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Product Line: Brocade VDX 6720 Series
Product Type: SWITCH
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Product Description

The BR-VDX6720-16-R features 16x 10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ network ports and supports up to 4096 VLANs and 256 port profiles (AMPP), catering to high-density networking environments. It offers a switching capacity of 480 Gbps and a MAC address table size of 32,000, with a low latency of 600 nanoseconds within 10-port groups, ensuring efficient data processing and transmission. Designed for reliability, it includes 2x hot-swappable AC power supplies, supports a maximum jumbo frame size of 9208 bytes, and operates within a temperature range of 0°C to 40°C, with a maximum operating altitude of 3000 meters.

FAQs for the BR-VDX6720-16-R

  • What is the maximum number of VLANs supported by the 16P SFP+ AC switch?
    The switch supports up to 4096 VLANs.
  • How many power supplies are included with the 16P SFP+ AC?
    There are 2 hot-swappable AC power supplies included.
  • What are the network port specifications for the 16P SFP+ AC?
    It has 16x 10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ network ports.
  • Can you detail the management ports available on this device?
    The device includes 1x RJ-45 to RS-232, 1x Remote Lights-Out Management, 1x Gigabit Ethernet RJ-45, and 1x USB Management port.
  • What is the airflow direction for the 16P SFP+ AC?
    The airflow direction is back-to-front.
  • What is the switching capacity of the 16P SFP+ AC?
    The switching capacity is 480 Gbps.
  • How large is the MAC address table on the 16P SFP+ AC?
    The MAC address table size is 32,000.
  • What is the latency within a 10-port group on the 16P SFP+ AC?
    The latency is 600 nanoseconds.
  • What are the operating temperature ranges for the 16P SFP+ AC?
    The operating temperature ranges from 0°C to 40°C, with non-operating and storage temperatures ranging from -25°C to 70°C.
  • What is the maximum jumbo frame size supported by the 16P SFP+ AC?
    The maximum jumbo frame size supported is 9208 bytes.

Product Review

The BROCADE BR-VDX6720-16-R offers a solid switching capacity of 480 Gbps and supports up to 4096 VLANs, catering well to high-density environments and complex network architectures. However, its operating temperature range is limited to 0°C to 40°C, which could pose challenges in extremely hot or cold environments. Another potential downside is the latency of 600 nanoseconds within a 10-port group, which, while sufficient for many applications, might not meet the needs of ultra-low latency requirements.


The BROCADE BR-VDX6720-16-R is designed for modern data centers requiring high-performance connectivity and reliability. This switch provides 16 10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ network ports, accommodating high-speed data transfers and connectivity for a variety of network configurations. It supports a maximum of 4096 VLANs, allowing for extensive network segmentation and improved security and traffic management. Additionally, the device can handle up to 256 port profiles, enhancing the flexibility and scalability of network operations. Key hardware specifications include two hot-swappable AC power supplies, ensuring uninterrupted operation and easier maintenance without the need for system downtime. The switch's switching capacity reaches up to 480 Gbps, facilitating efficient data processing and transmission across the network. It also features a MAC address table size of 32,000, enabling the device to efficiently manage network traffic and maintain high performance. Latency is another critical aspect, with the BROCADE BR-VDX6720-16-R achieving 600 nanoseconds within 10-port groups, ensuring swift data transmission and reducing delays in high-traffic environments. This is especially beneficial for applications requiring real-time processing and communication. The management options are comprehensive, featuring: - 1x RJ-45 to RS-232 for serial console access - 1x Remote Lights-Out Management for out-of-band management capabilities - 1x Gigabit Ethernet RJ-45 and 1x USB Management for additional connectivity and management options Designed for optimal environmental adaptability, the switch operates within a temperature range of 0°C to 40°C, with non-operating and storage temperatures ranging from −25°C to 70°C. Humidity tolerance ranges from 10% to 85% non-condensing during operation and 10% to 90% for non-operating and storage conditions. The device is capable of operating at altitudes up to 3000 meters (9842 feet), ensuring reliability across various installation environments. Airflow direction is back-to-front, with port side exhaust, ensuring efficient cooling and stable operation even under high load conditions. The inclusion of rack mounts facilitates easy integration into standard 1-RU spaces, making it a versatile addition to any data center infrastructure. Other notable features include support for a maximum jumbo frame size of 9208 bytes, allowing for the efficient processing of large data packets and reducing the overhead associated with smaller packet sizes. The input voltage range of 85 to 256 VAC nominal ensures compatibility with a wide range of power supplies and global electrical standards. In summary, the BROCADE BR-VDX6720-16-R offers: - High-speed connectivity with 16x 10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ ports - Enhanced network segmentation with support for up to 4096 VLANs - Efficient management and operational flexibility with various management ports and up to 256 port profiles This switch is engineered to meet the demands of high-performance networking, providing the necessary features and specifications to support the dynamic needs of modern data centers.


Item Number and Producer BROCADE BR-VDX6720-16-R
Ports Configuration 16 SFP+ Ports for 10GbE Networking
VLAN Capability Supports up to 4096 VLANs
AMPP Limit Up to 256 Port Profiles
Networking Interfaces 16x 10GbE SFP+ Connections
Service Interfaces 1x RJ-45 for RS-232, 1x Out-of-Band Management, 1x RJ-45 for Gigabit Ethernet, 1x USB for Management
Cooling Approach Back-to-Front Air Circulation
Power Units Provided Two Redundant, Hot-Pluggable AC Units
Data Processing Rate 480 Gbps Throughput Capacity
Address Table Size Capacity for 32,000 MAC Addresses
Data Transmission Delay 600ns for Traffic within Groups of 10 Ports
Installation Hardware 1-RU Rack Mounting Brackets Included
Operational Temperature Range 0°C to 40°C (Active)
Temperature Range (Inactive/Storage) −25°C to 70°C
Humidity Range (Active) 10% to 85%, Non-Condensing
Humidity Range (Inactive/Storage) 10% to 90%, Non-Condensing
Operational Altitude Limit Maximum 3000 Meters (9842 Feet)
Cooling Mechanism Orientation Exhaust Directed Port-Side
Maximum Frame Size Support for Frames up to 9208 Bytes
Power Input Specifications 85 to 256 VAC, Nominal Voltage

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