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Dell Networking Z9500 Ethernet Fabric Switch
High-performance 10/40GbE fabric switch

Dell Networking Z9500 Core and Aggregation Switch

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Dell Networking Z9500, 3RU high-density 10/40GbE ToR switch with 132 ports of 40GbE (QSFP+)
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Overview:

Industry-leading, high-density 3RU with 132 ports of 40GbE (528 ports of 1/10GbE using breakout cables), low latency, low power and high throughput to ensure line-rate performance, feature-rich Dell Networking Operating System 9, and full L2 switching and L3 routing with rich manageability features.

Dell Active Fabric switch

Z9500 is a compact, next-generation switch/router designed for industry-leading, high-density 10/40GbE aggregation in a data center core network. The Z9500 addresses data center 10/40GE aggregation requirements through traditional hierarchical core or distributed core architectures for high-performance enterprise data centers, high-performance computing (HPC), cloud computing, hyperscale data centers and provider-hosted data centers. As a compact fixed form factor switch, the Z9500 can be positioned as a core, aggregation or end-of-row switch. The Z9500 can support 132 ports of 40GbE QSFP or 528 ports of 1/10GbE SFP+ realized through breakout cables and includes a full suite of Ethernet switching and routing protocols in the hardened Dell Networking Operating System 9 (OS9) to enable layer 2 or layer 3 network architectures. The Z9500 supports a userfriendly pay-as-you-go* pricing model, allowing customers to license 36-, 84- or 132-port SKUs according to their business needs. Pay-as-you-go* pricing can be upgraded to a higher port density with a simple software license.

The Z9500 also supports Dell Networking's Open Automation Framework, which provides advanced network automation and virtualization capabilities for virtual data center environments. The Open Automation Framework is comprised of a suite of inter-related network management tools that can be used together or independently to provide a network that is more flexible, available and manageable while reducing operational expenses. Built-in support for key network virtualization and software defined networking capabilities help enable customers with future-ready agility, optimized for virtual services deployment and delivery.

Ultimate flexibilityUltimate flexibility

The Z9500 offers the ultimate in flexibility from density to deployment. When you install this 3RU switch in your data center, you’ll not only simplify manageability, you’ll be able to stay ahead of your data needs rather than react to them.

Consider these key features:

  • 132 ports of 40GbE or 528 ports of 10GbE breakout mode in 3RU
  • L2/L3 in a leaf-spine configuration with architectures up to over 100,000 servers
  • License 36, 84, or 132 ports according to your business needs
  • Low latency – 600-2000ns

On-demand performance

Whether your data center is mid-sized or enterprise level, the ability to pay-as-you-grow can mean the difference between leading edge and falling behind. Right out of the box, the Z9500 gives you scalable performance on-demand. 

Keep pace with your customers, and increase business value with these key features:

  • Four times higher throughput (10 Tbs), and 25% lower latency than the previous generation Z9000
  • User configurable table adjustments to allow for expanding virtualized data center characteristics
  • Double the density per RU and half the latency of the leading competitor

Energy and resource efficient

The Z9500 offers superior performance at one-third the power consumption of the leading competitor making it one of the most power efficient fabric switches on the market today.

Reduce energy costs, speed setup and improve the bottom line with:

  • 4.7W per 10GbE port
  • Up to 7x faster deployment over traditional configurations
  • Tool-less Enterprise ReadyRails™ for fast, easy installation

Z9500 Rear

Key applications

  • Active Fabric 10/40GbE switching in enterprise, HPC and cloud computing data centers that require the highest bandwidth and performance for 1/10GbE servers
  • Switching device for non-blocking clos architectures in hyperscale data centers
  • High-density 10/40 bE end-of-row switch for blade server aggregation
  • Small-scale Active Fabric spine switch along with S-Series 1/10GbE top-of-rack (ToR) switches for cost-effective aggregation of 10/40GbE uplinks

