Equallogic iSCSI Connectivity with Dell Switches

Whe using a Dell Power Connect switch to access an Equallogic SAN with iSCSI, here are some quick tips:

  1. You must use the most recent version of the firmware. The older firmware had a flow control problem which could create major performance issues. If you have a Dell Switch and an iSCSI SAN please insure the firmware is on the most recent version.
  2. As with all iSCSI you’ll get the best performance by using Flow Control and Jumbo Frames, flow control being by far the most important (Flow control is required while jumbo frames are recommended).
  3. On the Dell switches with an EqualLogic SAN they recommend turning off the iSCSI optimization.