Fibre Channel Networking Switch FS8500

The Inspur FS8500 provides an affordable storage switch without compromising on performance and reliability. Leveraging the power of Gen 6 Fibre Channel technology, it delivers a flash-ready solution for the always-on, digital business. With its combination of up to 32G performance, unmatched simplicity, and enterprise-class functionality, the Inspur FS8500 provides exceptional price/performance value in an entry-level switch.

Key Features

Port on Demand

  1. Starts small and grows on demand, from 8 to 24 ports, to support an evolving storage environment. Pay-as-you-grow capability to easily and cost-effectively scale from 8 to 24 ports with Ports on Demand (PoD).
  2. Powers up from 16G to 32G to deliver increased performance on demand, each of the 24 SFP+ ports support 4, 8, 16, and 32G Fibre Channel speeds.

High Performance

  1. Gen 6 Fibre Channel delivers advanced 32G performance and 768Gb/s end-to-end full duplex bandwidth to redefine the limits of application performance and to unleash the full potential of new storage technologies.
  2. Frame-based trunking with up to eight 32G ports per ISL trunk; up to 256G per ISL trunk Exchange-based load balancing across ISLs with DPS included in fabrics.

Management Simplicity

  1. Fabric Vision technology, enabling proactive visibility into the health and performance of individual virtual machines (VMs) through integrated sensors. By leveraging this capability, administrators can quickly identify abnormal VM behaviors to facilitate troubleshooting and fault isolation, helping to ensure maximum performance and operational stability.
  2. Access Gateway Mode: utilizes N_Port ID Virtualization (NPIV) switch standards to present physical and virtual servers directly to the core of SAN fabrics. This makes Access Gateway transparent to the SAN fabric, greatly reducing management of the network edge.

Technical Specifications



Fibre Channel ports

8-, 16-, and 24-port configurations (8-port increment through Ports on Demand [PoD] license);


Fibre Channel: 4.25Gb/s line speed, full duplex; 8.5Gb/s line speed, full duplex; 14.025Gb/s line speed, full duplex; auto-sensing of 4, 8, 16, and 32G port speeds

Port Type

E_Ports, F_Ports, M_Ports, and D_Ports

Access Gateway default port mapping: F_Ports, N_Ports (support NPIV)

Aggregate bandwidth

768Gb/s end-to-end full duplex

Maximum fabric latency

Latency for locally switched ports is < 900 ns (including FEC)

Frame buffers

2000 dynamically allocated

ISL Trunking

Frame-based trunking with up to eight 32G ports per ISL trunk; up to 256G per ISL trunk

Exchange-based load balancing across ISLs with DPS included in Brocade Fabric OS fabrics

management software

HTTP, SNMP v1/v3 (FE MIB, FC Management MIB), SSH; Auditing, Syslog; Command Line Interface (CLI); SMI-S compliant; Administrative Domains; trial licenses for add-on capabilities

Management access

10/100/1000 Mb/s Ethernet (RJ-45), in-band over Fibre Channel, serial port (RJ-45) and one USB port

Enterprise Software Package


Power supply

Base switch includes a single, fixed power supply. 90V to 264V, 2.2A


four integrated system cooling fans

Power consumption

76.52W with all 24 ports populated with 32G SWL optics 55.83W for idle configuration (all optics loaded but not initialized)


Width: 428.80 mm (16.88 in.) Height: 42.90 mm (1.69 in.) Depth: 306.60 mm (12.07 in.)


5.75 kg (12.67 lb) with one integrated power supply, without transceivers