Brocade ICX 6610-24 Switch
24-Port Gigabit Ethernet RJ-45 Switch with 8-Port Dual-Mode 1 GbE/10 GbE SFP/SFP+
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The Brocade ICX 6610 Switch redefines the economics of enterprise networking by providing unprecedented levels of performance, availability, and flexibility in a stackable form factor—delivering the capabilities of a chassis with the flexibility and cost-effectiveness of a stackable switch.
Chassis-Like Capabilities in a Stackable Form Factor
Today's enterprise campus networks are expected to deliver services thought impossible just a few years ago. High-Definition (HD) video conferencing, real-time collaboration, Unified Communications (UC), and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) are only a few of the applications that organizations are deploying to enhance employee productivity, improve customer service, and create a competitive advantage. These same networks must also provide anytime, anywhere mobile access and scale to meet rising user expectations. At the same time, organizations face continued pressure to reduce costs and do more with less. More than ever, campus networks need to quickly and efficiently evolve with the ever-changing business environment.
- Delivers chassis-level performance and availability, providing an optimal user experience for streaming video, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), Unified Communications (UC), and other mission-critical campus applications
- Offers unprecedented stacking performance with 320 Gbps of stacking bandwidth, eliminating the need to work around inter-switch bottlenecks
- Provides up to 1 Tbps of total switching capacity with up to 384 1 GbE and 64 10 GbE per stack for campus network edge and aggregation layers
- Provides unmatched availability with four fully redundant 40 Gbps stacking ports per switch, hitless stacking failover, hot switch replacement, and dual hot-swappable power supplies and fan assemblies
- Simplifies network operations and protects investments with Brocade HyperEdge™ technology*, enabling single-point network lifecycle management and advanced services sharing across a heterogeneous stack
- Offers up to eight "pay-as-you-need" 10 GbE ports activated through software licensing
- Provides peace of mind with Brocade Assurance Limited Lifetime Warranty
Best-In-Class Stacking Bandwidth and Capacity
- Wire-speed, non-blocking performance across all ports
- 320 Gbps of stacking bandwidth
- Up to 1 Tbps of total switching capacity with up to 384x 1 GbE and 64x 10 GbE per stack
- Stack up to eight switches in a single logical chassis
- Industry-leading 8-port, 10 GbE density in a 1U switch
Increase Productivity With Our Highest-Performing Network Access Switch
Smoothly streaming video. Crisp and clear audio. Click-it-and-see-it response time. These high-quality user experiences fuel productivity. But they require a very fast, ultra-reliable campus network. And that’s exactly what the Brocade ICX 6610 campus switch provides, in an highly economical design.
Tailor Performance and Capacity to Your Needs
Our flexible architecture lets you easily add performance and capacity, so your organization doesn’t need to buy more than it needs at any given time. You can even add switches to an existing stack to increase capacity without adding management overhead.
Mixed Stack Reduces Costs by Distributing Premium Services
Would you like to buy a lower-end unit and get higher-end features? Just add entry-level Brocade ICX 6450 switches to a Brocade ICX 6610 stack. The entry-level switches will inherit the high-end switch features and increase your ROI.
Distributed Stack is Flexible, Economical, and Easy to Manage
Deploy Brocade ICX 6610 switches throughout your campus, group them into one logical stack, and manage them all as a single device … even if they’re located in different buildings–with standard cables and without added management complexity.
*Brocade HyperEdge technology is planned to be available for purchase in the first half of 2013.
Combining the Best of a Chassis and a Stackable Switch
The Brocade ICX™ 6610 Switch redefines the economics of enterprise networking by providing unprecedented levels of performance, availability, and flexibility in a stackable form factor—delivering the capabilities of a chassis with the flexibility and cost-effectiveness of a stackable switch.
Class-Leading Performance for Today and Tomorrow
The Brocade ICX 6610 helps organizations meet this challenge by delivering wire-speed, non-blocking performance across all ports to support latency-sensitive applications such as real-time voice and video streaming and VDI. Brocade ICX 6610 Switches can be stacked using four full-duplex 40 Gbps stacking ports that provide an unprecedented 320 Gbps of backplane stacking bandwidth with full redundancy, eliminating inter-switch bottlenecks. Additionally, each switch can provide up to eight 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) ports for high-speed connectivity to the aggregation or core layers.
