Dell Aims New Switch, Controller at SDN, Cloud
The vendor's Z9500 switch offers a pay-as-you-go licensing model, while the Active Fabric Controller is built for OpenStack deployments.Dell continues to expand its networking portfolio, unveiling a highly scalable switch designed for cloud computing environments and a new software-defined networking controller for enterprise data centers and service provider infrastructures. The new offerings are the latest efforts by Dell to build out its networking capabilities as it looks to expand its reach as an enterprise IT solutions provider and to give customers more options and flexibility than other vendors as they migrate to software-defined networks (SDNs) and network-functions virtualization (NFV). Enterprises and service providers are under increasing pressure to make their infrastructures more flexible, programmable and automated, thanks to such trends as virtualization, cloud computing and mobility. Those trends are helping drive the development of SDN and NFV solutions—which take much of the network intelligence and network services off of complex hardware gear and put them into software—and the need for easier scalability of their networking systems. The Dell Networking Z9500 switch, announced March 25, is a highly dense 3RU (5.25-inch) system that enables businesses to pay for only what they use and to scale rapidly. Powered by Broadcom's popular Trident II silicon, the L2/L3 core switch is aimed at 10/40 Gigabit Ethernet aggregation efforts—key for such high-performance enterprise data centers, cloud environments and hosted data centers.
The switch offers up to 528 10GbE ports or 132 40GbE ports, and three times the density-per-RU and half the latency of its current Z9000 port. It offers more than 10T bps of throughput. The Z9500 also offers twice the density of Cisco Systems' Nexus 9000 switch and consumes half the power of Cisco's older Nexus 6000, according to Arpit Joshipura, vice president of networking product management and marketing for Dell.