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High-density 32-port 40 GbE Core Router/Switch in 2RU form factor; line rate, non-blocking, low-latency and lower power switch enabling a greener, faster data center; feature-rich Dell Force10 Operating System (FTOS); and hardware support for TRILL, EVB and DCB.


Highly available, high performance distributed core

The Dell Force10 Z9000 is a compact next generation switch/router product designed to meet the requirements for high density 10/40 GbE aggregation in a data center core network. The Z9000 switch is designed to address data center 10/40 GbE aggregation requirements through Centralized Core or Distributed Core architectures for High Performance Enterprise data centers, High Performance Computing Cores, Cloud Computing Cores, Provider Hosted data centers and Enterprise LAN Cores. The Z9000 switch can be positioned as a Core switch or End-of-Row switch within a data center. The Z9000 product can support 32 ports of 40 GbE QSFP+ or 128 ports of 10 GbE SFP+ realized through breakout cables. Z9000 supports a full suite of Ethernet switching and Routing protocols in the hardened FTOS operating system to enable layer 2 or layer 3 network architectures.

A distributed core design with Z9000 switches can enable build out of massively scalable, high performance data center networks with 10/40 GbE ToR, 10/40 GbE End of Row and 40 GbE Core network connections. A distributed control plane in a CLOS based leaf-spine architecture can be leveraged to build highly scalable data center switching fabric. Distribution of traffic between the leaf and spine trunks can be achieved through ECMP at layer 3 or layer 2 (OSPF or BGP can be used as the layer 3 control plane protocol and TRILL in future for layer 2 deployments). Resiliency in a distributed core model is much improved compared to centralized core architectures as the failure of a single node within a CLOS network cannot bring down the entire switching fabric. A single switching element can be restarted or replaced in the event of
a failure versus an entire chassis reboot would be required in
a centralized design.

Key applications

- Containerized Data Centers
- Provider Hosted Data Centers
- Cloud Computing Cores
- High performance Computing Cores

Key features

- 2RU high-density 10/40 GbE Aggregation/Core Switch with 32 x 40 GbE ports expandable to 128 x 10GbE ports using QSFP+ to SFP+ breakout cables
- 2.5 Tbps (full-duplex) non-blocking, fabric delivers line-rate performance under full load
- Scalable L2 and L3 Ethernet switching with QoS and a full complement of standards-based IPv4 for unicast and multicast applications
- Control Plane Policing (CoPP) for policing control plane traffic providing protection to CPU
- Open Automation Framework adds VM-awareness as well as automated configuration and provisioning capabilities to simplify the management of virtual network environments
- Modular Force10 Operating System (FTOS) software delivers inherent stability as well as advanced monitoring and serviceability functions
- VirtualView real-time network and application traffic monitoring for virtualized data centers
- Data Center Bridging (DCB) hardware support enables a lossless Ethernet fabric for iSCSI storage and NFS traffic 128 link aggregation groups with up to 8 members per group, using advanced hashing with random seed values
- Supports jumbo frames for high-end server connectivity
- Reversible front-to-back or back-to-front airflow
- Total aggregated packet buffer memory of 54MB
- Redundant, hot-swappable power supplies and fans
- Hardware support for TRILL, EVB, DCB
- Low power consumption

For more information: http://www.force10networks.com/products/z9000.asp

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