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Dell Expands Network Portfolio with Solutions to Address Campus Network Architecture

September 28, 2015

The burden placed on network infrastructure by the exponential increase in user devices is introducing many new challenges for operators as bandwidths get pushed to their limits. According to Dell, one of the biggest reasons traditional networks are struggling to meet the changing environments is the complexity in the architecture. Multiple tiers, multiple operating systems and multiple command-line interface or command language interpreters (CLI’s) make managing networks that much more difficult. The announcement of the availability of the new Dell Networking C9010 Network Director, C1048P Rapid Access Node and Dell Networking S6100-ON will deliver and end-to-end solution for networking.

While the C9010 Network Director switch and companion C1048P Rapid Access Node will address the need for a unified-campus architecture, the S6100-ON will support the data center with multi-rate connectivity, modularity and open networking for in-rack networking flexibility.

"At Dell, we’re taking a holistic, end-to-end approach. We’re excited about these new products and capabilities and the new levels of simplicity and flexibility to help our customers become future ready," said Tom Burns, vice president and general manager, Dell Networking and Enterprise Infrastructure.

The Dell Networking C9010 Network Director and C1048P Rapid Access Nodes will power the new Campus Network Architecture in mid- to large-scale campus environments that have the need to improve their scalability along with simplified management. This new architecture provides a single management view of the entire campus from access to core.

By providing a single point of control, administrators will have a comprehensive tool for delivering quality service with policy provisioning and software upgrades along with programming software-defined attributes. For organizations that have existing Dell campus investments already in place, the new architecture can be immediately started because of the industry standard protocols it uses.

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The new Dell Networking C9010 Network Director is a next-generation multi-rate capable modular switch based on the new Dell campus network architecture. The scalability it provides goes up to 4,000 virtual centrally managed ports, support for 10 and 40 gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and when the time comes, a tool-free upgrade to 100GbE in the future to meet the growing bandwidth demands that will eventually be needed.

The Dell Networking C1048P can be deployed as stand-alone or in a stacked configuration. It can be part of the new architecture at any time to further simplify the maintenance and operation. This extends the capabilities of the C9010 by providing enhanced power over Ethernet, as well as user access and connectivity back to the C9010.

The Dell Networking S6100-ON Multi-Rate Modular In-Rack Switch gives data center operators the flexibility that is needed today with control in the rack by combining multi-rate connectivity with chassis-level modularity and open networking. Customers can deliver port speed from 10 – 100GbE with both QSFP28 and CXP port choices for flexibility in deployment; this is accomplished with multiple expansion modules. According to Dell, it is a platform suited for virtualization, cloud and big data analytics environments, which are key for the Future-Ready Enterprise.

Future networks have to be dynamic enough to connect the billions of devices that will be part of the Internet of Things as well as the always connected consumer and organizations. If they are not programmable, agile and adaptable to bring the people, places and machines that will make up our world, it will greatly limit future growth. With these technologies, Dell is looking to streamline networks and data centers so operators can manage their infrastructure more easily.

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

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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