Dell Networking MXL 10/40GbE blade switch

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Consolidate virtualization benefits in M1000e blade deployments and apply more bandwidth to critical network links with the Dell Networking MXL 10/40GbE switch.

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Port Attributes

  • 4 optional FlexIO plug-in modules giving flexible media choices:
        - 2 port QSFP+ module (in 4x10GbE breakout mode)
        - 4-port SFP+ 10GbE module
        - 4-port 10GBase-T 10GbE copper module (1/10GB, only 1 module of this type is supported per IOA
        - 4-port Fibre Channel module (2/4/8G)

    1 USB (Type A) port for storage
    1 USB (Type A) port for console/management


  • MAC addresses: 128K
    IPv4 routes: 16K
    Switch fabric capacity: 1.28 Tbps (full-duplex)
    Forwarding capacity: 960 Mpps
    Link aggregation: Up to 16 Members per group, 128 LAG groups
    Queues per port: 4 queues
    VLANs: 4094
    Line-rate Layer 2 switching: all protocols, including IPv4
    Line-rate Layer 3 routing: IPv4
    ACLs: 2K ingress, 1k egress
    Packet buffer memory: 9MB
    CPU memory: 2GB

    Stacked units: Up to 6 MXLs (using 40GbE ports only)
    Stacking bandwidth: Up to 320Gbps (using 2 x 40GbE ring)
    Stacking topology: Ring and daisy chain


    Virtual Link Trunking (VLT): mVLT and L2/L3 over VLT

    IEEE compliance
    802.1AB LLDP
    802.1p L2 Prioritization
    802.3ab Gigabit Ethernet (1000Base-T)
    802.3ad Link Aggregation with LACP
    802.3ae 10GbE (10GBase-X)
    802.3ba 40GbE (40GBase-SR4, 40GBase-CR4) on optical ports
    802.3u Fast Ethernet (100Base-TX)
    802.3x Flow Control
    802.3z Gigabit Ethernet (1000Base-X)
    MTU 12KB


  • 802.1D Bridging, STP
    802.1s MSTP
    802.1w RSTP
    2338 VRRP

    Layer 3 Routing

    1058 RIPv1
    2453 RIPv2
    2154 MD5 (OSPF)
    1587 NSSA (OSPF)
    2328 OSPFv2
    4222 Prioritization and Congestion Avoidance

    802.1Q VLAN Tagging, Double VLAN Tagging, GVRP
    802.3ac Frame Extensions for VLAN Tagging
    Dell Networking PVST+
    Native VLAN

    Data center bridging
    IEEE 802.1Qbb Priority-Based Flow Contrl (PFC)
    IEEE 802.1Qaz Enhanced Transmission Selection (ETS)
    Data Center Bridging eXchange (DCBx)
    DCBx Application TLV (iSCSI, FCoE)

    Fiber channel
    NPIV Proxy Gateway (NPG)
    Fiber Channel port types : N
    Bridging to FC SAN
    Up to 8 FCoE_Maps per switch
    FCoE features
    Native FCoE forwarding
    FCoE Initialization Protocol (FIP) v1
    FCoE Transit (FIP Snooping Bridge)
    FCoE to FC Forwarding
    Dynamic FCoE to FC Load Balancing

    IEEE Compliance
    802.1AB LLDP
    802.1p L2 Prioritization
    802.3ab Gigabit Ethernet (1000BASE-T)
    802.3ad Link Aggregation with LACP
    802.3ae 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GBASE-X)
    802.3ba 40 Gigabit Ethernet
    802.3u Fast Ethernet (100BASE-TX)
    802.3x Flow Control
    802.3z Gigabit Ethernet (1000BASE-X)
    MTU 12K bytes

    General IPv4 Protocols
    768 UDP
    791 IPv4
    792 ICMP
    793 TCP
    826 ARP
    1027 Proxy ARP
    1035 DNS (client)
    1042 Ethernet Transmission
    1191 Path MTU Discovery
    1305 NTPv3
    1519 CIDR
    1542 BOOTP (relay)
    1812 Routers
    1858 IP Fragment Filtering
    2131 DHCP (relay)
    3021 31-bit Prefixes
    3046 DHCP Option 82
    3069 Private VLAN
    3128 Tiny Fragment Attack Protection

    FIP snooping

    Open Automation
    Bare Metal Provisioning


  • 854 Telnet
    959 FTP
    1321 MD5
    1350 TFTP
    2474 Differentiated Services
    2856 RADIUS
    3164 Syslog


  • Single-wide I/O module for M1000e blade enclosure
    Ring stacking topology with dynamic master election

