The Dell Networking MXL blade switch delivers performance and scalability in a flexible package to meet the shifting demands of your business and data center. The MXL switch also has enhanced bandwidth, performance and flexibility to satisfy the changing demands of data centers embracing virtualization, network convergence and other I/O-intensive applications or workloads. It’s features include:”
The MXL product page can be found here.
The Dell FC FlexIO module uses NPIV Proxy Gateway (NPG) technology, which provides the capability to use converged FCoE inside the M1000e chassis while maintaining traditional unconverged Ethernet and native Fibre Channel outside of the M1000e. With the FC FlexIO module, the MXL provides bridging capabilities between Ethernet and Fibre Channel via FCoE. The MXL manages the following items when the FC FlexIO module is installed:
1. DCB (PFC, ETS and DCBx)
2. FIP discovery and initialization
3. FLOGI and FDISC conversion process
4. FIP keep alives
For communication outside the chassis, the MXL directs all Ethernet traffic out the external Ethernet ports (these ports can be in DCB or non-DCB mode) and convert all FCoE packets to native FC packets and directs them out the native Fibre Channel ports of the FC FlexIO module(s). The MXL acts as an NPG connecting the converged network adapters (CNAs) in the servers to the external Fibre Channel
fabric. When the FC FlexIO module is installed, the MXL appears as an FCF to the CNAs while the FC FlexIO ports appear as NPIV N_ports (i.e. HBA ports) to the external Fibre Channel Fabric.
Note: The MXL NPIV Proxy Gateway does not currently provide fabric services.
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