Brocade was one of the earliest backers of the Linux Foundation's OpenDaylight project and its effort to build a multi-stakeholder Software Defined Networking (SDN) controller. Brocade's OpenDaylight legacy is now being continued by new networking startup Lumina Networks.
Lumina Networks acquired the SDN controller assets associated with Brocade's OpenDaylight efforts as Brocade is set to be acquired by Broadcom in a deal valued at $5.9 billion. As part of the Broadcom deal, Brocade is selling off its IP networking assets and to date has sold its Ruckus division to ARRIS for $800 million, Vyatta virtual networking assets to AT&T, Virtual Application Delivery Controller to Pulse Secure, data center networking assets to Extreme Networks and Virtual Evolved Packet Core technology to Mavenir.
Financial terms of the SDN controller assets acquired by Lumina from Brocade have not been publicly disclosed.
"Our job is to be the catalyst to help service providers bring open software networking out of the lab and into their live network," Andrew Coward, chief executive officer at Lumina Networks, said in a statement. "We started Lumina Networks to ensure providers can use open source in critical use cases. But just delivering technology is not enough. Our customers are doing the implementation with us, so they can learn and acquire the skills, tools and practices needed to develop and manage the platforms we jointly deploy."
Prior to helping launch Lumina Networks, Coward worked from January 2014 until earlier this month as the VP of Strategy at Brocade.
Lumina Networks technology offerings include:
• Lumina SDN Controller: Providing a tested and validated version of OpenDaylight, that provides a common open platform to control the network and manage its nodes.
• Lumina Flow Manager: A controller-based application that enables more simplified and sophisticated traffic engineering of the network with advanced algorithms such as path-computation for efficient traffic flows.
• Lumina Zero Touch Installer: A controller-based application that provides initialization of devices, such as virtual CPE, with the correct software image and configuration automatically.
Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.