The network has steadily adapted and changed to address key business functions and users, while continuing to offer flexibility, performance, robustness and reliable communications. An End-User (also referenced as a Campus network) Network focused on email and rich media delivery need not have the same uptime and performance goals as a Datacenter network, but does aim to address end-user productivity, with ease of deployment, scalability and simplified management for IT administrators.
Dell delivers a portfolio of products, solutions, management and resources to help customers design, deliver and maintain campus and end-user networking architectures. This Wiki page provides the latest news from Dell with recently introduced products and solutions to help businesses be more agile and flexible.
Select Dell PowerConnect switches and blade IO modules (IOMs) now benefit from streamlined multicast and IGMP operation, increased static routes as well as general functionality updates and improvements. This is a free upgrade available at Support.Dell.com. Affected products include PCT8100 Series, PCT8024, PCT7000, PCT M8024-k, M6348, and M6220.
White Paper - Efficient Video Distribution Networks with.Multicast: IGMP Querier and PIM-DM
Dell Networking Reference Architectures (RA) deliver a ready-to-go technical blueprint for customers to design and increase success of their network implementation. The Large Campus RA delivers a tested network design for up to 3000 ports with the Dell 8100 and 7000 Series switches.
With comprehensive guidance in the RA documents and downloadable configuration files to reduce implementation, customers can reduce risk for their current or future network deployment, and realize greater productivity with an infrastructure designed for agility.
Miercom, a leading independent 3rd party test lab, recently published a report verifying the performance and interoperability of the Dell Networking 7000 and 8100 series switches.
Miercom found that he 5 year TCO for Dell reference architecture is estimated to be 60% less than a comparable Cisco architecture and 20% less than a comparable HP architecture. Download the full report here.
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.
To further help customers extend their C-Series investment, Dell announced the new 8-port 10-Gigabit SFP+ line card, to enable cost-effective network connectivity with open-standards operation for small and medium businesses, enterprise campus and data center customers. SFP+ enables lower TCO than traditional XFP options as well as lower power consumption. In a C300 switch, customers can readily step up to 64 SFP+ ports of 10GbE for high performance, non-stop networking.
Read more about Dell Networking chassis switch customer successes here and learn more about the Dell Networking C-Series family of modular switches (C150 and C300 models).