Dell Brings Midokura's SDN Into Open Networking Effort

By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2014-12-11 Print this article Print
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Dell's Open Networking initiative lets organizations buy a Dell switch, and then run whatever OS they want—from Dell, Cumulus or Big Switch. Tom Burns, vice president and general manager of Dell's Networking and Enterprise Infrastructure group, said he expects to see a significant increase in the number of businesses moving to disaggregated systems over the next couple of years. Dell offers the 10 Gigabit Ethernet S4810-ON and 40 GbE S6000-ON switches in its Open Networking portfolio, with a Gigabit Ethernet switch coming out early next year, Burns said.

Juniper Networks earlier this month unveiled its own brite-box type of offering, rolling out the OCX1100 switch, which is in line with designs from the Open Compute Project. Organizations can run Juniper's own Junos OS on the switch, or they can use other operating systems instead. Burns wouldn't comment directly on Juniper's offering, but did say it validates what Dell is doing.

Midokura has been developing the MidoNet overlay for four years, and in November announced it was open-sourcing the SDN overlay, making it available to the OpenStack community for free. The company open-sourced code for such areas as virtual Level 2 distributed switching, virtual L3 distributed routing, distributed L4 servers—including load balancing and firewalls—OpenStack integration, RESTful APIs, deployment tools and automated testing tools.

However, for Enterprise MidoNet, Midokura held back a GUI. In addition, the enterprise edition includes MidoNet Manager for easy single-pane-of-glass management of the environment, services and support from Midokura, and an ecosystem that includes integration with VMware's vSphere technology and with third-party monitoring tools, as well as support for an OpenStack Certified distribution.

Midokura CEO Dan Dumitriu said the company initially aimed the MidoNet technology for multitenant public clouds, but found that enterprises also were asking for such capabilities.



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