Vyatta's pay-as-you-go network virtualization

Vyatta's pay-as-you-go network virtualization

Summary: Attacking the number two cost in data center operations with network virtualization .from Yvatta


Vyatta's CEO, Kelly Herrell, published a piece on his blog explaining how his company's software could really help service providers.  Although he published it on March 1st, I only had a chance to read it this morning.

What's interesting to me that Robert Muir, Consonus' Vice President of Western Operations and Corporate Treasurer mentioned something when he was presenting a cost of model of data center operations that caused me to consider a solution very much like that presented by the good Mr. Herrell!

The number two cost in Consonus' data center operations was communications. The number one cost, by the way, was staff.  Although it wasn't clear how much of communications costs could be attributed to communications gear, it is clear that a significant reduction in the cost of networking equipment would help Cosonus' bottom line.

It would be worth the time to read through Kelly's post and consider what benefits could be obtained by using inexpensive industry standard systems rather than expensive network routers.

Topics: Hardware, Data Centers, Networking, Storage, Virtualization


Daniel Kusnetzky, a reformed software engineer and product manager, founded Kusnetzky Group LLC in 2006. He's literally written the book on virtualization and often comments on cloud computing, mobility and systems software. In his spare time, he's also the managing partner of Lux Sonus LLC, an investment firm.

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  • it's Vyatta not Yvatt

    it's Vyatta not Yvatta :)
    • Fixed....

      ...thanks for noting!
      David Grober, ZDNet
      David Grober
    • I always make that mistake!

      I'll fix that. I don't know why I always type their name incorrectly.

      Dan K
  • I'm getting ready to deploy...

    Vyatta in my small data center/NOC. I will be using it mostly as a VPN concentrator with light routing. The only thing I have been disappointed with is its method of VPN across a NAT'ed interface. Every appliance I have used uses IPsec passthrough. Vyatta wants to us NAT Traversal. This makes it incompatibles with every VPN device I use if I NAT the VPN interface. Fortunately I will use another device for my Gateway and this point becomes moot. And considering the other features and the fact that I am running their community edition on X86 platform, Vyatta is a tremendous value.

    In larger deployments, Vyatta on X86 will have trouble scaling past 10Gb due to limitations of the X86 platform versus specialized hardware acceleration of an appliance. This is adequate, however, for all but the largest deployments of someone such as an ISP.

    In the corporate world, Vyatta on X86 is a better solution than Cisco. Mainly due to the cost. Cisco will due nothing for you that Vyatta can't due and scaling up so much cheaper if you plan your original deployment, ie. use adequate X86 equipment to start with. Then scaling from say 1Gb to 10Gb requires only a new 10Gb adapter versus a whole new overpriced Cisco appliance.