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OS10 from Dell Networking Overview

OS10 from Dell Networking

Dell Networking Operating System 10 (OS10) is an infrastructure operating system with initial enablement on open networking data center platforms. Designed for modern and transitioning IT organizations that are moving towards a DevOps operational model where agility and infrastructure automation are critical, OS10 is ideal for large enterprise and cloud/web 2.0 customers seeking an open and programmable networking software framework for rapid customization.

Key Features

  • Consistent DevOps framework across compute, storage and networking elements
  • Standard networking features, interfaces and scripting functions for legacy network operations integration
  • Standards-based switching hardware abstraction via Switch Abstraction Interface (SAI)
  • Pervasive, unrestricted developer environment via Control Plane Services (CPS)
  • Open and programmable management interface via Common Management Services (CMS)
  • Dell layer 2 and 3 switching and routing protocols with integrated IP Services, Quality of Service, Manageability and Automation features

Disaggregated native Linux-based operating system

OS10 is architected to run on standard Linux based distribution and is completely modular. Customers can choose to run a full Dell networking stack including full layer two, layer three, and CLI. Third party applications, native Linux packages or customized applications can also be installed and operated.
  • Platform agnostic via standard hardware abstraction layer (OCP-SAI)
  • Unmodified Linux kernel and unmodified Linux distribution
  • Base system software decoupled from L2/L3 protocol stack and services

Rapid onboarding and agile operations at scale

Programmable architecture enables rapid onboarding for private cloud and public cloud data centers by providing programmatic APIs for integration into Dell and third party management and orchestration tools. A common foundation plus unrestricted programmability allows rapid prototyping and quick deployment into production environments. OS10 allows operations to converge across server, storage and networking elements.
  • Leverage common open source tools and best-practices (data models, commit rollbacks)
  • Implement advance use-cases in Campus, Data Center and Wide Area Networks

Dell Networking Stack

OS10 offers a highly scalable and programmable Dell Networking stack powered by an unmodified Linux kernel and standards based switch abstraction interface. Dell Networking stack provides a rich set of switching and routing protocols to meet the demanding needs of enterprise and cloud data centers.
  • Support for standards based layer 2 and layer 3 protocols for seamless interoperability across server, storage and networking elements in next generation data centers
Common management services framework with automated configuration and provisioning capabilities to simplify the management of network environments



1. What is OS10

OS10 (Operating System 10) represents the next-generation operating system for the Dell Networking portfolio of data center, campus and branch switches. At launch, based on features and functionality, OS10 will be positioned for
advanced operators of large-scale data centers seeking a high degree of programmability and customization in a DevOps framework. As such, OS10 will co-exist along with Dell Networking’s current software offerings namely OS6 for
campus and branch switching products and OS9 for data center switching products.

2. Why is Dell introducing OS10?

We are bringing OS10 to the market to ultimately advance the software capability of our networking systems in data centers, campus and branch environments, evolving our current OS9 and OS6 code bases. In data centers, this
means specifically new levels programmability (i.e. CPS, CMS) combined with the latest open networking capabilities (i.e. SAI).

3. How does the introduction of OS10 affect our relationship with Cumulus?

The introduction of OS10 will have no bearing on our relationship with Cumulus. Cumulus has been and will continue to be a very strong and valued Open Networking partner of Dell. We are aligned in our pursuit to disrupt the
Networking industry, bringing unprecedented levels of choice and capability to customers of any size.

4. How committed is Dell to Open Networking if they are developing their own OS?

Dell is the pioneer and leader in Open Networking and we remain 100% committed to this initiative. We firmly believe that Open Networking is the only path forward for customers looking to maximize choice and capability in their
infrastructure. The introduction of OS10 must be viewed as independent, yet complementary, to Open Networking.

Dell has been supplying networking equipment for over a decade and has amassed thousands of data center, campus and branch networking customers. Today, our customers have run OS9 and OS6 software. It has been our goal,
based on customer input, to look to both evolve and merge these code bases over time. From this perspective, independent of Open Networking, we’re introducing OS10. At the same time, OS10 being a modern operating system has
adopted many Open Networking features such as leveraging an unmodified open Linux kernel for easy programmability and customization and adopting ONIE and SAI specifications for platform and silicon independence. In this
manner, OS10 is complementary to Open Networking.


Article ID: SLN311373

Last Date Modified: 08/14/2018 01:44 AM

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