The PowerConnect 8100 is intended for use in the core and aggregation layers of the network. Chassis include both 24 and 48 port models of 10 Gigabit Ethernet, as well as the ability to support 40 Gigabit Ethernet QSFP+ ports.
William Choe, executive director, Campus, Branch and Mobility at Dell Networking, told EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet that the new 8100 series will replace the existing 8000 series products (8024 and 8024F) and is targeted for campus aggregation and core deployments.
Dell has also taken steps to optimize the 8100 series for video conferencing, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), and unified communications and collaboration (UCC)
“As part of Dell’s better together solutions, we are working closely with other business units and product teams within Dell,” Choe said. “For video conferencing, VDI and UCC, we have developed features like QoS, administrative profiles and PVLANs that support better end-user experience along with PowerConnect access switches (7000, 6200 and 5500).”