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Brocade 6505 Switch
Flexible, Easy-to-Use Entry-Level SAN Switch for
Private Cloud Storage
To keep pace with growing business demands, data centers are
HIGHLIGHTS transitioning to highly virtualized, private cloud storage environments

•• Provides exceptional price/ This approach enables organizations to consolidate and simplify their
performance value, combining
IT resources, resulting in increased business agility and lower capital
flexibility, simplicity, and enterprise-
class functionality in a 24-port, 1U and operating expenses. But virtualization is not without its challenges

entry-level switch Data centers must keep up with the explosive data growth and dynamic
•• Enables fast, easy, and cost-effective changes driven by virtualized workloads. Selecting the right network is
scaling from 12 to 24 ports key to realizing the full benefits of these cloud-based architectures

•• Leverages Brocade Fabric Vision
technology’s powerful monitoring,
management, and diagnostic tools
The Brocade® 6505 Switch with Gen Exceptional Price/
5 Fibre Channel provides exceptional Performance for Growing
to simplify administration, increase
price/performance value, combining
uptime, and reduce costs SAN Workloads
flexibility, simplicity, and enterprise-class
•• Helps pinpoint problems faster The Brocade 6505 combines market-
functionality in an entry-level switch

and simplify SAN configuration leading throughput with an affordable
Designed to enable maximum flexibility
and management with Brocade switch form factor, making it ideal for
and reliability, the Brocade 6505 is
Network Advisor growing SAN workloads. The 24 ports
configurable in 12 or 24 ports and
•• Simplifies deployment with the produce an aggregate 384 Gbps full-
supports 2, 4, 8, or 16 Gbps speeds in an
Brocade EZSwitchSetup wizard and duplex throughput; any eight ports can
efficiently designed 1U package. It comes
supports high-performance fabrics by be trunked for 128 Gbps Inter-Switch
standard with a single power supply with
using Brocade ClearLink D_Ports to Links (ISLs). Exchange-based Dynamic
identify optic and cable issues integrated fans. A second, optional power
Path Selection (DPS) optimizes fabric-
supply provides additional redundancy for
•• Maximizes resiliency with non- wide performance and load balancing by
increased resiliency

disruptive software upgrades and an automatically routing data to the most
optional redundant power supply A simplified deployment process and a efficient and available path in the fabric
point-and-click user interface make the (see Figure 1). It augments Brocade ISL
Brocade 6505 both powerful and easy to Trunking to provide more effective load
use. Moreover, the Brocade 6505 offers balancing in certain configurations

low-cost access to industry-leading Gen 5
In addition, the Brocade 6505 provides a
Fibre Channel technology while providing
low Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) thanks
“pay-as-you-grow” scalability to meet the
to a 12-port base configuration, easy
needs of an evolving storage environment

administration, 1U footprint, and low- Industry-Leading Technology The Brocade 6505 also supports multi-
energy consumption—0.22 watts That Is Flexible, Simple, and tenancy in cloud environments through
per Gbps and 3.3 watts per port. Quality of Service (QoS) and fabric-based
Easy to Use
Enterprise-class capabilities combined zoning features

The Brocade 6505 delivers industry-
with a low TCO yield 40 percent higher
leading Gen 5 Fibre Channel technology Brocade Access Gateway
performance compared to 10 Gigabit
within a flexible, simple, and easy-to-use
Ethernet (GbE) alternatives at a similar Mode
solution. The base configuration includes
cost. The Brocade 6505 can be deployed
12 ports, with up to 24 ports on demand

as a full-fabric switch or as a Brocade
In addition to providing best-in-class
Access Gateway, which simplifies fabric
scalability, the Brocade 6505 is easy to
topologies and heterogeneous fabric
GEN 5 FIBRE CHANNEL deploy with the Brocade EZSwitchSetup
connectivity (the default mode setting is a
Gen 5 Fibre Channel is the purpose-built, wizard and the ClearLink Diagnostic Ports
switch). Brocade Access Gateway mode
data center-proven network infrastructure (D_Ports) feature, which simplifies setup

utilizes N_Port ID Virtualization (NPIV)
for storage, delivering unmatched reliability,
A Building Block for switch standards to present physical
simplicity, and 16 Gbps performance. The
and virtual servers directly to the core
Brocade 6505 with Gen 5 Fibre Channel Virtualized, Private Cloud
and Brocade Fabric Vision technology of SAN fabrics. This makes Brocade
unleashes the full potential of high-density
Access Gateway transparent to the SAN
server virtualization, cloud architectures, The Brocade 6505 provides a critical
fabric, greatly reducing management of
and next-generation storage. building block for today’s highly virtualized,
the network edge. The Brocade 6505
private cloud storage environments. It
in Brocade Access Gateway mode1 can
simplifies server virtualization and Virtual
connect servers to NPIV-enabled Brocade
Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) management
B-Series, Brocade M-Series, and other
while meeting the high-throughput
SAN fabrics

demands of Solid State Disks (SSDs)

