24 port 10/100/1000 fiber switch with 8 additional 1 Gig SFP uplinks upgradeable to 10 Gig, plus 4 x 16 Gig stacking ports. Stacking to 8 units.

Products Overview

Brocade ICX 6610 Switch

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.

Chassis-Like Capabilities in a Stackable Form Factor

Today’s enterprise networks are expected to deliver services thought impossible just a few years ago. High-Definition (HD) video conferencing, real-time collaboration, Unified Communications (UC), and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) are only a few of the applications that organizations are deploying to enhance employee productivity, improve customer service, and create a competitive advantage. These same networks must also provide anytime, anywhere mobile access and scale to meet rising user expectations. At the same time, organizations face continued pressure to reduce costs and do more with less. More than ever, campus networks need to quickly and efficiently evolve with the ever-changing business environment

Class-Leading Performance for Today and Tomorrow

The Brocade ICX 6610 helps organizations meet this challenge by delivering 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.

Non-Stop High Availability

When every second matters, Brocade ICX 6610 Switches help deliver continuous availability to optimize the user experience. Brocade stacking technology delivers high availability, performing real-time state synchronization across the stack and enabling instantaneous hitless failover to a standby controller in the unlikely event of a failure of the master stack controller. Organizations also can use hot-insertion/removal of stack members to avoid interrupting service when adding a switch to increase the capacity of a stack or replacing a switch that needs servicing.

Unmatched Simplicity and Investment Protection

The Brocade ICX 6610 is easy to deploy, manage, and integrate into both new and existing networks. Organizations can buy only what they need today and easily scale up as demand grows and new technologies emerge.

The flexibility of a stackable switch allows organizations to forgo investing in a chassis upfront and put precious capital to better use elsewhere. Organizations can purchase an initial switch to get started and add a new Brocade ICX 6610 Switch to the stack as their business grows.

Additional highlights include:
  • 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
  • Provides peace of mind with Brocade Assurance Limited Lifetime Warranty
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.

SDN-Enabled Programmatic Control of the Network

Software-Defined Networking (SDN) is a powerful new network paradigm designed for the world’s most demanding networking environments and promises breakthrough levels of customization, scale, and efficiency. The Brocade ICX 6610 enables SDN by supporting the OpenFlow 1.3 protocol, which allows communication between an OpenFlow controller and an OpenFlow-enabled switch. Using this approach, organizations can control their networks programmatically, transforming the network into a platform for innovation through new network applications and services. The Brocade ICX 6610 delivers OpenFlow in true hybrid port mode. With Brocade hybrid port mode, organizations can simultaneously deploy traditional Layer 2/3 forwarding with OpenFlow on the same port. This unique capability provides a pragmatic path to SDN by enabling network administrators to progressively integrate OpenFlow into existing networks, giving them the programmatic control offered by SDN for specific flows while the remaining traffic is forwarded as before. Brocade ICX 6610 hardware support for OpenFlow enables organizations to apply these capabilities at line rate.

The Brocade ICX 6610 operates seamlessly under the Brocade Vyatta Controller. This controller is a quality-assured edition of the OpenDaylight controller code supported by an established networking provider and its leaders within the OpenDaylight community.

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.

Open-Standards Management

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.

Out-of-Band Management

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.

Unified Wired/Wireless Network Management with Brocade Network Advisor

Managing enterprise campus networks continues to become more complex due to the growth in services that rely on wired and wireless networks. Services such as Internet, e-mail, video conferencing, real-time collaboration, and distance learning all have specific configuration and management requirements. At the same time, organizations face increasing demand to provide uninterrupted services for high-quality voice and Unified Communications (UC), wireless mobility, and multimedia applications.

To reduce complexity and the time spent managing these environments, the easy-to-use Brocade Network Advisor discovers, manages, and deploys configurations to groups of IP devices. By using Brocade Network Advisor, organizations can configure Virtual LANs (VLANs) within the network, manage wireless access points, and execute commands on specific IP devices or groups of IP devices. sFlow-based proactive monitoring is ideal for performing network-wide troubleshooting, generating traffic reports, and gaining visibility into network activity from the edge to the core. Brocade Network Advisor centralizes management of the entire family of Brocade wired products and Aruba wireless products.


Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 Switches are covered by the Brocade Assurance Limited Lifetime Warranty. For details, visit www.brocade.com/warranty

