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Data centre Ethernet speed club signs Brocade

The industry consortium formed to boost cloud data centre Ethernet links has signed another member: Brocade Networks. With the current 10/40 Gbps Ethernet spec under stress from growing cloud loads, the 25 Gigabit Ethernet Consortium (a snappy name sure to become more familiar than WiFi) is laying down specs for 25 Gbps (single …

'800lb Fibre Channel gorilla' Brocade axes 300 staffers worldwide

SAN fabric leader and Ethernet networking wannabee Brocade is going to fire 300 people to cut costs as it realigns its resources towards data centres and software-defined networking. The pink slip news was slipped out in an SEC 8-K filing (PDF) on 10 September. This should take its headcount from 4,180, to 3,880. Stifel …
Chris Mellor, 11 Sep 2013

Brocade, Broadcom, Freescale trio aglow in the OpenFlow chateau

Brocade, Broadcom, and Freescale have broadened their backing of a key software-defined networking standard by supporting version 1.3 of the OpenFlow specification throughout their products. The trio announced the move on Monday at the Open Networking Summit in Santa Clara, California. OpenFlow is a software-defined networking …
Jack Clark, 03 Mar 2014
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Oof! Brocade posts a loss after taking $81m kick in the profits

After four quarters of profits Brocade has posted a $14m loss, due to a costly goodwill write-off as it exits a hardware business. Revenues for the quarter were $537m, down five per cent from the prior quarter’s $565m and the year-ago quarter’s $539m (down one per cent). Three months ago it made a profit of $81m; this time it …
Chris Mellor, 23 May 2014

Brocade-funded study says Fibre Channel faster than FCoE

A study funded by Brocade has found that Fibre Channel provides faster access to all-flash arrays than Fibre Channel over Ethernet. FCoE involves linking all-flash arrays to accessing servers via Ethernet instead of a Fibre Channel fabric. Testers from the Evaluator Group, who carried out the study on behalf of Brocade, hooked …
Chris Mellor, 04 Feb 2014

Brocade flogs adapter biz to QLogic: Are they cutting losses or pleasing investors?

Late last week data networking gear firm Brocade announced it was selling its Ethernet and Fibre Channel adapter business to QLogic for an undisclosed sum. The storage networking host bus adapter (HBA) market was entered by Brocade in May 2007 with both iSCSI adapters and HBA products. The HBAs were marketed with messages …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jan 2014

Brocade's fat pipes shrink: Fibre Channel revenue dip ahead

Brocade has cut its current quarter's estimated revenue by between $19m and $34m, implying there may be trouble afoot in the Fibre Channel world. Brocade makes Fibre Channel equipment for use linking networked storage arrays to servers, plus a line of Ethernet switch gear. Recently the company reduced its revenue expectations …
Chris Mellor, 03 May 2013

Brocade virtual fabric tells multi-tenant story

One of the irritations of the world of virtualisation is that it's quite easy to end up with a relatively small number of physical devices hosting address counts that run ahead of Ethernet's constraints on things like how many MAC addresses can exist in a LAN (or VLAN). It's one of the constraints that lies behind the rise of …
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Cloud storage rains on '800lb Fibre Channel gorilla' Brocade

Brocade results show its business flatlining with steady-ish revenues and profits, and growth dependent on a recovering market but no technology rabbits to pull out of its hat and drive growth higher. Fourth quarter fiscal 2013 revenues were a chunky $559m, 3 per cent down on the same quarter last year, with profits of $64m, 19 …
Chris Mellor, 20 Nov 2013

More Brocade staffers leap off '800lb Fibre Channel gorilla'

Brocade has promoted its EMEA channel sales director to head up its partners sales operation in the region after long-serving exec Barbara Spicek joined other staffers heading for the door. Spicek is one of a number of senior employees to have exited the storage networking player since CEO Lloyd Carney and his sales bulldog Jeff …
Paul Kunert, 11 Jul 2013

Brocade's fat pipes a-singin' the Fibre Channel song

Brocade is singing its Fibre Channel song with renewed vigour - aiming to double speed, get OpenStack support, push on with 16gig products and try to render Virtual Instruments diagnostic gear redundant. It has announced the 6520: a denser Fibre Channel switch with 96 16Gbit/s ports in its 2U enclosure, and it also has Brocade's …
Chris Mellor, 26 Mar 2013

Brocade boss drops F-bomb: 'Everyone's for 32Gbps Fibre Channel'

Storage networking biz Brocade has pulled a massive profit leap out of declining revenues thanks to a legal win against rival A10 Networks. Brocade banked a $119m profit on revenues of $536.6m in its latest quarter of 2013, ended 27 July. The year-ago profit was $43m, so that's a 177 per cent jump and a 153 per cent increase …
Chris Mellor, 16 Aug 2013
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Leave keys to your data centre to a Grizzly? Brocade thinks: Yes

