Brocade Teases Big September Router Launch

A new router based on the Broadcomm Jericho switch is designed for big enterprise and service provider networks.

Mitch Wagner, Executive Editor, Light Reading

August 26, 2016

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Brocade Teases Big September Router Launch

On its earnings call Thursday, Brocade provided a glimpse of a big -- and long-overdue -- router announcement coming in mid-September.

Brocade Communications Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: BRCD) didn't have a lot to say; only that it's announcing a new router based on the Broadcomm Jericho switch, designed for very dense 100Gbit/s deployments in large enterprises and service providers. It will incorporate strong visibility for analytics, and DevOps support based on Brocade's StackStorm acquisition this year. (See Brocade Buys StackStorm to Boost DevOps.)

Brocade's service provider router sales have been flat three consecutive quarters, bringing in $40.8 million quarterly revenue, down from $47.5 million in the year-ago quarter. Last quarter's slowdown was due to one of its largest service provider customers pausing buying after a big network rollout. This quarter, Brocade has been briefing hundreds of accounts on its new products, which created a stall in buying, company officials said, adding that the product line refresh was probably overdue by a year.

Brocade reported revenue up 7% year-over-year for the third quarter, to $591 million, with growth primarily driven by the acquisition of Ruckus Wireless, which closed May 27. (See Brocade Revenue Climbs on Ruckus Acquisition, But Earnings Fall Hard.)

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About the Author(s)

Mitch Wagner

Executive Editor, Light Reading

San Diego-based Mitch Wagner is many things. As well as being "our guy" on the West Coast (of the US, not Scotland, or anywhere else with indifferent meteorological conditions), he's a husband (to his wife), dissatisfied Democrat, American (so he could be President some day), nonobservant Jew, and science fiction fan. Not necessarily in that order.

He's also one half of a special duo, along with Minnie, who is the co-habitor of the West Coast Bureau and Light Reading's primary chewer of sticks, though she is not the only one on the team who regularly munches on bark.

Wagner, whose previous positions include Editor-in-Chief at Internet Evolution and Executive Editor at InformationWeek, will be responsible for tracking and reporting on developments in Silicon Valley and other US West Coast hotspots of communications technology innovation.

Beats: Software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), IP networking, and colored foods (such as 'green rice').

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