Brocade Pushes Open and Agile Software-Defined Networking (SDN)

Why is Brocade Offering Free One Year SDN Controller License and New Services for Users and Developers for its recently released Brocade® Vyatta® Controller?  The simple answer is Brocade wants to demonstrate commitment to helping customers accelerate their journey to open and agile Software-Defined Networking (SDN). The company also want to allow enterprises and service providers to explore and vet their SDN use cases without investing in expensive and time-consuming hardware acquisitions or software integrations. The free license provides management of up to five physical or virtual network nodes in a non-production environment and includes 60 days of free 24×7 worldwide access to the world-class Brocade Technical Assistance Center.

The industry’s transition to the New IP requires an open, software-driven strategy in order to maximize the benefits of Big Data, cloud, mobile and social initiatives. An open-source SDN solution provides greater innovation, interoperability and choice while eliminating costly vendor lock-in. However, adopting a new networking approach often requires unique expertise. According to GigaOm Research, a majority of organizations interested in open-source SDN want to get the technology from a commercial provider to lower their adoption risks and ensure that they receive reliable support — a key part of the Brocade approach to open-source SDN.

The Brocade Vyatta Controller is an edition of the OpenDaylight controller, the industry’s leading open source SDN controller. Brocade provides the tools and services to quickly implement software-defined networks and a completely open platform for application developers, with the backing of an established technology provider and its leaders within the OpenDaylight developer community.

To promote the development of innovative network applications, Brocade also announced the Brocade Vyatta Controller Developer Edition, which provides a comprehensive set of tools — including templates, libraries, and testing environments — to help developers quickly write and test SDN applications and easily deploy them into service. The Brocade Vyatta Controller is free of proprietary extensions, so developers can be assured that their applications will run on any other OpenDaylight-based controller. In addition, developers retain full intellectual property rights to the applications they build.

With SDN being a new frontier for both developers and users, Broacde announced new services around technical support, certification courses and professional services will help organizations transition to SDN seamlessly.

“Today’s announcement further distinguishes Brocade in our deep commitment to helping customers accelerate their transition to the New IP by delivering a truly open SDN solution based on the Brocade Vyatta Controller,” said Kelly Herrell, senior vice president and general manager, Software Networking, Brocade. “Our free license model, new services that cater to both users and developers, as well as ongoing allegiance to OpenDaylight, not only remove significant barriers to implementing SDN solutions but also accelerate the time from proof-of-concept to production.”

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