Adding a Dell™ PowerConnect™ blade (M-Series) switch, within a Dell PowerEdge™ M1000e modular blade enclosure, to an external Cisco Catalyst® Switch is a straightforward process. The addition of Simple Switch Mode on the Dell PowerConnect blade switch further simplifies the process, allowing integration into existing network with minimal effort. This document is part of the Simple Connect campaign that includes both Simple Connect for SAN and Simple Connect for LAN — targeted at today’s fibre channel (FC) SAN and Ethernet LAN environments and meant to serve as a supplemental guide on how to interconnect equipment within the data center.

This document provides an easy to use step-by-step guide on how to configure and deploy the Dell M-Series 1Gbit/s blade switch (M6348) (Figure 1) with a Cisco Catalyst 4900M Switch.