Maximize Performance and Simplify Daily Tasks with a Building-Block Switch
Brocade Gen 7 Fibre Channel is the modern storage network infrastructure for mission-critical storage, enabling organizations to realize a self-learning, self-optimizing, and self-healing autonomous SAN. It combines powerful analytics and advanced automation capabilities to accelerate data access, adapt to evolving requirements, and drive always-on business operations.
The Brocade G720 with Gen 7 Fibre Channel is a building-block switch with ultra-low latency and unmatched 64Gb/s performance that simplifies deployment, configuration, and management of SAN resources in medium to large environments.
High Scalability and Flexibility
- Provide high scalability with 56 ports in a 1U switch
- Enable pay-as-you-grow scalability from 24 to 56 ports—for on-demand flexibility
- Accelerate critical workloads with 64Gb/s links
- Maximize performance of NVMe storage with 50% lower switching latency than Gen 6
- Simplify troubleshooting by identifying and isolating issues
- Collect comprehensive telemetry data across the fabric to enable powerful analytics
- Visualize the data to easily understand the health and performance of the SAN
- Automate repetitive tasks to save time and eliminate human error
|Fibre Channel ports||Switch mode (default): Minimum of 24 ports and maximum of 56 ports. Ports are enabled in increments of 8 ports up to 56 ports via Ports on Demand (PoD) licenses; E_Ports, F_Ports, M_Port, D_Ports, EX_Ports. Brocade Access Gateway default port mapping: 56 SFP+ F_Ports, 8 SFP+ N_Ports.|
|Scalability||Full-fabric architecture with a maximum of 239 switches|
|Certified maximum||4K active nodes; 56 switches, 19 hops in Brocade Fabric OS® fabrics|
|Performance||Fibre Channel: 8.5Gb/s line speed, full duplex; 10.53Gb/s line speed, full duplex; 14.025Gb/s line speed, full duplex; 28.05Gb/s line speed, full duplex; 57.8Gb/s line speed, full duplex; auto-sensing of 8, 10, 16, 32, and 64Gb/s port speeds. 10Gb/s  optionally programmable to fixed port speed.|
|ISL trunking||Frame-based trunking with up to eight SFP+ ports per ISL trunk; up to 512Gb/s per ISL trunk. Exchangebased load balancing across ISLs with Dynamic Path Selection (DPS) included in Brocade Fabric OS.|
|Maximum fabric latency||Latency for locally switched ports is 460 ns (including FEC).|
|Maximum frame size||2112-byte payload|
|Frame buffers||24K per switching ASIC|
|Classes of service||Class 2, Class 3, Class F (inter-switch frames)|
|Port types||D_Port (ClearLink® Diagnostic Port), E_Port, EX_Port, F_Port, M 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||64Gb/s: Brocade G720 requires Brocade hot-pluggable SFP+, LC connector; 64Gb/s SWL.
32Gb/s: Brocade G720 requires Brocade hot-pluggable SFP+, LC connector; 32Gb/s SWL, LWL 10 km.
10Gb/s: Brocade G720 requires Brocade hot-pluggable SFP+, LC connector; 10Gb/s SWL, LWL 10 km.
Fibre Channel distance is subject to fiber-optic cable and port speed.
|USB||One standard USB port for firmware download, support save, and configuration upload or download.|
||Fabric Vision; Monitoring and Alerting Policy Suite (MAPS); Flow Vision; Brocade Adaptive Networking (QoS); Fabric Performance Impact (FPI) Monitoring; Slow Drain Device Quarantine (SDDQ); Brocade Advanced Zoning (default zoning, port/WWN zoning, broadcast zoning, peer zoning, target-driven zoning); Dynamic Fabric Provisioning (DFP); Dynamic Path Selection (DPS); Brocade Extended Fabrics; Enhanced BB Credit Recovery; FDMI; Frame Redirection; Frame-based Trunking; FSPF; Integrated Routing; IPoFC; Brocade ISL Trunking; Management Server; NPIV; Time Server; Registered State Change Notification (RSCN); Reliable Commit Service (RCS); Simple Name Server (SNS); Virtual Fabrics (Logical Switch, Logical Fabric); Read Diagnostics Parameter (RDP).|
|Extension||Fibre Channel, in-flight compression (Brocade LZO) and encryption (AES-GCM-256 encryption on FC ISLs [E_Port]); integrated optional 10Gb/s Fibre Channel for DWDM MAN connectivity .|
- only available in Europe, Middle East & Africa
- Note 1Shipment of 64Git/s SFP is scheduled in 1H, FY2021.
- Note 2Brocade G720 56 ports support is scheduled in 2H, FY2021.