Network solutions vendor Brocade has unveiled the Brocade Vyatta Platform, the first phase of a multiyear strategy that delivers an open and modular networking platform for cloud hosting service providers.
The Brocade Vyatta Platform encompasses proven Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and emerging Software-Defined Networking (SDN) technologies based on open standards and open source initiatives. The platform utilizes established core components, such as the Brocade Vyatta vRouter and Brocade vADX products, along with the open source software projects such as OpenDaylight and OpenStack.
Embracing the requirements outlined within the ETSI NFV ISG, the architecture of the Brocade Vyatta Platform is comprised of three core layers: NFV Connection Services, SDN Structural Services and Functional Orchestration. Each layer of this open architecture is modular and enables customers to select the products and/or solutions that fit their particular data center requirements:
- NFV Connection Services – Deploy Layer 3-7 network functionality with the Brocade Vyatta vRouter and the Brocade vADX products, along with service chains including third-party elements where needed.
- SDN Structural Services – Leverage the rapid advancements of the multivendor OpenDaylight Project to simplify management through centralised control.
- Functional Orchestration – Engage a vast range of capabilities from OpenStack and widely interoperable third-party provisioning and orchestration layers.
The open and modular nature of this platform would enable interoperability and greater choice for customers. Communication between the layers utilizes transparent standards-based protocols and methods, including REST APIs and the NETCONF/YANG model, to ensure configuration interoperability.