How Brocade’s ‘Vyatta Controller’ Opens Path Towards new IP Era

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Brocade has introduced the ‘Brocade Vyatta Controller’ as a keystone product in its Software-Defined Networking (SDN) portfolio and providing the next step toward delivering on the customer benefits of its open networking platform strategy.

Commercially supported by Brocade, this SDN controller is built continuously from the OpenDaylight Project, a community-led open source initiative aimed at accelerating the adoption of SDN and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) in order to provide levels of agility and efficiency not possible in traditional IP networking.

The increasing adoption of cloud, mobile and social technologies by consumers and businesses has brought user-centrism to the strategic front for both IT organizations and service providers. Along with required changes in how network services are deployed, such as NFV, this trend has also added significant management and operational complexity for network engineers and architects to solve. These challenges also include adding significant new capabilities for network control and programmability. Addressing the issues collectively, the industry is starting to describe this as the migration toward the New IP.

“Networking must address the compounding forces of cloud computing, mobile and social, all of which have common characteristics of being on-demand and highly personalized,” said Zeus Kerravala, Founder and Principal Analyst at ZK Research. “The realms of compute and storage have already adapted to these requirements. However the network remains as static and unresponsive as it was from its original design point in the old world of IP. The Brocade Vyatta Controller is one solution to help the network unlock innovation and adapt to the demand-driven world.”

The use cases for SDN are directly proportional to the applications developed and deployed. By introducing open source into the SDN equation, customers are free to innovate on their own, or they can partner with the vibrant OpenDaylight community to develop new capabilities that modern networks require. Some of the early use cases customers can take advantage of are:

“Network architects and data center engineers have been trained to manage the complexities dictated by vendors,” said Kelly Herrell, VP and GM Software Networking at Brocade. “The Brocade Vyatta Controller is the first commercially supported open source solution to remove that vendor lock-in from the network and allow the user to deliver the innovation that the network needs.”

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