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The CIO Is Dead. Long Live the CIO

by Alberto.Soto on ‎02-14-2013 05:05 AM (2,014 Views)

Many of you may have heard the 1980s hit "

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The CIO Is Dead. Long Live the CIO

by Alberto.Soto on ‎02-13-2013 09:10 PM - last edited on ‎10-28-2013 09:22 PM by bcm6 (2,074 Views)

Many of you may have heard the 1980s hit "Video Killed the Radio Star" by Woolley & the Camera Club, but did you know that cloud killed the CIO?  Well, according to recent research it has… not literally, but cloud is fundamentally changing the role of the CIO in enterprises.

 

 

As businesses embrace cloud services, is the CIO needed?  IT infrastructure isn’t being bought, so why does the CIO exist?  Or, will cloud procurement and management practices drive the CIO to change their role in order to survive?  These are some of the questions we asked 100 CIOs across EMEA, and we found that the role of the CIO will remain pivotal over the next decade as cloud adoption grows, but will evolve exponentially.

 

 

To access applications, information and communications systems, the network is not just another ‘device’ in the same way as a tablet, laptop or smartphone – it is the enabler of all business communications, activities and transactions. If that network is not managed and developed appropriately, the consequences can be significant and financially damaging and as cloud is embraced by more businesses, asset management becomes even more important. The role of the CIO in ensuring access to applications and services will become increasingly operationally critical, strategic and central to an organization’s growth.  In short, no more will CIOs be solely responsible for ‘kit’, but they will become more consultative and strategically important to the business.

 

 

If you are a CIO reading this, where do you see yourself in this evolutionary journey?  Do you see yourself as a ‘kit’ person, or are you the strategic thinker?  Grab a coffee and take a look at our infographic below and see what kind of CIO you are (click the image to see the animation)…

 

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Whichever role you play, you need to ensure your network is ready for the next wave of innovation. Check out this video to understand whether you are ready to embrace the future.  If you are not, you know where to find me....

 

 

 

Federal business rev’s up as Anthony Robbins joins the top table: joins 2013 Federal 100

by Regan.McGrath on ‎02-11-2013 03:50 AM - last edited on ‎10-28-2013 09:20 PM by bcm6 (1,830 Views)

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At Brocade, we work hard to beat the expectations of customers and deliver excellence in everything we do. Possibly nowhere is that more true than in our Federal team. To do better than average, be successful, and to help others be successful―especially given the recent upheavals and challenges the US has faced, has often been a challenge.  So it’s great when we receive a rare but welcome opportunity to be recognized outside the company. 

 

In late January, our own Anthony Robbins, who joined the Brocade team in August 2011, was selected as one of the 2013 Federal 100. This is no small feat, but given his contributions to the company and our customers in the public sector during this short time, it’s not too surprising.

 

Did you know that the Federal IT market is an $80 billion opportunity? Of this, networking and related spending occupies an eighth, or more than $10 billion/year, according to Gartner.

 

Other’s on this prestigious list include the CIO of the United States, Congressman Darrell Issa who is also the Chairman of theHouse Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the VP of Public Sector at VMware. And if you still think it’s easy to join this exclusive club, here are the criteria that Anthony had to meet, just to be considered:

"The Federal 100 Awards recognize government and industry leaders who have played pivotal roles in the federal government IT community—individuals who have gone above and beyond their daily responsibilities and have made a difference in the way technology has transformed their agency or accelerated their agency’s mission."

 

It’s certainly nice to be nominated, but it’s even nicer to know your efforts have been recognized, that you’ve made a difference. Please join me in congratulating Anthony, and also in recognizing the Federal team for the great success they have had over the last several quarters.

 

We’ve earned the right to sit at the Federal “top table”, we recognize the honor, and we’re ready to grasp the opportunity and continue to help customers face the future.

Agencies Need to Modernize Their IT Networks

by Anthony Robbins on ‎01-14-2013 02:50 AM (1,828 Views)

 

Government agencies designed their IT networks 20 years ago and implemented them 10 years ago. Now they need to be modernized or the networks will suffer consequences to their mission critical goals. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, or chat with Anthony Robbins (@AKRobbins2010) and Brocade (@BRCDComm) about #SDN, #virtualization and #OpenStandards on Twitter.

You might have heard about Brocade’s recent

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You might have heard about Brocade’s recent acquisition of a company called Vyatta.

 

Vyatta is built on the fact that software-based networking is a critical component in network virtualization, and that software networking will actually transform those same networks into innovation platforms.  The Federal government is one of the top target verticals for Vyatta and Brocade’s SDN strategy because it aligns so well with the current IT mandates that most federal agencies need to adhere to.

