Last year Brocade unveiled our vision for campus networking under the banner “The Effortless Network”. Our proposition; that we need to make things simpler not more complex to create campus networks that can not only cope with but can improve the performance of wireless devices, applications, video, unified communications and cloud services etc, clearly hit a cord.
As Simon Pollard wrote in his post on this site titled Lego Networks; “If only networks could be built the same way [as Lego]. We seem to have got bound up in a dizzying array of complex protocols and technologies that have been designed to solve relatively simple problems. Whatever happened to plug-and-play?”
Indeed we have seemed to become, over the past decade, almost oblivious to the fact that extreme complexity is not a necessity of networking. “Premium, high-spec and full-featured” should not have to mean “harder to deploy and maintain”. In almost everyone other field of IT, making IT easier and more intuitive to use has been at the heart of much of the innovation that has occurred. Why not in networking?
Brocade is changing this and challenging the status quo. Brocade innovation means you can create campus networks that deliver improved performance while simplifying management and maintenance. So why continue to compromise between the two?
Today we are already delivering on our proposition. Customers are already seeing the benefits of a new way of approaching their wired and wireless campus environments.