Brocade has turned to the open source community for its new Vyatta controller.
Brocade A/NZ senior director, Gary Denman, said the Software-Defined Networking (SDN) controller was built from the OpenDaylight Project, a community-led open source project focused on bolstering SDN and Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV).
"Based on customer feedback based, we went with open source for Vyatta and support the community around open source," he said.
Denman said the appeal of OpenDaylight is its stability as a development platform for organisations and developers, and it comes with portability for any OpenDaylight-based controller.
"Open source is the piece customers are looking for now to be able to start deploying virtualised networks, and the Vyatta controller will bring together a range of capabilities for automation and provisioning that they have wanted in a non-proprietary manner," he said.
The open nature of the Vyatta controller means it is available for Brocade and non-Brocade networking platforms.
Denman said customers and partners already have skills and investments in existing technologies, and they are looking to be able to utilise those without being locked down in a single eco-system.
"This is not a proprietary approach where it dictates you have to buy a Brocade stack," he said.
"It will interface into whatever you choose to use, because the trend in the industry is a move away from the constraints of a being with one particular implementation or set of technologies."
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