Brocade Ruckus ICX 7150

Raising the Bar for Entry-Level Stackable Switches

The Ruckus ICX 7150 combines enterprise-class switching features with high performance at entry-level price, allowing organizations to buy what they need now and easily scale to support growth and new technologies. The switch can operate in fanless mode outside of the wiring closet to provide silent operation for classrooms, hospitality suites, retail sites, hospitals or other noise sensitive environments.

The ICX 7150 is available in 12, 24 and 48 port 10/100/1000 Mbps models with 1/10 GbE dual-purpose uplink/stacking ports. The switch’s Power over Ethernet (PoE) and Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE+) capabilities make powering of high-capacity access points and other devices along with data connection easy. The switch supports stack-level high availability and stack level ISSU (In Service Software Upgrade) to ensure service resiliency and business continuity.

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Enterprise-Level Capabilities
PoE on every port to power 802.11ac Wi-Fi products
Stack level high availability and stack level ISSU to improve network service resiliency
sFlow-based network monitoring
SDN-enabled with OpenFlow support
Easy transition to Brocade Campus Fabric for network automation and management simplicity
Designed for Lean I.T. Staffs
Plug-and-play operations for powered devices via LLDP and LLDP-MED protocols
Auto-configuration ensures error free configuration and accelerates deployment
Hot-insertion and removal of stack members simplifies operations
Class-leading Performance and Scalability
Up to 8 switches per stack, up to 10km between stacked switches
4 x 10 GbE ports for stacking or uplinks
Software licensing upgrade - 1 GbE to 10 GbE of uplink/stacking ports
Flexible stacking adds capacity throughout the network without increasing the management load
  • Switching Capacity (max)
    180 Gbps
  • Available Ports
    12, 24 or 48 1 GbE RJ-45 ports
    2 Uplink/Stacking ports – 1 GbE RJ-45
    4 Uplink/Stacking ports – 1GbE upgradeable to 10GbE
  • Switches per stack (max)
    8
  • Aggregated stacking bandwidth
    320 Gbps
  • PoE technology
    PoE/PoE+
  • Redundant power option
    N/A
  • sFlow
    Yes
  • OpenFlow (SDN)
    Yes
  • Campus Fabric technology
    Yes
  • L3 capabilities
    Base L3, RIP, OSPF
  • Hot-swappable PSUs and fans
    N/A
  • Front-to-back or back-to-front airflow
    N/A
  • MCT
    N/A
  • EEE
    Yes
  • IPsec VPN
    N/A
  • MACsec
    N/A

Brocade Campus Fabric Technology

Performance Optimization

What it means:

Based on open standard IEEE 802.1BR Bridge Port Extension technology, Brocade Campus Fabric integrates premium, mid-range, and entry-level switches by collapsing the network access, aggregation, and core layers into a single domain that shares services.

The control bridge and a port extender are the building blocks of a Campus Fabric. The traditional aggregation/core layer is replaced by switches that act as the control bridge which is the brain of the complete Campus Fabric technology. The access layer is replaced by switches that operate in port extender mode; these switches provide connectivity to PCs, laptops, IP phones, and other access devices. The control bridge communicates with the attached port extender devices using protocols defined in the IEEE 802.1BR standards.

Why you should care:

Traditional access networks are highly inefficient and rigid, requiring network teams to connect to each individual network devices to provision resources, apply configuration changes, and deploy network policies.

Unlike the traditional three-tier network design, Brocade Campus Fabric collapses the network into a single logical device. This design centralizes control, simplifies deployment and management of services, and scales easily to handle growth. All the links between the switches are active at all times and traffic is load balanced. The results are:

  • Optimized performance
  • Increased resiliency
  • Faster network service deployment

Brocade OpenFlow Hybrid Port Mode

Performance Optimization

What it means:

Brocade’s OpenFlow hybrid port mode allows users to enable OpenFlow on any desired port on the Brocade ICX switch while supporting other traditional switching features concurrently without increasing latency.

Why you should care:

Customers want to be able to create an OpenFlow overlay on top of existing production networks. The OpenFlow overlay would be used to support new premium services and SDN applications on top of the underlay network. With Brocade hybrid port mode, a separate network is not needed to realize the benefits of SDN and OpenFlow.

Ports on Demand

Performance Optimization
h4>What it means:

The Brocade ICX 7250 Switch has 8 ports that can be upgraded to 10 Gbps port speed with one or more Ports on Demand (PoD) licenses.

Why you should care:

Flexible licensing of 1 GbE to 10 GbE ports, for uplink or stacking, allows organizations to optimize network performance based on specific requirements by simply applying a software license. This eliminates the need to install a separate hardware module and makes network or infrastructure upgrade easier. The results are:

  • Faster response to network changes and needs
  • Cost-effective use of Brocade switches
  • Stronger investment protection as performance/capacity needs expand

Related Products and Solutions

sFlow

Location and Analytics

What it means:

sFlow is a standards-based packet sampling technology embedded into the Brocade ICX Switches to provide network managers a scalable technique for measuring network traffic, collecting, storing, and analyzing traffic data. This enables tens of thousands of interfaces to be monitored from a single location.

Why you should care:

With increasing reliance on network services for business critical operations, any change in the network can impact the network performance and reliability. If sFlow is configured on various links, sFlow helps to:

  • Analyze traffic statistics and trends on those links
  • Overcome unexpected network congestion
  • Improve capacity planning