FastIron SX800

8 slot modular chassis. Bundle includes fan tray, two switch fabrics and one power supply.

Products Overview

Brocade FastIron SX Series

The Brocade FastIron SX Series of switches delivers industry-leading price/performance value in a campus aggregation and core solution. These powerful switches provide a scalable, secure, low-latency, and fault-tolerant IP services infrastructure for 1 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) enterprise deployments. Organizations can leverage a high-performance, non-blocking architecture and an end-to-end high-availability design with redundant management modules, fans, load-sharing switch fabrics, and power supplies.

Organizations strive to remain competitive and demand network infrastructures that are resilient, secure, and able to do more with less. The Brocade FastIron SX Series of Layer 2/Layer 3 switches provides a superior scalable foundation for increased operational efficiency and faster response to business opportunities today and tomorrow.

The FastIron SX Series extends control from the network edge to the core with intelligent network services, including superior Quality of Service (QoS), predictable performance, advanced security, comprehensive management, and integrated resiliency. Additionally, the FastIron SX Series offers compatibility in a common operating system, and a shared interface and power supply modules reduce the cost of ownership by minimizing operational expenses and improving Return on Investment (ROI).

The FastIron SX Series has an extensive feature set, making it well suited for real-time collaborative applications, IP telephony, IP video, e-learning, Wireless LANs (WLANs), and raising the organization’s productivity. The FastIron SX Series delivers wire-speed performance and ultra-low latency, which are ideal for converged network applications such as VoIP and video conferencing. These platforms present the industry’s most scalable and resilient PoE design, with a robust feature set to secure and simplify the deployment of an edge-to-core converged network. In addition, the FastIron SX Series supports high-density 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) for enterprise backbone deployments.

Configuration Alternatives

The FastIron SX Series of switches is optimized for flexibility with upgradability for PoE/PoE+, redundant management, switch fabric and power, and 10 GbE. Available in two chassis models, the scalable FastIron SX Series helps enterprises and service providers reduce costs and gain the operational benefits of a common operating system, a shared interface, and common power supply modules.

FastIron SX 800
  • Eight interface slots
  • Up to 68 10 GbE SFP+ ports
  • Up to 192 FE/GbE SFP ports
  • Up to 192 Class 3 PoE or PoE+ (802.3at-compliant) ports
  • N+1 system power redundancy
  • N+1 PoE power redundancy
  • Management redundancy
  • Switch fabric redundancy
  • Brocade Assurance Limited Lifetime Warranty
FastIron SX 1600
  • Sixteen interface slots
  • Up to 132 10 GbE ports
  • Up to 384 FE/GbE SFP ports
  • Up to 384 Class 3 PoE or PoE+ (802.3at-compliant) ports
  • Up to N+3 system power redundancy
  • Up to N+3 PoE power redundancy
  • Management redundancy
  • Switch fabric redundancy
  • Brocade Assurance Limited Lifetime Warranty
Additional highlights include:
  • Industry-leading price/performance value for campus aggregation and core switching, providing a scalable, secure, low-latency, and fault-tolerant infrastructure for 1 GbE and 10 GbE enterprise deployments
  • High-performance architecture with up to 132 10 GbE and 384 1 GbE ports in a single chassis supporting IPv4/IPv6-capable Layer2/3 switching and routing
  • High-availability design with Multi-Chassis Trunking (MCT), redundant and hot-pluggable management modules (with hitless failover), switch fabrics, power supplies, fans, stateful OSPF redundancy, graceful BGP and OSFP restarts, and hitless In-Service Software Upgrades (ISSU)
  • Embedded sFlow per port to support scalable hardware-based traffic monitoring across all ports without compromising performance
  • One year of free Brocade Technical Support and the Brocade Assurance Limited Lifetime Warranty
Solution Designed for High-Quality and Reliable Network Convergence

The FastIron SX Series provides a scalable, secure, low-latency, and fault-tolerant infrastructure for cost-effective integration of VoIP, video, wireless access, and high-performance data onto a common network. The system architecture features a scalable and resilient PoE design and a low-latency, cell-based switch fabric with intelligent traffic management to ensure reliable and high-quality VoIP service. A rich suite of security features, including policy-based access control, IP source guard, dynamic ARP inspection, and DHCP snooping, work in unison to control network access and shield the network from internal and external threats. The FastIron SX Series establishes a new class of convergence-ready solutions, enabling organizations to implement a secure, reliable, scalable, and high-quality infrastructure for total network convergence.