Frame-based Trunking Dynamic Path Selection (DPS)
ASIC Preserves In-order Delivery Balancing data flow between
multiple trunk groups
Up to
8.5 Gbps
256 Gbps
6 Gbps
12.5 Gbps
10.5 Gbps
4.5 Gbps Trunk group
9 Gbps
...n Gbps
Trunk group
Trunk group DPS
8.5 Gbps
6 Gbps
12.5 Gbps
10.5 Gbps Trunk group
Up to 4.5 Gbps
256 Gbps 9 Gbps ...n Gbps
Figure 1: Dynamic Path Selection (DPS) augments Brocade ISL Trunking to route data efficiently between multiple trunk groups

Brocade Access Gateway mode for the Brocade 6505 is supported only in 24-port configurations

Organizations can easily enable Brocade customize policies for specific ports or of high-performance fabrics. ClearLink
Access Gateway mode via Brocade switch elements. Diagnostic Port (D_Port) is an advanced
Network Advisor or a CLI. Key benefits of capability of Gen 5 Fibre Channel
•• Fabric Performance Impact (FPI)
Brocade Access Gateway mode include: platforms

Monitoring: Leverages pre-defined
•• Improved scalability for large or MAPS policies to automatically detect •• Flow Vision: Enables administrators to
rapidly growing server and virtual and alert administrators to different identify, monitor, and analyze specific
server environments latency severity levels, and identifies application flows in order to simplify
slow drain devices that could impact troubleshooting, maximize performance,
•• Reduced management of the network
network performance. This feature uses avoid congestion, and optimize
edge, since Brocade Access Gateway
advanced monitoring capabilities and resources. Flow Vision includes:
does not have a domain identity and
intuitive MAPS dashboard reporting to
appears transparent to the core fabric ––Flow Monitor: Provides
indicate various latency severity levels,
comprehensive visibility into flows
•• Support for heterogeneous SAN pinpointing exactly which devices
within the fabric, including the ability to
configurations without reduced are causing or are impacted by a
automatically learn flows and non-
functionality for server connectivity bottlenecked port

disruptively monitor flow performance

Simplified Management and •• Dashboards: Provides integrated Administrators can monitor all flows
Robust Network Analytics dashboards that display an overall SAN from a specific host to multiple
Brocade Fabric Vision™ technology health view, along with details on out-of- targets/LUNs, from multiple hosts
provides a breakthrough hardware and range conditions, to help administrators to a specific target/LUN, or across
software solution that helps simplify easily identify trends and quickly a specific ISL. Additionally, they
monitoring, maximize network availability, pinpoint issues occurring on a can perform LUN-level monitoring
and dramatically reduce costs. Featuring switch or in a fabric. of specific frame types to identify
innovative monitoring, management, resource contention or congestion that
•• Configuration and Operational
and diagnostic capabilities, Fabric Vision is impacting application performance

Monitoring Policy Automation
technology enables administrators to Services Suite (COMPASS): Simplifies ––Flow Generator: Provides a built-
avoid problems before they impact deployment, safeguards consistency, in traffic generator for pre-testing
operations, helping their organizations and increases operational efficiencies and validating the data center
meet Service Level Agreements (SLAs). of larger environments with automated infrastructure—including route
Fabric Vision technology includes: switch and fabric configuration services. verification and integrity of optics,
•• Monitoring and Alerting Policy Suite Administrators can configure a template cables, ports, back-end connections,
(MAPS): Provides an easy-to-use or adopt an existing configuration as and ISLs—for robustness before
solution for pre-built, policy-based a template and seamlessly deploy deploying applications

threshold monitoring and alerting. the configuration across the fabric. In
•• Forward Error Correction (FEC):
MAPS proactively monitors the addition, they can ensure that settings
Enables recovery from bit errors in
health and performance of the SAN do not drift over time with COMPASS
ISLs, enhancing transmission reliability
infrastructure to ensure application configuration and policy violation
and performance

