This coming friday I'll be chatting up with Kelly Herrel (CEO). We have had contact for about 2 years now but have never spoken to each other, can you imagine that?
The company isn't quiet about taking on the big C, and why should it be? Open source companies have never been shy about taking their commercial counterparts to task. But that's not why we like them.
We think Vyatta is a company to watch because it has a compelling technology, and because its offerings appeal to companies that don't have a Cisco-sized budget. (And to companies that do, but would prefer to save the money for other things, like salaries.) We also like Vyatta because it commoditizes network deployment in the same way that Linux commoditized the operating system market.
Check them all out at LinuxMag