Brocade appoints new CTO for EMEA
Curt Beckmann to take on role of chief technology officer for the region
Networking vendor, Brocade has announced the promotion of its principal architect, Curt Beckmann, to the role of chief technology officer for Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Beckmann's new role will mean that he will be tasked with aligning the company's initiatives and product roadmap, particularly in the areas of SDN and network functions virtualisation (NFV), with the needs of customers in the region.
"Brocade is in a unique position to capture historic industry shifts and opportunities in software networking given its strong support of open networking standards and proven leadership in Ethernet fabrics," said Beckmann.
"I am thrilled to be joining the EMEA organisation at such a pivotal time to be able to help our local customers and partners realise the benefits of this new network paradigm. The Brocade approach will help enterprises and service providers simplify the transition of their networks to drive new levels of business transformation."
Beckmann will continue to serve as the chair of the Forwarding Abstractions Working Group (FAWG) of the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) which is working to define the standard on how SDN and OpenFlow should be implemented in networking products.
Marcus Jewell, vice president EMEA at Brocade said: "We're already seeing customers in EMEA laying the foundations for SDN deployment in their data centres, to enable business growth and innovation". Jewell believes Beckmann's experience and vision will help the company's partners and customers "transform their existing networks".
Beckmann was a member of the founding team at Rhapsody Networks prior to its acquisition by Brocade in 2003. He also served as a hardware architect at Bay Networks, which later became Nortel Networks, developing customised chipsets for Ethernet switching and early Layer 3 gigabit switches.