Brocade ICX 6450-48 Switch
48-Port Gigabit Ethernet Switch with 2-Port 1 GbE & 2-Port 1/10 GbE SFP Uplink/Stacking
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Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 Switches deliver enterprise-class stackable switching at an entry-level price. Designed for small to medium-size enterprises, branch offices, and distributed campuses, these intelligent, scalable edge switches deliver enterprise-class functionality at an affordable price. In addition, the Brocade ICX 6430-C and ICX 6450-C offer attractive 12-port, compact, and enterprise-class fanless switch models for deployments outside the wiring closet.
Today’s organizations expect their enterprise campus LANs to deliver more services to more users at a lower cost. These services include next-generation business applications as well as anytime, anywhere access for mobile devices. At the same time, campus LANs must be able to scale easily to meet future demands and efficiently evolve within dynamic business environments.
Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 Switches provide enterprise-class stackable LAN switching solutions to meet the growing demands of campus networks. Designed for small to medium-size enterprises, branch offices, and distributed campuses, these intelligent, scalable edge switches deliver enterprise-class functionality at an affordable price—without compromising performance and reliability. The Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 are available in 12-, 24-, and 48-port 10/100/1000 Mbps models and 1 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) or 10 GbE dual-purpose uplink/stacking ports (see Figures 1 and 2)—with or without IEEE 802.3af Power over Ethernet (PoE) and 802.3at Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE+)— to support enterprise edge networking, wireless mobility, and IP communications.
Flexible and Reliable
Simple, Powerful Management and Monitoring
The only thing that's entry-level about the Brocade ICX 6430 and ICX 6450 campus switches is the price. You get a highly manageable networking switch in a flexible, stacking architecture with Layer 3 routing capabilities. Added bonus: With HyperEdge Shared Services, you can extend premium Brocade ICX 6610 switch services to the Brocade ICX 6450, helping you scale in capability as well as in capacity.
Add a Brocade ICX 6610 Switch to the stack, and you'll extend the premium services of our highest-performing access layer switch to every Brocade ICX 6450 port. It's a highly cost-effective path to high-end capabilities.
Connect up to three switches with an external power supply for worry-free operation. Redundant, load-sharing power supplies support Power over Ethernet (PoE) ports for the ultimate in deployment options.
The Brocade ICX 6430 and the ICX 6450 switches also offer compact versions perfect for conference rooms, classrooms, or wherever the action is—without running a wire from each device to the wiring closet. No power outlet is necessary, and fanless operation gives you quiet performance.
*Brocade HyperEdge technology is planned to be available for purchase in the first half of 2013
With Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 Switches, organizations can buy only what they need today and easily scale user ports and services as their network requirements evolve. Brocade offers maximum investment protection through flexible software licensing options that bring advanced services and performance to lower-cost ports
In particular, the Brocade HyperEdge Architecture allows premium switch features and services to be shared with entry-level switches (Brocade ICX 6450 only). The Brocade ICX switches also are hardware- capable for easy software implementation (software available in a future release) of emerging security (IEEE 802.1AE MACsec) and energy savings (IEEE 802.3az EEE) standards, helping to protect today’s investments while supporting tomorrow’s needs.
Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 Switches come with three years of technical support from the Brocade Technical Assistance Center and software maintenance updates. With these capabilities, organizations gain peace of mind while freeing up IT budget and resources to grow their businesses.
Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 Switches help simplify network deployment and management by enabling auto-discovery of new Brocade ICX switches within the stack. IT organizations can auto-configure switches using pre-set instructions on the network. To further simplify management, these stacked switches collectively utilize only a single IP address and offer transparent forwarding across the stack.
By embedding sFlow capabilities into the Brocade ICX 6450, Brocade delivers an "always-on" monitoring technology that operates with wire-speed performance. sFlow dramatically reduces implementation complexity compared to traditional network monitoring solutions that rely on mirrored ports, probes, and line-tap technologies. With HyperEdge technology, further automation will be available with single-point network lifecycle management for campus LANs–including initialization, maintenance, troubleshooting, and upgrades. This type of capability will enable network managers to push campus-wide common policies out to the network edge with a single CLI command, minimizing the chance of human error and enhancing compliance enforcement.
Brocade Ethernet switch stacking technology helps IT organizations meet growing user demand by delivering high availability through real-time state synchronization across the stack and instantaneous hitless failover support. In addition, organizations can use hotinsertion and removal of stack members to avoid interrupting network service when adding or replacing a switch. Highperformance Link Aggregation Groups (LAGs) increase 10 GbE uplink bandwidth and redundancy to the core, giving users uninterrupted high performance to support the most demanding applications. Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 Switches also offer an external power supply for added resiliency and increased PoE/PoE+ port availability (see Figure 3).
