Dell introduces campus and data centre networking solutions


26 September 2015

Designed for mid- to large-scale campus environments seeking improved scalability combined with simplified management, Dell has introduced a Dell unified-campus architecture powered by the new Dell Networking C9010 Network Director switch and companion C1048P Rapid Access Node.

According to Dell, the new architecture provides a single management view for the entire campus from access to core. This allows a single point of control for quality of service, policy provisioning and software upgrades, as well as for programming software-defined attributes, the company said.

Additionally, through the use of industry-standard protocols, the new Dell campus architecture can be jumpstarted using existing Dell campus investments by re-deploying Dell Networking N-series switches as access nodes.

“At Dell, we’re taking a holistic, end-to-end approach to networking from connecting server storage and workloads together in the data centre to connecting desktops and mobile devices in the campus,” said Peter Marrs, Vice-President, Enterprise Solutions, Dell Asia Pacific and Japan.

The Dell Networking C9010 Network Director is a next-generation multi-rate capable modular switch and is the first platform based on the new Dell campus network architecture, according to Dell. It delivers optimum scalability for up to 4,000 virtual ports managed centrally, a lifetime of flexibility with support for 10 and 40 gigabit Ethernet (GbE) today, and a tool-free upgrade to 100GbE in the future to meet the growing bandwidth requirements of a diverse campus of end-users and end-points.

The Dell Networking C1048P, the company said, extends the capabilities of the C9010 Network Director by providing enhanced power over Ethernet well as user access and connectivity back to the C9010.

In the data centre, Dell debuted the Dell Networking S6100-ON which combines multi-rate connectivity with chassis-level modularity and open networking for data centre operators. Dell said through multiple expansion modules, customers have the flexibility to deliver various combinations of port speeds ranging from 10 – 100GbE with both QSFP28 and CXP port choices for flexibility in deployment. The Dell S6100-ON is ideal for virtualisation, cloud and big data analytics environments, according to Dell.

The company announced that both Dell Networking C9010 and C1048P will be available in October 2015, and Dell Networking S6100-ON will be available in the first quarter of 2016.