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Product Line: Brocade Fibre Channel Networking
Product Type: Fibre Channel Switch
Original price $0.00 - Original price $203.00
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Product Description

The FC16-32 Brocade offers a 32-port configuration, each running at a 16 Gbps data rate, with a total slot bandwidth of 512 Gbps, fitting into a 16U rackmount chassis. It boasts an extensive chassis bandwidth of 8.2 Tbps, supported by 2.048 Tbps ICL bandwidth across 32 ICL ports, enhancing connectivity and throughput capabilities. Additional technical specifications include a switch latency of 700 ns, 8192 frame buffers per 16-port group on 32-port blades, dual 2000 W AC power supply modules for redundancy, and a comprehensive management access via 10/100/1000 Ethernet (RJ-45) per control processor, all within a chassis measuring 43.74 cm in width, 61.24 cm in height, and 73.20 cm in depth with the door attached.

Key Feature for the FC16-32

  • What is the total chassis bandwidth of the Brocade FC16-32?
    The total chassis bandwidth is 8.2 Tbps, combining 384 ports at a 16 Gbps data rate with an additional 2.048 Tbps ICL bandwidth.
  • How many ports does the Brocade FC16-32 support?
    The Brocade FC16-32 supports up to 384 16Gbps Fibre Channel Ports across eight vertical blade slots.
  • What is the slot bandwidth for the Brocade FC16-32?
    Each slot has a bandwidth of 512 Gbps (data rate).
  • Describe the ICL bandwidth and its functionality in the Brocade FC16-32.
    The ICL bandwidth is 2.048 Tbps across 32 ICL ports. Each port provides 64 Gbps bandwidth over a QSFP link, equating to 128 16 Gbps ports.
  • What are the dimensions and weight of the Brocade FC16-32 when fully populated?
    The dimensions are 43.74 cm in width, 61.24 cm in height, and 61.19 cm in depth without the door (73.20 cm with the door). The fully populated system weighs 103.50 kg.
  • Can you detail the power specifications and redundancy features of the Brocade FC16-32?
    It features two 2000 W AC power supply modules with 2N redundancy, supporting a range of 85 to 264 VAC auto-volt and providing up to 2000 W of power.
  • What environmental conditions are supported by the Brocade FC16-32 for operation?
    It operates in temperatures from 0°C to 40°C, with a humidity range of 20% to 85% RH non-condensing at 40°C, and can function up to an altitude of 3000 meters.
  • How does the Brocade FC16-32 handle cooling?
    Cooling is managed by three blower assembly modules.
  • What are the management access options for the Brocade FC16-32?
    Management access is provided via a 10/100/1000 Ethernet (RJ-45) per control processor.
  • What is the switch latency and maximum frame size supported by the Brocade FC16-32?
    The switch latency is 700 ns with a maximum frame size of 2112-byte payload.

Product Review

The Brocade FC16-32 offers high-density networking capabilities with 32 ports delivering 16 Gbps data rates, optimized for environments requiring high bandwidth and scalability. It supports up to 384 16Gbps Fibre Channel ports through eight vertical blade slots, providing significant throughput with a chassis bandwidth of 8.2 Tbps. However, the system's 700 ns switch latency and substantial physical size, requiring 16U rack space, may limit its deployment in smaller installations or those sensitive to latency.


