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To build the Dell Converged Blade Data Center solution, solution providers can also plug in up to 24 quarter-height Dell eleventh-generation or twelfth-generation blade servers, as well as the company's new Dell Force10 MXL 40-GbE switch, into the chassis.
Dario Zamarian, vice president and general manager of Dell networking, said the addition of the new 40-GbE switch makes possible the first blade-centric approach to the idea of a data center in a rack.
The switch itself is not new, as Dell has offered it in a standard configuration. However, it is the first time for 40-GbE switches to be available in a blade format, Zamarian said.
It allows 10-Gbit Ethernet connectivity within the blade enclosure for the servers and storage without the latency that comes with standard rack-mount switches, which are mounted outside the enclosure, while providing 40-GbE connectivity to outside the rack, he said.
Praveen Asthana, vice president of Dell enterprise solutions, said that when customers build a converged infrastructure with the new Dell solution, they get an end-to-end data center in a box with the highest density for compute infrastructures, the highest ease-of-use for 40-GbE networking, the highest density of enterprise-class networked storage and integrated management via VMware's vSphere or the Microsoft System Manager.
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