Brocade, a major player on the NFV and SDN scene in the wireless industry, announced it plans to purchase Wi-Fi equipment company Ruckus Wireless in a deal valued at around $1.2 billion. The companies expect the transaction to close in the third quarter of this year, and Ruckus CEO Selina Lo will remain in the combined company and will report to Brocade CEO Lloyd Carney.
Software defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) will increasingly play critical roles in the development of mobile networking infrastructure over the next five years, a new white paper has found, with 80 percent of respondents to a survey for the paper saying they have a "high interest" in deploying SDN into mobile networks.
Driven by strong results from the largest Ethernet vendors-- Arista, Brocade, Cisco and Juniper-- Layer 2 and Layer 3 Ethernet switch sales surpassed $6 billion in the third quarter of 2015, said Dell'Oro Group in a new report. The research firm said that sales for these vendors reached an "all-time high."
Cisco bucked a downward trend in the SAN equipment market during the second quarter thanks to the introduction of its widely anticipated 16G Fibre Channel ports. The overall SAN equipment market, including Fibre Channel, suffered an 8 percent year-over-year decline, according to Infonetics Research.
This was one of those weeks when virtualization, or some derivative thereof, was on the tip of many tongues. It represents the concept du jour, the pot at the end of the rainbow, and lots of companies want in on the action.
Telcos, including mobile operators, are increasingly interested in using Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) in order to save money as well as gain service flexibility and time-to-market advantages. Brocade is hoping that interest leads service providers to its Vyatta 5600 vRouter, which the company claims is the first virtual router designed for telco-class networks.
Even as Google prepares to launch its Google Fiber product in Kansas City, Mo., a study from Point Topic suggests residential consumers are not yet willing to pay for gigabit speeds.
Brocade's new CEO Lloyd Carney is already debunking rumors that it will sell the network vendor to another company.
Brocade on Monday named networking and telecom industry veteran Lloyd Carney as its new CEO, replacing Michael Klayko.
Brocade CEO Michael Klayko said on Thursday that he would resign from the vendor despite its strong second quarter.