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D-Link to offer SDN enabled switches

Networking vendor targets data centres with ‘Brite-box’ SDN approach for enterprises

D-Link to offer SDN enabled switches
Hussain says using SDN to automate operations and maximise infrastructure flexibility is essential to maintain competitiveness for data centre operators.

D-Link Corporation, a provider of connectivity solutions for small, medium and large enterprise business networking, has launched support for software defined networking (SDN) via a free upgrade for its DGS-3000 (Access layer) and DGS-3630 (Aggregation layer) switches.

In addition, the networking vendor has unveiled its 5000 series data centre switches, which will offer up to 32 100GbE ports for top-of-rack or end-of-row applications.

According to the vendor, the enhanced DGS-3000 and DGS-3630 firmware, which also enables support for OpenFlow 1.3, will be available for testing soon.

The company stated that the DXS/DQS-5000 series switches will support OpenFlow 1.3. In addition, D-link said SDN architecture will be well optimised across each of these switch ranges towards the end of 2018.

Sakkeer Hussain, director, Sales and Marketing, D-Link Middle East and Africa (MEA), said: "Using SDN to automate data centre operations and maximise infrastructure flexibility is becoming essential to maintain competitiveness for data centre operators and service providers."

Hussain said Brite-Box, or "branded white box" provides the advantages of working with a trusted brand, including proven switching technology and established support infrastructure without running the commercial and operational support risks of working directly with bulk purchased white box unbranded bare metal equipment.

The DGS-3000 Series Gigabit L2 managed switches feature a variety of ports, including 10/100/1000BASE-T RJ-45 ports, 1GbE SFP ports, and 10GbE SFP+ ports for increased network bandwidth. Surge protection, advanced layer 2 functions, and a suite of security and management tools make the DGS-3000 Series Gigabit L2 managed switches ideal for metro ethernet and campus applications.

Through a firmware upgrade, the DGS-3000 series will support OpenFlow 1.3. In addition, support will be provided for both fail-secure and fail-standalone mode with SSL encryption enabled for controller communication.

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