Designed with state-of-the-art network processing technology, the Brocade® MLX® Series has a non-blocking switching capacity of 15.36 terabits per second (Tbps), a data forwarding capacity of 12.8 Tbps, and total routing performance of 9.6 billion packets per second (Bpps). Its advanced distributed hardware architecture with fine-grained Quality of Service (QoS) support enables uncompromised full-duplex, wire-speed performance for any mix of IPv4, IPv6, and Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) services. These capabilities are made possible by an innovative system architecture with these distinguishing characteristics:
Clos-based self-routing, distributed, non-blocking architecture provides the foundation for a robust, scalable platform.
Distributed network processing and advanced QoS capabilities across the system allow a rich set of features to be implemented at wire-speed rates.
The Brocade MLX router features a high-availability architecture with a clear separation between control plane and data plane.
This architecture is fully redundant, with redundant power supplies, management modules, fan trays, and Switch Fabric Modules (SFMs), to avoid any single point of failure.