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Which Dell switches are suitable for VMware?

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We will have a very simple vSphere environment. What switches should we buy? Must be Dell. I'm a networking newbie, but I'm a VCP.

 

2 x ESXi 5 hosts in a HA/DRS cluster

vCenter Server will run as a VM

 

We will use VLANs for security

We will use a resilient pair of switches

No storage traffic will go on these switches, only Management, vMotion and VM Networking

The data centre will provide a managed firewall. There will be no other switches.

 

Would 2 x Dell PowerConnect 2848 switches be sufficient? Can they route traffic between VLANs? Or do we need more expensive switches?

 

Sorry for the newbie question!

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  • From what I can find on Dell's website, the PowerConnect 2848 is not a Layer 3 switch, so it would not be able to route traffic between the VLANs.  In order to route between VLANs you'll either need a dedicated router, or you would need switches with Layer 3 routing capabilities such as the PowerConnect 6248. 

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  • From what I can find on Dell's website, the PowerConnect 2848 is not a Layer 3 switch, so it would not be able to route traffic between the VLANs.  In order to route between VLANs you'll either need a dedicated router, or you would need switches with Layer 3 routing capabilities such as the PowerConnect 6248. 

  • Thanks. We're going to use the 2848 and so all inter-VLAN traffic will be handled by the firewall(s).