8-slot chassis, six Switch Fabric Modules, one Management Module, four fans, three 3,000 W power supply units AC

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Brocade VDX 8770 Switch

The Brocade VDX 8770 Switch is a highly scalable, low-latency, 1/10/40/100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) modular switch. Designed to easily scale out Brocade VCS fabrics, the Brocade VDX 8770 Switch brings new levels of performance to VCS fabric deployments.

Designed to scale out Brocade VCS fabrics, the Brocade VDX 8770 Switch supports complex, highly dynamic environments with dense virtualization and extensive automation requirements. The Brocade VDX 8770 is a highly scalable, low-latency 1/10/40/100 GbE modular switch, available in both 8U four-slot and 15U eight-slot versions.

Highlights include:
  • Simplifies and automates network architectures to enable elastic cloud networking with Brocade VCS Fabric technology
  • Manages an entire multitenant Brocade VCS fabric as a single switch through Brocade VCS Logical Chassis, with REST APIs to allow higher-level management frameworks
  • Provides efficiently load-balanced multipathing at Layers 1, 2, and 3, and multiple active Layer 3 gateways
  • Delivers 1/10/40/100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) wire-speed switching with auto-trunking Inter-Switch Links (ISLs) for non-disruptive scaling
  • Enables connectivity for over 1,000 server ports with scale-out fabrics, 10,000 ports with multifabrics, and 100,000 ports using multifabrics with overlays
  • Simplifies Virtual Machine (VM) mobility and management with automated, dynamic port profile configuration and migration
  • Is designed to support Software-Defined Networking (SDN) technologies within data, control, and management planes
  • Scale-Out Performance
    The Brocade VDX 8770 Switch is designed to scale out Brocade VCS fabrics and support complex environments with dense virtualization and dynamic traffic patterns—where more automation is required for operational scalability. Available in four-slot and eight-slot versions, the Brocade VDX 8770 provides a highly scalable, low-latency 100/40/10/1 GbE modular switch.
  • Flexibility with Multiple Line Card Options
    The Brocade VDX 8770 supports a variety of wire-speed line cards to offer maximum flexibility in terms of port bandwidth as well as cable and connector technology:

    • 1 GbE: 48×1 GbE line card provides up to 48 SFP/SFP-copper ports
    • 10 GbE: 48×10 GbE line card provides up to 48 SFP+ ports
    • 10 GbE-T: 48×10 GbE line card provides up to 48 RJ45 ports
    • 40 GbE: 12×40 GbE line card provides up to 12 40 GbE QSFP ports
    • 40 GbE: 27×40 GbE line card provides up to 27 40 GbE QSFP ports
    • 100 GbE: 6×100 GbE line card provides up to 6 100 GbE CFP2 ports
  • Unmatched Simplicity and Automation
    VCS Logical Chassis, self-forming and self-healing fabrics, and AutoFabric Provisioning simplify operations and streamlines configuration. Fabric-level REST APIs allow higher-level management frameworks to provide efficient orchestration of VCS fabrics within a cloud context. The single point of management eliminates the need to manually configure and manage each switch, simplifying management, lowering operational costs, and reducing configuration errors with the ability to push software upgrades across the fabric with a single command, accelerating deployment.
  • Maximum Efficiency and Resiliency
    Optimized east-west traffic and multipathing across Layers 1–3 create a flexible network that adapts to changing business conditions and traffic patterns.
  • Optimized for Virtualization
    A variety of features supports VM mobility and eliminates the need to manually configure port profiles.
  • Support Cloud Computing
    Brocade VCS Gateway for NSX unifies virtual and physical architectures while the VCS Virtual Fabric feature provides secure multitenant support.
    The Brocade VDX 8770 Switch 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.

Brocade VDX and VCS Fabric Architecture

Older, legacy data center networks are characterized by a rigid hierarchy with access, aggregation and core layers. This model does not allow for changing traffic patterns and limits network utilization. It has limited support for server virtualization and cannot facilitate operations such as VM mobility.

Compared to classic hierarchical Ethernet architectures, Brocade VCS Fabric technology creates a more efficient and resilient network with a flat-meshed Layer 2 topology that delivers the high performance and high reliability required by data centers. Organizations gain a more flexible network that helps them rapidly adapt to changing business conditions and traffic patterns.


