Dell Force10 Open Automation Framework (OAF)

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Automate with open standards

Bring unified, open-source automation and dynamic control to third-party virtual devices on your network with the Dell™ Force10 Open Automation Framework™.

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Simplify installation with automated bare-metal configuration
Simplify installation with automated bare-metal configuration.
Accelerate switch installation and reduce the possibility of errors that accompanies manual processes with Bare-metal Provisioning, a feature of the Dell Force10 Open Automation Framework suite.
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Improve monitoring with Smart Scripting.
Increase network availability and streamline management through custom scripts. Smart Scripting supports Perl and Python, so you can quickly develop new scripts without having to learn a new scripting language.
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Create dynamic connectivity with Virtual Server Networking.
Provide the dynamic infrastructure necessary to help ensure connectivity and security between virtual machines with Virtual Server Networking. It supports VMware® vSphere™ 4.0/4.1/5.0 and Citrix® XenServer 5.6.
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Simplify integration through programmatic management
Simplify integration through programmatic management.
If you’re already comfortable with the management tools provided by your third-party systems, Dell Force10 Open Automation Framework allows you to keep using them.
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Manage remotely through the web.
Get the flexibility to create or deploy custom-tailored remote management interfaces for use with in-house or third-party tools through an integrated REST interface.
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Gain modular control across Dell Force10 switches and routers.
Enjoy a stable operating system that manages memory allocation and scheduling while running all other applications as independent processes in their own protected space.
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Combine Dell Force10 switches with PowerEdge servers for powerful virtualization

When you combine the efficiency of Dell Force10 switches with the power of PowerEdge™ servers, you have the right combination of features, performance and scalability to handle tough workloads in the largest data center environments.

Improve operational efficiency with enhanced systems management.
Streamline operations and boost productivity to get the most out of every dollar spent. Manage your Dell PowerEdge servers in complex IT environments by automating the most essential server life cycle management tasks: deploy, update, monitor and maintain.

Rely on global services and support.
Dell Services can help reduce IT complexity, lower costs and eliminate inefficiencies by making IT and business solutions work harder for you. The Dell Services team takes a holistic view of your needs and designs solutions for your environment and business objectives while using established delivery methods, local talent and in-depth domain knowledge to help lower your total cost of ownership.


Using specialized software, Dell professionals can pinpoint issues and expose flaws in your wired or wireless network. A report will then be issued that includes recommendations on how to improve performance, optimize devices and solutions to other identified problems.
Network Topology AssessmentNetwork Topology Assessment
Is your network complex and coiled? Dell can perform a detailed network evaluation to expose design flaws and give you advice on how to architect the future.
Network Performance AssessmentNetwork Performance Assessment
Network running slow? We’ll conduct an in-depth analysis to uncover network latency and performance issues of specific servers and applications.
Wireless Site SurveyWireless Site Survey
Great wireless connectivity starts with a detailed site survey. Dell can analyze RF interference, identify optimal placement of devices, and recommend the best design.
Network Security Assessment Network Security Assessment
The network is under constant attack. Let our experts examine and uncover any potential holes in the network and provide a comprehensive security design assessment.


The Dell standardized deployment service guarantees that set-up and optimization is done correctly so that you can launch faster and focus on daily business
Hardware InstallationHardware Installation
Mounting and cabling of wired and wireless devices can be tedious and time-consuming. Let Dell install it for you so you know it’s done right.
Setting up network protocols, and policies can be tricky. Dell certified network professionals can configure and optimize your new hardware remotely or onsite.
Multi-vendor IntegrationMulti-vendor Integration
Dell open systems architecture allows you to interconnect existing network infrastructure from Cisco, HP, Juniper, and others. Our experts will seamlessly weave it all together so you don’t have to.


Dell offers a variety of onsite and remote support options that can be added at time of purchase. Dell ProSupport ensures problems are diagnosed and resolved by experts.
Onsite and Remote Assistance Onsite and Remote Assistance
Get immediate access to Dell ProSupport professionals who can help you troubleshoot and diagnose issues that may arise in your network.
ServicesManaged Services
Free yourself to focus on the business and allow Dell to manage your network with dedicated professional support.
Education ServicesEducation Services
Learn practical knowledge and operational techniques.


When you need expert technical guidance, you can count on Dell. Our remote consulting team can help solve complex issues no matter where you're located. Plus, you can take advantage of the flexible pay-per-incident option.
Networking WorkshopNetworking Workshop
Get professional insight with a half-day collaborative whiteboard session to discuss potential improvements. Contact us to request a workshop.
Remote ConsultingRemote Consulting
For those times when you need a little extra technical guidance, certified experts are available to discuss system design or help resolve complex
Available Remote Consulting Services
  • Access Distribution Networking
  • Virtualization
  • Gateway and Security
  • Microsoft Exchange
  • Wireless Networking
  • Systems Management
  • Core Layer/MPLS Networking
  • Data Protection and Recovery
  • Storage Area Networking (SAN)
  • Storage Technologies