Brocade appoints new principal engineer

Colin Dixon named as latest addition to SDN team

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Brocade appoints new principal engineer Colin Dixon, Brocade's new principle engineer.
By  Helen Gaskell Published  May 19, 2014

Brocade has announced the appointment of Colin Dixon as principal engineer for its SDN team.

Dixon, who has over a decade of experience working in research teams such as IBM Research's Austin Lab, the University of Washington, Microsoft Research and Intel Research became the latest addition to Brocade's list of SDN experts, a number of whom are associated with the OpenDaylight Project.

"Colin has spent his career focused on where the network is headed, not where it is today, and this will serve as a big benefit to Brocade as we continue to refine our strategy," said Kelly Herrell, VP and GM of Software Networking, Brocade.

"Colin brings a deep and technical background that spans both the hardware and software spectra that will define next-generation mobile and cloud networks."

According to Brocade, Dixon's work on SDN has been recognised industry-wide, including within the OpenDaylight Project and he is co-author of the "Dixon-Erickson OpenDaylight Merged Controller Proposal", which now serves as the core controller plan of record for the project.

Dixon's most recent work examined how to build network fabrics using commodity Ethernet hardware controlled by software running on servers. Prior to that, he worked on what would eventually be named Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) as well as on End to the Middle (ETTM) and HomeOS research projects that were aimed at enabling the Internet of Things.

Earlier this year, Brocade hired Tom Nadeau and Benson Schliesser from Juniper while in late 2012, it managed to recruit the chair of the OpenDaylight Technical Steering Committee, David Meyer.

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