Figure 3. The optional Brocade ICX 6400-EPS1500 is an external power supply source to provide additional power to the Brocade ICX switches (except the Brocade ICX 6430-C/6450-C and 6430-24). It also can be used for system power redundancy and increased PoE/PoE+ power budget to enable additional PoE/PoE+ ports. Each Brocade ICX 6400-EPS1500 can connect up to three Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 Switches.
Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 Switches provide 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 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 6450 Switches, 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 a full, enterprise-wide monitoring capability for every port in the network.
Simplified Deployment with Auto-Configuration
Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 Switches support auto-configuration, simplifying deployment with a truly plug-and-play experience. Organizations can use this feature to automate IP address and feature configuration 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.
Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 Switches include an industry-standard Command Line Interface (CLI) and support 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. Embedded Web management is also provided through a GUI-based device interface, and organizations can use Brocade Network Advisor to achieve full device and network management visibility.
Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 Switches include a 10/100/1000 Mbps RJ-45 Ethernet port dedicated for out-of-band management, providing a remote path to manage the switches, regardless of the status or configuration of the data ports.
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 the Brocade Network Advisor Device Configuration Manager tool, organizations can configure Virtual LANs (VLANs) within the network, manage wireless access point realms, or execute CLI commands on specific IP devices or groups of IP devices. sFlow-based proactive monitoring is ideal for performing
The Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 Switch is covered by the Brocade Standard Limited Warranty.
Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 Switches are supported by next-business-day advance replacement as well as software defect repairs and maintenance updates. To further improve service levels and operational efficiency, Brocade includes three years of remote support on Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 Switches, providing direct access to the Brocade Technical Assistance Center and resources during normal 8X5 business hours.
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Brocade Ethernet switch stacking technology makes it possible to stack up to eight Brocade ICX 6450 Switches into a single logical switch (except the Brocade ICX 6450-C), providing simple and robust expandability for future growth at the network edge. This stacked switch has only a single IP address to simplify management and offers transparent forwarding across a pool of up to 384 1 GbE ports and 32 10 GbE ports. When new switches join the stack, they automatically inherit the stack's existing configuration file, enabling true plug-and-play network expansion. Flexible licensing of 1 GbE to 10 GbE ports for uplink and stacking allows organizations to optimize network performance based on specific requirements. Brocade stacking technology also delivers high availability, enabling instantaneous hitless failover to a standby stack controller if the master stack controller fails. In addition, organizations can use hot-insertion and removal of stack members to avoid interrupting network services.
For networks with lower bandwidth requirements, the Brocade ICX 6430 offers the same rugged stacking capability (except the Brocade ICX 6430-C) at a reduced price, providing a lower-density solution of up to 192 1 GbE access ports with 16 1 GbE uplink and stacking ports, and a maximum stack height of four switches.
Built to Power Next-Generation Edge Devices
The Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 can deliver both PoE power and data across network connections, providing a single- cable solution for the latest edge devices (see Figure 4). Brocade ICX switches are compatible with industry-standard Voice over IP (VoIP) equipment as well as legacy IP phones. In addition, they support the PoE+ standard (IEEE 802.3at) to provide up to Class 4 (30 watts) power to each device. This high-powered solution simplifies wiring for next-generation edge devices, such as video conferencing and VoIP phones, 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. The Brocade ICX 6450 can provide PoE power to all ports and PoE+ (30 watts) to all ports when an external power supply is deployed.
Figure 4. Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 Switches are suitable for a wide range of small to medium-size enterprises and branch office deployments at the network access layer.
Plug-and-Play Operations for Powered Devices
Brocade ICX switches support 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 Unified Communications (UC). Configuring IP endpoints such as VoIP phones can be a complex task, requiring manual and time-consuming configuration. LLDP and LLDP-MED provide a standard, open method for configuring, discovering, and managing network infrastructure.
The LLDP protocols also 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.
Compact Switch Solution for Deployment Outside the Wiring Closet
The Brocade ICX 6430-C/6450-C Compact Switch offers enterprise-class LAN switching capabilities, performance, reliability, security, and manageability in a small form factor with fanless operation for deployment outside the wiring closet. It is ideal for deployment in classrooms, retail locations, factories, small offices, workgroup, and space-constrained environments. The Brocade ICX 6430-C/6450-C is available in a 12-port 10/100/1000 Mbps model with IEEE 802.3af PoE and 802.3at PoE+ support on four ports plus four additional 1 GbE uplink ports. Additionally, the Brocade ICX 6450-C can be powered either from its internal AC power supply or with POE/PoE+ power, coming from one or both of its two RJ45 uplink ports, providing increased deployment flexibility by enabling the switch to be deployed in areas where no AC power outlet is present.
