Posts Tagged ‘Dell Force10’

Dell Open Networking and SDN – All About Disaggregation

Sunday, May 10th, 2015

Dell Open Networking
When Dell first announced its Open Networking initiative a little over a year ago, they were the first major networking vendor to do so. Very similar to what Dell did for servers, Dell is now doing for networking – allowing customers to choose their hardware and then choose what operating system they want to install. (more…)

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Cumulus Linux on Dell Networking Switches

Sunday, November 16th, 2014

Dell Networking S6000 with Cumulus LinuxIt’s pretty cool that Dell allows its customers to install other network switch OSes on their networking switches; it’s the only major networking hardware vendor in the industry that allows for this. Other networking hardware vendors tie their proprietary network switch OS to the networking hardware they sell. Two Dell switches you can currently buy that support operating systems by other vendors are the Dell S6000-ON switch and the Dell S4810-ON switch. These Dell Networking switches come installed with the Open Network Install Environment (ONIE). ONIE is open source and defines an open “install environment” for bare metal network switches allowing customers to install their choice of OS. (more…)

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Network Virtualization with Dell and VMware NSX [Video]

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Check out my latest Dell Networking video on Network Virtualization with Dell and VMware NSX. You can view it on the Dell VMware wiki site, the Dell YouTube channel, or see the video embedded below via direct link. (more…)

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EMEA DEF HOL Labs – Get Hands-on Experience with Dell Networking, Servers, and Storage

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

EMEA DEF HOLs for Dell Networking, Servers, and Storage

EMEA DEF HOLs for Dell Networking, Servers, and Storage

EMEA Dell Enterprise Forum (DEF) kicked off this week in Frankfurt, Germany. Great venue with tons of information and training for Dell customers and partners. Make sure to stop by the Hands-on labs in the Skyloft. I will be there for Dell Networking along with other experts from Servers and Storage. Some of the labs for Dell Networking in-particular include: (more…)

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LACP and Trunking Between Juniper JunOS and Dell FTOS Switches

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

In this blog I demonstrate how to configure a LACP LAG and 8021.Q trunking between Juniper JunOS switches and Dell FTOS switches. I will utilize 2 x Juniper EX4200-48T switches [JunOS 11.1R6.4] and a Dell S60 switch [FTOS 8.3.3.9]. Below is the network diagram for this lab. (more…)

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Dell MXL/IOA with FC Flex IOM: Network and Infrastructure Convergence with NPIV Proxy Gateway

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Dell FC Flex IO Module for Dell MXL/IOA Blade Switch

Dell FC Flex IO Module for Dell MXL/IOA Blade Switch


Very exciting news from Dell today as they announced the availability of the Dell FC Flex IOM module which transforms the Dell M1000e MXL/IOA blade switch into a NPIV Proxy Gateway (NPG). This allows the MXL/IOA to bridge between Ethernet and Fibre Channel allowing for network convergence with FCoE. (more…)

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Dell Networking Extends Multipathing Capabilities with VLT Routing

Saturday, October 12th, 2013

Dell Networking recently released enhancements to their VLT multipathing technology in FTOS 9.2 now available on S4810, S4820T, and Z9000. For a quick primer on Dell’s VLT technology read my prior blog post here. The most noticeable enhancement is the support of layer 3 routing protocols over VLT. Additional enhancements include the ability of VLT peers to synchronize ARP entries learned from non-VLT interfaces, support for IPv6, and the ability to synchronize multicast routing tables between peer VLT ports. In this blog, I use 4 x Dell S4810s [FTOS 9.2] and 1 x Dell S60 (for a management switch) [FTOS 8.3.3.9] to demonstrate routed VLT.
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Buying a Converged/FCoE Switch?

Saturday, May 11th, 2013

I felt the urge to write this article after receiving several inquiries about buying used Cisco Nexus 5010 and Nexus 5020 switches because they are available on some third-party site at large discounts – at least compared to the new Cisco Nexus switches. First, let me mention that both of these switches are EOL. Second, as I always say, whether the switch will work for you or not will depend on your network requirements. Let me mention a few things here to take into consideration when looking at some of these old EOL switches when the thought of saving some $$$$ overwhelm you. (more…)

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Dell Bare Metal Provisioning 3.0 – Automate the Network

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Dell FTOSToday Dell released FTOS 9.1 for its Z9000 and S4810 data center switches. A lot of cool features have been added to the ubiquitous switch operating system, perhaps most notably the support for OpenFlow. However, in this blog I will be discussing one feature, Bare Metal Provisioning (BMP), that I worked extensively with and heavily promote, as I truly believe it’s a powerful utility to further help network engineers automate their networks for greater resiliency. (more…)

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