Non-Stop High Availability
When every second matters, Brocade ICX 6610 Switches help deliver continuous availability to optimize the user experience. Brocade stacking technology delivers high availability, performing real-time state synchronization across the stack and enabling instantaneous hitless failover to a standby controller in the unlikely event of a failure of the master stack controller. Organizations also can use hot-insertion/removal of stack members to avoid interrupting service when adding a switch to increase the capacity of a stack or replacing a switch that needs servicing.
Unmatched Simplicity and Investment Protection
The Brocade ICX 6610 is easy to deploy, manage, and integrate into both new and existing networks. Organizations can buy only what they need today and easily scale up as demand grows and new technologies emerge.
The flexibility of a stackable switch allows organizations to forgo investing in a chassis upfront and put precious capital to better use elsewhere. Organizations can purchase an initial switch to get started and add a new Brocade ICX 6610 Switch to the stack as their business grows.
With capabilities such as bandwidth on demand, the Brocade ICX 6610 enables organizations to grow their networks when necessary. Organizations can initially deploy 1 GbE uplink ports and upgrade to 10 GbE ports when desired with an easy-to-activate software license.
Organizations also have peace of mind with the Brocade Assurance® Limited Lifetime Warranty, which continues for the life of the product and includes power supplies and fans. This warranty helps improve Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) while freeing up both capital and resources to re-invest into the business.
The Brocade ICX 6610 uses standard 40 GbE ports and QSFP cables for stacking. This not only delivers class-leading stacking performance and availability, but also increases cabling options and reduces cable costs—unlike competitive offerings, which rely on proprietary stacking ports and cables.
Hardware support for the new MACsec, Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE), and 40 GbE standards provides maximum future-proofing and investment protection, enabling organizations to deploy these capabilities as needed when more network devices supporting them become available.
Built for the Most Demanding Campus Network Environments
Brocade stacking technology makes it possible to stack up to eight Brocade ICX 6610 Switches into a single logical chassis switch, providing simple and robust expandability for future growth at the network edge or aggregation layer. Also, this stacked virtual switch has only a single IP address to simplify management, and offers transparent forwarding across a pool of up to 384 1 GbE and 64 10 GbE ports. When new switches are added to the stack, they automatically inherit the stack's existing configuration file, enabling true plug-and-play network expansion.
Brocade stacking technology also delivers high availability, performing real-time state synchronization across the stack and enabling instantaneous hitless failover to a standby controller, if the master stack controller fails. In addition, organizations can use hot-insertion/removal of stack members to avoid interrupting service.
Brocade ICX 6610 Switches offer four dedicated full-duplex 40 Gbps stacking ports that provide full redundancy and an unprecedented 320 Gbps of stacking bandwidth, essentially eliminating the need to work around inter-switch bottlenecks.
Unlike competitive offerings that use proprietary stacking ports, the use of standard 40 Gbps QSFP ports offers optimum flexibility and future-proofing. These dedicated stacking ports free up the 10 GbE ports for high-speed connectivity to the aggregation or core layers.
Up to Eight 10 GbE Ports on Demand per Switch
Brocade ICX 6610 Switches offer eight dual-mode Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP)/SFP+ ports, enabling high-bandwidth connectivity to the aggregation or core layers. These ports can be upgraded from 1 GbE to 10 GbE by simply applying a software license, eliminating the need to install a hardware module. In addition, organizations can aggregate these ports across the stack to provide high-speed, redundant links between the wiring closet and the aggregation layer, or between the aggregation and the core layer. With the ability to use short-range and long-range optics, along with copper Twinax cables, the Brocade ICX 6610 supports flexible and cost-effective network architectures.
The Brocade ICX 6610 delivers industry-leading 8-port 10 GbE density in a 1U switch, providing up to 80 Gbps of uplink bandwidth to the aggregation or core layers of the network. This bandwidth enables a 1:1 subscription ratio throughout the network. As a result, organizations can deploy highly utilized networks to avoid congestion during peak hours.
