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Dell reseller agreement with Cumulus Networks heralds its shift to open ecosystem model

Ike Suarez | Feb. 5, 2014
The Texas-based vendor decouples hardware from software

Dell Inc. has announced a reseller agreement with Cumulus Networks as it initiates a shift to an open ecosystem model for data centre networking.

The shift involves a decoupling of hardware from software with data centre customers free to choose the software suited to their operations needs.

A press statement by the Round Rock, Texas-based  end-to end technology solutions provider said the shift enables its data centre customers to choose their network operating systems, industry -standard networking gear and network applications.

Very First Partner

With the reseller agreement, Cumulus Networks becomes Dell's very first partner under the new ecosystem model, according to the press statement.

As such, Dell will now offer Cumulus Linux network OS as an option for Dell Networking S6000 and S4810 top-of-the-rack switches.

The traditional model had been based on assumptions of an earlier era, pre-virtualized and with client/server implementations using chassis-based switches, explained the statement.

Such an era called for a model where data centres were built around a three-tier proprietary hierarchy.

Drivers for the shift to an open ecosystem model have been the emergence of 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.

The statement said that simplified network automation will be among the benefits of the Dell, Cumulus Networks reseller agreement.



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