Dell Launches Set Of Open Source Networking Solutions Using SONiC

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  • The solutions called Enterprise SONiC Distribution by Dell Technologies is build on Software for Open Networking in the Cloud (SONiC) open source project
  • As per Dell, Dell’s Enterprise SONiC Distribution removes complexity and creates flexible network

Dell Technologies has today announced a set of open-source networking solutions designed to simplify the management of data centres at scale. The solutions called Enterprise SONiC Distribution by Dell Technologies is built on Software for Open Networking in the Cloud (SONiC) open source project. It was headed by Microsoft.

Tom Burns, senior vice president and general manager, Dell Technologies integrated products and solutions said, “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. By breaking switch software into multiple, containerized components, we are providing enterprises the means to drastically simplify the management of massive and complex networks and increase availability in a cloud model.”

Dell EMC PowerSwitch Open Networking hardware

Dell said that organisations are increasingly relying on modern hybrid cloud models to do business. It said that this leads to monolithic and proprietary approach to networking creating inefficiencies and unneeded complexity. As per Dell, Dell’s Enterprise SONiC Distribution removes complexity and creates flexible network through an approach built on open standards by integrating SONiC into the DNA of the Dell EMC PowerSwitch Open Networking hardware.

Yousef Khalidi, corporate vice president of Microsoft Azure Networking, Microsoft Corp. said, “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.”

The company said that cloud providers and large enterprises will have a new level of production-tested tools, services, and support with commercial-grade support for Dell’s Enterprise SONiC Distribution. Previously, it required internal investment technology support teams. Now, it will give customers support for full-stack solutions with enterprise capabilities and advanced functionality.

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