The Dell Force10 S-Series S60 is a high-performance 1/10 GbE access switch optimized for lowering operational costs at the network edge. The S60 answers the key challenges related to network congestion in data center top-of-rack (ToR) and service-provider aggregation deployments.As the use of large applications and services continues to increase, huge spikes in network traffic that can cause network congestion and packet loss become more common. The S60 is equipped with the a large packet buffer (1.25GB) enabling it to deliver lower application latency and maintain predictable network performance even when faced with significant spikes in network traffic. Providing 48 line-rate GbE ports and up to four optional 10 GbE uplinks in just 1-RU, the S60 conserves valuable rack space. Furthermore, the S60 design delivers configuration flexibility, high reliability, and power and cooling efficiency to reduce costs. In addition to delivering a compact and scalable design, the S60 also supports Dell Force10’s Open Automation Framework, which provides advanced network automation and virtualization capabilities for virtual data center environments. The Open Automation Framework is 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.