Dell has expanded its networking portfolio to address complexities in campus networking and bandwidth demands in the datacentre.
For the campus, the vendor has introduced a new unified-campus architecture powered by new Dell Networking C9010 Network Director switch and companion C1048P Rapid Access Node.
In the datacentre, Dell debuted the Dell Networking S6100-ON, combining multi-rate connectivity, modularity and open networking to deliver in-rack networking flexibility.
The new Dell unified-campus architecture gives a single management view for the campus from access to core. The vendor said this enables a single point of control, policy provisioning and software upgrades, as well as programming software-defined attributes.
Additionally, through the use of industry-standard protocols, the campus architecture can be jump started using existing Dell campus investments by re-deploying Dell Networking N-series switches as access nodes.
The new Dell Networking C9010 Network Director is a next-generation multi-rate capable modular switch and is the first platform based on the new campus network architecture.
Dell said it delivers scalability for up to 4,000 virtual ports managed centrally, with support for 10 and 40 gigabit Ethernet (GbE). The vendor said a tool-free upgrade to 100GbE is available to meet growing bandwidth requirements of a diverse campus of end-users and end-points.
For initial deployments, the C9010 can be deployed as a traditional campus switching platform without the Dell Networking C1048P Rapid Access Node, serving to aggregate legacy switching platforms in wiring closets.
According to the vendor, the Dell Networking C1048P extends the capabilities of the C9010 Network Director by providing enhanced power over Ethernet as user access and connectivity back to the C9010. The C1048P can be deployed either stand-alone or in a stacked configuration, and can be introduced at any time to the new architecture.
For enhanced investment protection, Dell N-series switches within current customer environments can also become access nodes via a software download.
The Dell Networking S6100-ON is the latest addition to the S-Series family of Datacentre switches. It is said to combine multi-rate connectivity with chassis-level modularity and open networking suited for Datacentre operators seeking maximum flexibility and control in the rack.
Dell said through multiple expansion modules, customers 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.
According to the vendor, the Dell S6100-ON is ideal for virtualization, Cloud and big data analytics environments.