Dell is opening up its network operating system, one step toward a data-center OS that could help enterprises emulate cloud companies like Google and Facebook.

Operating System 10, rolling out in stages this year, changes the company’s networking foundation from a closed Dell platform to open software based on an unmodified Linux kernel. It will let enterprises add third-party networking components and use common scripting languages to develop new network capabilities.

But beyond its usefulness in networking, OS10 could become a single OS for computing and storage, too. That idea has the potential to make it much easier for enterprises to work on all three parts of their infrastructure in one place using a devops approach.

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