When you have a techology division that, in real estate terms, would be generously termed a "fixer-upper" there's little to lose by giving the keys to a young, ambitious competitor and welcoming them in to give the crumbling place a lick of paint. At least, that seems to be Dell's view – why else would it cede strategic control …
It's an S4810...
...not an S4180. It's a 48-port 10GbE switch, after all.
Whether or not the move from purpose-built ASICs to software on merchant silicon is a wise one remains to be seen. Dell is being very software-centric in networking and storage, however. Will it pay off? HP is doing ASICs in their networking line still, and 3PAR is highly dependent on its ASIC technology to deliver consistently high performance when run flat-out.
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