In the enterprise, the Brocade ICX 6430-C/6450-C Compact Switch can be used to extend the reach of the network outside the wiring closet, bringing connectivity to more users and supporting additional wireless AP deployment without running more wires. Additionally, the Brocade ICX 6450-C offers L3 routing and GRE support enabling secure and flexible deployment in remote areas. To simplify deployment in-situ, the Brocade ICX 6430-C/6450-C offer flexible mounting options, such as wall brackets and a magnetic mount kit.
Cost-Optimized Cooling Options
The Brocade ICX 6430 48-port and Brocade ICX 6450 24- and 48-port switches offer industry-standard side-to-back airflow with quiet fans at less than 40 dB (except the Brocade ICX 6450-48P). The Brocade ICX 6430-C/6450-C and 6430-24 Switches are available in a fanless configuration, helping to minimize sound and costs for deployments where users are present, such as classrooms and open office environments.
Basic Layer 3 Capabilities
Brocade ICX 6450/6450-C Switches offer an upgrade option to bring Layer 3 capabilities to the network edge, reducing complexity, and enhancing the reliability of enterprise networks.
Data Center ToR Server Connectivity
The Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 are designed to fit in server racks by consuming only one rack unit. In data center environments where most servers are 1 GbE-capable, the Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 provide a compact and cost- effective 1 GbE Top-of-Rack (ToR) switch by simply connecting the 1 GbE Network Interface Cards (NICs) in the servers to the Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 1 GbE ports (see Figure 5). This configuration uses 10 GbE links (Brocade ICX 6450) or 1 GbE links (Brocade ICX 6430) to connect to Brocade ICX data center aggregation switches.
Figure 5. Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 Switches provide ToR access while Brocade ICX 6650 Switches provide data center aggregation.
|ICX 6450-C12-PD||ICX 6450-24||ICX 6450-24P||ICX 6450-48||ICX 6450-48P|
|10/100/1000 Mbps RJ-45 ports||12||24||24||48||48|
|10/100/1000 Mbps RJ-45 uplink ports||2|
|1 GbE SFP ports
|1/10 GbE SFP/SFP+ ports
|4 (Optional 2-port license)||4 (Optional 2-port license)||4 (Optional 2-port license)||4 (Optional 2-port license)|
|Aggregated stacking bandwidth||160 Gbps||160 Gbps||160 Gbps||160 Gbps|
|Units per stack||8||8||8||8|
(maximum distance between two stacked switches)
|100 m||100 m||100 m||100 m|
|Internal AC power supply rating||100 W||65 W||525 W||100 W||880 W|
|External power supply
(redundant power and PoE power)
|Optional 525 W||Optional 525 W||Optional 525 W||Optional 525 W × 2|
|PoE/PoE+ power budget
(internal power supply)
|68 W||390 W||780 W|
|PoE Class 3 ports
(internal power supply)
(internal power supply)
|Max PoE Class 3 ports
(with internal and external power supplies)
|Max PoE+ ports
(with internal and external power supplies)
(Powered Device PD)
|Base software||Layer 3 with static routes||Layer 3 with static routes||Layer 3 with static routes||Layer 3 with static routes||Layer 3 with static routes|
|Layer 3 routing
(data rate, full duplex)
|32 Gbps||128 Gbps||128 Gbps||176 Gbps||176 Gbps|
(data rate, full duplex
|24 Mpps||96 Mpps||96 Mpps||132 Mpps||132 Mpps|
|Maximum MAC addresses||16,000|
|Maximum STP (spanning trees)||253|
|Maximum routes (in hardware)||12,000 (IPv4)
|Trunking||Maximum ports per trunk: 8
Maximum trunk groups: 124
|Maximum jumbo frame size||9,216 bytes|
|Physical Specifications||ICX 6450-C12-PD||ICX 6450-24||ICX 6450-24P||ICX 6450-48||ICX 6450-48P|
|Dimensions||1.7 in. (H) × 10.6 in. (W) × 8.4 in. (D) 4.34 cm (H) × 26.92 cm (W) × 21.33 cm (D)||1.7 in. (H) × 10.6 in. (W) × 8.4 in. (D) 4.34 cm (H) × 26.92 cm (W) × 21.33 cm (D)||1.7 in. (H) × 17.44 in. (W) × 14.57 in. (D) 4.34 cm (H) × 44.3 cm (W) × 37 cm (D)|