Compared to classic Ethernet architectures, Brocade VCS Fabric technology allows all paths to be active and provides greater scalability—while reducing management complexity.

The Brocade VDX 8770 can be used to build a variety of VCS fabric topologies to support a wide range of scale and application requirements. Architectural options include:

  • Small-scale VCS fabric: Collapses access and aggregation tiers using the Brocade VDX 8770 as a port-dense, middle-of-row/end-of-row access switch.
  • Medium-scale VCS fabric: Utilizes the Brocade VDX 8770 as a spine switch in combination with Brocade VDX 6710, 6730, and 6740 leaf switches to build highly scalable Layer 2 domains, complete with automatic and secure support for VM mobility.
  • Large-scale VCS fabric: Uses the Brocade VDX 8770 homogeneously as both a leaf and spine switch or to aggregate multiple access-tier switches in full or partially meshed fabric domains with a logically flat network topology.
Product Comparison

Brocade VDX 8770 Specifications

VDX 8770-4 VDX 8770-8
Port-to-port latency (64 byte packets)
Form factor 8U 15U
Slots 4 8
Dimensions and weight Width: 43.74 cm (17.22 in.)
Height: 34.7 cm (13.66 in.)
Depth: 60.96 cm (26 in.)
Weight: 31.75 kg (70 lb)
Weight (fully loaded): 86.18 kg (190 lb)
Width: 44 cm (17.32 in.)
Height: 66.2 cm (26.06 in.)
Depth: 66.04 cm (26 in.)
Weight: 61.24 kg (135 lb)
Weight (fully loaded): 165.55 kg (365 lb)
1 GbE SFP/SFP-copper ports 192 384
10 GbE SFP+ ports 192 384
40 GbE QSFP ports 48 96
Power supplies 4 max 8 max
Cooling fans 2 4
Airflow Side-to-back airflow, with front-to-back duct converter option Front-to-back airflow
Scalability Information*
Connector options 1 GbE copper SFP options
10 Gbps SFP+ options: 1/3/5 m direct-attached copper (Twinax)
10 GbE SR and 10 GbE LR
Maximum VLANs 4096
Maximum MAC addresses 384,000
Maximum IPv4 routes 352,000
Maximum IPv6 routes 88,000
Maximum ACLs 57,000
Maximum port profiles (AMPP) 256
Maximum ARP entries 128,000
Maximum members in a standard LAG 64
Maximum switches in a VCS fabric 24
Maximum ECMP paths in a VCS fabric 8
Maximum trunk members for VCS fabric ports 8
Maximum switches across which a vLAG can span 4
Maximum members in a vLAG 32
Maximum jumbo frame size 9216 bytes
DCB Priority Flow Control (PFC) classes 8
Brocade VDX 8770 Modules and Line Cards
Management Module (half-slot)
  • Multicore processor
  • 8 GB SDRAM, USB port
  • Console, management port, auxiliary service port (all RJ-45)
Gigabit Ethernet access (fiber/copper) line card 48-port SFP/SFP-copper
10 GbE access or aggregation line card 48-port SFP+ (10 GbE/1 GbE)
40 GbE aggregation line card 12-port QSFP module
Operating system Brocade Network OS
Layer 2 switching features
  • MAC Learning and Aging
  • Static MAC Configuration
  • Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP) 802.3ad/802.1AX
  • Virtual Local Area Networks (VLANs)
  • VLAN Encapsulation 802.1Q
  • Layer 2 Access Control Lists (ACLs)
  • Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) RFC 826
  • IGMP v1/v2 Snooping
  • Pause Frames 802.3x
  • Multiple Spanning Tree Protocol (MSTP) 802.1s†
  • Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP) 802.1D†
  • Per-VLAN Spanning Tree (PVST+/PVRST+)†
Brocade VCS Fabric technology features
  • Automatic Fabric Formation
  • Automatic Migration of Port Profiles (AMPP)
  • VM-aware network automation
  • Distributed Fabric Services
  • Transparent LAN Services
  • Virtual Link Aggregation Group (vLAG) spanning multiple physical switches
  • Distributed Configuration Management
  • Transparent Interconnection of Lots of Links (TRILL)
  • Equal Cost Multi-Path (ECMP)
  • VRRP-E
DCB features
