24×1 GbE copper (RJ45) with four combination 100/1000 SFP ports, one optional 2×10 GbE slot, one 500 W AC power supply, and base software license with enhanced routing scalability

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Brocade NetIron CER 2000 Series

Brocade NetIron CER 2000 Series routers are purpose-built to help save on space, power, and cooling expenses while extending logo-mef-certwire-speed IP and Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) services to the network edge without compromising performance.

The NetIron CER 2000 is available in 24- and 48-port 1 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) copper and hybrid fiber configurations with four or two 10 GbE ports. To ensure high performance, all the ports are capable of forwarding IP and MPLS packets at wire speed without oversubscription. With less than 5 watts/Gbps of power consumption and up to 136 Gbps of throughput, the NetIron CER 2000 meets the dynamic needs for high-bandwidth services while reducing the carbon footprint.

A broad set of highly scalable IP unicast and multicast routing features, combined with a low total cost of ownership, makes the NetIron CER 2000 an ideal choice for service providers and enterprises that want to deliver Layer 2 and Layer 3 business services through a single, easy-to-manage platform.

Software-Defined Networking (SDN) is a powerful new network paradigm that provides increased agility and programmatic control of network infrastructure for a new class of IT applications to meet critical business needs. The NetIron CER 2000 Series enables SDN by supporting the OpenFlow protocol, which allows communication between an OpenFlow controller and the OpenFlow-enabled NetIron CER 2000 router. The NetIron CER 2000 Series delivers OpenFlow 1.3 in hybrid mode, meaning organizations can simultaneously deploy traditional Layer 2 and Layer 3 forwarding with OpenFlow on the same system. This unique capability enables network operators to integrate OpenFlow into existing networks, providing the benefits offered by SDN for specific flows while the remaining traffic is routed as before.

