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

The BR-SLX9850-10GX72S-M is a Brocade-based interface module offering 72-port 10 GbE/1 GbE dual-speed connectivity, equipped with IPv4/IPv6/MPLS hardware support for enhanced network performance. This module requires SFP+ optics for 10 GbE and SFP optics for 1 GbE connections, supporting up to 750,000 MAC addresses and 1,500,000 IPv4 routes, along with 40,000 IPv6 routes using OptiScale™ technology. Designed for efficiency, it operates within a temperature range of 0°C to 40°C, features a front-to-back airflow design for cooling, and offers 256 GB of on-device storage, fitting into 1.5U module architecture with high port density.

FAQs for the BR-SLX9850-10GX72S-M

  • What is the operating temperature range for the Extreme SLX 9850 72-port interface module?
    The operating temperature range is from 0°C to 40°C.
  • How many MAC addresses does the SLX 9850 support?
    It supports up to 750,000 MAC addresses.
  • Does the Extreme SLX 9850 require specific optics for 10 GbE connectivity?
    Yes, it requires SFP+ optics for 10 GbE connectivity.
  • What is the maximum number of 100 GbE ports supported by the device?
    The device supports a maximum of 288 100 GbE ports.
  • Can the module support both IPv4 and IPv6 routing?
    Yes, it supports IPv4, IPv6, and MPLS hardware support.
  • What is the maximum operating altitude for the Extreme SLX 9850?
    The maximum operating altitude is 6,600 ft (2,012 m).
  • What type of airflow design does the SLX 9850 utilize?
    It utilizes a front-to-back airflow design.
  • How many interface module slots does the SLX 9850 have?
    It has 8 interface module slots.
  • What is the storage temperature range for the Extreme SLX 9850?
    The storage temperature range is from -25°C to 55°C.
  • How many IPv4 routes can the SLX 9850 support?
    It supports up to 1,500,000 IPv4 routes.

Product Review

The Brocade BR-SLX9850-10GX72S-M interface module excels in supporting a high number of MAC addresses and IPv4 routes, accommodating up to 750,000 MAC addresses and 1,500,000 IPv4 routes, which is beneficial for large-scale network environments. However, its support for IPv6 routes is limited to 40,000, which might be a drawback for networks heavily utilizing IPv6. Additionally, the module's requirement for SFP+ optics for 10 GbE connectivity adds an extra cost for deployment, although its dual-speed capability offers flexibility for varied network speed requirements.


The Brocade BR-SLX9850-10GX72S-M is a critical component in the realm of networking, designed to meet the high demands of modern data centers. This interface module is part of the Extreme SLX 9850 series, notable for its capacity to facilitate both 10 GbE and 1 GbE connectivity, ensuring flexible and high-speed network connections. The module requires SFP+ optics for 10 GbE and SFP optics for 1 GbE, allowing for a customizable setup based on network requirements. At its core, the module supports a vast number of MAC addresses, up to 750,000, and can handle up to 1,500,000 IPv4 routes. This capacity is significant for large-scale operations, ensuring smooth data traffic across extensive network infrastructures. The IPv6 routing capability, bolstered by OptiScale™ Internet Routing, supports up to 40,000 routes, highlighting the module's readiness for future network protocols and increasing its longevity in network setups. The module's physical specifications are designed with the demanding environments of data centers in mind. It operates efficiently within a temperature range of 0°C to 40°C and can be stored in temperatures ranging from -25°C to 55°C. Its humidity tolerance ranges from 5% to 90% for operation and up to 95% for storage, ensuring reliability in varying environmental conditions. Furthermore, the module can operate at altitudes up to 6,600 feet and be stored at heights up to 15,000 feet, accommodating different geographical locations without compromising performance. This product is a 1.5U module, making it a compact yet powerful solution for enhancing network capabilities. It includes: - Dual-speed functionality for both 10 GbE and 1 GbE connections, offering versatile connectivity options. - IPv4/IPv6/MPLS hardware support, ensuring compatibility with a wide range of network protocols. - A front-to-back airflow design, optimizing cooling for sustained performance. With a focus on scalability, the module offers a remarkable port density, supporting a maximum of 288 100 GbE ports across the chassis. This is achieved within a framework that emphasizes cost-efficiency per blade, making it an economically viable option for expanding network infrastructures. The module also features 256 GB of on-device storage, providing ample space for firmware, logs, and other critical data, enhancing the module's autonomy and reducing dependence on external storage solutions. It is designed to fit into 8 interface module slots, while the chassis itself accommodates up to 12 power supply modules, ensuring that power distribution is never a bottleneck for performance. This scalability and power management capability make the Brocade BR-SLX9850-10GX72S-M an ideal choice for organizations looking to enhance their network's speed, reliability, and capacity. In summary, the Brocade BR-SLX9850-10GX72S-M stands out as a versatile and powerful solution for modern network infrastructures, offering a blend of speed, capacity, and reliability. Its technical specifications and design considerations cater to the needs of demanding data center environments, making it a valuable asset for any organization aiming to optimize its network performance.


Part NumberBrocade BR-SLX9850-10GX72S-M
ManufacturerExtreme SLX 9850
Module Type72-port 10/1 GbE dual-speed (M) interface module
Network Protocols SupportedIPv4/IPv6/MPLS via hardware
10 GbE Optic RequirementNecessitates SFP+ optics
1 GbE Optic RequirementUtilizes SFP optics
MAC Address CapacitySupport for up to 750,000 MAC addresses
IPv4 Route CapacityCan handle up to 1,500,000 IPv4 routes
IPv6 Route CapacityCan support 40,000 IPv6 routes with OptiScale™ technology
Minimum Operating Temperature0°C
Maximum Operating Temperature40°C
Minimum Storage Temperature–25°C
Maximum Storage Temperature55°C
Minimum Operating Humidity5%
Maximum Operating Humidity90%
Storage Humidity LimitUp to 95% non-condensing
Maximum Operating Altitude6,600 ft (2,012 m)
Maximum Storage Altitude15,000 ft (4,500 m)
Module Form Factor1.5U
Design EfficiencyOptimized for 10/40/100 GbE port density and cost-effectiveness per blade
Airflow ConfigurationEngineered for front-to-back airflow
Onboard Storage Capacity256 GB
Available Interface Module Slots8 Slots
Power Module Slots Availability12 Slots
Potential 100 GbE PortsMaximum support for 288 ports

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