Dell EMC Expands Open Networking to Handle Digital Transformation

Dell EMC expanded its Open Networking initiative with new, state-of-the-art infrastructure options, services and implementation capabilities to help customers manage the increasing network demands resulting from their Digital Transformations.

According to industry research firm International Data Corporation (IDC), by 2020, 50% of the Global 2000 will see the majority of their business depend on their ability to create digitally-enhanced products, services, and experiences in response to evolving consumer expectations.

“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 vice president, Networking, Enterprise Infrastructure and Service Provider Solutions. “Our Open Networking and Ready Nodes solutions are aimed at accelerating transformation, improving agility, lowering costs and enabling new services and applications.”

Dell EMC S4200-ON – Increasing Top-of-Rack performance, bringing Open Networking to Data Center Interconnect applications

The new Dell EMC S4200-ON switch using merchant silicon is a state-of-the-art deep-buffer, deep-table 10/100GbE data center switching platform purpose-built for deployment at the top-of-rack (ToR) and Data Center Interconnect applications, an area historically reserved for proprietary routing solutions. The Dell EMC S4200-ON switch delivers:

·         500X larger buffers than standard Dell EMC 10/100GbE switching platforms, boosting East-West traffic and distributed application performance making it ideal for virtualized environments
·         15X larger tables than standard Dell EMC 10/100GbE switching platforms for use in Data Center Interconnect and full routing applications
·         Up to 10X performance increase for Big Data environments compared to standard Dell EMC ToR plaforms
·         Up to 2-3X cost savings for interconnect applications compared to proprietary wide-area routing platforms

“Market segments are up for disruption as merchant silicon is now on feature parity with custom ASICs all the way through the core/router layer of the network,” said Alan Weckel, founder and principal analyst, 650 Group.  “It’s very clear that the next big battle in networking will occur in the data center core between traditional switch and routing vendors at both a system level and a silicon level.”