Brocade NetIron MLX

Multiservice IP/MPLS Routers

Brocade NetIron MLX

The Brocade NetIron MLX Series routers feature a fully distributed, non-blocking architecture for scalable multiservice IP/MPLS services. With sixth-generation network processor-based architecture combined with terbit-scale switch fabric, these modular routers support a rich set of high-performance, wire-speedIPv4, IPv6, and MPLS capabilities as well as advanced Layer 2 switching capabilities. Other features of the NetIron MLX router include:

  • 4-, 8-, 16- and 32-slot system configurations
  • up to 4.8 billion packets per second
  • up to 6.4 Tbps non-blocking data capacity
  • up to 32 100 GbE ports per system
  • up to 256 10 GbE ports per system
  • up to 1536 1 GbE ports per system
  • up to 64 OC-192/256 OC-48 ports per system
  • 640 Gbps link aggregation capability

Layer 2 Features

  • super aggregated VLANs
  • a comprehensive set of protocols, including: MRP, VSRP, RSTP, MSTP
  • IEEE 802.1ad Provider Bridges
  • extended statistics, including per-port per-VLAN per priority counters for VPLS and VLL endpoints

Scalability

  • up to 10 million BGP routes
  • 1 million IPv4 routes in hardware
  • 240,000 routes in hardware
  • 2000 BGP per per system
  • 2000 BGP/MPLS VPNs and up to 1 million VPN routes
  • 48,000 VLLs per system
  • 16,000 VPLS instances and up to 1 million VPLS MAC addresses
  • 64,000 RSVP-TE LSPs
  • 4094 VLANs and up to 2 million MAC addresses
  • 8-path Equal Cost MultiPath (ECMP)

High Availability

  • hitless Layer 2/3 failover with stateful OSPF & IS-IS redundancy & BGP graceful restart
  • hitless in-service software upgrades with graceful restart
  • redundant management modules & switch fabrics
  • redundant power supplies and cooling system

Advanced QoS

  • eight distinct priority levels
  • inbound & outbound two-rate three-color traffic policers with accounting
  • support for hybrid queue services disciplines including:
    • mixed
    • strict priority
    • weighted fair queuing
  • WRED support for congestion management and precedence dropping, which is tunable via configuration

Hardware-based security

  • inbound and outbound Layer2/3 ACLs
  • granular ACL accounting for inbound and outbound
  • hardware-based packet filtering
  • hardware-based Policy-Based Routing (PBR)
  • Unicast Reverse Path Forwarding (uRPF)
  • receive ACLs
  • extensive sFlow Layer 2-7 traffic monitoring for IPv4, IPv6 and MPLS services

Brocade NetIron MLX Specifications

Platform Switch Fabric Capacity Data forwarding capacity Interface Slots Maximum 10GbE ports
MLX-32 7.68 Tbps 5.12 Tbps 32 256
MLXe-32 155.36 Tbps 6.4 Tbps 32 256
MLX-16 3.84 Tbps 2.56 Tbps 16 128
MLXe-16 7.68 Tbps 3.2 Tbps 16 128
MLX-8 1.92 Tbps 1.28 Tbps 8 64
MLXe-8 3.84 Tbps 1.6 Tbps 8 64
MLX-4 960 Gbps 640 Gbps 4 32s
MLXe-4 1.92 Tbps 800 Gbps 4 32

Brocade NetIron MLX Line Modules

  • 2-port 100 GbE
  • 8-port and 4-port 10 GbE
  • 48-port and 24-port 1 GbE
  • SONET

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