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: