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10GbE and FCoE Transit Switch for PowerEdge M1000e

Ease transition to 10GbE in your data center and expand the value of your blade investments with the Dell Networking M8024-k 10GbE and FCoE transit switch.

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Port Attributes

  • Resilient HA stacking with up to 6 switches (only SFP+ ports can be used for stack connections)
    Up to 24 auto-sensing 1/10Gb Ethernet switching ports available 
    16 internal server 10Gb (KR) Ethernet ports with auto-negotiation capability to 1Gb Ethernet
    4 external integrated 1/10Gb SFP+ Ethernet ports
    Flexible media choices for up to 4 additional 1/10Gb uplink ports with one optional FlexIO Module:

            4-port SFP+ 10GbE module
            3-port CX-4 10GbE copper module (supports 10Gb connections only)
            2-port 10GBASE-T 10GbE copper module (supports 1/10Gb connections)

    Auto-negotiation for speed, duplex mode and flow control
    Auto MDI/MDIX
    Port mirroring
    Flow-based port mirroring
    Broadcast storm control
    Supports DCB requirements including PFC (802.1Qbb), DCBx, iSCSI TLV 2.2, iSCSI Optimization
    FCoE FIP Snooping (FCoE Transit), single-hop

    Supported Adapters (NIC/CNA)

    Dell Adaptors (Mezz / NDC) 
        Broadcom 57712-K NDC (M710HD)
        Brocade BR1741M-k 2x10GbE KR mezz (KR Only)
        Intel X520-x/k 2x10Gb mezz (XAUI/KR Both)
        QLogic QME8242-k P3+ 2x10GbE KR mezz (KR Only)

    1Gb NICs (mezz card and LOM) are also supported


  • Switch Fabric Capacity 480 Gbps aggregate bandwidth (bi-directional)
    Forwarding Rate 357 Mpps
    Up to 16K MAC Addresses
    512MB of CPU SDRAM
    32MB of Flash Memory


  • Spanning Tree (IEEE 802.1D) and Rapid Spanning Tree (IEEE 802.1w) with Fast Link Support

    Multiple spanning trees (IEEE 802.1s)

    Supports Virtual Redundant Routing Protocol (VRRP)


  • Layer 3 Routing Protocols

    Static routes
    Routing Information Protocol (RIP) v1/v2
    Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) v1/v2/v3
    Classless Inter-Domain Routing (CIDR)
    Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP)
    ICMP Router Discover Protocol (IRDP)
    Virtual Redundant Routing Protocol (VRRP)
    Address Resolution Protocol (ARP)
    Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP) v2
    Distance-Vector Multicast Routing Protocol (DVMRP)
    DHCP – Helper/Relay
    Support IGMP v3

    Layer 3 Routing Performance

    Up to 128 RIP Routing Interfaces
    Up to 128 OSPF Routing Interfaces; up to 128 OSPF Areas; up to 128 Routing Interfaces per OSPF
    Area; up to 32 routes for ECMP Routing; up to 4 next hops per ECMP
    Up to 128 VLAN Routing Interfaces
    Up to 256 Multicast Forwarding Entries
    Up to 8K ARP entries; Up to 4K NDP entries


  • VLAN support for tagging and port-based as per IEEE 802.1Q
    Double VLAN tagging (QinQ)
    Up to 1024 VLANs supported
    Dynamic VLAN with GVRP support

Quality of Service

  • Layer 2 Trusted Mode (IEEE 802.1p tagging)
    Layer 3 Trusted Mode (DSCP)
    Layer 4 Trusted Mode (TCP/UDP)
    Advanced Mode using Layer 2/3/4 flow-based Policies, including metering/rate limiting, marking and bandwidth guarantees; up to 100 ACLs can be used for QoS flow identification via Class-maps
    8 Priority Queues per Port
    Adjustable Weighted-Round-Robin (WRR) and Strict Queue Scheduling
    Port-based QoS Services Mode
    Flow-based QoS Services Mode
    Priority Flow Control (PFC)
    iSCSI Optimization based on Link Layer Discovery Protocol (LLDP)