Brocade has plunged deeper into the software-defined networks (SDN) pool with a couple of virtual networking products and a switch software revision. It's presenting this stuff under an "On-Demand Data Center" marketing blanket which, it says "represents another major evolution in networking toward a highly virtualised, open and …
Chris Mellor, 01 May 2013

Brocade, wake up: Cisco is here, and it ALSO has 16 gig FC

Cisco has waited two years, watching while competitor Brocade launched and sold 16Gbit/s Fibre Channel, before finally doubling the speed of its own Fibre Channel switch products, belatedly announcing 16Gbps MDS switches. It's quite possible the networking giant had been hoping that Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) take-up …
Chris Mellor, 29 Apr 2013

Brocade's former $2bn sales boss joins Riverbed

Brocade's recently departed worldwide sales boss Ian Whiting has popped up at Riverbed as its senior vice president for sales in the Americas region. Riverbed sells Steelhead wide area network transit optimisation products as well as WhiteWater cloud storage gateway products. Whiting's job is to grow revenue and profitability, …
Chris Mellor, 25 Sep 2012
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Brocade: People try to put us down, talkin' 'bout my (Fibre Chan) generation

Is "fifth-generation Fibre Channel" marketing-speak or a useful term? Earlier this year the "Gen 5 Fibre Channel" term popped up from Brocade, which used it to describe 16GBit/s Fibre Channel, the computer network technology's highest available speed. And Brocade started using the Gen 5 term around the time Cisco finally …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jun 2013
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Ex-Xsigo CEO grabs reins at Brocade: Will he sell or will he grow?

Ex-Xsigo CEO Lloyd Carney has been given the Brocade CEO spot, replacing long-time incumbent Michael Klayko, who signalled his retirement last August. Carney formerly headed up Xsigo, which built technology to virtualise data centre network fabrics across InfiniBand and was bought by Oracle for an undisclosed amount in July last …
Chris Mellor, 15 Jan 2013

Ethernet sales slump punches Brocade in the wallet

Ethernet sales slumped a bit and caused Brocade's second 2012 quarter results to stumble. Its fiscal Q2 revenues were $543.4m, down 3 per cent sequentially and 1 per cent annually. Half a billion dollars plus revenue is nothing to sneeze at – startups would kill to be in this territory – but it's disappointing if you are Brocade …
Chris Mellor, 18 May 2012

Brocade barges into virtual networking with Vyatta buy

Brocade Communications started out lashing servers to storage, but through its acquisition of Foundry Networks four years ago it jumped into the Ethernet switch and router business. Since then, it has been driving convergence across server and storage switches, following the lead of rival Cisco Systems. But convergence is not …
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Brocade sale rumours bursting out

Based on a Reuters report, rumours of Brocade shopping itself to private equity buyers are pouring onto the net. Brocade is the dominant supplier of Fibre Channel SAN switches and directors, and also has an Ethernet switch business through buying Foundry Networks. It is struggling to grow fast and make consistent profits. A …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jan 2012
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Brocade: California taxman took off with our profits

Storage networking and Ethernet supplier Brocade has grown its latest quarter's revenues but swung from profit to loss after changes to the state of California's tax code. It reckons it will soon be doing even better now on the back of its 16GBit/s Fibre Channel kit and added that software-defined networking has opened up a …
Chris Mellor, 15 Feb 2013
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TGI Monday: Brocade profits up, Scality and Tegile fattening up

Tracking storage supplier and association news is like standing underneath a waterfall; you get deluged. Of course, the main stories stand out but there are lots of others that are worthy of note. In alphabetic order we have: Fibre Channel and Ethernet switch networking vendor Brocade announced strongly profitable results for …
Chris Mellor, 17 Feb 2014
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Brocade shakes up sales leaders after earnings slump

Brocade has printed out a whole bunch of new business cards for its sales and marketing department, just a week after releasing Q2 results that showed sales falling year on year. Regan McGrath has been named VP of global channels and marketing at the mission critical networking vendor. He was previously veep of sales for the …
Joe Fay, 24 May 2012

Brocade claims $112m win over rival A10 in tech blueprints spat

Storage networking biz Brocade claims to have won $112m in damages after taking rival A10 Networks to court alleging patent and copyright infringement. A10 has said it will appeal against the jury's verdict that it infringed some of Brocade's intellectual property. Specifically, A10 was accused of plonking technology from …
Chris Mellor, 08 Aug 2012

Brocade drill-down: Replacement for Klayko in the wings

Storage networking and Ethernet supplier Brocade has done good, with record fourth quarter and full year results; pats all round boys. But you're still stuck in a mature market rut with no breakout yet visible. Quarterly statements from publicly-quoted storage companies provide a clear snapshot of how they are doing; there's no …
Chris Mellor, 26 Nov 2012

