Dell PowerConnect B-DCX 4S

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The PowerConnect™ B-DCX 4S is a highly robust 8 Gbps network switching platform that combines performance, scalability and efficiency with long-term investment protection

  • High Performance, Scalability and Efficiency
  • Flexible, Multiprotocol Architecture
  • Intelligent Management and Monitoring

The PowerConnect B-DCX 4S includes a highly robust 8Gbps network switching platform that combines performance, scalability, and efficiency with long-term investment protection.

Choice at the Core and at the Edge

The PowerConnect B-DCX 4S is built for both large and midsize networks and has four horizontal blade slots to provide up to 192 Fibre Channel ports. It features high-speed Inter-Chassis Link (ICL) ports to connect up to three backbones, providing scalability and flexibility at the network core.

High Performance, Scalability, and Efficiency

Delivering 8 Gbps throughput, the PowerConnect B-DCX 4S enables enterprises to:
  • Achieve server, storage, network, and data center consolidation
  • Broaden server virtualization with more–and more demanding–virtual machines on fewer physical servers
  • Reduce equipment, facility, and overhead costs
  • Scale efficiently and non-disruptively to meet storage growth and application demands

The PowerConnect B-DCX 4S is built for efficiency and uses less than one-half watt per GB/sec. In addition the PowerConnect B-DCX 4S helps to free up limited power and cooling resources in the data center for more servers and storage arrays.

Flexible, Multi-protocol Architecture

The PowerConnect B-DCX 4S supports 1/2/4/8/10Gbps Fibre Channel, FCIP, and IPFC. To consolidate server I/O for open systems using emerging Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and Data Center Bridging (DCB)/Converged Enhanced Ethernet (CEE), the PowerConnect B-DCX 4S can provide high density, end-of-row connectivity. Alternatively, the PowerConnect B-8000 top-of-rack switch can be connected over Fibre Channel ISLs to DCX Backbones in the network core.

The PowerConnect B-DCX 4S includes a Virtual Fabrics feature that enables partitioning of a physical SAN into logical fabrics and isolation by application, business group, customer, or traffic type. Optional Fibre Channel Integrated Routing alleviates the need for special-purpose blades or routers to connect servers and storage in separate fabrics. And optional SAN extension over long-distance IP connections accelerates offsite replication, backup, and restore.

Intelligent Management and Monitoring

The PowerConnect B-DCX 4S utilizes a powerful Fabric Operating System (FOS), delivering advanced capabilities to include Bottleneck Detection, Top Talkers, and Adaptive Networking, a suite of tools that helps optimize fabric behavior and ensure ample bandwidth for critical apps. To maximize network performance and reduce administrative overhead, Brocade DCFM brought to you by Dell™ provides intuitive system configuration, comprehensive management, and a topology-centric view of the network fabric.

Dell Global Services can deliver what is needed to help ensure that your IT investment is optimized.

Supporting Your Unique Environment

The right support is not one-size-fits-all, so Dell ProSupport provides a flexible, reliable and easy support model – empowering you to customize services to meet your unique business needs. For example, organizations with an IT team can take advantage of Dell ProSupport for IT. You get the tech-to-tech support you need, and the ability to bypass phone-based trouble shooting when you already know the problem with Fast-Track Dispatch.

Dell ProSupport options give you the opportunity to directly align support to address critical challenges – like maximizing the uptime of your server and storage infrastructure. With the right options, the Dell ProSupport Mission Critical option is designed to help you reduce critical downtime by as much as 48%*. Dell is recognized as a leader in the industry for mission critical support – and is the 2005 and 2007 winner of the highly coveted SSPA Award for Mission Critical Support. Further maximize the availability and stability of your infrastructure through Dell ProSupport Proactive Maintenance with scheduled assessments, streamlined patch management and detailed reporting.

Additionally, Dell ProSupport Remote Advisory options can provide telephone access to technical expertise on applications and solutions such as Microsoft Exchange, Virtualization and more.

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Strengthening Your IT Infrastructure

Dell Infrastructure Consulting can help integrate your new enterprise hardware into an existing or evolving IT infrastructure. We can provide guidance whether you’re adding single or multiple servers, a storage area network or virtualizing your environment.

We can also help you enhance the overall performance of your IT infrastructure and data center by consolidating software and hardware, reviewing data usage to optimize the environment, developing a business continuity plan and by helping you migrate to standards-based technologies.

Accelerating Deployment

Dell helps simplify implementation with deployment services that speed time to production of new hardware and IT solutions. During the initial system-build of your server, we can customize software and hardware to match your specific requirements. By helping you rapidly deploy new capabilities while minimizing disruptions, we can contribute to improved efficiencies and lower costs.

Empowering Your Team

Our education services provide training and certification courses to help you and your team better manage and use your new hardware so you can reap the full benefits of standards-based technologies.

Get the most from your new systems. Turn to Dell for the services you need to help Get IT Faster, Run IT Better and Grow IT Smarter.

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