Resilient Design Ensures Business Continuity

A FastIron SX networking solution is built for high-value environments. The Brocade FastIron SX features MCT, enabling two FastIron SX chassis to appear as a single logical switch at Layer 2 in active/active mode and delivering uninterrupted traffic flow in the event of node failover. Additionally, with redundant management modules with hitless failover, redundant fans, redundant load-sharing switch fabrics, and power supply modules, the FastIron SX 800/1600 switches are designed for maximum system availability. Switch fabric failover preserves network connectivity in the event of a switch module failure. Automatic management failover quickly restores network connectivity in the event of a management module failure without interruption of traffic forwarding. In the event of a topology change due to a port or facility failure, Layer 1 and Layer 2 protocols–such as Protected Link, Metro Ring Protocol (MRP), IEEE 802.3ad, UDLD, VSRP, and Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol–will restore service in sub-second time (tens to hundreds of milliseconds, depending on the protocol), protecting users from costly service disruption. Enhanced spanning tree features such as Root Guard and BPDU Guard prevent rogue hijacking of spanning tree root and maintain a contention- and loop-free environment, especially during dynamic network deployments. These high-availability capabilities enable network deployments of a highly reliable network infrastructure that is resilient to, and tolerant of, network and equipment failures.

Future-Proofing the Network with IPv6

Migration to IPv6 is inevitable, but by starting with the deployment of IPv6-capable hardware, organizations can make the transition more controlled and less disruptive to the network. Japan and Europe are aggressively deploying IPv6, and deployment in North America is on the rise. In fact, some government agencies are mandating the purchase of IPv6-capable switches and routers. Therefore, it is important that enterprises and service providers plan to deploy IPv6-capable devices to capitalize on this inevitable change.

Combined with the Brocade FCX Series, the Brocade ICX 6610 Switch, and the Brocade MLX Router solutions, the IPv6-capable FastIron SX Series provides the industry’s most complete end-to-end IPv6 solution. Organizations can deploy the switches knowing they are IPv6-capable whether deploying IPv6 today or in the future.

The IPv6-capable FastIron SX Series enables organizations to either deploy IPv6 today or future-proof their networks to support IPv6. These high-performance platforms deliver security, convergence, and complete IPv4/IPv6 visibility using embedded sFlow for a robust edge-to-core IPv6 solution.

Benefits of the IPv6-capable modules include:
  • The IPv6-capable FastIron SX 800 and FastIron SX 1600 management modules have a console port and a 10/100/1000 Mbps port for out-of-band management.
  • The IPv6-capable FastIron SX 800 and FastIron SX 1600 management modules are interchangeable between devices with systems using second- or third-generation modules.
  • Redundant management modules on the IPv6-capable FastIron SX 800 and FastIron SX 1600 provide full redundancy.
  • The independent crossbar (xbar) architecture enables the management module to switch between each interface module and within the management module.
  • The IPv6-capable interface modules and power supplies are interchangeable among FastIron SX Series switches.The IPv6-capable FastIron SX 800 and FastIron SX 1600 management, switch fabric, and interface modules are hot-swappable, which means a module can be removed and replaced while the chassis is powered on and running.
Advanced QoS and Low Latency for Enterprise Convergence

The FastIron SX Series offers superior Quality of Service (QoS) features that enable network administrators to prioritize high-priority and delay-sensitive services throughout the network. FastIron SX switches can classify, re-classify, police, mark, and re-mark an Ethernet frame or an IP packet prior to delivery. This flexibility lets network administrators discriminate among various traffic flows and enforce packet-scheduling policies based on Layer 2 and Layer 3 QoS fields.

