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HPE Brocade 16Gb/12 Fibre Channel SAN Switch Module for HPE Synergy



Product Type: Fibre Channel Switch
Brand Name: HPE
Form Factor: Plug-in Module
Data Transfer Rate: 16 Gbit/s
Expansion Slot Type: QSFP
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  • Number of Fibre Channel Ports12
  • Data Transfer Rate16 Gbit/s
  • Number of Total Expansion Slots12
  • Expansion Slot Type
    • SFP+
    • QSFP

  • ManageableYes
  • Form FactorPlug-in Module
  • Height1.1″
  • Width16.9″
  • Depth11.1″


General Information
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Manufacturer Part Number: K2Q83B
Manufacturer Website Address:
Brand Name: HPE
Product Name: Brocade 16Gb/12 Fibre Channel SAN Switch Module for HPE Synergy
Marketing Information:

Are you looking for a higher performance embedded Fibre Channel switch module option for your HPE Synergy Frame?

The Brocade 16 Gb Fibre Channel SAN Switch Module for HPE Synergy represents an easy to manage high performance and scalable Fibre Channel switch module with 16 Gb FC technology. It hot-plugs into the back of the HPE Synergy Frame and its integrated design frees up rack space, enables shared power and cooling, and reduces cabling resulting in significant infrastructure savings. The Power Pack+ SAN management software option enables you to manage data flow to maintain optimized performance. Enhanced trunking support with external switches provides higher bandwidth to enable demanding applications and high density server virtualization. 12 or up to 24 auto-sensing ports support lower bandwidth components for investment protection and an upgrade license enables customers to ‘pay as they grow’. The Brocade 16 Gb Switch module saves space, costs and simplifies SAN management.

What’s new

  • New 16 Gb/s Fibre Channel embedded high performance switch module for HPE Synergy Frame
  • 12 downlink internal server ports, up to 8 uplink (SFP+) external ports and 4 uplink (QSFP) external ports
  • 4X16 QSFP FC ports can be used as additional 16 Gb/s FC ports or 64 Gb/s FC uplinks or ISL trunks up to 128 Gb/s FC ports
  • Internal Port Support for HPE Synergy 3830C 16 Gb/s Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapter
  • Internal Port Support for HPE Synergy 3530C 16 Gb/s Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapter
  • Support for up to 6 FC switch modules per HPE Synergy Frame


Enables Data Center Consolidation and Cost Savings Through State-of-the-art Design and Performance

The Brocade 16 Gb FC SAN Switch Module for HPE Synergy enables data center consolidation with HPE Synergy Frame through a state-of-the-art zero-footprint design while lowering cost through shared power and cooling, fewer cables and SFPs and a reduction in space.

Enables support of virtualized environments through industry leading 16 Gb/s Fibre traditional Fibre Channel switch performance. Internal and external facing ports auto-sense lower bandwidth components for flexibility and investment protection (4, 8 or 16 Gb/s for external ports).

Up to four 16Gb/s QSFPs are supported, which can be used as additional 16 Gb/s FC ports, 64 Gb/s high speed FC ISL ports between switch modules, or as part of a 128Gb/s trunk port to a B-series Director.

Access Gateway Mode employs N_Port ID Virtualization (NPIV), an ANSI T11 standard, to enable interoperability with other SAN fabrics and eliminate domain considerations while improving SAN scalability.

Enables High Density Virtualization and performance of I/O Intensive workloads for FC on HPE Synergy

The Brocade 16 Gb Fibre Channel Switch Module for HPE Synergy offers a non-blocking architecture that supports up to 384 Gb/s of aggregate device bandwidth.

Supports multiple trunks, max trunk size of up to 8 FC ports or up to 2 QSFP ports to 128 Gb/s balanced throughput per each trunk group. Trunking of the SAN-facing ports with HPE B-series switches provides a high-bandwidth solution while lowering costs through fewer SFPs and cables.

Enables organizations to better manage data flows and meet service level agreements while maintaining optimized application performance in virtual environments with new Adaptive Networking services, including Adaptive Fabric Quality of Service, Traffic Isolation, and Ingress Rate Limiting.

Product Type: Fibre Channel Switch
Number of Fibre Channel Ports: 12
Media & Performance
Data Transfer Rate: 16 Gbit/s
I/O Expansions
Number of Total Expansion Slots: 12
Expansion Slot Type:

  • SFP+
  • QSFP

Management & Protocols
Manageable: Yes
Physical Characteristics
Form Factor: Plug-in Module
Height: 1.1″
Width: 16.9″
Depth: 11.1″

Additional information

  • Dimensions 16.9 × 1.1 cm
  • Product Type

    Fibre Channel Switch

  • Brand Name


  • Form Factor

    Plug-in Module

  • Data Transfer Rate

    16 Gbit/s

  • Expansion Slot Type


  • Number of Fibre Channel Ports


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