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Company Profile: Brocade

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Enterprise and Service Provider Networking

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Founded in 1995, Brocade is an industry leader in providing reliable, high-performance network solutions that help the world’s leading organizations transition smoothly to a virtualized world where applications and information reside anywhere.



Today, Brocade is extending its proven data center expertise across the entire network with future-proofed solutions built for consolidation, network convergence, virtualization, and cloud computing.


Headquartered in San Jose, California, the company has approximately 4,000 employees worldwide and serves a wide range of industries and customers in more than 160 countries. With a complete family of Ethernet, storage, and converged networking solutions, Brocade helps organizations achieve their most critical business objectives.

Contributions To OpenStack From Brocade

Brocade, along with OpenStack, will deliver the benefits of open and interoperable cloud architectures. A member of the OpenStack alliance since 2011 and now a corporate sponsor, Brocade has embraced this open source cloud platform as part of its cloud architecture strategy and is optimizing its networking portfolio for OpenStack. In particular, Brocade is committed to an open framework for management and orchestration, in order to promote multivendor and system-to-system interoperability for cloud environments.


By facilitating networking within the OpenStack architecture, Brocade can provide cloud-optimized integration for a portfolio of solutions that support the building of private, public and hybrid clouds. Moreover, by engaging with the OpenStack open source software community to deliver a set of standard APIs, Brocade will provide the foundation for life cycle management applications that enable higher-level services and better control of network behavior.

Products & Services

As an initial proof point, Brocade is demonstrating a prototype with OpenStack Quantum support for Brocade VCS Fabric technology, which provides intelligent Ethernet fabric capabilities that enable the graceful transition to elastic, highly automated, robust, cloud-optimized networks. Brocade VCS Fabric technology augments OpenStack’s objective of enabling massively scalable cloud solutions.



In the future, the Brocade MLX and ADX Series will also support OpenStack, helping enterprises and service providers orchestrate not just within a single data center but across multiple data centers. The portfolio of Brocade solutions optimized for OpenStack will provide extensible, proven, technology-agnostic solutions for enterprises and service providers seeking to reap the benefits of a private, public or hybrid cloud model.

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