Dell deploys open source solution to automate data centres

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Dell Technologies has announced the availability of Enterprise SONiC Distribution by Dell Technologies.

This new product offers a set of open source networking solutions that help enterprises modernise and simplify the operations and management of their data centres at scale.

“Our customers tell us that, while a hybrid cloud approach is critical to their success, they struggle to maintain and scale their networks, and manage them to effectively avoid multiple points of failure,” said Tom Burns, senior vice president and general manager of integrated products & solutions at Dell Technologies.  

“By breaking switch software into multiple, containerised components, we are providing enterprises the means to drastically simplify the management of massive and complex networks and increase availability in a cloud model.”

This announcement builds off the work Microsoft started as part of the Software for Open Networking in the Cloud (SONiC) open source project.

By combining SONiC into the DNA of the Dell EMC PowerSwitch Open Networking hardware, Dell’s Enterprise SONiC Distribution creates an agile and flexible network built on open standards.

“SONiC is a leading open-source network switch OS, empowering customers with modern and efficient cloud networking software. We’re pleased to see Dell bringing enterprise support to their customers,” said Yousef Khalidi, corporate vice president of Microsoft Azure Networking, Microsoft Corp.


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Due to the added commercial-grade support for Dell’s Enterprise SONiC Distribution, cloud providers and large enterprises have a new level of production-tested tools, services and support.

It also provides customer support for full-stack solutions with enterprise capabilities and advanced functionality.

“Dell Technologies has introduced a commercially-supported version of SONiC, offering tight integration to other Dell solutions and a clear roadmap designed, to not only support the hyperscalers of the world but also larger enterprises,” said Bob Laliberte, senior analyst and practice director, ESG.

“As Dell continues to help customers with its open networking portfolio, its SONiC solution provides those organisations that have lacked the resources to adopt open source solutions the ability to take advantage of flexible, open source architectures.”