Businesses continue to strive to be competitively superior and demand network infrastructures be resilient, secure, and do more with less. As requirements to protect, optimize, and grow the enterprise have extended from basic connectivity to a much higher level of intelligent service-based infrastructures, the network has evolved to provide an even greater value to the organizations. The Brocade FastIron SuperX family of PoE-ready switches provides a superior scalable foundation for better operational efficiency and faster response to business opportunities today and into the future.
The FastIron SuperX family extends control from the network edge to the backbone with intelligent network services, including superior quality of service (QoS), predictable performance, advanced security, comprehensive management, and integrated resiliency. Additionally, the FastIron SuperX family offers compatibility in a common operating system, and a shared interface and power supply modules reduce the cost of ownership by minimizing operational expenses and improving return on investment (ROI).
The FastIron SuperX family has an extensive feature set, making it well suited for real-time collaborative applications, IP telephony, IP video, e-learning, wireless LANs, and raising the organization's productivity. The FastIron SuperX family delivers wire-speed performance and ultra low latency, which are ideal for converged network applications such as VoIP and video conferencing. These platforms present the industry's most scalable and resilient PoE design, with a robust feature set to secure and simplify the deployment of an edge-to-core converged network. In addition, the FastIron SuperX family supports high-density 10 Gigabit Ethernet for enterprise backbone deployments.
In addition, service providers will benefit from the power that IronWare operating system's networking intelligence offers, including advanced Layer 2 services, the Brocade Metro Ring Protocol (MRP) for rapid service restoration in ring-based topologies, VLAN stacking for tunneled VLAN services, and rich bandwidth management for controlling network utilization.
The FastIron SuperX family of switches is optimized for flexibility with upgradeability for PoE, redundant management, switch fabric and power, and 10 Gigabit Ethernet. The scalable FastIron SuperX family helps enterprises and service providers reduce costs and gain the operational benefits of a common operating system, a shared interface, and common power supply modules.
Solution designed for high-quality and reliable network convergence
The FastIron SuperX family provides a scalable, secure, low-latency, and fault-tolerant infrastructure for cost-effective integration of VoIP, video, wireless access, and high-performance data onto a common network. The system architecture features a scalable and resilient PoE design and a low-latency, cell-based switch fabric with intelligent traffic management to ensure reliable and high-quality VoIP service. A rich suite of security features, including policy-based access control, IP source guard, dynamic ARP inspection, and DHCP snooping, work in unison to control network access and shield the network from internal and external threats. The FastIron SuperX family establishes a class of convergence-ready solutions, enabling organizations to implement a secure, reliable, scalable, and high-quality infrastructure for total network convergence.
Resilient power distribution and consumption in support of green initiatives
The FastIron SuperX family features a unique power distribution design for the system and PoE power. The chassis are designed with independent systems and PoE power subsystems. This design achieves optimal power operation and configuration, reducing the equipment and ongoing costs, in comparison to modular systems that use a common power supply for both the systems and the PoE equipment. In the FastIron SuperX family, the power consumption of a line module's PoE circuitry does not impact the system power. Similarly, the power consumption of the line modules, switch modules, and management modules does not impact the PoE power.
Intelligent and scalable Power over Ethernet (PoE)
PoE is a key enabler of applications such as VoIP, IEEE 802.11 wireless LANs, and IP video. The FastIron SuperX is a third-generation PoE-capable switch family and incorporates the latest advances in PoE provisioning and system design, delivering scalable and intelligent PoE to the enterprise. The PoE power distribution subsystem is independent of the system power, eliminating system disruption in the event of PoE over-subscription or a PoE power failure. Customers have the choice of purchasing PoE-ready line modules or upgrading 10/100/1000 Mbps line modules when needed with field-installable PoE daughter modules. PoE power per port can be manually or dynamically configured. Dynamic configuration is supported using standards-based autodiscovery or legacy Layer 2 discovery protocols. Port priorities are also configurable and are used to prioritize PoE power in over-subscribed configurations.
Advanced QoS and low latency for enterprise convergence
The FastIron SuperX family offers superior quality of service (QoS) features that enable network administrators to prioritize high-priority and delay-sensitive services throughout the network. FastIron SuperX switches can classify, re-classify, police, mark, and re-mark an Ethernet frame or an IP packet prior to delivery. This flexibility lets network administrators discriminate among various traffic flows and enforce packet-scheduling policies based on Layer 2 and Layer 3 QoS fields.
Ease of use: plug and playProduct Highlights
The FastIron SuperX family supports the IEEE 802.1AB LLDP and ANSI TIA 1057 LLDP-MED standards, enabling organizations to build open convergence, advanced multi-vendor networks. LLDP greatly simplifies and enhances network management, asset management, and network troubleshooting. For example, it enables discovery of accurate physical network topologies, including those that have multiple VLANs where all subnets may not be known. LLDP-MED addresses the unique needs that voice and video demand in a converged network by advertising media and IP telephony specific messages that can be exchanged between the network and the endpoint devices. LLDP-MED provides exceptional interoperability, IP telephony troubleshooting, and automatic deployment of policies, inventory management, advanced PoE power negotiation, and E911 location/emergency call service. These sophisticated features make converged network services easier to install, manage, and upgrade and significantly reduce operations costs.
- Features an N+1 power redundancy design to enhance power operation and simplify system configuration
- High Class 3 PoE capacity in the industry
- Combined SP/WRR queuing and cell-based switch fabric ensure low latency and jitter for voice and video traffic
- Intelligent PoE and configuration management with LLDP, LLDP-MED and PoE prioritization for IP phones
- Redundant architecture and resilient protocols ensure business continuity in the event of network or equipment failure(s)
- Embedded, hardware-based sFlow traffic monitoring enables network-wide accounting, utilization reporting, capacity planning, intrusion detection, and more
- Advanced IronWare Layer 2 Ethernet switching with robust suite of security capabilities
- IronShield 360 intrusion protection delivers dynamic and real-time protection from network and host-based attacks