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Dell and VMware collaborate for the Software-Defined Data Center

Dell and VMware announced the companies
are extending a longstanding relationship to deliver solutions that
will accelerate adoption of network virtualization and open
networking in the software-defined data center. The expanded
relationship includes a range of new 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.

Dell and VMware announced the companies
are extending a longstanding relationship to deliver solutions that
will accelerate adoption of network virtualization and open
networking in the software-defined data center. The expanded
relationship includes a range of new 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.

Dell and VMware are working with
Cumulus Networks to deliver the VMware NSX network virtualization
platform with Cumulus Linux on Dell Networking switches.
Additionally, Dell is delivering a fully-tested and validated
converged infrastructure solution for midmarket customers that
includes VMware NSX.

VMware NSX is on the Dell price list,
and is currently available directly from Dell and Dell channel
partners for purchase and deployment. Dell and VMware have partnered
to train the Dell field, with thousands of representatives already
completing initial VMware NSX training. Dell and VMware have also
completed a validated reference architecture for the combined Dell
and VMware networking solution.

Dell, VMware and Cumulus Networks are
delivering a pre-configured solution, available from Dell, that
combines VMware NSX with Cumulus Linux on Dell Networking switches.
This combined solution will help 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.

The solution features the VMware NSX
network virtualization platform running on top of Dell servers,
networking, and storage infrastructure. Dell’s converged
infrastructure includes the Dell PowerEdge M1000e server blade
chassis, the Dell Networking 10/40GbE MXL blade switch, S4810 Top of
Rack switch and S6000 fabric switches, as well as Dell Storage iSCSI
arrays. The solution is tested, validated and supported by Dell,
providing customers a single trusted partner that can streamline
procurement and services. To simplify deployment, Dell and VMware
deliver a validated reference architecture.

“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. Additionally,
when two of the largest enterprise IT leaders come together, such as
VMware and Dell, to provide the most open, automated and
comprehensive solutions – that have been fully-tested and validated –
the customer wins. And that is what Dell is all about.”

“Global organizations are adopting
the software-defined data center as an open, agile, secure and
efficient architecture to simplify IT and transition to the hybrid
cloud,” said Raghu Raghuram, executive vice president, SDDC
Division, VMware. “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.”

 

 

 

 

 

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