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12/4/2017 | 12:45:15 PM
Re: The once great Brocade is no more.
Too much of a focus on cost is a reason why companies like Brocade are failing. Their data center switching fabric is buggy and almost unfit for deployment. They are relying on outsourced operations that employ overworked under skilled engineers to save costs. The same problem plagues other networking vendors including Cisco and Juniper. It used to be that networking equipment was designed and developed by engineers with a passion for creating quality products. Now it is built by engineers working in outsource shops with degrees from foreign diploma mills. Even in Silicon Valley over half of the engineers are visa holders with degrees from these same diploma mills. Even when these young under skilled engineers want to build a better product they can't because their teams are understaffed and the production schedule doesn't allow it. So we get short beta testing cycles and limited QA testing and the customer bears the burden of reporting bugs and waiting for fixes. Product quality has suffered greatly since the focus has been on cost cutting and not on building quality products. As a result opensource is growing as an alternative to many vendor provided products or applications are being moved to the cloud where the customer doesn't have to own the infrastructure.
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12/4/2017 | 12:19:43 PM
Re: The once great Brocade is no more.
It will be interesting to see how the political and financial changes here in the U.S. may actually help as " Broadcom announced plans two weeks ago to move stateside in conjunction with federal tax cut plans." Theoretically they should save perhaps in taxes, but will the operating costa and capital costs negate any portion of that.
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11/17/2017 | 12:24:26 PM
The once great Brocade is no more.
The switching division got shunted off to Extreme for pennies on the dollar. Yes Extreme are still squeaking by and staying below the radar of Cisco like mice in the Jurassic Period. So sad.


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