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Ethernet fabrics underpin the future of cloud services

by Alberto.Soto on ‎11-21-2012 07:19 AM (3,743 Views)

In its predictions for the top ten trends CIOs need to plan for in 2012, Gartner* described the cloud as “a disruptive force has the po

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Ethernet fabrics underpin the future of cloud services

by Alberto.Soto on ‎11-20-2012 11:20 PM (1,120 Views)

In its predictions for the top ten trends CIOs need to plan for in 2012, Gartner* described the cloud as “a disruptive force [which] has the potential for broad long-term impact in most industries.”

 

London-based cloud managed service providerOncore IT, is a testament to this trend. In order to meet the demands of more than 100 customers, Oncore IT turned to Brocade for a data centre networking solution based on Brocade® Ethernet fabrics and VCS® Fabric technology. This new solution is designed to guarantee performance and service availability, while delivering a flexible “pay-per-port” pricing model for customers.

 

But don’t let me tell you about.  Instead, watch the video below and listen to what the customer has to say about Brocade Ethernet fabrics.  If you like what you hear, give Brocade a call and we can help you transform your network in the same way Oncore IT has.

 

 

 

 

 

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Welcome to the Era of Software Networking

by KenCheng_2 on ‎11-05-2012 05:03 AM (9,646 Views)

Software defined networking is a disruptive technology that is creating an opportunity for Brocade to gain ground in important customer segments such as large enterprises, service providers, data center hosting providers, and cloud computing

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Welcome to the Era of Software Networking

by KenCheng_1 on ‎11-04-2012 09:00 PM (1,087 Views)

Software defined networking is a disruptive technology that is creating an opportunity for Brocade to gain ground in important customer segments such as large enterprises, service providers, data center hosting providers, and cloud computing providers. Brocade has been pursuing this opportunity with an aggressive R&D roadmap that has already resulted in a number of innovation breakthroughs. For example, we were the first networking company to introduce support for OpenFlow technology at 100 Gigabit Ethernet performance and true “hybrid mode” support for OpenFlow that enables our customers to run this SDN technology concurrently over their production IP networks.

 

Today we announced yet another exciting advancement in our investment in SDN innovation. We’ve reached a definitive agreement to acquire privately held Vyatta. Vyatta is the pioneer in virtual routing, security and VPN in the software networking segment. Their products and technologies enable customers to build agile, capacity-on-demand networks that can scale up dynamically as data center requirements increase.

 

With this innovation, network elements such as a router or firewall can become another virtualized resource, which can be orchestrated and deployed like any other data center resource, leveraging the economies of the x86 infrastructure. Vyatta creates the networking and security services that are required between separate pools of compute and storage – whether the pools were created by traditional network virtualization methods like VLANs or by newer methods like SDN.

 

Brocade and Vyatta also share a common vision in delivering open architectures and solutions. Vyatta’s core technology is hypervisor-agnostic and enables the company to partner with a rich ecosystem of companies including every major server, server virtualization, data center orchestration/ management companies. Both Vyatta and Brocade support a broad range of hypervisors including VMware, Microsoft HyperV, KVM and XEN; along with RESTful APIs and OpenStack support for automation of cloud deployments.

 

One of the most exciting things about this announcement is that Brocade is already the leader in Ethernet fabrics, which serve as the foundation for the cloud and simplify the physical infrastructure of the network. Brocade’s Ethernet fabric technologies combined with Vyatta’s software networking solutions offer the ideal platform to empower SDN deployments where flexibility, mobility and rapid deployment are paramount requirements.

 

By combining the assets from this acquisition with our own internal development and our broad strategic partnerships, we believe our strategy is going to be a strong competitive differentiator as the world of hardware and software continues to blur. The move to software networking enables Brocade to move up the value stack to our customers and partners and allows us to utilize both hardware and software development to become truly an end-to-end networking company. Today networking just got a lot more exciting, and Brocade again is at the forefront of innovation.

I am very excited to announce that Brocade has been chosen as a Founding Partner and the Official Network Solution Provider for the new San Francisco 49ers football stadium located just down the road from our headquarters in San Jose. The ne

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I am very excited to announce that Brocade has been chosen as a Founding Partner and the Official Network Solution Provider for the new San Francisco 49ers football stadium located just down the road from our headquarters in San Jose. The new stadium is on track to open in time for the 2014 NFL season, and Brocade will be a key part of the stadium experience

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“It’s a Beast” – and Other Testimonials

by Jason.Nolet on ‎10-08-2012 08:14 AM (553 Views)

I am thrilled with the turnout and the support we received from analysts and customers at the annual Brocade Analyst and Technology Day in September. One thing is for certa

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Critical Success Factors: The Three P’s

by Lisa.McGill on ‎10-04-2012 10:21 AM (493 Views)

