24-Port 8 Gbps Fibre Channel SAN Switch

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The Brocade 300 SAN Switch provides an affordable, flexible foundation for entry-level SANs, and an edge switch for core-to-edge SAN environments. Delivers up to 24 ports of 8 Gbps performance in an energy-efficient, optimized 1U form factor to support the most demanding server and virtual server deployments.

Small SAN Affordability with Growth Capabilities

As the value and volume of business data continue to rise, organizations need technology solutions that are easy to implement and manage, and that can grow and change with minimal disruption. The Brocade 300 Switch provides small to medium-sized enterprises with SAN connectivity that simplifies their IT management infrastructures, improves system performance, maximizes the value of virtual server deployments, and reduces overall storage costs.

The 8 Gbps Fibre Channel Brocade 300 provides a simple, affordable, single-switch solution for both new and existing SANs. To simplify deployment, the Brocade 300 features the EZSwitchSetup wizard and other usability and configuration enhancements, as well as the optional Brocade Access Gateway mode of operation. Moreover, it provides state-of-the-art performance and Ports On Demand scalability to support SAN expansion and enable long-term investment protection.

Highlights include:

  • Provides an affordable, flexible foundation for entry-level SANs, and an edge switch for core-to-edge SAN environments
  • Delivers up to 24 ports of 8 Gbps performance in an energy-efficient, optimized 1U form factor to support the most demanding server and virtual server deployments
  • Simplifies configuration and management with easy-to-use tools such as the Brocade EZSwitchSetup wizard, and is Microsoft Simple SAN-compatible
  • Enables “pay-as-you-grow” expansion with Ports On Demand scalability from 8 to 16 or 24 ports in 8-port increments
  • Offers dual functionality as either a full-fabric SAN switch or as an NPIV-enabled Brocade Access Gateway that simplifies server connectivity in heterogeneous enterprise fabrics
  • Protects existing device investments with auto-sensing 1, 2, 4, and 8 Gbps capabilities and native operation with Brocade and Brocade M-Series fabrics
  • Future-proofs investments by enabling organizations to use 4 Gbps SFPs today and upgrade to 8 Gbps SFPs when required


Increased Efficiency to Manage Business Growth

The Brocade 300 significantly increases performance and functionality for SANs at an entry-level price. Based on sixth-generation Brocade technology, the Brocade 300 combines auto-sensing 1, 2, 4, and 8 Gbps throughput with features that greatly enhance fabric operation. The evolutionary design provides these capabilities while consuming less than 2.5 watts of power per port for exceptional power and cooling efficiency.

As a result, organizations can enjoy the advantages of low-cost device connectivity and powerful capabilities that make SAN technology highly accessible and affordable. In addition, hot code load and activation help maximize application uptime with faster system software upgrades and maintenance to reduce the dependency on scheduled outages.

Pay-As-You-Grow Scalability

The Brocade 300 integrates innovative hardware and software features that make it easy to deploy, manage, and integrate into a wide range of IT environments. With powerful yet flexible capabilities—such as Ports On Demand scalability from 8 to 16 or 24 ports in 8-port increments—the Brocade 300 enables organizations to start small and grow their storage networks in a non-disruptive manner. In addition, organizations can initially deploy 4 Gbps SFPs and upgrade to 8 Gbps SFP+ when necessary.

Backward and Forward Compatibility

The Brocade 300 operates seamlessly with existing Brocade switches through native E_Port connectivity into Brocade Fabric OS (FOS) or M-Enterprise OS (M-EOS)* environments. In addition, the Brocade 300 can enable future expansion to larger core-to-edge network architectures as business needs dictate.

To facilitate deployment, the Brocade 300 integrates easily into heterogeneous server environments such as Windows, UNIX, Linux, Solaris, and AIX, as well as virtual server environments. As a result, these capabilities make it ideal for SAN solutions such as virtual server deployment, LAN-free backup, and server and storage consolidation.

A Better Way to Improve Business Operations

One of the primary benefits of a SAN environment is the consolidation of hardware resources. This centralized approach helps increase operational efficiency and staff productivity, two critical requirements for small and medium-sized organizations. With fewer physical resources to manage, staff members can handle additional business growth or focus on other strategic initiatives.

High-performance 8 Gbps Fibre Channel capabilities speed data transfer to help keep data flowing and applications running. As a result, organizations can significantly improve storage utilization in distributed e-mail environments, for example. In addition, a SAN-based architecture enables LAN-free backup and more efficient data center resource management—increasing overall system performance and productivity (see Figure 1).

Superior Network Performance

The Brocade 300 provides high performance with all ports capable of operating at 1, 2, 4, and 8 Gbps to enable up to 192 Gbps of uncongested throughput. Auto-sensing and speed-matching of data traffic provides interoperability with previous 1, 2, and 4 Gbps devices. To provide more targeted performance, enhanced Brocade Inter-Switch Link (ISL) Trunking combines up to eight ISLs between a pair of switches into a single, logical high-speed trunk capable of up to 64 Gbps of throughput.

Simplified Management

Brocade 300 setup and configuration is simplified with the Brocade EZSwitchSetup wizard, which makes switch configuration, deployment, and management an easy 3-step point-and-click process. For multiswitch environments, Brocade Data Center Fabric Manager (DCFM™) Professional streamlines management and provides fabric-wide monitoring. The Brocade 300, which is Microsoft Simple SAN-compatible, also has a USB port that increases serviceability and error logging by facilitating firmware upgrades and downloads of system log files.

Traffic Measurement and Adaptive Networking

The Brocade 300 offers Bottleneck Detection, Top Talkers (part of Brocade Advanced Performance Monitoring) and Adaptive Networking, a suite of tools including Ingress Rate Limiting, Traffic Isolation, and Quality of Service (QoS). These advanced capabilities help optimize fabric behavior and ensure ample bandwidth for mission-critical applications.

Bottleneck Detection identifies and alerts administrators to “slow drain” storage devices causing latency and I/O timeouts, particularly in highly virtualized server environments. Top Talkers measures the top bandwidth-consuming traffic (including by individual virtual machine) in real time over a physical device connection or throughout a network switch. Ingress Rate Limiting restricts data flow from less-critical hosts at preset bandwidths. Traffic Isolation dedicates paths in the fabric to high-bandwidth data flows. And QoS expedites critical traffic in the event of congestion while keeping all traffic flowing.

Brocade Access Gateway Mode

The Brocade 300 can be deployed as a full-fabric switch or as a Brocade Access Gateway, which simplifies server connectivity into heterogeneous SANs (the default mode setting is a switch). Access Gateway mode utilizes N_Port ID Virtualization (NPIV) switch standards to present physical and virtual servers directly to the core of SAN fabrics. This makes it transparent to the SAN fabric, greatly reducing management of the network edge. The Brocade 300 in Access Gateway mode can connect servers to NPIV-enabled Brocade B-Series, M-Series, or other SAN fabrics.

Organizations can easily enable Access Gateway mode via Brocade DCFM, Brocade Web Tools, or a command line interface. Key benefits of Access Gateway mode include:

  • Improved scalability for large or rapidly growing server and virtual server environments
  • Reduced management of the network edge since Access Gateway does not have a domain identity and appears transparent to the core fabric
  • Support for heterogeneous SAN configurations without reduced functionality for server connectivity

Note: Access Gateway mode for the Brocade 300 is supported only in 24-port configurations.

* Brocade M-EOS fabrics are McDATA switches and directors running McDATA Enterprise OS in McDATA Fabric mode or McDATA Open Fabric mode.

300 SAN Switch
System Architecture
Fibre Channel ports
  • Switch mode (default): 8-, 16-, and 24-port configurations (8-port increments through Ports On Demand licenses); universal (E, F, M, FL) ports
  • Access Gateway Default Port Mapping: 16 F_Ports, 8 N_Ports
Scalability Full fabric architecture with 239 switches maximum
Certified maximum
  • Single Brocade FOS fabric: 56 domains, 19 hops
  • Single Brocade M-Enterprise OS (M-EOS) fabric: 31 domains, 3 hops
  • Larger fabrics certified as required; consult Brocade or OEM SAN design documents for configuration details
Performance 1.063 Gbps line speed, full duplex; 2.125 Gbps line speed, full duplex; 4.25 Gbps line speed, full duplex; 8.5 Gbps line speed, full duplex; auto-sensing of 1, 2, 4, and 8 Gbps port speeds; optionally programmable to fixed port speed; speed matching between 1, 2, 4, and 8 Gbps ports
ISL Trunking
  • Frame-based trunking with up to eight 8 Gbps ports per ISL trunk with optional license; up to 64 Gbps per ISL trunk (8 ports X 8 Gbps [data rate])
  • Exchange-based load balancing across ISLs with DPS included in Fabric OS
Aggregate bandwidth 192 Gbps: 24 ports X 8 Gbps (data rate)
Maximum fabric latency 700 ns with no contention, cut-through routing at 8 Gbps
Maximum frame size 2112-byte payload
Frame buffers 700 dynamically allocated, 484 maximum per port
Classes of service Class 2, Class 3, Class F (inter-switch frames)
Port types
  • FL_Port, F_Port, M_Port (Mirror Port), and E_Port; self-discovery based on switch type (U_Port); optional port type control
  • Brocade Access Gateway mode: F_Port and NPIV-enabled N_Port
Data traffic types Fabric switches supporting unicast, multicast (255 groups) and broadcast
Media types
  • 8 Gbps: Requires Brocade hot-pluggable SFP+, LC connector; 8 Gbps Short-Wavelength Laser (SWL); 8 Gbps Long-Wavelength Laser (LWL); distance depends on fiber-optic cable and port speed
  • 4 Gbps: Requires Brocade hot-pluggable, Small Form-factor Pluggable (SFP), LC connector; 4 Gbps Short-Wavelength Laser (SWL); 4 Gbps Long-Wavelength Laser (LWL); 4 Gbps Extended Long-Wavelength Laser (ELWL); distance depends on fiber-optic cable and port speed
USB 1 USB port for firmware download, support save, and configuration upload/download
Fabric services Advanced Performance Monitoring (including Top Talkers); Adaptive Networking (Ingress Rate Limiting, Traffic Isolation, QoS); BB credit recovery; Brocade Advanced Zoning (default zoning, port/WWN zoning, broadcast zoning); Bottleneck Detection; Dynamic Path Selection (DPS); F_Port Trunking; Extended Fabrics; Fabric Watch; FDMI; Frame Redirection; FSPF; IPoFC; ISL Trunking; Management Server; NPIV; NTP v3; Port Fencing; Registered State Change Notification (RSCN); Reliable Commit Service (RCS); Simple Name Server (SNS)
Options Rack-mount rail kits (fixed, slide, mid-mount)
Supported management software HTTP, SNMP v1/v3 (FE MIB, FC Management MIB), Telnet; Auditing, Change Management tracking, Syslog; Brocade Advanced Web Tools, Brocade Fabric Watch; EZSwitchSetup wizard, Brocade Data Center Fabric Manager (DCFM), Brocade Fabric Manager (optional, FOS environments only), Brocade EFCM 9.x (optional), command line interface; SMI-S compliant; Administrative Domains; trial licenses for add-on capabilities
Security DH-CHAP (between switches and end devices), HTTPS, IPsec, IP Filtering, LDAP, Port Binding, RADIUS, Role-Based Access Control (RBAC), Secure Copy (SCP), Secure RPC, SSH v2, SSL, Switch Binding, Trusted Switch
Management access 10/100 Ethernet (RJ-45), in-band over Fibre Channel; serial port (RJ-45); USB; call-home integration enabled through Brocade EFCM and Brocade Fabric Manager
Diagnostics POST and embedded online/offline diagnostics, including RAStrace logging, environmental monitoring, non-disruptive daemon restart, FCping and Pathinfo (FC traceroute), port mirroring (SPAN port)
Enclosure Non-port to port side airflow; 1U, 19-inch EIA-compliant, power from port side
Size Width: 42.88 cm (16.88 in)
Height: 4.29 cm (1.69 in)
Depth: 30.66 cm (12.07 in)
System weight 4.2 kg (9.30 lbs), without SFP/SFP+ media
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 95% non-condensing
Altitude Operating: Up to 3000 meters (9842 feet)
Non-operating and Storage: Up to 12 km (39,370 feet)
Shock Operating: 20 g, 6 ms half-sine
Non-operating and storage: Half sine, 33 g 11 ms, 3/eg Axis
Vibration Operating: 0.5 g sine, 0.4 grms random, 5 to 500 Hz
Non-operating and storage: 2.0 g sine, 1.1 grms random, 5 to 500 Hz
Heat dissipation Maximum 24 ports: 195 BTU/hr
CO2 emissions 210 kg per year (with 16 ports at 0.42 kg/kWh)
1.09 kg per Gbps per year
Airflow Maximum 23 C FM (cu. ft./min.); nominal 18 C FM
Power supply Single, fixed power supply
Power inlet C13
Input voltage 85 to 264 VAC nominal
Frequency 47 to 63 Hz
Power consumption Nominal 48 watts; maximum 57 watts with 24 ports at 8 Gbps
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