RESEARCH PAPER: Is Dell Driving the Open Future of Networking?

While enterprise computing and storage have both gone through a standardization metamorphosis, enterprise networking has lagged. Enterprise networking remains one of the few areas of proprietary vertical integration in IT. But the need for businesses to move faster and be more agile is putting pressure on IT to adjust to strategies that will help their businesses keep pace with the frenetic rate of change.

With this backdrop, businesses are looking towards open networking and standardization to help knock the proprietary components out of the stack, reducing cost while simultaneously increasing flexibility. Open networking helps businesses to be more agile, keeping them competitive in today’s and tomorrow’s challenging markets. Open protocols, open operating systems, and network abstraction are impacting the face of networking by bringing a much-needed change of direction. And along with this new openness, there is an opportunity for companies to reconsider not only how they deploy networking, but also who they choose as their partner. As the market moves away from proprietary solutions, companies that drive standardization and open architectures stand to be the true gainers in the market.

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Today’s Customers Lack Choice and Flexibility
  • How Open Networking is Changing Networking
  • Open Protocols
  • Open Operating Systems
  • Network Abstraction
  • Implications
  • Dell: A Leader Open Networking
  • Where the Networking Market is Heading
  • Conclusion
  • Figure 1: Open Networking Moves From the Proprietary and Brings Choice
  • Table 1: Dell Representation in Standards Organizations
  • Figure 2: Dell Strategy: Engage at All Layers for Wide, Open Support
  • Figure 3: Dell Networking Application Partners

You can download the paper here.

Companies Cited

  • Alcatel-Lucent
  • Amazon
  • Big Switch Networks
  • Broadcom
  • Cisco
  • Citrix
  • Clemson University
  • Cumulus Networks
  • Dell
  • Digital
  • Elmcroft Senior Living
  • Ethernet Alliance
  • F5 Networks
  • Facebook
  • Google
  • HP
  • IBM
  • Joyent
  • Juniper Networks
  • Lenovo
  • Microsoft
  • NEC
  • Ohio Valley Surgical Hospital
  • Riverbed Technology
  • Silver Peak Systems
  • VMware