Product Comparison

Brocade ICX 6610 Feature/Model Comparison

24 or 48 RJ-45 Ports 24 SFP Ports 24 or 48 PoE+ Ports
ICX 6610-24 ICX 6610-48 ICX 6610-24F ICX 6610-24P ICX 6610-48P
Switching capacity
(data rate, full duplex)
528 Gbps 576 Gbps 528 Gbps 528 Gbps 576 Gbps
Forwarding capacity
(data rate, full duplex)
396 Mpps
(wire speed)
432 Mpps
(wire speed)
396 Mpps
(wire speed)
396 Mpps
(wire speed)
432 Mpps
(wire speed)
Stacking bandwidth
(data rate, full duplex)
320 Gbps 320 Gbps 320 Gbps 320 Gbps 320 Gbps
Units per stack 8 8 8 8 8
Long Distance Stacking
(maximum distance between two stacked switched)
150 m 150 m 150 m 150 m 150 m
10/100/1000 Mbps RJ-45 ports 24 48 n/a 24 48
100/1000 Mbps SFP ports n/a n/a 24 n/a n/a
Dual-mode 1/10 GbE SFP/SFP+ ports
(10 GbE SFP+ optional upgrade license)
8 8 8 8 8
40 Gbps QSFP stacking ports 4 4 4 4 4
PoE power budget
(two AC power supplies)
n/a n/a n/a 1,500 W 1,500 W
PoE power budget
(two DC power supplies)
n/a n/a n/a 516 W 516 W
Maximum PoE Class 3 ports n/a n/a n/a 24
(one power supply)
(one power supply)
Maximum PoE+ ports n/a n/a n/a 24
(one power supply)
(two power supplies)
Redundant/load-sharing; hot-swappable power supplies
(second optional)
2×250 W 2×250 W 2×250 W 2×1000 W 2×1000 W
(one power supply/one fan tray)
6.42 kg
(14.15 lb)
6.78 kg
(14.95 lb)
6.69 kg
(14.75 lb)
7.10 kg
(15.65 lb)
7.46 kg
(16.45 lb)
Dimensions 429 mm (16.880 in.) W x 406.4 mm (16.00 in.) D x 44 mm (1.732 in.) H – 1RU
Airflow Front to back (reversible)
(25°C, CL: 60%)
474,527 hours 408,144 hours 400,449 hours 416,567 hours 336,984 hours