Built to Power Next-Generation Edge Devices
The Brocade ICX 6610 can deliver both power and data across network connections, providing a single-cable solution for the latest edge devices. Brocade ICX 6610 Switches are compatible with industry-standard VoIP equipment as well as legacy IP phones. In addition, they support the Power over Ethernet (PoE+) standard (802.3at) to provide up to 30 watts of power to each device. This high-powered solution simplifies wiring for next-generation edge devices, such as video conferencing and Voice over IP (VoIP) phones, pan/tilt 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. With a 1500-watt power budget per switch (with two power supplies), the Brocade ICX 6610 24- and 48-port PoE models can supply up to Class 4 PoE+ (30 watts) power to every port.
Plug-and-Play Operations for Powered Devices
The Brocade ICX 6610 supports 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 UC. Configuring IP endpoints such as VoIP phones can be a complex task, requiring manual and time-consuming configuration. LLDP and LLDP-MED address this challenge by providing a standard, open method for configuring, discovering, and managing network infrastructure. The LLDP protocols also help 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.
Flexible Cooling Options
All Brocade ICX 6610 Switches support reversible front-to-back airflow options. This design improves mounting flexibility in racks, while adhering to the cooling guidelines of the hosting environment. Organizations can specify airflow direction at the time of order and can reverse the direction after deployment by swapping the power supplies and fan assembly.
Full Layer 3 Capabilities
Brocade ICX 6610 Switches also offer powerful IPv4 and IPv6 Layer 3 switching capabilities. Organizations can use premium Layer 3 features—such as IPv4/IPv6 OSPF and RIP routing, policy-based routing, VRRP, and Protocol-Independent Multicast (PIM)—to reduce complexity and enhance the reliability of large enterprise networks by bringing Layer 3 capabilities to the network edge and/or aggregation layer. Advanced Layer 3 capabilities include BGP routing, enabling remote offices to connect Brocade ICX 6610 Switches to service provider networks. Premium and Advanced routing capabilities can be added to any Brocade ICX 6610 Switch model through software key-based activation.
Simplified, Secure Standards-based Management and Monitoring
The Brocade ICX 6610 provides 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 modern, 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 6610, 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 full, enterprise-wide monitoring capability for every port in the network.
Simplified Deployment with Auto-Configuration
The Brocade ICX 6610 supports auto-configuration, simplifying deployment with a truly plug-and-play experience. Organizations can use this feature to automate IP address and feature configuration of the switches 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.
The Brocade ICX 6610 includes an industry-standard Command Line Interface (CLI) and supports 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.
The Brocade ICX 6610 includes a 10/100/1000 Mbps RJ-45 Ethernet port dedicated to out-of-band management, providing a remote path to manage the switches, regardless of the status or configuration of the data ports.
The Brocade ICX 6610 Switch is covered by the Brocade Standard Limited Warranty.
Maximum Operational-Efficiency and Investment Protection
To further improve operational efficiency, Brocade ICX 6610 Switches come with 90 days of free technical support from the Brocade Technical Assistance Center and free software updates. With these capabilities, organizations gain peace of mind while freeing up IT budget and resources to grow their businesses.
Brocade Global Services
Brocade Global Services has the expertise to help organizations build scalable, efficient cloud infrastructures. Leveraging 15 years of expertise in storage, networking, and virtualization, Brocade Global Services delivers world-class professional services, technical support, and education services, enabling organizations to maximize their Brocade investments, accelerate new technology deployments, and optimize the performance of networking infrastructures.
Cloud-Optimized Network Acquisition
Brocade helps organizations easily address their information technology requirements by offering flexible network acquisition and support alternatives to meet their financial needs. Organizations can select from purchase, lease, and Brocade Network Subscription options to align network acquisition with their unique capital requirements and risk profiles.
The Brocade ICX 6610 is suitable for deployment at the network access and aggregation layers, thanks to its high performance, availability, and flexibility.
