Open source networking vendor Vyatta has introduced an upgrade to its namesake operating system, featuring a remote access API designed to let customers leverage in-house and third-party network management tools and provisioning systems to control their Vyatta deployments. The new API helps reduce management costs by allowing customers to tap tools they already have in-house, says Vyatta.
According to Vyatta, the 6.0 release of its networking OS includes more than 30 enhancements to its Vyatta Core and Vyatta Subscription Edition versions. With the new release, the company has moved to a single, core code base for the two versions of its OS. Vyatta Core contains all of the open-source components of the OS, while Vyatta Subscription adds features such as the Vyatta Remote API and VyattaGuard, a Web-filter for implementing Internet security policies. By maintaining a single code base, the company says it can more quickly deliver OS updates to customers.
“Even as we continually advance our core routing and security functionality for enterprise and cloud networks -- delivering ever greater value compared to the competition -- we are also focused on improving the customer experience by making it easier to implement, maintain and manage our solution," said Tom McCafferty, director of marketing at Vyatta. “With its Open Core model, new Remote Access API, and a raft of great new features, Vyatta Version 6.0 is a huge step forward for our community and customers worldwide.”
Vyatta’s open-source OS runs on standard x86 servers, providing routing and network security features in a software-only product. The company says the software is used by both enterprise organizations internally and cloud service providers in the infrastructures they use to offer their services to customers.
Other new features in Vyatta Core Version include Netflow and sFlow logging and analysis, 802.11 wireless LAN access point and base station capabilities, binary image installation for version management, compatibility with IPv6 core routing and firewall functions, P2P firewall functions, and QoS enhancements. In addition to the Remote Access API, enhancements to the Vyatta Subscription Edition include implementation of Terminal Access Controller Access-Control System Plus (TACACS+), a protocol that provides access control, authentication, authorization and accounting services.
Vyatta Core Version 6.0 can be downloaded for free from the vendor’s Web site, and is not supported. Vyatta Subscription Edition licenses start at $747, and the company’s VyattaGuard Web Filtering services start at $250 per year. The company also sells a dedicated application with preloaded Vyatta software and subscription services.
Vyatta positions its software-only router as a cost-effective alternative to products from networking giant Cisco. The company says its products can scale from branch-office deployments to running networks for service providers, and is often used in virtualized environments.
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