Dell announces new additions to networking portfolio
Feb 18, 2013 (Datamonitor via COMTEX) --
Dell has announced new additions to its networking portfolio with two new switches and a PowerEdge aggregator.
Dell has introduced S4820T, a 1/10/40G top-of-rack switch meant for high-performance data center and cloud computing environments, the company said.
The Dell S4820T is powered by Force10 operating system (FTOS) and is designed to support both Layer 2 and Layer 3 functionality required for Web 2.0, enterprise and cloud server provider data centers.
It features 10GBASE-T connectivity enabling users to migrate from one gigabit to 10gigabit servers. For those who are looking at consolidating server I/O at 10G, Dell enables copper connectivity between servers and switches.
The S4820T is also for those who want to consolidate LAN and SAN traffic over a common DCB-enabled 10G switching fabric. It supports fibre channel over Ethernet (FCoE) using twisted-pair cabling. It is being lab tested by 10GBASE-T network interface card (NIC) and converged network adapter (CNA) vendors, such as Broadcom, Emulex, Intel and QLogic, the company added.
Dell has also introduced MXL 10/40GbE blade switch and PowerEdge M I/O aggregator. The Dell MXL is a full-featured 1/10/40GbE Layer 2 and Layer 3 blade switch powered by FTOS and is purpose-built for Dell PowerEdge M1000e blade server chassis.
The PowerEdge M I/O aggregator offers similar connectivity options and is optimized for plug-and-play and 'configuration-free' deployments.
Both the products support local switching of server-to-server (east-west) traffic within the PowerEdge 1000e chassis.
Dell has announced the commercial availability of OpenFlow for its FTOS code base. Available now for the Dell Z9000 and S4810 data center switches, OpenFlow is a technology enabler for software-defined network (SDN) deployments, the company concluded.
"We're seeing strong momentum in our Dell Networking business with double-digit revenue growth in our last quarter," said Tom Burns, vice president and general manager, Dell Networking. "We see networking as a key enabler in helping enterprise customers move to next-generation, 10 and 40G solutions in application-aware, converged, virtualized and hybrid cloud environments."
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