Dell Networking this week announced its Active Fabric solution, which provides management and operational control of a converged network. Dell is also announcing a new 1U converged LAN/SAN top-of-rack switch to further enable network convergence.
Arpit Joshipura, vice president of networking product marketing at Dell, explained to Enterprise Networking Planet that the rapid growth of traffic within data centers demands an expansion and automation of the fabric for next-generation workloads.
The Dell Active Fabric Manager is a design and provisioning software tool with roots in the Force10 automation suite. Dell acquired Force10 in July of 2011 and has been building out its networking portfolio ever since.
“The Dell Active Fabric Manager is really a single pane of glass user interface manager that automates design, deployment, and monitoring,” Joshipura said. “So no CLIs are needed and no consultants are required to come in and tell you what to do.”