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Brocade's Vyatta gets OpenDaylight controller

More open goodness for SDN

Brocade has added another piece to its SDN jigsaw, launching the OpenDaylight controller under its Vyatta platform.

A big chunk of the company's pitch for the controller is that it offers a low-risk entry to SDN, with the company aiming to let customers migrate current workloads to an SDN environment gradually rather than in a forklift upgrade.

The company is also touting the 100 per cent OpenDaylight implementation, without proprietary extensions. As well as being an attractive proposition to end users, the company hopes the Vyatta Controller will be attractive to third party developers, since their applications will be easily portable to other environments.

Brocade's director of business development for software networking Asia Pacific, Ben Hickey, told The Register it's designed to be an easy-to-use commercial platform for SDN. Brocade, he said, believes that “OpenDaylight is going to become the de-facto standard for SDN.

“That's a value proposition to application developers,” he continued, compared to having to choose a proprietary API to work with. “If you develop to the OpenDaylight API you get a bigger market share.”

“Taking an in-house or single product, and publishing the code on github” isn't enough to make a product open source, Hickey said. “Where the value comes from is to have the community develop the project – that's what leads what to community, collaboration and innovation”.

There will also be professional services to help developers and partners work with the Vyatta Controller and the OpenDaylight platform.

Use-cases the company has in mind for the controller include things like cluster control and load balancing; network programmability for network function virtualisation (NFV) automation; policy enforcement; security; traffic management; and service optimisation.

The controller will go general availability in November, along with the first two applications, and will be based on OpenDaylight's Helium release.

The company has further information here. ®

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