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CARRIER-CLASS Carrier Ethernet Access Switch


HIGHLIGHTS Service providers today are focused on wire-speed Ethernet services to the
• Enables enterprise, wireless backhaul, transforming their networks and business network edge without compromising
and residential Fiber-To-The-Home (FTTH) models to operate more efficiently and performance.
services in a single Carrier Ethernet profitably. To meet these challenges, service
The Brocade 6910 helps service providers
access switch providers need to extend their reach and
reduce operational costs by providing
offer differentiated services while reducing
• Supports comprehensive Quality of greater flexibility and efficiency. In addition
both cost and complexity.
Service (QoS) for multi-tiered Service to supporting multiple fiber or copper
Level Agreement (SLA) offerings The Brocade® 6910 Ethernet Access Switch configurations on a single switch, it allows
• Helps ensure high reliability with provides a flexible, easy-to-deploy solution the same ports to be configured to connect
redundant power supplies and proactive to address these challenges. Optimized for directly to the customer or as a network
service monitoring and management for pure-play Ethernet access within metro areas, interface on the service side. This ideally
fast resolution of performance issues the Brocade 6910 supports applications positions the Brocade 6910 at the edge
for mobile backhaul, business services, of a broadband access network for Ethernet
• Provides a single, cost-effective, and and residential triple-play offerings. In service demarcation, extension, and
easy-to-manage platform addition, it offers an energy-efficient and aggregation—enabling service providers
• Enables profitable Ethernet services to small form-factor solution that extends to economically deliver high-value
create new revenue streams Ethernet services.

The Brocade One™ strategy helps

simplify networking infrastructures
through innovative technologies
and solutions. The Brocade 6910
Ethernet Access Switch supports
this strategy by enabling service
providers to streamline the
deployment of high-value services.
and Maintenance (OAM) mechanisms. High Reliability
KEY APPLICATIONS FOR The result is a leading-edge access switch The Brocade 6910 helps provide a
THE BROCADE 6910 that delivers advanced Layer 2 features, foundation for high reliability and
comprehensive Quality of Service (QoS), continuous availability. It supports G.8032
• A managed Customer Premises and robust management and performance Ethernet Ring Protection Switching, which
Equipment (CPE) device for monitoring. Moreover, it can support a wide enables the network to detect and recover
enterprise services range of services, including carrier-grade from incidents without impacting users—and
• An access switch for business parks Layer 2 services, mission-critical data, meets the most demanding quality and
• A cell site switch for 4G backhaul high-speed Internet, and high-quality IPTV availability requirements.
and public safety wireless networks and Voice over IP (VoIP) services.
• A Layer 2 access switch for
residential triple-play services
Service providers realize that the key to Today’s network designs must include
customer satisfaction and retention is stringent QoS metrics that allow service
ensuring network reliability and quickly providers to not only reliably deliver services,
resolving any issues that can impact quality but also provide service differentiation.
The Brocade 6910 is a carrier-grade access
or service. The Brocade 6910 simplifies Typical business services are often tiered
switch that meets the requirements for
service management by providing key under different service levels, ranging from
non-stop networking with Layer 2 services.
service monitoring and management at the premium to “best-effort” services.
The platform provides dual-power input for
edge. It supports industry specifications,
redundancy, and has been architected with At each level of service, service providers
such as IEEE 802.1ag Connectivity Fault
a state-of-the-art hardware design and must meet or exceed customer
Management (CFM) and ITU-T Y.1731
field-proven operating system for reliability agreements—failing to do so can lead to
Service Framework, to allow fast, proactive
and resiliency. It combines the low cost and strict financial penalties and loss of business.
monitoring of end-user services.
high capacity of Ethernet with the reliability, The Brocade 6910 supports advanced QoS
management, and service quality needed for By leveraging these service monitoring and capabilities (such as the use of two-rate,
mission-critical applications. With its small management features, service providers three-color traffic policers, and priority
form factor, fanless design, and temperature- can identify connectivity and performance remarking) to offer a deterministic “hard QoS”
hardened specifications, the Brocade 6910 issues, and isolate the problem from a capability that meets business VPN SLAs.
is ideal for a variety of physical environments remote location, avoiding costly dispatch to Each port on the Brocade 6910 supports
that support enterprise customers, managed the onsite location. In addition, the Brocade eight hardware queues—each with a distinct
service providers, Multi-Tenant Unit (MTU)/ 6910 enables service providers to monitor priority level—enabling service providers to
Multi-Dwelling Unit (MDU) deployments, and service availability, delay, and jitter to verify sell multi-tiered business VPN services and
wireless backhaul providers. SLA conformance. It also helps support maximize their revenue opportunities.
non-stop networking by providing proactive
Optimized for Pure-Play Ethernet notification of performance degradation
Purpose-built as an Ethernet access switch, before a service outage occurs.
the Brocade 6910 helps eliminate the overhead
cost of other technologies while efficiently
delivering business services to the edge and
providing triple-play services and business Mobile
Backhaul Brocade
Virtual Private Network (VPN) solutions. 6910
Brocade NetIron
6910 CES
The Brocade 6910 provides a standards-based Brocade
solution, enabling seamless deployment Metro

