Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/10/30/vyatta_open_source_networking/

Vyatta does open source networking with a mean streak

Tell Cisco what you really think

By Ashlee Vance

Posted in Data Networking, 30th October 2007 22:24 GMT

So much of the Web 2.0/Participation Age garbage arrives with false pretenses of goodwill. Give everyone a MySpace page and our collective spirit will fill the world with creativity and freshness. Gwana-gwana.

Thanks heavens then that we have companies such as Vyatta willing to use the web and its bloginess for proper, fist in your face business. The networking company has set up a charming web page where customers can post their goodbye letters to Cisco CEO John Chambers. "Write your Dear John letter and tell Cisco why you're leaving them. Whatever your reason....inflated pricing...tech support issues...expensive upgrades...not enough cuddling."

Vyatta seems more willing than most upstarts to mount a head-on attack against the big boy on the block. Part of this sense of entitlement may come from Vyatta's claims as an open source software maker. It has written router/firewall/VPN code and put that software on appliances (Dell's PowerEdge 860 server), hoping to undercut companies such as Cisco on price and ethos.

This week the Belmont, California-based company dished out Version 3 of its flagship Vyatta Community Edition software.

Vyatta has highlighted the following addition to its free software.

Interested folks can find the code here.

Going after Cisco is hardly an original attack. That said, it's only natural for a number of open source players to ride Linux's success and try and expand their piece of the data center management pie.

It's nice to see that Vyatta isn't relying on open source's alleged good name along as it tries to carve out a prominent place in the networking realm. More young companies should have the guts to kick their rivals where it counts. ®

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