Dell recently announced the PowerConnect M8428-K Converged Switch module and the Brocade BR1741M-k Dual Port Mezzanine Card. The PowerConnect M8428-K switch supports DCB and FCoE, Fibre Channel, and Ethernet ports so you can connect to your FC SANs and Ethernet LANs directly. Dell's converged networking solution, incorporating advanced levels of Ethernet and Fibre Channel functionality, delivers a network consolidation solution that complements the server consolidation driven by Dell M1000e Blade Server technology and includes the PowerConnect M8428-k and the BrocadeBR1741M-K. The PowerConnect M8428-k module for the PowerEdge M1000e blade chassis is a true converged network switch containing 28 ports:
The M8428-k switch is designed to work seamlessly with any existing Fibre Channel storage, switches, and existing management utilities. It has support for the following external uplinks:
To go along with the M8428-k switch Dell is also releasing the BR1741M-K converged network adapter (CNA). The Brocade BR1741M-k Converged Network Adapter (CNA) is a powerful dual-port 10 Gb Ethernet mezzanine card that supports the new Data Center Bridging (DCB) and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) protocols to deliver enterprise-class LAN connectivity and blade server I/O consolidation to help reduce cost and complexity for blade server deployments in next generation data center environments. Some of the features include:
In addition, BR1741M-k supports Virtual Machine Optimized Ports (VMOP), a technology that offloads important virtual switching functions from the hypervisor onto the adapter to help achieve line rate performance and alleviate CPU utilization that can be used towards further scaling the virtualization environment.
Some of the key benefits of this converged networking solution compared to a native networking solution include:
Be sure to check back with DellTechCenter.com as we hope to get both of these products in the lab for some testing of our own. For homework you can take a look at a few of the whitepapers listed below.And as always, if there is anything specific you would like to see please let us know!
Kevin Houston has a nice write up over on Blades Made Simple:
And here are a few whitepapers to help fill the void in your day:Brocade CNA in Virtualized Environments Dell M8428-k Spec Sheet Technical Brief: Connecting the DellTM PowerEdgeTM M-Series Blades to a Cisco SAN Fabric Dell OpenManage Network Manager can help simplify network management
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Our external 10Gb ports, using SR transceivers can auto negotiate to 1 Gb switch if we connect them both?