|Weight||4.62 lb (2.09 kg)||7.39 lb (3.35 kg)||10.03 lb (4.55 kg)||11.07 lb (5.02 kg)||14.11 lb (6.4 kg)|
|Temperature||Operating temperature: 0°C to 55°C / 32°F to 131°F
Operating temperature for Brocade ICX 6430-C12: 0°C to 45°C / 32°F to 113°F
Storage temperature: -40°C to 70°C / -40°F to 158°F
|Humidity||Operating relative humidity: 5% to 95%, non-condensing
Non-operating relative humidity: 0% to 95%, non-condensing
|Altitude||10,000 ft (3,000 m) maximum|
|Acoustic||Fanless (ambient)||37.9 dBA||39.2 dBA||37.2 dBA||55.5 dBA|
|Vibration||IEC 68-2-36, IEC 68-2-6|
|Shock and drop||IEC 68-2-27
|MTBF (25°C, CL: 60%)||868,732 hours||906,243 hours||485,749 hours||756,081 hours||397,590 hours|
|Power||ICX 6450-C12-PD||ICX 6450-24||ICX 6450-24P||ICX 6450-48||ICX 6450-48P|
|Power supplies||Integrated AC power supply for system and PoE power
External 1500 W AC power supply for redundant system power and extended PoE power
|Power inlet (Max current rating at 100 V input)||1.8 Amp||1.5 Amp||6 Amp||2 Amp||10 Amp|
|Input voltage||Universal 100 to 240 VAC|
|AC power cord current rating||10 Amp, 100 to 240 V||13 Amp, 100 to 240 V||13 Amp, 100 to 240 V||13 Amp, 100 to 240 V||13 Amp, 100 to 240 V|
|Input line frequency||50 to 60 Hz|
|Heat dissipation (no PoE load)||68.3 BTU/hr||124 BTU/hr||129 BTU/hr||186 BTU/hr||192 BTU/hr|
|Measure Power Utilization|
|Idle||11.3 W||20 W||21 W||30 W||31 W|
|5% Throughput||94.3 W||29 W||395 W||51 W||771 W|
|100% Throughput||94.6 W||37 W||400 W||55 W||776 W|
|Regulatory Compliance and Safety Approvals|
|Safety||CAN/CSA-C22.2 NO. 60950-1-07; UL 60950-1 2nd Edition; IEC 60950-1 2nd Edition; EN 60950-1:2006 Safety of Information Technology Equipment; EN 60825-1 Safety of Laser Products—Part 1: Equipment Classification, Requirements and User's Guide; EN 60825-2 Safety of Laser Products—Part 2: Safety of Optical Fibre Communication Systems|
|Environmental regulatory compliance||RoHS-compliant (6 of 6); WEEE-compliant|
* Stacking is not supported on the Brocade 6430-C12/6450-C12-PD. 100Base-FX is supported on the Brocade ICX 6430-C12/6450-C12-PD.
Layer 2 switching
Base Layer 3 routing
Premium Layer 3 routing
Quality of Service (QoS)
IEEE standards compliance
Management and control
Q How many models are available in the Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 family? A Ten different Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 models are available:
Part Number Description ICX6430-C12 12-port 1 GbE compact switch (4 PoE+ capable), 2×100/1 GbE SFP and 2×100/1 GbE copper uplinks, fanless ICX6430-24 24-port 1GbE switch, 4×1 GbE SFP uplink/stacking ports, fanless ICX6430-24P 24-port 1GbE switch PoE+ 390 W, 4×1 GbE SFP uplink/stacking ports ICX6430-48 48-port 1GbE switch, 4×1 GbE SFP uplink/stacking ports ICX6430-48P 48-port 1GbE switch PoE+ 390 W, 4×1 GbE SFP uplink/stacking ports ICX6450-C12-PD 12-port 1 GbE compact switch (4 PoE+ capable), 2×100/1 GbE SFP and 2×100/1 GbE copper uplinks, fanless, PD, L3 static ICX6450-24 24-port 1 GbE switch, 2×1 GbE SFP+ and 2×10 GbE SFP+ uplink/stacking ports (1 GbE SFP+ upgradable to 10 GbE) ICX6450-24P 24-port 1 GbE switch PoE+ 390 W, 2×1 GbE SFP+ and 2×10 GbE SFP+ uplink/stacking ports (1 GbE SFP+ upgradable to 10 GbE) ICX6450-48 48-port 1 GbE switch, 2×1 GbE SFP+ and 2×10 GbE SFP+ uplink/stacking ports (1 GbE SFP+ upgradable to 10 GbE) ICX6450-48P 48-port 1 GbE switch PoE+ 780 W, 2×1 GbE SFP+ and 2×10 GbE SFP+ uplink/stacking ports (1 GbE SFP+ upgradable to 10 GbE)
Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 Switches have a unique design that enables integrated uplink ports to be used as stacking ports, easily expanding the number of 1 GbE user ports (except the Brocade ICX 6430-C and 6450-C, which do not support stacking).