The Brocade ICX 6610 provides ToR 1 GbE and 10 GbE server connectivity with the Brocade ICX 6650 providing data center aggregation.
|24 or 48 RJ-45 Ports||24 or 48 PoE+ Ports||24 SFP Ports|
|ICX 6610-24||ICX 6610-48||ICX 6610-24P||ICX 6610-48P||ICX 6610-24F|
(data rate, full duplex)
|528 Gbps||576 Gbps||528 Gbps||576 Gbps||528 Gbps|
(data rate, full duplex)
(data rate, full duplex)
|320 Gbps||320 Gbps||320 Gbps||320 Gbps||320 Gbps|
|10/100/1000 Mbps RJ-45 ports||24||48||24||48||n/a|
|100/1000 Mbps SFP ports||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||24|
|Dual-mode 1/10 GbE SFP/SFP+ ports
(10 GbE SFP+ optional upgrade license)
|40 Gbps QSFP stacking ports||4||4||4||4||4|
|PoE Power Budget
(two power supplies)
|n/a||n/a||1500 W||1500 W||n/a|
|Maximum PoE Class 3 ports||n/a||n/a||24
(one power supply)
(one power supply)
|Maximum PoE+ ports||n/a||n/a||24
(one power supply)
(one power supply)
|Redundant/load-sharing; hot-swappable power supplies
|2X250 W||2X250 W||2X1000 W||2X1000 W||2X250 W|
(one power supply/one fan tray)
|Dimensions||429 mm (16.880 in.) W x 406.4 mm (16.00 in.) D x 44 mm (1.732 in.) H - 1RU|
|Airflow||Front to back (reversible)|
|Maximum MAC addresses||32,000|
|Maximum STP (spanning trees)||254|
|Maximum routes (in hardware)||16,000|
|Trunking||Maximum ports per trunk: 8
Maximum trunk groups: 124
|Maximum jumbo frame size||9000 bytes|
|Temperature||Operating temperature: 0°C to 40°C/32°F to 104°F
Storage temperature: −25°C to 70°C/13°F to 158°F
|Humidity||Relative humidity: 5% to 95%, non-condensing|
|Altitude||Storage altitude: 10,000 ft (3000 m) maximum|
|Acoustic||From 39.6 dB (24 ports, one fan, one power supply) to 48.7 dB (48 ports, two fans, two power supplies)|
|Power supplies||Up to two internal, redundant, field-replaceable, load-sharing AC power supplies with dedicated system and PoE power|
|Input voltage||Typical 100 to 240 VAC|
|Input line frequency||50 to 60 Hz|
|Power Draw (no PoE Load)||
|Regulatory Compliance and Safety Approvals|
|Environmental regulatory compliance||
- 802.1s Multiple Spanning Tree
- 802.1x Authentication
- Auto MDI/MDIX
- BPDU Guard, Root Guard
- Dual-Mode VLANs
- Dynamic VLAN Assignment
- Dynamic Voice VLAN Assignment
- Fast Port Span
- GARP VLAN Registration Protocol
- IGMP Snooping (v1/v2/v3)
- Link Fault Signaling (LFS)
- MAC Address Locking; Port Security
- MAC-Layer Filtering
- MAC Learning Disable
- MLD Snooping (v1/v2)
- Multi-device Authentication
- Per-VLAN Spanning Tree (PVST/PVST+/PVRST)
- Port-based Access Control Lists
- Mirroring - Port-based, ACL-based, MAC Filter-based, and VLAN-based
- Port Loop Detection
- Private VLAN
- Protected Link Groups
- Protocol VLAN (802.1v), Subnet VLAN
- Remote Fault Notification (RFN)
- Single-instance Spanning Tree
- Single-link LACP
- Trunk Groups
- Uni-Directional Link Detection (UDLD)
Base Layer 3 routing
- IPv4 and IPv6 static routes
- Host routes
- Virtual Interfaces
- Routed Interfaces
- Route-only Support
- Routing Between Directly Connected Subnets
Premium Layer 3 routing
- L3/L4 ACLs RIP v1/v2 announce
- OSPF v2, OSPF v3 (IPv6)
- PIM-SM, PIM-SSM, PIM-DM, PIM passive (IPv4 multicast routing functionality)
- RIP v1/v2, RIPng (IPv6)
- Virtual Route Redundancy Protocol (VRRP)
- VRRP-E, VRRP-E (IPv6)
- VRRPv3 (IPv6)
Advanced Layer 3 routing
- Metro-Ring Protocol (v1, v2)
- Virtual Switch Redundancy Protocol (VSRP)
- VLAN Stacking (Q-in-Q)
- Topology Groups
Quality of Service (QoS)
