Networking vendor, Brocade, has appointed David Meyer as its service provider business chief technology officer (CTO) and chief scientist.
He will report to Brocade routing application delivery and software networking group vice-president and general manager, Ken Cheng.
In his new role, Meyer is tasked with shaping the vendor’s Cloud networking, advanced routing, and application delivery strategy. He will also be responsible for working with tier-1 service providers, Cloud hosting providers, and Web 2.0 content providers worldwide.
Meyer’s goal will be to help customers to develop Cloud-optimised network architectures to support next-generation services and applications.
Additionally, Meyer will engage in industry-wide discussions on seminal networking issues and evangelise Brocade’s solutions in the areas of Ethernet fabrics, advanced routing and SDN.
“The networking industry is undergoing an evolutionary period unlike any we’ve recently seen,” Meyer said. “The companies that are going to emerge victorious are those with the right combination of networking expertise, technology vision and business smarts.
“With its heritage for driving continued innovation, I believe that Brocade is well positioned to achieve growth within the hotly contested service provider networking market.”
Meyer, who Brocade said is a “networking industry visionary” and “foremost authority on software-defined networking (SDN), Internet routing and OpenFlow technologies”, has more than 30 years’ experience in the networking industry.
According to Brocade, he is an advocate of evolutionary IT transformation, and a thought-leader best known for his innovate work in defining the future direction of Internet technologies.
At present, Meyer is an active participant in industry associations including the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the North American Network Operators’ Group (NANOG) and the Open Networking Foundation (ONF).
Before joining Brocade, he held various roles at Cisco Systems, most recently that of distinguished leader, with a focus on exmanining the growing role of OpenFlow and SDN within the enterprise and service provider markets.