Dell adds networking portfolio for campus and data centers

Dell Networking C9000 Series Switches
Dell announced its latest networking portfolio for campus and data centers.

The enterprise networking vendor said the new campus architecture will be powered by the new Dell Networking C9010 Network Director switch and companion C1048P Rapid Access Node.

Dell said the Dell Networking S6100-ON combines connectivity and networking to deliver networking flexibility for data centers.

The new Dell unified-campus architecture provides a single point of control for ensuring quality of service, policy provisioning and software upgrades, as well as for programming software-defined attributes. Campuses can use the new Dell campus architecture utilizing existing Dell campus investments by re-deploying Dell Networking N-series switches as access nodes.

The new Dell Networking C9010 Network Director modular switch delivers optimum scalability for up to 4,000 virtual ports managed centrally and support for 10 and 40 gigabit Ethernet (GbE), and a tool-free upgrade to 100GbE in the future.

Campuses can deploy the C9010 as a traditional campus switching platform without the Dell Networking C1048P Rapid Access Node, serving to aggregate legacy switching platforms in wiring closets.

The company said Dell Networking C1048P extends the capabilities of the C9010 Network Director by providing enhanced power over Ethernet well as user access and connectivity back to the C9010. Campuses can deploy the C1048P either stand-alone or in a stacked configuration, and can be introduced at any time to the new architecture.

New Dell Networking S6100-ON Multi-Rate Modular In-Rack Switch combines multi-rate connectivity with chassis-level modularity and open networking for data center operators. Data center customers will have the flexibility to deliver various combinations of port speeds ranging from 10 – 100GbE with both QSFP28 and CXP port choices for flexibility in deployment.

Dell S6100-ON is ideal for virtualization, cloud and big data analytics environments.

While Dell Networking C9010 and C1048P will be available in October 2015, Dell Networking S6100-ON will be available in the first quarter of 2016.

“We’re impressed with Dell’s ability to understand our data center’s requirements both for today and tomorrow. The high density and flexible multi-rate approach from 10GbE all the way to 100GbE is key to our networking needs,” said Charlie McMahon, CTO and CIO of Tulane University.

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