out of band management gear

Vinny_Abello at Dell.com Vinny_Abello at Dell.com
Mon Feb 24 14:42:02 UTC 2014

Dell - Internal Use - Confidential 

Just to clarify, it wasn't a Dell product I was referring to, but rather the Ethernert management port of a Brocade fibre channel switch... which again, why only 100Mb? Is there that much of a cost difference when mass producing this stuff?

Dedicated ports on our iDRACs are 1Gb for OOB on the iDRAC7 (latest generation), but everything prior was 100Mb, I think. Dell does shared ports as well, but I personally always use the dedicated ports. That being said, I have nothing to do with any group in the hardware side of Dell at all.


-----Original Message-----
From: Jamie Bowden [mailto:jamie at photon.com] 
Sent: Monday, February 24, 2014 9:16 AM
To: Abello, Vinny; joelja at bogus.com; rcarpen at network1.net; richard.hesse at weebly.com
Cc: nanog at nanog.org
Subject: RE: out of band management gear

> From: Vinny_Abello at Dell.com [mailto:Vinny_Abello at Dell.com]
> Just ran into that exact problem with Cisco Nexus 2232TM-E FEX's. They only
> do 10Gb/1Gb and won't step down to 100Mb. Couldn't connect some newer
> gear's Ethernet management ports to the management network as a result
> and have to get a different model FEX like the 2248TP-E just for that. The
> devices in question are current generation too and only support 100Mb for
> the management ports. My question was less about why the 2232TM-E's
> couldn't step down to 100Mb, but rather why in this day and age do we have
> something that doesn't do 1Gb, even on a management port?

It's not just you guys at Dell.  HP are still doing the same thing with iLO ports (for dedicated iLO ports anyway, shared ports (which are a whole new level of WTF were you thinking?) are normally 1gb and will operate just fine at that connection rate).


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