Brocade 300 Series: BR-320-0008, BR-340-0008, and BR-360-0008

(Pricing on the Brocade 300 series is trending down, so please use the form at the end of the page for our most current individual and bulk pricing.)

What is it?

The Brocade 300 series is pretty affordable now (and getting cheaper at this time). It is a flexible base for entry-level SANs, and an edge switch for core-to-edge SAN environments.
They deliver up to 24 ports of 8 Gbit/sec performance in an energy-efficient, easily mountable 1U rack form factor.
The Brocade BR-320-0008, BR-340-0008, and BR-360-0008 switches simplify config and management with easy tools such as the Brocade EZSwitchSetup wizard (which is Microsoft Simple SAN-compatible).
These switches scale from single-switch fabrics to full-fabric enterprise capabilities with Ports On Demand scalability from 8 to 16 or 24 ports in 8-port increments.
They also offer dual functionality as either a full-fabric SAN switch or as an NPIV-enabled Brocade Access Gateway that enhances fabric scalability and simplifies management.
We also like that they somewhat future proof investments by allowing you to use 4 Gbit/sec SFPs today and upgrade to 8 Gbit/sec SFPs when required.

Compatible SFP Modules:

  • XBR-000139 4GB SW SFP
  • XBR-000147 8GB SW SFP

Brocade 300 Series Models:

Specs: (For full specs, check the product pages above)

Fibre Channel ports Switch mode (default): 8-, 16-, and 24-port configurations (8-port increments through Ports On Demand licenses); universal (E, F, M, FL) ports
  Access Gateway Default Port Mapping: 16 F_Ports, 8 N_Ports
Scalability Full fabric architecture with 239 switches maximum
Certified maximum Single Brocade FOS fabric: 56 domains, 19 hops
  Single Brocade M-Enterprise OS (M-EOS) fabric: 31 domains, 3 hops
  Larger fabrics certified as required; consult Brocade or OEM SAN design documents for configuration details
Performance 1.063 Gbps line speed, full duplex; 2.125 Gbps line speed, full duplex; 4.25 Gbps line speed, full duplex; 8.5 Gbps line speed, full duplex; auto-sensing of 1, 2, 4, and 8 Gbps port speeds; optionally programmable to fixed port speed; speed matching between 1, 2, 4, and 8 Gbps ports
ISL Trunking Frame-based trunking with up to eight 8 Gbps ports per ISL trunk with optional license; up to 64 Gbps per ISL trunk (8 ports × 8 Gbps [data rate])
  Exchange-based load balancing across ISLs with DPS included in Fabric OS
Aggregate bandwidth 192 Gbps: 24 ports × 8 Gbps (data rate)
Maximum fabric latency 700 ns with no contention, cut-through routing at 8 Gbps
Maximum frame size 2112-byte payload
Frame buffers 700 dynamically allocated, 484 maximum per port
Classes of service Class 2, C lass 3, C lass F (inter-switch frames)
Port types FL_Port, F_Port, M_Port (Mirror Port), and E_Port; self-discovery based on switch type (U_Port); optional port type control
  Brocade Access Gateway mode: F_Port and NPIV-enabled N_Port
Data traffic types Fabric switches supporting unicast, multicast (255 groups) and broadcast
Media types 8 Gbps: Requires Brocade hot-pluggable SFP+, LC connector; 8 Gbps Short-Wavelength Laser (SWL); 8 Gbps Long-Wavelength Laser (LWL); distance depends on fiber-optic cable and port speed
  4 Gbps: Requires Brocade hot-pluggable, Small Form-factor Pluggable (SFP), LC connector; 4 Gbps Short-Wavelength Laser (SWL); 4 Gbps Long-Wavelength Laser (LWL); 4 Gbps Extended Long-Wavelength Laser (ELWL); distance depends on fiber-optic cable and port speed
USB 1 USB port for firmware download, support save, and configuration upload/download
Fabric services Note: Some fabric services do not apply or are unavailable in Brocade Access Gateway mode
  Advanced Performance Monitoring (including Top Talkers); Adaptive Networking (Ingress Rate Limiting, Traffic Isolation, QoS); BB credit recovery; Brocade Advanced Zoning (default zoning, port/WWN zoning, broadcast zoning); Bottleneck Detection; Dynamic Path Selection (DPS); F_Port Trunking; Extended Fabrics; Fabric Watch; FDMI; Frame Redirection; FSPF; IPoFC; ISL Trunking; Management Server; NPIV; NTP v3; Port Fencing; Registered State Change Notification (RSCN); Reliable Commit Service (RCS); Simple Name Server (SNS)
Management HTTP, SNMP v1/v3 (FE MIB, FC Management MIB), Telnet; Auditing, Change Management tracking, Syslog; Brocade Advanced Web Tools, Brocade Fabric Watch; EZSwitchSetup wizard, Brocade Data Center Fabric Manager (DCFM), Brocade Fabric Manager (optional, FOS environments only), Brocade EFCM 9.x (optional), command line interface; SMI-S compliant; Administrative Domains; trial licenses for add-on capabilities
Security DH-CHAP (between switches and end devices), HTTPS, IPsec, IP Filtering, LDAP, Port Binding, RADIUS, Role-Based Access Control (RBAC), Secure Copy (SCP), Secure RPC, SSH v2, SSL, Switch Binding, Trusted Switch
Management access 10/100 Ethernet (RJ-45), in-band over Fibre Channel; serial port (RJ-45); USB; call-home integration enabled through Brocade EFCM and Brocade Fabric Manager
Diagnostics POST and embedded online/offline diagnostics, including RAStrace logging, environmental monitoring, non-disruptive daemon restart, FCping and Pathinfo (FC traceroute), port mirroring (SPAN port)


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