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Cumulus, Dell & Red Hat Collaborates to Enhance OpenStack Cluster

Monday, May 16, 2016

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA: Cumulus Networks, a provider of Linux operating systems announces collaboration with Dell and Red Hat to establish Open-Source DevOps. This will simplify large-scale OpenStack deployments into the open stack clusters without the need for any proprietary software-defined networking (SDN) fabric solutions.

The 300+ node open-stack pod is created by using server and networking switches from Dell, Red Hat's OpenStack distribution and Cumulus' Linux network operating system.

An open-stack pod helps teams of hardware and software- networking engineers and system administrators respectively to work together. The DevOps technology will bridge the gap between the teams and will effectively tore down silos, foster collaboration, and implement infrastructure as code concepts.

Dell provided PowerEdge cluster, switches for on-premise OpenStack pods. Using certified Dell hardware the pod included more than 300 PowerEdge rack-mount servers installed in nine racks interconnected with 24 Open Networking switches. It has dual attached 10 GB Ethernet server connections and 8.6TB cluster bandwidth provided ample capacity for the OpenStack storage and distributed application communications.

The latest platform helps to create a development tool chain which provides a virtual environment for prototyping and testing of components with Ansible & Git by Red Hat. DevOps tools and principles enabled the geographically distributed team to hit a six hour deployment window to full operation.

The pod uses an all IP VXLAN networking topology using Cumulus Linux and OpenStack Neutron networking technology. The open VXLAN architecture enables more than 1,000 tenant networks to run without the need for IPv4 and VLAN bookkeeping or proprietary software-defined networking (SDN) controllers.

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