Brocade Buys Vyatta for Software Routing Smarts
Brocade Communications Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: BRCD) is buying Vyatta Inc. for an undisclosed sum to give it more capabilities in the software-defined networking field.
Keith Stewart, senior director of product management at Brocade, says that the deal, announced Monday, will enable the company to more quickly connect and segment virtual networks on a physical backbone, building on the software-defined networking (SDN) plan Brocade first laid out in May this year.
"The Vyatta acquisition gives us more capabilities in this area with software routing and a virtual firewall," says Stewart.
Such functionality can be used in both the public and enterprise spheres. For instance, Stewart says, a cloud-based service provider could use it to provision space for multiple tenants on a network. An enterprise customer, meanwhile, could use it to separate the financial department from the rest of their colleagues on the network.
This requires more than just tunneling, he notes; it needs software routing and security services as well.
Stewart says Brocade intends to keep the Vyatta brand and the team, which will report to Ken Cheng, VP of Brocade's routing, application delivery and software networking group. The acquisition is expected to close this calendar quarter.
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