Posts Tagged ‘FC’

Dell MXL and FC Flex IOM: Enabling Network Convergence via FCoE [Video]

Saturday, February 8th, 2014

As you know from my prior blog, blog, the Dell FC Flex IOM adds 4 x FC ports (8 x FC ports with 2 modules) to the Dell MXL/IOA blade switch and transforms it into a NPIV Proxy Gateway (NPG) allowing for the bridging of FCoE and Fibre Channel at the switch blade level. Check-out the video here on YouTube (also embedded below) or on the Dell MXL wiki page (second video on page) that steps through the details and ease of deployment of this solution. (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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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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