Comprehensive IPv4/IPv6 routing support based on the Brocade Multi-Service IronWare OS
  • High-performance, robust routing using Forwarding Information Base (FIB) programming in hardware
  • RIP/RIPng, OSPF/OSPFv3, IS-IS/IS-IS for IPv6, and BGP-4/BGP-MP for IPv6
  • Secure Multi-VRF routing for supporting virtual routing applications over non-MPLS backbones
  • VRRP and VRRP-E
  • 8-path Equal-Cost Multi-Path (ECMP)
  • Up to 1.5 million IPv4 unicast routes in FIB
  • Up to 256,000 IPv6 unicast routes in FIB
  • Connecting IPv6 islands over IPv4 MPLS using IPv6 Provider Edge (6PE) routers
  • 6VPE enabling IPv6 multitenancy to the edge of the cloud
  • BFD Holdover for OSPFv2/3 and IS-IS
  • BDF for Static Routes
  • BDF for OSPFv3
  • ND6 IPv6 Prefix Suppress
  • IS-IS Graceful Restart Helper Mode
  • 127 bit IPv6 interface addresses
Software-Defined Networking (SDN)
  • OpenFlow 1.3: QoS (for metering and enqueue), Group Table (select and fast failover), QinQ (TAG type auto-recognition), Active-Standby Controller, IPv6, Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.2 (controller interface)
  • Brocade OpenFlow hybrid switch mode for OpenFlow capabilities on the same system as traditional routing or switching features
  • Support for up to 32,000 OpenFlow flows
Rich multicast support
  • IPv4 multicast protocols, including PIM-DM, PIM-SM, and PIM-SSM
  • IPv6 multicast support, including PIM-SM/SSM and MLD
  • IGMP v2/v3 routing and snooping support
  • IGMP static group support
  • Multicast boundaries to facilitate admission control
  • Up to 6000 multicast groups in hardware
  • Multicast traffic distribution over Link Aggregation Groups (LAGs)
  • Efficient egress interface-based replication to maximize performance and conserve buffers
  • Multicast for MPLS
  • Multicast ECMP
Advanced MPLS features
  • Comprehensive MPLS signaling and path calculation algorithms for both traffic-engineered and non-traffic-engineered applications: OSPF-TE, IS-IS-TE, RSVP-TE, and CSPF
  • MPLS Fast ReRoute (FRR) and hot standby paths for traffic protection
  • Label Distribution Protocol (LDP)
  • Advanced MPLS services: IP over MPLS, VLL, VPLS, Layer 3 VPN, routing over VPLS
  • BFD for RSVP-TE LSPs
  • LDP Inbound and Outbound FEC Filtering
  • RSVP Liberal Bypass LSP Selection
  • Link Protection Request for RSVP Fast Reroute
  • RSVP Hello Messages for Neighbor Failure Detection
  • RSVP TE Link Metric for CSPF Computation
  • Static Route over RSVP LSP
Advanced Carrier-grade Ethernet services
  • Up to 128,000 MAC addresses
  • 4000 VLANs/S-VLANs/B-VLANs
  • Ability to reuse VLAN-ID on each port using the Brocade Ethernet Service Instance (ESI) framework
  • MPLS Layer 2 VPN services
  • IEEE 802.1ad Provider Bridges
  • IEEE 802.1ah Provider Backbone Bridges
  • IEEE 802.1ag Connectivity Fault Management
  • ITU Y.1731 OAM functions and mechanisms for Ethernet-based networks
  • Comprehensive set of Layer 2 control protocols: Brocade MRP/MRP-II, VSRP, RSTP, MSTP, and ITU G.8032 Ethernet Ring Protection (ERP version 1 and 2) and Multi-Chassis Trunking (Active/Active mode or Active/Standby mode for Active-Passive access for client ports)
  • E-LINE (EPL and EVPL), E-LAN, and E-TREE support
  • Protocol tunneling of Bridge Protocol Data Units (BPDUs)
  • MEF 9, MEF 14, and MEF 21 certification
Support for link aggregation using either IEEE 802.3ad LACP or static trunks
  • Up to 12 ports per LAG
  • Support for single-link Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP)
Deep egress buffering for transient bursts in traffic
  • 64 to 192 MB of buffering, based on configuration
Advanced QoS
  • Inbound and outbound two-rate, three-color traffic policers with accounting
  • Eight queues per port, each with a distinct priority level
  • Multiple queue servicing disciplines: Strict Priority, Weighted Fair Queuing, and hybrid
  • Advanced remarking capabilities based on port, VLAN, PCP, DSCP, or IPv4 flow
  • Egress port and priority-based shaping
  • QoS for Mmanagement protocols (SSH and Telnet)
Comprehensive hardware-based security and policies
  • Hardware-based Layer 3 and Layer 2 ACLs (both inbound and outbound) with logging
  • Ability to bind multiple ACLs to the same port
  • Hardware-based receive ACLs
  • Hardware-based Policy-Based Routing (PBR)
Additional security capabilities
  • Port-based network access control using 802.1x or MAC port security
  • Root guard and BPDU guard
  • Broadcast, multicast, and unknown unicast rate limits
  • ARP inspection for static entries
Advanced monitoring capabilities
  • Port- and ACL-based mirroring that enables traffic mirroring based on incoming port, VLAN-ID, or IPv4/TCP/UDP flow
  • Hardware-based sFlow sampling that allows extensive Layer 2-7 traffic monitoring for IPv4 and Carrier Ethernet services
  • ACL-based sFlow support
  • sFlow support for MPLS LSR and LER interfaces
Interface capabilities
  • Jumbo frame support up to 9216 bytes
  • Optical monitoring of SFP and XFP optics for fast detection of fiber faults
  • UDLD and LFS/RFN support
Intuitive, comprehensive status indication via LEDs
  • Per-port UP/DOWN/ACTIVITY indicators
  • FAN tray status
  • Power supply status
  • Redundant, hot-swappable AC/DC power supplies at the rear
  • Removable fan tray with fan redundancy
Product Comparison
NetIron 2024C-RT NetIron 2024F-RT NetIron 2048CX-RT NetIron 2048FX-RT NetIron 2024C-4X-RT NetIron CER 2024F-4X-RT
Port density 24 10/100/1000 RJ45 ports with optional
slot for 2×10 GbE
XFP uplinks
24 100/1000 Hybrid Fiber SFP ports with optional slot for
2×10 GbE XFP uplinks
48 10/100/1000 RJ45 ports with 2×10 GbE XFP uplinks 48 100/1000 Hybrid Fiber SFP ports
with 2×10 GbE
XFP uplinks
24 0/100/1000 RJ45 ports with 4×10 GbE ports 24 100/1000 Hybrid Fiber SFP ports with 4×10 GbE ports
10 G uplinks Yes (optional slot for 2×10 GbE XFP uplinks) Yes (optional slot for 2×10 GbE XFP uplinks) Yes (built in) Yes (built in) Yes (built in) Yes (built in)
Combination ports Yes
(4 100/1000 SFP ports)
(4 10/100/1000 RJ45 ports)
No No Yes
(4 100/1000 SFP ports)
(4 10/100/1000 RJ45 ports)
Forwarding performance 48 Gbps
88 Gbps (with 2×10 GbE module installed)
48 Gbps
88 Gbps (with 2×10 GbE module installed)
136 Gbps 136 Gbps 128 Gbps 128 Gbps
Packet forwarding performance

36 Mpps
65 Mpps (with 2×10 GbE module installed)
36 Mpps
65 Mpps (with 2×10 GbE module installed)
101 Mpps 101 Mpps 101 Mpps 101 Mpps
Buffering 64 MB
128 MB (with 2×10 GbE uplinks)
64 MB
128 MB (with 2×10 GbE uplinks)
192 MB 192 MB 192 MB 192 MB
Power supply options Internal AC or DC Internal AC or DC Internal AC or DC Internal AC or DC Internal AC or DC Internal AC or DC
Power supply redundancy 1+1 1+1 1+1 1+1 1+1 1+1
Fan redundancy M+N M+N M+N M+N M+N M+N
Airflow Front to back Front to back Front to back Front to back Front to back Front to back
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