Brocade, as a charter member of the OpenDaylight Project, announced its own OpenDaylight-based SDN Controller in September 2014. The Brocade SDN Controller was in development for five months prior to its launch, and will be based on the OpenDaylight Project’s Helium code release, due out this fall. General availability for the Brocade SDN Controller was set for November 2014.
The OpenDaylight Project, announced in April 2014 and hosted by the Linux Foundation, was created in order to advance SDN and NFV adoption. It was created as a community-led and industry-supported open source framework. The aim of the OpenDaylight Project is to offer a functional SDN platform that gives users directly deployed SDN without the need for other components. In addition to this, contributors and vendors can deliver add-ons and other pieces that will offer more value to OpenDaylight.
OpenDaylight Controller Architecture
Brocade SDN Controller Features
The Brocade SDN Controller, the first commercial Controller built directly from OpenDaylight code, allows users to freely optimize their network infrastructure to address the needs of their specific workloads. Features of the Brocade SDN Controller include:
- A common SDN domain for multi-vendor networks and virtual machines (VM)
- Single-source technical support for Brocade SDN Controller domains
- Easy-to-use installation tools and developer support
- Pre-tested packages and services optimized for the different needs of service providers and traditional network operations
- Flexibility for OpenDaylight applications developed on the Vyatta Controller
The Brocade SDN Controller is part of Brocade’s “new IP” vision and will incorporate OpenStack orchestration, OpenDaylight-based control, as well as virtual and physical network gear. The Vyatta Controller is open source, but Brocade will offer a commercial version.
Brocade will also offer applications for the Brocade SDN Controller. The first two will be sold separately from the Controller:
- The Path Explorer: calculates optimal paths through the network; available with the first release of the Brocade SDN Controller
- Volumetric Traffic Management: recognizes elephant flows and volume-based attacks; slated for early 2015.