Brocade Networking Hardware

Brocade’s acquisition of Foundry Networks means that they are in a unique position to provide complete data center connectivity by bringing L2 & L3 capabilities to their existing L4-L7 portfolio.

  • leading cost-effectiveness and performance with end-to-end solutions
  • reduced maintenance costs versus SmartNET™

Core Switching

BigIron RX

These switches provide a high density of wire speed ports.

  • 1536 GbE ports, 2304 in 7’ rack
  • 128 10GbE ports, 192 in 7’ rack
  • 2.2 billion packets/second
  • wire-speed ACLs, PBR, and traffic policing
  • rich routing, BGP to 1 million routes
  • BGP & OSPF graceful restart support

NetIron MLX

These core routers are high-end backbone solutions with high performance and large scale security.

  • rich routing, BGP to 2 million routes
  • BGP & OSPF graceful restart support
  • multi-VRF
  • tens of thousands of inbound/outbound ACL entries
  • unicast reverse path forwarding

Edge Switches

FastIron WS

  • up to 48 10/100 or 10/100/1000 non-PoE or Class 3 PoE ports in 1U (24 ports with redundant power)
  • 4 x 100/1000 fiber uplinks
  • intelligent edge switching for unified communications

FastIron LS

  • highest stackable port density
  • 48 10/100/1000 ports in 1U, 384 ports/stack
  • upgradable to 10GbE

FastIron GS

  • SMB/SME convergence
  • up to 48 10/100 or 10/100/1000 Class 3 PoE ports in 1U (24 with redundant power)
  • 4 x 100/1000 fiber uplinks


  • highest stackable PoE+ port density
  • up to 48 PoE or 26 PoE+ ports in 1u, 384 PoE or 208 PoE+ per stack
  • 4 x 100/1000 fiber uplinks
  • dedicated 32Gbps stacking bandwidth
  • advanced VoIP

FastIron Edge X

  • 136 Gbps non-blocking line rate
  • 24 10/100/1000 PoE ports
  • 128,000 IPv4 routes

Application Delivery & Virtualization

Enable high-performance, always-on, secure IP services with application delivery controllers from Brocade. Built to accelerate, secure, and scale IP, Web, and VoIP applications, application delivery solutions from Brocade can offer a wide range of application optimization functions.

ServerIron ADX

The Brocade ServerIron ADX Series of high-performance application delivery switches provides a broad range of application optimization functions to ensure the reliable delivery of critical applications. Purpose-built for large-scale, low-latency environments, the ServerIron ADX Series accelerates application performance and improves application availability–all while making the most efficient use of existing infrastructure.

About Brocade

Cost Reduction

  • typically 40% less upfront costs than Cisco
  • uses 1/3 the power & cooling of Cisco
  • maintenance costs are much lower than Cisco’s

Investment protection

  • CLI is almost identical to Cisco’s, meaning Cisco training is Foundry/Brocade training
  • enhancements like 10GbE, PoE are field-upgradable
  • great for converged IP telephony, featuring interoperability with a wide variety of vendors, based on open standards LLDP & TIA LLDP-MED


  • utilize VPN technology over MPLS in the LAN for 1/10th the cost of Cisco
  • eliminate spanning trees
  • designed for QoS & high availability with sub-50 second failover