Brocade VNF Manager: Bringing end-to-end NFV/SDN Solutions to reality

Brocade, in continuation of leading the disruption in the industry, is taking another bold step to embrace a fully open source and open systems approach to networking. Today, Brocade is launching Brocade VNF Manager, a commercial pure-play distribution of OpenStack Tacker.

Tacker is a project that has incubated inside OpenStack. It plays the role of the VNF Manager, which is all about the lifecycle management of VNFs. Tacker has evolved into a Tier-1 Project in OpenStack with growing community participation and a mission to build NFV Orchestration software. Tacker’s goal is to achieve end-to-end Life-cycle management of Network Services and Virtual Network Functions. This service is designed to be compatible with the ETSI NFV Architecture Framework and other emerging NFV Orchestration architectures.

Sridhar Ramaswamy, the PTL of OpenStack Tacker, gives the context and an overview of the NFV Orchestration OpenSource project Tacker, its features, and roadmap here.

Brocade has focused on making significant contributions to the foundational architecture of Tacker — in the areas of reliability, scalability, and programmability—in order to strengthen the Project itself as a fully viable platform for the industry and for developers to rally around.

Brocade VNF Manager is an application focused on NFV orchestration based on the OpenStack Tacker Project. It provides automated NFV orchestration and VNF management using standards-based architectures. Through a combination of VNF health monitoring and lifecycle management, Brocade VNF Manager helps organizations automate network service delivery while simplifying their NFV deployment.

The Brocade VNF Manager is built continuously from the core Tacker project to ensure that our VNF Manager always remains in sync with the Project: Everything that works with the Tacker code will work with the Brocade VNF Manager – a pure-play approach to open source.

With Brocade VNF Manager, we are bringing together the worlds of Network and Service Orchestration with SDN via the Brocade SDN Controller. This is a great example of how Brocade VNF Manager can be used for instantiating the VNF’s and load them with the initial configuration. These VNFs can then be mounted and configured using Brocade SDN controller’s south-bound interfaces. Brocade VNF Manager integrated with the Brocade SDN Controller applies service specific configurations to VNFs using south-bound interfaces like NETCONF.

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The VNF Manager itself is easy to download, install and maintain. We’ll be providing a fully tested and documented downloadable image with installation tools and an intuitive GUI. Also, Brocade will be managing a lot of the administrative overhead that comes with software management: interoperability testing for VNFs, testing with OpenDaylight based SDN Controllers and more.

You can download the code and start playing with it. You can get a free trial of the Brocade's commercially-supported Tacker distribution here.

The free download is a full-featured VNF Manager with a 60-day license, and also comes with 60 days of free TAC support to help you get up and running.

Beyond the free download, we break things down for operations and developers, since different groups need different things.

For Operations, the production edition is licensed on a per-VM basis for 1 or 3-year subscription terms. It’s very inexpensive to start small and scale out, again, using existing hardware and software infrastructure. The licenses include Brocade TAC support as well.

The Developer Edition of VNF Manager is also licensed for 1- or 3-year subscription terms. Special developer-focused training sessions are available, as is consulting with our deep bench of Tacker experts for design and code reviews and more.

Professional services, including 1- and 2-day in-person training sessions and customer-specific integrations, are also available.

For more information about Brocade VNF Manager visit the SDN Controller and Applications page on

Previously published on the Brocade Community.