Dell has expanded its Open Networking initiative to include Midokura, a company focused on network virtualisation, in a bid to bolster its networking and server infrastructure.
This agreement includes a joint go-to-market program, validated reference architecture and global reseller agreement.
Dell will now offer Midokura’s Enterprise MidoNet software on Dell infrastructure, delivering a network virtualisation overlay for OpenStack that helps enterprise customers and service providers create an agile Cloud networking infrastructure based on open technologies.
MidoNet is a software-based, highly-distributed network virtualisation system that allows service providers and enterprises to build, run and manage virtual networks with increased control and flexibility.
Leveraging industry standards and existing infrastructure, MidoNet provides network agility and scalability while helping reduce costs, according to a company statement.
This follows a partnership between Dell and Cumulus Networks, which was announced in January.
Together, they provide customers datacentre networking solutions that enable affordable capacity and operational efficiency.
With Dell Open Networking switches, the Cumulus Linux operating system and MidoNet, the company offers comprehensive network virtualisation solutions for the software-defined datacentre.
Cumulus Linux plays a critical role as an operating system for open networking - making it simpler and more affordable to build, manage and automate modern datacentres.
The Dell, Cumulus Networks and Midokura solution enables a growing number of service providers and enterprise customers to provision scalable virtual networks to connect to physical workloads in a matter of minutes.
Midokura MidoNet leverages Dell switches to facilitate network traffic flows from virtual machines to non-virtualised, physical workloads such as high-performance databases, email servers and legacy systems at line rate.
According to Gartner, a new style of network switching has emerged, which it is referring to as ‘brite box switching.’
This approach essentially ‘splits the difference’ between traditional and white-box switching.”
Gartner analysts say, “Network decision makers can reduce cost, improve management and enable long-term innovation using ‘brite box’ switches versus traditional switching approaches.”
Dell networking vice president and general manager, Tom Burns, said the partnership showed that the company was actively connecting the dots with like-minded companies to upend the traditional, black-box model of networking.
“That old model is too rigid, too locked and too slow to innovate," he said.
"Dell’s Open Networking initiative is about being open, flexible and software-defined to help maximise our customers’ application environments.”
Midokura chief executive and founder, Dan Mihai, said Dell the company was committed to expanding the Open Networking initiative to meet the needs of today’s modern enterprises and help deliver an open foundation for compute, storage and networking infrastructure.
“We’ve already successfully teamed up with Dell to bridge virtual and physical networks and we look forward to deepening our collaboration to create an open, converged infrastructure for enterprises to support clouds that are easy to scale and operate.”
Cumulus Networks, chief executive and co-founder, JR Rivers, said Cumulus and Dell shared a commitment towards an ecosystem approach to modern datacentres.
"Dell is accelerating the new software-defined infrastructure by providing enterprises the choice and economics enjoyed by mega-scale operators combined with a single source for procurement, installation and support," he said.
"The Midokura relationship expands the breadth of offering to include the critical component of network virtualisation to Dell’s Open Networking hardware and Cumulus Linux."