Once classified, the traffic is queued and scheduled for delivery. Three configurable queuing options provide the network administrator with flexible control over how the system services the queues. Weighted Round Robin (WRR) queuing applies user-configured weighting for servicing multiple queues, ensuring that even low-priority queues are not starved for bandwidth. With Strict Priority (SP) queuing, queues are serviced in priority order, ensuring that the highest-priority traffic is serviced ahead of lower priority queues. Combined SP and WRR queuing ensures that packets in the SP queue are serviced ahead of the WRR queues. Combined queuing is often used in VoIP networks where the VoIP traffic is assigned to the SP queue and data traffic is assigned to the WRR queues.

In addition, the switch management modules are available with integrated 1 GbE or 10 GbE ports. These modules provide cost-effective system configurations supporting high-capacity connections to upstream switches. The management modules utilize high-performance system processors with high-capacity memory for scalable networking up to a routing capacity of 1 million BGP routes and 20 BGP peers.

The FastIron SX switches utilize an advanced cell-based switch fabric with internal flow-control, ensuring very low latency and jitter performance for converged applications.

Flexible Bandwidth Management

The FastIron SX switches support a rich set of bandwidth management features, allowing granular control of bandwidth utilization. On ingress, extended ACLs can be used in combination with traffic policies to control bandwidth by user, by application, and by VLAN. On egress, outbound rate limiting can control bandwidth per port and per priority queue. These features allow the network operator fine-grained control of bandwidth utilization based on a wide range of application and user criteria.

Complete Solution for Multicast and Broadcast Video

The use of video applications in the workplace requires support for scalable multicast services from the edge to the core. IGMP and PIM snooping improves bandwidth utilization in Layer 2 networks by restricting multicast flows to only those switch ports that have multicast receivers. In Layer 3 networks, support for IGMP (v1, v2, and v3), IGMP Proxy, MLD (v1 and v2), PIM-SM, PIM-SSM, and PIM-DM multicast routing optimizes traffic routing and network utilization for multicast applications.

Advanced Full Layer2/Layer 3 Wire-Speed IP Routing Solution

The advanced Brocade FastIron software operating system supports a full complement of unicast and multicast routing protocols, enabling users to build fully featured Layer 2/Layer 3 networks. Supported routing protocols include RIPv1/v2, OSPF, PIM-SM/DM, BGP, and Equal Cost Multi-Path (ECMP) for improved network performance. The FastIron SX Series can be upgraded with advanced routing software (a Layer 3 upgrade for IPv4 and IPv6 routing support).

To achieve wire-speed Layer 3 performance, the FastIron SX switches support Brocade Direct Routing (BDR), in which the Forwarding Information Base (FIB) is maintained in local memory on the line modules. The hardware forwarding tables are dynamically populated by system management with as many as 512,000 routes.

Comprehensive Security Suite

The FastIron SX Series supports a powerful set of network management solutions to help protect the switch. Multilevel-access security on the console and a secure Web management interface prevent unauthorized users from accessing or changing the switch configuration. Using Terminal Access Controller Access Control Systems (TACACS/TACACS+) and RADIUS authentication, organizations can enable considerable centralized control and restrict unauthorized users from altering network configurations.

The FastIron SX Series includes Secure Shell (SSHv2), Secure Copy, and SNMPv3 to restrict and encrypt communications to the management interface and system, thereby ensuring highly secure network management access. For an added level of protection, network managers can use ACLs to control which ports and interfaces have TELNET, Web, and/or SNMP access.

Controlling network access is a top priority for network operators. FastIron SX switches support a flexible suite of access control capabilities, including multi-host IEEE 802.1X, Web authentication, and MAC authentication schemes. Upon successful user or device authentication, the switches will apply the appropriate access policy for the user. The access policy may define the assigned VLAN, QoS, and ACL to be applied to the user’s traffic.

