Optionally Licensed Software
Optionally licensed features in Fabric OS v6.3.1 include:
additional ports via license key upgrade (applies to select models of switches).
bandwidth over long distances (depending on platform this can be up to 3000km).
storage resources. This license includes the TopTalkers feature.
FR4-18i blade and Brocade 7500) — This license key also includes the FC-FastWrite feature and
IBM’s Global Mirror (formerly XRC) application (including Hitachi Data Systems HXRC and
EMC’s XRC) as well as Tape Pipelining for all FICON tape and virtual tape systems to
significantly improve XRC and tape backup/recovery performance over virtually unlimited
distance for 7500, upgraded 7500E and FR4-18i.
includes Port Fencing capabilities.
of switches in Mainframe environments.
between two Brocade DCX chassis, without consuming valuable front-end 8Gb ports. Each
chassis must have the 16-link ICL license installed in order to enable the full 16-link ICL
connections. (Available on the DCX only, previously known as simply the “ICL License” for
DCX-4S chassis or half of the ICL bandwidth for each ICL port on the DCX platform by
enabling only eight links out of the sixteen links available. This allows users to purchase half the
bandwidth of DCX ICL ports initially and upgrade with an additional 8-link license to utilize the
full ICL bandwidth at a later time. This license is also useful for environments that wish to create
ICL connections between a DCX and a DCX-4S, the latter of which cannot support more than 8
links on an ICL port. Available on the DCX-4S and DCX platforms only (This license replaces
the original ICL license for the DCX-4S and is new for the DCX).
8G platforms, enables full management of the device in a datacenter fabric with deeper element
management functionality and greater management task aggregation throughout the environment.
This license is used in conjunction with Brocade’s Data Center Fabric Manager (DCFM)
a user to ensure high priority connections obtain the network resources necessary for optimum
performance, even in congested environments. The QoS SID/DID Prioritization and Ingress Rate
Limiting features are the first components of this license, and are fully available on all 8G
Brocade Encryption Switch to be configured as EX_Ports or VEX_Ports supporting Fibre
Channel Routing. This eliminates the need to add an FR4-18i blade or use the 7500 for FCR
purposes, and also provides double the bandwidth for each FCR connection (when connected to
another 8G-capable port).
(2 FC ports and 2 GE ports) 7500E base to a full 18-port (16 FC ports and 2 GE ports) 7500
configuration and feature capability. The upgraded 7500E includes the complete High
Performance Extension license feature set.
power. For the Brocade Encryption Switch or a DCX/DCX-4S, the Encryption Performance
License can be installed to enable full encryption processing power on the BES or on all FS8-18
blades installed in the DCX/DCX-4S chassis.
Switch/DCX/DCX-4S with FS8-18 blade(s) to read & decrypt NetApp DataFort-encrypted disk
and tape LUNs. DataFort Compatibility License is also required on the Brocade Encryption
Switch or DCX/DCX-4S Backbone with FS8-18 Encryption Blade(s) installed to write & encrypt
the disk and tape LUNs in NetApp DataFort Mode (Metadata & Encryption Algorithm) so that
DataFort can read & decrypt these LUNs. DataFort Mode tape encryption and compression is
supported beginning with the FOS v6.2.0 release. Availability of the DataFort Compatibility
license is limited; contact your vendor for details.
optimizes overall application performance for physical servers and virtual machines by extending
virtual channels to the server infrastructure. Application specific traffic flows can be configured,
prioritized, and optimized throughout the entire data center infrastructure. This license is not
supported on the Brocade 8000.
8000. Without the FCoE license, the Brocade 8000 is a pure L2 Ethernet switch and will not
allow FCoE bridging or FCF capabilities. This license should always be installed with the 8000
FC Ports on Demand license.
(IMPORTANT NOTE: Most Brocade 8000 units shipped with FOS v6.1.2_CEE1 did not ship
with this license and need to have it installed prior to upgrading to FOS v6.3.1. Failure to do so
will result in disabling of FC ports following the upgrade. Please contact Brocade to obtain this
license key). This license should always be installed with the FCoE license.
the base four ports) and six GbE ports (instead of the base two ports). This license is also
required to enable additional FCIP tunnels and also for advanced capabilities like tape read/write
pipelining. The Brocade 7800 must have the Port Upgrade license installed to add FICON
Management Sever (CUP) or Advanced Accelerator for FICON.
Trunking and Adaptive Rate Limiting. The FCIP Trunking feature allows multiple IP source and
destination address pairs (defined as FCIP Circuits) via multiple 1GbE or 10GbE interfaces to
provide a high bandwidth FCIP tunnel and failover resiliency. In addition, each FCIP circuit
supports four QoS classes (Class-F, Hi, Medium and Low Priority), each as a TCP connection.
The Adaptive Rate Limiting feature provides a minimum bandwidth guarantee for each tunnel
with full utilization of the available network bandwidth without impacting throughput
performance under high traffic load. This license is available on the 7800 and the DCX/DCX-4S
for the FX8-24 on an individual slot basis.
two additional operating modes (in addition to 10 1GbE ports mode) can be selected:
o 10 1GbE ports and 1 10GbE port, or
o 2 10GbE ports
This license is available on the DCX/DCX-4S for the FX8-24 on an individual slot basis.
techniques and automated intelligence to accelerate FICON tape read and write and IBM Global
Mirror data replication operations over distance, while maintaining the integrity of command and
acknowledgement sequences. This license is available on the 7800 and the DCX/DCX-4S for the
FX8-24 on an individual slot basis.
Some models offer bundles that include 2 or more optionally licensed features. These bundles are defined
for each unique product, and are outside the scope of this release note document.
Temporary License Support
The following licenses are available for 45-day temporary use, with a maximum of two temporary
licenses per feature and per switch (90 days maximum):
Note: Temporary Licenses for features available on a per slot basis enable the feature for any and all slots
in the chassis.
Universal Temporary License Support
The following list of licenses are available as Universal Temporary licenses, meaning the same
license key can be installed on any switch running FOS v6.3 or later that supports the specific feature.
Universal Temporary license keys can only be installed once on a particular switch, but can be
applied to as many switches as desired. Temporary use duration (the length of time the feature will
be enabled on a switch) is provided with the license key. All Universal Temporary license keys have
an expiration date upon which the license can no longer be installed on any unit.
Previously Licensed Software Now Part of Base FOS
The following capabilities are included as part of the base FOS capability and no additional purchase
or licensing is necessary:
These features are automatically enabled on all products running FOS v6.1 or later.