uptime and availability. By leveraging monitoring within Brocade Network
Advisor dashboards. •• Credit Loss Recovery: Helps overcome
pre-built, rule-/policy-based templates,
performance degradation and
MAPS simplifies fabric-wide threshold •• Brocade ClearLink Diagnostics:
congestion due to buffer credit loss

configuration, monitoring, and alerting. Ensures optical and signal integrity for
Administrators can configure the entire Gen 5 Fibre Channel optics and cables,
fabric (or multiple fabrics) at one time simplifying deployment and support
using common rules and policies, or
Brocade Network Advisor Maximizing Investments
BROCADE FABRIC VISION Brocade Network Advisor simplifies Gen To help optimize technology investments,
5 Fibre Channel management and helps Brocade and its partners offer complete
Brocade Fabric Vision technology, an users proactively diagnose and resolve solutions that include professional
extension of Gen 5 Fibre Channel, provides
issues to maximize uptime, increase services, technical support, and education

unprecedented insight and visibility across
the storage network with powerful built-in operational efficiency, and reduce costs. For more information, contact a Brocade
monitoring, management, and diagnostic The wizard-driven interface dramatically sales partner or visit

tools that enable organizations to: reduces deployment and configuration
times by allowing fabrics, switches,
Simplify monitoring:
and ports to be managed as groups

•• Deploy more than 15 years of SAN
Customizable dashboards graphically
best practices in one click to simplify the
deployment of monitoring with pre- display performance and health indicators
defined, threshold-based rules, actions, out of the box, including all data
and policies captured using Brocade Fabric Vision
•• Gain comprehensive visibility into technology. To accelerate troubleshooting,
network health, performance, latency administrators can use dashboard
and congestion issues in the fabric using playback to quickly review past events and
browser-accessible dashboards with
identify problems in the fabric. In addition,
drill-down and point-in-time playback
capabilities dashboards and reports can be configured
to show only the most relevant data,
Increase availability:
enabling administrators to more efficiently
•• Avoid 50 percent of common network prioritize their actions and maintain
problems with proactive monitoring and
network performance

advanced diagnostic tools that address
problems before they impact operations
Brocade Global Services
•• Identify hot spots and automatically Brocade Global Services has the
mitigate network problems—before
expertise to help organizations build
they impact application performance—
through intuitive reporting, trend analysis, scalable, efficient cloud infrastructures

and integrated actions Leveraging 15 years of expertise in
storage, networking, and virtualization,
Dramatically reduce costs:
Brocade Global Services delivers world-
•• Eliminate nearly 50 percent of
class professional services, technical
maintenance costs through automated
testing and diagnostic tools that validate support, network monitoring services,
the health, reliability, and performance of and education, enabling organizations
the network prior to maximize their Brocade investments,
to deployment accelerate new technology deployments,
•• Save up to millions of dollars on CapEx and optimize the performance of
costs by eliminating the need for networking infrastructures

expensive third-party tools through built-
in monitoring and diagnostics
Brocade 6505 Specifications
System Architecture
Fibre Channel ports Switch mode (default): 12- and 24-port configurations (12-port increment through Ports on Demand [PoD]
license); E, F, M, D ports
Brocade Access Gateway default port mapping: 16 F_Ports, 8 N_Ports
Scalability Full-fabric architecture with a maximum of 239 switches
Certified maximum 6,000 active nodes; 56 switches, 19 hops in Brocade Fabric OS® fabrics; larger fabrics certified as required
Performance Fibre Channel: 2.125 Gbps line speed, full duplex; 4.25 Gbps line speed, full duplex; 8.5 Gbps line speed, full
duplex; 14.025 Gbps line speed, full duplex; auto-sensing of 2, 4, 8, and 16 Gbps port speeds
ISL trunking Frame-based Trunking with up to eight 16 Gbps ports per ISL trunk; up to 128 Gbps per ISL trunk

Exchange-based load balancing across ISLs with DPS included in Brocade Fabric OS

Aggregate bandwidth 384 Gbps end-to-end full duplex
Maximum fabric latency Latency for locally switched ports is 700 ns; Forward Error Correction (FEC) adds 400 ns between E_Ports
(enabled by default)