Brocade ICX 6450 models have four dual-mode 1 GbE/10 GbE SFP+ ports for stacking and uplinking. The default configuration provides two 10 GbE and two 1 GbE ports. A license is available to upgrade the 1 GbE ports to 10 GbE speed. A maximum of eight Brocade ICX 6450 switches for 384 ports can be configured in a single stack.
Brocade ICX 6430 models have four 1 GbE SFP ports for stacking and uplinking. A maximum of four Brocade ICX 6430 switches for 192 ports can be configured in a single stack.
Q What environment are Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 Switches primarily designed for?
Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 Switches are primarily designed to be deployed at the access layer of enterprise campus Ethernet networks. As an entry-level campus access solution with enterprise-class capabilities, Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 Switches can be deployed in wiring closets, providing Ethernet connectivity to workstations, IP phones, wireless APs, security cameras, and other network devices within close proximity.
Q What environment are the Brocade ICX 6430-C and 6450-C Compact Switches primarily designed for?
The Brocade ICX 6430-C and 6450-C are primarily designed to be deployed at the access layer and outside wiring closets of enterprise campus Ethernet networks. As fanless compact switches, the Brocade ICX 6430-C and 6450-C can be deployed in classrooms, retail, factory, small office, and workgroup environments. In addition, the ICX 6450-C can be powered either from its internal power supply or with POE/PoE+, through its two RJ45 uplink ports enabling the switch to be deployed in environments where no AC power outlet is present.
Q Do Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 Switches have Layer 3 capabilities?
Brocade ICX 6450 and 6450-C models support Layer 3 capabilities:
- Base Layer 3 routing: Available in base models with no license required and includes IPv4 and IPv6 static routing between directly connected subnets.
- Premium Layer 3 routing: Adds RIPv1/v2, OSPFv2, GRE, VRRP, and VRRP-E capabilities through an optional upgrade license (ICX6450-PREM-LIC).
Q Can Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 Switches be upgraded to support Layer 3 features in the field?
Brocade ICX 6450 and 6450-C Switches can be upgraded to support Layer 3 features with key-based software upgrade activation. Customers can purchase a software upgrade license to upgrade any Brocade ICX 6450 Switch to premium Layer 3 capabilities. Brocade ICX 6430 and 6430-C switches are not upgradable to Layer 3 features.
Q What feature advantages do Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 Switches offer compared to Brocade FastIron WS Series switches?
Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 Switches offer many capabilities not found in the Brocade FastIron® WS Series, including:
- Ethernet stacking: With four integrated 1 GbE or 1 /10 GbE stacking ports, IT managers can easily scale user ports as more users are added to the network.
- 10 GbE ports for aggregation/core connectivity: With four integrated 1 /10 GbE ports compared to the Brocade FastIron WS Series, the Brocade ICX 6450 delivers 10 times higher uplink bandwidth.
- PoE on all ports: With a PoE power budget of 390 W (24-port) and 780 W (48- port), the Brocade ICX 6450 can deliver up to 15.4 W to all connected devices.
- PoE+ ports: IEEE 802.3at standard PoE+ on Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 Switches can deliver up to 30 W to connected devices.
- Greater investment protection: Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 Switches provide hardware support for Energy Efficient Ethernet (IEEE 802.3az EEE) and for IEEE 802.1AE MACsec encryption (Brocade ICX 6450 models only). A future software update is required.
- Redundant system power and PoE/PoE+ power extension: Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 Switches support an external power supply for higher system availability and can add to the PoE/PoE+ power budget of the switch.
Q What are the key feature advantages of the Brocade ICX 6430-C and 6450-C Compact Switches?
