Brocade Encryption Switch and Blade Technical Specifications

The Brocade Encryption Switch (BES) and FS8-18 Encryption Blade for the DCX backbone are high-performance, high-density, fabric-based encryption solutions that can be deployed in existing disk and tape storage environments without modifications to host and storage infrastructure.

Specifications Brocade Encryption Switch FS8-18 Blade
Systems Architecture

Fibre Channel ports

32 ports, universal (F/FL/E/EX/M)

16 ports, universal (F/FL/E/EX/M)

Ethernet ports

Two redundant 1000Base Ethernet ports for clustering and I/O synchronization during rekeying operation

Same as BES

Smart cards

Master key recovery cards

Same as BES


AES256-XTS block cipher for disk encryption
(IEEE 1619-compliant)
AES256-ECB block cipher for SafeNet StorageSecure compatibility mode

Same as BES

Data rekeying

Online or offline conversion of data from cleartext to ciphertext; manual or automated rekeying sessions

Same as BES

Crypto scalability

Up to 256 target devices; 1024 host ports per encryption engine

Same as BES

Crypto engine

Maximum 96 Gbit/sec hardware processing

Same as BES

Fibre Channel performance

Auto-sensing of 1, 2, 4, and 8 Gb, full duplex port speeds; optionally programmable to fixed port speed; speed matching between 1, 2, 4, and 8Gb ports

Same as BES

Fibre Channel/System scalability

Full-fabric architecture of 239 switches

Up to four Brocade FS8-18 blades per Brocade DCX Backbone chassis

Certified maximum

Single Brocade FOS fabric: 56 domains, 19 hops
Single Brocade M-EOS fabric: 31 domains, 3 hops
Larger fabrics certified as required; consult Brocade or OEM SAN design documents for configuration details


ISL Trunking

Frame-based trunking with up to eight 8Gb ports per ISL trunk; up to 64 Gbit/sec throughput per ISL trunk

Same as BES

Maximum frame size

2112-byte payload for Fibre Channel

Same as BES

Classes of service

Class 2 (unencrypted traffic), Class 3 (encrypted and unencrypted), and Class F (inter- switch frames)

Same as BES

Data traffic types

Fabric switches supporting unicast, multicast (255 groups), and broadcast

Same as BES


One USB port for system log file downloads or firmware upgrades

Same as BES

Media types

4Gb: Requires Brocade hot-pluggable, Small Form-factor Pluggable (SFP), LC connector; 4Gb Short-Wavelength Laser (SWL); 4Gb Long-Wavelength Laser (LWL); 4Gb Extended Long-Wavelength Laser (ELWL); distance depends on fiber-optic cable and port speed
8Gb: Requires Brocade hot-pluggable SFP+, LC connector; Short-Wavelength Laser (SWL); distance depends on fiber-optic cable and port speed

Same as BES

Fabric services

Simple Name Server (SNS), Registered State Change Notification (RSCN), NTP v3, Reliable Commit Service (RCS), Dynamic Path Selection (DPS), Brocade Advanced Zoning (default zoning, port/WWN zoning, broadcast zoning), N_Port ID Virtualization (NPIV), FDMI, Management Server, FSPF, Enhanced Group Management, IPFC, Frame Redirection, Port Fencing, BB credit recovery
Optional fabric services: Fabric Watch, Extended Fabrics, ISL Trunking, Advanced Performance
Monitoring, Adaptive Networking (per-data flow QoS, Ingress Rate Limiting, Traffic Isolation, Fabric Dynamics Profiling, and Integrated Routing)

Same as BES

FIPS certification

FIPS 140-2 Level 3-compliant package

Same as BES


Administrator roles

Administrator, fabric administrator, security administrator, recovery officer


Key management

NetApp Lifetime Key Management Appliance v4.0 or later

Same as BES



Non-port to port side airflow; 2U, 19-inch
EIA-compliant, power from non-port side



Width: 42.9 cm (16.9 in )
Height: 8.7 cm (3.4 in)
Depth: 64.8 cm (25.5 in)

Width: 3.60 cm (1.41 in)
Height: 41.11 cm (16.19 in)
Depth: 27.98 cm (11.02 in)
Occupies one slot in a Brocade DCX Backbone chassis

System weight

22.4 kg (49.4 lbs) with two power supply FRUs, without SFP/SFP+ transceivers

5.5 kg (12.0 lbs), no SFPs



Operating: 0 to 40° C (32 to 104° F)
Non-operating: –25 to 70° C (–13 to 158° F)

Same as BES


Operating: Up to 3,000 meters (9,842 feet)
Storage: Up to 12 kilometers (39,370 feet)

Same as BES


Operating: 20 g, 6 ms half-sine
Non-operating: half sine, 33 g 11 ms, 3/eg Axis

Same as BES


AC input range

85 to 264 VAC

40 to 50 VAC

Maximum power

347 watts with 32 8Gb ports

235 watts


Base crypto model

Brocade Encryption Switch, 32 Fibre Channel ports, 48 Gbit/sec* maximum hardware encryption processing

Brocade FS8-18 Encryption Blade: 16 Fibre Channel ports, 48 Gbit/sec* maximum hardware encryption processing

Crypto engine processing upgrades

Brocade Encryption Switch, 32 Fibre Channel ports, 96 Gbit/sec* maximum hardware encryption processing

48 Gbit/sec* maximum hardware encryption processing upgrade for all Brocade FS8-18 Encryption Blades in a Brocade DCX chassis

*Actual encryption performance levels vary based upon user configuration and environment