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Dell’s new switching platform to help transform the data centre

Nurdianah Md Nur | Sept. 16, 2013
The S6000 provides higher density and throughput while consuming less power than Dell’s previous generation of top-of-rack switches.

To help its customers build a more efficient data centre, Dell will be launching the S6000 switching platform that consumes up to 50 percent less power than Dell's previous top-of-rack switches.

With the Fresh Air and thermal capability, the S6000 enables data centres to run at a higher temperate, therefore reducing additional maintenance and infrastructure costs while enabling lower energy consumption.

The S6000 is also deployed as 32 40GbE ports or 96 10GbE ports plus 8 40GbE ports in 1RU. This enables it to support more flexible network architectures for high-density compute racks in top-of-rack position, as well as provide network connectivity for multiple racks in efficient end-of-row or middle-of-row configurations.

By providing a high throughput of up to 2.56Tbps performance, the S6000 enables Dell's customers to invest in 10GbE for in-rack server and storage connectivity too.

On top of all these features, the S6000 helps to bridge the virtualised and non-virtualised aspects of the data centre infrastructure. Firstly, it supports advanced network virtualisation and software-defined networking features, including hardware-accelerated layer 2 gateway functionality for use with VMWare NSX. Secondly, future enhancements to Dell Active Fabric Manager will provide visibility to the virtual network of VMware's vSphere Distributed Switch environments.

The S6000 switch platform is expected to be rolled out worldwide in Dell's third fiscal quarter 2013.


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