Key highlights of the Brocade ICX 6430-C and 6450-C Switches include:
- Compact, 12-port 10/100/1000 Mbps design that fits in space-constrained environments
- Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE+) support on four ports for wireless mobility, IP telephony, and IP surveillance infrastructures
- Flexible uplinks with two dedicated 1 Gbps SFP fiber ports and two additional 1 Gbps RJ-45 ports for connectivity
- Simple, attractive design with fanless operation for deployments outside wiring closets
- Low power consumption with hardware-based Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE)-ready access ports
- A Powered Device (PD) design, which enables the Brocade ICX 6450-C to be powered either from its internal power supply or with POE/PoE+, through its two RJ45 uplink ports
Q Do Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 Switches come standard with 10 GbE ports?
Brocade ICX 6450 models (except the Brocade ICX 6450-C) have four dual-mode 1 /10 GbE SFP+ ports for stacking and uplinking. The default configuration provides two 10 GbE and two 1 GbE ports. A license (ICX6450-2X10G-LIC-POD) to upgrade the 1 GbE ports to 10 GbE speed is available and provides four 10 GbE ports per Brocade ICX 6450 Switch. Brocade ICX 6430 models have four 1 GbE SFP ports for stacking and uplinking. The Brocade ICX 6430-C and 6450-C models have two 100 Mbps/1 GbE SFP ports and two 100 Mbps/1 GbE copper ports for uplinks. These uplink ports are individual ports. The Brocade ICX 6430-C and 6450-C Switches do not support Ethernet stacking.
Q Are the 1/10 GbE uplink ports combo ports?
No. The four stacking/uplink ports on each Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 Switch are in addition to the 24 or 48 1 GbE switch ports. Likewise, the four uplink ports on the Brocade ICX 6430-C and 6450-C are individual ports, not combination ports.
Q How do Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 Switches expand when more than 24 or 48 ports are needed?
All Brocade ICX switches support stacking to facilitate port expansion while minimizing management overhead. Up to eight switches can be included in a stack for the Brocade ICX 6450 (except the ICX 6450-C), scaling the logical switch up to 384 1 GbE ports and 32 10 GbE ports. Up to four switches can be included in a stack for the Brocade ICX 6430 (except the Brocade ICX 6430-C), scaling the logical switch up to 192 1 GbE user ports and 16 1 GbE uplink/stacking ports. The Brocade ICX 6430-C and 6450-C Switches do not support Ethernet stacking.
Q Do the switches need to be physically stacked in order to grow the logical switch?
No. The switches can be either situated in a vertical or horizontal stack in a “daisy- chained ring” configuration, or stacked horizontally in a “braided ring” configuration in which alternating switches are connected to each other. The latter configuration allows switches in the ring to be situated farther apart from each other.
Q What cabling options are available for stacking switches?
Standard direct-attached SFP/SFP+ active copper cables are used for stacking. Optional 1 meter and 5 meter cables are available. A stacking cable is not included with the switch.
Part Number Description 10G-SFPP-TWX-0101 Direct-attached SFP+ copper cable, 1 m, one-pack, stacking cable 10G-SFPP-TWX-0301 Direct-attached SFP+ copper cable, 3 m, one-pack, stacking cable 10G-SFPP-TWX-0501 Direct-attached SFP+ copper cable, 5 m, one-pack, stacking cable 1G-SFP-TWX-0101 Direct-attached 1 Gbps SFP copper cable, 1 m, stacking cable 1G-SFP-TWX-0501 Direct-attached 1 Gbps SFP copper cable, 5 m, stacking cable
Q What does “hitless stacking failover” mean?
Hitless stacking failover is a critical high-availability feature provided by Brocade stacking technology. Hitless failover enables the standby stack controller to instantaneously take over in the event of a failure of the master stack controller, without any interruption of traffic forwarding.
In addition, if a stack controller (one of the switches in the stack) fails, it can be replaced while the stack is operating—without interrupting traffic forwarding—through hot insertion and removal of stacked units.
Q Can Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 Switches be mixed in a stack?
No. Brocade ICX 6430 switches are stacked with 1 GbE ports, and Brocade ICX 6450 switches are stacked using 10 GbE ports.
Q Can PoE and non-PoE Brocade ICX switches be mixed in a stack?
Yes. Brocade stacking technology provides the capability to mix and match PoE and non- PoE switches in a single stack from the same Brocade ICX 6430 or 6450 switch family. Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 models cannot be mixed in a stack.
Q Can Brocade ICX 6450 Switches be stacked with Brocade ICX 6610 Switches?
Brocade ICX 6450 switches (except the Brocade ICX 6450-C) can be stacked together with Brocade ICX 6610 switches using 10 GbE ports. Up to eight units can be connected together in that fashion.
Brocade ICX 6450 and Brocade ICX 6610 switches both support the innovative Brocade HyperEdge™ Architecture, enabling the propagation of advanced features and services from the Brocade ICX 6610 to the Brocade ICX 6450 when stacked together.
