Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. (Brocade), incorporated on February 11, 1999, is a supplier of networking hardware, software and services, including storage area networking (SAN) solutions and Internet protocol (IP) networking solutions, for businesses and organizations of various types and sizes. The Company operates through three segments: SAN Products, IP Networking Products and Global Services. The Company offers a line of networking hardware and software products and services. Brocade markets, sells and supports its products and services across the world to the end user customers through distribution partners, including original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), distributors, systems integrators and value-added resellers (VARs). The Company’s products enable customers to deploy architectures and technologies, including virtualization, cloud computing, software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), and network visibility and analytics (NVA).
The SAN Products segment includes infrastructure products and solutions that help customers develop and deploy storage and server consolidation, disaster recovery and data security. These products are used to build storage area networks and are used in conjunction with servers and storage subsystems, SAN interconnection components, and server and storage management software applications and tools. Brocade’s family of Fiber Channel (FC) SAN backbones, directors and fabric/embedded switches provide interconnection, bandwidth and high-speed switching between servers and storage devices. The product models range from entry-level 8-port fixed-configuration fabric switches to 512-port modular directors in a single chassis. Its switches and directors support applications, such as data backup, remote mirroring and clustering, as well as transaction processing applications, such as enterprise resource planning and data warehousing.
The Company also offers a range of FC fabric extension, analytics, switching and routing solutions. It delivers SAN products through its software-based management tools, including Brocade Fabric Vision and Analytics Monitoring Platform. Its solutions also include Brocade X6 Director and the Brocade G620 Switch.
IP Networking Products
The IP Networking Products segment includes Layer 2 and Layer 3 Ethernet switches, and routers that are designed to connect users over private and public networks, including local area, metro, and within and across global data centers. Brocade also offers converged network products, and a portfolio of related software and hardware-based data networking offerings. In addition, the Company offers Layer 4-7 products for application traffic management and server load balancing. Brocade offers a range of platforms, including Brocade ICX, VDX, MLX and SLX product families, as well as a range of virtualized SDN and NFV products. The Brocade ICX family of IP Networking switches is designed for campus networks and small data centers. The Brocade ICX family offers a spectrum of access, aggregation and core switches to build a complete end-to-end solution for both medium and large enterprises. Brocade’s VDX Data Center Switches are designed to simplify the physical infrastructure of the network through the deployment of Ethernet Fabrics. The Brocade VDX family of switches, featuring Brocade Virtual Cluster Switching (VCS) fabric technology, provides enterprise agility through automated, zero-touch Virtual Machine (VM) discovery, configuration and mobility.
Brocade offers a series of Brocade VDX fixed-port switches, as well as a modular switch. Brocade also offers a set of IP routing products through its Brocade SLX, MLX, MLXe, CES and CER families to handle network traffic within and across service provider networks, as well as data center and large enterprise networks. Brocade’s vRouters provide routing, firewall and virtual private network (VPN) functionality, all in a virtualized form factor. The vRouter is designed for multi-tenant public or private cloud environments or for deployment as a virtual edge solution. The Layer 4-7 platforms, including software-based Brocade virtual application delivery controller (vADC) solutions, are designed for application traffic management and server load balancing. By combining the Brocade vADC with the Brocade vRouter family, Brocade delivers Layer 3 through Layer 7 functionality in an integrated virtualized software form factor. The Brocade SDN Controller provides an open platform for the scalable management of end-to-end services across a range of underlying physical and virtual network infrastructure, such as switches, routers, firewalls, VPNs and load balancers.
The Global Services segment includes break or fix maintenance, installation, consulting, network management and software maintenance, and post-contract customer support (PCS). Brocade offers a range of consulting and PCS services that help customers in designing, implementing, deploying and managing networking solutions, as well as support services. The consulting services include resident service arrangements where trained Brocade consultants optimize customer networks and perform consolidations, migrations and implementations. In addition to PCS arrangements, Brocade offers Premier Support, which focuses on problem avoidance, account management and accelerated responsiveness.
The Company competes with Cisco Systems, Inc., A10 Networks, Inc., Arista Networks, Inc., Avaya Inc., Extreme Networks, Inc., F5 Networks, Inc., Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., Juniper Networks, Inc., Nokia Corporation, Aerohive Networks, Inc., Amazon Web Services, Inc., Microsoft Corporation, Cavium, Inc., Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company, Nutanix, Inc., International Business Machines Corporation, Citrix Systems, Inc. and Dell Technologies Inc.