So, what is the Dell Networking N-Series?
It is a family of energy efficient, cost effective 1 and 10 Gigabit solutions. All models run the same Linux-based operating system which has been redesigned from the ground up to provide a seamless network management and troubleshooting experience for network admins. It’s designed for campus LAN access where employees and devices connect and the N3000 and N4000 can also connect to servers and iSCSI array deployments.
So what’s the giant leap forward?
Let’s start with the operating system. Every model in the N-Series runs Dell Networking OS 6 which is engineered on a carrier-grade Linux kernel. This is crucial because now management and troubleshooting is the same across all wired switches in the campus portfolio. And because it’s the same code, it processes the commands identically. It includes brand-new features:
· Multi-Chassis Link Aggregation (MLAG) – creates active/active loop-free redundancy for exceptional network reliability.
· Authentication Tiering – allows network admins to tier port authentication methods such as 802.1x, MAC Authentication Bypass, and Captive Portal in priority order so that a single port can provide flexible access and security.
· Policy Based Routing (PBR) – allows you to forward packets based on assigned criteria beyond destination IP address.
· Open Flow 1.0 – released in Beta so that our customers can have a first-look opportunity into SDN capabilities in environments outside the data center. In future releases, we will fully test and support OpenFlow 1.3.
The hardware is all new too. We’ve leveraged brand new silicon with our partner Broadcom – the Helix4 – and the speed and throughput are truly amazing . There are built-in stacking ports on the back of the N2000 and N3000 that use the same cables putting an end to costly stacking modules. All N-Series switches can be stacked 12 high . There are also built-in SFP+ (10Gb) ports on the 1Gb N2000 and N3000 models. The N3000 comes with ready-rails for ultra-fast rack and stack deployments and the N2000 comes with rack ears, perfect for those 2-post wiring closets, IDFs, or MDFs. The N3000 also comes with an option for built-in redundant power supplies .
This doesn’t sound like PowerConnect
PowerConnect is now our legacy platform. N-Series replaces the 5500, 6200, 7000, and 8100 series products. In the past, each PowerConnect switch was designed to take advantage of market opportunities at the time and design was done independently of other Dell Networking offerings. This created multiple OS platforms, multiple versions of firmware, and multiple ways of managing and controlling the network. This caused a headache for network admins if they purchased a multi-product campus solution from Dell. Those days are now gone and design of LAN access switches is done holistically. Plus, N-Series switches have been thoughtfully engineered, stressed, and tested so the quality of each switch is not in question and interoperability affirmed.
For more information please visit the Dell Switches Website and contact Strategic Data Storage with further questions. …