Dell Introduces New Switches for Data Centers, Cloud Computing

By Ed Silverstein February 08, 2013

Dell is introducing new switches for data centers and cloud computing – as more servers move toward 10-Gigabit Ethernet and changes are found in top-of-rack switches.

The company’s new S4820T top-of-rack (ToR) switch is designed for use in high-performance data centers and for cloud computing. It features twisted-pair copper cables, and provides improved scalability, better performance, simplicity in use and is very economical, the company claims.

It is powered by the Force10 operating system (FTOS), and offers 10GBASE-T connectivity as well as LAN/SAN convergence.

In addition, the S4820T is one of the first copper-based 10G switches to support Fiber Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) through twisted-pair cabling, the company said.

The Dell S4820T is available globally either from Dell directly or via its channel partners. There is a particular need for the product in data centers.

“With the S4820 and its 48 10 GbE SFP+ ports and the S4820T and its support for cat 6 & 7 copper cabling, Dell covers the different level of requirements that most datacenter customer need in their top-of-rack switches,” according to a report from ZDNet.

In addition, Dell is offering a MXL 10/40GbE Blade Switch and PowerEdge M I/O Aggregator. These products come in response to customers moving to 10/40G use in data centers. Servers are moving to 10-Gigabit Ethernet.

"We expect the Ethernet Switch market to experience two significant years of market growth in 2013 and 2014 from the migration of servers towards 10 Gigabit Ethernet," Alan Weckel, senior director of the Dell'Oro Group, said in a statement. "We believe that in 2013, most large enterprises will upgrade to 10 Gigabit Ethernet for server access through a mix of connectivity options ranging from blade servers, SFP+, SFP+ direct attach and 10GBASE-T.”

Also, Tom Burns, vice president and general manager, Dell Networking, predicted that networking is “a key enabler in helping enterprise customers move to next-generation, 10 and 40G solutions in application-aware, converged, virtualized and hybrid cloud environments.”

Meanwhile, Dell’s S4810 switch is almost three years old. FTOS now powers the Dell Z9000 and S4810 switches.

SDN is a hot topic these days. It was recently discussed in detail at a pre-conference program at ITEXPO Miami. Software-defined network is one of the most important, and potentially disruptive developments in networking since the rise of the Internet.

Also, the recent news about Dell comes as it announces a historic move to turn itself back to a privately-held firm under a $24.4-billion deal, according to TechZone360. By being private, the company could make improvements without as much public scrutiny.

To learn more about this subject, TMC invites you to attend SDN Precon, Monday, Aug. 26 at Mandalay Bay. This event is part of ITEXPO Las Vegas.

Edited by Braden Becker

NFVZone Contributor

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