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Product Line: Brocade SLX 9850 Series
Product Type: Interface Module
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Product Description

The Extreme SLX 9850 36-port module features versatile connectivity options, including 36 100 GbE ports, 60 40 GbE ports, and 240 10 GbE ports through flex-speed (M) interface technology, requiring QSFP28 optics for 100 GbE, QSFP+ optics for 40 GbE, and a 40 GbE to 10 GbE breakout for optimal connectivity. It supports a comprehensive range of protocols with IPv4/IPv6/MPLS hardware support, capable of handling up to 750,000 MAC addresses, 1,500,000 IPv4 routes, and 140,000 IPv6 routes with OptiScale™ Internet Routing, designed for high-capacity networks. The module is engineered for reliability in various environments, indicated by its operating temperature range of 0°C to 40°C, 95% maximum non-condensing storage humidity, and an operational altitude of up to 6,600 ft, enclosed in a dense 1.5U design with 24 GB of packet buffers per module.

FAQs for the BR-SLX9850-100GX36CQ-M

  • What is the port density of the Extreme SLX 9850 36-port module?
    The module supports 36 100 GbE ports, 60 40 GbE ports, or 240 10 GbE ports.
  • How many MAC addresses can the module support?
    It supports up to 750,000 MAC addresses.
  • What type of optics is required for 100 GbE connectivity on the module?
    QSFP28 optics are required for 100 GbE connectivity.
  • Can the module support IPv6 routing, and if so, how many routes?
    Yes, it supports up to 140,000 IPv6 routes with OptiScale™ Internet Routing.
  • What are the operating temperature ranges for the module?
    The operating temperature ranges from 0°C (32°F) to 40°C (104°F).
  • What is the maximum relative humidity the module can operate under?
    It can operate under a maximum relative humidity of 90% at 40°C (104°F), non-condensing.
  • What type of optics is needed for 40 GbE connectivity?
    QSFP+ optics are required for 40 GbE connectivity.
  • How many IPv4 routes can the module support?
    It supports up to 1,500,000 IPv4 routes.
  • What is the storage temperature range for the module?
    The storage temperature range is from –25°C (–13°F) to 55°C (131°F).
  • How is 10 GbE connectivity achieved with the module?
    40 GbE to 10 GbE breakout is used for 10 GbE connectivity.

Product Review

The Brocade BR-SLX9850-100GX36CQ-M interface module offers impressive scalability with support for up to 36 100 GbE ports, 60 40 GbE ports, or 240 10 GbE ports, catering to diverse networking demands. However, the requirement for different QSFP28 and QSFP+ optics for 100 GbE and 40 GbE respectively, adds complexity and potential cost implications for network infrastructure upgrades. Additionally, its extensive support for up to 1,500,000 IPv4 routes and 750,000 MAC addresses, coupled with a substantial 24 GB packet buffer, enhances performance and reliability in high-density environments.


The Brocade BR-SLX9850-100GX36CQ-M is a cutting-edge interface module designed for high-speed data center networking. This module is part of the Extreme SLX 9850 series, offering exceptional flexibility and scalability for modern network environments. It supports a variety of configurations, including 36 ports of 100 GbE, 60 ports of 40 GbE, or 240 ports of 10 GbE, making it a versatile choice for enterprises requiring high bandwidth and connectivity options. For 100 GbE connectivity, the module requires QSFP28 optics, while 40 GbE connections use QSFP+ optics. Additionally, it supports 40 GbE to 10 GbE breakout for enhanced 10 GbE connectivity, ensuring compatibility with a wide range of network designs and existing infrastructure. The hardware is engineered to support both IPv4 and IPv6 protocols, as well as MPLS, providing a future-proof solution that meets the demands of next-generation networking. Key features include support for up to 750,000 MAC addresses and extensive routing capabilities, with the ability to manage up to 1,500,000 IPv4 routes and 140,000 IPv6 routes. This is facilitated by the OptiScale™ Internet Routing technology, which enhances the module's performance and scalability in handling large-scale internet routing. The module's physical specifications are designed to ensure reliability and durability in various environments. It operates within a temperature range of 0°C (32°F) to 40°C (104°F) and can be stored in temperatures ranging from –25°C (–13°F) to 55°C (131°F). Relative humidity levels are maintained at a minimum of 5% at 40°C, non-condensing, and a maximum of 90% at the same temperature, ensuring that the module remains operational in a wide range of humidity conditions. The maximum storage humidity is 95%, non-condensing. Furthermore, it is capable of operating at altitudes up to 6,600 ft (2,012 m) and can be stored at altitudes up to 15,000 ft (4,500 m), providing flexibility for deployment in various geographical locations. The module's design is compact, occupying only 1.5U of rack space, yet it does not compromise on port density or performance. This high-density design is a significant advantage for data centers looking to maximize their available space while deploying a high-performance networking solution.
  • 100 GbE ports per module: 36
  • 40 GbE ports per module: 60
  • 10 GbE ports per module: 240
Additionally, the module boasts 24 GB of packet buffers per module, ensuring efficient data processing and minimizing packet loss even under heavy network loads. In summary, the Brocade BR-SLX9850-100GX36CQ-M module offers a powerful, scalable, and flexible networking solution for data centers requiring high-speed, high-density connectivity. Its support for a wide range of optical modules, combined with its extensive routing capabilities and compact design, make it an ideal choice for enterprises looking to build or upgrade their network infrastructure to meet the demands of modern applications and services.


Item Number Brocade BR-SLX9850-100GX36CQ-M
Manufacturer Extreme SLX 9850
Port Configuration 36x100GbE, 60x40GbE, or 240x10GbE adaptable-speed (M) interface module
Protocol Support Native support for IPv4/IPv6/MPLS protocols
Optics Requirement 100 GbE requires QSFP28; 40 GbE requires QSFP+; 10 GbE connectivity via 40 GbE to 10 GbE breakout
MAC Address Capacity Up to 750,000 MAC addresses
IPv4 Routing Capacity Up to 1,500,000 routes
IPv6 Routing Capacity Up to 140,000 routes with OptiScale™ technology
Minimum Operating Temperature 0°C (32°F)
Maximum Operating Temperature 40°C (104°F)
Minimum Storage Temperature –25°C (–13°F)
Maximum Storage Temperature 55°C (131°F)
Minimum Operating Humidity 5% at 40°C (104°F), non-condensing
Maximum Operating Humidity 90% at 40°C (104°F), non-condensing
Maximum Storage Humidity 95%, non-condensing
Operating Altitude Up to 6,600 ft (2,012 m)
Storage Altitude Up to 15,000 ft (4,576 m)
Port Density Support for 100/40/10 GbE
Form Factor 1.5U for optimal density
100 GbE Ports 36 ports per module
40 GbE Ports 60 ports per module
10 GbE Ports 240 ports per module
Packet Buffer Memory 24 GB per module

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