Brocade Now Market Ready with an Expert Team and NFV

By CIOReview | Wednesday, April 9, 2014

FREMONT, CA: Brocade communication systems may not be a familiar name but it is a presence that enterprises feel everyday in their hardware and software. In an interview with John Xavior for Silicon Valley Journal, the CEO of Brocade Lloyd Carney says, “Go to any company you can name—Dell, NetApp, IBM, Fujitsu, Hitachi—and you can buy a product from me with their name on it and you would never know it was my product.”

The networking market has been transformed with new architectures, new technologies and vendors specifically targeting solutions to address the changing size and density of the data center, shifts in traffic patterns and the increasing requirement to simplify network operations.

According to IDC, Brocade holds the second position in worldwide market share in datacenter networking and continues pushing forward in that area. Though it entered into the market with Storage Area Network switches which gave them a strong foothold in the market, they are now shifting slowly into the open source networking.

Teren Bryson in his article for Enterprise Network Planet writes how the company has built a team of experts. With the knowledge and experience of Dave Meyer, a former employee at Cisco, along with Benson Schliesser and Tom Nadeau from Juniper Networks joining the board, Brocade is all set to become a disruptive market force.

Carney also recently said that Brocade will continue to invest in maintaining their installed base in SAN, growing footprint in data center IP and emerging technologies, such as software networking.

The company had also recently extended support for OpenFlow 1.3 across its IP portfolio of routing and switching products, extending the company’s leadership and evolutionary approach to Software-Defined Networking (SDN).

So many changes in technologies have been taking place in the last 30 years. Carney believes that networking is the one that has been slow to follow the trend. But now it is also undergoing serious transformations with software defined networking and network functions virtualizations.

“The big trend in the industry right now is taking those functions off from expensive hardware and putting it on generic x86 machines that everybody has. Now people are starting to virtualize and we are leading the charge in that respect. We have a virtual firewall, a virtual router, a virtual load balancer. We have over 1.5 million downloads so far for this stuff,” explains Carney.

Brocade Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) solutions suite consist of Brocade Vyatta vRouter and the Brocade Virtual ADX—helping organizations build fast, effective, and secure networks in environments with prominence to agility and automation.