Overview

Dell Networking S3048-ON, S4810-ON, S4048-ON, S6000-ON and Z9100-ON Open Networking switches offer an innovative disaggregated-hardware/software solution for data center networking. Based on our dependable, award-winning Z-Series and S-Series switch hardware and featuring a choice of third-party OS and software options, these solutions give you the power to transform your network and accelerate data-center innovation with simplified, high-capacity network fabrics.

Designed to ease network fabric orchestration and automation, Dell Open Networking switch solutions are cost-effective, easy to deploy and provide a clear path to software-defined networking (SDN).

Key Features

  • 1U, high-density, 1/10/25/40/50/100GbE, top-of-rack switches
  • Choice of Dell Operating System 9, Cumulus Linux OS or Big Switch Networks Switch Light™ OS, , IP Infusion OcNOS™, as well as Big Switch Networks Big Tap™ Monitoring Fabric application..
  • Choice of network virtualization options with VMware NSX™,  and Midokura MidoNet
  • Support for open-source Open Network Install Environment (ONIE) for zero-touch installation of network OS
  • Redundant, hot-swappable power supply units (PSU) and fans
  • Reversible airflow options
  • Low power consumption

Dell Networking S3048-ON Open Networking Switch

Accelerate applications in high performance environments with a low-latency, top-of-rack (ToR) switch that features 48 x 1GbE and 4 x 10GbE ports, a dense 1U design and up to 260Gbps performance.  The S3048-ON also supports Open Network Install Environment (ONIE) for zero-touch installation of alternate network operating systems.

Dell Networking S4810-ON Open Networking Switch

Deploy modern workloads and applications with a high-density 1RU ToR switch that features 48-x 10GbE and 4 x 40GbE ports and offers low-latency, non-blocking operation. It also supports ONIE for zero-touch installation of alternate network operating systems.

Dell Networking S4048-ON Open Networking Switch

Optimize your network for virtualization with a high-density, ultra-low latency ToR switch that features 48 x 10GbE SFP+ and 6 x 40GbE ports (or 72 x 10GbE ports in breakout mode) and up to 720 Gbps performance.  The S4048-ON also supports Open Network Install Environment (ONIE) for zero-touch installation of alternate network operating systems.

Dell Networking S6000-ON Open Networking Switch

Provide high-density switching for top-, middle- and end-of-rack deployments with a 1U switch that features 32 x 40GbE ports or 96 x 10GbE ports plus eight 40GbE ports. The S6000-ON also supports ONIE for zero-touch installation of network operating systems

Dell Networking Z9100-ON Open Networking Switch

Transform modern data centers with a high-performance ToR fixed switch that offers industry-leading density of either 128 x 10GbE or 128 x 25GbE or 32 x 40GbE or 64 x 50GbE or 32 x 100GbE ports.  The Z9100-ON also supports ONIE for zero-touch installation of network operating systems

Comparison of platforms

Features

S3048-ON

S4810-ON

S4048-ON

S6000-ON

Z9100-ON

Best for

High-performance data center and computing environments requiring high bandwidth and ultra low-latency

Small-scale fabric design running at 1/10GbE or as a top-of-rack leaf node for larger fabrics

Small to medium-scale fabric designs running at 10/40GbE or as top-of-rack leaf node for larger fabrics

Small to medium-scale fabric designs running at 10/40GbE or as top-of-rack leaf node for larger fabrics

Medium to large fabric designs as the spine node or top-of-rack leaf node running at 10/25/40/50/100GbE

Line-rate ports

48 x 1GBase-T

48 x 10GbE SFP+ ports

48 x 10GbE SFP+ ports

96 x 10Gb ESFP+ ports in breakout mode

128 x 10GbE

QSFP ports

4 x 10GbE SFP ports

4 x 40GbE QSFP+ ports

6 x 40GbE QSFP+ ports

32 x 40GbE QSFP+ ports

32 x 100GbE (QFSP28) or 64 x 50GbE (QFSP28) or 32 x 40GbE (QSFP28) or  128 x 25 GbE (QSFP28)

MAC address

64,000

128,000

160,000

160,000

160,000

Switch fabric capacity

260Gbps

1.28Tbps (full-duplex)

1.44Tbps (full-duplex)

1.56Tbps (full-duplex)

3.2Tbps (full-duplex)

Operating systems supported

Dell NOS9, Cumulus Linux

Cumulus Linux

Big Switch Networks

Del NOS9

Cumulus Linux

Big Switch Networks

Cumulus Linux

Big Switch Networks

Dell NOS9

Cumulus Linux

Virtualization technology supported

VMware NSX

Midokura MidoNet

VMware NSX

Midokura MidoNet

VMware NSX

Midokura MidoNet

VMware NSX

Midokura MidoNet

VMware NSX

Midokura MidoNet

Management

Active Fabric Manager**

Dell Open Automation Framework

OpenManage Network Manager (OMNM)

OpenManage Essentials (OME)

 

Your choice of third-party operating systems, virtualization and monitoring software

Enable business agility and avoid vendor lock-in with third-party OS and software options, including:

  • Cumulus Linux OS:  Simplify network management, orchestration and automation, and leverage a broad ecosystem of Linux applications.
  • Big Switch Networks Switch Light™ OS:  Enable a range of SDN-controller-based fabric solutions, and help reduce cost and complexity.
  • Big Switch Networks Big Tap™ Monitoring Fabric: Tap traffic everywhere in the network for exceptional visibility with an SDN-based monitoring solution.
  • VMware NSX: VMware NSX provides a complete suite of simplified logical networking elements and services, including logical switches, routers, firewalls, load balancers, VPN, QoS, monitoring and security
  • Midokura MidoNet:  Midokura Enterprise MidoNet is a software-based, highly scalable and resilient, network virtualization system for OpenStack and Neutron compatible environments.
  • IP Infusion OcNOS™: An economical, scalable and secure method of separating network users and resources across a common infrastructure using MPLS network virtualization.
  • Pluribus Networks Open Netvisor Linux (ONVL) is based on a Virtualization-Centric Fabric architecture with a distributed controller based on proven cluster technology.  Dell Open Networking (ON) Ethernet Switches powered by Pluribus ONVL federate into a fabric, offering enhanced insight, agility and security of virtualized computing and storage

Cumulus Linux

Cumulus Linux is a full-featured networking operating system that enables you to build a modern, scalable and cost-effective data center. Combined with Dell’s open-networking switches, this disaggregated solution offers enhanced manageability, clustering, monitoring and orchestration – many of the same benefits found in virtualized-server environments. Cumulus OS leverages a large ecosystem of native Linux applications and automation tools, allowing you to adopt innovations and add agility to your data center. Now you can deploy next-generation workloads on feature-rich solutions built on large-scale Clos fabrics and new data-center architectures.

Big Switch Networks Switch Light OS

Switch Light™ OS1 is an SDN operating system that is ideal for building next-generation data-center fabrics. Based on Open Network Linux (ONL), the open-source Linux operating system, Switch Light OS brings modern server or compute models to the network and allows you to adopt a disaggregated-software/hardware solution. It provides powerful automation capabilities that can significantly reduce your operating costs. Switch Light OS uses ONIE to install onto on-board flash memory and includes standard ONL features such as:

  • Debian Linux kernel
  • Set of device drivers and installation scripts
  • A net-boot-capable, zero-touch networking bootloader
  • Enhanced features that optimize headless switch operations
  • Ability to increase performance by minimizing writes to flash memory

Big Switch Networks Big Tap Monitoring Fabric

Big Tap™ Monitoring Fabric1 is an innovative network monitoring solution that allows you to tap traffic anywhere in the network and deliver it to troubleshooting, network monitoring, application-performance monitoring or security tools. It offers a practical, cost-effective entry point for SDN and provides optimal visibility and scalability. At the core of the Big Tap Monitoring Fabric is the Big Tap Controller. This software compiles user-defined policies into optimized flows that are programmed into the forwarding ASICs of "non-OS" switches running the Switch Light™ OS.

VMware NSX

VMware NSX provides a complete suite of simplified logical networking elements and services, including logical switches, routers, firewalls, load balancers, VPN, QoS, monitoring and security. These services are provisioned in virtual networks through any cloud management platform leveraging the NSX APIs and can be arranged in any topology with isolation and multi-tenancy. Virtual networks are deployed non-disruptively over any existing network and on any hypervisor.

Midokura MidoNet

Midokura Enterprise MidoNet is a software-based, highly scalable and resilient, network virtualization system for OpenStack and Neutron compatible environments. With its distributed architecture it enables enterprises and service providers to build, run and manage virtual networks with increased control, security and flexibility. Using industry standards and by leveraging existing physical infrastructure, MidoNet reduces costs and improves stability, scalability and performance of networks.

IP Infusion OcNOS™

IP Infusion is a leading provider of intelligent network software for telecom and data communications services. The company recently announced its OcNOS™, the first, full-featured network operating system for data center and enterprise networking, including advanced capabilities such as extensive protocol support for multiprotocol label switching (MPLS). OcNOS brings the power of the Open Compute Project, an open hardware movement and foundation, to data networking to reduce operational complexity.

Pluribus Networks

The Pluribus Networks Netvisor distributed fabric, built on top of an open, standards-based L2/IP network, permits a Dell ON leaf-spine deployment to be managed, automated and programmed as a single node with associated operational advantages.  The Netvisor fabric brings together effectively the ease of management of a centralized controller architecture, with the scalability and high availability properties of a fully distributed controller-free, architecture with no single point of failure.

Specification Sheets

Dell Networking S Series S4810-ON Spec Sheet

Dell Networking S-Series S3048-ON Spec Sheet

Dell Networking S-Series S4048-ON Spec Sheet

Dell Networking S Series S6000-ON Spec Sheet

Dell Networking Z9100-ON Spec Sheet 

Partner OS Guide

Dell Networking Open Networking Partner OS Guide

Solution Briefs

Joint Solution Brief Dell and Cumulus Open Networking

5545.Unlocking the Open Networking Ecosystem with Dell VMware Cumulus Solutions Brief.pdf

5545.Unlocking the Open Networking Ecosystem with Dell VMware Cumulus Solutions Brief.pdf

Joint Solution Brief Dell and Big Switch Networks Open Networking

Joint Solution Brief Dell and VMware

Joint Solution Brief Dell and Midokura

Joint Solution Brief Dell and IP Infusion

Joint Solution Brief Dell and Pluribus Networks

Whitepapers

Dell Open Networking and SDN White Paper

Open Networks: Turning the vision into reality white paper

Articles

Open Networking Takes Hold

Videos