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Dell Networking OS 6

Dell Networking OS6
Thoughtfully engineered from the ground up, Dell Networking OS 6 redefines consistency, stability and high availability in campus networks. Incorporating enterprise-class features and resiliency, the new OS 6 provides a major upgrade for your network infrastructure. Built on a carrier-grade Linux kernel*, it not only enables a single code base across the Dell Networking N-Series, but also further simplifies deployments by applying and processing configurations identically across the N-Series switch families.
 
Familiar CLI and user-friendly GUI

Built for optimal usability, OS 6 makes tasks easy with familiar configuration commands and user interfaces. The command line interface (CLI) uses well-known commands and syntax for advanced configuration. Additionally, the graphical user interface (GUI) offers maximum configuration and control with point-and-click ease. The GUI provides another option to help organizations simplify deployments without having to depend on specialized and highly trained resources for configuration. These familiar and intuitive management tools provide network administrators the confidence and flexibility to deploy, configure and manage networks without requiring additional training.

Familiar CLI and user-friendly GUI

OS 6 supports the latest open-standard protocols with robust Layer 2 switching features and advanced routing functionality on Layer 3 devices. OS 6 includes comprehensive Layer 2 and Layer 3 functionality and introduces powerful new features, including:
  • Multi-chassis Link Aggregation (MLAG)
  • RPVST+ interoperability for Cisco networks
  • Policy Based Routing (PBR) on Layer 3 devices

Multi-chassis Link Aggregation (MLAG)

While spanning tree protocol (STP) is relatively successful in mitigating packet storms in the network and relieving congestion, it also blocks redundant links from carrying traffic, which can cause expensive ports to sit idle and unused. Link aggregation (LAG) technologies, such as the IEEE 802.3ad Link Aggregation Control Protocol, can open these links by allowing multiple links to be aggregated together, appearing as a single link in the spanning tree topology. This allows the bandwidth on the redundant links to be utilized, but the LAG is limited to connecting multiple links between only two partner switches, leaving the switch as a single point of failure in the topology.

Multi-chassis Link Aggregation (MLAG)



MLAG creates active/active loop-free redundancy without STP. Dell Networking MLAG extends the LAG bandwidth advantage across multiple Dell Networking peer switches that are connected to a LAG partner device. All links in an MLAG configuration can carry data traffic across a physically diverse topology, which boosts bandwidth utilization and results in minimal disruption in case of a link or switch failure. With the MLAG multipathing feature, high availability and full bandwidth utilization are now achievable in the network. Downstream switches view the MLAG peer switches as a single, logical switching entity but attach to the MLAG peer switches using standards-based link aggregation protocol, greatly extending the benefit of this feature to existing switching infrastructures.

RPVST+ interoperability for Cisco networks
 
With the release of OS 6.1, a seamless interface with RPVST+ will be offered to enable greater flexibility and interoperability with Cisco networks. Dell Networking switches support both Rapid Spanning Tree Per-VLAN (RSTP-PV) and Spanning Tree Per-VLAN (STP-PV) with a high degree of interoperability with other vendor implementations.

 

The Dell Networking RSTP Per-VLAN is the IEEE 802.1w (RSTP) standard implemented on individual VLANs and smoothly interfaces with Cisco RPVST+. With RSTP-PV, traffic load balancing on a per-VLAN basis is done through the creation of separate spanning-tree instances.

Policy Based Routing (PBR) on Layer 3 devicesPolicy Based Routing (PBR) on Layer 3 devices

PBR allows packets to be forwarded, based on assigned criteria, beyond the destination address. Network administrators often need to implement packet routing according to specific organizational policies. PBR exactly fits this purpose, providing a flexible mechanism to implement solutions where organizational constraints dictate traffic routing through specific network paths. PBR is a true routing solution that does not affect route redistribution that occurs via routing protocols.

 

To configure PBR, simply configure a route map with match and set commands and then apply the route map to the interface. PBR is applied to inbound traffic on IP routing interfaces, which enables the router to analyze packets using the route map. A VLAN can only have one associated route map, but the administrator can configure multiple match and set criteria, and prioritize them in any desired order. If only one match criteria is met, then its corresponding set statements are executed. If two or more match criteria are met, the highest priority set statement is executed. If there is no match, packets are routed via the normal routing table lookup.

N2000 Series 1GbE Layer 2 Switches

N3000 Series 1GbE Layer 3 Switches

N4000 Series 10GbE Layer 3 Switches

N2000 Series 1GbE Layer 2 Switches

Upgrade your network with PoE+ capable GbE Layer 2 switches with basic Layer 3 routing functionality and support for MLAG, RSTP Per-VLAN, policy-based forwarding and 12-unit stacking. 



