Providing next-generation scalability from edge to core

The Dell Networking C9000 Series of modular switches is based on an innovative enterprise architecture that simplifies network deployment and management and extends the functionality of core devices all the way to the network edge. It achieves this by collapsing separate network tiers into a single logical switching tier, thereby removing complex protocols running between access and core/aggregation tiers, and centralizing management and control.

C9010 network director 

C1048P rapid access node

Next-generation modular chassis

The first product to feature the new architecture is the Dell Networking C9010 network director, a next generation, multi-rate capable modular switching platform designed as the core/aggregation for medium to large enterprise campus and mid-market data center networks. The C9010 provides customers with a new way to design and manage networks when used in conjunction with the C1048P rapid access node (port extender). The C9010 can also be deployed as a traditional switching platform without the C1048P, serving to aggregate legacy switching platforms in wiring closets and server racks. In this deployment model, C1048P rapid access nodes can be introduced at any time to benefit from the new architecture, while maintaining investment protection for legacy switches.

The C9010 is an intelligently designed 8RU platform with modular slots for up to 10 line card modules, two route processor modules (RPM), three fan modules and four power supply modules. The integrated backplane is 100GbE multi-rate capable (up to 600Gbps to each line card slot) and provides the investment protection necessary to deploy a modular chassis. For line-rate designs1, two RPMs provide the required bandwidth to each line card slot for inter-line card switching. Intra-line card switching is managed within the line card. Three line card options are available for design flexibility including a 24-port SFP+ line card, 24-port 10GBASE-T line card, and a 6-port QSFP+ line card.

Next-generation access

The Dell Networking C1048P extends the capabilities of the C9010 by providing 48 10/100/1000BASE-T PoE+ ports for user/server access, and two SFP+ uplinks for connectivity back to the C9010. The C1048P can be deployed stand-alone, or in a stacked configuration (up to eight units high) depending on required density and deployment model. In this scenario, the C1048P rapid access nodes receive their configuration and software updates centrally from the C9010 network director, greatly simplifying initial deployment and ongoing maintenance.

Key applications

  • Collapsed core designs
  • Network tier simplification
  • Medium-large network core/aggregation
  • High-performance SDN/OpenFlow 1.3 enabled with ability to inter-operate with industry standard Open- Flow controllers

Key capabilities

  • Up to 248 10GbE ports (240 SFP+ or 10GBASE-T ports plus eight SFP+ ports on two RPMs)
  • Support for 2,000 virtual ports (via port extenders), and concurrent support for traditional Ethernet switches/Devices
  • Up to 60 40GbE QSFP+ ports
  • Side-to-side airflow (right to left)
  • VRF-lite enables sharing of networking infrastructure and provides L3 traffic isolation across tenants (including support for multicast and IPv6 routing)
  • Enhanced automation capabilities (puppet agent, RESTAPI extensions)
  • Support for jumbo frames for high-end performance in virtualized environments and IP storage/server communication
  • Removable chassis mid-walls for future support of full width modules
  • Tool-less mounting and optional ReadyRails™
  • port extenders stack up to eight units high
  • Embedded Open Automation Framework adds VM awareness as well as automated configuration and provisioning capabilities to simplify the management of virtual network environments


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