- ACL Mapping and Marking of ToS/DSCP
- ACL Mapping and Marking of 802.1p
- ACL Mapping to Priority Queue
- ACL Mapping to ToS/DSCP
- Classifying and Limiting Flows Based on TCP Flags
- DHCP Relay
- DiffServ Support
- Honoring DSCP and 802.1p
- MAC Address Mapping to Priority Queue
- Priority Queue Management using Weighted Round Robin (WRR), Strict Priority (SP), and a combination of WRR and SP
IEEE standards compliance
- 802.1AB LLDP/LLDP-MED
- 802.1D-2004 MAC Bridging
- 802.1p Mapping to Priority Queue
- 802.1s Multiple Spanning Tree
- 802.1w Rapid Spanning Tree
- 802.1x Port-based Network Access Control
- 802.3 10 Base-T
- 802.3ab 1000 Base-T
- 802.3ad Link Aggregation (Dynamic and Static)
- 802.3ae 10 Gigabit Ethernet
- 802.3af Power over Ethernet
- 802.3at Power over Ethernet
- 802.3u 100 Base-TX
- 802.3x Flow Control
- 802.3z 1000Base-SX/LX
- 802.3 MAU MIB (RFC 2239)
- 802.3ba 40Gbps Ethernet
- 802.1AE - MACsec (HW Capable)
- 802.3az-2010 - EEE (HW Capable)
- ACL-based inbound rate limiting and traffic policies
- Broadcast, multicast, and unknown unicast rate limiting
- Inbound rate limiting per port
- Outbound rate limiting per port and per queue
- Redundant hot swappable internal power supplies
- Hot-swappable fan trays
- L3 VRRP protocol redundancy
- Real-time state synchronization across the stack
- Hitless failover from master to standby stack controller
- Protected link groups
- Hot insertion and removal of stacked units
- Auto Configuration
- Brocade HyperEdge technology*
- Configuration Logging
- Digital Optical Monitoring
- Display Log Messages on Multiple Terminals
- Embedded Web Management
- Embedded DHCP Server
- Industry-Standard Command Line Interface (CLI)
- Key-based activation of optional software features
- Integration with HP OpenView for Sun Solaris, HP-UX, IBM AIX, and Windows
- Brocade Network Advisor support
- MIB Support for MRP, Port Security, MAC Authentication, and MAC-based VLANs
- Out-of-band Ethernet Management
- RFC 783 TFTP
- RFC 854 TELNET Client and Server
- RFC 1157 SNMPv1/v2c
- RFC 1213 MIB-II
- RFC 1493 Bridge MIB
- RFC 1516 Repeater MIB
- RFC 1573 SNMP MIB II
- RFC 1643 Ethernet Interface MIB
- RFC 1643 Ethernet MIB
- RFC 1724 RIP v1/v2 MIB
- RFC 1757 RMON MIB
- RFC 2068 Embedded HTTP
- RFC 2131 DHCP Server and DHCP Relay
- RFC 2570 SNMPv3 Intro to Framework
- RFC 2571 Architecture for Describing SNMP Framework
- RFC 2572 SNMP Message Processing and Dispatching
- RFC 2573 SNMPv3 Applications
- RFC 2574 SNMPv3 User-based Security Model
- RFC 2575 SNMP View-based Access Control Model SNMP
- RFC 2818 Embedded HTTPS
- RFC 3176 sFlow
- SNTP Simple Network Time Protocol
- Support for Multiple Syslog Servers
- 802.1X Accounting
- MAC Authentication
- Bi-level Access Mode (Standard and EXEC Level)
- EAP pass-through support
- IEEE 802.1X username export in sFlow
- Protection against Denial of Service (DoS) attacks
- Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting (AAA)
- Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) with SSHv2
- Secure Copy (SCP)
- Secure Shell (SSHv2)
- Web authentication
Brocade HyperEdge technology helps IT organizations automate network lifecycle management and share services across premium and entry-level switches, enabling them to reduce complexity and costs while protecting their investments. HyperEdge technology is planned to be available for purchase as a software license for the Brocade FCX Series and the Brocade ICX product family.
