Networking Solution Reference Architectures

Document Release
Dell Networking Campus Switching and Mobility Reference Architecture 2.0  July 2014

Cloud

Document Release
Open Cloud Networking: Unlocking the Full Potential of Cloud Computing  October 2011

Feature Deployment Guides and Best Practices

Document Release
Dell Campus Networking N-Series Interoperability with Cisco Catalyst  July 2014
VoIP for Dell Networking N-Series switches  May 2014
Expansion Modules for Dell Networking Switches version 2.2  February 2014
Policy Based Routing for Dell Networks  December 2013
Deploying Active Fabric for DataCenter 1.1  August 2013
Deploying the Dell Force10 MXL on a Cisco Nexus Network  December 2012
PowerConnect 8100 Interoperability with Cisco Catalyst  October 2012
Deploying FCoE on 10Gb PowerConnect Switches with 4.2 Firmware  March 2012
Expansion Modules for Dell PowerConnect and Dell Force10 Switches  August 2012
Deployment of Dell M8024k Blade Switch with Cisco Nexus 5000 series switch  October 2011
Deployment of Dell M8024k Blade Switch in Simple Mode with Cisco Nexus 5000 series switch  August 2011
Deployment of Dell M6348 Blade Switch with Cisco 4900M Catalyst Switch  July 2011
Deployment of Dell M6348 Blade switch to Cisco Catalyst using Simple Mode  May 2011
Deploying Dell M-Series blade switches in a Cisco Nexus Network  
Deployment of Dell M-Series blade switches in a Cisco Catalyst Network  
Deploying Dell PowerConnect M8024 in Juniper networks  January 2011
Efficient Video Distribution Networks with.Multicast: IGMP Querier and PIM-DM  April 2013
Dell PowerEdge VRTX Networking ver 1.2  July 2014
Best Practices for Dell Networking N4000 Series Switch with DCB Configured for iSCSI  April 2014

 Routing,Security Guides and Best Practices

Document Release
Enhancing Security with Dell Networking Part I - Private VLANS v2.1  March 2014
Dell Networking Support for Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard  January 2014
Enhancing Security with PowerConnect 5.0 Part2 Administrative Profiles  August 2012
Creating and Applying IP ACLs on a Dell PowerConnect 62xx Series  April 2008
Switch Management Access Security  January 2004
How Are PowerConnect ACLs Different From Cisco ACLs?  January 2004
Deploying ACLs to Manage Network Security  November 2003
   
MSTP Interoperability of the Dell PowerConnect 6200 Series Switches  April 2008
Spanning Tree Interoperability  November 2003
High-Availability Networks with Spanning Tree and Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol  January 2004
   
What is VLAN Routing?  February 2004
Router Redundancy with VRRP  February 2004

 

Stacking, CLI, Best Practices, White Papers and miscellaneous Guides

Document Release
Stacking Dell Networking N4000  February 2014
Stacking Dell Force10 MXL 10/40G Blade Switches  April 2013
Stacking Dell PowerConnect 10Gb Switches M8024k/8024/8024F  July 2012
Stacking Dell PowerConnect 8100 Series Switches  May 2013
Stacking Dell PowerConnect 7000 Series Switches  July 2011
Stacking Dell PowerConnect 6200 Switches  June 2014
   
CLI Transition Guide for Dell PowerConnect 7000, 8024, M8024, M6348, M6220  April 2011
CLI Transition Guide for Dell PowerConnect 5500  March 2011
   
Networking in the Active System 800 - AS800  
Flow Control and Network Performance with PowerConnect  April 2011
Power Over Ethernet Support  April 2008
Understanding IGMP Snooping  February 2004
How Do I Upgrade Firmware and Save Configurations on PowerConnect Switches?  February 2004
Can PowerConnect Switches Be Used in VoIP Deployments?  February 2004
Can PowerConnect Switches Be Used in IP Multicast Networks?  January 2004
How Much Broadcast and Multicast Traffic Should I Allow in My Network?  November 2003
Data Center Fabric - Adaptive Networking  

 

Storage Deployments

Document Release
Networking Best Practices for Dell DX Object Storage  January 2011
   

 

Virtualization

Document Release
Optimizing Quality of Service for VMware 4.1 Intel 10GE NICs  2010
Simplify 10GB Networking with Virtualization  2010
NIC Partitioning  April 2011
Broadcom and Dell Enhanced Virualization Functionality  July 2010
Minimizing Network Complexity in VMware vSphere 4 Environments with Intel 10 Gigabit Ethernet Connections for Dell PowerEdge Servers  
A Unified Approach to Networking and Storage Using iSCSI and Broadcom 10 Gigab it Ethernet Controllers in Dell PowerEdge Servers  

