The speed of business continues at a break-neck pace while adapting new applications, more users and newer infrastructure to manage the growth. At the network level, many businesses have deployed and continue to deploy modular chassis switches to assure capacity and performance for the future.

To many customers, modular switches appear as physically larger, more complex to manage, and less feature-rich than stackable switches. Furthermore, stackable switches can be found in most areas of the network, from edge to the core, rendering customers to ponder when and where modular switches should be considered and deployed.

Modular switches deliver critical functions and resilient operations for the network, enabling redundancy (redundant power supplies, multiple line cards and dual supervisors) and resiliency to assure maximum uptime in case of a switch or even power failure.

Other key benefits include performance (high-bandwidth backplane), room to expand (pay-as-you-grow), and flexible connectivity (mix-and-match line cards with 1GbE, 10GbE, and PoE) within the same chassis.

Customers already deploying modular switches realize the value and agility they bring to their business, being deployed as access, aggregation and small core switches for campus and small data centers.

The following customers deployed the Dell Networking C-Series family of modular switches (C150 and C300 models) across many different industries:

  • In Healthcare, Won Kwang University Hospital improved the stability of their entire multi-building campus network by upgrading to Dell switches, including the Dell C300 switch for backbones.

  • In High-performance Computing (HPC), TGen - The Translational Genomics Research Institute and LexisNexis deployed Dell C-Series switches for their non-blocking performance and line-rate capability to accelerate workloads and results, in a compact form-factor.

  • In Higher Education, Jeonju University expanded connectivity for students and administration with access to online and mobile learning solutions, using Dell C300 and C150 switches for 10GbE traffic performance.

  • Within the enterprise and services sectors, Beijing TV and Asian Paints focused their efforts on expanding capability with high performance backbones using Dell C-Series platforms, while being assured of redundant operation and network uptime.

To further help customers extend their C-Series investment, Dell today announced a new 8-port 10-Gigabit SFP+ line card, to enable higher density, more economical SFP+ connectivity for small and medium businesses, enterprise campus and data center customers. In a C300 switch, customers can readily step up to 64 SFP+ ports of 10GbE for high performance, non-stop networking with open-standards operation.

With the Dell Networking C-Series C150 and C300 switches, Dell understands customer needs to continue deploying modular switches as a critical piece in their end-to-end networking solution. Modular switches continue to provide tremendous value for customers, delivering the flexibility and scalability required as well as long-term investment protection.

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