Key features

  • 3RU high-density 10/40GbE ToR switch with 132 ports of 40GbE (QSFP+) or 528 ports of 1/10GbE (with breakout cables)
  • With 10.4Tbps of switching I/O bandwidth (full-duplex) and available non-blocking switching fabric, the Z9500 delivers line-rate performance under full load with sub-2us latency
  • Scalable L2 and L3 Ethernet switching with QoS and a full complement of standards-based IPv4 and IPv6 features, including OSPF and BGP routing support
  • I/O panel to PSU airflow
  • Open Automation Framework adds automated configuration and provisioning capabilities to simplify the management of network environments
  • Modular Dell Networking OS9 software delivers inherent stability as well as advanced monitoring and serviceability functions
  • Supports jumbo frames for high-end server connectivity
  • 128 link aggregation groups with up to 16 members per group using advanced hashing
  • Redundant hot-swappable power supplies and fans
  • Low power consumption using a PHY-less design
  • Support for L2 multipath using Virtual Link Trunking (VLT)* and mVLT multi-chassis link aggregation technology
  • Routed VLT (rVLT)* enables L3 routing protocol support in VLT LAGs and also replaces VRRP L3 gateway at the access layer with scaled L3 VLAN support
  • OpenFlow 1.0-ready functionality for SDN* applications
  • Tool-less Enterprise ReadyRails™ mounting kits reduce time and resources for switch rack installation
  • Power-efficient operation with close to 4W per 1/10GbE port for nominal power consumption

Deployments:


Aggregation/end-of-row

Simplify data center infrastructure

Simplify data center infrastructure
Leverage the high port densisties of the Z9500 to consolidate networking functions and end-of-row with blade server systems. The Z9500 also simplifies manageability by reducing the number of devices as well as through easy cable routing via the cable management kit.

Simplified data center infrastructure

Accelerate data center infrastructure

Accelerate data center infrastructure
The Z9500 can be deployed as a leaf and spine node in an Active Fabric configuration for high-performance, low-latency fabric switching. Accelerate east-west traffic and optimize application performance in scenarios where a 1:1 design is not required.

High-performance Active Fabric

High-performance Active Fabric
Leverage the high port density of the Z9500 to consolidate network functions at end-of-row. Enable massively scalable architectures with 40GbE interconnects inside the fabric.

Collapsed leaf/spine

Simplify data center infrastructure

Simplify data center infrastructure
The Z9500 allows spine and leaf to be compressed into a highly dense fabric option. High port density enables the consolidation of end-of-row networking functions (such as attach) connected to the highly available fabric rather than a single end-of-row device. Management is simplified through the reduction of devices while maintaining full HA redundant performance.

Micro scale fabric Macro scale fabric Hyperscale fabric
Micro scale fabric
The Z9500's pay-as-you-go* licensing model (36, 84 port SKU) allows you to build fabrics for small data centers and increase fabric capacity as demand grows.
Macro scale fabric
The high port density of the Z9500 enables you to build large L2 domans for high-performance computing, enabling more dense, energy-efficient, lowlatency deployment.
Hyperscale fabric
The high port density of the Z9500 also allows the consolidation of networking functions at the end-of-row, enabling massively scalable architectures with 40GbE interconnects inside the fabric.

Dell Networking Z-Series:

Dell Networking Switches
Dell Networking Z-Series
Dell Networking Z9500 Ethernet Fabric Switch

Dell Networking Z9500 Ethernet Fabric Switch

This powerful, high-density core switch offers pay-as-you-grow pricing and built-in Dell support for your network virtualization initiatives. 

Key features include:

  • 1/10/40GbE core switch with 132 40GbE ports
  • Expandable to 528 10GbE ports with breakout cables
  • License 36, 84, or 132 ports according to your business needs
  • Line-rate performance under full load, at 10.5Tbps
  • Includes tool-less Enterprise ReadyRails™
  • Low power consumption at 4.7W per 10GbE port
Dell Networking Z9000 Core and Fabric Switch

Dell Networking Z9000 Core and Fabric Switch

Enables data center networks with distributed core design and 10/40GbE network connections. 

Key features include:

  • 1/10/40GbE core switch with 32 40GbE ports
  • Expandable to 128 10GbE ports with breakout cables
  • Line-rate performance under full load, at 2.5Tbps
  • Low power consumption at 4.9W per 10GbE port
  • Traffic routing between leaf and spine trunks through equal-cost multipath routing (ECMP) at Layer 3 

Specifications:

Legend: S — Standard, AO — Available Optional, N — Not Available

  Dell Networking Z9000 Dell Networking Z9500
Availability
Hot swappable redundant power S S
Hot swappable redundant fans S S
Chassis
40 Gigabit Ethernet QSFP+ ports 32 132
1 RJ45 console/management port with RS232 signaling S S
1 RJ45 10/100/1000 Base-T management port S S
1 x USB 2.0 type A storage port S S
1 x USB 2.0 type B console port S S
Size 2 RU, 3.48 h x 17.32 w x 24" d (8.8 h x 44 w x 61 cm d) 3RU, 5.25” h x 17.08” w x 34” d
Weight     39 lbs (incl. 1 power supply, 4 fan trays) 122 lbs
Environmental
Operating temperature 0°C to 40°C 32° to 104°F (0° to 40°C)
Operating humidity 10 to 85% (RH), non-condensing 10 to 85% (RH), non-condensing
Storage temperature –40° to 158°F (–40° to 70°C) –40° to 158°F (–40° to 70°C)
Storage humidity 5 to 95% (RH), non-condensing 5 to 95% (RH), non-condensing
Power
Power supply 100–240 VAC 50/60 Hz, -40 to -60 VDC 100–240V AC 50/60Hz
Max. power consumption 800W 3100W
Standards and Compliance
UL/CSA 60950-1, Second Edition S S
EN 60950-1, Second Edition S S
IEC 60950-1, Second Edition Including all National Deviations and Group Differences S S
EN 60825-1 Safety of Laser Products Part 1: Equipment S S
Classification Requirements and User's Guide S S
EN 60825-2 Safety of Laser Products Part 2: Safety of Optical Fibre Communication Systems S S
FDA Regulation 21 CFR 1040.10 and 1040.11 S S
Emissions
Australia/New Zealand: AS/NZS CISPR 22: 2006, Class A S S
Canada: ICES-003, Issue-4, Class A S S
Europe: EN 55022: 2006+A1:2007 (CISPR 22: 2006), Class A S S
Japan: VCCI V3/2009 Class A S S
USA: FCC CFR 47 Part 15, Subpart B:2009, Class A S S
Immunity
EN 300 386 V1.4.1:2008 EMC for Network Equipment S S
EN 55024: 1998 + A1: 2001 + A2: 2003 S S
EN 61000-3-2: Harmonic Current Emissions S S
EN 61000-3-3: Voltage Fluctuations and Flicker S S
EN 61000-4-2: ESD S S
EN 61000-4-3: Radiated Immunity S S
EN 61000-4-4: EFT S S
EN 61000-4-5: Surge S S
EN 61000-4-6: Low Frequency Conducted Immunity S S
RoHS
All Z-Series components are EU RoHS compliant S S


Certifications & Protocols

General IPv4 Protocols
  • 791 IPv4
  • 792 ICMP
  • 826 ARP
  • 1027 Proxy ARP
  • 1035 DNS (client)
  • 1042 Ethernet Transmission
  • 1191 Path MTU Discovery (Z9000 only)
  • 1305 NTPv3
  • 1519 CIDR
  • 1542 BOOTP (relay) (this was removed from DHCP Server)
  • DHCP Snooping (Z9500 only)