If you plug “the three P’s” into Google, you’ll come up with a range of best practices for a number of topics and disciplines from “effective negotiation” to “risk management.” In fact, it seems that almost anything can be boiled down to thr

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Critical Success Factors: The Three P’s

by Lisa.McGill on ‎10-04-2012 02:20 AM (713 Views)

If you plug “the three P’s” into Google, you’ll come up with a range of best practices for a number of topics and disciplines from “effective negotiation” to “risk management.” In fact, it seems that almost anything can be boiled down to three P’s. It applies to HR concepts too. In my many years of working in HR, I’ve observed many an instance that have illustrated to me that the key to employees’ contentment with the job and overall job satisfaction can be tied to these three P’s: People, Projects and Pay. My belief is that employees must have at least two of the three P’s in order to be satisfied at work; if you’ve got all three, then you’re batting 100%!

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A big thank you to all of our customers and partners that attended Brocade's first Federal Forum.  At this event, we were able to demonstrate how the federal government can save hundred

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A big thank you to all of our customers and partners that attended Brocade's first Federal Forum.  At this event, we were able to demonstrate how the federal government can save hundreds of millions of dollars on their network infrastructure cost.  Stay tuned for what to expect next year!

 

Migrating to SDN

by John.McHugh on ‎10-01-2012 09:25 AM (2,822 Views)

The industry is all abuzz about Software-Defined Networking (SDN). As with every new technology trend that is unproven, unimplemented, and largely theoretical, SDN seems to solve essentially any problem a network architect and network operat

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Migrating to SDN

by John.McHugh on ‎10-01-2012 01:30 AM (665 Views)

The industry is all abuzz about Software-Defined Networking (SDN). As with every new technology trend that is unproven, unimplemented, and largely theoretical, SDN seems to solve essentially any problem a network architect and network operator might have.

 

Pundits claim it will commoditize networking equipment and save customers millions of dollars. It will squeeze all of the unused bandwidth out of existing networking infrastructure and deliver lightning-fast performance. It will allow the network to be completely programmed for optimum application performance, regardless of what application is running and what other applications might coexist on the network. In fact, the only thing greater today than the promise of SDN are the promises ofthose who are pushing SDN.

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Innovation Times 4

by Mike.Klayko on ‎09-20-2012 10:00 AM (488 Views)

Although I recently announced my intentions to resign as CEO when a new chief executive is named and on board, my schedule has not let up – in fact things are

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Innovation Times 4

by Mike.Klayko on ‎09-20-2012 02:00 AM (603 Views)

Although I recently announced my intentions to resign as CEO when a new chief executive is named and on board, my schedule has not let up – in fact things are as busy as ever. Recently, I’ve had the great fortune of participating in several events that embodyInnovation and Thought Leadership. They often say “things happen in 3s” - horse racing's ‘triple crown’ and the Musketeers come to mind. In this case however, 4 is the magic number.

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Yesterday, at Brocade Analyst and Technology Day, we made some exciting announcements that enable customers to achieve maximum scala

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Yesterday, at Brocade Analyst and Technology Day, we made some exciting announcements that enable customers to achieve maximum scalability, flexibility and increased ROI for SDN-enabled core networks. First, we introduced a 24-port 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10 GbE) module for Brocade MLXe Series routers, which gives us the highest density in the industry with 768 of 10 GbE ports in a single chassis. This also represents a new milestone for Brocade, tripling our previous 10 GbE density. The new module is based on Brocade MaxScale-160 Packet Processor technology with fourth-generation silicon innovation, and is purpose-built for high-capacity, high-performance data center core and service provider networks. Carriers can use the new module to create highly scalable BGP-free MPLS “Supercore” networks optimized for fast packet switching and fast re-convergence.

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How much tech know-how goes into a big budget film?

by Alberto.Soto on ‎09-06-2012 06:39 AM (2,346 Views)

When the curtains open, lights go down, conversations become hushed and the sound of popcorn-crunching ripples around packed cinemas, you know 'magic' is about to happen. 

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How much tech know-how goes into a big budget film?

by Alberto.Soto on ‎09-05-2012 10:40 PM - last edited on ‎10-28-2013 09:17 PM by bcm6 (779 Views)

I remember two years ago at VMworld listening to the VMware presentation about the vision for creating virtualization domains without boundaries. What was especially interesting to me was how perfectly VMware’s vision of software abstraction

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I remember two years ago at VMworld listening to the VMware presentation about the vision for creating virtualization domains without boundaries. What was especially interesting to me was how perfectly VMware’s vision of software abstraction meshed with the Brocade vision of an innovative network infrastructure that could provide unmatched ease of deployment, scalable performance, and inherent resiliency to support this extensible abstraction.

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