Dell, VMware, Cumulus Partner on Network Virtualization
Dell will offer VMware's NSX platform on its switches and a converged solution for the midmarket segment.Dell is embracing VMware's NSX network virtualization technology as part of a larger effort with VMware to fuel the adoption of what company executives call the software-defined data center. On the first day of the VMworld 2014 show Aug. 25, Dell officials announced that the giant tech vendor, in partnership with Cumulus Networks, is now offering NSX on its networking switches. In addition, Dell is aiming at the midmarket with converged infrastructure offering that also includes NSX. The moves are the latest by Dell to push its open networking vision based on software-defined networking (SDN) and hardware that runs on standard processors, according to Arpit Joshipura, vice president of product marketing and strategy for Dell Networking. The combination of Dell's networking platform, VMware's NSX and Cumulus' Linux-based operating system offers enterprises and midmarket players the foundation for agile and open software-defined data centers (SDDCs), Joshipura told eWEEK. "When you put it all together, you've got a software-defined data center," he said, adding that it mirrors the kind of scalable and adaptable infrastructures that Google, Facebook and similar Web-based companies have developed. "We're bringing it to the enterprise level."
NSX is now available on Dell switches, according to the companies. Dell is selling a preconfigured data center solution that combines NSX and Cumulus Linux on Dell's networking switches. The offering is aimed at larger enterprises and service providers, and enables faster provisioning and deployment, the ability to connect physical workloads and virtual networks, and improved performance by automatically detecting and isolating application-specific flows, according to Dell officials.