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Brocade Acquires Vyatta

According to Light Reading we have another big acquisition in the SDN market:

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.

However, Greg Ferro is putting things in perspective (as we expect of him, of course):

While Vyatta and Brocade are positioning this acquisition as being about software-defined networking, this is somewhat overstated. What Vyatta has built is a software network platform that runs on standard Intel hardware and supports common routing protocols such as OSPF, BGP and more.
Vyatta is “made” of software but the products are not SDN today. On the other hand, you can be certain that they will be extended to support SDN capabilities in very near future. Still, it’s closer to the truth than a lot of other companies who are attempting “SDN-washing” of their product lines.

As Brent Salisbury found out from their documentation; Vyatta itself is a bit more conservative about their possibilities:

Software-Defined Networking (SDN) allows you to design, provision and scale Layer 2 (L2) networks to meet rapidly changing business needs. Vyatta’s virtual routers, virtual firewalls and VPNs enable you to connect the L2 SDN “islands” to each other, as well as the broader infrastructure.

This is the next one in a row of acquisitions in this space. The virtual- and overlay network market is on the move. I wonder who will be next.