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Stacking the Dell MXL Blade Switch

Friday, April 5th, 2013

Dell MXL blade switch

Dell MXL blade switch

The Data Center Bridging (DCB) enabled Dell MXL blade switch provides a 1/10/40GbE upstream solution for the Dell PowerEdge M1000e chassis. It comes with two fixed 40 GbE ports but is scalable up to six 40GbE ports via 40GbE FlexIO modules; this provides a total of twenty four 10GbE ports from a single blade switch using breakout cables. Other FlexIO modules available for the two FlexIO ports are a 4 port 10GbaseT module and a 4 port 10GbE SFP+ module. One Dell MXL switch can provide up to 32 line-rate 10GbE internal-facing ports for Dell blade servers. Additionally, using the 40GbE ports, 6 MXL blade switches can be stacked together. In this blog I will demonstrate how to stack 2 Dell MXL blades together. (more…)