Brocade Unveils Open SDN, NFV Platform for Network Operators

By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2014-06-10 Print this article Print

NFV will let network operators create less expensive and faster networks. With more of the networking tasks being moved over to software, network operators can slow down buying expensive IT products built specifically for their industry and, instead, buy more traditional data center equipment, Herrell said.

"You don't think of telcos as big data center buyers, but telcos are big data center buyers now," he said.

The open nature of Brocade's Vyatta Platform will give them a wider range of options over proprietary technologies, Herrell said. In a market analysis developed for Brocade, Caroline Chappell, senior analyst with Heavy Reading, wrote that demand will grow for open platforms.

"At such an early stage of the network-as-a-platform evolution, there are numerous vendors trying to establish themselves as network platform builders," Chappell wrote. "But operators consistently argue that the network platform is too strategic and complex to be left to a single vendor alone. Instead, there is growing support for an open network platform based on open technologies, such as an open network OS, open network controller and open infrastructure management and orchestration."

Brocade's Vyatta Platform envelopes three primary layers, with the first being NFV Connection Services, which encompasses Layer 3-7 network functionality with such Brocade products as the Vyatta vRouter (virtual routers) and vADX (virtual application delivery switches), as well as third-party technologies.

For SDN, Brocade also is helping develop the elements of the open framework being developed by the vendor-driven OpenDaylight Project, which was launched last year by Cisco, IBM and a range of other companies (Brocade is a member). For basic orchestration, Brocade is leveraging OpenStack and technologies from third parties.



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