"All of the stuff we're working on -- Vyatta, [the OpenDaylight SDN] controller, pieces of OpenStack -- are all pieces of that story," Meyer says. "Building out our expertise in the SDN and OpenStack space is kind of crucial to all of this."
So is Linux-based container technology, which is also on Brocade's radar but perhaps on the periphery. Meyers says the Vyatta folks have their heads down developing use cases for their software as they evaluate a potential fit for container development tools, which allow apps to be ported across Linux hosts without requiring a full-blown virtual machine.
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