Brocade unveils network virtualization software and gear

Brocade (s brcd) on Tuesday unveiled new software following on its November acquisition of Vyatta, showing that the network vendor, like Cisco (s csco) and others, is indeed going after higher layers of the networking stack.

It sounds as if Brocade wants to bill itself as the company that can generate network resources on the fly, only when and where they’re needed. It’s also investing heavily in software, a move that could bring it into competition with giants such as VMware. (s vmw)

Among the new products are a couple intended for network-function virtualization. Brocade’s Vyatta vRouter can virtually set up and configure networks on the fly. It’s available through Amazon (s amzn) Web Services’ marketplace. The Virtual ADX is intended for fast application delivery and control of application management.

Brocade also has decided to make its VCS fabric for connections across hardware available as a plug-in for OpenStack, so users can scale out their networks across multiple clouds.

While software is in the spotlight, Brocade also has a new four-port, 40 GbE card for its MLXe router. The card’s ports support both OpenFlow and traditional routing protocols.

I expect more vendors could follow suit as hardware vendors continue to push their software lineups; hype surrounding software-defined networking and network virtualization continues, and companies wonder what they should try. That means we’ll see a lot of new products hit the market, even as customers try to hire to figure out how to wade through all the FUD.