Brocade introduces open modular networking platform

Vyatta platform aimed at telecom, cloud service providers

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Brocade introduces open modular networking platform Sakhnini: By adopting a software platform approach… customers gain control over each layer of their infrastructure.
By  Stephen McBride Published  June 15, 2014

Brocade has unveiled its Vyatta platform, a modular networking architecture based on open standards that seeks to address industry demand for interoperable Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and Software-Defined Networking (SDN) solutions.

The offering is built primarily for cloud and telecommunications service providers and represents Brocade's first phase in a multi-year road-map to enable organizations to create automated networks that are "more flexible, programmable and dynamic".

"In the Middle East, telecom companies are uniquely positioned to offer cloud-based services," said Yarob Sakhnini, regional director, MEMA, Brocade. "But creating these new revenue streams requires them to first overcome the challenges of large-scale network virtualisation. By adopting a software platform approach, such as the Brocade Vyatta Platform, customers gain control over each layer of their infrastructure to ensure they leverage the right components and adapt more quickly to changing business conditions and at the same time reduce CAPEX and OPEX."

"The growing complexity of today's virtualised networks has made it no longer feasible to rely on a single vendor to deliver an end-to-end solution that fits every customer's requirements of service agility and scalability," added Kelly Herrell, vice president and general manager, Software Networking, Brocade.

The newly introduced Vyatta Platform is born out of open standards and open source software projects such as OpenDaylight and OpenStack and accommodates the requirements specified within the ETSI NFV ISG. Its modular nature is aimed at interoperability with multiple vendor technologies.

The platform envelopes three primary layers: NFV Connection Services; Software-Defined Networking (SDN) Structural Services; and Functional Orchestration. NFV Connection Services deploy Layer 3-7 network functionality with the Brocade Vyatta vRouter and Brocade vADX products; SDN Structural Services leverage the advancements of the OpenDaylight Project to simplify management through centralised control; and Functional Orchestration engages a range of capabilities from OpenStack and widely interoperable third-party provisioning and orchestration layers.

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