Networking Industry Visionary, David Meyer, Joins Brocade

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Brocade has announced the appointment of networking industry visionary David Meyer to the position of Service Provider business chief technology officer and chief scientist. A foremost authority on software-defined networking (SDN), Internet routing and OpenFlow technologies, Meyer will play an integral role in the shaping of Brocade’s cloud networking, advanced routing and application delivery strategy.

Meyer will report to Ken Cheng, vice president and general manager of the Routing, Application Delivery and Software Networking Group.

David’s a highly respected industry veteran with decades of experience within the networking space is announced by Cheng. His leadership within various industry associations and Internet standards bodies is a testament to his ability to understand at a macro level the implications of the development and standardization of new and emerging technologies that are shaping the future direction of the networking industry.
In this new role, Meyer will be responsible for working with tier-1 service providers, cloud hosting providers and Web 2.0 content providers worldwide. As an expert advisor, he will help customers develop cloud-optimized network architectures to support next-generation services and applications. In addition, he will actively engage in industry-wide discussions on seminal networking issues and evangelize Brocade’s unique solutions in the areas of Ethernet fabrics, advanced routing and SDN.

With over three decades of networking industry experience, Meyer has long been an agent of change and an advocate of an evolutionary, rather than revolutionary, approach to IT transformation. A recognized thought-leader and a frequent speaker at industry events, Meyer is best known for his innovative work in defining the future direction of Internet technologies. Prior to joining Brocade, Meyer held various positions at Cisco Systems, most recently as a Distinguished Engineer focused on examining the growing role of OpenFlow and SDN within the enterprise and service provider markets.
Meyer is an active participant and influential force within a number of industry associations, including the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the North American Network Operators’ Group (NANOG) and the Open Networking Foundation (ONF).

Throughout his career, he has held a number of leadership positions within these groups and currently serves as the Chair of IETF’s Domain Name Server Operations and MBONE Deployment Working Group, as well as the Co-Chair of the Forwarding Abstractions Group at ONF. He is often credited as being a leading expert in networking technology who has made numerous contributions that have significantly shaped the evolution of the Internet.

The networking industry is undergoing an evolutionary period unlike any we’ve recently seen. The companies that are going to emerge victorious are those with the right combination of networking expertise, technology vision and business smarts,” said David Meyer, Service Provider business CTO and chief scientist at Brocade. “With its heritage for driving continued innovation, I believe that Brocade is well positioned to achieve growth within the hotly contested service provider networking market.

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