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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Using specialized software, Dell professionals can pinpoint issues and expose flaws in your wired or wireless network. A report will then be issued that includes recommendations on how to improve performance, optimize devices and solutions to other identified problems.
AssessmentNetwork Discovery
Is your network complex and coiled? Dell can perform a detailed network evaluation to expose design flaws and give you advice on how to architect the future.
Network DiscoveryTraffic Analysis
Network running slow? We’ll conduct an in-depth analysis to uncover network latency and performance issues of specific servers and applications.
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Great wireless connectivity starts with a detailed site survey. Dell can analyze RF interference, identify optimal placement of devices, and recommend the best design.
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The network is under constant attack. Let our experts examine and uncover any potential holes in the network and provide a comprehensive security design assessment. Contact Dell for more information


The Dell standardized deployment service guarantees that set-up and optimization is done correctly so that you can launch faster and focus on daily business
Hardware InstallationHardware Installation
Mounting and cabling of wired and wireless devices can be tedious and time-consuming. Let Dell install it for you so you know it’s done right.
Setting up network protocols, and policies can be tricky. Dell certified network professionals can configure and optimize your new hardware remotely or onsite.
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Dell open systems architecture allows you to interconnect existing network infrastructure from Cisco, HP, Juniper, and others. Our experts will seamlessly weave it all together so you don’t have to.


Dell offers a variety of onsite and remote support options that can be added at time of purchase. Dell ProSupport ensures problems are diagnosed and resolved by experts.
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Get immediate access to Dell ProSupport professionals who can help you troubleshoot and diagnose issues that may arise in your network.
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Free yourself to focus on the business and allow Dell to manage your network with dedicated professional support.
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