 

VLANs and LAGs

Document Release
Dell Networking N-Series MLAG  
Voice VLAN Support in the Dell PowerConnect 6200  
VLAN Interoperability of the Dell PowerConnect M6220  
What is VLAN Routing?  
VLAN-Based Network Segmentation  
VLAN Interoperability  
   
Link Aggregation Interoperability of the Dell PowerConnect 6200 Series  
Link Aggregation Interoperability  

Network Management How To Guides

Document Release
Configuring Private VLANs on the PowerConnect 3448  
Configuring 802.1x authentication on a PowerConnect 5324 using the Aegis client and Steel Belted Radius  
Configuring 802.1x authentication and Unauthenticated VLAN on a PowerConnect 6024  
Configuring 802.1x authentication on a PowerConnect 5324 using the Windows XP client & Steel Belted Radius  
Configuring RADIUS authentication on a PowerConnect 3424 using Cisco Secure ACS  
Configuring RADIUS authentication on a PowerConnect 3424 using Microsoft Internet Authentication Server  
Configuring RADIUS authentication on a PowerConnect 3424 using the Steel Belted Radius server  
Utilizing Advanced Scheduling with Network Manager  
Using Network Manager to Collect and Graph Data from Network Devices  
Group Operations With PowerConnect Switches  
Real-Time and Historical Event Management  
Using Network Manager to Deploy Firmware and Backup/Restore Configuration Files  
Using and Archiving Network Manager's Database  

 

Dell Power Solutions Networking Articles

Document Release
High performance wireless connectivity for mobile workforces  
Fine-tuning network applications and service delivery  
Streamlining network connectivity for agile data centers  
Enhancing scalability through network interface card partitioning  
Utilizing 10Gbase-T for Broad 10 Gigabit Ethernet deployment  
Simplified data center networking with two-tier architectures  
Resilient, high-performance networking for virtual infrastructures  
Implementing a unified networking fabric in virtualized data centers  
Product Showcase: Dell PowerConnect J-EX Ethernet Switches  
Identifying Cable Plant Faults Quickly and Remotely Using VCT  
Using NIC Teaming to Achieve High Availability on Linux Platforms  
Evolution of Gigabit Ethernet Technology: From the Server to the Desktop  
Understanding Layer 3 and 4 Classification to Enhance Gigabit Ethernet Deployment  

 

SAN Switch Reference Architectures

As part of Dell's continuing effort to provide the best technical guidance available, Dell's SIS team runs a test and validation program focused on Ethernet switches used in EqualLogic SANs. Each switch that is tested is then added to the EqualLogic Compatibility matrix list. In addition, we publish the reference architecture SAN design documents at the link below as part of each switch test program.

Thanks to the Dell PG Storage Infrastructure and Solutions Team for putting these together!

10 Gb Switches Link Published / Updated**
Dell PowerConnect 8024F

2-Switch Reference SAN
4-Switch Reference SAN

5/2012**
Cisco Nexus 5020

2-Switch Reference SAN

12/2011
Brocade VDX 6720

2-Switch Reference SAN VCS Enabled

2-Switch Reference SAN VCS Disabled

11/2011
Dell Force10 S4810 2-Switch Reference SAN 10/2011
Dell PowerConnect B-Series 8000/8000e and Brocade B-8000/8000e

2-Switch Reference SAN

4-Switch Reference SAN

7/2011
Juniper Networks EX4500 2-Switch Reference SAN
4-Switch Reference SAN
5/2011
Arista Networks 7148sx 2-Switch Reference SAN
4-Switch Reference SAN
1/2011
Brocade TurboIron 24X 2-Switch Reference SAN
4-Switch Reference SAN
12/2010


1 Gb Switches Link Published / Updated**
Dell Force10 S-Series S55 2-Switch Reference SAN
4-Switch Reference SAN
6/2012
Cisco Catalyst 3750X 2-Switch Reference SAN 4/2012
Dell Force10 S-Series S60 2-Switch Reference SAN
4-Switch Reference SAN
1/2012
Dell PowerConnect 7048 2-Switch Reference SAN
4-Switch Reference SAN
9/2011
Dell PowerConnect B-Series RX4/RX8/RX16 and Brocade RX4/RX8/RX16 2-4-8 I/O Module Reference SAN 6/2011
Dell PowerConnect J-Series EX4200-48T / Juniper EX4200-48T 2-Switch Reference SAN
4-Switch Reference SAN
9/2010