Posts Tagged ‘Dell M1000e’

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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Deploying a Dell PowerEdge M1000e Chassis with Dell Blade Servers and Dell MXL Blade Switches

Monday, June 10th, 2013

In this blog I demonstrate how to setup a Dell M1000e chassis with a Dell PowerEdge M620 server and two Dell MXL blade switches [FTOS 8.3.16.2]. The Dell M1000e chassis is part of a larger network composed of three Dell S4810 switches [FTOS 9.1]. Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise is installed on the server. Below is the network diagram for this lab. (more…)

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Stacking the Dell MXL Blade Switch

Friday, April 5th, 2013

Dell MXL blade switch

Dell MXL blade switch

The Data Center Bridging (DCB) enabled Dell MXL blade switch provides a 1/10/40GbE upstream solution for the Dell PowerEdge M1000e chassis. It comes with two fixed 40 GbE ports but is scalable up to six 40GbE ports via 40GbE FlexIO modules; this provides a total of twenty four 10GbE ports from a single blade switch using breakout cables. Other FlexIO modules available for the two FlexIO ports are a 4 port 10GbaseT module and a 4 port 10GbE SFP+ module. One Dell MXL switch can provide up to 32 line-rate 10GbE internal-facing ports for Dell blade servers. Additionally, using the 40GbE ports, 6 MXL blade switches can be stacked together. In this blog I will demonstrate how to stack 2 Dell MXL blades together. (more…)

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Connecting Dell PowerEdge M I/O Aggregator with Dell Force10 S4810 and Cisco Nexus 5548UP

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Dell PowerEdge M I/O AggregatorThe Dell PowerEdge M I//O Aggregator is a slick blade switch that plugs into the Dell PowerEdge M1000e chassis and requires barely any configuration/networking knowledge. Think of it as an advanced layer 2 switch that provides expandable uplink connectivity. The base blade comes with 2 x 40 GbE ports that by default are configured as 8 x 10 GbE ports. If desired, these ports can also be used as 40 GbE stacking ports. The Dell PowerEdge M I/O Aggregator also provide 32 internal 10 GbE connections for Dell blade servers you can install in the Dell PowerEdge M1000e chassis. If quarter-height blade servers are used, the M1000e can support up to 32 servers. This is pretty cool, not only in terms of functionality, but also in terms of the consolidation and the mess of Ethernet/power cables avoided by not using standalone components. (more…)

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