Brocade global sales boss exits, leaves soon-to-depart CEO to flog kit

Brocade's global sales boss, Ian Whiting, left in June this year "to pursue other personal and professional interests". This move was slipped out under the radar as part of a Brocade 8-K filing on 4 June, with Whiting's departure date effectively 18 June. Brocade CEO Michael Klayko has been running sales since then – and himself …
Chris Mellor, 20 Aug 2012

Brocade brags about EASILY bedding campus LAN biz

Brocade is baking new campus LAN products with its HyperEdge technology providing mix-'n'-match edge switch stacking and single point management. The HyperEdge technology is said to facilitate simplified and automated access layer networks that will be able to accommodate the expected flood of data traffic to/from smartphones …
Chris Mellor, 12 Mar 2012
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Brocade CEO Michael Klayko quits - just as his biz perks up

Brocade has turned in an adequately solid quarter, with better-than-expected sales and profit after a string of weak and flat quarters, so why would CEO Michael Klayko choose to resign now? The company makes and sells storage area networking switches and director boxes running Fibre Channel, and has a line of Ethernet switches …
Chris Mellor, 17 Aug 2012

Brocade's profits collapse is over

Fibre Channel networking giant Brocade has kissed its profits collapse goodbye with a roaring first fiscal 2012 quarter. Revenues were $561m, up 2 per cent sequentially and 3 per cent annually – a bit weak in growth terms but a revenue record for Brocade. Profits were $59m, a huge boost on the previous quarter's $4m loss and …
Chris Mellor, 23 Feb 2012

Cisco: We are NOT lagging behind Brocade

A Cisco boss fired a warning shot across Brocade's bow after the rival networking biz bragged that it had a two-year lead over Cisco in the 16Gb/s Fibre Channel arena. Cisco's product manager for Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), J Michel Metz, took exception to boasts made by Brocade's chief technology officer Dave Stevens, …
Chris Mellor, 28 Dec 2011
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Brocade in bigwig bow-out brouhaha

Is something up at Brocade? The cloud and storage networking supplier has suddenly lost CFO Richard Deranleau, who has resigned to "pursue other interests". He follows another senior exec out of the door, VP for corporate development TJ Grewal. There is no turmoil going on at Brocade, no public tensions over finance or …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jun 2011
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Brocade has 2-year Fibre Channel headstart on rival

Brocade is making 16gig Fibre Channel hay while Cisco is still lagging up to two years behind, having made a wrong bet with FCoE. Brocade's chief technology officer, Dave Stevens, presented at an investors' meeting attended by Aaron Rakers of Stifel Nicolaus, who reports that Stevens: "highlighted a faster-than-typical …
Chris Mellor, 08 Dec 2011
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Dell rumoured to be looking at Brocade

Could Dell be readying a bid for Brocade and its networking business? US media outlets such as Barrons are reporting a Canaccord Genuity analyst's note saying Dell could and should buy Brocade. Brocade dominates the Fibre Channel storage networking business and has an Ethernet business courtesy of its Foundry acquisition. Dell …
Chris Mellor, 03 Jun 2011
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Brocade gives Wall Street the finger

The SANs are okay... Brocade beat pessimistic Wall St estimates about its fourth quarter (Q4) earnings and outlook for the next quarter, showing that there is more life in the Fibre Channel and Ethernet vendor than analysts gave it credit for. Revenues in the fourth quarter ending 29 October were $550m, a 9 per cent rise on the …
Chris Mellor, 24 Nov 2011
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Fancy buying Brocade – again?

Fibre Channel and Ethernet networking company Brocade may be shopping itself around again, the The Wall Street Journal reports – again. Two years after reporting that Brocade had hired investment banker Qatalyst to find a buyer, the WSJ is at it again. According to people familiar with the matter, Brocade is up for sale, with …
Chris Mellor, 28 Oct 2011
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Subscribe to our hardware, says Brocade

Hoping to use its elbows against Cisco’s hold on the data centre market, Brocade has decided on a pitch to the bean-counters: switches that you pay for according to the ports you’re using. The "network subscription" pricing model, unveiled at VMWare’s cloud-fest VMWorld, works like this: Brocade will ship and install the switch …
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The weekend Brocade rumour

It may be just a fabric(sic)ation but rumour central has Dell, IBM and Juniper throwing their acquisitive hats into the ring for Brocade, with Brocade preferring to be bought by the big blue fairy godmother rather than taking a trip to Round Rock or drinking gin. Rumour number two is Dell buying Commvault. This one is a hoary …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jul 2010
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Brocade launches cloudy Brocade One

