Dell EMC Networking S4048 S-Series 10GbE Switch Review
Two of the latest additions to the @StorageReview Enterprise Test Lab are a matched pair of @DellEMC #S4048ON switches. The S4048-ON is a 1U Open Networking switch that incorporates 48 dual-speed 1/10GbE SFP+ ports alongside 6 QSFP+ uplink ports at 40GbE. The switch also supports breakout cables on each of the QSFP+ ports, increaseing the available 10G connectivity to a total of 72 ports. This review serves as an introduction to Dell EMC’s S-Series switches while providing a look at the way the S4048 is being incorporated into our lab. ￼ In August, we began publishing a series of pieces focusing on the StorageReview Enterprise Test Lab’s evolving network fabric. Recent coverage of this network update includes reviews of the Dell Networking S3100 switch and the Sonicwall NSA 3600 firewall. We are adding the two Dell EMC S4048-ON switches to provide High Availability connectivity to devices requiring 10GbE networking in our lab environment. This include many of the Hyper-converged solutions on the market, where some like the Dell EMC VxRack Node, can require upwards of four 10G connections per node. The Dell EMC S4048-ON (and its 10GBaseT sibling the S4048T) can serve as an individual switch, but one of the strengths of the platform is the variety of options for deploying the S4048 into more complex networking environments. In addition to providing stacking and High Availability configurations with other S-Series switches, the S4048 can take advantage of Active Fabric support to place S-Series switches at the core of a two-tier, 1/10/40 GbE data center-scale architecture.