Networks are the backbone of the modern enterprise, requiring sophisticated technology to deliver the speed and agility required.
The SME market is no different. However, while SMEs still require high-end functionality, they are challenged with limited budgets and IT support skills to maintain these environments.
The new Dell Networking X-Series of smart, web managed 1Gb and 10Gb Ethernet switches from distributor Drive Control Corporation (DCC) is the ideal solution. Offering enterprise-class functionality with ‘set and forget’ ease of installation and use and competitive pricing, the X-Series delivers exceptional value for money and future-ready networking solutions.
“Without the budget or IT resources to deploy enterprise-class solutions, SMEs have been unable to leverage the benefits of a high-performance Local Area Network (LAN). The Dell Networking X-Series changes this, offering ideal solutions for this market, optimised for cloud and onsite networking applications. The X-Series includes different models and form factors to enable users to deploy the solution they need,” says Jaco Erasmus, Dell Enterprise Division Manager at DCC.
The X-Series enables Layer 2+ networking for improved data transfer performance. It incorporates a number of 1GbE models featuring different port counts with optional Power over Ethernet (PoE) support as well as a 10GbE model for ultra high-speed LAN functionality. PoE options enable users to connect, auto-configure, and power VoIP phones and wireless access points. With unmatched traffic visibility and real-time control, SMEs are empowered to optimise cloud services and onsite network applications
with security and traffic priority features.
An intuitive Graphic User Interface (GUI) and hardware design means the switches are simple to set up and manage, providing practical innovation for SME networks. The interface offers app-like functionality with simple navigation and workflows for intuitive operation and superior ease of use. The inclusion of port profiles for common devices eliminates extra steps and configuration errors. Streamlined tools, step-by-step wizards and a concise, informative dashboard make switch configuration and calibration fast and accurate. In addition, the X-Series is also energy efficient, and features a locking plug and console port.
Available models include:
• A compact, fanless 1GbE 8-port switch
• A 1GbE 8-port PoE-powered compact design for flexible 
office placement (non-PoE model)
• Half rack width 26- and 18-port switches with two 1GbE SFP uplink ports
• A rack width 52-port switch with four 10GbE SFP+ uplink ports
• A 10GbE 12-port model for high-speed server and storage connect, or network aggregation.
These different models support various deployments and configurations, ensuring SMEs can leverage the best in enterprise-class network speeds and functionality. The switches are also backed by the strength of the Dell brand and superior support, featuring a limited lifetime warranty with three-year next business day on-site service.
“The Dell Networking X-Series offers an open, standards-based approach that prevents closed ecosystems and vendor lock-in, with modular systems and flexible scaling, delivering end-to-end solutions and modern platforms ideal for meeting the evolving needs of the SME at an affordable price point. By implementing these switches SME organisations can leverage the benefits of improved networking while future-proofing their environment for years to come. This superior value is what has made Dell a leading technology solutions provider, helping businesses of all sizes to transform their IT with networking innovation,” Erasmus concludes.