The Brocade FastIron® Workgroup Switch (WS) Series is a complete line of one rack unit (1RU) enterprise-class Layer 2/ Layer 3 switches. The FastIron WS Series extends the Brocade broad edge-to-core networking portfolio with a value line of intelligent edge switches designed for small and medium businesses (SMB), branch offices, and distributed enterprises with changing business needs, without compromising performance and reliability. The FastIron WS switches are available in 24- and 48-port 10/100 or 10/100/1000 Mbps models, with or without IEEE 802.3af Power over Ethernet (PoE), for enterprise edge networking, security, and unified communication (UC) needs.
Featuring standards-based PoE, the FastIron WS delivers the scalability, quality of service assurance, resilience, and VoIP-readiness needed to implement a high-value converged solution at the network edge. Combining Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, PoE, and intelligent fault detection with a feature rich, secure, highly reliability solution, the FastIron WS Series offers maximum productivity and investment protection. This cost-effective, high-performance compact solution enables the deployment of new applications such as IP telephony, wireless access, WebTV, video surveillance, building management systems, triple play—voice, video and data, and remote video kiosks.
The FastIron WS Series can also be deployed in metro area networks connecting branch offices with 1GbE uplinks. In this environment, important features include Brocade Metro Ring Protocol for building resilient ring-based topologies, VLAN stacking, and multicast capabilities such as IGMP v1/v2/v3 and MLD v1/v2 snooping for controlling multicast traffic in high- bandwidth content distribution applications.
The FastIron WS Series supports hardware-based embedded sFlow for real-time traffic visibility and analysis, network protection, and manageability to the end-users’ PCs. sFlow enabled at the edge takes full advantage of the intelligent edge switch capabilities providing dynamic control by correlating data collected from sFlow and applying ACL, Rate limiting, and QoS at the edge, not at the core. This analysis mitigates security threats at the edge. sFlow dynamic real-time traffic analysis is available to the network administrator using Brocade Network Advisor (BNA) or any network management tool that supports sFlow (RFC 3176).
For environments with INM, Brocade IronShield 360° closed loop security solution and advanced traffic policy features are available to ensure the smooth operation and security of the entire network.
The Brocade IronWare software suite underpins all Brocade switches and routers, enabling a consistent, manageable framework that reduces the time and resources required to utilize the Brocade solutions. When complemented with other FastIron products such as SuperX™ Series and the stackable FCX Series, the WS Series allows network administrators to deploy feature rich and scalable end-to-end enterprise edge services while minimizing the total cost of ownership (TCO) and maximizing return on investment (ROI) for a complete convergence-ready solution.
The FastIron WS Series continues to extend the Brocade leadership in delivering intelligent solutions for convergence and security at the network edge. The FastIron WS Series is optimized for flexibility, reliability, and manageability. This series of switches is available in four base models and PoE models. In addition, all FastIron WS base models are available with optional Edge Layer 3 routing features.
Performance And Scalability
Today’s business and networking applications continue to consume more bandwidth. A future-ready network needs to scale to support the growing and evolving demands of these environments.
Enterprises will benefit from the systems’ wire-speed switching architecture and its ability to support four RJ-45 or SFP Gigabit Ethernet Combo ports. The FastIron WS switches support a range of Gigabit Ethernet optics including SX, SX2, LX, LHA, LGB, 1000Base-BX, and CWDM.
FastIron WS Series is a powerful solution for the delivery of high-performance, delay-sensitive applications. The product features advanced QoS capabilities including low-latency switching, eight priority queues, ingress and egress rate limiting, weighted round robin (WRR), strict priority (SP), and a mix of SP and WRR scheduling methods.
