In my 32 year career in the IT industry there has never been a better time to embrace the partners needed to meet client requirements, needs and expectations. Brocade has built its business on partnering with suppliers who deliver enterprise class infrastructure in all the major markets. IBM is one example of a partner who has lead the market in building innovative applications, compute/processing and storage to meet those ever changing needs. With IBM being a founding member of the OpenPOWER Foundation it has established yet another platform where an eco-system of vendors and suppliers can build new options for client solutions.
Brocade recognizes that OpenPOWER platforms are providing choice and with that choice comes the need to enable those platforms with the same networking capabilities that users are familiar with. If you have been in a cave for the last 8 years, you may not know that Brocade has broken out of its mold of being a fibre channel switch vendor and now supports a portfolio of IP networking platforms along with innovative solutions in Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV).
The OpenPOWER Foundation’s membership has exploded since its inception and is clearly making a mark on new processor options for the open processor market. As Brocade’s SVP and GM of Software Networking, Kelly Herrell says, “OpenPOWER processors provide innovation that powers datacenter and cloud workloads”. Enterprise Datacenters and Service Providers (SP) markets are key areas of focus for Brocade and by delivering on its promise of the “New IP” businesses will be able to transition to more automation, accelerated service delivery and new revenue opportunities.