Brocade: “Software is going to eat everything”

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Company aggregates software instead of disaggregating hardware.

Brocade couldn’t be bothered with the disaggregation craze sweeping the industry. It doesn’t see the value in doing what competitors Dell, Juniper and HP have done: pulled apart the interdependencies of switch hardware and software. Brocade says disaggregation only addresses a small slice of the overall market and may present unnecessary complexities for many other markets.

“OCP (Open Compute Platform hardware) with Cumulus (Networks Linux) is a very small piece of the puzzle,” says Nabil Bukhari, senior director of product management at Brocade, referring to disaggregation’s virtual laser-like focus on hyperscale and webscale customers.

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