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Comings & Goings: Brocade Attracts Noteworthy Engineer, a Veteran of Cisco, Juniper

By Paula Bernier January 10, 2014

Brocade has reportedly scored an important mind in the sphere of network functions virtualization and software-defined networking. That mind belongs to engineer Benson Schliesser, a veteran of both Cisco Systems and Juniper Networks.

This news is important because many traditional telecom and IT players, as well as NFV and SDN upstarts, are vying for talent and technology in the growing fields of software-defined networking and network functions virtualization, which aim to make networking more affordable and responsive to the needs of customers and applications.

Schliesser, according to his LinkedIn page, as of this month is a distinguished engineer in the CTO office at Brocade. He held the same title of Juniper Networks from March to November 2013, nine months prior to which he was Juniper’s director of the platform systems division. From November 2010 to June 2012 he was a principal engineer and chief architect for the service provider effort at Cisco Systems. He’s also spent several years as an employee for Savvis, where he moved up the ranks several times.

In addition to his new gig at Brocade, Schliesser co-chairs the IETF NVO3 working group and is involved with the IETF, ETSI NFV, ONF, IEEE, NANOG, ARIN, and other industry organizations.

In a press release issued last month by Brocade, the company said it expects that NFV and software-defined everything will gain momentum this year.

“Globally, and specifically in Asia-Pacific and Japan, exploration of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and software-defined technologies (network, virtualization, data center, storage and infrastructure) will evolve from being simply ‘research,’ and enterprises – particularly in the service provider space – will begin to roll out production deployments. With more use cases, we will likely see larger deployments commissioned.”

The piece goes on to note the industry move to open, flexible, programmable network infrastructure solutions. Here Brocade references the OpenStack and the OpenDaylight Project initiatives. I also notes the expected potential of NFV to drive new revenue opportunities for service providers by pulling managed services into the cloud.

During the upcoming SDN Precon on Jan. 28 in Miami, Fla., attendees will hear feature presentations and gain educational opportunities on everything SDN.

Edited by Cassandra Tucker

Executive Editor, TMC

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