Brocade 300 SAN Switch

Brocade 300 SAN Switch

The Brocade 300 is a 24-port switch that provides an affordable, flexible foundation for entry-level SANs, and an edge switch for core-to-edge SAN environments. It delivers 8 Gbps performance in an energy-efficient, optimized 1U form factor to support the most demanding server and virtual server deployments.

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Brocade 300 SAN Switch

The Brocade 300 is an 8 Gbps Fibre Channel switch that provides an affordable entry-level solution for small SANs or the edge of larger SANs. It enables small to medium-sized enterprises to simplify their IT infrastructures, improve system performance, maximize the value of virtual server deployments, and reduce overall storage costs.

Highly Affordable SAN Technology
The Brocade 300 provides exceptional performance and functionality at an entry-level cost. It combines auto-sensing 1, 2, 4, and 8 Gbps Fibre Channel throughput with features that greatly enhance fabric operation. The Brocade 300 provides these capabilities while consuming less than 2.5 watts of power per port for exceptional power and cooling efficiency.

The Brocade 300 features a non-blocking architecture with as many as 24 ports concurrently active at 8 Gbps (full duplex) with no over-subscription—providing an overall bandwidth of 192 Gbps. In addition, enhanced Brocade ISL Trunking enables a single logical high-speed trunk capable of up to 64 Gbps of throughput.

Simplified Management
Brocade 300 setup and configuration is simplified with the Brocade EZSwitchSetup wizard, which makes switch configuration, deployment, and management an easy three-step point-and-click process. For multiswitch environments, Brocade Network Advisor provides comprehensive management of data center fabrics, including configuration, monitoring, and management of Brocade backbones, switches, and adapters. The Brocade 300, which is Microsoft Simple SAN-compatible, also has a USB port that increases serviceability and error logging by facilitating firmware upgrades and downloads of system log files.

Systems Architecture

Fibre Channel ports

  • Switch mode (default): 8-, 16-, and 24-port configurations (8-port increments through Ports on Demand [PoD] licenses); E_, F_, M_, FL_ Ports
  • Brocade Access Gateway Default Port Mapping: 16 F_Ports, 8 N_Ports


  • Full fabric architecture with 239 switches maximum

Certified maximum

  • Single Brocade FOS fabric: 56 domains, 19 hops
  • Single Brocade M-Enterprise OS (M-EOS) fabric: 31 domains, 3 hops
  • Larger fabrics certified as required; consult Brocade or OEM SAN design documents for configuration details


  • 1.063 Gbps line speed, full duplex; 2.125 Gbps line speed, full duplex; 4.25 Gbps line speed, full duplex; 8.5 Gbps line speed, full duplex; auto-sensing of 1, 2, 4, and 8 Gbps port speeds; optionally programmable to fixed port speed; speed matching between 1, 2, 4, and 8 Gbps ports

ISL Trunking

  • Brocade Frame-based Trunking with up to eight 8 Gbps ports per ISL trunk with optional license; up to 64 Gbps per ISL trunk (8 ports × 8 Gbps [data rate])
  • Exchange-based load balancing across ISLs with DPS included in Brocade Fabric OS

Aggregate bandwidth

  • 192 Gbps: 24 ports × 8 Gbps (data rate)

Maximum fabric latency

  • 700 ns with no contention, cut-through routing at 8 Gbps

Maximum frame size

  • 2112-byte payload

Frame buffers

  • 700 dynamically allocated, 484 maximum per port

Classes of service

  • Class 2, C lass 3, C lass F (inter-switch frames)

Port types

  • FL_Port, F_Port, M_Port (Mirror Port), and E_Port; optional port type control
  • Brocade Access Gateway mode: F_Port and NPIV-enabled N_Port

