Dell Launches Energy Efficient Networking Switches

To supplement Dell's new server and storage offerings the company has launched new 5500 and 7000 PowerConnect switch families.

By Enterprise Networking Planet Staff | Posted Apr 15, 2011
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With a focus on providing enterprise-class technologies to small and medium-sized businesses, Dell (NASDAQ: DELL) rolled out two servers, storage options and two new, energy-efficient PowerConnect switch families that the company says are appropriate for SMB use.


"To help supplement Dell’s new server and storage offerings, the company recently launched new 5500 and 7000 PowerConnect switch families to enable technology infrastructures where scalability, flexibility and value are key requirements. Both families implement innovative technology features to streamline deployment, simplify management and help reduce operating costs with power-saving Energy Efficient Ethernet (IEEE 802.3az) design and Power-over-Ethernet operation.

"The PowerConnect 7000 family is designed to deliver scalable performance and enhanced functionality for midsized business deployments, distributed offices and large server farms. Businesses benefit from high availability wire-speed performance and simplified management of multiple switches with a single IP address, enabling them to power business applications while maintaining flexibility and control of the network. The 7000 series delivers the connectivity to support the new PowerEdge R210 servers in addition to seamless, automated provisioning and iSCSI operation with Dell’s EqualLogic storage arrays.

"The PowerConnect 5500 series enables a superb solution to basic, non-managed Gigabit Ethernet switches deployed in small-to-medium offices and remote locations, which require rapid wire-speed deployment with flexible features. Efficient energy operation and simplified switch configuration can reduce operating costs while providing customers cost-effective performance they need to scale with their growing business needs."

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