Brocade Makes Vyatta SDN Controller Free For A Year
Data and storage networking specialist Brocade has announced that it is going to make its Vyatta software-defined networking (SDN) tool free for a year.
The company is keen to make it easier and less expensive for businesses to adopt the SDN controller, with this offer seen to be an important step in that process. Brocade has also revealed that it is going to be launching a developer programmer that is designed to enable programmers to embrace the Vyatta tool when they are making networking applications.
Brocade bought Vyatta back in 2012, and with it the company acquired the framework of its SDN offerings. In September 2014 Brocade released the Vyatta SDN controller and now, to boost uptake of the new tool, it has said that it will be making it available for free as a download from 20 January through to the end of the year.
Kelly Herrell, senior vice president and general manager of Brocade's software networking business, told eWeek that making the controller on an open source platform was also important to aid adoption.
He explained that the push toward cloud computing, big data, mobility and social networking, among other trends, is driving the need for more agile, flexible and affordable networks. SDN is playing a central role in this by removing the control plane and network jobs – like load balancing and firewalls – and putting them into software that can run on lower-cost commodity hardware.
In addition, Brocade will be running the Brocade Vyatta Controller Developer Edition, which offers developers the tools needed to create, test and deploy SDN applications.
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