Brocade Expands Partnerships for Converged Networks
The company, which already works with HP's Aruba business, is now adding Aerohive and Ruckus as partners in wired-wireless offerings.Brocade is adding Aerohive Networks and Ruckus Wireless as partners in an effort to offer enterprises tightly integrated wired and wireless solutions for their campus networks. Brocade first partnered with Aruba Networks—now part of Hewlett-Packard—in 2013 to jointly develop a converged networking offering for campus environments that are dealing with the growth in the number of devices that are accessing the networks and the demand for more speed. The companies also wanted to offer an alternative to Cisco Systems' single-vendor solutions. Now Brocade is bringing Aerohive and Ruckus into its newly formed Open Mobility Solutions Program to ensure that their wireless LAN (WLAN) products perform well on Brocade's wired network infrastructure and will be able to support new technologies, such as software-defined networking (SDN). It also offers Brocade customers a choice of wireless vendors that will run atop their wired networks, according to company officials.
"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," Jason Nolet, senior vice president of the Switching, Routing and Analytics Products Group at Brocade, said in a statement. Through the partnerships with Aruba, Aerohive and Ruckus, "we can provide unique added value to our customers—a combined solution with a consistent experience across the wired and wireless networks."