Dell Expands Networking Lines

Dell Networking introduced new capabilities for campus and data center environments, including the launch of new cloud-managed wired and wireless solutions powered by Dell and Aerohive, Operating System 10 milestones and in-rack platforms for the data center.

Building on its One Network campus vision, Dell Networking has collaborated with Aerohive to deliver a cloud-managed solution that integrates and manages wired and wireless infrastructure. The co-branded solution incorporates Dell N-Series switches and Aerohive access points into Aerohive’s HiveManager NG -– a cloud-based management solution. The combined solution is intended to simplify end-user access.

“Major trends such as cloud and software-defined create a dynamically changing IT landscape, both on campus and in the data center,” said Tom Burns, vice president and general manager of Dell Networking and Enterprise Infrastructure.

With a customizable user-focused interface, HiveManager NG allows for high-level or in-depth views of all facets of Dell and Aerohive networking devices including applications, users, policy management and switch port status. Dell also said it has expanded its ProSupport to provide users with a single point of contact for unified network support. Through SupportAssist technology, ProSupport offers proactive and predictive automated support for issue prevention and resolution.

As part of its “Open Networking” strategy, Dell is driving ahead with Operating System 10 (OS10) development with community building and integration projects including Open Compute Project’s Software for Open Networking in the Cloud (SONiC) and partners Ansible, F5 and Silverpeak. These OS10 collaborations and use cases are intended to demonstrate the flexibility and adaptability of Open Networking software.

Dell also announced new in-rack platforms optimized to accelerate 10G deployments to harness the latest silicon-based features. Industry analysts forecast a significant migration to 10G in the next four years as enterprise customers begin to retire 1G speeds in the data center.

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