Slim, Modular Unified Storage Switch

The Dell Networking S5000 is a first-of-its-kind modular, 1 rack unit (RU) 10/40GbE top-of-rack (ToR) LAN/SAN switch equipped with native FC and FCoE capabilities. The S5000’s innovative system design is powered by an industry-hardened, and feature-rich operating system for maximum dependability and uptime. Dell Open Automation framework provides integrated automation, scripting and programmable management for enhanced network flexibility in virtualized environments.

 

Key features include:

  • Pay-as-you grow modularity, designed to scale – provides for greater deployment flexibility and IT budget allocation compared to fixed-port switches. The S5000 accommodates four modules allowing customers to populate a single module and add as necessary instead of buying all four modules at once.
  • High-density LAN/SAN convergence – saves on the number of switches and rack space required, the S5000 has up to 1.3 to 2.6 times the port density per rack unit compared to industry alternatives. The S5000 has a maximum of 64 x 10GbE ports, or 48 x Ethernet/FC ports with 16 x 10GbE ports.
  • Feature-rich storage networking – complete support for iSCSI, RoCE, NAS, FCoE and FC fabric services, all on the same platform.
  • Future-proof design for maximum investment protection – with the modularity and system design, the S5000 hardware is future-proofed to support newer features and options when released without needing to sacrifice existing infrastructure investment.
  • Easy integration, proven interoperability with leading adapter, switch and storage vendors including Broadcom, Brocade, Emulex, Intel and Qlogic.

End-to-End FCoE Configuration with Dell S5000 and PowerEdge rack servers

FCoE Configuration with Dell S5000 and M1000e chassis w/ MXL blade switch

 
Dell S5000: Overview and 3-step deployment of FCoE in Full Fabric (FCF) mode 


 
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