I came in very excited about the real world potential of Brocade’s Vyatta Controller and I left no less enthusiastic. For a quick summary Brocade has announced that they are building a commercially packaged version of the Open Daylight controller. Think RedHat for Linux. What excites me about this is the fact that at the very least this is a nice potential stepping stone for Enterprises into OpenFlow and SDN in general and at best this is going to be a dominant driver of SDN adoption across Enterprise environments.
To state the obvious: the vast majority of Enterprises are more risk adverse than tech oriented companies like hosting providers and web-scale and to a degree ISPs as well. A commercially packaged SDN controller, especially one that is based fundamentally on OpenSource, is going to ease the initial adoption concerns for most businesses.
I am going to cut this post short because I have been waiting to publish this for too long. I had planned to install BVC (Brocade Vyatta Controller) in a mininet lab and blog some thoughts with around that along with this blog post but alas I have not yet made the time to do so. I am still planning to do a follow up blog post with these impressions, hopefully sooner than later.
I will end by summarizing that Brocade is doing a lot of good things and doing them the right way. I can’t help but feel that they are going to pick up some additional market share in the IP (Internet Protocol) and will likely be a major force in SDN in the years to come. I will also leave you with a host of really great resources that I am using for my planned follow up blog post:
If you held a gun to my head and told me to pick the best solution for a next generation data center network solution for a large enterprise with a myriad of requirements such as multi-hypervisor and a moderate amount of physical hosts … I would pick Cisco ACI.
Frankly, I didn’t learn anything new from the NFD presentation about ACI but the one big takeaway I got from it is that a wider audience is beginning to at least understand the theory of the solution. Carly Stoughton (@_vCarly) did an excellent job with her whiteboard presentation and explanation of ACI and it was probably the most effective whiteboard presentation I have ever seen. If you have not seen the videos and you are still perplexed by what Cisco means by ‘Application Centric’ and what makes it different watch the video below. Fundamentally, the answer is the policy model but just watch the video:
You can also find the other videos from the Cisco ACI presentation here:
Again, my biggest takeaway is that I noticed that the Cisco sales team is starting to understand he solution and they are figuring out how to craft the message so that others can easily understand it.
If you want my thoughts on ACI in general you can see my previous blogs on the subject: