Dell, VMware partner to accelerate network virtualization in datacenters

Dell and VMware have announced partnership to deliver solutions that will accelerate adoption of network virtualization and open networking in the software-defined data center.

The partnership offers a range of networking solutions for midmarket, large enterprise and service provider customers, backed by a joint go-to-market initiative, a validated reference architecture and a global reseller agreement, the company said in a statement.

As part of this partnership, Dell and VMware are working with Cumulus Networks to deliver the VMware NSX network virtualization platform with Cumulus Linux on Dell Networking switches.

The solution features the VMware NSX network virtualization platform running on top of reliable Dell servers, networking, and storage infrastructure.

Thanks to the partnership, enterprises and service providers achieve holistic management and provisioning of the complete data center networking environment, physical and virtual, and accelerate deployment of new applications while simplifying IT operations.

Both companies have also completed a validated reference architecture for the combined Dell and VMware networking solution.

Companies are able to get tangible benefits due to the flexible, open, simple and agile networking with compelling economics delivered by the combined solution. It also speeds network and service provisioning time to accelerate application deployment time.

“Dell is changing the game in networking with VMware and Cumulus Networks,” said Marius Haas, chief commercial officer and president, Enterprise Solutions. “This announcement extends our commitment to providing customers choice in how they move to a more software-defined data center.”

Raghu Raghuram, executive vice president, SDDC Division, VMware, said, “The software-defined data center enables open innovation at speeds that cannot be matched in the hardware-defined world. As partners, VMware and Dell are committed to advancing networking in the SDDC, and are collaborating to make the next-generation of advanced network virtualization available to our mutual customers.”

Both the VMware NSX running on Cumulus Linux solution and the converged infrastructure solution with VMware NSX are available now.

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