The plot thickens. Software Defined Networking (SDN) startup Big Switch today announced a strategic partnership Dell, in which Dell will add Big Switch software to the list of installed components that can ship with its networking hardware.
The initial Dell hardware products include the Dell Networking S4810 and S6000 data center switches. Initial Big Switch software products include Switch Light OS and the Big Tap Controller.
Dell, which has embraced the SDN concept of opening up its networking hardware so that it can run many different software packages, has become a popular dance partner with SDN startups. Cumulus has already hitched its lot to Dell, with beneficial effect. Big Switch has now been invited to the big Dell dance as well.