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Dell EMC sees value in merchant silicon for Open Networking

By Digital Edge Bureau, 12.10.2017, 11:55

Dell EMC believes in the efficacy of merchant silicon that powers new-age switching resources

Aimed at addressing the market of digital transformation holistically, Dell EMC, the leading provider of IT infrastructure building blocks, has expanded its Open Networking offerings and fine-tuned its services and implementation capabilities around them.
As part of its wider strategy, Dell EMC has striven hard for making industry standard ‘off the shelf’ processors (merchant silicon) as mainstream components in its datacentre switching products. This allows Dell EMC in addressing the changing requirements of new-age datacenters faster and deeper. As compute, storage and networking resources are turning software defined, the shift towards merchant silicon brings merits to the entire push towards digital transformation.
It is this context, which has made Dell EMC to come out with new deep-table 10/100GbE switching platform, Dell EMC S4200-ON, that can be deployed
at the top-of-rack (ToR) and datacentre Interconnect applications, an area historically reserved for proprietary networking solutions. The Dell EMC S4200-ON switch delivers 500X larger buffers than standard Dell EMC 10/100GbE switching platforms. This boosts East-West traffic and distributed application performance making it ideal for virtualized environments. This brings 15X larger tables than standard Dell EMC 10/100GbE switching platforms for use in Data Center Interconnect and full routing applications. This takes up to 10X performance increase for Big Data environments compared to standard Dell EMC ToR platforms. The Dell EMC S4200-ON leads to 2-3X cost savings for interconnect applications compared to proprietary wide-area routing platforms.
“Transforming IT operations to drive innovation is a foundational element to the broader digital transformation efforts happening with enterprises and service providers,” said Tom Burns, Senior VP, Networking, Enterprise Infrastructure & Service Provider Solutions, Dell EMC. “Our Open Networking and Ready Nodes solutions are aimed at accelerating transformation, improving agility, lowering costs and enabling new services and applications”, added Burns. As per a recent report published by IDC, by 2020, 50 percent of the Global 2000 companies would see the majority of their businesses depend on their ability to create digitally-enhanced products, services, and experiences in response to evolving consumer expectations.
Moreover, Dell EMC vigorously evangelizes the greater adoption of 25/100 GBE switching platforms.  The next-generation 25GbE networking is designed to meet these constantly increasing networking and compute performance requirements. For enabling enterprises to have 25/100 GBE switching resources, Dell brings in a slew of upgrades:

• The first upgrade path leverages the new Dell EMC Networking S5048 25/100GbE switch and is intended for customers looking to extend their current 10GbE environments while having the built-in capability to move to 25GbE when performance dictates. Customers simply upgrade service NICs from 10GbE to 25GbE when ready, or upgrade to higher performing servers with native 25GbE capabilities, and connect to the 25GbE-ready S5048.

• The second is intended for customers seeking maximum compute and network performance. It combinesDell EMC PowerEdge 14G servers, 25GbE NICs and the recently introduced OS10-based S5148 switch. While also backward compatible to 10GbE, the S5148 switch combined with OS10 Enterprise Edition provides leading edge fabric and automation capabilities for private cloud environments.

In the meantime, Dell EMC has advanced its OS10 Open Networking Enterprise Edition software with new SmartFabric Services. Also, for help service providers customers accelerate time to market and enterprises customers simplify deployments, Dell EMC created three new Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) Ready Nodes. These provide turnkey SD-WAN capabilities with pre-validated and pre-integrated solutions combining Dell EMC infrastructure with industry-leading SD-`WAN software from Silver Peak Systems, VeloCloud Networks and Versa Networks. Architected and tested to Dell EMC standards, these Ready Nodes enable customers to quickly deploy cost effective SD-WAN solutions and services.


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