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Brocade 6505

Flexible, Easy-to-Use Entry-Level SAN Switch for Private Cloud Storage

To keep pace with growing business demands, data centers are transitioning to highly virtualized, private cloud storage environments. This approach enables organizations to consolidate and simplify their IT resources, resulting in increased business agility and lower capital and operating expenses. But virtualization is not without its challenges. Data centers must keep up with the explosive data growth and dynamic changes driven by virtualized workloads. Selecting the right network is key to realizing the full benefits of these cloud-based architectures.
Designed to enable maximum flexibility and reliability, the Brocade 6505 is configurable in 12 or 24 ports and supports 2, 4, 8, or 16 Gbps speeds in an efficiently designed 1U package. It comes standard with a single power supply with integrated fans. A second, optional power supply provides additional redundancy for increased resiliency. A simplified deployment process and a point-and-click user interface make the Brocade 6505 both powerful and easy to use. Moreover, the Brocade 6505 offers low-cost access to industry-leading Storage Area Network (SAN) technology while providing “pay-as-you-grow” scalability to meet the needs of an evolving storage environment.
Main featuresBenefits
Market-leading throughput with an affordable switch form factorExceptional price/performance ratio for growing SAN workload
16 G Fibre Channel
Meets the demands of virtualized environments and high speed peripherals such as SSD’s and capabilities of highly virtualized environments
Flexible ports on demand
"Pay-as-you-grow” scalability
12 Port on Demand licenses enable for 24 port usage
Enterprise-class availability features
Single PSU / fan with option for redundant PSU / fan upgrade
Redundant components (PSU, fans provide improved uptime and hitless operation when repair is needed
Link-testing capabilities
Port-to-Port check for link testing (for cables and structured cabling)
Full fabric enabled
Improved usability and simplified configuration
Access gateway support
Enables large Blade Server farms (Switches in AG mode do not need a Fibre Channel Domain ID)
Allows attachment to Cisco SAN’s

FC Switches

Technology Switch Main Features
Generation 5
(FC 16G)
Brocade 6505 Switch
  • Provides up to 24 ports
  • Enterprise features at an entry-level price
  • „pay-as-you-grow“ scalability from 12 to 24 ports
Brocade 6510 Switch
  • Provides up to 48 ports
  • Maximizes overall port density and space utilization for consolidation of legacy SAN switches
  • Features enhanced diagnostics and RAS functionality to minimize downtime
Brocade 6520 Switch
  • Provides high scalability in an ultra-dense 96-port switch
  • Improved availability and manageability with distributed intelligence across the network
  • Up to eight in-flight encryption and compression ports delivering security and bandwidth savings
Generation 4
(FC 8G)
Brocade 300 Switch
  • Provides up to 24 ports
  • „pay-as-you-grow“ scalability
  • Full fabric architecture
Brocade 5300 Switch
  • Provides up to 80 ports
  • „pay-as-you-grow“ scalability
  • Enterprise-class availability for disaster recovery and business continuity