Dell EMC’s newest switches will come with its open network OS

Dell’s drive into open networking accelerated on Monday with the announcement of the first switches to ship with OS10, the company’s network operating system that’s based on open source.

At Dell EMC World in Las Vegas, the company introduced two data-center switches running OS10 Enterprise Edition, an enhanced version of the open-source OS that Dell announced early last year.

The software is based on technologies from the Linux Foundation and the Open Compute Project and is already available through an extended beta to customers who already have hardware. The Enterprise Edition is a complete software platform, including Dell’s networking stack, but its open-source foundation means it can be extended with third-party software, said Jeff Baher, Dell EMC’s executive director, networking.

Dell was one of the earliest of the big vendors supporting open networking, a movement to separate hardware from software and some software components from others. The idea is to prevent lock-in to proprietary equipment, operating systems and interfaces.

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