Dell Networking Z-Series Core and Aggregation Switches

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Outstanding flexibility and performance.

Optimize performance for big data, cloud and Web 2.0 with multi-rate, flexible solutions supporting 10/25/40/50/100GbE throughput.

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ChassisDell Networking Z9100Dell Networking Z9500
100 Gigabit Ethernet QSFP28 ports320
40 Gigabit Ethernet QSFP+ ports32132
Size1 RU, 1.75"h x 17.08"w x 18.11”d (4.4 h x 43.4 w x 46 cm d)3RU, 5.25” h x 17.08” w x 34” d (13.3 h x 43.4 w x 86.4 cm d)
Weight20.1 lbs (9.12 kg) includes power supplies122 lbs
EnvironmentalDell Networking Z9100Dell Networking Z9500
Operating temperature32°F to 113°F (0°C to 45°C)32° to 104°F (0° to 40°C)
Operating humidity10 to 90% (RH), non-condensing10 to 85% (RH), non-condensing
PowerDell Networking Z9100Dell Networking Z9500
Power supply100–240 VAC 50/60 Hz100–240V AC 50/60Hz
Max. power consumption750 Watts3100W


Hot-swappable redundant power
Hot-swappable redundant fans


1 RJ45 console/management port with RS232 signaling
1 RJ45 10/100/1000 Base-T management port
1 x USB 2.0 type A storage port
1 x USB 2.0 type B console port


Storage temperature: –40° to 158°F (–40° to 70°C)
Storage humidity: 5 to 95% (RH), noncondensing

Standards and compliance:

UL/CSA 60950-1, Second Edition
EN 60950-1, Second Edition
IEC 60950-1, Second Edition including all national deviations and group differences
EN 60825-1 Safety of laser products part 1: Equipment
Classification requirements and user's guide
EN 60825-2 Safety of laser products part 2: Safety of Optical Fibre Communication Systems
FDA regulation 21 CFR 1040.10 and 1040.11

Regulatory Information:

Product Safety, EMC and Environmental Data Sheets
Dell Regulatory Compliance Homepage
Dell and the Environment
Dell Networking Z-Series - Networking for the future-ready data center

Networking for the future-ready data center

The Dell Networking Z-Series of core/aggregation switches provide optimal flexibility, performance, density and power efficiency for your data center. Offering a range of fixed-form-factor switches, the Z-Series is designed to deliver high performance for today's demanding workloads while providing headroom for future data-center demands.
Dell Networking Z-Series - Ultimate flexibility — from density to deployment

Ultimate flexibility — from density to deployment

Z-Series switches not only simplify manageability, they give you the flexibility to stay ahead of data needs rather than react to them.
  • Pay-as-you-grow licensing with 36-, 84- or 132-port options (Z9500) allows you to scale according to your business needs.
  • Optimized leaf/spine architecture with Z-Series switches supports data centers of virtually any size, with up to 100,000 servers or more.
  • Exceptionally high density with the Z9500 provides up to 528 x 10GbE ports in a single switch — twice the density per rack unit over the CiscoNexus 9508 Series switches.

On-demand performance

For mid-sized to enterprise data centers, pay-as-you-grow licensing or multi-rate options can mean the difference between being leading edge or falling behind. Right out of the box, Z-Series switches give you scalable performance on demand.
  • Multi-rate options including 10, 25, 40, 50, or 100Gb Ethernet ports with the Z9100-ON
  • Up to 10Tbps throughput performance with the Z9500
  • Exceptional low latency delivering as low as 400 ns
  • User-configurable table adjustments for virtualized data-center deployments
Dell Networking Z-Series - On-demand performance
Dell Networking Z-Series - Energy and resource efficient

Energy and resource efficient

The Z-Series offers outstanding performance and is one of the most power-efficient fabric switches on the market today. Help reduce energy costs, speed setup and improve the bottom line with:
  • Up to one-third the power consumption of comparable leading switches
  • Up to 7x faster deployment with Active Fabric Manager over traditional deployment methods
  • Tool-less enterprise ReadyRails for fast, easy installation
Dell ProSupport

Dell ProSupport

Choose Dell’s premium support service, ProSupport, for 24/7* direct telephone and online access to advanced-level technicians based in your region. Whether you have one office or hundreds around the world, protect your investments with this simple yet flexible approach.
Dell Networking Z-Series - 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 Web 2.0 initiatives.