The HyperEdge Architecture is supported on Brocade ICX 6610 and Brocade ICX 6450 switches running Brocade FastIron software 8.0 or later, which is currently available through MyBrocade.
Q What is the Brocade HyperEdge Architecture?
The Brocade HyperEdge Architecture brings campus networks into the modern era to better support mobility, security, and application agility. This evolutionary architecture integrates innovative wired and wireless technologies to streamline application deployment, simplify network management, and reduce operating costs.
The HyperEdge Architecture enables organizations to build networks that are:
- Agile: By eliminating Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) between HyperEdge Domain switches through a flatter Layer 2 design, the HyperEdge Architecture increases link utilization and reduces application deployment complexity. The Distributed AP Forwarding functionality of Brocade wireless Access Points (APs) efficiently secures and directs mobile traffic at the network edge without tunneling data back to a central controller at the network core.
- Automated: By grouping premium and entry-level switches with intelligent wireless APs into a consolidated management domain, HyperEdge Domains eliminate the need to provision and manage devices individually—simplifying network deployment and management.
- Cost-effective: The HyperEdge Architecture enables the propagation of advanced features and services from premium switches to entry-level switches, allowing IT organizations to purchase only what they need today and add intelligent services as the business evolves. Further cost savings are achieved with Brocade wireless solutions using controller-less or controller-shared license deployment options.
Q What standard optics are supported?
The following SFP/SFP+ optics are supported:
Part Number Description E1MG-100FX-OM 100BASE-FX SFP optic MMF, LC connector, optical monitoring-capable (for Brocade ICX 6430-C and 6450-C only) E1MG-TX 1000BASE-TX SFP copper, RJ-45 connector E1MG-SX-OM 1000BASE-SX SFP optic, MMF, LC connector, optical monitoring-capable E1MG-LX-OM 1000BASE-LX SFP optic, SMF, LC connector, optical monitoring-capable E1MG-LHA-OM 1000BASE-LHA SFP optic, SMF, LC connector, optical monitoring-capable, 80 km E1MG-LHB 1000BASE-LHB SFP optic, SMF, LC connector, 110 km maximum reach 10G-SFPP-USR 10GE USR SFP+ optic (LC), target range 100 m over MMF, one-pack 10G-SFPP-SR 10GBASE-SR, SFP+ optic (LC), target range 300 m over MMF 10G-SFPP-LR 10GBASE-LR, SFP+ optic (LC), for up to 10 km over SMF 10G-SFPP-ER 10GBASE-ER SFP+ optic (LC), for up to 40 km over SMF 10G-SFPP-LRM 10GBASE-LRM, 1310 nm SFP+ optic (LC), TAR
Q Do Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 Switches have the option for a redundant power supply?
Yes. Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 models (except the Brocade ICX 6430-24, 6430-C, and 6450-C) allow for an optional second redundant power supply to be installed externally. The ICX6400-EPS1500 is an external hot-swappable power supply unit that can provide 1500 W of power and can connect up to three Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 Switches. In addition to providing redundant system power, the ICX6400-EPS1500 power supply can provide additional PoE power to add to the PoE budget of the switch. The ICX6400-EPS1500 includes three, 3-feet DC cables.
Q Do Brocade ICX 6430-C and 6450-C Compact Switches support redundant power failover?
The innovative design of the Brocade ICX 6450-C as a powered device (PD) enables it to be powered either from its internal AC power supply or with POE/PoE+ power, coming from one or both of its two RJ45 uplink ports. When both the AC power source is used and PoE/PoE+ power is provided from the uplink ports in a redundant power mode, the system power will failover to PoE power in the event of an AC power failure. This capability is not available on the Brocade ICX 6430-C model.
Q Is PoE+ standards-based?
Yes. PoE+ is being driven by the IEEE 802.3at standard. Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 Switches support the 802.3at specification.
Q Is PoE+ backward-compatible with PoE?
Yes. 801.3at PoE+ is fully backward-compatible with 802.3af PoE. Leveraging LLDP- MED, Brocade ICX switches auto-negotiate 802.3af Class 1, Class 2, and Class 3 power.
Q Does the Brocade ICX 6430-C and 6450-C Compact Switches support PoE/PoE+?
Yes. The Brocade ICX 6430-C and 6450-C models support standards-based PoE and PoE+ on four out of the twelve 1 GbE ports. The internal power supply can deliver up to 68 W of PoE power to ports one through four. The remaining eight 1 GbE ports do not support PoE.
