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Features and Design
Data center optimized 1/10GbE switch
The Dell Force10 S-Series S55 1/10 GbE top-of-rack (ToR) switch is optimized to lower operational costs while increasing scalability and improving manageability at the network edge. Designed for high-performance data center applications, the S55 leverages a non-blocking architecture that delivers line-rate, low-latency L2 and L3 switching to eliminate network bottlenecks. The high-density S55 design provides 48 GbE access ports with up to four modular 10GbE uplinks in just 1-RU to conserve valuable rack space. The S55 incorporates multiple architectural features that optimize data center network efficiency and reliability, including reversible front-to-back or back-to-front airflow for hot/cold aisle environments and redundant, hot-swappable power supplies and fans. The S55 is a “scale-as-you-grow” ToR solution that is simple to deploy and manage. Up to eight S55 switches can be stacked to create a single logical switch by utilizing Dell Force10’s VirtualScale technology and high-speed stacking modules.
The S55 provides support for Dell Force10’s Open Automation Framework, which leverages capabilities of the modular Dell Force10 Operating System (FTOS) software to bring network automation into virtual data center environments. This helps them more responsive and adaptable to changes in application requirements. 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.
Line-rate 1/10GbE server aggregation at the ToR in high-performance data center environments
A flat, two-tier, non-blocking 1/10GbE data center network design
The 1-RU S55 switch delivers 48 GbE access interfaces:
44 10/100/1000Base-T Copper ports (fixed RJ45)
Four GbE ports that can be configured for fiber or copper (SFP)
Two optional high-speed slots supporting 10GbE and stacking modules
192Gbps switch fabric supports line-rate, non-blocking switching with less than five microseconds of latency
Scalable Layer 2 and Layer 3 switching with a full complement of standards-based IPv4 and IPv6 features for unicast and multicast applications
Reversible front-to-back or back-to-front airflow
Redundant, hot-swappable power supplies (AC or DC) and fans
VirtualScale stacking technology enables up to eight switches to be managed as a single unit
Open Automation Framework adds VM-awareness as well as automated configuration and provisioning capabilities to simplify the management of virtual network environments
Modular Dell Force10 Operating System (FTOS) software delivers inherent stability as well as advanced monitoring and serviceability functions
VirtualView real-time network and application traffic monitoring for virtualized data centers
Supports 9,252 byte jumbo frames
Low power consumption of 130W for a fully-configured unit
MPLS-ready switching architecture
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