabits per second (Tbps), with a data forwarding capacity of 1.6 Tbps. This high throughput capability is complemented by a packet routing performance of 1.6 billion packets per second (pps), enabling efficient data processing and transmission across the network. For networking requirements that demand a high number of connections, the BROCADE BR-MLXE-4-S supports up to 8 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) ports, 16 40 GbE ports, 96 10 GbE ports, and up to 192 1 GbE ports. Such port density ensures versatility in connecting various devices and facilitating large-scale data exchange. The device is designed with redundancy and reliability in mind. It features 1:1 management module redundancy, N+1 switch fabric redundancy, and 1+1 power supply redundancy. These features ensure uninterrupted operation and network availability, minimizing downtime in critical environments.
  • Airflow is managed from side to back, ensuring efficient cooling and stable performance under heavy loads.
  • The maximum power consumption for both DC and AC inputs is 2,083 Watts, with a maximum thermal output of 7,108 BTU per hour, reflecting its energy efficiency.
  • Dimensions are practical for data center installations, measuring 17.20 inches in width, 8.71 inches in height, and 23.0 inches in depth, and it weighs 117 pounds (53 kg).
Operational conditions are also a key consideration for the BROCADE BR-MLXE-4-S. It operates within a temperature range of 0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F) and can be stored in temperatures ranging from -25°C to 70°C (-13°F to 158°F). Humidity tolerance is set at 5% to 90% at 40°C (104°F), non-condensing for operating conditions, with a storage humidity maximum of 95% non-condensing. Furthermore, it is designed to operate at altitudes up to 6,600 feet (2,012 meters) and can be stored at a maximum altitude of 15,000 feet (4,500 meters). This networking platform is engineered to handle the requirements of complex networks, providing a scalable, high-capacity solution for data centers. Its design ensures resilience and reliability, critical for maintaining uninterrupted network services and supporting the growth of organizational IT infrastructures.


Slots for Interfaces4
Switching Fabric Capacity1.92 Terabits per second
Data Processing Rate1.6 Terabits per second
Routing Speed1.6 billion packets per second
Max Ports for 100GbE8
Max Ports for 40GbE16
Max Ports for 10GbE96
Max Ports for 1GbE192
Unit Height8.71 inches/5 Rack Units
Redundancy for Management Modules1:1
Fabric RedundancyN+1
Redundancy for Power Supply1+1
Cooling Airflow DirectionSide to back
Peak DC Power Usage2,083 Watts
Peak AC Power Usage2,083 Watts
Heat Dissipation7,108 BTU/hour
Device Dimensions17.20 in. Width × 8.71 in. Height × 23.0 in. Depth
Weight117 pounds (53 kg)
Operational Temperature Range0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)
Temperature Range for Storage-25°C to 70°C (-13°F to 158°F)
Humidity Level for Operation5% to 90%, non-condensing at 40°C (104°F)
Humidity Level for StorageUp to 95% non-condensing
Max Operational Altitude6,600 feet (2,012 m)
Max Storage Altitude15,000 feet (4,500 m)

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