Vyatta got its start back in 2006 with an open source Linux routing platform called the Open Flexible Router. The company evolved in the following years to position itself as an open source based alternative to Cisco and networking technology from proprietary vendors. Vyatta has raised millions in funding over the years, including a $10 million C round led by Citrix Systems in 2009.
In 2012, Vyatta evolved further with its vPlane technology which is a Layer 3 forwarding plane for network traffic.
“We believe that Vyatta has the best for software network and we believe that virtual routing will be next phase of routing,” Cheng said.
From a Vyatta perspective, CEO Kelly Herrell said that the acquisition is a fantastic match for his company. He noted that Vyatta’s products do not encroach on any Brocade products.
“That means that Brocade is in a position to wield a software strategy with great aggression,” Herrell said. “That’s not something that you can say about other incumbents.”