The Brocade ICX 6610 Switch redefines the economics of enterprise networking by providing unprecedented levels of performance, availability, and flexibility in a stackable form factor—delivering the capabilities of a chassis with the flexibility and cost-effectiveness of a stackable switch.
Class-Leading Performance for Today and Tomorrow
The Brocade ICX 6610 delivers wire-speed, non-blocking performance across all ports to support latency-sensitive applications such as real-time voice/video streaming and VDI. Brocade ICX 6610 Switches can be stacked using four full-duplex 40 Gbps stacking ports that provide an unprecedented 320 Gbps of backplane stacking bandwidth with full redundancy, eliminating inter-switch bottlenecks. Additionally, each switch can provide up to eight 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) ports for high-speed connectivity to the aggregation or core layers.
Additional highlights include the following:
- Delivers chassis-level performance and availability, providing an optimal user experience for streaming video, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), Unified Communications (UC), and other mission-critical campus applications
- Offers unprecedented stacking performance with 320 Gbps of stacking bandwidth, eliminating the need to work around inter-switch bottlenecks
- Provides up to 1 Tbps of total switching capacity with up to 384 1 GbE and 64 10 GbE per stack for campus network edge and aggregation layers
- Provides unmatched availability with four fully redundant 40 Gbps stacking ports per switch, hitless stacking failover, hot switch replacement, and dual hot-swappable power supplies and fan assemblies
- Simplifies network operations and protects investments with the Brocade HyperEdge Architecture, enabling consolidated network management and advanced services sharing across heterogeneous switches
- Offers up to eight “pay-as-you-need” 10 GbE ports activated through software licensing
The Brocade ICX 6610 provides ToR 1 GbE and 10 GbE server connectivity with the Brocade ICX 6650 providing data center aggregation.
Features and Benefits
|Built for the Most Demanding Network Environments
|Brocade stacking technology makes it possible to stack up to eight Brocade ICX 6610 Switches into a single logical chassis switch, providing simple and robust expandability for future growth at the network edge or aggregation layer. Also, this stacked virtual switch has only a single IP address to simplify management, and offers transparent forwarding across a pool of up to 384 1 GbE and 64 10 GbE ports. When new switches are added to the stack, they automatically inherit the stack’s existing configuration file, enabling true plug-and-play network expansion.Brocade stacking technology also delivers high availability, performing real-time state synchronization across the stack and enabling instantaneous hitless failover to a standby controller, if the master stack controller fails. In addition, organizations can use hot-insertion/removal of stack members to avoid interrupting service.
Brocade ICX 6610 Switches offer four dedicated full-duplex 40 Gbps stacking ports that provide full redundancy and an unprecedented 320 Gbps of stacking bandwidth, essentially eliminating the need to work around inter-switch bottlenecks.
Unlike competitive offerings that use proprietary stacking ports, the use of standard 40 Gbps QSFP ports offers optimum flexibility and future-proofing. These dedicated stacking ports free up the 10 GbE ports for high-speed connectivity to the aggregation or core layers.
|Up to Eight 10 GbE Ports on Demand per Switch
|Brocade ICX 6610 Switches offer eight dual-mode Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP)/SFP+ ports, enabling high-bandwidth connectivity to the aggregation or core layers. These ports can be upgraded from 1 GbE to 10 GbE by simply applying a software license, eliminating the need to install a hardware module. In addition, organizations can aggregate these ports across the stack to provide high-speed, redundant links between the wiring closet and the aggregation layer, or between the aggregation and the core layer. With the ability to use short-range and long-range optics, along with copper Twinax cables, the Brocade ICX 6610 supports flexible and cost-effective network architectures.The Brocade ICX 6610 delivers industry-leading 8-port 10 GbE density in a 1U switch, providing up to 80 Gbps of uplink bandwidth to the aggregation or core layers of the network. This bandwidth enables a 1:1 subscription ratio throughout the network. As a result, organizations can deploy highly utilized networks to avoid congestion during peak hours.
|Built to Power Next-Generation Edge Devices
|The Brocade ICX 6610 can deliver both power and data across network connections, providing a single-cable solution for the latest edge devices. Brocade ICX 6610 Switches are compatible with industry-standard VoIP equipment as well as legacy IP phones. In addition, they support the Power over Ethernet (PoE+) standard (802.3at) to provide up to 30 watts of power to each device. This high-powered solution simplifies wiring for next-generation edge devices, such as video conferencing and Voice over IP (VoIP) phones, pan/tilt surveillance cameras, and 802.11n wireless Access Points (APs). The PoE capability reduces the number of power receptacles and power adapters while increasing reliability and wiring flexibility. With a 1500-watt power budget per switch (with two power supplies), the Brocade ICX 6610 24- and 48-port PoE models can supply up to Class 4 PoE+ (30 watts) power to every port.
