Dell intros new SDN fabric for data economics, architectures

Summary:The most core objective for the new Dell Active Fabric solutions is to speed up transitions and deployments for converged, virtualized and private cloud environments.

Dell is introducing a new software-defined networking fabric with the goal of reducing the cost of scaling such infrastructures at a fraction of current costs.

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Announced amid the Open Network Summit in Santa Clara, Calif. this week, Dell reps described that the new SDN fabric and convergence networking technology was designed with the intention of transforming data architectures as well as the economics behind them.

The most core objective for the new Dell Active Fabric solutions is to speed up transitions and deployments for converged, virtualized and private cloud environments.

Features include a design wizard for performing calculations to churn out the most optimal fabric design along with automated provisioning, validation and configuration for the deployment.

Being that these solutions are being introduced at a conference dedicated to open networking technologies, the Round Rock, Texas-based company also highlighted support for some industry partners.

The Active Fabric suite supports networking virtualization overlays using hypervisors from the likes of Microsoft, VMware, and OpenStack while also supporting programmatic interfaces such as Telnet/CLI, TCL, REST, SNMP, Perl and Python scripting.

Select Dell Active Fabric solutions are available worldwide now.

Topics: Big Data, Data Centers, Data Management, Dell, Enterprise Software, Networking

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Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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