Q How many PoE and PoE+ ports can Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 Switches deliver?
The following chart shows how many ports can be driven with PoE/PoE+ power, based on the internal power supply that is installed:
Brocade ICX Model PoE Class 3 Ports PoE+ Ports (30 W) PoE Power Budget 6430-C12, 6450-C12-PD 4 2 68 W 6430-24P 24 12 390 W 6430-48P 24 12 390 W 6450-24P 24 12 390 W 6450-48P 48 24 780 W
A combination of PoE and PoE+ ports can be mixed, providing more available Class 2 or Class 3 PoE ports.
Q Can PoE power budget be increased to support additional PoE/PoE+ ports?
Yes. Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 Switches (except the Brocade ICX 6430-C and 6450-C) support an external power supply (ICX6400-EPS1500) that can provide redundant system power and also can add to the PoE power budget. When Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 Switches are connected to an ICX6400-EPS1500 external power supply, it allows the external power supply to provide additional power to the switches to increase the PoE/PoE+ power budget. Each ICX6400-EPS1500 external power supply can connect up to three Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 Switches.
The following chart shows how many ports can be driven with PoE/PoE+ power with the addition of the ICX6400-EPS1500 external power supply installed:
Brocade ICX Model PoE Class 3 Ports PoE+ Ports (30 W) PoE Power Budget
Q Can Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 Switches be field-upgraded to support PoE?
No. Non-PoE models cannot be upgraded to support PoE. The PoE port design of the Brocade ICX switches requires different circuitry and power supplies.
Q Can Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 Switches configure PoE power through a Cisco CDP packet?
Yes. Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 Switches have the capability to configure the individual port power based on the content of a CDP packet sent from a Cisco IP phone. This feature enables the flexibility to control power on a more granular basis than the class definitions allow.
Q Do Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 Switches offer AC and DC power?
At this time, the Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 Switches have only AC-capable power supplies.
Q Is sFlow network monitoring supported on the Brocade ICX Switches?
Yes. Only Brocade ICX 6450 and 6450-C Switches are designed with sFlow, a standards- based network export protocol (RFC 3176) that delivers an “always-on” network monitoring technology at wire-speed performance.
Q Do Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 Switches support IPv6 functionality?
Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 Switches support IPv6 architecture and management functionality that allow the switches to be deployed at the access layer of the IPv6 network. In addition, the Brocade ICX 6450 and 6450-C support IPv6 static routing.
Q Do Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 Switches use the same Command Line Interface (CLI) as other Brocade FastIron switches?
Yes. Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 Switches run the same switch firmware as other Brocade FastIron switches, using the same CLI that many customers are familiar with.
Q How are Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 Switches managed?
Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 Switches support a wide range of management standards and have an industry-standard CLI and a Web-based interface. Additionally, they can be managed—along with the rest of the Brocade Ethernet network—by Brocade Network Advisor management software. Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 Switches offer a dedicated out-of-band 10/100/1000 Mbps management port so edge ports will not be consumed by management traffic.
Q What are the acoustic or noise levels for the Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 Switches?
The Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 Switches are designed to maintain low acoustic or noise levels for wiring closet deployment. For models that do not support PoE/PoE+ ports, the acoustic levels are below 38 dBA. For models that support PoE/PoE+ ports, the acoustic levels are below 40 dBA. For the Brocade ICX 6450-48P model that supports PoE on all 48 ports (880 W power supply), the acoustic level is at 55.5 dBA.
The Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 Switches product line also have 12-port (Brocade ICX 6430-C12 and 6450-C12-PD) and 24-port (Brocade ICX 6430-24) models that do not require a fan for airflow (fanless operation), making them ideal for classroom, open office, or lab environments.
The acoustic measurements are based on tests performed at 25°C. Additional acoustic information is available in the Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 Switches data sheet.
Q How is the cooling airflow in Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 Switches directed?
Airflow in all Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 Switches flows from the sides of the switch to the back of the switch. The 12-port and 24-port Brocade ICX 6430 models without PoE do not require a fan for airflow, making them ideal for classroom, open office, or lab environments.
Q Is a lifetime warranty offered for Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 Switches?
Yes. Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 Switches are covered by the Brocade Assurance® Limited Lifetime Warranty.
Q Is technical support offered for Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 Switches?
Yes. Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 Switches, including the Brocade ICX 6430-C and 6450-C, are supported by next-business-day advance replacement as well as software defect repairs and maintenance updates. To further improve service levels and operational efficiency, Brocade includes three years of technical support on Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 Switches, providing direct access to the Brocade Technical Assistance Center and resources during normal 8×5 business hours.