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Product Line: Brocade FC1648
Product Type: Fibre Channel Switch
Original price $0.00 - Original price $308.00
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Product Description

The FC16-48 Brocade delivers a total chassis bandwidth of 8.2 Tbps, accommodating up to 384 16Gbps Fibre Channel ports across eight vertical blade slots, each slot offering a bandwidth of 512 Gbps. It features a switch latency of 700 ns and supports a maximum frame size of 2112-byte payload, with frame buffers of 8192 per 16-port group on 32-port blades. For connectivity and management, the system includes 1 USB port, 10/100/1000 Ethernet (RJ-45) per control processor, and utilizes two 2000 W AC power supply modules for 2N redundancy, ensuring reliable performance and ease of management in high-demand environments.

Key Feature for the FC1648

  • What is the chassis bandwidth of the Brocade FC16-48?
    The chassis bandwidth is 8.2 Tbps per chassis.
  • How many ports are available on the Brocade FC16-48?
    The device supports up to 384 16Gbps Fibre Channel ports.
  • What is the power supply specification for this device?
    It includes two 2000 W AC power supply modules, offering 2N redundancy.
  • What type of cooling system does the FC16-48 use?
    It utilizes three blower assembly modules for cooling.
  • Can you explain the ICL bandwidth and its functionality in the FC16-48?
    The ICL bandwidth is 2.048 Tbps; 32 ICL ports provide the equivalent of 128 16 Gbps ports, with each ICL port offering 64 Gbps bandwidth over a QSFP link.
  • What are the dimensions and weight of the FC16-48 when fully populated?
    Width: 43.74 cm, Height: 61.24 cm, Depth without door: 61.19 cm, Depth with door: 73.20 cm. The system weight is 103.50 kg for a 384-port configuration.
  • How does the FC16-48 manage thermal conditions within the operational and non-operational temperature ranges?
    It operates within 0°C to 40°C and can withstand non-operating temperatures from -25°C to 70°C, managed by its cooling system.
  • What is the switch latency of the Brocade FC16-48?
    The switch latency port latency is 700 ns.
  • What are the power requirements for operating the FC16-48?
    The supported power range is 85 to 264 VAC Auto-volt, with a nominal range of 100 to 240 VAC. It consumes 1000 W at 85 to 132 VAC and 2000 W at 180 to 264 VAC.
  • What management access options are available for the FC16-48?
    It includes a 10/100/1000 Ethernet (RJ-45) port per control processor for management access.

Product Review

The Brocade FC16-48 offers a high-density networking solution with 48 ports at 16 Gbps, scalable up to 384 ports through eight vertical blade slots, delivering substantial throughput with a chassis bandwidth of 8.2 Tbps. However, its switch latency of 700 ns may not be the lowest in the market, potentially affecting performance in highly sensitive environments. The dual 2000 W AC power supplies with 2N redundancy and comprehensive environmental tolerance ensure reliability and durability in diverse operational conditions, but the unit's substantial size and weight require significant rack space and careful planning for efficient data center layout.


The Brocade FC16-48 is a high-capacity, Fibre Channel switch designed for enterprise environments requiring high performance, reliability, and scalability. This network backbone offers a comprehensive solution for data centers with its impressive hardware specifications that cater to the needs of demanding applications and data-intensive workloads. At the heart of its performance, the Brocade FC16-48 boasts a total chassis bandwidth of 8.2 Terabits per second (Tbps), achieved across 384 ports, each capable of 16 Gigabits per second (Gbps) data rates, with additional 2.048 Tbps Inter-Chassis Links (ICL) bandwidth. This ensures seamless data flow and high-speed connectivity across the network. The switch's architecture is designed to support a dense configuration without compromising on performance, with each slot providing a bandwidth of 512 Gbps.
  • ICL bandwidth reaches 2.048 Tbps, utilizing 32 ICL ports that equivalate to 128 16 Gbps ports. This is facilitated through QSFP links, with each ICL port offering 64 Gbps bandwidth over a 4x16 Gbps configuration.
  • Switch latency is minimized to 700 nanoseconds, ensuring rapid data transmission and reducing delays in high-traffic environments.
  • The system supports a maximum frame size of 2112-byte payload, with frame buffers available up to 8192 per 16-port group on 32-port blades, ensuring efficient data packet management and transfer.
The chassis accommodates eight vertical blade slots, allowing for expansion up to 384 16Gbps Fibre Channel ports. This scalability is essential for growing data center needs, providing flexibility and future-proofing investments in network infrastructure. The 16U rackmount design is optimized for space efficiency in server rooms, with dimensions carefully considered to maximize port density while maintaining accessibility and cooling efficiency. Power management is a critical aspect of the Brocade FC16-48, featuring two 2000 W AC power supply modules with auto-sensing ranging from 100 to 240 V, ensuring reliable operation through 2N redundancy. This is complemented by three blower assembly modules that maintain optimal operating temperatures, safeguarding against thermal throttling or hardware failure. Management and connectivity options include a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port for control processor access, ensuring administrators can efficiently manage and monitor network performance. Additionally, the system includes a USB port for local management and firmware updates. The robust enclosure design promotes rear panel-to-door airflow, facilitating effective cooling and operational reliability. The system's physical dimensions reflect its high-density configuration capabilities, with a width of 43.74 cm, a height of 61.24 cm in a 14U space, and a depth of 61.19 cm without the door (73.20 cm with the door). Despite its extensive capabilities, the chassis maintains a manageable weight of 39.55 kg when empty, reaching up to 103.50 kg when fully populated with a 384-port configuration. Environmental tolerances include an operating temperature range of 0°C to 40°C and a non-operating range of –25°C to 70°C, with humidity resistance from 20% to 85% RH non-condensing at 40°C when operational, ensuring resilience and reliability in various data center environments. The system is designed to operate efficiently up to an altitude of 3000 meters, accommodating a wide range of installation sites. Power efficiency is addressed with support for a voltage range of 85 to 264 VAC Auto-volt, ensuring adaptability to different power supplies and contributing to the overall efficiency of the data center's power usage. The power consumption varies based on the input voltage, with the system consuming 1000 W at 85 to 132 VAC and 2000 W at 180 to 264 VAC, demonstrating its capability to manage power based on available resources efficiently.


Part NumberBrocade FC16-48
Total Throughput768 Gbps: 48 ports at 16 Gbps each
Expansion Slots8 vertical slots allowing for up to 384 ports at 16Gbps each
Form Factor16U for rack mounting
Maximum Ports384 ports
System Bandwidth8.2 Terabits per second across 384 ports at 16 Gbps + 2.048 Tbps for ICL
Per-Slot Throughput512 Gbps
ICL Throughput2.048 Tbps with 32 ICL ports, equivalent to 128 ports at 16 Gbps, 64 Gbps per QSFP link
Port-to-Port Latency700 nanoseconds
Maximum Transmission Unit2112 bytes
Memory Buffers8192 buffers per 16 ports on 32 and 24-port blades
Interface1 USB port
Power SupplyDual 2000W AC, 100-240V auto-sensing, 2N redundancy
Cooling System3 blower modules
Management Interface10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet (RJ-45) for each control processor
Airflow DirectionFrom rear 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, 39.55 kg chassis only
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
Operational AltitudeUp to 3000 meters
Electrical InputVoltage range: 85 to 264 VAC auto-sensing, Nominal: 100 to 240 VAC
Power Consumption1000W at 85-132 VAC, 2000W at 180-264 VAC

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