Dell unlocks new era for Open Networking…

In demonstrating game-changing support for open networking, tech giant Dell becomes the first global end-to-end technology company to provide customers, including cloud providers and Web 2.0 companies, a choice of third-party operating systems, tailoring networks for their specific application needs.

In this effort, Dell announced a re-seller agreement with Cumulus Networks – maker of the first Linux operating system for bare-metal networking devices – to support a new disaggregated networking model for its fixed-configuration switches.

Dell’s vision of the new data centre networking model is an open ecosystem in which customers can choose among various industry-standard networking gear, network applications and network operating systems to meet their business needs.

For the past 20 years, data centre networks were a three-tier proprietary hierarchy built for pre-virtualized, client-server implementations using chassis-based switches.

New dynamics brought on by software-defined networking, virtual machine mobility, shifting networking patterns from North-South to East-West, cloud computing, resource pooling and the need for server-like automation led Dell to help pioneer an Ethernet fabric model using fixed-form factor switches.

“This is a great example of innovation coming from the new Dell,” says Tom Burns, vice president and general manager, Dell Networking.

“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.

“Networks are like human minds – they work better when open.”

Reseller deal

Dell has announced a reseller agreement with Cumulus Networks as its first partner in an ecosystem to fill a critical gap in realising the true promise of the software-defined data centre.

Dell will begin offering Cumulus Linux network OS as an option for its Dell Networking S6000 and S4810 top-of-rack switches.

“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,” adds JR Rivers, co-founder and CEO of 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 datacenter of the future without having to worry about vendor lock-in.”

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