At the 2018 Dell Technologies World, we saw the Dell EMC S4112-ON Half-Width 10GbE to 100GbE Switches. This year, the company is following that switch up with a new half-width option called the Dell EMC PowerSwitch S5212F-ON. This is a half-width solution that is intended to provide redundant switching in a 1U footprint. Following the industry trend, while the S4112F-ON was a 10GbE / 100GbE part, the new Dell EMC PowerSwitch S5212F-ON is a 25GbE/ 100GbE part featuring a 892Mpps switching rate.
Dell EMC PowerSwitch S5212F-ON
Using a very similar form factor to the previous generation, the Dell EMC PowerSwitch S5212F-ON uses a 1U half-width form factor to provide twelve 25GbE SFP28 ports along with three QSFP28 100GbE ports that can bifurcate into quad port 25GbE themselves and also operate at 10/40/50GbE speeds.
The switch has a stack ID as well as front panel USB, serial, and out-of-band management ports. One can also see two power supply inputs on the front panel making everything serviceable from the same aisle.
The rear of the Dell EMC PowerSwitch S5212F-ON has four fans. This is similar to what we saw with the previous generation.
Along with the switch itself, the “PowerSwitch” brand is also new. While PowerEdge is well known, a “power switch” is something that is found in a data center. Imagine if someone messes up the Friday afternoon ask “Jane, can you turn off the power switch before you leave?” It takes a lot of guts to brand your product line something like this.
As one of Dell EMC’s “-ON” switches, this unit supports open networking standards and the ONIE installer along with the company’s OS10 operating system.
Overall, we expect to see this switch deployed in pairs for small hyper-converged clusters in the near future.