The Brocade FC16-32 is a high-capacity, Fibre Channel switch designed for large enterprise networks. It features 32 ports, each capable of 16 Gbps data rates, resulting in a total system bandwidth of 512 Gbps. This switch is engineered to meet the demands of highly virtualized and private cloud storage environments, offering exceptional performance and reliability. At the heart of the Brocade FC16-32 is its capability to expand up to 384 16Gbps Fibre Channel ports through eight vertical blade slots, making it a scalable solution for growing data centers. The chassis itself supports a maximum bandwidth of 8.2 Tbps across 384 ports, including an additional 2.048 Tbps ICL (Inter-Chassis Link) bandwidth. This is made possible through 32 ICL ports, each providing 64 Gbps bandwidth over a QSFP link, equivalent to 128 16 Gbps ports.
  • Switch latency is maintained at 700 ns, optimizing performance for high-speed data transfer.
  • The maximum frame size supported is 2112-byte payload, with frame buffers of 8192 per 16-port group on 32-port blades.
  • For management and connectivity, the switch includes a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port and a USB port.
Power efficiency and redundancy are critical features of the Brocade FC16-32, equipped with two 2000 W AC power supply modules that automatically sense between 100 to 240 V. This ensures uninterrupted operation with 2N redundancy. The system's cooling is handled by three blower assembly modules, ensuring optimal temperature control even under full load. The physical dimensions of the Brocade FC16-32 make it suitable for standard 16U rackmount installation, with a width of 43.74 cm, a height of 61.24 cm (24.11 in., 14U), and a depth of 61.19 cm without the door (73.20 cm with the door). The system's weight varies depending on configuration, from 39.55 kg for the chassis alone to 103.50 kg when fully populated with 384 ports. Operating conditions for the Brocade FC16-32 are designed to accommodate most data center environments, with an operating temperature range from 0°C to 40°C and a non-operating range from –25°C to 70°C. Humidity tolerance is set at 20% to 85% RH non-condensing at 40°C for operating conditions, and 10% to 93% at 70°C for non-operating or storage conditions. The switch can operate at altitudes up to 3000 meters without degradation in performance. Power consumption is efficiently managed, with the system capable of operating within a power range of 85 to 264 VAC, automatically adjusting to the input voltage. Power supply efficiency is maximized at higher voltages, with 1000 W consumption at 85 to 132 VAC and 2000 W at 180 to 264 VAC, ensuring the switch operates efficiently under various power conditions. The Brocade FC16-32 is engineered for environments where high availability, scalability, and efficient power usage are critical. Its extensive feature set and capabilities make it an ideal choice for enterprise-level storage networks and data centers looking to optimize their Fibre Channel infrastructure for speed, reliability, and future growth.


Model and ManufacturerBrocade FC16-32
Total Throughput512 Gbps: 32 ports at 16 Gbps each
Expansion SlotsEight slots for vertical blades, supporting up to 384 Fibre Channel ports at 16Gbps
Form Factor16U for rack mounting
Full Chassis Capacity384 ports
Chassis Throughput8.2 Tbps across 384 ports at 16 Gbps, plus 2.048 Tbps ICL throughput
Per Slot Throughput512 Gbps
Inter-Chassis Link (ICL) Throughput2.048 Tbps across 32 ICL ports, equivalent to 128 ports at 16 Gbps. Each ICL port has 64 Gbps via QSFP links.
Latency per Port700 nanoseconds
Maximum Frame Size2112-byte payload capacity
Frame Buffer8192 for each group of 16 on 32-port blades, with a maximum of 8192 for 24-port configurations
USB Ports1
Power SupplyDual 2000 W AC modules, supporting 100 to 240 V with auto-sensing, 2N redundancy
Cooling SystemThree modular blower assemblies
Management Interface10/100/1000 Ethernet over RJ-45 for each control processor
Airflow DesignRear panel to door
DimensionsWidth: 43.74 cm, Height: 61.24 cm (14U), Depth without door: 61.19 cm, Depth with door: 73.20 cm
Weight103.50 kg fully populated with 384 ports, 39.55 kg for chassis alone
Operating Temperature0°C to 40°C
Storage Temperature–25°C to 70°C
Operating Humidity20% to 85% RH at 40°C, non-condensing
Storage Humidity10% to 93% RH at 70°C, non-condensing
Maximum AltitudeUp to 3000 meters
Electrical InputVoltage range: 85 to 264 VAC auto-volt, Nominal: 100 to 240 VAC
Power Consumption85 to 132 VAC: 1000 W, 180 to 264 VAC: 2000 W

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