Standards Supported

  • MIB Support

    1155 SMIv1
    1156 Internet MIB
    1157 SNMPv1
    1212 Concise MIB Definitions
    1215 SNMP Traps
    1493 Bridges MIB
    1850 OSPFv2 MIB
    1901 Community-based SNMPv2
    2011 IP MIB
    2012 TCP MIB
    2013 UDP MIB
    2096 IP Forwarding Table MIB
    2570 SNMPv3
    2571 Management Frameworks
    2572 Message Processing and
    2575 SNMPv3 VACM
    2576 Coexistence Between SNMPv1/v2/v3
    2578 SMIv2
    2579 Textual Conventions for SMIv2
    2580 Conformance Statements for SMIv2
    2618 RADIUS Authentication MIB
    2665 Ethernet-like Interfaces MIB
    2674 Extended Bridge MIB
    2787 VRRP MIB
    2819 RMON MIB (groups 1, 2, 3, 9)
    2863 Interfaces MIB
    3273 RMON High Capacity MIB
    3416 SNMPv2
    3418 SNMP MIB
    3434 RMON High Capacity Alarm MIB
    sFlow.org sFlowv5
    Dell Networking -IF-EXTENSION-MIB
    Dell Networking -LINKAGG-MIB
    Dell Networking -COPY-CONFIG-MIB
    Dell Networking -MON-MIB
    Dell Networking -PRODUCTS-MIB
    Dell Networking -MS-CHASSIS-MIB
    Dell Networking -SMI
    Dell Networking -SYSTEM-COMPONEN-MIB
    Dell Networking -TC-MIB
    Dell Networking -TRAP-ALARM-MIB
    Dell Networking -FIPSNOOPING-MIB
    Dell Networking -DCB-MIB
    IEEE 8021-PFC-MIB
    Dell Networking -MSTP-MIB

Environmental Operating Conditions

  • Power supply: 100–240 VAC 50/60 Hz
    Max. thermal output: 955.36 BTU/h
    Max. current draw per system: 2 A at 100/120 VAC, 1 A at 200/240 VAC
    Max. power consumption: 123 Watts

    ISO 7779 A-weighted sound pressure level: 59.6 dBA at 73.4°F (23°C)
    Operating temperature: 32° to 104°F (0° to 40°C)
    Operating humidity: 10 to 85% (RH), non-condensing
    Max. non-operating specifications: Storage temperature: –40° to 158°F (–40° to 70°C)
    Storage humidity: 5 to 95% (RH), non-condensing


  • UL/CSA 60950-1, Second Edition
    EN 60950-1, Second Edition
    IEC 60950-1, Second Edition Including all
    National Deviations and Group Differences
    EN 60825-1 Safety of Laser Products Part 1:
    Equipment Classification Requirements and
    User's Guide Optical Fibre Communication
    FDA Regulation 21 CFR 1040.10 and 1040.11
    Australia/New Zealand: AS/NZS CISPR 22: 2006,
    Class A
    Canada: ICES-003, Issue-4, Class A
    Europe: EN 55022: 2006+A1:2007
    (CISPR 22: 2006), Class A
    Japan: VCCI V3/2009 Class A
    USA: FCC CFR 47 Part 15, Subpart B:2009,
    Class A
    EN 300 386 V1.4.1:2008 EMC for Network
    EN 55024: 1998 + A1: 2001 + A2: 2003
    EN 61000-3-2: Harmonic Current Emissions
    EN 61000-3-3: Voltage Fluctuations and
    EN 61000-4-2: ESD
    EN 61000-4-3: Radiated Immunity
    EN 61000-4-4: EFT
    EN 61000-4-5: Surge
    EN 61000-4-6: Low Frequency Conducted
    All components are RoHS compliant

    Product Safety, EMC and Environmental Datasheets
    Dell Regulatory Compliance
    Dell and the Environment
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4-port FC8 Flex IO module4-port FC Flex IO module
– 2/4/8Gb FC SFP+ optics
– 4 ports of 8Gb FC offering up to 32Gb FC traffic per module (max 64Gb of FC throughput per MXL)
– NPIV Proxy Gateway (NPG)*
4-port SFP+ module4-port SFP+ module
– 1GbE and 10GbE ports
– 10GbE optical and DAC copper twinax
4-port 10GBASE-T module4-port 10GBASE-T module
– 1GbE and 10GbE ports
– Supports auto-negotiation
– RJ45/Cat6a copper
2-port QSFP+ module2-port QSFP+ module
– 2 x 40GbE ports
– 10GbE support using breakout cables

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