Within the last year or so we have announced agreements with IBM, Dell and this week with EMC to sell our data center IP, converged networking and application delivery products, adding a significant amount of breadth to our existing storage networking partnerships. From my standpoint, this serves as serious validation that not only did Brocade read the tea leaves correctly when the decision was made to acquire Foundry, but now our top-tier OEM partners also see the need to adapt to the changing IT landscape that is moving toward open standards, convergence and cloud architecture from an end-to-end solution perspective.
Tier 1 application and wide-scale virtualization deployments along with the move toward cloud architecture are driving convergence, flat network topology and high-density 10G Ethernet switching adoption. The new agreement with EMC that we announced at EMC World this week signifies the evolution of our long-standing, strategic partnership with EMC to meet this customer demand. This is also a validation that customers want standards-based open solutions where they have choice. This partnership allows our joint customers to reap the benefits of decades of combined, proven experience we have jointly in delivering Ethernet, storage, and now converged networking solutions. Our goal is to help simplify our customers’ operations, reduce costs and increase business agility.
Over the next decade, improving application performance and protecting data integrity pose some of the biggest challenges in the industry. Brocade already has a deep set of expertise around application optimization and the ability to scale and maintain application performance across a diverse environment. Couple this strength with our shared vision with EMC to drive IT efficiency, simplicity and business flexibility, and you have a winning combination for customers today and as we plan for the network of the future.