Brocade sort of gives away Vyatta Controller software to lure SDN customers

Brocade is offering a few one-year license for its Vyatta Controller for enterprises weaving their way into software-defined networking (SDN). The free license provides management of up to five physical or virtual network nodes in a non-production environment and includes 60 days of free 24x7 worldwide access to the Brocade Technical Assistance Centre – certainly an inexpensive and enticing way to try new technology, including time-consuming hardware acquisitions or software integrations.
An open-source SDN solution provides greater innovation, interoperability and choice while eliminating costly vendor lock-in. However, adopting a new networking approach often requires unique expertise.
GigaOm Research says a majority of organisations interested in open-source SDN want to get the technology from a commercial provider to lower their adoption risks and ensure that they receive reliable support – a key part of the Brocade approach to open-source SDN.
The Brocade Vyatta Controller Developer Edition provides a comprehensive set of tools – including templates, libraries, and testing environments – to help developers quickly write and test SDN applications and easily deploy them into service. 

A Gartner poll of IOM participants says many are still kicking the SDN tire, with very limited adoption outside of hyperscale and service provider organisations. 

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