Posts Tagged ‘Dell S5000’

Hyper-Converged with Dell-VMware EVO:RAIL

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Dell-VMware EVO:RAIL Hyper-Converged Solution
There’s a lot of interesting things going on in the industry with servers, storage, and networking: SDN (software defined networking), SDS (software defined storage), NFV (network function virtualization), SD-WAN (software defined WAN), hyper-convergence, and more and more focus on private / public / hybrid cloud just to name a few. I’ve written several prior posts on VMware NSX and SDN. In this short blog, I’ll focus on hyper-convergence specifically with the Dell-VMware EVO:RAIL solution. If you haven’t already, checkout the Dell Networking Dell-EVO:RAIL Reference Architecture for more detailed information. (more…)

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Dell Networking with Dell-VMware EVO:RAIL

Sunday, May 24th, 2015

Dell-VMware EVO:RAIL ApplianceCheckout the Dell Networking with Dell-VMware EVO:RAIL Reference Architecture available here on Dell.com. In this
white paper, I discuss the details of the network connectivity at the ToR for the Dell-VMware EVO:RAIL appliance, reference architecture and respective network configuration required, and scale-out scenarios. (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 Brocade FOS and Dell FTOS Switches

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

In this short lab I’ll demonstrate creating a LACP LAG and trunking between Brocade switches running FOS and Dell switches running FTOS. I utilize two Brocade 8000 switches [FOS 6.3], one Dell S60 switch [FTOS 8.3.3.8], and one Dell PowerEdge 2950 server with a QLogic QLE8242 CNA. Below is the network diagram for this lab. (more…)

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FCoE with Dell S5000 Converged Switch and Dell MXL Blade Switch [Video]

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Check out the latest Dell S5000 converged switch video which demonstrates FCoE with the Dell S5000 converged switch and the Dell PowerEdge M1000e chassis w/ MXL blade switch. The Dell S5000 switch is configured in NPIV Proxy Gateway mode and the Dell MXL blade switch is configured for FCoE Transit. Additionally, the FCoE and LAN connectivity is tested by sending LAN and SAN traffic from the Dell PowerEdge M620 blade server. Multipathing over dual fabrics is also demonstrated by logging into the Fibre Channel switches and observing the FC traffic passing over both fabrics. Just see the second video posted on the following page on Dell’s website here, Dell Tech Center YouTube channel here, or just see the video directly below. (more…)

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FCoE Transit with the Dell PowerEdge M I/O Aggregator Blade Switch

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

PowerEdge M I/O AggregatorThe Dell PowerEdge M I/O Aggregator (IOA) blade switch is pretty cool. It looks similar to the Dell MXL blade switch and even uses the same FlexIO modules in its two FlexIO module slots. As with the Dell MXL switch, it also has 32 internal ports for blade servers. The main difference from the MXL switch is that the IOA is a layer 2-only switch meant to be deployed as-is or ‘zero-touch’ from the engineer. It is geared more towards the server admin rather than the network admin as it requires little network configuration knowledge and is pretty much plug-and-play! In this blog I talk specifically about FCoE transit on the Dell IOA blade switch [FTOS 8.3.17.4]. (more…)

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Dell Networking S5000 – FCoE Configuration [Video]

Sunday, June 16th, 2013

In my prior blog posts, I discussed Dell’s new converged switch, the Dell S5000, and provided links to two Dell S5000 whitepapers I recently published. Now you can see the Dell S5000 converged switch in action within a converged infrastructure employing FCoE. Just visit the following page on Dell’s website here, Dell Tech Center YouTube channel here, or just see the video directly below. (more…)

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Dell Networking S5000: Deployment of a Converged Infrastructure with FCoE

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Checkout my latest Dell Networking document and learn how to deploy FCoE using the Dell S5000 converged switch: “Dell Networking S5000: Deployment of a Converged Infrastructure with FCoE“. (more…)

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Dell Networking S5000: The Building Blocks of Unified Fabric and LAN/SAN Convergence

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Check out my latest Dell Networking whitepaper: Dell Networking S5000: The Building Blocks of Unified Fabric and LAN/SAN Convergence. The whitepaper demonstrates and explains the movement from a traditional non-converged LAN/SAN network to a converged LAN/SAN infrastructure and how the Dell S5000 switch is an ideal solution for this transition. The whitepaper focuses on deploying a converged solution with FCoE using a Dell S5000 switch. The building blocks of Unified Fabric with FCoE are discussed in detail. In addition, benefits of moving to a converged infrastructure such as less maintenance and considerable cost savings are discussed. (more…)

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Stop by the Dell Networking S5000 Hands-on-Lab at Dell Enterprise Forum 2013

Friday, May 31st, 2013


Dell S5000 SwitchIf you’re planning to attend the Dell Enterprise Forum in San Jose, CA from June 4th – June 6th 2013, make sure to stop by the Dell Networking S5000 Hands-on-Lab. I’ll be on-site, and you’ll have the opportunity to configure a converged LAN/SAN network using FCoE with the Dell S5000 converged switch. You will configure the Dell S5000 switch as a NPIV Proxy Gateway and touch every piece of the solution – Dell PowerEdge server, CNA, Dell S5000 switch, Brocade 6505 Fibre Channel (FC) switch, and Dell Compellent storage array (SC8000 controller & SC220 disk enclosure).

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