Dell Delivers Future-Ready Open Networking Solutions for Next-Generation Data Centers

Bangalore, India, April 27, 2015: Dell Networking today expanded its data center portfolio with the new Z9100, S4048, and the S3048, giving customers operating system choices with low latency and high density, flexible 1, 10, 25, 40, and 100GbE switching to address the shift to next-generation multi-rate, open-enabled architectures.

The new flexible, open networking (ON) products help enterprise customers move toward software-defined networks and prepare for the future-ready data center. Open networking is inherent to Dell Networking’s strategy. Dell is supporting this shift to a modern network by delivering network switches for every area of the enterprise and providing state-of-the-art service to ensure businesses can support growing bandwidth demands and address the challenges associated with scalability and network management. The range of switching speeds (1-100GbE) offered provides customers flexibility for the life of their technology investment.

“These advancements are another example of Dell helping our customers to future proof and accelerate the financial and performance rewards the software-defined data center promises,” said Arpit Joshipura, vice president, product management and strategy, Dell Networking. “The new products announced today offer customers complete flexibility to take advantage of open networking environments and new computing models as well as the revenue streams these network infrastructures will allow.” 

“Traditional networking solutions does not offer the flexibility networking managers required today to address industry trends Social, Mobility, Cloud and Analytics which have increased the bandwidth requirements and workloads of datacenters. Dell has always provided customers with solutions that are technologically advanced and that are optimized for today’s software defined datacenter requirements. The new products announced today are designed to offer scalability, address bandwidth requirements of today’s datacenters and enable them to take advantage of the open networking environments.” – Manish Gupta, Director, Enterprise Solutions Group, Dell India

Open Networking for the Open Standards, Software-Defined Era

Dell’s latest-generation switches reaffirm the company’s commitment to moving beyond proprietary stacks to customer-centric open architectures. These switches support the Open Network Install Environment (ONIE) to allow for a zero-touch install of all pre-qualified operating systems, including Dell Networking OS9 and third party options.

Dell Networking Z9100-ON

Dell Networking Z9100 is a state-of-the-art 100GbE fabric switch in a 1RU fixed form factor for aggregation and access layers, and offers multi-rate switching (10/25/40/50/100GbE). The Z9100 is designed for cloud, HPC and Web 2.0 applications that require a range of options in switching rates in high-density environments and excels in Big Data analysis and where high performance, low latency requirements exist. The fabric switch offers up to seven times the density per RU versus a competing switch.

Dell Networking S4048-ON

The Dell Networking S4048 is a low-latency 10/40GbE Top-of-Rack (ToR) switch designed for the software-defined data center. With advanced features supporting large hardware tables, VXLAN and expanding buffering, it is designed for Web and Cloud service providers with Linux and open source-heavy environments. The S4048 provides a low latency 10GbE switching in HPC and business sensitive deployments that require the highest bandwidth and low latency, while cutting in half the latency versus a competing switch. 

Dell Networking S3048-ON

The Dell Networking S3048 is built for efficiency and performance and is useful for enterprise and mid-market customers with an existing 1GbE installed base. It is Dell’s first entry into 1GbE open networking switching. The S3048 is a ToR equipped with next-generation 1GbE silicon, a complete OS9 feature set including VLT, OpenFlow, Open Automation, Cloud Stack integration with OpenStack, Microsoft, VMware, Docker and others, while offering up to half the power consumption and costs up to 50 percent less than the current generation of Dell 1GbE switches. 

New Open Networking Ecosystem Partner

Dell today also announced IP Infusion, Inc. as a new ecosystem partner in support of its Open Networking initiative.

  • IP Infusion, Inc.  – IP Infusion is a leading provider of intelligent network software for telecom and data communications services. The company recently announced its OcNOS™, the first, full-featured network operating system for data center and enterprise networking, including advanced capabilities such as extensive protocol support for multiprotocol label switching (MPLS). OcNOS brings the power of the Open Compute Project, an open hardware movement and foundation, to data networking to reduce operational complexity.

Availability

  • The Dell Networking Z9100 is currently in customer trials and is expected to be available in the second half of 2015.
  • The Dell Networking S4048-ON including 48x10GbE and 6x40GbE or 72x10GbE ports and advanced features supporting larger hardware tables, VXLAN and expanding buffering are available now.
  • The Dell Networking S3048-ON including 48x1GBase-T and 4x10G-SFP ports will be available in May 2015.

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