Dell Intros Force10 MXL
10/40GbE Switch for PowerEdge M1000e Blade System
April 24, 2012
introduced the Dell Force10 MXL 10/40GbE switch, its first 40 gigabit
blade server switch for the Dell PowerEdge M1000e blade system, designed
to support demanding workloads in traditional, virtual, public and
private cloud environments.
Adding high-performance server blade switching expands customers’
architecture options and extends Dell’s abilities to deliver end-to-end
10 gigabit Ethernet (GbE) solutions across its server, storage and
networking portfolio. This Dell infrastructure can deliver up to 10
times greater application performance for decision support and business
Dell will demonstrate technologies and innovations from its Virtual
Network Architecture (VNA) portfolio at Interop Las Vegas 2012 and share
more of its vision for networking and IT during a keynote address by
Dario Zamarian, Dell Networking vice president and general manager, on
customers move to embrace 10GbE across their IT operations, including
servers, storage and networking, Dell is the clear choice to help in all
these areas,” said Dario Zamarian, vice president and general manager,
Dell Networking. “Dell is helping its customers optimize their
infrastructure today while architecting for greater intelligence and
capability into the future.”
“We are witnessing a surge in market adoption of 10GbE as customers are
adopting integrated data center networking architectures like the ones
we’re seeing from Dell with its Force10 systems,” said Cindy Borovick,
Program Vice President, Enterprise and Datacenter Networks. “These
integrated solutions Dell is developing across both 10GbE and now 40GbE
networking fabrics are able to connect 10GbE servers, storage and
networking for customers building out public and private cloud
Dell Force10’s VNA portfolio for virtualizing, automating and
orchestrating networking functions and services is significantly
strengthened and can outpace the competition with the introduction of
its first 40GbE-enabled blade server switch, the Dell Force10 MXL
10/40GbE. This builds on Dell’s industry-leading position in 40GbE
shipments, according to Dell’Oro Group.
The Dell Force10 MXL 10/40GbE blade switch brings unprecedented
bandwidth capacity to the Dell PowerEdge M1000e blade chassis,
addressing the diverse needs of environments including data centers in
large enterprises, government networks, education and research
institutions, and high performance computing. The full-featured
1/10/40GbE Layer 2 and Layer 3 blade switch is powered by the Force10
operating system (FTOS) and provides increased bandwidth, scalability,
performance and operational simplicity for blades at data center and
campus environments. FTOS powers some of the largest and most demanding
data center environments in the world providing predictable, reliable
network performance while reducing operations and management overhead.
Key benefits of the Dell Force10 MXL 10/40GbE switch include:
Ethernet stacking technology: Customers can consolidate ports and deploy
a cost effective pay-as-you grow solution. Ethernet stacking enables up
to six switching modules within a single enclosure or spanning multiple
enclosures to be managed as one logical device.
engineering: High performance Ethernet switching purpose-built for new
workloads and demanding East-West (or intra-chassis) traffic patterns,
bringing high-density, high scalability, low-latency 10/40GbE to the
Dell PowerEdge M1000e blade enclosure.
- Flexible connectivity options:
Networking flexibility with FlexIO modules delivering support for 40GbE
QSFP+, 10GbE SFP+, and 10GBase-T ports.
- Integrated storage support:
Flexibility of converged input/output (I/O) support for end-to-end IP
storage (iSCSI and Data Center Bridging) into a single 10GbE connection
helping to enhance efficiency and reducing costs.
Dell also introduced
enhancements to the management software in its portfolio to simplify IT
operations and help save customers time and money.
Dell Force10 Operating System Enhancements
New enterprise data
center FTOS features designed principally for the S4810 10/40G
top-of-rack system include:
- Support for Layer 2 multipath
technology—Virtual Link Trunking (VLT)—an innovative technology allowing
improved scalability and control in Layer 2 switching environments.
- Ethernet switch stacking
technology to simplify management in large-scale switch deployments.
- Data Center Bridging (DCB)
support enabling a lossless Ethernet fabric for converging storage (iSCSI,
Fibre Channel) and data over common infrastructure.
- Automated workload mobility by
auto-provisioning virtual LANs when virtual machines are migrated
without intervention – with open hypervisor support for maximum customer
choice and flexibility.
Dell Fabric Manager
Dell also announced Dell Fabric
Manager, a new offering designed expressly for configuring, managing and
monitoring Dell Distributed Core deployments in data centers. Dell’s
Distributed Core architecture – a “spine-and-leaf” data center fabric
architecture - offers an increasingly popular alternative to
traditional, chassis-based architectures especially in high-performance
environments where performance, resiliency, flexibility and
cost-effectiveness are equally valued. Dell Fabric Manager provides a
single, system-level view into Distributed Core deployments of any size
designed to greatly reduce configuration time, and simplifying ongoing
management and monitoring.
Open Manage Network Manager 5.0
Dell introduced the
fifth version of Open Manage Network Manager, (OMNM) a single console
for all network management functions of existing and future Dell
networking platforms in branch, campus and data center networks. OMNM
helps lower network total cost of ownership by automating network
management functions and increasing network uptime through diagnostic,
network monitoring and backup/restore capabilities. Customers can deploy
in hours, not weeks or months, without requiring any agent updates.
New features of OMNM 5.0 include:
- Easier installation and use of
switches through a redesigned web based GUI.
- Support for Dell’s full product
line of switches including Dell Force10 and W-Series controllers and
wireless access points.
- Traffic flow analysis helps
maintain optimum performance configurations.
- Resource group management
provides one-to-many switch configuration.
Demonstrating New SDN-Based
Network Virtualization and Multi-Tenancy Solutions
Dell unveiled innovations in
Software-Defined Networking (SDN) to increase control, customization and
optimization of virtual networking operations, and ultimately reduce
costs. At Interop Las Vegas 2012, Dell will demonstrate new SDN-based
solutions showcasing the ease with which customers can virtualize their
infrastructures and enable multi-platform orchestration and
As part of this, Dell also announced interoperability with Big Switch
Networks Open SDN ™ architecture. Big Switch Networks delivers cloud
networking solutions based on open standards such as OpenFlow, providing
customers more networking choices within the SDN ecosystem.
Additional live VNA demonstrations at Interop Las Vegas 2012 will
- The Dell Fabric Manager for
distributed core management announced today.
- Automated workload mobility
featuring automated VM-VLAN configuration/reconfiguration.
- Virtual machine tunneling
featuring Microsoft Hyper-V over Layer 2/3 infrastructure.
The Dell Force10 MXL
10/40G switch for the Dell M1000e chassis and the Dell Fabric Manager
will be available in summer 2012. The Open Manage Network Manager 5.0 is