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Vyatta, A Brocade Company
Corporation (wholly owned subsidiary of Brocade Communications Systems)
Industry LAN, wide area network, security appliance, Internet security, network security
Founded 2005
Headquarters Belmont, CA
Key people
CEO: Kelly Herrell
Products Router, firewall, VPN, virtual router, virtual firewall, DHCP, network address translation, web caching, network virtualization
Number of employees

Vyatta provides software-based virtual router, virtual firewall and VPN products for Internet Protocol networks (IPv4 and IPv6). A free download of Vyatta has been available since March 2006. The system is a specialized Debian-based Linux distribution with networking applications such as Quagga, OpenVPN, and many others. A standardized management console, similar to Juniper JUNOS or Cisco IOS, in addition to a web-based GUI and traditional Linux system commands, provides configuration of the system and applications. In recent versions of Vyatta, web-based management interface is supplied only in the subscription edition. However, all functionality is available through KVM, serial console or SSH/telnet protocols. The software runs on standard x86-64 servers.

Vyatta is also delivered as a virtual machine file and can provide (vrouter, vfirewall, VPN) functionality for Xen, VMware, KVM, Rackspace[1] and Amazon EC2 virtual and cloud computing environments. As of October, 2012, Vyatta has also been available through Amazon Marketplace and can be purchased as a service to provide VPN, cloud bridging and other network functions to users of Amazon's AWS services.

Vyatta sells a subscription edition that includes all the functionality of the open source version as well as a graphical user interface, access to Vyatta's RESTful API's, Serial Support, TACACS+, Config Sync, System Image Cloning, software updates, 24x7 phone and email technical support, and training. Certification as a Vyatta Professional is now available. Vyatta also offers professional services and consulting engagements.

The Vyatta system is intended as a replacement for Cisco IOS 1800 through ASR 1000[2] series Integrated Services Routers (ISR) and ASA 5500 security appliances, with a strong emphasis on the cost and flexibility inherent in an open source, Linux-based system[3] running on commodity x86 hardware or in VMware ESXi, Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix XenServer, Open Source Xen and KVM virtual environments.

In 2012, Brocade Communications Systems acquired Vyatta and renamed it "Vyatta, a Brocade Company". In April, 2013, Brocade renamed the product from the Vyatta Subscription Edition (VSE) to the Brocade Vyatta 5400 vRouter.[4] The latest commercial release of the Brocade vRouter is no longer open-source based.

Vyatta Core

The free community Vyatta Core software (VC) is an open source network operating system providing advanced IPv4 and IPv6 routing, stateful firewalling, secure communication through both an IPSec based VPN as well as through the SSL based OpenVPN.[5]

In October 2013 an independent group started a fork of Vyatta Core under the name VyOS.[6]

Release History

Version number Release date Status Branch Based on Kernel used Major changes Notes
6.6 [7] May 2013 Current Daisy Pacifica 3.3.8 DMVPN, Multicast Routing, SNMPv3
6.5 Oct. 2012 Current Pacifica Oxnard 3.3 Support for Hyper V, policy based routing, Virtual Tunnel Interface (VTI), BGP Multipath support, and IPsec for IPv6, 64-bit support IPS is removed from Vyatta Core.
6.4 April 2012 Historical Oxnard Napa 3.0.23 reorganizing operational mode commands, better support of VRRP, Global stateful behavior for firewall,Connection Tracking Enhancements, Enhanced Connection Sync Functionality - Support for seamless failover of FTP, SIP and H.323 connections, NAT Enhancements, CLI Enhancements, Upgrade improvements for bare-metal installations (VSE only), Virtualization upgrade improvements (VSE only), VMware vSphere 5 support (VSE only), XenServer 6.0 support (VSE only), expanded GUI with additional tabs – Dashboard and Statistics. (VSE only)
6.3[8] August 2011 Historical Napa Mendocino 2.6.37 x.509 for IPsec, improved user management for remote access VPN, OpenVPN sessions restart, OpenVPN server bridging, migration use volatile data apart from config between images, file management commands. Web GUI is removed from Vyatta Core. First release with experimental 64-bit builds.
6.2[9] March 2011 Historical Mendocino Larkspur 2.6.35 Build on Debian Squeeze (vs 6.1 based on Lenny), configurable serial console lines, confirmed commits, configuration archive and possibility to view changes, scripting API, IPv6 DNS resolver, OpenVPN Enhancements, improved Config Mgmt
6.1[10] August 2010 Historical Larkspur Kenwood 2.6.32 DHCPv6, stateful firewall failover, LLDP, configuration items (de)activating and commenting, OpenVPN bridging, IPv6 BGP.
6.0[11] April 2010 Historical Kenwood Isla Vista, Jenner 2.6.31 IPv6 firewall, IPv6 BGP, OSPFv3, firewall groups, binary installation, p2p traffic control, NetFlow, drivers for serial interfaces removed. Vyatta Community renamed to Vyatta Core, subscription and community branches merged[12]
5.0.2[13] March 2009 Historical Isla Vista Hollywood, Hollister[14] 2.6.26 OpenVPN, ethernet bonding, web proxy, url filtering (Squish), IPS (Snort), dns forwarding, wireless modems, RAID1, basic IPv6 support, serial interfaces full support.
4.1[15] September 2008 Historical Hollywood Glendale 2.6.24 BGP MD5 authorization, experimental IPS, ADSL interfaces Incremental update for 4.0, never released as a separate distro.
4.0[16] April 2008 Historical Glendale Eureka[17] 2.6.23 New CLI, PPTP and L2TP VPN servers, PPPoE client, DHCP client, WAN load balancing, ECMP (Equal Cost Multipath Routing), user roles. XORP replaced with quagga.
3.0[18] October 2007 Historical Dublin Camarillo 2.6.20 IPsec VPN, multilink PPP, BGP enhancements.
2.2 September 2007 Historical Camarillo Bakersfield 2.6.20 ? Probably an update set for 2.0.
2.0[19] Feb 2007 Historical Alameda 1.1.1 2.6.16 Multiport T1/E1 cards, BGP performance improved, experimental IPv6 and multicast routing.
1.1 ? Historical ? ? 2.6.16 ? The first Debian based release.[20]
1.0[21] 24 July 2006 Historical ? ? ?? ?
0.5[21] 6 April 2006 Historical ? ? 2.6.12 ?


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External links

  • Official website
  • Open Source Community
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