Dell Introduces Its First 40 Gigabit Ethernet-Enabled Blade Server Switch
Dell announced a new hardware and software additions to its Virtual Network Architecture portfolio, the Dell Force10 MXL 10/40GbE. It is an open networking framework for efficient IT management and workload intelligence and is optimized for the heaviest workloads and highest performance needs. This is Dell's first 40 gigabit blade server switch for the Dell PowerEdge M1000e blade system designed to support demanding workloads in traditional, virtual, public and private cloud environments. It can deliver up to 10 times greater application performance for decision support and business intelligence workloads.
The Dell Force10 MXL 10/40GbE blade switch brings unprecedented bandwidth capacity to the Dell PowerEdge M1000e blade chassis, addressing the diverse needs of environments including data centers in large enterprises, government networks, education and research institutions, and high performance computing.
Key benefits of the Dell Force10 MXL 10/40GbEswitch include:
- Built-in Ethernet stacking technology: Customers can consolidate ports and deploy a cost effective pay-as-you grow solution. Ethernet stacking enables up to six switching modules within a single enclosure or spanning multiple enclosures to be managed as one logical device.
- Performance-optimized engineering: High performance Ethernet switching purpose-built for new workloads and demanding East-West (or intra-chassis) traffic patterns, bringing high-density, high scalability, low-latency 10/40GbE to the Dell PowerEdge M1000e blade enclosure.
- Flexible connectivity options: Networking flexibility with FlexIO modules delivering support for40GbE QSFP+, 10GbE SFP+, and 10GBase-T ports.
- Integrated storage support: Flexibility of converged input/output (I/O) support for end-to-end IP storage (iSCSI and Data Center Bridging) into a single 10GbE connection helping to enhance efficiency and reducing costs.
Dell also introduced enhancements to the management software in its portfolio to simplify IT operations and help save customers time and money. This includes operating system enhancements, fabric management, and network management. New features of Open Manage Network Manager (OMNM) 5.0 include easier installation and use of switches through a web-based GUI, support for Dell's full product line of switches, traffic flow analysis, and resource group management. Dell also unveiled innovations in Software-Defined Networking (SDN) to increase control, customization and optimization of virtual networking operations, and ultimately reduce costs.
“Dell is helping its customers optimize their infrastructure today while architecting for greater intelligence and capability into the future,” said Dario Zamarian, vice president and general manager of Dell Networking.