Enterprise networking vendor Brocade has priced the Brocade SDN Controller 2.0, a commercial distribution of the OpenDaylight (ODL) controller based on the Lithium ODL release, at $100.
The US-based technology company has also introduced two software-defined networking (SDN) applications — Brocade Topology Manager, a free SDN application, and Brocade Flow Manager for $40 per attached node per year including support.
The company is offering a free download of the Brocade SDN Controller including 60 days of technical support.
The price of production license for the Brocade SDN Controller is $100 per attached node per year, including support.
Brocade said its latest open source SDN controller distribution delivers enhancements to meet data center requirements for improved interoperability and orchestration.
Features of Brocade’s latest open source SDN controller
# Enhancements to the Open vSwitch Database (OVSDB) interface and OpenStack Modular Layer 2 plug-in enable cloud providers to use an open software stack to manage data center infrastructure
# OpenDaylight clustering for improved scalability and stability
# A new user interface for applications to provide intuitive view of the network under control
The networking company said that Brocade Topology Manager displays discovered network topology, allowing administrators to create a list of nodes and conduct simple searches for nodes.
The Brocade Flow Manager extends the capabilities of the Brocade Topology Manager by enabling users to view and interact with the network topology using near-real-time information to perform traffic engineering and network segmentation based on flow views.
Ninety percent of respondents said that an open SDN controller with support for multiple vendors is an essential or important factor in SDN deployment plans. Lack of in-house SDN expertise is the third biggest obstacle in implementing SDN, said Heavy Reading.
“Delivering open solutions like the Brocade SDN Controller 2.0 and related applications, packaged with a full complement of education and services, will facilitate the smooth journey to SDN for customers,” said Kelly Herrell, senior vice president and general manager, Software Networking, Brocade.