Posts Tagged ‘Dell PowerEdge’

6WIND – From Data Plane Acceleration to Virtual Appliances

Sunday, April 12th, 2015

Data Plane Acceleration with 6WIND and Intel DPDK

Data Plane Acceleration with 6WIND and Intel DPDK


6WIND is an interesting company I’ve been following for some time now, initially out of curiosity, and then out of more curiosity :-) . They first started as a networking software company claiming to solve performance challenges for software defined networks (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV). How you ask? They leverage the capabilities of multicore processors and Intel’s Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK) to allow direct access to the data plane enabling a zero-copy mode from network to CPU! (more…)

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Dell Networking and VMware NSX: Bridging Between Logical & Physical Networks

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

In a prior blog, Creating Logical Networks and Services with VMware NSX on Dell Infrastructure, I discussed how easily VMs can be moved from physical (VLANs) to logical networks (Network Virtualization Overlays or NVOs). In practicality, there will almost always be some physical resources on a network that are not virtualized or remain on the physical network (VLANs). So how can VMs on a logical network communicate with resources on the physical network?

One method of communication can be done with the VMware NSX L3 Edge Services Router. However, if you want to just bridge between the logical and physical entities such as bridging between VXLAN to VLAN, the VMware NSX L2 Gateway can be used and this specific use case is discussed in more detail in this blog. (more…)

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Creating Logical Networks and Services with VMware NSX on Dell Infrastructure

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

If you haven’t already, please checkout the Dell-VMware NSX Reference Architecture (RA) whitepaper. In the reference architecture I explain in detail the foundational NSX-vSphere components and also how Dell can provide a complete end-to-end infrastructure (servers, networking, storage) to support a robust SDN solution with NSX. In this blog, I will provide a quick overview, some insight on NSX, and examples of VMware NSX deployment with a complete end-to-end Dell infrastructure. (more…)

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Dell PowerEdge M1000e – FlexAddressing

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Dell PowerEdge M1000e as shown with detected blade servers in the Dell M1000e Chassis CMC GUI

Dell PowerEdge M1000e as shown with detected blade servers in the Dell M1000e Chassis CMC GUI

Let’s say you have a Dell PowerEdge M1000e chassis populated with Dell blade servers with CNAs. Let’s also assume you enable FCoE on the CNA and utilize it for LAN and SAN traffic.

What if you were to use the CNA port’s WWPN (World Wide Port Name) within your zoning configuration on a backend Fibre Channel switch? What would occur if the CNA adapter went bad and needed to be replaced? Well, you would have to manually change all configurations that reference the LAN MAC Address or FC WWPN. In this case, the zoning configuration would have to be updated. This is where Dell’s M1000e FlexAddressing technology can help. (more…)

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Configuring a Syslog Server on CentOS 6.3 for Dell Force10 Switches

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

In this lab I’m going to demonstrate how to configure a syslog server to use with Dell Force10 switches. A syslog server can be used to store log files remotely on an external server. Syslog servers can be invaluable when troubleshooting. If a switch ever fails or reboots, no worries your logs are still available via the syslog server, and you can now analyse them to troubleshoot. An engineer can have multiple network devices write to one syslog file, or, if desired, a seperate syslog file can be created and stored remotely for each network device. (more…)

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Cisco Nexus 5548UP – Configuring the Management Interface

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

This is a relatively simple blog on configuring the Cisco Nexus 5548UP management interface. When Cisco moved away from IOS to NX-OS for the operating system on their new Nexus datacenter switches, some of the commands and syntax for even the simplest tasks have changed. For easy reference for a common task such as setting the management interface I decided to write this quick blog. The network diagram is below. I am using a Dell S4810 [FTOS 9.1] for my management switch to which both the Dell PowerEdge R710 server and Cisco Nexus 5548UP [NX-OS 5.2(1)N1(1b)] connect. I also use a 1000Base-T SFP transceiver to convert the Dell S4810 fiber port to copper, so I can connect it to the management port of the Cisco Nexus. (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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