Highlights of HyperEdge technology include:
- Single-point network lifecycle management for the entire campus edge:
IT organizations can manage multiple stacks of switches as a whole, from a single IP address. They can automatically push policies, firmware upgrades, and configuration changes across the entire campus once, from a single point of management. Automating these processes helps reduce management time and costs while helping to eliminate human error in compliance enforcement. It also enables real-time scaling, since switches can be added to the campus without manual configuration.
- Shared services across heterogeneous stacks:
Intelligent stacking allows mixing and matching of different classes of switches within a single stack, propagating the advanced features and services of premium switches to all of the switches in the stack. This helps save significant IT budget dollars by allowing IT organizations to purchase only what they need today and add intelligent services as the business evolves. It also assures unmatched investment protection since Brocade switch stacks last longer, and premium switches can be added to upgrade stack features across all stack ports.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How many models are available in the Brocade ICX 6610 family?
Five models are available in the Brocade ICX 6610 family. Each model is orderable with
either power supply side intake (-I) or power supply side exhaust (-E) airflow:
- Brocade ICX 6610-24-I /ICX 6610-24-E with 24 10/100/1000 Mbps RJ-45 ports
- Brocade ICX 6610-48-I /ICX 6610-48-E with 48 10/100/1000 Mbps RJ-45 ports
- Brocade ICX 6610-24P-I/ICX 6610-24P-E with 24 10/100/1000 Mbps RJ-45 PoE+ ports
- Brocade ICX 6610-48P-I/ICX 6610-48P-E with 24 10/100/1000 Mbps RJ-45 PoE+ ports
- Brocade ICX 6610-24F-I/ICX 6610-24F-E with 24 100/1000 Mbps Small FormFactor Pluggable (SFP) ports
All Brocade ICX 6610 models have eight dual-mode 1 GbE/10 GbE SFP+ ports and four 40 Gbps QSFP ports used exclusively for stacking. In addition, these ports are compliant with the 40 GbE IEEE 802.3ba standard.
What environment is the Brocade ICX 6610 primarily designed for?
Brocade ICX 6610 Switches are primarily designed to be deployed at the access and aggregation layers of an enterprise campus Ethernet network. As a high-performance campus access solution, the Brocade ICX 6610 can be deployed in wiring closets, providing Ethernet connectivity to workstations, phones, wireless APs, security cameras, and other network devices within close proximity.
Additionally, the Brocade ICX 6610-24F provides 24 SFP ports, making it very well suited as an aggregation solution for small to medium-size campus networks. Thanks to unprecedented stacking bandwidth (320 Gbps) and uplink bandwidth (up to eight 10 Gbps per switch), four Brocade ICX 6610-24F switches stacked together as a virtual chassis can deliver the performance required for an aggregation solution with 96 1 GbE SFP fiber ports and 32 10 GbE SFP+ fiber ports—and with no over-subscription.
Does the Brocade ICX 6610 have Layer 3 capabilities?
All Brocade ICX 6610 models have IPv4 and IPv6 Layer 3 capabilities:
- Base Layer 3 routing: Available in base models with no license required and includes IPv4/IPv6 static routes and routing between directly connected subnets.
- Premium Layer 3 routing: Adds RIPv1/v2/RIPng announce, VRRP, and OSPFv2/v3. It also includes multicast routing protocols, such as PIM, and rich Layer 3 features, such as Policy-Based Routing (PBR), VRRP, and VRRP-E.
- Advanced Layer 3 routing: Adds BGP capabilities.
Can Brocade ICX 6610 Switches be upgraded to support Layer 3 features in the field?
Yes. Brocade ICX 6610 Switches support key-based software upgrade activation. Customers can purchase a software upgrade license to upgrade any Brocade ICX 6610 Switch to premium and advanced Layer 3 capabilities.
What feature advantages does the Brocade ICX 6610 offer compared to Brocade FCX Series switches?
The Brocade ICX 6610 offers many capabilities not found in the Brocade FCX Series, including:
- Five times the stacking bandwidth: With four 40 Gbps stacking ports compared to the Brocade FCX Series' two 16 Gbps ports, the Brocade ICX 6610 delivers five times the stacking bandwidth.
- Four times the number of 10 GbE ports: With eight 10 GbE ports compared to the Brocade FCX Series' two 10 GbE ports, the Brocade ICX 6610 delivers four times the uplink bandwidth.
