Posts Tagged ‘MXL’

VMware NSX Service Composer: Advanced Security & Micro-segmentation

Monday, March 16th, 2015

NSX Security Groups
In a prior blog, Firewalling & Micro-segmentation with VMware NSX, I discussed some of the basics of firewalls and micro-segmentation with VMware NSX. In this blog, I’ll introduce how security groups via NSX Service Composer can be used with VMware NSX to further enhance the micro-segmentation and security capabilities. (more…)

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Creating Logical Networks and Services with VMware NSX on Dell Infrastructure

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

If you haven’t already, please checkout the Dell-VMware NSX Reference Architecture (RA) whitepaper. In the reference architecture I explain in detail the foundational NSX-vSphere components and also how Dell can provide a complete end-to-end infrastructure (servers, networking, storage) to support a robust SDN solution with NSX. In this blog, I will provide a quick overview, some insight on NSX, and examples of VMware NSX deployment with a complete end-to-end Dell infrastructure. (more…)

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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…)

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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 Networking Extends Multipathing Capabilities with VLT Routing

Saturday, October 12th, 2013

Dell Networking recently released enhancements to their VLT multipathing technology in FTOS 9.2 now available on S4810, S4820T, and Z9000. For a quick primer on Dell’s VLT technology read my prior blog post here. The most noticeable enhancement is the support of layer 3 routing protocols over VLT. Additional enhancements include the ability of VLT peers to synchronize ARP entries learned from non-VLT interfaces, support for IPv6, and the ability to synchronize multicast routing tables between peer VLT ports. In this blog, I use 4 x Dell S4810s [FTOS 9.2] and 1 x Dell S60 (for a management switch) [FTOS 8.3.3.9] to demonstrate routed VLT.
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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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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…)

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