The Dell Networking Z9500 Active Fabric Switch is a high-density 3RU switch with 132 ports of 40GbE (528 ports of 1/10GbE using breakout cables).  It has low latency, low power and high throughput to ensure line-rate performance.  It utilizes Dell Networking Operating System 9 (OS9), and has full L2 switching and L3 routing with rich manageability features


Dell Active Fabric switch

Z9500 is a compact, next-generation switch/router designed for industry-leading, high-density 10/40GbE aggregation in a data center core network. The Z9500 addresses data center 10/40GE aggregation requirements through traditional hierarchical core or distributed core architectures for high performance enterprise data centers, high-performance computing (HPC), cloud computing, hyper scale data centers, and provider-hosted data centers. As a compact fixed form factor switch, the Z9500 can be positioned as a core, aggregation, or end-of-row switch. 

The Z9500 can support 132 ports of 40GbE QSFP+ or 528 ports of 1/10GbE SFP+ realized through breakout cables.  It includes a full suite of Ethernet switching and routing protocols in the OS9 to enable layer 2 or layer 3 network architectures. 

The Z9500 supports a customer friendly pay-as-you-grow* pricing model, allowing customers to license 36-, 84- or 132-port SKUs according to their business needs. Pay-as-you-grow* pricing can be upgraded to a higher port density with a simple software license. 

The Z9500 also supports Dell Networking’s Open Automation Framework, which provides advanced network automation and virtualization capabilities for virtual data center environments. The Open Automation Framework is comprised of a suite of inter-related network management tools that can be used together or independently to provide a network that is more flexible, available and manageable while reducing operational expenses. Built-in support for key network virtualization and software defined networking capabilities help enable customers with future-ready agility, optimized for virtual services deployment and delivery. 

Key applications

  • Active Fabric 10/40GbE switching in enterprise, HPC and cloud computing data centers that require the highest bandwidth and performance for 1/10GbE servers
  • Switching device for non-blocking clos architectures in hyper scale data centers
  • High-density 10/40 GbE end-of-row switch for blade server aggregation
  • Small-scale Active Fabric spine switch along with S-Series 1/10GbE top-of-rack (ToR) switches for cost-effective aggregation of 10/40GbE uplinks 

Key features

  • 3RU high-density 10/40GbE ToR switch with 132 ports of 40GbE (QSFP+) or 528 ports of 1/10GbE SFP+ (with breakout cables)
  • With 10.4Tbps of switching I/O bandwidth (full-duplex) and available non-blocking switching fabric, the Z9500 delivers line-rate performance under full load with sub-2us latency
  • Scalable L2 and L3 Ethernet switching with QoS and a full complement of standards-based IPv4 and IPv6 features,

including OSPF and BGP routing support

  • I/O panel to PSU airflow
  • Open Automation Framework adds automated configuration and provisioning capabilities to simplify the management of network environments
  • Modular Dell Networking OS9 software delivers inherent stability as well as advanced monitoring and serviceability functions
  • Supports jumbo frames for high-end server connectivity
  • 128 link aggregation groups with up to 16 members per group using advanced hashing
  • Redundant hot-swappable power supplies and fans
  • Low power consumption using a PHY-less design
  • Support for L2 multipath using Virtual Link Trunking (VLT)* and mVLT multi-chassis link aggregation technology
  • Routed VLT (rVLT)* enables L3 routing protocol support in VLT LAGs and also replaces VRRP L3 gateway at the access layer with scaled L3 VLAN support
  • OpenFlow 1.0-ready functionality for SDN* applications
  • Tool-less Enterprise ReadyRails™ mounting kits reduce time and resources for switch rack installation
  • Power-efficient operation with close to 4W per 1/10GbE port for nominal power consumption 

* Feature available with future software update 




Spec Sheet

Miercom Validation Whitepaper for Dell Networking Z9500

Use Cases With Pay-As-You Grow Whitepaper

Dell Networking Cable Management Kit

Cable breakout system for Dell Networking fabric switches spec sheet




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