- PoE+ on all ports: With a PoE budget of 1500 W (with two power supplies), the Brocade ICX 6610 can deliver up to 30 W to all connected devices. The Brocade FCX Series can deliver 30 W to a maximum of 26 PoE+ ports.
- Greater buffering capabilities: With an 8 MB packet buffer, the Brocade ICX 6610 has deeper packet-forwarding buffers than the Brocade FCX Series.
- Better future-proofing: The Brocade ICX 6610 provides support for 40 GbE (IEEE 802.3ba) and hardware support for MACsec and Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE).
- Lower noise level and shorter depth: With a software-controlled power supply and main unit fans, the Brocade ICX 6610 produces sound as low as 40 db with a single power supply unit and fan trays, compared to 51 to 63 db for the Brocade FCX Series.
- Increased CPU processing power: For highly scalable real-time encryption on management data. Redundant fan trays: For higher availability.
Does the Brocade ICX 6610 come standard with 10 GbE ports?
Each Brocade ICX 6610 Switch comes standard with eight 1 GbE SFP ports that can be easily upgraded to 10 GbE SFP+ ports through a software license. Each license enables four ports, so two licenses are required to enable all eight ports.
Are the eight dual-mode 1 GbE/10 GbE ports combo ports?
The eight dual-mode ports are additional to the 24 or 48 1 GbE switch ports. The Brocade ICX 6610 provides up to 48 ports to connect edge devices, plus eight additional ports that can be used for uplinks.
Does the Brocade ICX 6610 support 40 GbE?
All Brocade ICX 6610 Switches are equipped with 40 GbE IEEE 802.3ba ports. At this point, the 40 GbE ports are exclusively used for high-performance/high-availability stacking between the switches.
How does the Brocade ICX 6610 expand when more than 24 or 48 ports are needed?
All Brocade ICX 6610 Switches support stacking to facilitate port expansion while minimizing management overhead. Up to eight switches can be included in a stack, scaling the logical switch up to 384 1 GbE ports and 64 10 GbE ports.
Do the switches need to be physically stacked in order to grow the logical switch?
No. When using the 40 Gbps stacking ports, the switches can be either situated on top of each other in a rack 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.
What cabling options are available for stacking switches?
Standard QSFP copper cables are used for stacking. Two 1 meter stacking cables are included with each unit. Stacking cables can also be ordered separately as accessories (1 meter cable: 40G-QSFP-C-0101; 5 meter cable: 40G-QSFP-C-0501).
Are optical QSFP cables supported?
Optical 40 GbE cabling, such as 40GBASE-SR4 and 40GBASE-LR4, has not yet been certified with the Brocade ICX 6610.
Can PoE and non-PoE Brocade ICX 6610 Switches be mixed in a stack?
Yes. Brocade stacking technology provides the flexibility to mix and match PoE and nonPoE Brocade ICX 6610 Switches in a single stack.
Can fiber and copper versions of the Brocade ICX 6610 Switches be mixed in a stack?
Yes. Brocade stacking technology provides the flexibility to mix and match the Brocade ICX 6610-24F with other Brocade ICX 6610 models. This provides a convenient way to add fiber ports to a Brocade ICX 6610 stack for distance extension and for deploying fiber to the desktop.
Can Brocade ICX 6610 Switches be stacked with Brocade FCX Series and Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 Switches?
Brocade ICX 6610, Brocade FCX Series, and Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 Switches are all built to deliver Brocade HyperEdge™ technology, which is planned to be available for purchase as a software option in the first half of 2013. HyperEdge technology features— including single-IP network lifecycle management and mixed stacking—will be rolled out in a time-phased approach on the various HyperEdge-ready platforms. Closer to the date of availability, Brocade will provide more details on the exact mixed stack combinations that will be supported in the first release.
Will Brocade ICX 6610 Switches support HyperEdge single-IP network lifecycle management?
Brocade ICX 6610, Brocade FCX Series, and Brocade ICX 6430 and 6450 Switches are all built to deliver Brocade HyperEdge technology, which is planned to be available for purchase as a software option in the first half of 2013. HyperEdge technology features—including single-IP network lifecycle management and mixed stacking—will be rolled out in a time-phased approach on the various HyperEdge-ready platforms. Closer to the date of availability, Brocade will provide more details on the exact feature and platform combinations that will be supported in the first release.
What is Brocade HyperEdge technology?
Brocade HyperEdge technology for campus LANs helps IT organizations automate network lifecycle management and share services across premium and entry-level switches, enabling them to reduce complexity and costs while protecting their investments. HyperEdge technology allows IT organizations to automatically push policies, firmware upgrades, and configuration changes across the entire campus once, from a single point of management. In addition, it allows mixing and matching of different classes of switches within a single stack, propagating features and enabling all switches in the stack to benefit from the capabilities of premium switches. HyperEdge technology is planned to be available for purchase (as a software license for the Brocade FCX Series and the Brocade ICX product family) in the first half of 2013.
Is PoE+ standards-based?
Yes. PoE+ is being driven by the IEEE 802.3at standard. The Brocade ICX 6610 supports the 802.3at specification.
Is PoE+ backward-compatible with PoE?
Yes. 801.3at PoE+ is fully backward-compatible with 802.3af PoE. Leveraging LLDPMED, Brocade ICX switches auto-negotiate 802.3af Class 1, Class 2, and Class 3 power.
How many PoE and PoE+ ports can the Brocade ICX 6610 deliver?
The Brocade ICX 6610 can deliver all 48 ports with full Class 3 power. The following chart shows how many ports can be driven with power, based on the number of power supplies that are installed:
Brocade ICX 6610 Model PoE Class 3 Ports PoE+ Ports 24-port model, single power supply 24 24 24-port model, dual power supply 24 fully redundant 24 fully redundant 48-port model, single power supply 24 25 48-port model, dual power supply 48 fully redundant 48
What is the Brocade ICX 6610 PoE power budget?
The total PoE power budget is 1500 W. The Brocade ICX 6610 PoE models support two internal hot-swappable load-sharing 1000 W power supplies. Each power supply delivers 750 W of PoE power and has 250 W reserved for system power.
Can the Brocade ICX 6610 be field-upgraded to support PoE?
No. Non-PoE Brocade ICX 6610 models cannot be upgraded to support PoE. The PoE design of the Brocade ICX 6610 requires different power supplies and a different chassis.
Can the Brocade ICX 6610 configure PoE power via a Cisco CDP packet?
Yes. The Brocade ICX 6610 has the capability to configure the individual port power based on the content of a CDP packet sent from a Cisco phone. This is a useful feature to control power on a more granular basis than the class definitions allow.
Does the Brocade ICX 6610 offer AC and DC power?
At this time, the Brocade ICX 6610 Switches have only AC-capable power supplies.
Brocade ICX 6610 Switches have two removable fan trays. Can the fan tray be replaced while the unit is running?
Yes. The fan unit can be hot-swapped while the unit is running.
How is the Brocade ICX 6610 managed?
The Brocade ICX 6610 supports a wide range of management standards and features an industry-standard CLI and a Web-based interface. Additionally, it can be managed—along with the rest of the Brocade Ethernet network—by Brocade Network Advisor management software. The Brocade ICX 6610 offers a dedicated out-of-band 10/100/1000 Mbps management port so edge ports are not consumed by management traffic.
What does "hitless 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. This is another high-availability feature of Brocade stacking technology.
Does the Brocade ICX 6610 have the option for a redundant power supply?
Yes. All Brocade ICX 6610 models allow for an optional second redundant power supply to be installed internally. These power supplies are hot-swappable and load-sharing.
How is the cooling airflow in the Brocade ICX 6610 directed?
Airflow in all Brocade ICX 6610 Switches flows from either port side to power supply side, or power supply side to port side. Airflow can be specified at the time of order and can be reversed in the field by swapping the power supplies and fan assembly. Brocade ICX 6610 Switches, power supplies, and fan trays are orderable with either power supply side intake (SKUs ending with -I) or power supply side exhaust (SKUs ending with -E) airflow.
Is a lifetime warranty offered for Brocade ICX 6610 Switches?
Yes. Brocade ICX 6610 Switches are covered by the Brocade Assurance® Limited Lifetime Warranty.
Download the Brocade ICX 6610 Switches Datasheet (PDF).
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