Open networking products in the data center took a large leap forward this week when Cumulus Networks and VMware announced a partnership to bring a shared vision of flexible data centers, with Cumulus Linux powering new hyper-converged infrastructure solutions from Dell and Quanta Cloud Technology based on VMware EVO SDDC.
With this strategic technology partnership involving software-defined data centers (SDDCs), VMware joins Dell, Hewlett-Packard and more than 80 hardware providers, resellers and distributors worldwide that partner with Cumulus Networks to offer networking solutions with Cumulus Linux or Cumulus RMP.
The announcement was made on Tuesday at the VMworld expo in San Francisco.
In this new program, VMware provides compute, storage, network virtualization and now fully integrated physical networking solutions. Cumulus Linux will be integrated with the hardware management system (HMS) component of VMware EVO SDDC that provides software integration at the network layer. Hyper-converged infrastructure solutions based on VMware EVO SDDC will be available as an integrated system on select validated hardware platforms, such as Quanta Cloud Technology.
“By enabling customers to run the VMware stack on standardized infrastructure from the vendor of their choice, Cumulus Linux will help deliver on the vision of the software-defined data center,” said John Gilmartin, vice president and general manager of the Integrated Systems Business Unit at VMware. “With hyper-converged infrastructure solutions running VMware EVO SDDC, customers will be able to achieve hybrid cloud-style economics and agility.”
Running Cumulus Linux as the network OS allows VMware partners to offer improved economics versus the traditional black-box model of networking. Hundreds of organizations of all sizes -- from small businesses to the largest web scale data centers in the world, and across industries ranging from education to health care to technology use Cumulus Linux to build affordable, high capacity networks that are easily managed in a DevOps model.
“We share VMware’s vision of the software-defined data center -- that highly automated software on bare-metal infrastructure is the modern model to reduce overall data center complexity and cost,” said JR Rivers, CEO and cofounder of Cumulus Networks. “The work Dell and QCT are doing within the VMware EVO SDDC program are great examples of how the disaggregation of networking hardware and software creates greater value for customers as they embrace modern models of IT.”
Tom Burns, vice president and general manager of Dell Networking said that the partnership “is a natural extension of our existing partnerships with VMware and Cumulus Networks. Within this new program, we are working closely with customers to evaluate new capabilities to stand up a self-contained private cloud instance ready to go within hours.”
Cumulus will be holding a webinar on the partnership on Sept. 30 featuring David Sinn, director of solutions engineering at Cumulus, and Nishan Sathyanarayan, who is responsible for strategic alliances at Cumulus.