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August 23, 2012

Dell unveils PowerConnect 8100 managed 10 GbE switches

The new switches enhances performance for enterprise campus and small business core networks

By CBR Staff Writer

Dell has introduced a new line of PowerConnect 8100 managed 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) switches which will support media, user communications and collaboration in a campus and Small business Core Networks.

The PowerConnect 8100 Series builds on Dell’s Virtual Networking Architecture (VNA) and are claimed to support applications deployment, scale operations and reduce costs.

Dell’s new networking switches can enhance performance and scalability for campus networks while lowering TCO and streamline the deployments for enterprise campus, small core and mid-market network infrastructures.

With the new PowerConnect 8100 Series, customers can now replace older core and aggregation layers with scalable, higher-density applications to step up to 10GbE and 40GbE infrastructures.

The switches are optimised for video conferencing, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and unified communications and collaboration (UCC) for mid-market unified campus aggregation.

In addition, the new switches enable a complete end-to-end 10GbE application, featuring Dell PowerEdge 12th generation servers with 10GbE onboard as well as Dell EqualLogic and Dell Compellent 10GbE storage arrays.

The 8100 delivers line-rate, low-latency 10GbE performance and up to four 40GbE ports, stacks up to six switches and simplifies integration for mid-size storage area networks with iSCSI traffic flow optimisation and automated configuration with Dell EqualLogic storage arrays while enabling loss-less data operations across converged (DCB) networks.

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Del’s new switches are available in 24 and 48 ports, in dedicated RJ-45 or fiber models, with expandable options, including 40GbE capable QSFP+ ports. They include Dell OpenManage Network Manager 5.2 to manage and configure switches.

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