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CWDM/DWDM in Brocade 6510

  • 1.  CWDM/DWDM in Brocade 6510

    Posted 01-02-2013 05:59 AM

    Hi!

    We're looking into connecting two datacenters with dark fiber, Cisco EWDM-MUX8, and Brocade 6510's for SAN core switches.

    Is anything known about whether it's possible to use CWDM/DWDM SFPs in a 6510? Is there maybe a document i've missed?

    Is there anything else to consider with the combination we have in mind?

    Thanks in advance.


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  • 2.  Re: CWDM/DWDM in Brocade 6510

    Posted 01-02-2013 09:23 AM

    Hello,

    Working on a similar project (Brocade 5100/5300 FC switchs with passive DWDM mux/demux and dark fiber).

    Take a look at the latest Brocade Compatibility Matrix available here :

    Compatibility

    HTH.

    Best.

    Y.


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  • 3.  Re: CWDM/DWDM in Brocade 6510

    Posted 01-03-2013 12:22 AM

    Hi. Thanks for the quick reply.

    Looks like Brocade 5300 and SmartOptics modules would make a nice fit. Is that right?

    But aren't the Brocade 6000-series switches supported at all yet?


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  • 4.  Re: CWDM/DWDM in Brocade 6510

    Posted 01-03-2013 12:56 AM

    Well,

    I'm not an FC guru but here is what I can share.

    We've been looking at the support of xWDM optics for 5000 series and 6000 series.

    We found out that :

    - SmartOptics is the brand that meets our needs and fits the technical pre-requisits,

    - 6000 series have limited support for xWDM optics depending on type (C vs D) and speed (4G, 8G, etc.),

    - We were told thtat 6000 series support for DWDM optics is being validated by the manufacturers R&D (Brocade, NetApp, SmartOptics) but no ETA,

    HTH.

    Y.


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  • 5.  Re: CWDM/DWDM in Brocade 6510

    Posted 01-03-2013 06:27 AM

    That's my thought as well. I'm new at this too.

    We're also looking at Brocade DCX equipment now.

    Are they all supposed to be supported, including the newer 8510 models?

    The matrix just says DCX.


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  • 6.  Re: CWDM/DWDM in Brocade 6510

    Posted 01-03-2013 07:07 AM

    I don't know.

    I'd suggest you ask your local SE about this.

    Best.


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  • 7.  Re: CWDM/DWDM in Brocade 6510

    Posted 01-15-2013 12:29 AM

    Has no one tested or started using CWDM on the 6510 switches?

    Our reseller just redirected us to the compatibility matrix pdf which has not been updated since May 2012 and does not include the 6510 series.


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  • 8.  Re: CWDM/DWDM in Brocade 6510

    Posted 01-30-2013 09:14 PM

    http://www.brocade.com/downloads/documents/matrices/compatibility-matrix-fos-7x-mx.pdf

    Brocade FOS 7 Compatibility matrix was released November 2012. You'll find the SmartOptics / 6510 references there.


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  • 9.  Re: CWDM/DWDM in Brocade 6510

    Posted 01-30-2013 11:30 PM

    Thanks... I could only find this link everywhere i looked: http://www.brocade.com/forms/getFile?p=documents/matrices/brocade-compatibility-matrix.pdf

    And that one refers to the May 2012 document...


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  • 10.  Re: CWDM/DWDM in Brocade 6510

    Posted 02-01-2013 12:37 AM

    So does the FOS7 compatibility matrix go on top of the hardware compatibility matrix? Is that how i'm supposed to read those?

    And even with both of them combined, it still looks like the CWDM SFP's from SmartOptics are not supposed in either the DCX 8510 or the 6510. Am i right?


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  • 11.  Re: CWDM/DWDM in Brocade 6510

    Posted 02-02-2013 08:36 AM

    ssh-storage the FOS 7 compatibility matrix is the latest hardware compatibility matrix. It is specific to FOS version 7 qualification. The 6510 / DCX8510 products are qualified with the SmartOptics SFP's listed on PDF page 32.


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  • 12.  Re: CWDM/DWDM in Brocade 6510

    Posted 02-04-2013 02:42 AM

    I must be missing something. I see the list for SmartOptics there, but it only contains MUX equipment and active WDM.

    The tranceivers SO-SFP-8GFC...etc... aren't there?


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  • 13.  Re: CWDM/DWDM in Brocade 6510

    Posted 02-04-2013 05:00 PM

    SmartOptics parts are being validated and should be qualified in the June 2013 timeframe


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  • 14.  Re: CWDM/DWDM in Brocade 6510

    Posted 02-05-2013 03:05 AM

    Hello bdominic,

    What is your source of information ?

    Thank you.

    Best regards.


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  • 15.  Re: CWDM/DWDM in Brocade 6510

    Posted 02-06-2013 01:28 AM

    Too bad that's too late. I'm already supposed to have come up with a design. Stretching it as it is.


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  • 16.  Re: CWDM/DWDM in Brocade 6510

    Posted 02-06-2013 01:39 AM

    Right now i'm very much tempted to use a Brocade DCX-4S on either side, or Brocade 5300's.

    Then i can use the 8 Gb CWDM SFP+MUX kit from SmartOptics. I really want that 8 Gb per colour.

    At least that's a supported combination AFAICT.

    Anything that might prevent me from using such a combo?


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  • 17.  Re: CWDM/DWDM in Brocade 6510

    Posted 02-06-2013 03:27 AM

    The DCX-4S and or 5300 solution will work. I've used this a number of times.


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