Yesterday was an exciting day here at the OMG offices as we made the announcement that our newest member, Dell, had proposed a Software-Defined Networking (SDN) standardization working committee. Networking is the last bastion of unvirtualized computing infrastructure. As standard-defined networks grow in interest among vendors and end-users, they need to be met with flexible, transparent, powerful standards that help the industry grow rapidly and allow interoperable and portable solutions, while giving customers real choice. Below, Tom Burns, General Manager of Dell Networking, explains why Dell is interested in working on SDN standardization at the OMG.
The driving force behind the Open Management Group (OMG) is the principle that several contributors – whether individuals, educational institutions or corporations – can and do work closely to establish the best in open industry standards. It is this principle that led Dell to be a member of OMG, as it has been at the heart of our enterprise strategy: to drive openness in all areas of technology, so we can provide the best in solutions, value and choice for our customers.
Software Defined Networking (SDN) addresses the need for flexibility in managing traffic flow and performance at a software level rather than being limited by a network switch, a server or a storage solution. Dell’s vision, and one that we believe is shared with several of the OMG members, is that SDN goes beyond the network. This solution should look beyond the data center, in fact across the entire enterprise. A “controller” which drives disruption on how enterprises operate and is jointly developed, commercialized and promoted, using open standards as a principle, needs to take all infrastructure into consideration.
Dell’s position is open standards are required to build an SDN controller and anything short of that is in fact contrary to the goals of OMG and could lead to a closed or proprietary solution, minimizing customers’ choice. And for the reasons stated above, it may also limit the potential of original concepts and goals of SDN.
The proposed OMG SDN Working Committee aims to accelerate open multi-vendor development through cooperation and collaboration. Dell is excited to be part of this initiative along with other leading technology companies and institutions to be announced. Dell sees this as a tremendous opportunity through disruptive technologies to deliver customers broader choice and greater value.