Key features include:  
  • 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 Z-Series - Dell Networking Z9100-ON Multi-rate Fabric SwitchDell Networking Z9100-ON Multi-rate Fabric Switch

This open networking, SDN-ready fixed switch is purpose-built for applications in high-performance data center and computing environments such as big data, cloud and Web 2.0 workloads.  
  • Multi-rate switch offering 10/25/40/50/100GbE options
  • High density with up to 32 ports of 100GbE in 1RU
  • Choice of leading network operating systems to simplify data center fabric orchestration and automation
  • Easy on-ramp to SDN for part or all of your production environment


Network assessments offer a holistic view of your multivendor environment and a reference point for how your infrastructure is performing. Our experts can pinpoint and expose issues in your network using specialized software and diagnostic tools. These unbiased and insightful analytics are aggregated into comprehensive reports that can include recommendations on how to improve performance, optimize devices and remediate problems.
Network Topology Assessment
Is your network complex and coiled? Dell can perform a detailed audit and inventory of all multivendor devices in the network to provide visibility and identify configuration issues.


Network Optimization Assessment
Many networks are a multivendor patchwork of devices not running at their optimal state. We can analyze devices from all leading vendors and make recommendations to optimize the entire multivendor design, fine-tune devices and maximize performance of the holistic environment.


Application Performance Assessment When business applications and databases begin to show signs of latency or completely shut down, we can conduct a comprehensive analysis to uncover performance issues, isolate problems and accelerate troubleshooting of the enterprise infrastructure and software applications.


VoIP Assessment Moving to a Voice-over-IP (VoIP) solution requires the right network infrastructure to support real-time voice protocols. Simulated load testing, analysis and review can identify the next steps to building a VoIP platform or fixing issues of an existing one.


Network Security Assessment
Safeguard your network from constant attack. Let our experts examine and uncover potential vulnerabilities and provide a comprehensive security design assessment.

Wireless Site Survey
Great wireless connectivity starts with a detailed site survey. Dell can analyze existing infrastructure, identify RF interference and recommend the best design and optimal placement of new devices.


The Dell standardized deployment service guarantees that setup and optimization are done correctly so that you can launch faster and focus on daily business .
Dell Networking 1Gb Basic Switch - Multi-vendor Integration
ProDeploy Plus

Expert planning and execution seamlessly weaves Dell’s open systems architecture with existing network infrastructure from Cisco, HP, Juniper and others. Choose ProDeploy Plus, the most complete deployment offer on the market, for complex environments.
Dell Networking 1Gb Basic Switch - Configuration

Setting up network protocols, and policies can be tricky. Dell certified network engineers can configure and optimize your new hardware remotely or onsite and get new technology up and running fast .
Dell Networking 1Gb Basic Switch - Hardware Installation
Basic Deployment

Mounting and cabling of wired and wireless devices can be tedious and time-consuming. Get worry-free hardware installations with experienced Dell technicians who do deployments every day .

Support and Education

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.
Onsite and Remote Assistance Onsite and Remote Assistance
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.
Education ServicesEducation Services
Learn practical knowledge and operational techniques.


Dell network consulting provides on-site or remote access to highly skilled professionals who provide project assistance and guidance across a variety of technologies for a specific project or timeframe. To learn more, talk to one of our experts.
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Time-Based Consulting

For those times when you need a little extra technical guidance, certified experts are available to discuss system design or help resolve complex issues that can be billed by the day, wee k or by the phone call. Time-based consulting is as flexible as you are.
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