The Brocade FastIron CX series switches provide high-performance, scalable and flexible enterprise campus access solutions that enable next-generation convergence applications in a compact form factor.
The Brocade FastIron CX series of switches provides new levels of performance, scalability, and flexibility required for today's enterprise campus networks. With advanced capabilities, these switches deliver performance and intelligence to the network edge in a flexible 1U form factor that helps reduce infrastructure and administrative costs.
Utilizing built-in 16 Gbps stacking ports and Brocade IronStack technology, organizations can stack up to eight switches into a single logical switch with up to 384 ports. PoE models support the emerging Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE+) standard to deliver up to 30 watts of power to edge devices, enabling next-generation campus applications.
Next generation campus convergence
FastIron CX switches can deliver both power and data across network connections, providing a single-cable solution for campus edge devices such as Voice over IP (VoIP) phones, legacy IP phones, video surveillance cameras, and wireless access points. The switches support the emerging PoE Plus standard (802.3at) to provide up to 30 watts of power to each device.
Plug-and-Play operations for powered devices
FastIron CX switches support the IEEE 802.1AB Link Layer Discovery Protocol (LLDP) and ANSI TIA 1057 Link Layer Discovery Protocol-Media Endpoint Discovery (LLDP-MED) standards that enable organizations to deploy interoperable multivendor solutions for unified communications. LLDP and LLDP-MED provide a standard, open method for configuring, discovering, and managing network infrastructure.
Simplified, high-performance stacking
FastIron CX switches include two dedicated 16 Gbps stacking ports, providing simple and robust expandability for future growth at the network edge. Leveraging IronStack technology, up to eight FastIron CX switches can be stacked into a single logical switch with a single IP address to simplify management. Throughout the stack, there is 64 Gbps of switching bandwidth, essentially eliminating the need to work around inter-switch bottlenecks.
Reduced power consumption
In today's rapidly growing business environments, organizations need to minimize power consumption throughout the entire IT infrastructure. FastIron CX switches are designed to intelligently manage power usage, extending "green" initiatives to the wiring closet. Power to campus devices is automatically negotiated, providing exactly the amount of power that they need.
High availability and enterprise-class security
The modular design also has a removable fan assembly. These features provide another level of availability for the campus wiring closet in a compact form factor. Additional design features include intake and exhaust temperature sensors and fan spin detection to aid in fast identification of abnormal or failed operating conditions to help minimize mean time to repair.
Simplified, secure management based on open standards
FastIron CX switches provide simplified, standards-based management capabilities that help organizations reduce administrative time and effort while securing their networks.
Ideal for Ethernet storage traffic
Modern iSCSI SAN environments require a high-performance network to reliably deliver block storage to servers. FastIron CX switches provide robust performance capabilities to handle servers that are saturating multiple GbE links.
Fiber to the desktop for security-sensitive applications
FastIron CX switches provide up to 24 SFP 100/1000 fiber-optic ports for government and military network initiatives or for applications requiring additional security and resiliency. For these types of network environments, fiber-optic cable is the ultimate transmission medium, because it does not emit electromagnetic signals that can be intercepted. And, unlike copper wires, optical fiber cannot be tapped without detection.