One of the core components of the On-Demand Data Center is the virtual Brocade vRouter, which had formerly been part of the Vyatta portfolio. Brocade acquired Vyatta in November of 2012. Vyatta had been building a Linux-based networking distribution and associated technologies; Herrell was CEO of Vyatta at the time of the company’s acquisition.
With the vRouter, users can spin up routing, network segmentation, and security services on demand. Brocade is now releasing a new version of the vRouter, which further extends the Vyatta technology’s capabilities. The new release includes support for Dynamic Multipoint VPN and multicast routing.
The vRouter extends the network into the server, something that other vendors, including Cisco with its Nexus1000v, have been doing as well. Going a step further, Brocade is now virtualizing its ADX Load Balancer technology. With the virtual ADX, load balancing can now be deployed on demand, alongside routing and compute, on virtual machines.
The first release of the virtual ADX will debut in June and include Layer 4 load balancing capabilities.