Ease Of Use: Plug And Play
The FastIron WS Series supports the IEEE 802.1AB LLDP and ANSI TIA 1057 LLDP-MED standards, enabling organizations to build open convergence, advanced multi-vendor networks. LLDP greatly simplifies and enhances network management, asset management, and network troubleshooting. For example, it enables discovery of accurate physical network topologies, including those with multiple VLANs where all subnets may not be known. LLDP-MED addresses the unique needs that voice and video demand in a converged network by advertising media and IP telephony specific messages that can be exchanged between the network and the endpoint devices. LLDP-MED provides exceptional interoperability, IP telephony troubleshooting, and automatic deployment of policies, inventory management, and E911 location/emergency call service support. These sophisticated features make converged networks services easier to install, manage, and upgrade while significantly reducing operations costs.
Simplified Deployment with Auto-Configuration
The FastIron WS Series supports DHCP client-based auto-configuration, simplifying customer deployment and configuration and providing true plug-and-play. Enterprises can automate the IP address and feature configuration of FastIron WS switches without the presence of a highly-trained, on-site network engineer. Technicians can simply power up a new FastIron WS and the unit will automatically get its IP address and configuration from DHCP and TFTP servers. Auto-configuration and built-in intelligence reduces OPEX while simplifying network management. When the switches power up, they automatically receive an IP address from DHCP and configuration information from an already configured Trivial File Transport Protocol (TFTP) server. At this time, the switches can also automatically receive a software update to be at the same code revision as already installed switches.
Redundant Power Supply Option
All FastIron WS switches offer an external redundant powers supply option. The Brocade External Redundant Power Supply operates as a backup to the internal power supply for a device. If an internal power supply fails, the redundant power supply will power the device without affecting network operation.
Advanced Multicast Features
FastIron WS switches support a rich set of Layer 2 multicast features that enable advanced multicast services delivery. Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP) snooping for IGMP version 1, 2, and 3 is supported. Source-based multicast—a key requirement for IGMP v3 snooping—is a Layer 2 service feature. This provides improved bandwidth utilization and more secure multicast services delivery.
FastIron WS Series also supports Multicast Listener Discovery (MLD) versions 1 and 2 snooping, enabling source-based multicast applications in IPv6 environments.
Advanced Layer 2 And Layer 3 Protocols For Building Resilient Networks
Software features including Virtual Switch Redundancy Protocol, Brocade Metro Ring Protocol, Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol, Multiple Spanning Tree Protocol and 802.3ad Link Aggregation provide alternate paths for traffic in the event of a link failure. Sub-second fault detection utilizing Link Fault Signaling, protected link groups, and Uni-directional Link Detection (UDLD) ensure rapid fault detection and recovery.
Enhanced Spanning Tree features such as Root Guard and BPDU Guard prevent rogue hijacking of Spanning Tree root and maintain a contention and loop free environment especially during dynamic network deployments. FastIron WS software and hardware features provide a robust and resilient infrastructure solution in a cost-effective and compact form.
Edge PREM Layer 3 functionality enhances the capability of the FastIron WS as an edge router platform. The powerful Layer 3 features enable dynamic routing via OSFPv1/v2, RIPv1/v2, IPv4 static routes, virtual interfaces (VE), routing between directly connected subnets, VRRP, DHCP Relay, routed interfaces, and host routes. With the FastIron WS, network managers can deploy end-to-end Layer 3 networks and propagate the same routing policies from edge to core, simplifying network design and operations.
Comprehensive Enterprise-Class Edge Security
Brocade IronWare operating software powers FastIron WS switches. This OS offers a rich set of Layer 2 switching services and Layer 3 routing functionality, an advanced security suite for network access control (NAC) and denial of service protection, and QoS. IronWare embedded security features include protection against Man-in-Middle and Denial of Service (DOS) attacks via Dynamic ARP inspection, DHCP snooping, TCP SYN, and ICMP smurf attack prevention. FastIron WS supports key features such as Spanning Tree Root Guard and BPDU Guard to protect network spanning tree operation and broadcast and multicast packet rate limiting.
IronWare advanced QoS controls include honoring, prioritizing, classifying, and marking Ethernet and IP traffic, enabling the switches to honor VoIP traffic using 802.1p priority and IP Type of Service and DiffServ Codepoints (TOS/DSCP).
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