Dell zeroes in software-defined data centre model with new ‘future-ready’ networking products

In what represents a continued shift towards cloud and software-defined networking (SDN) models, Dell’s networking division today announced a host of new solutions, including updated in-rack platforms for the data centre and new cloud-managed wired and wireless solutions powered by Dell and Sunnyvale, Calif-based mobility & cloud networking solutions provider Aerohive Networks.

Dell Networking is working with Aerohive to deliver a cloud-managed solution that integrates and manages wired and wireless infrastructure; the new co-branded solution incorporates Dell N-Series switches and Aerohive access points into Aerohive’s cloud-based management solution HiveManager NG, according to the company.

In general, the SDN model aims to avoid over-provisioning in the data centre — and improve automation and management in the process — by using software controls to help scale as required.

“This integration in HiveManager NG not only gives customers the ability to monitor, but also to configure and push zero-touch deployments from the cloud. This is the most unified wired and wireless cloud management integration that I have seen,” said Zeus Kerravala, principal analyst, ZK Research in a prepared statement.

Dell also announced new in-rack systems for the mid-sized and enterprise data centre — the Dell Networking S4048T-ON and Dell Networking S6010-ON — products designed to accelerate server and storage migration to 10G connectivity, the company said.

The Dell Networking S4048T is purpose-built 10GBase-T switch for copper-based server, and storage, and supports supports numerous, high-capacity port configurations in a 1RU form factor; the S6010-ON features line-rate performance with a non-blocking switching fabric, improved packet buffering and reduced oversubscription.

Both switch products, shipping in May, are ONIE-compliant to provide cloud and Web 2.0 customers an Open Networking environment with fully- tested and validated third-party operating systems, and include features for Virtual Extensible LAN (VXLAN), larger tables and expanded buffering.

Dell says its overarching vision for cloud-managed IT involves streamlined operations, configuration, monitoring and troubleshooting for enterprise-class networks. The HiveManager NG product enables “high-level or in-depth views of all facets of Dell and Aerohive networking devices including applications, users, policy management and switch port status,” the company said.

The wired and wireless network convergence platform — geared for “campus and data centre environments” — aims to simplify end-user access by bringing enterprise-class management to the public or private cloud, Jeff Behar, senior director, product/solutions/technical marketing at Dell told

At press time, Canadian pricing was not announced.


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