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Product Line: Brocade MLX Series
Product Type: Power Supply
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Product Description

The NI-MLX-8-AC-HSF Brocade features 8 interface slots, with a switch fabric capacity of 1.92 Tbps and a data forwarding capacity of 1.28 Tbps. It supports up to 4 100 GbE ports, 64 10 GbE ports, and 384 1 GbE ports, alongside 16 OC-192 (STM-64) ports, providing versatile connectivity options. The system ensures reliability through 1:1 management module redundancy, N+1 switch fabric redundancy, and 1+1 power supply redundancy, housed within a 7RU frame with dimensions of 17.45 in. W × 6.96 in. H × 22.5 in. D and a weight of 131 lb.

FAQs for the NI-MLX-8-AC-HSF

  • What is the switch fabric capacity of the device?
    The switch fabric capacity is 1.92 Tbps.
  • How many 10 GbE ports can the device support?
    It can support up to 64 10 GbE ports.
  • What is the data forwarding capacity?
    The data forwarding capacity is 1.28 Tbps.
  • Can the device operate at an altitude of 8000 ft?
    No, the maximum operating altitude is 6600 ft (2012 m).
  • What is the packet routing performance of the hardware?
    The packet routing performance is 960 million packets per second (pps).
  • What are the maximum AC power consumption and thermal output?
    The maximum AC power consumption is 2893 W, with a thermal output of 9873 BTU/HR.
  • Does this hardware support management module redundancy?
    Yes, it supports 1:1 management module redundancy.
  • What is the maximum number of 100 GbE ports available?
    There are up to 4 maximum 100 GbE ports available.
  • What is the height of the device in rack units (RU)?
    The device height is 12.21 inches, equivalent to 7 rack units (RU).
  • What are the operating and storage temperature ranges?
    The operating temperature ranges from 0° C (32° F) to 40° C (104° F), and storage temperature ranges from −25°C to 70°C (−13°F to 158°F).

Product Review

The BROCADE NI-MLX-8-AC-HSF offers a high switch fabric capacity of 1.92 Tbps and a data forwarding capacity of 1.28 Tbps, supporting up to 4 100 GbE ports, making it suitable for environments demanding high bandwidth and throughput. However, its maximum power consumption of 2893 Watts and thermal output of 9873 BTU/hr might pose challenges for energy efficiency and cooling requirements in dense deployments. Additionally, the system's redundancy features, including 1:1 management module redundancy and N+1 switch fabric redundancy, ensure high availability and reliability for critical network infrastructure.


The BROCADE NI-MLX-8-AC-HSF is a high-performance networking chassis designed for enterprise and service provider networks. It offers a comprehensive set of features aimed at ensuring high availability, scalability, and flexibility in data and packet routing. This product overview focuses on the essential hardware specifications that make it suitable for demanding network environments. At its core, the BROCADE NI-MLX-8-AC-HSF boasts an impressive switch fabric capacity of 1.92 Terabits per second (Tbps), coupled with a data forwarding capacity of 1.28 Tbps. This ensures that large volumes of data can be processed and forwarded with minimal latency. The device is capable of packet routing performance up to 960 million packets per second (pps), providing efficient handling of network traffic even during peak loads. The chassis accommodates 8 interface slots, allowing for a high degree of customization and scalability. It supports up to 4 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) ports, 64 10 GbE ports, and 384 1 GbE ports, offering a versatile mix of connectivity options to meet various network requirements. Additionally, it can host up to 16 OC-192 (STM-64) ports, further extending its applicability in diverse networking scenarios.
  • Management module redundancy is implemented at a 1:1 ratio, ensuring continuous operation and minimal downtime in case of a module failure.
  • Switch fabric redundancy is maintained at N+1, providing additional reliability and uninterrupted service.
  • Power supply redundancy follows a 1+1 scheme, guaranteeing a consistent power supply even in the event of a unit failure.
The maximum AC power consumption of the unit is rated at 2893 Watts, with a maximum thermal output of 9873 BTU/hr, indicating its efficiency in handling energy and dissipating heat. Its physical dimensions are 17.45 inches in width, 6.96 inches in height, and 22.5 inches in depth, with a weight of 131 pounds, making it a substantial piece of equipment designed for 19-inch rack mount installations. The device operates optimally within a temperature range of 0° C (32° F) to 40° C (104° F), with a storage temperature range of −25°C to 70°C (−13°F to 158°F). It is built to function in environments with relative humidity levels of 5% to 90% at 40°C (104°F), non-condensing, and can be stored in conditions with up to 95% maximum relative humidity, also non-condensing. The operational altitude limit is 6600 feet (2012 meters), with a storage altitude maximum of 15,000 feet (4500 meters), ensuring reliability across various geographical locations. In summary, the BROCADE NI-MLX-8-AC-HSF is engineered to cater to the needs of high-demand network applications, offering a blend of performance, scalability, and redundancy. Its comprehensive connectivity options, coupled with built-in redundancies and environmental tolerances, make it an ideal solution for organizations looking for a reliable, high-capacity networking chassis.


Available Interface Slots8
Switch Fabric Bandwidth1.92 Terabits per second
Data Throughput Capacity1.28 Terabits per second
Packet Forwarding Rate960 million packets per second
Max 100 Gigabit Ethernet Ports4
Max 10 Gigabit Ethernet Ports64
Max 1 Gigabit Ethernet Ports384
Max OC-192 Ports16
Unit Dimensions17.45 in. Width × 6.96 in. Height × 22.5 in. Depth
Unit Height12.21 inches / 7 Rack Units
Management Redundancy1:1
Fabric RedundancyN+1
Power Supply Redundancy1+1
Peak Power Consumption2893 Watts
Heat Dissipation9873 BTU/hr
Device Weight131 pounds (60 kg)
Mounting StandardCompatible with 19-inch racks
Operational Temperature Range0° C to 40° C (32° F to 104° F)
Storage Temperature Range−25°C to 70°C (−13°F to 158°F)
Operational Humidity Range5% to 90%, non-condensing at 40°C (104°F)
Storage Humidity LimitUp to 95%, non-condensing
Maximum Operating Altitude6600 feet (2012 meters)
Maximum Storage Altitude15,000 feet (4500 meters)

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