Dell Introduces S6000 Top-of-Rack Switch, Delivering up to 2.56Tbps of Throughput

Dell expanded its S-series portfolio with the new S6000, a high-density 1RU 10/40GbE switching platform for highly-virtualized data centers. Dell claims the S6000 consumes up to 50 percent less power than the company’s previous generation top-of-rack switches, whereas the product doubles the density and throughput (up to 2.56 Tbps) all in a fixed form factor design.

Dell S6000 top-of-rack switch

The Dell S6000 switch was introduced at the VMworld event in San Francisco, as it supports advanced network virtualization and software-defined networking (SDN) features including hardware-accelerated layer 2 gateway functionality for use with VMware NSX, a new network controller bridging traffic between virtualized and non-virtualized environments. In addition, upcoming enhancements to Dell Active Fabric Manager allow visibility into the virtual network of VMware’s vSphere Distributed Switch environments.

Built-in advanced virtualization and automation features would help customers scale larger virtual deployments in a smaller physical footprint, and help solve the challenge of bridging virtualized and non-virtualized aspects of the infrastructure.

The S6000 switch provides up to 2.56Tbps of throughput, twice that of similar competitive products in a standard 1RU form factor, according to Dell. This would allow customers to aggressively invest in 10GbE for in-rack server and storage connectivity.

Dell expects worldwide availability of the S6000 switching platform in its fiscal third quarter 2013.

Additional features of Dell S6000 include:

  • High-density: Deployed as 32 40GbE ports or 96 10GbE ports plus 8 40GbE ports in 1RU, the S6000 can support new, more flexible network architectures for high-density compute racks in top-of-rack position, or provide network connectivity for multiple racks in efficient end-of-row or middle-of-row configurations.
  • Energy efficient: S6000 is Fresh Air capable and validated as part of Dell’s Fresh Air cooling solution for servers, storage and networking. By leveraging the thermal and reliability advantages engineered into this portfolio of equipment, customers would be able to run data centers even warmer, helping reduce additional maintenance and infrastructure costs, while enabling lower overall energy consumption.