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by Brocade
Product Line: Brocade SilkWorm Series
Product Type: Fibre Channel Switch
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Product Description

The BR-5300 Brocade offers versatile Fibre Channel connectivity, supporting 48-, 64-, and 80-port configurations with an aggregate bandwidth of 640 Gbps and allowing for high-density, high-speed network infrastructure setups. It features a full fabric architecture capable of integrating up to 239 switches, with line speeds ranging from 1.063 Gbps to 4.25 Gbps full duplex, and the capability to extend up to 64 Gbps per ISL trunk with an optional license. The device ensures low fabric latency at 700ns, supports a maximum frame size of 2112-byte payload, and includes a variety of connectivity options such as hot-pluggable SFP+, 10/100 Ethernet over Fibre Channel, and a serial port, packaged in a 19-inch EIA-compliant chassis with a system weight of 15.6 kg.

Key Feature for the BR-5300

  • What are the available Fibre Channel port configurations for this switch?
    The switch is available in 48-, 64-, and 80-port configurations.
  • How many switches can be included in the full fabric architecture of the product?
    The full fabric architecture supports up to 239 switches.
  • What line speeds does the switch support?
    It supports 1.063 Gbps, 2.125 Gbps, and 4.25 Gbps line speeds, full duplex, with the capability to upgrade up to eight 8 Gbps ports per ISL trunk with an optional license.
  • What is the maximum ISL trunk speed?
    With the optional license, the ISL trunk speed can reach up to 64 Gbps.
  • What is the aggregate bandwidth of an 80-port switch configuration?
    The aggregate bandwidth is 640 Gbps, calculated as 80 ports x 8 Gbps (data rate).
  • What is the fabric latency of the switch?
    The fabric latency is 700ns.
  • How many frame buffers are available, and what is the maximum frame size?
    The switch has 1460 dynamically allocated frame buffers with a maximum frame size of 2112-byte payload. Each port can support up to 268 frame buffers.
  • What are the supported media types and connection ports?
    The switch supports hot-pluggable SFP+ with LC connectors, a 10/100 Ethernet (RJ-45) for in-band management over Fibre Channel, and a serial port (RJ-45).
  • What are the physical dimensions and weight of the system?
    The system measures 42.88 cm (16.88 in) in width, 8.60 cm (3.40 in) in height, and 61.05 cm (24.00 in) in depth, weighing 15.6 kg (34.4 lbs) with dual power supplies.
  • What are the operating and non-operating temperature ranges?
    The operating temperature range is 0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F), and the non-operating and storage temperature range is –25°C to 70°C (–13°F to 158°F).

Product Review

The Brocade BR-5300 offers a range of Fibre Channel port configurations (48, 64, and 80 ports), supporting a variety of line speeds up to 8 Gbps with the potential to achieve 64 Gbps per ISL trunk with an additional license, providing a scalable solution for growing network demands. However, its non-port to port side airflow design may pose challenges in certain rack configurations, potentially impacting cooling efficiency. Additionally, with a fabric latency of 700ns and support for a maximum frame size of 2112-byte payload, it ensures efficient data handling and transfer rates, although the system's weight and size might require careful consideration during installation in space-constrained environments.


The Brocade BR-5300 is a high-performance networking switch designed for enterprise-level data centers requiring efficient, scalable, and reliable Fibre Channel connectivity. This device offers configurations of 48, 64, and 80 Fibre Channel ports, catering to diverse network sizes and demands. It operates on a full fabric architecture that supports up to 239 switches, making it suitable for extensive network environments. Key to its performance is the support for multiple line speeds including 1.063 Gbps, 2.125 Gbps, and 4.25 Gbps, all operating in full duplex mode. This flexibility allows for optimized data transfer rates according to the network requirements. Additionally, the device can handle up to eight 8 Gbps ports per Inter-Switch Link (ISL) trunk with an optional license, reaching an impressive aggregate bandwidth of 640 Gbps across 80 ports. This capability is further enhanced with the potential to scale up to 64 Gbps per ISL trunk, ensuring high-speed data transmission across the network. The Brocade BR-5300 excels in minimizing data transfer delays, boasting a fabric latency of just 700 nanoseconds. It supports a maximum frame size of 2112-byte payload, ensuring efficient data handling. Frame buffers are dynamically allocated, with up to 1460 available and a maximum of 268 per port, facilitating smooth data flow even under heavy load conditions. Connectivity options are versatile, including a USB port and support for hot-pluggable SFP+ with LC connectors. Network management and configuration are facilitated through a 10/100 Ethernet port (RJ-45) and a serial port (RJ-45), enabling both in-band and out-of-band management. The device's design features non-port to port side airflow, ensuring adequate cooling for reliable operation. Physical specifications indicate a 19-inch EIA-compliant form factor with dimensions of 42.88 cm in width, 8.60 cm in height, and 61.05 cm in depth. The system's weight is 15.6 kg with dual power supplies, indicating a solid build suitable for rack mounting in data centers. Operational temperature ranges from 0°C to 40°C, with non-operating and storage temperatures ranging from –25°C to 70°C, ensuring durability in various environmental conditions.
  • Fibre Channel ports available in 48-, 64-, and 80-port configurations for scalable network design.
  • Supports up to eight 8 Gbps ports per ISL trunk, with the capability of reaching up to 64 Gbps per ISL trunk for high-speed data transmission.
  • Features a compact, 19-inch EIA-compliant form factor, suitable for efficient space utilization in data centers.
In summary, the Brocade BR-5300 switch is engineered to meet the demands of modern data centers, offering a combination of high-speed connectivity, scalability, and reliability. Its comprehensive feature set and robust performance metrics make it an ideal choice for enterprises looking to optimize their network infrastructure for both current and future needs.


Item NumberBR-5300
Available Port ConfigurationsOptions for 48, 64, or 80 ports
Network TopologySupports up to 239 switches in a full fabric setup
Line Speeds Supported1.063, 2.125, and 4.25 Gbps, all full duplex
Maximum Trunking Capacity8 Gbps ports can form an ISL trunk up to 64 Gbps with an additional license
Total Switch Bandwidth640 Gbps based on 80 ports at 8 Gbps each
Switch Latency700 nanoseconds
Maximum Transmission Unit2112 bytes for payload
Dynamic Frame Buffers1460, with up to 268 available per port
Interfaces1 USB port
Supported Media TypesHot-swappable SFP+ with LC connectors
Management Interface10/100 Ethernet (RJ-45) and serial port (RJ-45), both over Fibre Channel
Airflow DirectionNon-port to port side
ComplianceMeets 19-inch EIA standards
Dimensions (W × H × D)42.88 cm × 8.60 cm × 61.05 cm
Weight15.6 kg with dual power supplies
Operational Temperature Range0°C to 40°C
Storage Temperature Range-25°C to 70°C

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