and interoperability within the network. It
supports the full suite of Layer 2 features— NetIron
CES Brocade
including Ethernet Ring Protection, Spanning MLXe
Tree Protocols, Provider Bridging, and IGMP
snooping—as well as Layer 3 static routing MPLS PE
for Internet connectivity.
Brocade Business
MLXe Layer 2 VPN

Flexible Service Awareness

The Brocade 6910, with its full suite of Internet CES

Ethernet features, provides flexible service

Brocade Metro
awareness and SLA adherence for triple- MLX Ethernet
play, enterprise, and mobile backhaul Figure 1.
services. As a pure-play Ethernet product, it Brocade 6910 Ethernet Access Switches in Brocade
includes the latest innovations in Ethernet a Metro Access Network (MAN). Residential
technology, Ethernet control plane protocols,
and Ethernet Operations, Administration, 6910
Brocade Global Services delivers world- KEY FEATURES
class professional services and technical Carrier-grade Ethernet services Comprehensive hardware-based
support to maximize service providers’ • Up to 16,000 MAC addresses security and policies
investments in the Brocade 6910 Ethernet • IEEE 802.1ad Provider Bridges • Hardware-based ACLs
Access Switch. Brocade Professional • IEEE 802.1ag Connectivity Fault (both inbound and outbound)
Services offers assessment, design, and Management Additional security capabilities
implementation services to optimize service • ITU Y.1731 End-to-end performance • Port-based network access control
providers’ networks to meet increasing measurement using 802.1x or MAC port security
bandwidth demands. Brocade Essential • ITU-T Y.1731 Service Framework Advanced monitoring capabilities
Support helps service providers maximize • Comprehensive set of Layer 2 control • Hardware-based sFlow sampling
protocols: RSTP, MSTP, and ITU G.8032 that allows extensive Layer 2-7 traffic
network availability to meet the demands of
• MEF 9 and MEF 14 certification monitoring for IPv4 and Carrier Ethernet
their business.
• E-LINE (EPL and EVPL) and E-LAN services
Support for link aggregation • sFlow support
• Up to 8 ports per LAG Interface capabilities
To help optimize technology investments,
• Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP) • Jumbo frame support up to 9216 bytes
Brocade and its partners offer complete
Traffic management • IEEE 802.3ah Link OAM
solutions that include education, support,
and services. For more information, • Inbound and outbound two-rate Redundancy
contact a Brocade sales partner or visit three-color traffic policers • Redundant, AC/DC power supplies
www.brocade.com. • Eight queues per port, each with a • Fanless design
distinct priority level
• Multiple queue servicing disciplines:
Strict Priority, Weighted Round Robin,
and hybrid
• Egress-based shaping