  • Layer 2 Multicast

    Static IP Multicast
    Dynamic Multicast Support – 1024 Multicast groups supported in IGMP Snooping
    IGMP snooping for IP multicast support
    IGMP Querier
    Protocol Independent Multicast (PIM-DM, PIM-SM)



  • IEEE 802.1x based edge authentication -- supports single and multiple host access, guest access, voice authorization, and Microsoft Active Directory
    Switch access password protection
    User-definable settings for enabling or disabling Web, SSH, Telnet, SSL management access
    Port-based MAC Address alert and lock-down
    IP Address filtering for management access via Telnet, HTTP, HTTPS/SSL, SSH and SNMP
    RADIUS and TACACS+ remote authentication for switch management access
    SSLv3 and SSHv2 encryption for switch management traffic
    Management access filtering via Management Access Profiles

    ACL Limits
        Maximum Number of ACLs (any type) - 100
        Maximum Number Configurable Rules per List - 1023
        Maximum ACL Rules per Interface and Direction (IPv4/L2) - 1023 ing/ 511 egr
        Maximum ACL Rules per Interface and Direction (IPv6) - 509 ing/ 255 egr
        Maximum ACL Rules (system-wide) - 4096
        Maximum ACL Logging Rules (system-wide) - 128

Other Switching

  • Link Aggregation with support for up to 12 static aggregated links, 8 dynamic aggregated links per switch and up to 8 member ports per aggregated link; LACP support (IEEE 802.3ad)


  • Default mode of operation is Simple Switch (port aggregator) mode to allow auto configuration of complex network settings
    User configurable to full managed switch mode
    Web-based management interface
    Industry-standard CLI accessible via Telnet or Local Serial Port
    SNMPv1, SNMP v2c and SNMPv3 supported
    4 RMON groups supported (history, statistics, alarms and events)
    TFTP transfers of firmware and configuration files
    Dual Firmware images
    Multiple Configuration file upload/download supported
    Statistics for error monitoring and performance optimization including port summary tables
    BootP/DHCP IP address management supported
    Syslog remote logging capabilities
    Temperature sensors for environmental monitoring


  • Single-wide I/O Module for M1000e blade enclosure

    267 x 258 x 31mm (W x D x H)

    10.5" x 10.2" x 1.2"

    Approximate weight: 2.7kg, 5.8 lbs


  • 512MB of CPU SDRAM

    32MB of Flash Memory

MIB Support

  • RFC 1213 MIB II
    RFC 1215 Standard Traps
    RFC 1442 SMIv2 (SNMPv2 MIB)
    RFC 1451 Manager-to-Manager MIB
    RFC 1492 TACACS+
    RFC 1493 Definitions of Managed Objects for Bridges
    RFC 1573 Evolution of Interfaces
    RFC 1643 Etherlike MIB
    RFC 1757 Remote Network Monitoring (RMON) MIB
    RFC 1907 SNMP v2 MIB
    RFC 2011 Internet Protocol (IP) MIB using SMIv2
    RFC 2012 Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) MIB using SMIv2
    RFC 2013 User Datagram Protocol (UDP) MIB using SMIv2
    RFC 2233 Interfaces Group using SMIv2
    RFC 2665 Ethernet-like Interface Types MIB
    RFC 2666 Identification of Ethernet Chip sets
    RFC 2674 MIB for Bridge with Traffic Classes, Multicast Filtering and VLAN Extension (IEEE802.1p/q MIB)
    RFC 2819 RMON MIB
    RFC 2863 Interface Evolution


Standards Supported

  • IEEE 802.1AB
    IEEE 802.1D
    IEEE 802.1Q
    IEEE 802.1p
    IEEE 802.1w
    IEEE 802.1x
    IEEE 802.2
    IEEE 802.3
    IEEE 802.3I
    IEEE 802.3u
    IEEE 802.3x
    IEEE 802.3z
    IEEE 802.ab
    IEEE 802.3ac
    IEEE 802.3ad
    IEEE 802.3ae
    IEEE 802.3ak

