Brocade dials up DevOps

Acquires workflow automation start-up StackStorm to orchestrate IT


Brocade is buying automation start-up StackStorm in an effort boost its DevOps offerings and capabilities, StackStorm announced on its website.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

StackStorm’s software is an event-driven automation platform designed to integrate components of an IT environment. It’s used for auto-remediation, including response to security events and easing complex deployments.

It also integrates with chat platforms such as Slack and HipChat for launching and tracking workflows via chat messages.

The company’s Flow application is a visual workflow designer that visually represents automations and manipulates automation code via drag and drop actions. It provides a visual representation of end-to-end workflow automation, StackStorm says.    

StackStorm’s software is available in free open source and commercial enterprise versions. Under the Brocade deal, it will be extended to networking, and new integrations will be developed for automation across IT domains such as storage, compute and security, the start-up stated on its website.

In a blog post, Brocade said this will bring DevOps automation, up to now enjoyed only by “Cloud Titans” such as Amazon and Facebook, to the mass IT market.

“(DevOps) methods are now widely accepted for managing data center resources such as compute, storage, and virtualization, but have yet to see broad adoption to manage networking,” states P.G. Menon, senior director of technology and strategy for routing, switching and analytics at Brocade. “Using StackStorm technology, Brocade customers will be able to bring DevOps methods to networking as well as experience many of the benefits of scale-out IT automation enjoyed by the Cloud Titans.”

This will pit Brocade directly against larger IT competitors HPE, Dell and Cisco in IT workflow automation. Docker also dove into DevOps-defined networking with its recent acquisition of start-up SocketPlane.

StackStorm was founded in 2013. Investors include XSeed Capital, Finaves, and Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs.

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