Dell Networking Z-Series Core and Aggregation Switches

Windows 10
intel® core™ processors

Highly available, high-performance distributed core switch

Help improve your data center core architecture with Dell Force10™ Z9000 data center core switch, purpose-built to support leaf-spine distributed core designs.



S- Standard; AO- Available Optional; N- Not Available
AvailabilityDell Networking Z9000Dell Networking Z9500
Hot-swappable redundant powerSS
Hot-swappable redundant fansSS
ChassisDell Networking Z9000Dell Networking Z9500
40 Gigabit Ethernet QSFP+ ports32132
1 RJ45 console/management port with RS232 signalingSS
1 RJ45 10/100/1000 Base-T management portSS
1 x USB 2.0 type A storage portSS
1 x USB 2.0 type B console portSS
Size2 RU, 3.48 h x 17.32 w x 24" d (8.8 h x 44 w x 61 cm d)3RU, 5.25” h x 17.08” w x 34” d
Weight 39 lb (incl. 1 power supply, 4 fan trays)122 lbs
EnvironmentalDell Networking Z9000Dell Networking Z9500
Operating temperature0°C to 40°C32° to 104°F (0° to 40°C)
Operating humidity10 to 85% (RH), noncondensing10 to 85% (RH), non-condensing
Storage temperature–40° to 158°F (–40° to 70°C)–40° to 158°F (–40° to 70°C)
Storage humidity5 to 95% (RH), noncondensing5 to 95% (RH), non-condensing
PowerDell Networking Z9000Dell Networking Z9500
Power supply100–240V AC 50/60Hz, -40 to -60V DC100–240V AC 50/60Hz
Max. power consumption800W3100W
Standards and ComplianceDell Networking Z9000Dell Networking Z9500
UL/CSA 60950-1, Second EditionSS
EN 60950-1, Second EditionSS
IEC 60950-1, Second Edition including all national deviations and group differencesSS
EN 60825-1 Safety of laser products part 1: EquipmentSS
Classification requirements and user's guideSS
EN 60825-2 Safety of laser products part 2: Safety of Optical Fibre Communication SystemsSS
FDA regulation 21 CFR 1040.10 and 1040.11SS
EmissionsDell Networking Z9000Dell Networking Z9500
Australia/New Zealand: AS/NZS CISPR 22: 2006, Class ASS
Canada: ICES-003, Issue-4, Class ASS
Europe: EN 55022: 2006+A1:2007 (CISPR 22: 2006), Class ASS
Japan: VCCI V3/2009 Class ASS
USA: FCC CFR 47 Part 15, Subpart B:2009, Class ASS
ImmunityDell Networking Z9000Dell Networking Z9500
EN 300 386 V1.4.1:2008 EMC for network equipmentSS
EN 55024: 1998 + A1: 2001 + A2: 2003SS
EN 61000-3-2: Harmonic current emissionsSS
EN 61000-3-3: Voltage fluctuations and flickerSS
EN 61000-4-2: ESDSS
EN 61000-4-3: Radiated immunitySS
EN 61000-4-4: EFTSS
EN 61000-4-5: SurgeSS
EN 61000-4-6: Low frequency conducted immunitySS
RoHSDell Networking Z9000Dell Networking Z9500
All Z-Series components are EU RoHS compliantSS

Regulatory Information:
Product Safety, EMC and Environmental Data Sheets
Dell Regulatory Compliance Homepage
Dell and the Environment 
Certifications & Protocols
General IPv4 Protocols
791 IPv4
792 ICMP
826 ARP
1027 Proxy ARP
1035 DNS (client)
1042 Ethernet Transmission
1191 Path MTU Discovery (Z9000 only)
1305 NTPv3
1519 CIDR
1542 BOOTP (relay) (this was removed from DHCP Server)
DHCP Snooping (Z9500 only)

1058 RIPv1
2453 RIPv2

2154 MD5
1587 NSSA
2328 OSPFv2
2370 Opaque LSA

1997 Communities
2385 MD5
2545 BGP-4 Multiprotocol Extensions for IPv6 Inter-Domain (Z9500 only)
Routing (Z9500 only)
2439 Route Flap Damping
2796 Route Reflection
2842 Capabilities
2858 Multiprotocol Extensions
2918 Route Refresh
3065 Confederations
4360 Extended Communities
4893 4-byte ASN
5396 4-byte ASN Representations
draft-ietf-idr-bgp4-20 BGPv4
draft-ietf-idr-restart-06 Graceful Restart (Z9000 only)
4-byte ASN Representation (partial)
draft-ietf-idr-add-paths-04.txt ADD PATH

