Dell M8428-k Converged 10GbE Switch

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Dell M8428-k converged 10GbE Switch

Dell M8428-k Converged 10GbE Switch

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  • 272GB full duplex bandwidth across 28 ports 
    Low latency: 600 nano second


  • Highly scalable with features including
    VLANs: 3583
    MAC addresses: 32,000 MAC address table entries
    ACLs: 5000
  • 2112-byte Fibre Channel payload; 9048-byte Ethernet frame

Data Traffic Types

  • Fabric switches supporting unicast, multicast, and broadcast
  • Operating Modes
    Fibre Channel and NPIV mode for SAN agnostic connectivity
    10Gb Ethernet and FCoE
  • External ports
    8 ports of 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) speed and DCB support 4 Fibre Channel ports: Channel universal (E, F, M, N and FL) ports with 2, 4, and 8 Gbps full duplex

    Internal Backplane ports
    16 auto negotiated 1G or 10GbE ports
    Wake on LAN (WoL) support

    Supported NICs / CNAs
    Brocade BR1741M-k Converged Network Adapter (product details available here)

    Fibre Channel port types
    F_Port (Fabric Ports), FL_Port (Fabric Loop Ports), M_Port (Mirror Port), N_Port (For NPIV uplinks) or E_Port (Expansion Ports)

Classes of Service

  • Class 2, Class 3, Class F (inter-switch frames)

Fabric Services

  • A rich and comprehensive Fibre Channel services set including 255 NPIV (N_Port ID Virtualization), Simple Name Server (SNS)
    Optional services available on FC ports including, ISL Trunking, Advanced Performance Monitoring and Fabric Watch


  • Supported Mgmt Software
    Command-line interface (CLI), Switch's SNMP agent, EZ Switch Wizard, Brocade Network Advisor (BNA), Data Center Fabric Manager (DCFM) Professional, DCFM Professional Plus and DCFM Enterprise

    Industry-common Command Line Interface (CLI), Security Shell (SSH) v2, Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting (AAA), Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) v1, v2, and v3, Unified username and passwords across CLI and SNMP, Syslog, Microsoft Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol (MS-CHAP), Remote Monitoring (RMON), Per-port ingress and egress counters, Role-Based Access Control (RBAC), Power-On Self-Test (POST), Comprehensive bootup diagnostics, Ethernet-like Interface MIB, RFC 1643, RFC 1213 MIB-II, RADIUS, RFC 2865

    Management access
    One external RJ45 serial console port for debugging and field support

    Power-On Self-Test (POST) diagnostics and status reporting
    POST and embedded online/offline diagnostics, including FCping and Pathinfo (FCtraceroute)


  • Enclosure
    Approximate width: 27.27 cm (10.74 inches)
    Approximate height: 3.25 cm (1.27 inches)
    Approximate depth: 30.72 cm (12.09 inches)
    Approximate weight: 2.1 kg (4.65 lb) without media

Environmental Operating Conditions

  • Temperature
    Operating: 0° to 40° C (32° to 104° F)
    Non-operating: -20° to 70° C (-4°F to 158° F)

    Operating: 10% to 90% (non-condensing) at 29° C
    Non-operating: 5% to 95% (non-condensing) at 38° C

    Operating altitude
    Up to 3,048 meters (10,000 feet)

    Storage altitude
    Up to 10,688 kilometers (35,000 feet)

    Operating Shock
    20G for 6ms half-sine

    Non-operating Shock
    50G with a velocity change of 4216 mm/sec squared

    Operating: 0.4G, 5-500 Hz, 60 minutes
    Non-operating: 0.5G, 2-200 Hz, 15 minutes; 1.04 GRMS Random for 15 minutes


  • Maximum: 75 Watts
Dell  M8428-k converged 10GbE Switch - Server Virtualization

Extend Server Virtualization to the Network and Storage

Meet the high-bandwidth demands of multicore CPUs and server virtualization with the 10GbE Dell M8428-k, and help extend the benefits of server virtualization to the network. With N_Port ID Virtualization (NPIV)-capable converged network adapters (CNAs), such as BR1741M-k, the M8428-k switch module helps enable virtual machine (VM) awareness inside the storage area network (SAN) fabric for rapid workload mobility and quality of service (QoS).
Dell M8428-k converged 10GbE Switch - Improve Operational Costs

Do More With Less

Optimize your data center infrastructure for outstanding efficiency. Dell M8428-k features help reduce data center complexity and operating costs:

  • Reduce your infrastructure up to two times, including adapters, switches, cables and management ports.
  • Help improve availability, identify potential points of failure, and help reduce overall data center capital and operational costs by consolidating server access network elements.

Address Today’s Infrastructure Investment Challenges

You can help protect your existing data center investments, because unlike most other convergent technologies, Dell M8428-k does not require a forklift upgrade of existing data center infrastructure. Dell M8428-k harnesses industry standards and technologies to seamlessly integrate with any existing Fibre Channel storage, switches and management utilities.

Dell M8428-k delivers high-performance, 600 ns low-latency wire-speed 10GbE, FCoE switching and 8 Gb FC switching. In addition, the switch module enables Fibre Channel SAN-to-Internet SCSI (iSCSI) storage network migration. 

Set Up Without Delay

The Dell M8428-k switch module is delivered installation-ready, right out of the box, with all ports active and four cable-ready FC ports. It also supports no-strings-attached port upgrades with Fibre Channel- and NPIV-enabled default configuration.

Supporting Your Unique Environment

The right support is not one-size-fits-all. It’s what fits your environment. The Dell ProSupport™ portfolio of support services provides a flexible, reliable and easy support model 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.

If you don’t have an IT staff, Dell ProSupport for End Users is the way to go. You’ll receive:

  • 24x7x365 direct break-fix hardware and software support for your employees
  • How-to support on popular software applications such as Norton™ Anti-Virus, Microsoft® Office, Microsoft® Small Business Server, Intuit® QuickBooks®, Adobe® Photoshop® and Adobe Acrobat®.
  • Remote setup assistance for simple networks (wired and wireless)
  • Award-winning support from Global Command Centers for dispatch monitoring and end-to-end case management for critical situations or natural disasters

If you have an IT team, Dell ProSupport for IT is right for you. You’ll receive:

  • 24x7x365 direct access to Dell Expert Centers through 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 support and third-party collaborative support
  • Skip the script and save time with tech-to-tech support
  • Fast-Track Dispatch for Dell-certified technicians, enabling you 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 Dell ProSupport Options such as asset and data protection, speed of response, specialized on-site services, proactive maintenance and remote advisory services. Streamline patch management and get detailed reporting. Get advice through 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.

To learn more about Dell ProSupport visit www.dell.com/prosupport.

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 or 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 return on investment (ROI) 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 time to production 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.

For more information, please visit www.dell.com/services.