Vyatta has bundled its dual-licensed Linux and open-source software-based router and firewall software into a branded hardware “appliance” version for the enterprise market.
The Vyatta 2501, the first in a “Series 2500” line of “Open Networking Appliances,” targets data centers requiring up to 10G bps of throughput.
Strategically, Vyatta intends to leverage commodity x86-based hardware and open-source software to compete on cost-performance with Cisco, Nortel and Juniper Networks. The 3-year-old startup offers a free Community version of its eponymous “Vyatta” software stack, as well as a commercially supported “Subscription” version.
Vyatta has previously offered complete hardware/software systems, reselling its software preinstalled on Dell-branded server-class platforms. It quietly shipped its first branded networking appliance, the small network-focused “514,” in March of this year. However, the Series 2500 appears to be Vyatta’s first branded hardware aimed at enterprise customers.
The Vyatta 2501 will be available later in August.