Mellanox M3601Q InfiniBand Switch Blade

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High-bandwidth, low-latency fabric for enterprise data centers and high-performance-computing (HPC) environments.

  • Powerful, high-performance server blade switches
  • Full cross-sectional bandwidth from server blades to fabric
  • Reliable transport
  • I/O consolidation
  • Virtualization acceleration

Mellanox M3601Q

Sustained Network Performance

The Mellanox® M3601Q from Dell™ supports static routing to reduce or eliminate network congestion. For conditions in which output ports are oversubscribed, the M3601Q supports InfiniBand® Trade Association (IBTA) 1.2 congestion control mechanisms. The switch system works together with the ConnectX® I/O host channel adapter (HCA) to restrict the traffic causing congestion and ensure high bandwidth and low latency to all other flows. Whether used for parallel computation or as a converged fabric, the combination of high bandwidth, adaptive or static routing, and congestion control provides excellent traffic-carrying capacity.

Easy to Manage

The M3601Q is easily managed through any IBTA-compliant subnet manager. Mellanox recommends installing and running the OpenFabrics software stack on each server blade. Any server can then run the subnet manager, along with switch management tools. Port configuration and data paths can be set up automatically, or customized to meet the needs of the application. And you can update firmware in-band, for simple network maintenance.

Port Attributes

  • 32 auto-negotiating 10, 20, 40Gb/s fully non-blocking InfiniBand ports

    16 internal server ports
    Up-to 16 external QSFP connector ports for use with uplink cables
    Passive copper cable
    Optical media adapter and active cable support

    Port and system status LED indicators

    Per port status LEDs:
    Link, Activity
    System status LEDs: System status, power


  • Simultaneous wire-speed any port to any port
    Total switching bandwidth 2.56Tb/s
    Up to 16K Multicase Addresses per Subnet
    Up-to 48K Unicast Addresses Max per Subnet

Quality of Service

  • Fine grained end-to-end QoS
    Advanced scheduling engine supports quality of service for up to 9 traffic classes 9 virtual lanes
    8 data
    1 management

Other Switching

  • IBTA Specification 1.2 compliant
    Integrated subnet manager agent
    Linear forwarding table
    256 to 4Kbyte MTU
    48K entry linear forwarding data base
    Hot-swappable, enabling expansion without server interruption
    Adaptive Routing


  • Diagnostic and debug tools
    Port mirroring
    Unmanaged switch supports OpenSM or third-party subnet managers

    NOTE: Mellanox OpenFabrics Enterprise Distribution (OFED) software stack contains a subnet manager along with switch management tools


  • 272.54 x58.98 x 255.02 mm (H x W x D)
    10.73 x 2.32 x 10.04 inches

Standards Supported

    US/Canada: cTUVus
    EU: IEC60950
    International: CB

    USA: FCC, Class A
    Canada: ICES, Class A
    EU: CE Mark (EN55022 Class A, EN55024, EN61000-3-2, EN61000-3-3)
    Japan: VCCI, Class A
    Korea: RRL (MIC), Class A
    Australia/New Zealand: C-Tick Class A

    EU: IEC 60068-2-64: Random Vibration
    EU: IEC 60068-2-29: Shocks, Type I / II
    EU: IEC 60068-2-32: Fall Test

Environmental Operating Conditions

  • Operating Temperature: 0º C to 40º C
    Operating Relative Humidity: 10% to 90% non-condensing

    Dissipated power: 85W
    Power through connector: 2W per port


This PowerConnect™ switch is backed by an Extended Life Warranty*, which guarantees Basic Hardware Service (repair or replacement) for as long as you own the product or until five years after end of model sales.

While Basic Hardware Service delivers reliable support for your hardware, most organizations benefit from additional levels of support that protects their IT investment and maximizes productivity. We recommend Dell™ ProSupport™, an enhanced services suite that includes: 24x7 tech support, accelerated response times, immediate access to L2 technical experts and proactive support options. Go beyond the basics and start transforming your IT infrastructure into a true business asset.

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The right support is not one-size-fits-all, it’s what fits your environment. Dell ProSupport provides flexible and reliable support that empowers you to customize services to meet your unique business needs. Choose support based on how you use technology and where you want to allocate resources.

Whether you need to support an IT staff or end users, Dell ProSupport will help you remove barriers so you can get back to work. You’ll receive:

  • 24x7x365 direct access to Dell Expert Centers via email, chat and phone support
  • Mission Critical Response Options, including ability to self-designate Severity Level 1
  • Hardware and software diagnostics and troubleshooting, including direct Dell OEM (original equipment manufacturer) support and 3rd party collaborative support
  • "How-to" support on popular software applications such as Norton™ Anti-Virus, Microsoft® Office, Microsoft Small Business Server, Intuit® QuickBooks®, Adobe® Photoshop® and Adobe Acrobat4®
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  • Access to tools and resources to certify your technicians that allows them to self-dispatch parts and labor
  • Award-winning support from Global Command Centers for dispatch monitoring and end-to-end case management for critical situations or natural disasters
Further maximize the availability and stability of your infrastructure through enhanced support options such as: Asset and Data Protection, Specialized On-site* Services and Remote Advisory Services. Streamline patch management and get detailed reporting with Proactive Maintenance. Get advice via telephone access to technical expertise on applications and solutions such as Microsoft® Exchange, Virtualization and more. And for more complex IT environments, choose the Enterprise-wide Contract option which provides a designated Service Delivery Manager, performance benchmarking, proactive planning and custom reporting.

Simplify your IT infrastructure

Dell ProConsult™ Global Infrastructure Consulting Services can help integrate your new enterprise hardware into an existing or evolving IT infrastructure. We can provide guidance whether you’re adding single or multiple servers, a storage area network or virtualizing your environment. We can also help you enhance the overall performance of your IT infrastructure and data center by consolidating software and hardware, reviewing data usage to optimize the environment, developing a business continuity plan and by helping you migrate to standards-based technologies.

We utilize skilled solution architects, innovative tools, automated analysis and our own intellectual property to give customers rapid insight into the root causes of unnecessary complexity. We seek better answers than traditional service models, based on our belief that solving problems should not need armies of people. Our strategy is to help customers quickly identify high-impact, short-duration projects that deliver ROI (return on investment) and free up resources to obtain competitive advantage. The result is practical, action-oriented plans with specific, predictable, measurable outcomes. From Data Center Optimization to Server Virtualization to Systems Management, our consulting services help you build a more efficient enterprise.

Accelerating deployment

Dell helps simplify implementation with deployment services that speed up production time of new hardware and IT solutions. During the initial system build of your server, we can customize software and hardware to match your specific requirements. By helping you rapidly deploy new capabilities while minimizing disruptions, we can contribute to improved efficiencies and lower costs.

Empowering your team

Our education services provide training and certification courses to help you and your team better manage and use your new hardware, so you can reap the full benefits of standards-based technologies.

Availability and Service may vary by region.

Extended Life Warranty

Select PowerConnect products carry an Extended Life Warranty with Basic Hardware Service (repair or replacement) for as long as you own the product. Warrantly extends until five years after end of product model sales. Except for specific limitations, warranty covers repair or replacement of the product for as long as it remains in use by the customer. Power supply, antennae or accessories are limited to one (1) year from date of purchase. Warranty does not include configuration or other advanced service and support provided by Dell ProSupport services. The Extended Life Warranty is not transferrable. For specific limitations to other products covered by the Extended Life Warranty, for copy of Limited Hardware Warranty. Write Dell USA LP, Attn: Warranties, One Dell Way, Round Rock, TX 78682.
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