Dell adds new data center core switch, claiming less power usage than Cisco

Enterprise networking vendor Dell today announced Networking Z9500, a pay-as-you-grow 10/40 GbE data center core switch, claiming that it consumes less power as compared with the Cisco Nexus 6004.

Dell is helping customers upgrade data center network architectures to meet new demands imposed by virtualization, changing traffic patterns, and the nature of today’s workload needs including cloud-based and as-a-service offerings.


Dell delivers architectures that help advance legacy systems, prevent vendor lock-in penalties, and future proof infrastructure for an easier transition to software-defined networking (SDN), cloud-based services and emerging technology approaches such as NFV.

The company said Dell Networking Z9500 switch is designed to address data center 10/40 GbE aggregation requirements through centralized core or distributed core architectures for high performance enterprise data centers, cloud computing, provider hosted data centers, and enterprise LAN cores. The Dell Networking Z9500 is ideal for workloads such as Web 2.0, high performance computing and virtualization.

The Z9500 switch delivers up to three times the density per RU and throughput of more than 10 Tbps with one half the latency compared to Dell’s previous generation switches, Dell said.

The new switch is future ready scalability with pay-as-you-go licensing for 36, 84, or 132 port SKUs in a fixed form factor switch to build fabrics for small scale data centers and increase fabric capacity as compute demand grows

Ideal for workloads including Web 2.0, high-performance computing, and virtualization demanding flatter fabrics, it consumes approximately half the power per port of the Cisco Nexus 6004 and tool-less Enterprise ReadyRails mounting kits reduce time and resource for efficient rack installation.

Tom Burns, vice president and general manager, Dell Networking, said: “We’re extending our leadership in SDN, NFV, and advanced new architectures that maximize customer choice and provide superior economics to the way networking has always been done.”

Dell Active Fabric Controller, a purpose-built SDN platform, is targeted for enterprise OpenStack deployments and as an optional component of Dell OpenStack-Powered cloud solutions. The update offers a single, integrated solution to provide on-demand virtualized network services to OpenStack with fully automated, unified lifecycle management of the physical infrastructure.

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