Posts Tagged ‘Force10’

Network Virtualization with Dell and VMware NSX [Video]

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Check out my latest Dell Networking video on Network Virtualization with Dell and VMware NSX. You can view it on the Dell VMware wiki site, the Dell YouTube channel, or see the video embedded below via direct link. (more…)


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…)


Dell Bare Metal Provisioning 3.0 – Automate the Network

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Dell FTOSToday Dell released FTOS 9.1 for its Z9000 and S4810 data center switches. A lot of cool features have been added to the ubiquitous switch operating system, perhaps most notably the support for OpenFlow. However, in this blog I will be discussing one feature, Bare Metal Provisioning (BMP), that I worked extensively with and heavily promote, as I truly believe it’s a powerful utility to further help network engineers automate their networks for greater resiliency. (more…)


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…)


Understanding and Implementing Flow Control on Dell Force10 Switches

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Ethernet flow control allows for a receiving node to temporarily stop the transmission of data from the sending node. As defined by IEEE 802.3x this is accomplished via the PAUSE frame. (more…)


Distributed Core Network Architecture

Friday, January 18th, 2013

There is no doubt you have probably heard by now the importance of supporting ‘east-west’ traffic flow in large data center networks. So why is this and what does it mean? And when Gartner claims that 80 percent of data center network traffic now travels from server-to-server, just what impact does this have on network design/architecture? (more…)


Multi-Area OSPF in a Mixed Cisco and Dell Force10 Environment

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

In this lab I use one Cisco 2621XM [IOS 12.4(2)T], one Cisco 2621 [IOS 12.3(18)], one Cisco 3660 [IOS 12.1(1)T], one Cisco 3640 [IOS 12.1(2)T], one Cisco 3550-24PWR-SMI [IOS 12.2(44)SE6], one Dell Force10 S60 [FTOS], and one Dell Force10 S50N [FTOS] to demonstrate multi-area OSPF in a mixed environment of Cisco and Dell Force10 switches. Below is a diagram of my lab setup. (more…)


Advanced Private VLAN Configuration on Dell Force10 Switches

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

In a prior lab, “Dell Force10 Z9000 – Creating Additional Layer 2 Isolation via Private VLANs“, I demonstrated some basics in regards to private VLANs. In this lab, I plan to go a little further and demonstrate how hosts in the same private VLANs (PVLANs) on two different switches can communicate with each other. (more…)


Dell Force10 Z9000 – Creating Additional Layer 2 Isolation via Private VLANs

Saturday, July 7th, 2012

Private VLANs provide additional segregation capabilities within a VLAN. A private VLAN provides further layer 2 isolation between ports. A common example of private VLAN use is a hotel providing Internet access for patrons while at the same time preventing direct access between guest ports. Instead of using private VLANs, you can create a separate VLAN and assign a separate IP subnet to each guest as shown below. (more…)


802.1Q Trunking Between Cisco and Dell Force10 Switches

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

VOIP PhonesIn this lab I use a Dell Force10 S25P switch [FTOS] and a Cisco C3750 switch [IOS 12.2(25)SEE3] to demonstrate 802.1Q trunking. (more…)