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PowerConnect B-8000e Switch

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The PowerConnect B-8000e is a top-of-rack link layer (Layer 2) CEE/DCB switch with 24 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports for LAN connections and 8 upgradable Fibre Channel ports with up to 8 Gigabit speed for Fibre Channel SAN connections

  • Versatile Layer 2 CEE/DCB Switch for Server I/O Consolidation
  • 1U enclosure with 24 10 Gbps CEE/DCB ports and 8 upgradable FC ports supporting 8Gbps Speeds
  • Energy efficient, operating at 350 watts with redundant power supplies and cooling fan FRUs

Dell PowerConnect B-8000e
Top-of-rack link layer (Layer 2) CEE/DCB switch with 24 10 Gbps ports for LAN connections and 8 Gbps Fibre Channel ports for SAN connections

A Versatile Layer 2 CEE/FCoE Switch

Supporting Windows and Linux environments, the PowerConnect B-8000e Switch enables access to the LANs, utilizing emerging Converged Enhanced Ethernet/Data Center Bridging (CEE/DCB) protocols. LAN traffic is forwarded to aggregation layer Ethernet switches using advanced 10 Gbps connections. Part of a unified CEE/DCB solution, the PowerConnect B-8000e helps organizations reduce capital and operating expenses in enterprise data centers.

A Unified CEE/DCB Solution

The PowerConnect B-8000e connects to servers utilizing Brocade Converged Network Adapters (CNAs). Consolidating server I/O reduces the number of server adapters, which in turn reduces cabling and switch ports, resulting in lower infrastructure costs as well as lower power and cooling costs.

High Performance

The PowerConnect B-8000e has advanced ASIC technology that provides unique frame-based trunking of server connections at up to 40 Gbps of combined throughput. The switch also features standards-based Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP) for LAN connections.

To meet current and future needs, organizations have the flexibility to activate both the CEE and Fibre Channel ports, with full FCoE support enabled. Alternatively, they can deploy the PowerConnect B-8000e initially as a 10 GbE Layer 2 Ethernet switch and activate only the CEE/DCB ports. To deliver SAN connectivity in the future, organizations can add optional licenses to activate the Fibre Channel ports and FCoE capabilities, providing a seamless path to server I/O consolidation.

Comprehensive Layer 2 LAN Capabilities

The PowerConnect B-8000e switch provides broad, standards-based data link layer (Layer 2) capabilities covering Quality of Service (QoS), security, and Layer 2 protocols. 24 CEE/DCB ports provide uplink connections to conventional 10 GbE port aggregation layer Ethernet switches. Layer 2 functions are configured and administered accordingly at the access layer.

Enterprise-Class High Availability

The PowerConnect B-8000e provides a reliable foundation for disaster recovery and business continuance by employing enterprise-class availability features such as hot-swappable, redundant, and integrated fan and power supply assemblies. Combined with a wide range of diagnostic and monitoring functions.

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.

To learn more about Dell ProSupport visit
www.dell.com/prosupport.

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.

For more information, please visit www.dell.com/services.

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