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Product Line: Brocade DCX8510-8
Product Type: Switch
Original price $0.00 - Original price $6,660.00
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Product Description

The DCX8510-8 is a Brocade-based networking chassis featuring eight vertical blade slots supporting up to 384 16Gbps Fibre Channel ports in a 16U rackmount design, optimal for high-density configurations. It delivers a total chassis bandwidth of 8.2 Tbps, with each slot offering 512 Gbps data rate and ICL bandwidth of 2.048 Tbps across 32 ports, enhancing inter-chassis connectivity. Key specifications include a 700 ns port-to-port latency, 2112-byte maximum frame size, and 8192 frame buffers per 16-port group on 32-port blades, designed for efficient data handling and storage networking.

Key Feature for the DCX8510-8

  • What is the maximum number of 16Gbps Fibre Channel ports supported by the chassis?
    The chassis supports up to 384 x 16 Gbps universal Fibre Channel ports.
  • How does the chassis accommodate scalability in a network environment?
    The chassis scales through a full fabric architecture that supports up to 239 switches.
  • What are the supported Fibre Channel speeds and how does this impact performance?
    Fibre Channel supports 2.125 and 4.25 Gbps line speeds, both full duplex, ensuring high-performance data transfer rates.
  • What is the total chassis bandwidth, and how is it distributed across the slots and ICL bandwidth?
    The total chassis bandwidth is 8.2 Tbps, with each slot providing 512 Gbps (data rate) and an ICL bandwidth of 2.048 Tbps across 32 ICL ports.
  • What is the switch latency and how does it affect network efficiency?
    The locally switched port latency is 700 ns, which minimizes delay, enhancing network efficiency.
  • Can you detail the chassis power requirements and cooling system?
    The chassis requires two 2000 W AC power supply modules with 2N redundancy and is cooled by three blower assembly modules.
  • What are the physical dimensions of the chassis, and how much does it weigh when fully populated?
    The chassis measures 43.74 cm in width, 61.24 cm in height (without door), and 61.19 cm in depth, weighing 103.50 kg when fully equipped with 384 ports.
  • What is the operating temperature range and humidity levels for the chassis?
    Operating temperature ranges from 0°C to 40°C, with a humidity level of 20% to 85% RH non-condensing at 40°C.
  • Up to what altitude can the chassis operate effectively?
    The chassis can operate effectively up to 3000 meters (9842 feet).
  • What is the heat dissipation range for the chassis from minimum to maximum configuration?
    Heat dissipation ranges from 986 W (3365 BTU/hr) in a 32-port configuration to 2429 W (8283 BTU/hr) in a fully loaded 384-port configuration with QSFPs.

Product Review

The Brocade DCX8510-8 offers impressive scalability with up to 384 16Gbps Fibre Channel ports, supported by a high chassis bandwidth of 8.2 Tbps, making it suitable for demanding data center environments. However, its large size and significant power consumption, requiring two 2000 W AC power supply modules for operation, could pose challenges for smaller installations or those with limited power availability. Additionally, the system's heat dissipation, ranging up to 8283 BTU/hr when fully loaded, necessitates efficient cooling solutions to maintain optimal performance.


The Brocade DCX8510-8 is a high-capacity, performance-driven Fibre Channel switch designed for large enterprise networks. It offers up to 384 16Gbps universal Fibre Channel ports, providing a scalable and flexible solution for growing data center demands. This switch is housed in a 16U rackmount chassis, optimizing space and ensuring efficient use of data center real estate. The Brocade DCX8510-8 features eight vertical blade slots, each capable of supporting a 48-port 16 Gbps Fibre Channel blade, enabling a high-density configuration that maximizes port count and minimizes space usage. This configuration supports a chassis bandwidth of 8.2 Tbps across 384 ports at a 16 Gbps data rate, plus an additional 2.048 Tbps ICL (Inter-Chassis Link) bandwidth, providing comprehensive connectivity options for enterprise networks. Key hardware specifications include: - Scalability across a full fabric architecture of 239 switches, ensuring future-proof expansion capabilities. - Slot bandwidth of 512 Gbps, facilitating high-speed data transfers and efficient network operations. - 32 ICL ports, each delivering 64 Gbps bandwidth over a QSFP link, equivalent to 128 16 Gbps ports, enhancing inter-switch connectivity. Additional technical specifications highlight the DCX8510-8's performance and reliability. Locally switched port latency is maintained at 700 ns, ensuring low delay in data transmission. The maximum frame size supported is 2112 bytes, with 8192 frame buffers per 16-port group on 32-port blades, optimizing data handling and storage. For management and firmware updates, the switch provides 1 USB port per control processor. Power and cooling are critical for maintaining the switch's performance. The DCX8510-8 is equipped with two 2000 W AC power supply modules, featuring 100 to 240 V auto-sensing and 2N redundancy, ensuring consistent power delivery and operational reliability. Cooling is managed by three blower assembly modules, maintaining optimal operating temperatures. Physical dimensions and environmental tolerances are as follows: - Width: 43.74 cm, Height: 61.24 cm (24.11 in., 14U), Depth (without door): 61.19 cm, and Depth (with door): 73.20 cm, allowing for compatibility with standard data center racks. - The system's weight varies from 39.55 kg for the chassis to 103.50 kg when fully populated with 384 ports. - Operates reliably in temperatures ranging from 0°C to 40°C and can be stored in conditions from –25°C to 70°C. - Humidity tolerance ranges from 20% to 85% RH non-condensing at 40°C for operating conditions, ensuring resilience in varied environmental conditions. - Designed to function at altitudes up to 3000 meters, providing flexibility in data center locations. Heat dissipation is a crucial aspect, with the minimum configuration dissipating 986 W and the maximum 384-port configuration fully loaded with QSFPs dissipating 2429 W. The Brocade DCX8510-8 stands out as a comprehensive solution for enterprise data centers seeking high-density, high-performance Fibre Channel connectivity to support demanding applications and data workloads.


Part Number Brocade DCX8510-8
Manufacturer Brocade
Blade Slots 8 slots supporting up to 384 16Gbps Fibre Channel ports
Form Factor 16U Rackmount
Maximum Ports 384 16Gbps Fibre Channel universal ports per chassis
Blade Configuration 48-port blades at 16 Gbps Fibre Channel
Network Scalability Supports up to 239 switch fabric architecture
Data Rate Fibre Channel: 2.125 and 4.25 Gbps, full duplex speeds
Total Bandwidth 8.2 Terabits per second per chassis
Per Slot Bandwidth 512 Gigabits per second
ICL Bandwidth 2.048 Terabits per second across 32 ports, simulating 128 16Gbps connections
Port Latency 700 nanoseconds for local switching
Maximum Transmission Unit 2112 bytes
Buffer Memory 8192 frames per 16-port on 32-port blades
Control Interface 1 USB port per control unit
Power Supplies Dual 2000W AC, 100-240V auto-sensing, 2N redundancy
Cooling System Three-module blower assembly
Dimensions 43.74cm W x 61.24cm H x 61.19cm D (without door); 73.20cm D (with door)
Weight 103.50 kg (fully loaded), 39.55 kg (chassis only)
Operating Temperature 0°C to 40°C
Storage Temperature -25°C to 70°C
Operating Humidity 20% to 85% RH at 40°C, non-condensing
Storage Humidity 10% to 93% at 70°C, non-condensing
Operating Altitude Up to 3000 meters
Heat Dissipation 986W min, 2429W max; 3365 to 8283 BTU/hr

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