New Dell networking products help accelerate 10gig deployments

  • Announces switch purpose-built for high-performance data center and cloud computing environments
  • Dells says the addition of commercially available OpenFlow functionality reinforces its commitment to SDN

New Dell networking products help accelerate 10gig deploymentsDELL has announced new additions to its networking portfolio that it claimed would help customers enhance their networks to thrive in next-generation, software-defined 10G cloud and virtualized data centers.
The Dell S4820T top-of-rack 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 company said in a statement.
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.
“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,” said K.T. Ong (pic), general manager, Commercial Business, Dell Sales Malaysia.
The company also announced the Dell MXL blade switch and the Dell PowerEdge M I/O Aggregator for customers' moving to 10/40G in the data center, promising 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, Dell said.
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.
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 company said.
The addition of commercially available OpenFlow functionality reinforces Dell’s commitment to software-defined infrastructure.
The Dell S4820T is available worldwide now from Dell and its global PartnerDirect channel partners.

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