Dell Brings Midokura's SDN Into Open Networking Effort
The tech vendor will now offer third-party software from Cumulus, Big Switch and Midokura on its bare-metal open switches.Dell is expanding its open networking initiative by adding network virtualization vendor Midokura to its growing list of partners. Dell will offer Midokura's Enterprise MidoNet network virtualization overlay solution on both its networking hardware lineup and its x86 servers, a move that company officials said will enable enterprises and service providers to more easily build OpenStack-based cloud networking infrastructures. In addition, Dell will offer a solution that includes its Open Networking switches combined with MidoNet and Cumulus Networks' Linux operating system, giving customers a way to quickly provision and extend scalable networks to physical workloads, an important step toward what many vendors are calling the software-defined data center (SDDC). The Midokura partnership is the latest in Dell's Open Networking initiative, which the company launched earlier this year with its partnership with Cumulus and expanded later with a similar partnership with Big Switch Networks. Through the effort, Dell is disaggregating the networking software from the underlying hardware, giving enterprises and service providers the choice of software they want to run atop Dell's networking gear.
It dovetails with what the software-defined networking (SDN) and network-functions virtualization (NFV) trends enable in the networking space. Through SDN and NFV, the network control plane and network tasks—including load balancing and firewalls—are taken from the networking gear and put into software, where they can run on commodity hardware like switches and servers rather than the more complex and expensive switches and routers from the likes of Cisco Systems and Juniper Networks.