Organizations can also specify an action in case the MAC or 802.1X authentication times out. Because of its standards-based design, this solution can be augmented with access control software and external appliances for enhanced access control operation. For example, an external NAC appliance and/or software can be used in combination with the FastIron SX Series, providing host posture verification and remediation. This design allows organizations the flexibility to build best-of-breed solutions for their access control infrastructure and not be locked into a single offering.

Once the user is permitted access to the network, protecting the user’s identity and controlling where the user connects become a priority. To prevent “user identity theft” (spoofing), the FastIron SX Series supports DHCP snooping, Dynamic ARP inspection, and IP source guard. These features work together to deny spoofing attempts and to defeat man-in-the-middle attacks. To control where users connect, the switches support private VLANs, quarantine VLANs, policy-based routing, and extended ACLs, all of which can be used to control a user’s access to the network.

In addition, the FastIron SX Series features embedded hardware-based sFlow packet sampling, which provides system-wide traffic monitoring for accounting, troubleshooting, and intrusion detection. Using Brocade Network Advisor to process sFlow data from the switches, Brocade IronShield 360 provides closed-loop threat detection and response. sFlow packet samples are scanned for known threat signatures. Upon a positive match, Brocade Network Advisor can automatically send a control command to the switches to throttle or disable the port on which the threat has been detected. This advanced security capability provides a network-wide security umbrella without the added complexity and cost of ancillary sensors.

