Brocade FX 8-24 Extension Blade

Create a network for instant data access

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As connections to your network increase, storage infrastructure must provide instant data access. The Brocade FX 8-24 Extension Blade offers port density and fast throughput for remote replication and backup. With 8 Gbps Fibre Channel, 10 GbE, and FCIP technology, this powerhouse maximizes flexibility and scalability with a modular blade platform and simple software licensing.

Build a SAN extension that grows with you: Build a SAN extension from scratch or expand to meet evolving requirements. Install up to four Brocade FX 8-24 Extension Blades in a Brocade DCX 8510 Backbone for scalable Fibre Channel and FCIP bandwidth—ideal for larger enterprise data centers and multi-site environments.

Recover from disaster, transmit data faster: The Brocade FX 8-24 Extension Blade features advanced protection and storage network optimization—so replication and backup applications transmit more data over FCIP links, faster. That means you protect time-sensitive asynchronous or high-priority traffic and optimize available WAN bandwidth.

Eliminate problems with simplified management: Maximize network availability and monitor your SAN fabric with ease. Reduce costs, too. The Brocade FX 8-24 Extension Blade with Fabric Vision technology helps administrators avoid problems before they impact performance and SLAs.


Simplified SAN extension

  • Provide a broad range of advanced extension, FICON, and SAN fabric services
  • Scale bandwidth to meet the demands of larger data centers and multiple sites
  • Deliver aggregate bandwidth of up to 96 Gbps (Fibre Channel) and up to 20 Gbps (FCIP)


Easier recovery and protection

  • Accelerate FastWrite and IBM z/OS Global Mirror to maximize replication performance
  • Reduce backup and recovery times over distance with Tape Pipelining
  • Provide FCIP tunnel redundancy for lossless path failover and guaranteed in-order delivery
  • Ensure six-nines availability with hot-pluggable hardware and non-disruptive software upgrades


Simplified management, robust network analytics

  • Provide complete visibility into fabric flows with Flow Monitor
  • Simplify threshold configuration and monitoring with the Monitoring and Alerting Policy Suite (MAPS)
  • Alert administrators to SAN fabric congestion and latency with Fabric Performance Impact (FPI) Monitoring
  • Customize SAN health and performance views with Brocade Network Advisor


Specification Value
Lifecycle Active
Fibre Channel Ports 12 ports; E, F, M, EX, and FL ports
Ethernet Ports 12 ports (VE, VEX): 10 1 GbE ports and two optional 10 GbE ports
Port Types FL_Port, F_Port, E_Port, EX_Port, and M_Port (Mirror Port). For FCIP, VE_Port (Virtual E_Port), VEX_Port (Virtual EX_Port).
Class_of_Service Class 2, Class 3, Class F (inter-switch frames)
Fibre Channel Performance 1.063 Gbps line speed, full duplex; 2.125 Gbps line speed, full duplex; 4.25 Gbps line speed, full duplex; 8.5 Gbps line speed, full duplex. Auto-sensing of 1 Gbps, 2 Gbps, 4 Gbps, and 8 Gbps port speeds; optionally programmable to fixed port speed. Speed matching between 1 Gbps, 2 Gbps, 4 Gbps, and 8 Gbps ports
Size (mm) 36(W) x 421 (H) x 299(D)
Certified Maximum Single fabric: 56 domains, 7 hopsMultiprotocol routing fabric: 19 hops
Scalability Full fabric architecture with 239 switches maximum

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