Over the last decade, large enterprises have been migrating data center infrastructures from 100MB Ethernet to 1/10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) to support high-bandwidth, mission critical applications. However, many mid-market companies found themselves restricted from this migration to 10GbE technology due to cost, low port density and high power consumption. For many of these companies, the explosive growth of technologies, data and applications is severely taxing existing 1GbE infrastructures and affecting performance. Organizations rely on data center infrastructure as a mission critical highway that provides access to all applications and services needed to function on a daily basis. Can you afford to have your data center infrastructure be the bottleneck? Fortunately, 10GbE technology, price, and performance are now within reach for mid-market organizations through a wide variety of offerings.

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The Dell Networking S6000 is the industry-leading, high-density 10/40GbE top-of-rack switch in an innovative 1RU platform with the power to meet the demands of your evolving network, and purpose-built for virtual data center infrastructures.The S6000 was developed to offer unprecedented performance and fabric flexibility without sacrificing rack space, connectivity or energy efficiency, and a great choice for today’s high-volume virtual environments. The S6000 furthers the evolution of network architectures by offering twice the performance of traditional ToR solution in a space-saving switch enabling smaller datacenter footprints and higher density racks.

    

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.

 

LAN/SAN convergence can help organizations accelerate results in the Virtual Era. LAN/SAN convergence—operating and managing a LAN and SAN via a single network optimized for both traffic types—allows IT organizations to significantly reduce deployment and operational costs while improving their ability to respond to dynamic application and business needs across multiple domains. Converged solutions from Dell provide organizations a way to further maximize their investment and simplify the path to convergence by enabling them to augment their existing networks—or “pay as you grow”—with open standards-based networking solutions that encompass a variety of popular LAN and SAN protocols such as Ethernet, iSCSI, Fibre Channel (FC) and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE).

Dell’s Active Fabric Manager is a key software application to automate tasks associated with designing, building and monitoring data center fabrics, reducing fabric deployment time by up to 86% compared to manual configurations. Users can now design and deploy Layer 2 & Layer 3 fabrics within a matter of minutes. Unlike traditional Network Management tools that primarily focus on performance monitoring of various network elements, AFM has been built ground-up as an automation and orchestration tool for the entire fabric.

Software Defined Networking (SDN) is a logical extension of the enhanced network flexibility provided by Dell Active Fabric solutions. The SDN software abstraction layer enables open programmability for a flexible infrastructure that adapts to customer environments. Dell is one of the only vendors to offer a complete and unbiased approach to SDN, encompassing networking virtualization overlays (NVO), OpenFlow and legacy interface capabilities.

 

Dell Networking Reference Architectures (RA) deliver a ready-to-go technical blueprint for customers to design and increase success of their network implementation. This helps IT managers evaluate and plan for their network upgrade, with  network components that best address the needs of their growing business while increasing communications and operational efficiency end-to-end.