Dell delivers future-ready open networking solutions for next-generation data centers

Date: Wed, 04/29/2015 - 15:47

Dell continues momentum of the open networking era with flexible choice from 1GbE to 100GbE
Dell delivers future-ready open networking solutions for next-generation data centers

Arpit Joshipura, vice president, product strategy and management, Dell Networking, at NetEvents Cloud Innovation Summit, San Francisco, California


Dell Networking expanded its data center portfolio with the new Z9100, S4048, and the S3048, giving customers operating system choices with low latency and high density, flexible 1, 10, 25, 40, and 100GbE switching to address the shift to next-generation multi-rate, open-enabled architectures.
The new flexible, open networking (ON) products help enterprise customers move toward software-defined networks and prepare for the future-ready data center. Open networking is inherent to Dell Networking’s strategy. Dell is supporting this shift to a modern network by delivering network switches for every area of the enterprise and providing state-of-the-art service to ensure businesses can support growing bandwidth demands and address the challenges associated with scalability and network management. The range of switching speeds (1-100GbE) offered provides customers flexibility for the life of their technology investment.
“These advancements are another example of Dell helping our customers to future proof and accelerate the financial and performance rewards the software-defined data center promises,” said Arpit Joshipura, vice president, product management and strategy, Dell Networking. “The new products announced today offer customers complete flexibility to take advantage of open networking environments and new computing models as well as there venue streams these network infrastructures will allow.”

Open Networking for the Open Standards, Software-Defined Era
Dell’s latest-generation switches reaffirm the company’s commitment to moving beyond proprietary stacks to customer-centric open architectures. These switches support the Open Network Install Environment (ONIE) to allow for a zero-touch install of all pre-qualified operating systems, including Dell Networking OS9 and third party options.

Dell Networking Z9100-ON
Dell Networking Z9100 is a state-of-the-art 100GbE fabric switch in a 1RU fixed form factor for aggregation and access layers, and offers multi-rate switching (10/25/40/50/100GbE).The Z9100 is designed for cloud, HPC and Web 2.0 applications that require a range of options in switching rates in high-density environments and excels in Big Data analysis and where high performance, low latency requirements exist. The fabric switch offers up to seven times the density per RU versus a competing switch.1

Dell Networking S4048-ON
The Dell Networking S4048 is a low-latency 10/40GbE Top-of-Rack (ToR) switch designed for the software-defined data center. With advanced features supporting large hardware tables, VXLAN and expanding buffering, it is designed for Web and Cloud service providers with Linux and open source-heavy environments. The S4048 provides a low latency10GbE switching in HPC and business sensitive deployments that require the highest bandwidth and low latency, while cutting in half the latency versus a competing switch.2

Dell Networking S3048-ON
The Dell Networking S3048 is built for efficiency and performance and is useful for enterprise and mid-market customers with an existing 1GbE installed base. It is Dell’s first entry into 1GbE open networking switching. The S3048 is a To Requipped with next-generation 1GbE silicon, a complete OS9 feature set including VLT, Open Flow, Open Automation, Cloud Stack integration with Open Stack, Microsoft, VMware, Docker and others, while offering up to half the power consumption and costs up to50 percent less than the current generation of Dell 1GbE switches.

New Open Networking Ecosystem Partner
Dell also announced IP Infusion, Inc. as a new ecosystem partner in support of its Open Networking initiative.
• IP Infusion, Inc. – IP Infusion isa leading provider of intelligent network software for telecom and data communications services. The company recently announced its OcNOS™, the first, full-featured network operating system for data center and enterprise networking, including advanced capabilities such as extensive protocol support for multiprotocol label switching (MPLS). OcNOS brings the power of the Open Compute Project, an open hardware movement and foundation, to data networking to reduce operational complexity.

"As part of our research on next-generation networks, we have been exploring open-source based architectures which free us from proprietary, monolithic networking. Our work with Dell and their approach to OCP-derived Open Networking has accelerated our research and provided us with a flexible platform for experimenting with and ultimately deploying our ideas on real hardware.", said Nate Foster, assistant professor, Cornell University
“Dell is finding new ways to help reduce complexity in networking. The Dell Networking Z9100 is a ‘Swiss Army knife’ of connectivity that makes it suitable for almost any environment. Additionally, with open networking becoming standard on products going forward, the complexity of buying and deploying across a wide range of environments has been greatly simplified.”, said John Fruehe, senior analyst, Moor Insights & Strategy
“As enterprises and service providers see the promise of SDN-based network data centers, they are requiring the flexibility, extensive enterprise and data center feature sets, high degree of scalability and modularity that OcNOS provides. By collaborating with Dell, customers will have a key tool in their toolbox to create large-scale data centers which are much faster, simpler and more affordable than current solutions.”, said Kiyo Oishi, CEO and president, IP Infusion

• The Dell Networking Z9100 is currently in customer trials and is expected to be available in the second half of 2015.
• The Dell Networking S4048-ON including 48x10GbE and 6x40GbE or 72x10GbEports and advanced features supporting larger hardware tables, VXLAN and expanding buffering are available now.
• The Dell Networking S3048-ON including 48x1GBase-T and 4x10G-SFP ports will be available in May 2015.

Dell at Interop Las Vegas 2015
• Dell will feature these solutions and many other recent innovations next week at Interop 2015 in booth number 1827. Interop 2015 will be held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, April 27-May 1.
• Arpit Joshipura - vice president, product strategy and management, Dell Networking -will speak as part of a panel discussion on SDN First Steps on Thursday, April 30 and will also take part in one of many in-booth theater presentations with Greg Ferro and Ethan Banks of PacketPushers, a leading networking blog and podcast.


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