Choose N2000 Series switches
N3000 Series 1GbE Layer 3 Switches

Modernize your network with PoE+ capable, high-availability GbE switches with Layer 3 support for advanced routing protocols and MLAG, RSTP Per-VLAN, PBR and 12-unit stacking.


Choose N3000 Series switches
N4000 Series 10GbE Layer 3 Switches

Apply 10/40GbE wire-speed flexibility to your network with high-performance, non-blocking 10GbE switches for Layer 3 aggregation that feature MLAG, RSTP Per-VLAN, PBR and advanced routing and switching protocols in addition to 12-unit stacking.


Choose N4000 Series switches

Legend: S — Standard, OA — Option Available, N — Not Available

Performance Attributes

Standard Performance AttributesN2000 SeriesN3000 SeriesN4000 Series
MAC addresses8,19216,384131,072
VLANs Supported4,0944,0944,094
Protocol-based VLANsSSS
ARP entries1,0246,1446,144
NDP entries400400400
Maximum Transmission Unit (MTU): Jumbo Frame Size9,2169,2169,216
Priority queues per port888
Routing (L3) Performance AttributesN2000 SeriesN3000 SeriesN4000 Series
IPv4 static routes2561,0241,024
IPv6 static routes1281,0241,024
IPv4 dynamic routes2568,1608,160
IPv6 dynamic routesN4,0964,096
OSPF routing interfacesN8,1608,160
RIP routing interfaces256512512
Routing interfaces per OSPF areaN128128
VLAN routing interfaces128128128
OSPF areasN3030
Routes for ECMP routingN44
ECMP next hops per routeN44
ECMP groupsN641,024
Multicast Performance AttributesN2000 SeriesN3000 SeriesN4000 Series
IPv4 Multicast forwarding entriesN1,536512
IPv6 Multicast forwarding entriesN512256
Multicast groups supported in IGMP Snooping4,0964,0964,096
Access Control List (ACL) Performance AttributesN2000 SeriesN3000 SeriesN4000 Series
Access control lists (ACL)SSS
MAC and IP-based ACLsSSS
Time-controlled ACLsSSS
Maximum number of ACLs100100100
Maximum ACL rules (system-wide)2,0484,0963,072
Maximum rules per ACL1,0231,0231,023
Maximum ACL rules per interface (IPv4) ingress rules1,0243,0722,047
Maximum ACL rules per interface (IPv4) egress rules5121,0241,023
Maximum ACL rules per interface (IPv6) ingress rules5121,0211,021
Maximum ACL rules per interface (IPv6) egress rules256512512
Maximum VLAN interfaces with ACLs applied242424
Link Aggregation (LAG) Performance AttributesN2000 SeriesN3000 SeriesN4000 Series
Maximum aggregation groups supported128128128
Maximum dynamic ports per switch stack144144144
Maximum member ports per LAG888

Legend: S — Standard, OA — Option Available, N — Not Available

Standards Compliance with Dell Features

IEEE & Dell FeaturesN2000 SeriesN3000 SeriesN4000 Series
802.1ABLLDPSSS
DellVoice VLANSSS
DellISDP (Inter-operates with devices running CDP)SSS
802.1DBridging, Spanning Tree (STP)SSS
802.1pEthernet Priority (User Provisioning and Mapping)SSS
DellAdjustable WRR and Strict Queue SchedulingSSS
802.1QVLAN Tagging, Double VLAN Tagging, GVRPSSS
802.1QazDCBx, Enhanced Transmission Selection (ETS)NNS
802.1QbbPriority-based Flow Control (PFC)NNS
802.1SMultiple Spanning Tree (MSTP)SSS
802.1vProtocol-based VLANsSSS
802.1WRapid Spanning Tree (RSTP)SSS
DellRSTP-Per VLAN (compatible with Cisco's RPVST+)SSS
DellSpanningtree optional features - STP root guard, BPDU guard, BPDU filteringSSS
802.1XNetwork Access Control, Auto VLANSSS
802.2Logical Link ControlSSS
802.310BASE-TSSS
802.3abGigabit Ethernet (1000BASE-T)SSS
802.3acFrame Extensions for VLAN TaggingSSS
802.3adLink Aggregation with LACPSSS
802.3ae10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GBASE-X)SSS
802.3AXLAG Load BalancingSSS
DellMulti-Chassis LAG (MLAG)SSS
DellPolicy Based ForwardingSSS
802.3azEnergy Efficient Ethernet (EEE)SSS
802.3uFast Ethernet (100BASE-TX)SSS
802.3xFlow ControlSSS
802.3zGigabit Ethernet (1000BASE-X)SSS
ANSILLDP-MED (TIA-1057)SSS
DellEqualLogic iSCSI Auto-configurationNSS
DellDCBx, iSCSI TLV 2.2NNS
Legend: S — Standard, OA — Option Available, N — Not Available