Features BR-6910-EAS-AC BR-6910-EAS-DC MEF specifications
Port density 12 10/100/1000 12 10/100/1000 • MEF 2 Requirements and Framework for Ethernet Service Protection
RJ45 or RJ45 or • MEF 4 Metro Ethernet Network Architecture Framework Part 1: Generic
12 100/1000 12 100/1000 Framework
Fiber SFP Fiber SFP • MEF 6.1 Metro Ethernet Services Definitions Phase 2
Forwarding performance 24 Gbps 24 Gbps • MEF 9 Abstract Test Suite for Ethernet Services at the UNI
Buffering 8 Mb 8 Mb • MEF 10.1 Ethernet Services Attributes Phase 2
Power supply Dual AC Dual DC • MEF 11 User Network Interface (UNI) Requirements and Framework
(1+1 redundant) (1+1 redundant) • MEF 12 Metro Ethernet Network Architecture Framework Part 2:
Ethernet Services Layer
Fan redundancy Fanless Fanless
• MEF 13 User Network Interface (UNI) Type 1 Implementation Agreement
• MEF 14 Abstract Test Suite for Traffic Management Phase 1
Brocade 6910 44.5 mm × 440 mm × 250 mm (H×W×D) • MEF 17 Service OAM Framework and Requirements (partial)
Ethernet Access Switch AC 1.75 in. × 17.3 in. × 9.8 in.
• MEF 21 Abstract Test Suite for UNI Type 2 Part 1 Link OAM
Brocade 6910 44.5 mm × 440 mm × 250 mm (H×W×D)
Ethernet Access Switch DC 1.75 in. × 17.3 in. × 9.8 in.
Network management
• Integrated industry-standard Command Line Interface (CLI)
IEEE compliance
• Web management
• IEEE 802.3 10Base-T
• sFlow (RFC 3176)
• IEEE 802.3u 100Base-TX, 100Base-FX, 100Base-LX
• Telnet
• IEEE 802.3z 1000Base-SX/LX
• SNMPv1, v2c, v3
• IEEE 802.3ab 1000Base-T
• 802.3 CSMA/CD Access Method and Physical Layer Specifications
• 802.3x Flow Control
Element security options
• 802.3ad Link Aggregation • AAA
• 802.1Q Virtual Bridged LANs • RADIUS
• 802.1D MAC Bridges • Secure Shell (SSH v2)
• 802.1w Rapid STP • HTTPs
• 802.1s Multiple Spanning Trees • Username/Password
• 802.1x Port-based Network Access Control
• 802.1ad Provider Bridges
• 802.1ag Connectivity Fault Management (CFM)
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Environmental Immunity
Temperature Operating: –20°C to 65°C (–4°F to 149°F) • EN 61000-6-1 Generic Immunity and Susceptibility.
Non-operating: –25°C to 70°C (–13°F to 158°F) This supersedes EN 50082-1.
Humidity Relative: 5% to 90% at 40°C (104°F), • EN 55024 Immunity Characteristics. This supersedes:
non-condensing –– EN 61000-4-2 ESD
Non-operating: 95% maximum relative –– EN 61000-4-3 Radiated, radio frequency, electromagnetic field
humidity, non-condensing –– EN 61000-4-4 Electrical fast transient
Safety agency approvals –– EN 61000-4-5 Surge
–– EN 61000-4-6 Conducted disturbances induced by radio-frequency fields
• CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 60950-1-3
–– EN 61000-4-8 Power frequency magnetic field
• UL 60950-1
–– EN 61000-4-11 Voltage dips and sags
• IEC 60950-1
• EN 60950-1 Safety of Information Technology Equipment Physical design and mounting
• EN 60825-1 Safety of Laser Products—Part 1: Equipment Classification, Rack mount 19-inch rack-mount supporting racks
Requirements and User’s Guide compliant with:
• EN 60825-2 Safety of Laser Products—Part 2: Safety of Optical Fibre • ANSI/EIA-310-D
Communication Systems • ETS 300 119
Electromagnetic emission Environmental regulatory compliance
• ICES-003 Electromagnetic Emission • EU 2002/95/EC RoHS
• FCC Class A • EU 2002/96/EC WEEE
• EN 55022/CISPR-22 Class A/VCCI Class A
• AS/NZS 55022
• EN 61000-3-2 Power Line Harmonics
• EN 61000-3-3 Voltage Fluctuation and Flicker
• EN 61000-6-3 Emission Standard (Supersedes: EN 50081-1)

Product number Description
BR-6910-EAS-AC 12×1 GbE combination copper 10/100/1000 Base-T (RJ45) or 100/1000 Base-X SFP ports, redundant AC power supply
BR-6910-EAS-DC 12×1 GbE combination copper 10/100/1000 Base-T (RJ45) or 100/1000 Base-X SFP ports, redundant DC power supply

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