1112 IGMPv1
2236 IGMPv2
3376 IGMPv3
draft-ietf-pim-sm-v2-new-05 PIM-SM
MSDP (Z9500 only)

Network Management
1155 SMIv1
1156 Internet MIB (Z9000 only)
1157 SNMPv1
1212 Concise MIB Definitions
1215 SNMP Traps
1493 Bridges MIB
1850 OSPFv2 MIB
1901 Community-based SNMPv2
2011 IP MIB
2012 TCP MIB
2013 UDP MIB
2096 IP Forwarding Table MIB
2570 SNMPv3
2571 Management Frameworks
2572 Message Processing and Dispatching
2576 Coexistence Between SNMPv1/v2/v3
2578 SMIv2
2579 Textual Conventions for SMIv2
2580 Conformance Statements for SMIv2
2618 RADIUS Authentication MIB
2665 Ethernet-like Interfaces MIB
2674 Extended Bridge MIB
2819 RMON MIB (groups 1, 2, 3, 9)
2863 Interfaces MIB
3273 RMON High-capacity MIB
3416 SNMPv2
3434 RMON High-capacity Alarm MIB
3580 802.1X with RADIUS
4133 Entity MIB (Z9500 only)
5060 PIM MIB
Dell_ITA.Rev_1_1 MIB (Z9500 only)
draft-grant-tacacs-02 TACACS+
draft-ietf-idr-bgp4-mib-06 BGP MIBv1
ruzin-mstp-mib-02 MSTP MIB (traps) (Z9000 only)
sFlow.org sFlowv5
sFlow.org sFlowv5 MIB (version 1.3)
SSHv2 RFC 4250, 4251, 4252, 4253, 4254 (Z9500 only)
Dell Networking-BGP4-V2-MIB Dell NetworkingBGP MIB
FORCE10-MON-MIB (Z9000 only)

IEEE Compliance
802.1AB LLDP
802.1ag Connectivity fault management (Z9000 only)
802.1D Bridging, STP
802.1p L2 Prioritization
802.1Q VLAN Tagging, Double VLAN Tagging, GVRP
802.1Qbb PFC (Z9500 only)
802.1Qaz ETS (Z9500 only)
802.1s MSTP
802.1w RSTP
802.1X Network Access Control
802.3ab Gigabit Ethernet (1000BASE-T for management Port)
802.3ac Frame Extensions for VLAN Tagging
802.3ad Link Aggregation with LACP
802.3ae 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GBASE-X)
802.3ba 40 Gigabit Ethernet (40GBase-SR4, 40GBase-CR4, 40GBase-LR4) on optical ports
802.3u Fast Ethernet (100BASE-TX) on mgmt ports
802.3x Flow Control
802.3z Gigabit Ethernet (1000BASE-X)
Dell Networking PVST+
MTU 12,000 bytes

General Internet Protocols
768 UDP
793 TCP
854 Telnet
959 FTP
3164 Syslog (Z9000 only)
Networking-Z-Series - Ultimate flexibility

Ultimate flexibility

The Z9500 offers the ultimate in flexibility from density to deployment. When you install this 3RU switch in your data center, you’ll not only simplify manageability, you’ll be able to stay ahead of your data needs rather than react to them.

Consider these key features:
  • 132 ports of 40GbE or 528 ports of 10GbE breakout mode in 3RU
  • L2/L3 in a leaf-spine configuration with architectures up to over 100,000 servers*
  • License 36, 84, or 132 ports according to your business needs*
  • Low latency – 600-2000ns

On-demand performance

Whether your data center is mid-sized or enterprise level, the ability to pay-as-you-grow can mean the difference between leading edge and falling behind. Right out of the box, the Z9500 gives you scalable performance on-demand.

Keep pace with your customers, and increase business value with these key features:
  • Four times higher throughput (10 Tbs), and 25% lower latency than the previous generation Z9000
  • User configurable table adjustments to allow for expanding virtualized data center characteristics*
  • Double the density per RU and half the latency of the leading competitor

Energy and resource efficient

The Z9500 offers superior performance at one-third the power consumption of the leading competitor making it one of the most power efficient fabric switches on the market today.

Reduce energy costs, speed setup and improve the bottom line with:
  • 4.7W per 10GbE port
  • Up to 7x faster deployment over traditional configurations
  • Tool-less Enterprise ReadyRails™ for fast, easy installation
Networking-Z-Series - Energy and resource efficient
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Dell Networking Z9500 Ethernet Fabric SwitchDell Networking Z9500 Ethernet Fabric Switch
This powerful, high-density core switch offers pay-as-you-grow pricing and built-in Dell support for your network virtualization initiatives.

Key features include:
  • 1/10/40GbE core switch with 132 40GbE ports
  • Expandable to 528 10GbE ports with breakout cables
  • License 36, 84, or 132 ports according to your business needs*
  • Line-rate performance under full load, at 10.5Tbps
  • Includes tool-less Enterprise ReadyRails™
  • Low power consumption at 4.7W per 10GbE port
Dell Networking Z9000 Core and Fabric SwitchDell Networking Z9000 Core and Fabric Switch
Enables data center networks with distributed core design and 10/40GbE network connections.

Key features include:
  • 1/10/40GbE core switch with 32 40GbE ports
  • Expandable to 128 10GbE ports with breakout cables
  • Line-rate performance under full load, at 2.5Tbps
  • Low power consumption at 4.9W per 10GbE port
  • Traffic routing between leaf and spine trunks through equal-cost multipath routing (ECMP) at Layer 3 


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