Brocade launches its OpenDaylight system controller
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September 24, 2014
Brocade said earlier today that it has added another element to its SDN applications, launching its
OpenDaylight system controller.
The new system runs under its proprietary Vyatta platform. Most of the company's focus for
the controller is that it offers a low-risk entry to SDN (software defined networking) with the
company aiming to let enterprise customers migrate current workloads to an SDN environment
Brocade is also promoting its 100 percent 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, Ben Hickey, told us that
it's designed to be an easy-to-use commercial platform for SDN. Brocade believes that OpenDaylight
is going to become the de-facto standard for SDN, he said.
“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
“Taking an in-house or single product, and publishing the code on github” isn't enough to make a
product open source, Hickey added.
“Where the value comes from is to have the community develop the project,” he added. There will also
be professional services to help developers and partners work with the Vyatta Controller and the
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 overall service optimization.
The controller will be available in November, along with the first two applications, and will be
based on OpenDaylight's Helium release, Brocade says.
Source: Brocade Software.
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