Brocade launches open source SDN controller

Vyatta solution aimed at ‘New IP’-era infrastructure management

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Brocade launches open source SDN controller Sakhnini: The Vyatta Controller is built keeping in mind the New IP vision.
By  Stephen McBride Published  September 24, 2014

Brocade today introduced its Vyatta Controller, a platform for deployment of solutions such as software defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualisation (NFV).

In a statement, Brocade billed Vyatta as a "commercially supported open source SDN controller, based on the OpenDaylight project" and said the platform was targeted at the "New IP" era, with the intention of accelerating the adoption of SDN and NFV.

"Brocade is a strong proponent of open networking and the Vyatta Controller is the next step toward delivering on the customer benefits of its open networking platform strategy announced in June this year," the company said. "Brocade's approach to developing the controller ensures openness, application portability and support for the widest range of physical and virtual network infrastructure, including switches, routers, firewalls, VPNs and load balancers."

Yarob Sakhnini, regional director, MEMA, Brocade, said, "As businesses and consumers are increasingly embracing cloud, mobile and social technologies, enterprises and service providers need to have agile networks that have the capability of quickly adapting to customer demand and enable the rapid delivery of services.

"Traditional legacy IP networks are static and unresponsive. We are moving into the ‘New IP' era of user-centric networking infrastructure that can massively scale to handle the mobile data boom, cloud services explosion, big data analytics burst and Internet of Things."

Considered an absolute requirement for next-generation architectures, SDN controllers provide a platform for applications to configure and optimise the underlying infrastructure, such as switches, routers, firewalls, VPNs and load balancers. Vyatta is engineered to allow the design and deployment of applications that enhance network performance and delivery of new services. According to Brocade, it can be deployed as a virtual machine (VM) on any major hypervisor and is interoperable with Brocade MLXe, VDX, ICX, vADX and vRouter product families, as well as popular third-party network infrastructure equipment.

"The Vyatta Controller is built keeping in mind the New IP vision," said Sakhnini. "Where other networking vendors are requiring customers to rip and replace networks in order to get access to new technologies, the Brocade Vyatta Controller enables organisations to gradually integrate new solutions, allowing customers to cap their current infrastructure while focusing new spending on where it can accelerate innovation. It removes vendor lock-in from the network and allows the user to deliver the innovation that the network needs."

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