Data traffic types

  • Fabric switches supporting unicast, multicast (255 groups) and broadcast

Media types

  • 8 Gbps: Brocade 300 requires Brocade hot-pluggable SFP+, LC connector; 8 Gbps SWL, LWL, ELWL
  • 4 Gbps: Brocade 300 requires Brocade hot-pluggable SFP+, LC connector; 4 Gbps SWL, LWL, ELWL

Fibre Channel distance subject to fiber-optic cable and port speed


  • 1 USB port for firmware download, supportSave, and configuration upload/download

Fabric services

Note: Some fabric services do not apply or are unavailable in Brocade Access Gateway mode

  • Brocade Advanced Performance Monitoring (including Top Talkers); Adaptive Networking (Ingress Rate Limiting, Traffic Isolation, QoS); BB credit recovery; Brocade Advanced Zoning (default zoning, port/WWN zoning, broadcast zoning); Bottleneck Detection; Dynamic Path Selection (DPS); F_Port Trunking; Extended Fabrics; Fabric Watch; FDMI; Frame Redirection; FSPF; IPoFC; ISL Trunking; Management Server; NPIV; NTP v3; Port Fencing; Registered State Change Notification (RSCN); Reliable Commit Service (RCS); Simple Name Server (SNS)


  • Rack-mount rail kits (fixed, slide, mid-mount)



  • HTTP, SNMP v1/v3 (FE MIB, FC Management MIB), Telnet; Auditing, Change Management tracking, Syslog; Brocade Advanced Web Tools, Brocade Fabric Watch; EZSwitchSetup wizard, Brocade Network Advisor SAN Enterprise, or Brocade Network Advisor SAN Professional/Professional Plus;command line interface; SMI-S compliant; Administrative Domains; trial licenses for add-on capabilities


  • DH-CHAP (between switches and end devices), FCAP switch authentication, FIPS 140-2 L2-compliant, HTTPS, IPsec, IP Filtering, LDAP with IPv6, OpenLDAP, Port Binding, RADIUS, TACACS+, User-defined Role-Based Access Control (RBAC), Secure Copy (SCP), Secure RPC, SFTP, SSH v2, SSL, Switch Binding, Trusted Switch

Management access

  • 10/100 Mbps Ethernet (RJ-45), in-band over Fibre Channel; serial port (RJ-45); USB


  • POST and embedded online/offline diagnostics, including RAStrace logging, environmental monitoring, non-disruptive daemon restart, FCping and Pathinfo (FC traceroute), port mirroring (SPAN port)



  • Non-port to port side airflow; 1U, 19-inch EIA-compliant, power from port side


  • Width: 42.88 cm (16.88 in)
  • Height: 4.29 cm (1.69 in)
  • Depth: 30.66 cm (12.07 in)

System weight

  • 4.2 kg (9.30 lb), without SFP/SFP+ media



  • Operating: 0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)
  • Non-operating and storage: −25°C to 70°C (−13°F to 158°F)


  • Operating: 10% to 85% non-condensing
  • Non-operating and storage: 10% to 95% non-condensing


  • Operating: Up to 3000 meters (9842 feet)
  • Non-operating and Storage: Up to 12 km (39,370 feet)


  • Operating: 20 g, 6 ms half-sine
  • Non-operating and storage: Half sine, 33 g 11 ms, 3/eg Axis


  • Operating: 0.5 g sine, 0.4 grms random, 5 to 500 Hz
  • Non-operating and storage: 2.0 g sine, 1.1 grms random, 5 to 500 Hz

Heat dissipation

  • Maximum 24 ports: 195 BTU/hr

CO2 emissions

  • 210 kg per year (with 16 ports at 0.42 kg/kWh)
  • 1.09 kg per Gbps per year


  • Maximum 23 C FM (cu. ft./min.); nominal 18 C FM


Power supply

  • Single, fixed power supply

Power inlet

  • C13

Input voltage

  • 85 to 264 VAC nominal


  • 47 to 63 Hz

Power consumption

  • Nominal 48 watts; maximum 57 watts with 24 ports at 8 Gbps


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