VMworld 2013: Dell announces new cloud and virtualization solutions

Dell announced new cloud and virtualization solutions to help customers deliver increased performance, agility and efficiency.

Dell Networking expanded its S-series portfolio with the new S6000, the industry’s highest-density 1RU 10/40GbE switching platform(1) for highly-virtualized data centers.

The S6000 offers up to twice the density and throughput while consuming up to 50 percent less power than previous generation top-of-rack switches, Dell said on Monday.

“With Dell’s new customer-inspired solutions unveiled today, Dell is demonstrating how we’re at the forefront of delivering innovative cloud and virtualization solutions that combine leading solutions from VMware and Dell,” said Russ Fujioka, vice president, Global Alliances, Partners and Marketing Innovation, Dell.


Built-in advanced virtualization and automation features help customers scale larger virtual deployments in a smaller physical footprint, and helps solve the challenge of bridging virtualized and non-virtualized aspects of the infrastructure.

S6000 supports advanced network virtualization and software-defined networking features including hardware-accelerated L2 Gateway functionality for use with VMware NSX, bridging traffic between virtualized and non-virtualized environments.

Dell is also previewing enhanced functionality with Active Fabric Manager (AFM) 2.0 specifically for VMware environments. Active Fabric Manager provides simplified configuration, management and monitoring of Dell Active Fabric leaf and spine elements.

With AFM 2.0, Dell will introduce command line interface functionality for VMware vSphere Distributed Switch allowing customers to now configure both physical and virtual fabric switches with common design templates and industry-standard command line syntax.

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Dell expects the S6000 will be available worldwide in its third fiscal quarter; Dell Fault Resilient Memory is available now in all regions for customers running Dell PowerEdge 12G servers and VMware vSphere 5.5; Dell Compellent vSphere Client Plug-in 2.0 is available worldwide today and Dell EqualLogic Virtual Storage Manager for VMware 4.0 will be available in Q4.

Dell DVS Enterprise updates will be available before the end of August in the U.S. and select countries in EMEA (other regions are supported via channel partners and custom deployments); Dell Wyse P25 and P45 zero clients are currently available and the Dell Wyse D10DP thin client with PCoIP will be available late September 2013; Dell DaaS on Demand is available in North America through the channel in late July 2013 and in EMEA in mid-August 2013.

Foglight for Virtualization will be available on August 31 in English-only and available worldwide.

“Dell and VMware share the goal of helping customers optimize their cloud and virtualization solutions for agility, dynamic response and value,” said Sanjay Katyal, vice president, Global Alliances and OEMs, VMware.

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