Active Fabric Manager

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Simplify the design, deployment and management of your data center network fabric with unique software that automates complex tasks.

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Active Fabric Manager



Redefining doing more with less

Data center infrastructures are the backbone for today’s demanding workloads and high-performance applications. The implementation of network fabrics helps organizations handle these challenges, but these fabrics can be complex to build and manage. By automating the tasks associated with designing, building and monitoring fabrics, IT departments can eliminate many manual processes, reduce the time it takes to deploy fabrics, and focus on delivering new and enhanced services to their customers.
Redefining doing more with less
Key benefits of Dell’s Active Fabric Manager include:

  • The unique ability to manage multiple fabrics from a single GUI-based console
  • Simplification technology that helps automate the design and deployment of multi-tier fabric topologies with over 100 customizable design templates to choose from
  • Industry-leading northbound API integration with a variety of platform element managers including VMware vSphere and OpenStack Neutron
  • Customer-focused support for discovering and integrating existing switching fabric installations including virtual switches

Award-winning AFM features

Design wizardDesign wizard —The AFM design wizard systematically guides you, collecting essential information about your fabric requirements in an easy to understand workflow to help you create a detailed design and a wiring plan. You can save, review and modify your design based on your requirements before finalizing it.Monitor and report through a single paneMonitor and report through a single pane — In addition to giving you a bird’s eye view of the multiple fabrics in your data center, you can review run-time information and statistics as text or have AFM convert this data into graphs.
Automate provisioning and configurationAutomate provisioning and configuration — Automation helps reduce the margin of error associated with manual deployment. It will also facilitate efficient data flow with east-west traffic-intensive workloads such as high-performance computing (HPC) and Hadoop® environments.Design templates for Layer 2 and Layer 3 fabric topologiesDesign templates for Layer 2 and Layer 3 fabric topologies — Accelerates the deployment of Active Fabric offerings and provides a single tool to design, document, deploy and manage complex fabric topologies.

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