Environmental Operating Conditions

  • Operating Temperature: 0º C to 45º C

    Storage Temperature:
    -20º C to 70º C

    Operating Relative Humidity:
    10% to 90% non-condensing

    Storage Relative Humidity:
    10% to 95% non-condensing
Dell Networking M8024-k

Improved 10Gb Ethernet connectivity for M-Series blades

Simplify 10GbE blade deployment and management with the Dell Networking M8024-k. Provide 10GbE connectivity for up to 16 M-Series blade servers equipped with the latest KR-based 10Gb network daughter cards (NDCs) or mezzanine cards.

Not ready for 10GbE? Don't worry. The M8024-k also supports GbE connections, to both the server and the local area network (LAN), helping to ensure that you will be ready to quickly adopt 10GbE when the time comes. This kind of flexibility, along with the improved 10GbE bandwidth and performance, helps you meet the changing demands of data centers that embrace virtualization and other I/O (input/output)-intensive technologies.

The Dell Networking M8024-k is also an FCoE transit switch that can be attached to an external converged data center network to extend an available FCoE fabric. With the 4.2 firmware upgrade, the M8024-k uses FCoE Initialization Protocol (FIP) to perform functions of FC_BB_E device discovery, initialization and maintenance.

The FIP snooping feature enables the M8024-k to link Dell™ M-Series blades to an external top-of-rack or end-of-row FCoE forwarding switch and provides FCoE connectivity to the servers. This feature, along with Internet SCSI optimization, iSCSI TLV, and DCBx discovery and monitoring, enables seamless 10GbE performance in an end-to-end data center solution.

Connect with the benefits of virtualization

Meet the high-bandwidth demands of multi-core CPUs and server virtualization with up to 24 10GbE ports in the Dell Networking M8024-k. When combined with PowerEdge™ M710HD blades that feature 10Gb network daughter cards, the M8024-k provides end-to-end 10Gb Fabric A connectivity, leaving room for growth or additional technologies in Fabrics B and C.

Supporting connectivity to M-Series KR-based 10Gb network interface cards (NICs) and converged network adapters (CNAs), the M8024-k opens the door to cutting-edge networking features, such as NIC partitioning (NPAR), single-root I/O virtualization (SR-IOV) and iSCSI.

Flex and grow with FlexIO and scalable stacking

Build for the future with 16 internal 1/10GbE ports, four integrated external 1/10GbE enhanced small-form-factor pluggable (SFP+) ports and a FlexIO bay for easy growth as your business expands. With FlexIO, modular uplinks can be added or swapped as needed:
  • 4-port SFP+ FlexIO Module
  • 2-port 10GBASE-T FlexIO Module
  • 3-port CX-4 FlexIO Module
In addition, single IP stack management enables simple scalability. With the 4.2 firmware release, up to six wire-speed switches can be connected together and administered as a single large port-count switch through web, command-line interface (CLI) or SNMP management interfaces on the master switch.

Get started quickly with Simple Connect for LAN

Deploy and manage 10Gb-based blade configurations simply and with minimal network administration using the default Simple Switch mode of operation. The Simple Switch option features port aggregation and auto configuration when connecting to any external LAN.

Alternatively, when operating in full switch mode, enjoy a shortened learning curve and seamless integration of the M8024-k into existing Cisco® or any other LAN that uses industry-standard CLI (IS-CLI). These capabilities — combined with enterprise-class quality of service (QoS), security and management features — help to ensure that the M8024-k meets your in-chassis Ethernet switching needs today and in the future.

Both modes of operation pave the way for deploying and managing M-Series blades simply and efficiently using 10Gb Ethernet — the ideal solution for improving data center utilization, helping to save both time and money.

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