BT Trials Dell EMC Switches and IP Infusion’s OcNOS

British Telecom (BT) is testing Dell EMC’s disaggregated networking switches to advance its software-defined networking strategy. The trial will evaluate Dell EMC’s disaggregated switches coupled with specialist software against traditional integrated network switches.  Disaggregated switching uses merchant silicon-based switching systems combined with either commercially available or open source system software.

BT’s initial trials will use IP Infusion’s OcNOS network operating system. Under a Dell-IP Infusion partnership, Dell works closely with IP Infusion to help provide enterprise customers to adopt MPLS virtualization capabilities within their data centers and campus environments at a fraction of the cost and flexibly manage the switches using interfaces such as Netconf protocol and YANG models to turn on new services. (power, space and cooling requirements as compared to today’s market offerings).

BT and Dell will evaluate several use cases including the instant activation of Ethernet circuits from a third party (such as an enterprise), and the ability of the system to deliver real-time network operational data.

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