RIP

  • 1058 RIPv1
  • 2453 RIPv2

OSPF

  • 2154 MD5
  • 1587 NSSA
  • 2328 OSPFv2
  • 2370 Opaque LSA

Network Management

  • 1155 SMIv1
  • 1156 Internet MIB (Z9000 only)
  • 1157 SNMPv1
  • 1212 Concise MIB Definitions
  • 1215 SNMP Traps
  • 1493 Bridges MIB
  • 1850 OSPFv2 MIB
  • 1901 Community-based SNMPv2
  • 2011 IP MIB
  • 2012 TCP MIB
  • 2013 UDP MIB
  • 2096 IP Forwarding Table MIB
  • 2570 SNMPv3
  • 2571 Management Frameworks
  • 2572 Message Processing and Dispatching
  • 2576 Coexistence Between SNMPv1/v2/v3
  • 2578 SMIv2
  • 2579 Textual Conventions for SMIv2
  • 2580 Conformance Statements for SMIv2
  • 2618 RADIUS Authentication MIB
  • 2665 Ethernet-like Interfaces MIB
  • 2674 Extended Bridge MIB
  • 2787 VRRP MIB
  • 2819 RMON MIB (groups 1, 2, 3, 9)
  • 2863 Interfaces MIB
  • 2865 RADIUS
  • 3273 RMON High-capacity MIB
  • 3416 SNMPv2
  • 3418 SNMP MIB
  • 3434 RMON High-capacity Alarm MIB
  • 3580 802.1X with RADIUS
  • 4133 Entity MIB (Z9500 only)
  • 5060 PIM MIB
  • ANSI/TIA-1057 LLDP-MED MIB
  • Dell_ITA.Rev_1_1 MIB (Z9500 only)
  • draft-grant-tacacs-02 TACACS+
  • draft-ietf-idr-bgp4-mib-06 BGP MIBv1
  • IEEE 802.1AB LLDP MIB
  • IEEE 802.1AB LLDP DOT1 MIB
  • IEEE 802.1AB LLDP DOT3 MIB
  • ruzin-mstp-mib-02 MSTP MIB (traps) (Z9000 only)
  • sFlow.org sFlowv5
  • sFlow.org sFlowv5 MIB (version 1.3)
  • SSHv2 RFC 4250, 4251, 4252, 4253, 4254 (Z9500 only)
  • Dell Networking-BGP4-V2-MIB Dell NetworkingBGP MIB
    (draft-ietf-idr-bgp4-mibv2-05)
  • FORCE10-IF-EXTENSION-MIB
  • FORCE10-LINKAGG-MIB
  • FORCE10-COPY-CONFIG-MIB
  • FORCE10-MON-MIB (Z9000 only)
  • FORCE10-PRODUCTS-MIB
  • FORCE10-SS-CHASSIS-MIB
  • FORCE10-SMI
  • FORCE10-SYSTEM-COMPONENT-MIB (Z9000 only)
  • FORCE10-TC-MIB
  • FORCE10-TRAP-ALARM-MIB
  • FORCE10-FORWARDINGPLANE-STATS-MIB
BGP
  • 1997 Communities
  • 2385 MD5
  • 2545 BGP-4 Multiprotocol Extensions for IPv6 Inter-Domain (Z9500 only)
  • Routing (Z9500 only)
  • 2439 Route Flap Damping
  • 2796 Route Reflection
  • 2842 Capabilities
  • 2858 Multiprotocol Extensions
  • 2918 Route Refresh
  • 3065 Confederations
  • 4360 Extended Communities
  • 4893 4-byte ASN
  • 5396 4-byte ASN Representations
  • draft-ietf-idr-bgp4-20 BGPv4
  • draft-ietf-idr-restart-06 Graceful Restart (Z9000 only)
  • draft-michaelson-4byte-as-representation-05
  • 4-byte ASN Representation (partial)
  • draft-ietf-idr-add-paths-04.txt ADD PATH
Multicast
  • 1112 IGMPv1
  • 2236 IGMPv2
  • 3376 IGMPv3
  • draft-ietf-pim-sm-v2-new-05 PIM-SM
  • MSDP (Z9500 only)

IEEE Compliance

  • 802.1AB LLDP
  • 802.1ag Connectivity fault management (Z9000 only)
  • 802.1D Bridging, STP
  • 802.1p L2 Prioritization
  • 802.1Q VLAN Tagging, Double VLAN Tagging, GVRP
  • 802.1Qbb PFC (Z9500 only)
  • 802.1Qaz ETS (Z9500 only)
  • 802.1s MSTP
  • 802.1w RSTP
  • 802.1X Network Access Control
  • 802.3ab Gigabit Ethernet (1000BASE-T for management Port)
  • 802.3ac Frame Extensions for VLAN Tagging
  • 802.3ad Link Aggregation with LACP
  • 802.3ae 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GBASE-X)
  • 802.3ba 40 Gigabit Ethernet (40GBase-SR4, 40GBase-CR4, 40GBase-LR4) on optical ports
  • 802.3u Fast Ethernet (100BASE-TX) on mgmt ports
  • 802.3x Flow Control
  • 802.3z Gigabit Ethernet (1000BASE-X)
  • ANSI/TIA-1057 LLDP-MED
  • Dell Networking PVST+
  • MTU 12,000 bytes

General Internet Protocols

  • 768 UDP
  • 793 TCP
  • 854 Telnet
  • 959 FTP
  • 3164 Syslog (Z9000 only)

Documentation:

Download the Dell Networking Z9500 Switch Spec Sheet (PDF).

Pricing Notes:

Dell Networking Products
Dell Networking Z-Series Switch
Dell Networking Z9500, 3RU high-density 10/40GbE ToR switch with 132 ports of 40GbE (QSFP+)
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Dell Networking Z9500, 3RU high-density 10/40GbE ToR switch with 528 ports of 1/10GbE
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Dell Networking Optics
Transceiver, QSFP+, 40GbE, SR Optics, 850nm Wavelength, 100-150m Reach on OM3/OM4
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Dell Networking Cables
Cable, 40GbE QSFP+, Active Fiber Optic, 10m
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Cable, 40GbE QSFP+, Active Fiber Optic, 50m
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Cable, 40GbE QSFP+, Direct Attach Cable, 1m
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Cable, 40GbE QSFP+, Direct Attach Cable, 5m
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Cable, 40GbE MTP to 4xLC 5M Optical Breakout Cable (optics not included)
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Cable, 40GbE QSFP+ to 4xSFP+ 5M Direct Attach Breakout Cable
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Cable Management Kit, Z9000 MTP to LC (1RU 48 port LC)
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Dell Networking Software
Software, FTOS - Force10 Operating System Software, Layer3
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