Simplify 10GbE blade deployment and management with the PowerConnect M8024-k. Provide 10GbE connectivity for up to 16 M-Series blade servers equipped with the latest KR-based 10Gb network daughter cards (NDCs) or mezzanine cards.
Not ready for 10GbE? Don't worry. The M8024-k also supports GbE connections, to both the server and the local area network (LAN), helping to ensure that you’ll be ready to quickly adopt 10GbE when the time comes. This kind of flexibility, along with the improved 10GbE bandwidth and performance, helps you meet the changing demands of data centers that embrace virtualization and other I/O (input/output)-intensive technologies.The Dell PowerConnect M8024-k is also an FCoE transit switch that can be attached to an external converged data center network to extend an available FCoE fabric. With the 4.2 firmware upgrade, the M8024-k uses FCoE Initialization Protocol (FIP) to perform functions of FC_BB_E device discovery, initialization and maintenance. The FIP snooping feature enables the M8024-k to link Dell M-Series blades to an external top-of-rack or end-of-row FCoE forwarding switch and provides FCoE connectivity to the servers. This feature, along with Internet SCSI optimization, iSCSI TLV, and DCBx discovery and monitoring, enables seamless 10GbE performance in an end-to-end data center solution.
For a more technical overview of the connectivity of the M8024-k solution, please watch the below video.
4.2 Firmware Release
User Configuration Guide
Command Line Interface