When Pluribus Networks recently announced a new version of its Open Netvisor OS to plug into Dell Open Networking switches, the move marked a shift in the company’s business strategy away from selling its own hardware. Now, a new impact report from 451 Research analyzes the “exciting” partnership between Pluribus and Dell and explains what it means for the larger market.
Under the agreement, Pluribus will port and support its Open Netvisor Linux operating system onto Dell’s family of Open Networking (ONIE-compatible) 10G/40G switches including the S6000-ON and S4048-ON. The report by 451 Network Research Director Peter Christy highlights the products that will come out of the agreement and considers how it fits in with Dell’s partnerships with other software-defined networking (SDN) vendors. Christy also looks at competition for the joint solution and includes a SWOT analysis of the partnership.
The report says the partnership will be “great” for customers, as it now makes available open network platforms that are fully comparable to proprietary platforms, allowing customers to decouple and simplify product elements. Christy favors the partnership because it “seems to enable (or at least test) the values of Pluribus’ flexible networking software architecture, as well as accelerate market evaluation of the concept of open networking.”
Bringing together Pluribus’ Open Netvisor Linux and Dell’s Open Networking Switches takes the value of SDN beyond disaggregation of hardware and software. Calling Netvisor “SDN on steroids,” Christy says it’s clear that there are network applications that can be solved with Netvisor that can’t be solved with more conventional network architectures.
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. Now, the joint solution provides enterprises and cloud providers with deeper monitoring and visibility to address security and performance concerns. It also offers network virtualization built in at the architectural level to enable hyperscale efficiencies and economics.
Read the report to learn more.