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Brocade powers Rackspace’s on-demand networking and enhanced security capabilities for its hybrid cloud

Rackspace must have been listening to Tracy Corbo, a principal research analyst at Enterprise Management Associates who was quoted by NetworkWorld as saying "I'm convinced 2013 is going to be the year of the hybrid cloud infrastructure.”

A managed hosting service provider, Rackspace earlier this year launched its hybrid cloud offerings under the hood of which is the new Brocade’s Vyatta vRouter, a software network appliance that offers a customer-selectable software image for easy-to-configure firewall capabilities that deliver increased security. The solution also provides Virtual Private Network (VPN) gateway functionality and other networking services to customers, such as network address translation (NAT) and routing.

Says Rackspace CTO, John Engates: “We’re expanding the reach of our hybrid cloud portfolio by giving customers more choices for security and networking solutions to use across their public, private and dedicated cloud environments. To complement our existing physical firewall capabilities, the Brocade Vyatta vRouter now delivers virtual firewall and advanced networking solutions that enable customers to connect their data centers with the Rackspace Hybrid Cloud.”

The Brocade Vyatta vRouter adds to the breadth of Rackspace’s networking solutions, which consist of physical firewalls and load balancers, as well as global traffic management, threat management, web application firewall and log management capabilities in the hybrid cloud. The flexibility to select between physical and virtual devices allows customers to choose the right solution to meet the unique networking and security needs of their business.

Vyatta is a network virtualization technology startup acquired by Brocade in late 2012 as part of the company’s goal of offering its customers an end-to-end architecture built on a highly virtualized, dynamic network infrastructure. Vyatta’s next-generation, on-demand network OS delivers advanced routing and security functionality for physical, virtual and cloud networking environments. Vyatta pioneered and created the industry’s first and only platform-independent network operating system, the Vyatta Network OS. This OS enables system architects to secure and connect virtual, cloud or physical infrastructures while delivering the same elasticity, mobility, auto-provisioning and utility licensing benefits of the applications they support.

The Vyatta acquisition enables Brocade to extend its open data center fabric and IP networking technologies directly into any number of server hypervisor environments that gives customers the utmost choice and flexibility in selecting the right solution for their business needs.

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