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Dell Adds Midokura SDN Overlay for OpenStack

Hardware giant Dell Inc. this week announced a partnership with network virtualization company Midokura that brings its MidoNet software-defined networking (SDN) technology to Dell systems as an overlay option for OpenStack environments.

The Midokura Enterprise MidoNet SDN virtualization system -- open sourced in November -- is described by the company as a "highly distributed, decentralized, multilayer software-defined virtual network solution and the industry's first truly open vendor-agnostic network virtualization solution available today for the OpenStack community." OpenStack comprises a popular open source cloud computing OS and related software and is integrated with Dell offerings.

Dell on Wednesday announced MidoNet was available on its infrastructure, "delivering a network virtualization overlay for OpenStack that helps enterprise customers and service providers create an agile cloud networking infrastructure based on open technologies."

The Round Rock, Texas-based Dell announced the partnership as part of an expansion of its Open Networking initiative.

Midokura Enterprise MidoNet
[Click on image for larger view.] Midokura Enterprise MidoNet (source: Midokura)

"What this shows is that we're actively connecting the dots with like-minded companies to upend the traditional, black-box model of networking," said Tom Burns, vice president and general manager, Dell Networking. "That old model is too rigid, too locked and too slow to innovate. Dell's Open Networking initiative is about being open, flexible and software-defined to help maximize our customers' application environments."

The partnership includes a joint go-to-market program along with a validated reference architecture and a global reseller agreement.

"Midokura, like Dell, is committed to expanding the Open Networking initiative to meet the needs of today's modern enterprises and help deliver an open foundation for compute, storage and networking infrastructure," said Dan Mihai Dumitriu, CEO and co-founder, Midokura. "We've already successfully teamed up with Dell to bridge virtual and physical networks and we look forward to deepening our collaboration to create an open, converged infrastructure for enterprises to support clouds that are easy to scale and operate."

Dell said Midokura Enterprise MidoNet is now available on its Download Store and is on the company's Peripherals list.

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David Ramel is the editor of Visual Studio Magazine.

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