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Product Line: Brocade BROCADE NETIRON CER 2000 SERIES Series
Product Type: Ethernet Router
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Product Description

The NetIron CES 2048C features a network interface configuration of 48x1G Copper (RJ45) ports and includes 4 combination 100/1000 SFP ports for flexible connectivity. It delivers a forwarding performance of 96 Gbps and a packet forwarding rate of 71 Mpps, with a buffer capacity of 128 MB to handle high traffic volumes efficiently. Designed for reliability, it offers 1+1 power supply redundancy, M+N fan redundancy, and supports an operating temperature range from 0° C to 40° C, ensuring stable performance in various environmental conditions.

FAQs for the NI-CES-2048C-DC

  • What is the port configuration of the NetIron CES 2048C?
    The NetIron CES 2048C features a 48x1G Copper (RJ45) configuration with 4 combination 100/1000 SFP ports.
  • Does the device support 10G uplinks?
    No, the device does not support 10G uplinks.
  • What are the combo ports available on this model?
    This model includes 4 combination (Combo) ports that support 100/1000 SFP.
  • What is the forwarding performance of the CES 2048C?
    The forwarding performance is 96 Gbps, with a packet forwarding rate of 71 Mpps.
  • How much buffer memory does it have?
    The device is equipped with 128 MB of buffering.
  • What power supply options are available for the CES 2048C?
    It offers internal AC or DC power supply options, with 1+1 power supply redundancy.
  • Is there fan redundancy in this model?
    Yes, there is M+N fan redundancy, ensuring reliable operation.
  • What is the maximum power consumption of the device?
    The maximum power consumption is 205 Watts, for both AC and DC configurations.
  • What are the physical dimensions of the NetIron CES 2048C?
    The dimensions are 17.44 inches wide, 1.7 inches high, and 17.25 inches deep (44.3w x 4.4h x 43.9d cm).
  • Can the CES 2048C operate in high humidity environments?
    Yes, it can operate in environments with up to 90% relative humidity at 40° C (104° F), non-condensing.

Product Review

The Brocade NI-CES-2048C-DC excels in port density, offering 48 10/100/1000 RJ45 ports alongside 4 combination 100/1000 SFP ports, catering to diverse connectivity needs. However, it lacks 10G uplink capabilities, potentially limiting high-speed network expansions. With a forwarding performance of 96 Gbps and packet forwarding rate of 71 Mpps, it ensures efficient data handling, but its maximum power consumption of 205 watts and a thermal output of 700 BTU/hour could be a concern for energy-sensitive environments.


The Brocade NI-CES-2048C-DC is a networking device designed to meet the demands of high-performance networking with a focus on efficiency and scalability. It features a compact 1U form factor, making it suitable for space-constrained environments. The device is equipped with 48 10/100/1000 RJ45 ports, offering flexibility in connecting a wide range of devices. Additionally, it includes 4 combination 100/1000 SFP ports, providing options for fiber connectivity to support longer distance links or higher throughput requirements. This switch delivers a forwarding performance of 96 Gbps and a packet forwarding rate of 71 Mpps, ensuring efficient handling of traffic even under heavy load conditions. With a buffering capacity of 128 MB, it can manage sudden bursts of data effectively, reducing the risk of packet loss during peak traffic periods. For power supply, the Brocade NI-CES-2048C-DC offers internal AC or DC options, catering to different power infrastructure needs. It supports 1+1 power supply redundancy, minimizing downtime in the event of a power supply failure. The device also features M+N fan redundancy, ensuring continued operation by providing additional cooling if a fan fails. Airflow is designed from front to back, aiding in maintaining optimal operating temperatures within a rack setup. Power consumption is capped at 205 watts for both AC and DC configurations, with a maximum thermal output of 700 BTU per hour. This efficiency in power usage helps in reducing operational costs over time. The switch's dimensions are 17.44 inches in width, 1.7 inches in height, and 17.25 inches in depth (44.3 x 4.4 x 43.9 cm), making it a compact solution that fits easily into standard racks. Operational conditions are broad, with the device functioning optimally between 0° C and 40° C (32° F to 104° F) and handling relative humidity from 5% to 90% at 40° C, non-condensing. It can operate at altitudes up to 10,000 feet (3,048 m), and is designed for storage in temperatures ranging from -25º C to 70º C (-13º F to 158° F) and up to 95% maximum relative humidity, non-condensing. Key features include: -
  • Jumbo frame support up to 9,216 bytes, allowing for more efficient data transmission by accommodating larger packets.
  • Front-to-back airflow, optimizing cooling in rack-mounted setups.
  • High port density with 48 RJ45 ports and 4 combo SFP ports, offering versatility in connectivity options.
This product is engineered to cater to businesses looking for a reliable, scalable networking solution that can adapt to changing connectivity needs. Whether deployed at the edge of a network or integrated into a data center environment, the Brocade NI-CES-2048C-DC provides a blend of performance, reliability, and flexibility, making it an ideal choice for organizations aiming to optimize their network infrastructure.


Item Number and ManufacturerBrocade NI-CES-2048C-DC
ModelNetIron CES 2048C
Configuration48 1G Ethernet Ports (RJ45) with 4 dual-speed SFP ports (100/1000)
Port Count48 RJ45 Ethernet Ports supporting 10/100/1000 Mbps
10G Uplink SupportNo
Combo PortsYes, includes 4 SFP ports capable of 100/1000 Mbps
Switching Capacity96 Gbps
Rate of Packet Forwarding71 Million packets per second (Mpps)
Memory Buffer128 Megabytes
Power OptionsAvailable with either AC or DC internal power supplies
Redundancy in Power SupplySupports 1+1 scheme
Redundancy in FansConfigured with M+N redundancy
Cooling DirectionFront to Back airflow
Peak Power Usage with AC (Watts)205 Watts under 100-240V AC
Peak Power Usage with DC (Watts)205 Watts
Maximum Heat Dissipation700 BTU per hour
Physical Dimensions17.44 inches width x 1.7 inches height x 17.25 inches depth (44.3w x 4.4h x 43.9d cm)
Operational Temperature Range0° C to 40° C (32° F to 104° F)
Humidity Range for Operation5% to 90% non-condensing at 40° C (104° F)
Maximum Operational AltitudeUp to 10,000 feet (3,048 meters)
Storage Temperature Range-25º C to 70º C (-13º F to 158° F)
Support for Jumbo FramesUp to 9,216 bytes
Maximum Storage Humidity95% non-condensing

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