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Ethernet Switches & Routers

Brocade MLX Series Architecture White Paper

by on ‎10-01-2014 03:28 PM (1,519 Views)

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.