Dell Announces 40Gb Blade Server Switch: Dell Force10 MXL 10/40GbE

Dell introduced today a new 40Gb Ethernet Switch module for its Dell PowerEdge M1000e blade system.  The Dell Force10 MXL 10/40GbE switch is the first Force10 product introduced to the Dell blade server platform.  The Force10 MXL 10/40GbE is a 1/10/40GbE Layer 2 and Layer 3 blade switch and is powered by the Force10 operating system (FTOS). 

It will offer 32 internal 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports and up to 240Gb of Ethernet uplinks. 

Some of the key features of the Dell Force10 MXL 10/40GbE switch:

  • Ethernet stacking of up to six switching modules within a single enclosure or spanning multiple enclosures to be managed as one logical device.
  • Networking flexibility with FlexIO modules that provide support for 40GbE QSFP+, 10GbE SFP+, and 10GBase-T ports.
  • Support for end-to-end IP storage (iSCSI and Data Center Bridging) into a single 10GbE connection.

According to the Dell press release, the Dell Force10 MXL 10/40GbE will be available this summer.  More details will follow as it is released.


Media Links:

Dell brings 40-Gigabit Ethernet to PowerEdge blades” –


Dell Unveils 40GbE-Enabled Networking Switch” – eWeek


Dell Builds on Force10 for Virtual Networking” – Enterprise Networking Planet


Kevin Houston is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of  He has over 15 years of experience in the x86 server marketplace.  Since 1997 Kevin has worked at several resellers in the Atlanta area, and has a vast array of competitive x86 server knowledge and certifications as well as an in-depth understanding of VMware and Citrix virtualization.  Kevin works for Dell as a Server Specialist covering the Global 500 East market.

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