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Pluribus Networks Announces Partnership and Distribution Agreement With Dell to Accelerate the Adoption of SDN in the Cloud

Pluribus Networks, the company that advances software-defined networking (SDN) through the industry’s most programmable, open source-based operating system, Netvisor, announced today an agreement to port and support Pluribus Open Netvisor Linux operating system onto Dell’s family of Open Networking (ONIE compatible) 10G/40G switches including the S6000-ON and S4048-ON. Pluribus Open Netvisor Linux combines the benefits of Linux with a plug-and-play, application-aware fabric, advanced network flow programming and embedded analytics and visibility capabilities.

“Dell wants to fundamentally change the nature of networking by focusing on openness and the disaggregation of hardware and software. With this announcement, we are expanding the Dell open networking ecosystem, showing how multiple operating systems can now offer our customers choices that complement our open hardware solutions and are flexible enough to adapt to our customers’ requirements,” said Tom Burns, vice president and general manager, Dell Networking and Converged Infrastructure.

Pluribus Open Netvisor Linux on Dell’s Open Networking hardware provides cloud providers best-in-class hardware switching economics with a scalable, highly available, distributed SDN controller architecture designed for visibility, security and dramatic operational simplification. Open Netvisor Linux offers complete interoperability with the Layer 2 and IP/BGP infrastructure already in place, including all standard management interfaces familiar to Network Operations (NetOps) professionals while also offering Linux-based Development Operations (DevOps) tools to empower the modern cloud.

“With this combination of Pluribus and Dell, we are demonstrating that the value of SDN goes far beyond disaggregation of hardware and software alone. Cloud providers need security, monitoring and virtualization built in at the architectural level to enable them to compete with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and other hyperscale cloud providers, and that is exactly what we are delivering with Pluribus Open Netvisor Linux running on Dell’s line of OCP-compliant open networking hardware. Together, we are changing the game!” said Kumar Srikantan, president and CEO of Pluribus Networks.

"Traditional networking consumption models are in the midst of significant change, so collaborations like the one between Dell and Pluribus Networks bring innovative network integrators like ACP the kind of flexibility needed to meet a wide variety of emerging customer needs. We see this as a powerful play given Dell's wide-reaching customer base in the data center, and the highly disruptive and innovative capabilities that Pluribus' Open Netvisor Linux brings to the open networking marketplace” said Tom Turkot, Vice President of Client Solutions for Arlington Computer Products.

In a recent report, industry research firm Gartner, predicted that “by 2018 combined white-box and brite-box switches will constitute more than 10% of global data center port shipments, up from under 6% in the first half of 2014.”

Pricing and packaging details for Pluribus Open Netvisor Linux on Dell’s Open Networking switches will be available in Q3 CY2015.

Published Thursday, June 11, 2015 6:07 PM by David Marshall
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