The initial wave of open networking deployments was all about the disaggregation of hardware and software — opening the door to such technologies as virtualization and the cloud. Dell EMC’s commitment to open networking has been evidenced by the breadth of its partnerships as well as by its tier 1 production deployments around the world [Figure 1]
Figure 1: Network Operating Systems (NOS) and Platform Deployments
As the world turns quickly advancing concepts such as multi-edge computing (MEC), 5G, and the Internet of Things (IoT) — agility, flexibility, and programmability at the chip, individual network function or service level become key attributes.
At the Open Networking Summit this week, Dell EMC’s keynote presentation articulates the next phase in achieving more openness and disaggregation. Dell EMC, through its partnership with companies such as Metaswitch and others allow for the granular composition, assembly and delivery of composite stacks where only the needed functions and services are on-boarded onto the Dell EMC OS10 Open Edition NOS. This provides enterprises and communications service providers (CSPs) with a minimal NOS footprint, enhanced security, greatly enhanced agility, and the compelling economics of “pay-per-use” licensing.
This next phase in open networking will bring about a solid foundational platform capable of running mission-critical applications, allowing for flexibility and expansion to support emerging modes of operation.
Looking ahead, Dell EMC’s networking solutions will continue to be [Figure 2]:
• Production-Ready. Large Tier 1 (CSPs) and multinational enterprises increasingly rely on the Dell EMC NOS platforms to support industrial-grade IoT applications such as vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-everything (V2X). They rely on a production-hardened platform to develop their brand equity and offer premium user experiences.
• Composable. “2.0” NOS platforms must deliver composite network functions and services constructs over an open platform, in the right location (intelligent distribution), with the right amount of allocated workload resources. This approach leverages the full power of the Linux Foundation’s community of developers (OpenSwitch (OPX)), and it’s “a la carte” licensing model is a particular draw for rapid and economic prototyping and productization.
• Expandable. With its support for new and evolving networking models, Dell EMC’s networking platforms can cater to new and/or experimental technologies over time (e.g. Intent- or application-centric networking, new abstraction or adaptation layers (e.g. SAI, P4 etc.)), or to take full advantage of new chipset capabilities (e.g. Tofino, Jericho2 etc.). The concept of NOS expandability also applies to open orchestration tools and overlay/underlay controllers. Through their API-centric approach, Dell EMC’s open networking solutions can evolve to support emerging open management and network orchestration (MANO) solutions such as ONAP, OSM, Open Baton, and beyond.
Figure 2: Open Networking Evolution
Please come see for yourself this week at the 2018 Open Networking Summit. We invite you to attend Dell EMC’s keynote presentation, joint customer workshop or to come see our related live demos and meet the Dell EMC staff at booth #43.