|By Business Wire
|February 7, 2013 07:01 AM EST
Dell today announced new additions to its networking portfolio to help
customers enhance their networks to thrive in next-generation,
software-defined 10G cloud and virtualized data centers.
Dell S4820T - High-Performance 1/10/40G Top-of-Rack Switch
The Dell S4820T top-of-rack
(ToR) switch is purpose-built for deployment in high-performance data
center and cloud computing environments, leveraging the popularity of
twisted-pair copper cabling and providing the right mix of scalability,
performance, operational simplicity and cost-effectiveness.
The Dell S4820T is powered by the Force10 operating system (FTOS) and
designed to support both Layer 2 and Layer 3 functionality required for
Web 2.0, enterprise and cloud server provider data centers.
Key features include:
10GBASE-T connectivity - seamless migration from one gigabit to 10
gigabit servers: Especially for customers looking to consolidate
server I/O at 10G, Dell enables low-cost copper connectivity between
servers and switches, allowing maximum investment protection and cable
LAN/SAN convergence: The S4820T is also ideal for customers
aiming to consolidate LAN and SAN traffic over a common DCB-enabled
10G switching fabric and is one of the first copper-based 10G switches
in the industry to support Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) using
twisted-pair cabling. To that end, the S4820T is being lab tested by
leading 10GBASE-T network interface card (NIC) and converged network
adapter (CNA) vendors—Broadcom, Emulex, Intel and QLogic.
High-performance fabric uplinks: The S4820T is equipped with
four 40G uplinks providing for high-speed fabric connectivity enabling
scalable multi-rack deployments demanded by larger customers.
Dell MXL 10/40GbE Blade Switch and PowerEdge M I/O Aggregator –
Fast-Growing Dell Networking Offerings
Dell Networking continues to experience significant growth in blade
switching - with the Dell
MXL blade switch and the Dell
PowerEdge M I/O Aggregator – reflecting customers' movement to
10/40G in the data center and more streamlined architectures for server
and storage connectivity.
The Dell MXL - powered by FTOS and purpose-built for the Dell PowerEdge
M1000e blade server chassis - is a full-featured 1/10/40GbE Layer 2 and
Layer 3 blade switch that offers increased bandwidth, scalability,
performance and operational simplicity for data center and campus
environments. The Dell PowerEdge M I/O Aggregator offers similar
connectivity options and is optimized for plug-and-play simplicity and
rapid ‘configuration-free’ deployments.
Both products support local switching of server-to-server (east-west)
traffic within the PowerEdge 1000e chassis. This enhances network
performance as traffic no longer has to travel up to – and back down
from – the data center core as other architectures require.
Commercial Availability of OpenFlow in FTOS
Dell also 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 key technology enabler for next-generation
software-defined network (SDN) deployments. The new software is fully
compliant with available standards-based OpenFlow controllers, including
the Big Switch Controller from Dell partner Big Switch Networks.
The addition of commercially available OpenFlow functionality reinforces
Dell’s commitment to software-defined infrastructure. Dell is one of the
only vendors to offer a complete
and unbiased approach to SDN embracing
legacy networking environments, greenfield controller-based deployments
as well as hypervisor-oriented architectures.
Dell is a founding member of the Open Network Foundation and a
significant innovator and contributor in the SDN community. Dell has
participated in numerous conferences, proof-of-concepts and public
demonstrations to date.
“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.”
"We expect the Ethernet Switch market to experience two significant
years of market growth in 2013 and 2014 from the migration of servers
towards 10 Gigabit Ethernet," said Alan Weckel, Senior Director of
Dell'Oro Group. "We believe that in 2013, most large enterprises will
upgrade to 10 Gigabit Ethernet for server access through a mix of
connectivity options ranging from blade servers, SFP+, SFP+ direct
attach and 10GBASE-T.”
"Private cloud, storage, and big data analytics usage models are driving
the need for increased bandwidth," said Dawn Moore, general manager,
Intel Networking Division. "The Intel Ethernet CNA X540 with the Dell
S4820T 10GBASE-T switch provides customers an easy migration from an
existing 1G infrastructure to a high-performing, cost-effective 10G
network. We've also jointly validated FCoE interoperability on this
combination to help facilitate a smooth migration to a next-generation
The Dell S4820T is available worldwide now from Dell and its global PartnerDirect
SDN point of view whitepaper
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