Brocade has introduced its new great big vision thing, Brocade One, a cloud and data centre architecture, with Virtual Cluster Switching (VCS) as the core technology for building large, high-performance and flat Layer 2 data centre fabrics to better support server virtualization. Brocade reckons it is in prime position to …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jun 2010

Hedge fund agitator grapples for helm at Brocade

Brocade has reported its quarterly results with a disappointing outlook and found itself the target of an activist hedge fund investor, Elliot Management, scenting under-valued assets it can profit from. For its third fiscal 2011 quarter, ending 30 July, Brocade's revenues were $503m, down from the preceding quarter's $548m, and …
Chris Mellor, 19 Aug 2011
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VI and Brocade in SAN-monitoring DEATH MATCH!

Virtual Instruments' former partner Brocade is "trying to put VI out of business" VI's marketing VP Len Rosenthal says, as a private disagreement becomes a messy and public dispute. Brocade's CEO Michael Klayko received an emailed rebuke from VI CEO John Thompson, who said Brocade should not be "working to stall or cripple young …
Chris Mellor, 25 Oct 2011
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Brocade: Vertically integrated IT stacks are dying

"Vertically integrating the stack always fails," asserts Dave Stevens, Brocade's chief technology officer. He disagrees with the bosses of Cisco, EMC, HP, Oracle and VMware, though NetApp will love him. The Brocade pitch is that you need best of breed products at each stack layer: system software; hypervisor, server, storage and …
Chris Mellor, 15 Nov 2010
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Brocade puffs CloudPlex and Virtual Compute Blocks

Brocade has developed a CloudPlex architecture with Virtual Compute Blocks, saying it is aimed at helping enterprises becoming virtual enterprises running data centres without walls. The idea is that the network is the data centre and that CloudPlex will help every data centre become a service provider and achieve better …
Chris Mellor, 04 May 2011
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Brocade not for sale, really

At Brocade's 6 November sales kick-off, CEO Mike Klayko said Brocade is not looking for a buyer. Really! Klayko has been shopping Brocade around, according to the Wall Street Journal. But there has been no result and sales reps need geeing up, rather than have their motivation crushed by their CEO and board looking to sell the …
Chris Mellor, 14 Nov 2009

AdaptiveMobile joins Chipzilla's SDN club

Dublin-based AdaptiveMobile has joined Intel's Network Builders software defined networks-network function virtualisation (SDN/NFV) program. The company says its participation in the program will deliver “NFV-ready service assurance”. AdaptiveMobile's announcement notes that its software was already designed to run on generic …
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House of the rising SAN: Cisco plonks physical 16Gbit/s kit on the table

Virtual SANs are all very well but physical SANs aren't going away – what with Cisco building out its 16Gbit/s Fibre Channel (FC) switching gear. Cisco has improved its storage area networking product set, plunging deeper into the 16Gbit/s FC switch space, thinking that physical SANs and networked block-access storage arrays …
Chris Mellor, 01 Aug 2014
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Brocade says if FCoE doesn't happen, it will be ready

Hold the front page: Brocade told financial analysts that the Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCOE) transition may not happen. Oh, and it said it had messed up an IBM relationship. The things financial analysts get told. These revelations came from Brocade's chief marking officer John McHugh who was telling it how it is at a Stifel …
Chris Mellor, 10 Feb 2011
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Brocade delivers 10gig FCoE switching

Brocade is ready to deliver 10gig Ethernet switching with end-to-end Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), opening the way for its customers to move away from costly physical Fibre Channel and embrace converged networking with Ethernet economics. This is the first product implementation of a technology outlined in the summer by …
Chris Mellor, 15 Nov 2010

Oracle not interested in Brocade

Oracle's chief oracle has said he isn't interested in buying Brocade. A couple of days ago it became known that Brocade might be readying itself for a buy-out, and the acquisitve Oracle was fingered as a possible parent. But Larry Ellison reportedly answered a shareholder question at Oracle's annual shareholder conference on …
Chris Mellor, 09 Oct 2009
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QLogic exec chairman HK Desai dies aged 68

Storage firm QLogic has lost its guiding light. The company's chairman, HK Desai, died after suffering a "sudden cardiac arrest" on 10 June. CEO and president Prasad Rampalli, who became CEO just six months ago, said: "HK dedicated most of his working life to building QLogic into the company it is today. His positive spirit, …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jun 2014
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Super-dense flasher Skyera gets new CEO, fills pockets

Skyera, the super-dense all-flash array startup, has acquired a new CEO at the same time as it scored an additional funding round from its strategic investors. Former chief operating officer Frankie Roohparvar will be taking up the reins from today. Skyera was co-founded in July 2010 by Radoslav Danilak, who was also the …
Chris Mellor, 19 Aug 2014