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Data center optimized 1/10 GbE switch

The Dell Force10 S-Series S55 1/10 GbE ToR (Top-of-Rack) switch is optimized for lowering operational costs while increasing scalability and improving manageability at the network edge. Optimized for high-performance data center applications, the S55 leverages a non-blocking architecture that delivers line-rate, low-latency L2 and L3 switching to eliminate network bottlenecks. The high-density S55 design provides 48 GbE access ports with up to four modular 10 GbE uplinks in just 1-RU to conserve valuable rack space. The S55 incorporates multiple architectural features that optimize data center network efficiency and reliability, including reversible front-to-back or back-to-front airflow for hot/cold aisle environments, and redundant, hot-swappable power supplies and fans. A “scale-as-you-grow” ToR solution that is simple to deploy and manage, up to 8 S55 switches can be stacked to create a a single logical switch by utilizing Dell Force10’s stacking technology and high-speed stacking modules.

The S55 provides support for Dell Force10’s Open Automation Framework, which leverages capabilities of the modular Dell Force10 Operating System (FTOS) software to bring network automation into virtual data center environments, making them more responsive and able to adapt to changes in application requirements. The Open Automation Framework is comprised of a suite of inter-related network management tools that can be used together or independently to provide a network that is more flexible, available and manageable while reducing operational expenses.

  1. Line-rate 1/10 GbE server aggregation at the ToR in high-performance data center environments
  2. With the ExaScale virtualized switch/router to create a flat, two-tier, non-blocking 1/10 GbE data center network design

Key Features

  1. The 1-RU S55 switch delivers 48 GbE access interfaces:
    1. – 44 10/100/1000Base-T copper ports (fixed RJ45)
    2. – 4 GbE ports that can be configured for fiber or copper (SFP)
  2. In addition, the S55 provides two optional high-speed slots that support the following uplink modules:
    1. – 2-port 10 GbE (SFP+ modules)
    2. – 2-port 12 Gbps stacking module
  3. 192 Gbps switch fabric supports line-rate, non-blocking switching with less than 5 microseconds of latency
  4. Scalable Layer-2 and Layer-3 switching with a full complement of standards-based IPv4 and IPv6 features for unicast and multicast applications
  5. Reversible front-to-back or back-to-front airflow
  6. Redundant, hot-swappable power supplies (AC or DC) and fans
  7. Stacking technology enables up to 8 switches to be managed as a single unit
  8. Open Automation Framework adds VM-awareness as well as automated configuration and provisioning capabilities to simplify the management of virtual network environments
  9. Modular Dell Force10 Operating System (FTOS) software delivers inherent stability as well as advanced monitoring and serviceability functions
  10. VirtualView™ real-time network and application traffic monitoring for virtualized data centers
  11. Supports 9,252 byte jumbo frames
  12. Low power consumption of 130W for a fully-configured unit
  13. MPLS-ready switching architecture
For more information: http://www.force10networks.com/products/s55.asp

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