Did you know that Brocade turned 20 this year? That’s two decades of pioneering the future of networking technology. To celebrate, let’s take a look back at company milestones happening just over the past year. From launching first-in-kind solutions and extending innovative technology to winning prestigious awards, hiring industry-leading talent and more, here is a brief recap of top 2015 accomplishments.
Then, in April, our channel program was yet again awarded CRN’s top-ranked “5-Star” recognition, a distinction given to those companies who offer the “best partnering elements” to their solution providers.
In August, Brocade CEO Lloyd Carney explained to CRN why the transition to open source will be difficult for companies like Cisco, who unlike Brocade, are unable to support the new era of data center networking, which is based around ease of use, automation, software-defined and, most importantly, open architectures.
We were proud to welcome industry sales veteran Pete Peterson to our organization in November, as vice president of Worldwide Channel Sales, leading our channel strategy and go-to-market ecosystem of channel and distribution partners. Peterson brings more than 30 years of sales and leadership experience to Brocade!
Since Brocade was founded in 1995, it has challenged conventional thinking about networks and set the pace for new technologies. For instance, in 2010 Brocade unveiled the first Ethernet fabric. Brocade’s Gen 5 Fibre Channel with 16 Gbps was first to market in 2013. Brocade still has the fastest virtual router on the market, downloaded more than 1.5 million times.
Today Brocade, together with our partners, is helping customers transform their networks to the New IP, an industry term for an innovative approach to networking that is software-enabled, user-centric and based on open standards.