Let’s not doubt the future of Vyatta and SDN, but let’s also understand there is a difference between software-defined and software-based solutions. I actually think Brad Hedlund wrote about this sometime last year, but after a quick search, I could not find it.
I think one key is not to underestimate the technology of a startup networking vendor although there are probably more now than there ever have been. While we see more start-ups emerge, those with promise will likely be acquired by an existing incumbent. This may seriously change the vendor landscape in the short term as we are already seeing.
This acquisition seems to make complete sense giving Brocade a strategy in the world of data center virtualization and software based networking solutions. Per the Vyatta CEO today on YouTube, Vyatta has had over 1M downloads so their reach is far, very far, while only having 1000 production installs and growing. I would expect leveraging the Brocade channel and sales teams will increases these numbers quickly.
As usual, I look forward to seeing how this and the greater world of software networking will impact our world over the next 2-3 years.
Congratulations to Brocade and Vyatta.