Maximum frame size 2,112-byte payload
Frame buffers 8,192 dynamically allocated
Classes of service Class 2, Class 3, Class F (inter-switch frames)
Port types D_Port (ClearLink Diagnostic Port), E_Port, F_Port, M_Port (Mirror Port); optional port
type control
Brocade Access Gateway mode: F_Port and NPIV-enabled N_Port
Data traffic types Fabric switches supporting unicast
Media types 16 Gbps: Brocade 6505 requires Brocade hot-pluggable SFP+, LC connector; 16 Gbps SWL, LWL, ELWL
8 Gbps: Brocade 6505 requires Brocade hot-pluggable SFP+, LC connector; 8 Gbps SWL, LWL, ELWL
Fibre Channel distance subject to fiber-optic cable and port speed
USB One USB port for system log file downloads or firmware upgrades
Fabric services Monitoring and Alerting Policy Suite (MAPS); Flow Vision; Top Talkers for E_Ports, F_Ports, and Fabric mode;
Brocade Adaptive Networking (Ingress Rate Limiting, Traffic Isolation, QoS); Bottleneck Detection; Brocade
Note: Some fabric services Advanced Zoning (default zoning, port/WWN zoning, broadcast zoning, peer zoning); Dynamic Fabric
do not apply or are unavailable in Brocade Access
Provisioning (DFP); Dynamic Path Selection (DPS); Brocade Extended Fabrics; Enhanced BB credit recovery;
Gateway mode

FDMI; Frame Redirection; Frame-based Trunking; FSPF; IPoFC; Brocade ISL Trunking; Management Server;
NPIV; NTP v3; Port Fencing; Registered State Change Notification (RSCN); Reliable Commit Service (RCS);
Server Application Optimization (SAO); Simple Name Server (SNS)
Supported management software HTTP, SNMP v1/v3 (FE MIB, FC Management MIB), SSH; Auditing, Syslog; Brocade Advanced Web Tools;
Brocade Network Advisor SAN Enterprise or Brocade Network Advisor SAN Professional/Professional Plus;
Command Line Interface (CLI); SMI-S compliant; Administrative Domains; trial licenses for add-on capabilities
Security DH-CHAP (between switches and end devices), FCAP switch authentication; HTTPS, IPsec, IP filtering, LDAP
with IPv6, OpenLDAP, Port Binding, RADIUS, TACACS+, User-defined Role-Based Access Control (RBAC),
Secure Copy (SCP), Secure RPC, SFTP, SSH v2, SSL, Switch Binding, Trusted Switch
Management access 10/100 Mbps Ethernet (RJ-45), in-band over Fibre Channel, serial port (RJ-45), and one USB port
Diagnostics ClearLink optics and cable diagnostics, including electrical/optical loopback, link traffic/latency/distance; flow
mirroring; built-in flow generator; POST and embedded online/offline diagnostics, including environmental
monitoring, FCping and Pathinfo (FC traceroute), frame viewer, non-disruptive daemon restart, port mirroring,
optics health monitoring, power monitoring, RAStrace logging, and Rolling Reboot Detection (RRD)
Brocade 6505 Specifications (continued)
Enclosure Back-to-front airflow (port-side exhaust);
power from back, 1U
Size Width: 437.64 mm (17.23 in.)
Height: 43.18 mm (1.7 in.)
Depth: 443.23 mm (17.45 in.)
System weight 7.82 kg (17.25 lb) with one power supply, without transceivers
9.16 kg (20.19 lb) with two power supply FRUs, without transceivers
Operating environment Temperature: 0°C to 40°C/32°F to 104°F
Humidity: 10% to 85% (non-condensing)
Non-operating environment Temperature: –25°C to 70°C/–13°F to 158°F
Humidity: 10% to 90% (non-condensing)
Operating altitude Up to 3,000 m (9,843 ft)
Storage altitude Up to 12 km (39,370 ft)
Shock Operating: Up to 20 G, 6 ms half-sine
Non-operating: Half-sine, 33 G 11 ms,
3/eg axis
Vibration Operating: 0.5 g sine, 0.4 grms random,
5 Hz to 500 Hz
Non-operating: 2.0 g sine, 1.1 grms random,
5 Hz to 500 Hz
Heat dissipation 24 ports at 338 BTU/hr
Power supply Base switch includes a single, hot-swappable power supply with integrated system cooling fans. Optional dual
redundant hot-swappable power supply

AC input 85 V to 264 V ~5 A to 2.5 A
Input line frequency 47 Hz to 63 Hz
Power consumption 80 W with all 24 ports populated with 16 Gbps SWL optics
60 W for empty chassis with no optics
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