RFC and I-D Compliance with Dell Features

General Internet ProtocolsN2000 SeriesN3000 SeriesN4000 Series
768UDPSSS
783TFTPSSS
793TCPSSS
854TelnetSSS
855Telnet OptionSSS
856Telnet Binary TransmissionSSS
858Telnet Suppress OptionSSS
919Broadcast Ethernet framesSSS
920Domain requirementsSSS
922Broadcast Ethernet frames w/ subnetsSSS
950Internet Standard subnet procedureSSS
1071Computing the Internet checksumSSS
1123Requirements for Internet hostsSSS
1141Incremental updating of the Internet checksumSSS
1321MDASSS
1350TFTP v2SSS
3164SyslogSSS
DellGARP Generic Attribute Registration ProtocolSSS
DellSupport for unicast NLB (multicast NLB not supported)SSS
DellLayer 3 TracerouteSSS
General IPv4 ProtocolsN2000 SeriesN3000 SeriesN4000 Series
791IPv4SSS
792ICMPSSS
826ARPSSS
894Transmit IP datagramsSSS
896Congestion ControlSSS
951BootPSSS
1027Proxy ARPSSS
1042Ethernet TransmissionSSS
1256ICMP Router DiscoverySSS
1519CIDRSSS
1534Interop BootP, DHCPSSS
1541DHCPSSS
1542BootP (relay)SSS
1812RoutersSSS
2030SNTP v4SSS
2131DHCP (relay)SSS
2132DHCP/BootP Ext.SSS
3046DHCP BootP RelaySSS
3069Private VLANSSS
3246Expedited Fwd PHBSSS
3260DiffServ updatesSSS
3289MIB for DiffServ (read)SSS
General IPv6 ProtocolsN2000 SeriesN3000 SeriesN4000 Series
1981Path MTUSSS
2372IPv6 AddressingSSS
2460IPv6SSS
2461Neighbor DiscoverySSS
2462Stateless Address Autoconfiguration (partial)SSS
2464IPv6 over EthernetSSS
2465IPv6 MIBSSS
2466ICMPv6 MIBSSS
2711IPv6 Router alertSSS
3056Connection to IPv6 Domains via IPv4 CloudsSSS
3315DHCPv6SSS
3484Default Address SelectSSS
3493Basic Socket InterfaceSSS
3513Addressing ArchitectureSSS
3542Advanced sockets APISSS
3587Global Unicast AddressSSS
3736Stateless DHCPv6SSS
4213Basic Transition MechanismsSSS
4291Addressing ArchitectureSSS
4443ICMPv6SSS
Legend: S — Standard, OA — Option Available, N — Not Available

RFC and I-D Compliance with Dell Features

Layer 3 FunctionalityN2000 SeriesN3000 Series N4000 Series 
1058RIPv1SSS
1724RIPv2 MIB ExtensionSSS
1765OSPF DB overflowNSS
1850OSPF MIBNSS
2080RIPngNNN
2082RIP-2 MD5 AuthenticationSSS
2328OSPFv2NSS
2338VRRPNSS
2370Opaque LSA OptionNSS
2453RIPv2SSS
2740OSPFv3NSS
2787VRRP MIBNSS
3101NSSANSS
3137OSPF Stub Router AdvertisementNSS
3623Graceful RestartNSS
3768VRRPNSS
5187OSPFv3 Graceful RestartNSS
DellPolicy Based RoutingNSS
DellLayer 3 Trusted Mode (DSCP)SSS
MulticastN2000 SeriesN3000 SeriesN4000 Series
1112IGMPv1NSS
2236IGMPv2NSS
2365Admin scoped IP MulticastSSS
2710MLDv1NSS
2932IPv4 MIBSSS
2933IGMP MIBNSS
3376IGMPv3NSS
3810MLDv2NSS
3973PIM-DMNSS
4541IGMP v1/v2/v3 Snooping & QuerierSSS
4601PIM-SMNSS
5060PIM MIBNSS
DellStatic IP MulticastNSS
Draft-ietf-pim-sm-bsr-05NSS
Draft-ietf-idmr-dvmrp-v3-10 DVMRPNSS
Draft-ietf-magma-igmp-proxy-06.txt IGMP/MLD ProxyingNSS
Draft-ietf-magma-igmpv3-and-routing-05.txtNSS
draft-ietf-idmr-dvmrp-mib-11NSS
draft-ietf-magma-mgmd-mib-05NSS
draft-ietf-pim-bsr-mib-06NSS
IEEE 802.1ag draft 8.1 – Connectivity Fault Management (CFM)SSS
IEEE 802.1p GMRP Dynamic L2 Multicast RegistrationNSS