  • Priority-based Flow Control (PFC) 802.1Qbb
  • Enhanced Transmission Selection (ETS) 802.1Qaz
  • Data Center Bridging eXchange (DCBX)
  • DCBX Application Type-Length-Value (TLV) for FCoE and iSCSI
FCoE features
  • Multihop Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE); requires Brocade VCS Fabric technology
  • FC-BB5-compliant Fibre Channel Forwarder (FCF)
  • FIP Snooping Bridge connectivity support
  • Native FCoE forwarding
  • End-to-end FCoE (initiator to target)
  • FCoE Initialization Protocol (FIP) v1 support for FCoE devices login and initialization
  • Name Server-based zoning
Quality of Service (QoS)
  • Eight priority levels for QoS
  • Class of Service (CoS) 802.1p
  • Per-port QoS configuration
  • Scheduling: Strict Priority (SP), Shaped Deficit Weighted Round-Robin (SDWRR)
Switch health monitoring Fabric Watch monitoring and notification
Management and control
  • IPv4/IPv6 management
  • Industry-standard Command Line Interface (CLI)
  • Link Layer Discovery Protocol (LLDP) IEEE 802.1AB
  • MIB II RFC 1213 MIB
  • Switch Beaconing
  • Switched Port Analyzer (SPAN)
  • Telnet
  • SNMP v1/v2C, v3
  • sFlow RFC 3176
  • RMON-1, RMON-2
  • NTP
  • Management Access Control Lists (ACLs)
  • Role-Based Access Control (RBAC)
  • Port-based Network Access Control 802.1X
  • Secure Shell (SSHv2)
  • BPDU Drop
  • Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP)
Environmental VDX 8770-4 VDX 8770-8
Temperature Operating: 0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)
Non-operating and storage: −25°C to 70°C (−13°F to 158°F)
Humidity Operating: 10% to 85% non-condensing
Non-operating and storage: 10% to 90% non-condensing
Altitude Operating: Up to 3000 meters (9842 feet)
Non-operating and storage: Up to 12 kilometers (39,370 feet)
Airflow Maximum: 675 CFM
Nominal: 200 CFM
Maximum: 1250 CFM
Nominal: 375 CFM
Power VDX 8770-4 VDX 8770-8
Max power utilization‡ 4 amps max (32-port switch) 7 amps max (76-port switch)
Power inlet Two internal, redundant, field-replaceable, load-sharing AC power supplies
Input voltage C13
Input line frequency 100 V to 240 V ~5 A to 2.5 A
Maximum current 47 to 63 Hz
Safety Compliance
  • UL 60950-1 Second Edition
  • CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 60950-1 Second Edition
  • EN 60950-1 Second Edition
  • IEC 60950-1 Second Edition
  • AS/NZS 60950-1
  • 47CFR Part 15 (CFR 47) Class A
  • AS/NZS CISPR22 Class A
  • CISPR22 Class A
  • EN55022 Class A
  • ICES003 Class A
  • VCCI Class A
  • EN61000-3-2
  • EN61000-3-3
  • KN22 Class A
  • EN55024
  • CISPR24
  • EN300386
  • KN 61000-4 series
Environmental Regulatory Compliance RoHS-compliant (with lead exemption) per EU Directive 2002/95/EC
Standards Compliance The Brocade VDX 8770 products conform to the following Ethernet standards:

  • IEEE 802.3ad Link Aggregation with LACP
  • IEEE 802.3ae 10G Ethernet
  • IEEE 802.1Q VLAN Tagging
  • IEEE 802.1p Class of Service Prioritization and Tagging
  • IEEE 802.1v VLAN Classification by Protocol and Port
  • IEEE 802.1AB Link Layer Discovery Protocol (LLDP)
  • IEEE 802.3x Flow Control (Pause Frames)
  • IEEE 802.1D Spanning Tree Protocol
  • IEEE 802.1s Multiple Spanning Tree
  • IEEE 802.1w Rapid Reconfiguration of Spanning Tree Protocol

The following draft versions of the Data Center Bridging (DCB) and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) standards are also supported on the Brocade VDX 8770:

  • IEEE 802.1Qbb Priority-based Flow Control
  • IEEE 802.1Qaz Enhanced Transmission Selection
  • IEEE 802.1 DCB Capability Exchange Protocol (Proposed under the DCB Task Group of IEEE 802.1 Working Group)
  • FC-BB-5 FCoE (Rev 2.0)
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