Posts Tagged ‘Fibre Channel’

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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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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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 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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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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