|Plug-and-Play Operations for Powered Devices
|The Brocade ICX 6610 supports the IEEE 802.1AB Link Layer Discovery Protocol (LLDP) and ANSI TIA 1057 Link Layer Discovery Protocol-Media Endpoint Discovery (LLDP-MED) standards that enable organizations to deploy interoperable multivendor solutions for UC. Configuring IP endpoints such as VoIP phones can be a complex task, requiring manual and time-consuming configuration. LLDP and LLDP-MED address this challenge by providing a standard, open method for configuring, discovering, and managing network infrastructure. The LLDP protocols also help reduce operational costs by simplifying and automating network operations. For example, LLDP-MED provides an open protocol for configuring Quality of Service (QoS), security policies, Virtual LAN (VLAN) assignments, PoE power levels, and service priorities.
|Flexible Cooling Options
|All Brocade ICX 6610 Switches support reversible front-to-back airflow options. This data-center friendly design improves mounting flexibility in racks, while adhering to the cooling guidelines of the hosting environment. Organizations can specify airflow direction at the time of order and can reverse the direction after deployment by swapping the power supplies and fan assembly.
|Full Layer 3 Capabilities
|Brocade ICX 6610 Switches also offer powerful IPv4 and IPv6 Layer 3 switching capabilities. Organizations can use premium Layer 3 features—such as IPv4/IPv6 OSPF and RIP routing, Policy-Based Routing (PBR), VRRP, and Protocol-Independent Multicast (PIM)—to reduce complexity and enhance the reliability of large enterprise networks by bringing Layer 3 capabilities to the network edge and/or aggregation layer. Advanced Layer 3 capabilities include BGP routing, enabling remote offices to connect Brocade ICX 6610 Switches to service provider networks. Premium and Advanced routing capabilities can be added to any Brocade ICX 6610 Switch model through software key-based activation.
|Simplified, Secure Standards-based Management and Monitoring
|The Brocade ICX 6610 provides simplified, standards-based management capabilities that help organizations reduce administrative time and effort while securing their networks.
|sFlow-based “Always-On” Network Monitoring
|sFlow is a modern, standards-based network export protocol (RFC 3176) that addresses many of the challenges that network managers face today. By embedding sFlow into the Brocade ICX 6610, Brocade delivers an “always-on” technology that operates with wire-speed performance. sFlow dramatically reduces implementation costs compared to traditional network monitoring solutions that rely on mirrored ports, probes, and line-tap technologies. Moreover, sFlow gives organizations full, enterprise-wide monitoring capability for every port in the network.
|Simplified Deployment with Auto-Configuration
|The Brocade ICX 6610 supports auto-configuration, simplifying deployment with a truly plug-and-play experience. Organizations can use this feature to automate IP address and feature configuration of the switches without requiring a highly trained network engineer onsite. When the switches power up, they automatically receive an IP address and configuration from DHCP and Trivial File Transport Protocol (TFTP) servers. At this time, the switches can also automatically receive a software update to be at the same code revision as currently installed switches.
|The Brocade ICX 6610 includes an industry-standard Command Line Interface (CLI) and supports Secure Shell (SSHv2), Secure Copy (SCP), and SNMPv3 to restrict and encrypt management communications to the system. In addition, support for Terminal Access Controller Access Control System (TACACS/TACACS+) and RADIUS authentication helps ensure secure operator access.
|The Brocade ICX 6610 includes a 10/100/1000 Mbps RJ-45 Ethernet port dedicated to out-of-band management, providing a remote path to manage the switches, regardless of the status or configuration of the data ports.
|Data Center ToR for 1 GbE and 10 GbE Server Connectivity
|Thanks to its class-leading 10 GbE port count, the Brocade ICX 6610 is an ideal solution as a Top-of-Rack (ToR) switch in a mixed 1 GbE/10 GbE server connectivity environment. It is designed to fit in server racks, consuming only one rack unit and offering dual integrated power supplies and fan assemblies with reversible front-to-back/back-to-front airflow for flexible cooling options. In data center environments where most servers have 1 GbE and some 10 GbE network interfaces, the Brocade ICX 6610 provides a compact and cost-effective 1 GbE/10 GbE ToR switch. This configuration uses 10 GbE links to connect to Brocade ICX data center aggregation switches.Maximum Operational Efficiency and Investment Protection
To further improve operational efficiency, Brocade ICX 6610 Switches come with 90 days of free technical support from the Brocade Technical Assistance Center and free software updates. With these capabilities, organizations gain peace of mind while freeing up IT budget and resources to grow their businesses.
- Brocade ICX 6610 Series Switch Brochure
- Brocade Campus LAN Switches – Redefining the Economics of Effortless Campus Networks White Paper
- Brocade – Designing a Robust and Cost-Effective Campus Network
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