Brocade: Yet Another SDN Strategy

It doesn’t sound like Ivan Pepelnjak is all that enthusiastic about Brocade’s OpenFlow/SDN strategy. It’s not that he sees a problem with the strategy itself, just the “us first” marketing tone…

It’s nice to see OpenFlow support on yet another platform and MLX is one of the few (if not the first) OpenFlow platforms with 100 GE interfaces … but I fail to see anything exciting in the rest of the strategy. However, I know Brocade has great engineers (who will likely get upset halfway down this blog post) and interesting products, so I hope to be proven wrong..

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