It also announced that it has signed a reseller agreement with Cumulus Networks, the company that made the first Linux operating system for bare-metal networking devices.
Open networking, otherwise known as the disaggregated networking model, takes Dell’s innovations further on the software side of things.
Benefits of the model include best-of-breed networking for all needs, such as orchestration, automation, and monitoring; consistent compute and networking with a common deployment and operation model; and the ability to tap into open source data centre solutions with standards-based innovation.
“This is a great example of innovation coming from the new Dell. Networking is an industry crying out for disruption. We’ve done this before with PCs and servers, putting us in the best position to offer a choice of network operating systems,” said Tom Burns, VP and GM, Dell Networking. “Networks are like human minds: they work better when open.”
Thanks to its agreement with Cumulus, Dell will begin offering Cumulus Linux network OS for its Dell Networking S6000 and S4810 top-of-rack switches.
The partnership will provide customers with rapid innovation and unprecedented price performance, simplified networking automation and flexible solutions, and affordable solutions.
“Dell is fundamentally changing the nature of the networking business, and this partnership with Cumulus Networks represents a definitive step towards disaggregating hardware and software,” said JR Rivers, co-founder and CEO, Cumulus Networks. “In this new open, multi-vendor ecosystem that’s becoming all the more prevalent, the customer finally gets to choose exactly the components they need to build the software-defined data center of the future without having to worry about vendor lock-in.”
Dell expects that it will start offering switches with Cumulus Linux network OS in the first quarter of 2014.
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