Once upon a time, a long time ago, all computing functions resided in a single box. Processing, input/output, storage and networking were unified. Then functions and applications were split out into a large array of special-purpose appliances. This lead to complexity. After fighting complexity for ages, companies are looking for ways to re-unify their computing environment. Vyatta is making it possible to reunite networking with computing.
It started by building a complete network virtualization environment that could be run on an industry standard system rather than requiring a special-purpose networking appliance or router. This approach made it possible for Vyatta customers to purchase systems from their favorite supplier, under their normal volume purchasing agreement, and get the same functions that perviously were available only by purchasing stand-alone routing systems from suppliers such as Cisco or Juniper.
The next step Vyatta took was to make this software available to run as a virtual machine so that the network virtualization function could be consolidated with all of the other tasks that industry standard systems were supporting. When one considered the processing power, the memory and the network I/O available in these systems, network virtualization could still have more resources available than if the special-purpose network routers or network appliances were installed.
As the concept of "software defined networks," that is networking that is dynamic and parameter driven, began to emerge, Vyatta added this capability to its software.
Vyatta's announcement of VNOS 6.5 follows logically from what it has done in the past. It is possible the organizations could both improve their network operations and reduce the overall cost of network hardware through the use of technology like that being offered by Vyatta.