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Brocade Expands Its Strategic Wireless Partnerships To Deliver Best-In-Class Campus Networks

Open Mobility Solutions Program Enables Customers to Choose the Right Wireless Network for the New IP

Brocade today introduced its Open Mobility Solutions Program designed to assure customers that their current, Brocadeand future, wireless networks will perform well when running on a Brocade® wired network infrastructure. This program addresses the need for advanced future-proof capabilities to support growth and new technologies, such as Software-Defined Networking (SDN), while offering customers a unified wired and wireless experience through strategic partnerships with leading wireless network vendors.

To address advances in wireless technology that have pushed wired networks to their limit—such as increased speeds and the increased number of devices supported by each access point—Brocade campus networking solutions provide a best-in-class foundation for wireless networks. Based on open standards technology, Brocade wired networking solutions are designed to interoperate smoothly with whatever wireless network technology customers decide to purchase in the future. To help ensure compatibility, Brocade has recently completed third-party certification testing with the leading wireless network vendors, including Aerohive, Aruba, and Ruckus.

A key tenet of the Open Mobility Solutions Program is to provide customers with a consistent management and user experience across wired and wireless environments. To achieve this, Brocade has collaborated with best-in-class wireless partners to integrate the Brocade ICX® switches with their solutions. Not only are the joint solutions tested to ensure interoperability, but integration between Brocade products and wireless products allows customers to unify the management and security of their wired and wireless networks. In addition, unified technical support provides a single point of contact for questions or problem resolution.

“The Brocade Open Mobility Solutions Program was created to deliver a best-in-class wired foundation for wireless networks and to optimize customers’ campus network environments,” said Jason Nolet, senior vice president of the Switching, Routing, and Analytics Products Group at Brocade. “Brocade pioneered this approach with Aruba Networks based on an open and interoperable framework, and our Open Mobility Solutions Program is now ready to expand to a broader set of partners. We are pleased to announce that Aerohive and Ruckus are joining our program in recognition that together we can provide unique added value to our customers—a combined solution with a consistent experience across the wired and wireless networks.”

By working closely with Aerohive, Aruba, and Ruckus, Brocade delivers a unified customer experience through:

  • Joint engineering to provide solutions such as management tools and security policies for wired/wireless networks, delivering operational simplicity and a consistent user experience. The solutions Brocade offers with its partners are as tightly integrated as those from any single-vendor offering, without the vendor lock-in.

  • Flexible financing with Brocade Network Subscription for wireless networks and Brocade wired networks maximizes budget flexibility and procurement simplicity.

  • Unified technical support with Brocade wireless partners enables faster time to recovery and eliminates the finger-pointing associated with many multivendor solutions.

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