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Brocade DCX-4S/DCX

A Platform for Evolving Data Center Fabrics

Brocade DCX Backbone family includes highly robust 8 Gb/s network switching platforms that combine high performance, scalability, and energy efficiency with long-term investment protection. Supporting open systems and System z environments, Brocade DCX Backbones are designed to address the data growth and application demands of evolving enterprise data centers; enable server, SAN, and data center consolidation; and reduce infrastructure and administrative costs.

Brocade DCX Backbones are available in two modular chassis. Built for large enterprise networks, the 14U Brocade DCX has eight vertical blade slots to provide up to 384 Fibre Channel ports. Built for midsize networks, the 8U Brocade DCX-4S has four horizontal blade slots to provide up to 192 Fibre Channel ports. The Brocade DCX family supports 1/2/4/8/10Gbps Fibre Channel and FICON®, FCIP, IPFC, Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and Converged Enhanced Ethernet (CEE).

Both models feature ultra-high-speed Inter-Chassis Link (ICL) ports to connect up to three backbones, providing extensive scalability and flexibility at the network core. At the network edge, organizations can utilize Brocade 8 Gb/s switches, Brocade 48000 Directors, or - for complete backbone-class capabilities - the Brocade DCX-4S.

The sale of Brocade DCX-4S and DCX was terminated in August 2014. The successor products are Brocade 8510-4 and Brocade DCX 8510-8.


  • up to 384 ports operating simultaneously at full 8Gb speed
  • up to 3 Tbit/sec of chassis bandwidth
  • up to 512 Gbit/sec of ICL bandwidth (freeing up to 64 8Gb ports per chassis for server, storage, and fabric connections)

Brocade DCX 8510 Technical Overview

Technology Director Main Features
Generation 5
(FC 16G)
Brocade DCX
8510 Backbones
  • Available in two modular form factors:
    • 8510-4 providing up to 192 16G or 256 8G ports
    • 8510-8 providing up to 384 16G or 512 8G ports
  • Ideal for SAN consolidation projects
  • Redundant control processor modules ensure higher availability
  • Simplifies and centralizes end-to-end SAN management with comprehensive diagnostics, monitoring, and automation
  • Maximizes performance for I/O- and bandwidth-intensive applications
Generation 4
(FC 8G)
Brocade DCX
  • Available in two modular form factors:
    • DCX-4S providing up to 192 8G ports
    • DCX providing up to 384 8G ports
  • Redundant control processor modules ensure higher availability
  • Offers fabric-based applications, including secure data encryption and Adaptive Networking that helps optimize fabric behavior and maximize service levels

Brocade DCX 8510-4/8510-8 Document