First Look: Dell’s new campus network gear

Dell has rolled out new switches and wireless LAN gear for the enterprise campus

Dell switches
Workers unite

Dell this week rolled out new campus networking gear to, as it says, “connect the modern workforce.” The offerings include core and edge switches and wireless LAN access points designed to better support multimedia, mobility, BYOD and access to cloud services. As enterprises continue to deploy wireless, back-end switches need to be upgraded to better support the mobile workers. More info.

Dell’s W-Series 802.11ac gigabit wireless access points
Wireless products

Dell’s W-Series 802.11ac gigabit wireless access points deliver data rates up to 1.3Gbps. The W-AP224/225 supports Dell’s ClientMatch technology, which is designed to help ensure predictable Wi-Fi performance. The access points offer centralized configuration, data encryption, policy enforcement and network services, as well as distributed and centralized traffic forwarding. They are available now at prices starting at $1,295.

The Dell Networking N-Series
The N Factor

The Dell Networking N-Series is a family of Gigabit Ethernet and 10G Ethernet switches with a new operating system that facilitates consistent configuration, management and troubleshooting across the N-Series line through a common command line and user interface. They also work with the Rapid Per VLAN Spanning Tree+ protocol for interoperability with Cisco networks. RPVST+ is a Cisco-developed protocol for 802.1Q trunks. The N2000 switch supports up to 48 line-rate RJ-45 ports and two integrated 10G SFP+ ports. The switch also supports 24 ports of PoE+ in 1RU or up to 48 ports of PoE+ with an optional external power supply. Up to 600 Gigabit Ethernet ports can be configured in a 12-unit stack. Pricing starts at $2,399 and availability is early 2014.

 The N3000
Combo anyone?

The N3000 supports up to 48 line-rate gigabit ports of copper or fiber, two combo ports for fiber/copper flexibility, and two integrated 10G SFP+ ports. It also supports up to 48 ports of PoE+ in 1RU without an external power supply. Up to 624 Gigabit Ethernet ports can be configured in a 12-unit stack for aggregation and distribution in wiring closets. Pricing starts at $3,299 and availability is early 2014.

The N4000
Even higher

The N4000 supports up to 32 10G ports and up to 64 10G ports using breakout cables. The switches also include Data Center Bridging with Priority Flow Control, adherent with IEEE 802.1Qbb, and 802.1Qaz. Up to 672 10G ports can be configured in a 12-unit stack for aggregation and distribution in wiring closets. Pricing starts at $11,000 and availability is early 2014.

C-Series 7000 modular switches
The Mod Squad

The C-Series 7000 modular switches are for more demanding enterprise environments requiring high-density 10G and 40G for aggregation without bottlenecks or congestion. The C-7004 and 7008 (left) are a family of modular chassis switches with support for 4 and 8 line cards, respectively. Dell announced the addition of POE+ capable 48 port line cards for these switches as well as new 10G and 40G line cards. The POE+ line cards are shipping now with the 10G and 40G cards to begin shipping in Q1.