Quality of Service (QoS)N2000 SeriesN3000 SeriesN4000 Series
2474DiffServ FieldSSS
2475DiffServ ArchitectureSSS
2597Assured Fwd PHBSSS
2697srTCMSSS
4115trTCMSSS
DellPort Based QoS Services ModeSSS
DellFlow Based QoS Services Mode (IPv4/IPv6)SSS
DellL4 Trusted Mode (TCP/UDP)SSS
DellRed/WREDNNS
Network Management and SecurityN2000 SeriesN3000 SeriesN4000 Series
1155SMIv1SSS
1157SNMPv1SSS
1212Concise MIB DefinitionsSSS
1213MIB-IISSS
1215SNMP TrapsSSS
1286Bridge MIBSSS
1442SMIv2SSS
1451Manager-to-Manager MIBSSS
1492TACACS+SSS
1493Managed objects for Bridges MIBSSS
1573Evolution of InterfacesSSS
1612DNS Resolver MIB ExtensionsSSS
1643Ethernet-like MIBSSS
1757RMON MIBSSS
1867HTML/2.0 Forms with file upload extensionsSSS
1901Community-based SNMPv2SSS
1907SNMPv2 MIBSSS
1908Coexistence btwn SNMPv1/v2SSS
2011IP MIBSSS
2012TCP MIBSSS
2013UDP MIBSSS
2068HTTP/1.1SSS
2096IP Forwarding Table MIBSSS
2233Interfaces Group using SMIv2SSS
2246TLS v1SSS
2271SNMP Framework MIBSSS
2295Transport Content NegotiationSSS
2296Remote Variant SelectionSSS
2346AES Ciphersuites for TLSSSS
2576Coexistence between SNMPv1/v2/v3SSS
2578SMIv2SSS
2579Textual Conventions for SMIv2SSS
2580Conformance Statements for SMIv2SSS
2613RMON MIBSSS
2618RADIUS Authentication MIBSSS
2620RADIUS Accounting MIBSSS
2665Ethernet-like Interfaces MIBSSS
2666Identification of Ethernet chipsetsSSS
2674Extended Bridge MIBSSS
2737ENTITY MIBSSS
2818HTTP over TLSSSS
2819RMON MIB (groups 1, 2, 3, 9)SSS
2856Text Conventions For High Capacity Data TypesSSS
2863Interfaces MIBSSS
2865RADIUSSSS
2866RADIUS AccountingSSS
2868RADIUS Attributes for Tunnel Protocol SupportSSS
2869RADIUS ExtensionsSSS
3410Internet Standard Management FrameworkSSS
3411SNMP Management FrameworkSSS
3412Message Processing and DispatchingSSS
3413SNMP ApplicationsSSS
3414User-based security modelSSS
3415View-based control modelSSS
3416SNMPv2SSS
3417Transport MappingsSSS
3418SNMP MIBSSS
3577RMON MIBSSS
3580802.1X with RADIUSSSS
3737Registry of RMOM MIBSSS
4086Randomness RequirementsSSS
4113UDP MIBSSS
4251SSHv2 ProtocolSSS
4252SSHv2 AuthenticationSSS
4253SSHv2 TransportSSS
4254SSHv2 Connection ProtocolSSS
4419SSHv2 Transport Layer ProtocolSSS
4521LDAP ExtensionsSSS
4716SECSH Public Key File FormatSSS
6101SSLSSS
6398IP Router AlertSSS
DellEnterprise MIB supporting Routing features draft-ietf-hubmib-etherif-mib-v3-00.txt (Obsoletes RFC 2665)SSS
DellLAG MIB Support for 802.3ad functionalitySSS
Dellsflow version 1.3 draft 5SSS
Dell802.1x Monitor ModeSSS
DellCustom Login BannersSSS
DellDynamic ARP InspectionSSS
DellIP Address FilteringSSS
DellTiered AuthenticationSSS
DellRSPANSSS
BetaOpenFlow 1.0SSS