Product Comparison

Brocade FastIron SX 800/1600 Specifications

FastIron SX 800 FastIron SX 1600
System Summary
Interface Slots 8 16
Backplane Switching Capacity 600 Gbps 1080 Gbps
Data Switching Capacity 464 Gbps 848 Gbps
Packet Forwarding Capacity 348 Mpps 636 Gbps
Management Redundancy Yes Yes
Switch Fabric Redundancy1 1+1 1+1
Management Processor 667 MHz 667 MHz
Memory Options 512 MB 512 MB
Height 10.4 in. (6RU) 24.5 in. (14RU)
Maximum Port Density per Unit
100BaseFX 192 384
1000BaseT, 10/100/1000 Mbps (RJ-45)2
192 384
IEEE 802.3af Class 3 10/100/1000 Mbps 192 384
IEEE 802.3af Class 3 10/100/1000 Mbps with N+1 PoE Power Redundancy3 140 384
IEEE 802.3at 10/100/1000 Mbps 162 324
IEEE 802.3at 10/100/1000 Mbps with N+1 PoE Power Redundancy 81 244
1000BaseX Ports (SFP) 192 384
10GBaseX Ports (SFP+) 64 128
10GBaseX Ports (XFP) 20 36
Power Supply Redundancy
System Power N+1 N+2
PoE Power N+1 N+3
Power Supply Options AC/DC AC/DC
Physical Design
  • ETSI ETS 300 119-4, Engineering Requirements for Sub-racks in misc. racks and cabinets
  • ANSI/EIA-310-D, Cabinets, Racks, Panels, and Associated Equipment
Physical Dimensions 10.46 in. (H) x 17.45 in. (W) x 19.5 in. (D)
26.6 cm (H) x 44.3 cm (W) x 49.5 cm (D)
24.46 in. (H) x 17.45 in. (W) x 22.55 in. (D)
62.1cm (H) x 44.3 cm (W) x 57.3 cm (D)
Weight (Fully Loaded) 97 lb (43.9 kg) 196 lb (88.6 kg)
Operating Temperature 0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)
Relative Humidity 5 to 90%, at 40°C (104°F, non condensing)
Operating Altitude 6600 ft (2000 m)
Storage Temperature -25°C to 70°C (-13°F to 158°F)
Storage Humidity 95% maximum relative humidity, non-condensing
Storage Altitude 15,000 ft (4500 m) maximum
Chassis SX 800 Chassis, Fan Tray, 1 P/S: 142,786 hrs
SX 800 Chassis, Fan Tray, 2 P/S: 230,584 hrs
SX1600 Chassis, Fan Tray, 2 P/S: 99,908 hrs
SX1600 Chassis, Fan Tray, 4 P/S: 213,865 hrs
Management Modules
  • IPv4/IPv6 Management Module, no ports: 534,522 hrs
  • IPv4 Management Module, 2×10 GbE ports: 269,436 hrs
  • IPv6 Management Module, 2×10 GbE, no optics: 304,109 hrs15,000 ft (4500 m) maximum
Interface modules (IPv4, IPv6-capable versions, and third generation)
  • 48-port 10/100/1000 Mbps Copper Module: 340,000 hrs
  • 24-port 10/100/1000 Copper Module: 352,103 hrs
  • 24-port SFP Module: 348,204 hrs
  • 2-port 10 GbE Module: 464,938 hrs
Power Specifications
System Power Supply (SX-ACPWR, SX-DCPWR) -40 to -60 VDC Consumption (Amps): 36 A
100 to 120 VAC Consumption (Amps): 14.3 A
200 to 240 VAC Consumption (Amps): 7.2 A
AC Frequency: 50 to 60 Hz
Max BTU: 4874 BTU/Hr
Max Watts (Output): 1200 W
Max Watts (Input): 1428 W
1250W PoE Power Supply 100 to 120 VAC Consumption (Amps): 14 A
200 to 240 VAC Consumption (Amps): 7 A
AC Frequency: 50 to 60 Hz
Max BTU: 4736 BTU/Hr
Max Watts (Output): 1250 W
Max Watts (Input): 1388 W
2500W PoE Power Supply (SX-ACPWR-2500-POE) 200 to 240 VAC Consumption (Amps): 14 A
AC Frequency: 50 to 60 Hz
Max BTU: 9471 BTU/Hr
Max Watts (Output): 2500 W
Max Watts (Input): 2775 W
Regulatory Compliance and Safety Approvals
Safety Agency Approvals
  • CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 60950-1-07
  • Information Technology Equipment
  • Safety–Part 1: General Requirement
  • UL 60950-1, Second Edition Information Technology Equipment–Safety–Part 1: General Requirement
  • EN 60950-1: 2006, Information Technology Equipment–Safety–Part 1: General Requirement
  • IEC 60950-1, Second Edition Information Technology Equipment–Safety–Part 1: General Requirement
  • EN 60825-1, Safety of Laser Products. Equipment Classification, Requirements and User Guide
  • EN 60825-2, Safety of Laser Products, Safety of Optical Fibre Communications Systems
Environmental Regulatory Compliance
  • RoHS Compliant (5 of 6)
  • WEEE Compliant
Electromagnetic Emission Certifications
  • ICES-003, Electromagnetic Emission
  • FCC Class A
  • EN 55022/CISPR 22 Class A
  • VCCI Class A
  • EN 61000-3-2, Power Line Harmonics
  • EN 61000-3-3, Voltage Fluctuation and Flicker
  • EN 61000-6-3, Electromagnetic Compatibility
  • AS/NZS CISPR 22, Electromagnetic Compatibility
  • EN 61000-6-1, Electromagnetic Compatibility, Generic Standard
  • EN 55024, Immunity Characteristics Supersedes:
  • EN 61000-4-2, ESD
  • EN 61000-4-3, Radiated, Radio Frequency, Electromagnetic Field
  • EN 61000-4-4, Electrical Fast Transient
  • EN 61000-4-5, Surge
  • EN 61000-4-6, Conducted Disturbances Induced by Radio
  • Frequency Fields
  • EN 61000-4-8, Power Frequency Magnetic Field
  • EN 61000-4-11, Power Frequency Magnetic Field
Mounting Options 19 in. Universal EIA (Telco) Rack or Tabletop
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