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“Open” is core to Brocade’s strategy

Zafirah Salim | July 3, 2014
Brocade’s recently launched Vyatta Platform, an open networking platform for telcos, is apparently a first in the industry.

Secondly, it is built around open APIs. Each modular component of the network platform exposes public APIs that give users access to root capabilities within the component. In an open platform, there is no concept of "super partners" with privileged access to platform functionality. Components are completely malleable so that they can be extended and changed to suit the needs of the platform implementer.

Lastly, it uses open, public protocols such as OpenFlow to control, and NETCONF/YANG for configuration.

Service revenue a low-hanging fruit

"Our business goal for network platforms is that we want to enable telcos to reach the low-hanging, high-value fruit, which is service revenue," Sia said.

"With open platforms, service providers can deploy a lot of NFV services very quickly. Deploying NFV services is not just about installing a firewall or virtual router, you need to manage it and talk to the different components. There are a lot of complexities involved, and with the Vyatta platform, it helps to simplify and remove the complexities. As a result, it helps service provider customers to realise and generate service revenue a lot quicker," he added.

By adopting a software platform approach, such as the Brocade Vyatta Platform, customers gain control over each layer of their infrastructure to ensure they leverage the right components and adapt more quickly to changing business conditions, all while reducing CapEx and OpEx.

Looking forward

Brocade has acquired Vyatta approximately 18 months ago, and right now it intends to focus on building an open architecture. The company stated that the launch of Vyatta platform is only the first phase, and it looks forward to future developments in years to come.

"The growing complexity of today's virtualised networks has made it no longer feasible to rely on a single vendor to deliver an end-to-end solution that fits every customer's requirements of service agility and scalability," said Lam. "The Brocade Vyatta Platform is the industry's first truly open platform to embrace a growing vendor ecosystem dedicated to open standards and open source projects for cloud and telco providers seeking software-based solutions to achieve new revenue streams and regain control over their networks."

"With regards to working with industry partners, we will continue to build out the Brocade Vyatta Platform to advance interoperability and ensure the platform is carrier-grade," he added.


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