Brocade FX 8-24 Extension Blade

Create a network for instant data access

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As connections to your network increase, storage infrastructure must provide instant data access. The Brocade FX 8-24 Extension Blade offers port density and fast throughput for remote replication and backup. With 8 Gbps Fibre Channel, 10 GbE, and FCIP technology, this powerhouse maximizes flexibility and scalability with a modular blade platform and simple software licensing.

Build a SAN extension that grows with you: Build a SAN extension from scratch or expand to meet evolving requirements. Install up to four Brocade FX 8-24 Extension Blades in a Brocade DCX 8510 Backbone for scalable Fibre Channel and FCIP bandwidth—ideal for larger enterprise data centers and multi-site environments.

Recover from disaster, transmit data faster: The Brocade FX 8-24 Extension Blade features advanced protection and storage network optimization—so replication and backup applications transmit more data over FCIP links, faster. That means you protect time-sensitive asynchronous or high-priority traffic and optimize available WAN bandwidth.

Eliminate problems with simplified management: Maximize network availability and monitor your SAN fabric with ease. Reduce costs, too. The Brocade FX 8-24 Extension Blade with Fabric Vision technology helps administrators avoid problems before they impact performance and SLAs.


Simplified SAN extension

  • Provide a broad range of advanced extension, FICON, and SAN fabric services
  • Scale bandwidth to meet the demands of larger data centers and multiple sites
  • Deliver aggregate bandwidth of up to 96 Gbps (Fibre Channel) and up to 20 Gbps (FCIP)


Easier recovery and protection

  • Accelerate FastWrite and IBM z/OS Global Mirror to maximize replication performance
  • Reduce backup and recovery times over distance with Tape Pipelining
  • Provide FCIP tunnel redundancy for lossless path failover and guaranteed in-order delivery
  • Ensure six-nines availability with hot-pluggable hardware and non-disruptive software upgrades


Simplified management, robust network analytics

  • Provide complete visibility into fabric flows with Flow Monitor
  • Simplify threshold configuration and monitoring with the Monitoring and Alerting Policy Suite (MAPS)
  • Alert administrators to SAN fabric congestion and latency with Fabric Performance Impact (FPI) Monitoring
  • Customize SAN health and performance views with Brocade Network Advisor


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Brocade® Network Advisor simplifies storage network management and helps organizations proactively diagnose and troubleshoot issues to maximize uptime increase operational efficiency and reduce costs.

Specification Value
Lifecycle Active
Fibre Channel Ports 12 ports; E, F, M, EX, and FL ports
Ethernet Ports 12 ports (VE, VEX): 10 1 GbE ports and two optional 10 GbE ports
Port Types FL_Port, F_Port, E_Port, EX_Port, and M_Port (Mirror Port). For FCIP, VE_Port (Virtual E_Port), VEX_Port (Virtual EX_Port).
Class_of_Service Class 2, Class 3, Class F (inter-switch frames)
Fibre Channel 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 Gbps, 2 Gbps, 4 Gbps, and 8 Gbps port speeds; optionally programmable to fixed port speed. Speed matching between 1 Gbps, 2 Gbps, 4 Gbps, and 8 Gbps ports
Size (mm) 36(W) x 421 (H) x 299(D)
Certified Maximum Single fabric: 56 domains, 7 hopsMultiprotocol routing fabric: 19 hops
Scalability Full fabric architecture with 239 switches maximum
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