Brocade ICX 6610 Specifications

System Architecture
Connector options
  • 10/100/1000 ports: RJ-45
  • 1 Gbps SFP ports: SX, LX, LHA, LHB, 1000Base-BX, CWDM
  • 10 Gbps SFP+ ports: Direct-attached copper (Twinax), SR, LR
  • Stacking ports: 40 GbE QSFP for use with direct-attached 1 meter or 5 meter stacking cable
  • Out-of-band Ethernet management: 10/100/1000 Mbps RJ-45
  • Console management: RJ-45 serial
Maximum MAC addresses 32,000
Maximum VLANs 4096
Maximum STP (spanning trees) 254
Maximum routes (in hardware) 16,000
  • Maximum ports per trunk: 8
  • Maximum trunk groups: 124
Maximum jumbo frame size 9000 bytes
Layer 2 switching
  • 802.1s Multiple Spanning Tree
  • 802.1x Authentication
  • Auto MDI/MDIX
  • BPDU Guard, Root Guard
  • Dual-Mode VLANs
  • Dynamic VLAN Assignment
  • Dynamic Voice VLAN Assignment
  • Fast Port Span
  • GARP VLAN Registration Protocol
  • IGMP Snooping (v1/v2/v3)
  • Link Fault Signaling (LFS)
  • MAC Address Locking; Port Security
  • MAC-Layer Filtering
  • MAC Learning Disable
  • MLD Snooping (v1/v2)
  • Multi-device Authentication
  • Per-VLAN Spanning Tree (PVST/PVST+/PVRST)
  • Mirroring – Port-based, ACL-based, MAC Filter-based, and VLAN-based
  • Port Loop Detection
  • Private VLAN
  • Protected Link Groups
  • Protocol VLAN (802.1v), Subnet VLAN
  • Remote Fault Notification (RFN)
  • Single-instance Spanning Tree
  • Single-link LACP
  • Trunk Groups
  • Uni-Directional Link Detection (UDLD)
Base Layer 3 routing
  • IPv4 static routes
  • ECMP
  • Port-based Access Control Lists
  • L3/L4 ACLs
  • Host routes
  • Virtual Interfaces
  • Routed Interfaces
  • Route-only Support
  • Routing Between Directly Connected Subnets
  • HyperEdge service propagation
Premium Layer 3 routing
  • IPv4 and IPv6 static and dynamic routes
  • OSPF v2, OSPF v3 (IPv6)
  • PIM-SM, PIM-SSM, PIM-DM, PIM passive (IPv4/IPv6 multicast routing functionality)
  • PBR
  • RIP v1/v2, RIPng (IPv6)
  • Virtual Route Redundancy Protocol (VRRP)
  • VRRP-E, VRRP-E (IPv6)
  • VRRPv3 (IPv6)
Advanced Layer 3 routing
  • BGP4, BGP4+(IPv6)
  • GRE
  • IPv6 over IPv4 tunnels
  • VRF (IPv4 and IPv6)
SDN Features
  • Support for OpenFlow v1.0 and v1.3
  • OpenFlow support with true hybrid port mode
  • Operates seamlessly under the Brocade Vyatta Controller
Metro features
  • Metro-Ring Protocol (v1, v2)
  • Virtual Switch Redundancy Protocol (VSRP)
  • VLAN Stacking (Q-in-Q)
  • VRRP
  • Topology Groups
Quality of Service (QoS)
  • ACL Mapping and Marking of ToS/DSCP
  • ACL Mapping and Marking of 802.1p
  • ACL Mapping to Priority Queue
  • ACL Mapping to ToS/DSCP
  • Classifying and Limiting Flows Based on TCP Flags
  • DHCP Relay
  • DiffServ Support
  • Honoring DSCP and 802.1p
  • MAC Address Mapping to Priority Queue
  • Priority Queue Management using Weighted Round Robin (WRR),Strict Priority (SP), and a combination of WRR and SP
IEEE standards compliance
  • 802.1D-2004 MAC Bridging
  • 802.1p Mapping to Priority Queue
  • 802.1s Multiple Spanning Tree
  • 802.1w Rapid Spanning Tree
  • 802.1x Port-based Network Access Control
  • 802.3 10 Base-T
  • 802.3ab 1000 Base-T
  • 802.3ad Link Aggregation (Dynamic and Static)
  • 802.3ae 10 Gigabit Ethernet
  • 802.3af Power over Ethernet
  • 802.3at Power over Ethernet Plus
  • 802.3u 100 Base-TX
  • 802.3x Flow Control
  • 802.3z 1000Base-SX/LX
  • 802.3 MAU MIB (RFC 2239)
  • 802.3ba 40Gbps Ethernet
  • 802.1AE – MACsec
  • 802.3az-2010 – EEE (HW Capable)
Traffic management
  • ACL-based inbound rate limiting and traffic policies
  • Broadcast, multicast, and unknown unicast rate limiting
  • Inbound rate limiting per port
  • Outbound rate limiting per port and per queue
High availability
  • Redundant hot swappable internal power supplies
  • Hot-swappable fan trays
  • L3 VRRP protocol redundancy
  • Real-time state synchronization across the stack
  • Hitless failover from master to standby stack controller
  • Protected link groups
  • Hot insertion and removal of stacked units
Management and control
  • Auto Configuration
  • Brocade HyperEdge technology*
  • Configuration Logging
  • Digital Optical Monitoring
  • Display Log Messages on Multiple Terminals
  • Embedded Web Management
  • Embedded DHCP Server
  • Industry-Standard Command Line Interface (CLI)
  • Key-based activation of optional software features
  • Integration with HP OpenView for Sun Solaris, HP-UX, IBM AIX, and Windows
  • Brocade Network Advisor support
  • MIB Support for MRP, Port Security, MAC Authentication, and MAC-based VLANs
  • Out-of-band Ethernet Management
  • RFC 783 TFTP
  • RFC 854 TELNET Client and Server
  • RFC 951 Bootp
  • RFC 1157 SNMPv1/v2c
  • RFC 1213 MIB-II
  • RFC 1493 Bridge MIB
  • RFC 1516 Repeater MIB
  • RFC 1573 SNMP MIB II
  • RFC 1643 Ethernet Interface MIB
  • RFC 1643 Ethernet MIB
  • RFC 1724 RIP v1/v2 MIB
  • RFC 1757 RMON MIB
  • RFC 2068 Embedded HTTP
  • RFC 2131 DHCP Server and DHCP Relay
  • RFC 2570 SNMPv3 Intro to Framework
  • RFC 2571 Architecture for Describing SNMP Framework
  • RFC 2572 SNMP Message Processing and Dispatching
  • RFC 2573 SNMPv3 Applications
  • RFC 2574 SNMPv3 User-based Security Model
  • RFC 2575 SNMP View-based Access Control Model SNMP
  • RFC 2818 Embedded HTTPS
  • RFC 3176 sFlow
  • SNTP Simple Network Time Protocol
  • Support for Multiple Syslog Servers
Embedded security
  • 802.1X Accounting
  • MAC Authentication
  • Bi-level Access Mode (Standard and EXEC Level)
  • EAP pass-through support
  • IEEE 802.1X username export in sFlow
  • Protection against Denial of Service (DoS) attacks
Secure management
  • Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting (AAA)
  • Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) with SSHv2
  • Secure Copy (SCP)
  • Secure Shell (SSHv2)
  • Username/Password
  • Web authentication
  • Operating temperature: 0°C to 40°C/32°F to 104°F
  • Storage temperature: −25°C to 70°C/13°F to 158°F
Humidity Relative humidity: 5% to 95%, non-condensing
Altitude Storage altitude: 10,000 ft (3000 m) maximum
Acoustic From 39.6 dB (24 ports, one fan, one power supply) to 48.7 dB (48 ports, two fans, two power supplies)
Power supplies Up to two internal, redundant, field-replaceable, load-sharing AC or DC power supplies with dedicated system and PoE power
Power inlet C13
Input voltage Typical 100 to 240 VAC
Input line frequency 50 to 60 Hz
Power draw (no PoE load)
Model With 1 power supply With 2 power supplies
Brocade ICX 6610-24 120 W 140 W
Brocade ICX 6610-48 165 W 185 W
Brocade ICX 6610-24F 125 W 145 W
Brocade ICX 6610-24P 120 W 140 W
Brocade ICX 6610-48P 165 W 185 W
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