Simple Connect: Simple Connect is a feature that is included on PowerConnect blade switches (Dell PowerConnect M8024/ Dell PowerConnect M6348/ Dell PowerConnect M6220). When this feature is enabled, the administrator can simply map internal ports to external ports for traffic aggregation, with feature called “Port Aggregator”. This provides the ability to aggregate traffic from multiple downlinks to a single (or fewer) uplinks and provides port consolidation at the edge of blade server chassis. A few of the benefits from Simple Connect include:
Port Aggregator: The Port Aggregator feature minimizes the administration required for managing the Dell PowerConnect M6220/M6348/M8024. The Dell PowerConnect M6220/M6348/M8024 are Layer 3, Gigabit Ethernet switch blades for the Dell PowerEdge M1000e. The Port Aggregator feature minimizes the administration required for managing the Blade based switches. When the switch is operating in Simple mode, the administrator can map internal ports to external ports without having to know anything about Spanning Tree Protocol (STP), Virtual Local Area Network (VLAN), Link Aggregation or other L2/L3 protocols. Technique behind Simple Connect:Create Port Aggregation Groups (PAGs)
Below are some examples how of the Port Aggregator would be configured:M6620:M6220 Stacked:M8024:M8024 Stacked:To enable Simple Connect you must change the operational mode of the switch from “Normal” to “Simple”. A user can do this via CLI, Web, and SNMP interfaces. The Port Aggregator feature is only available when the switch is in the “Simple” operational mode. “Simple” mode is disabled on the switch by default. Below is a short demo on configuring Simple Switch mode.