Brocade names former Cisco engineer as new CTO

Brocade names former Cisco engineer as new CTO

Kevin Shatzkamer wil lead SDN and NFV push

Brocade has appointed former Cisco engineer, Kevin Shatzkamer, to drive its software-defined networking and network function virtualisation push.

As new chief technology officer and distinguished engineer, Shatzkamer will collaborate with customer CTOs to develop new operational models to quickly realise revenue-generating services through the use of emerging technologies, such as software-defined networking and network functions virtualisation.

Specialising in mobile architecture design, Shatzkamer has spent the past 15 years analysing the impact of Cloud, mobile, and digital media on the networks of service providers.

He will take an ecosystem-wide, experience-centric approach to working with customers, according to a company statement.

Brocade chief technology officer and vice president, corporate development, Ken Cheng, said Kevin’s advanced understanding of the mobile, Cloud, and digital media trends impacting their networks would prove to be an invaluable resource customers.

“Kevin’s extensive background will be critical as customers seek to navigate the networking landscape while optimising their business models for the future.”

Shatzkamer has more than 50 mobile networking patents granted or issued.

He said Brocade was aggressively seeking to disrupt the networking industry in order to better serve its customers, and it has assembled a high-calibre team to do just that.

“The company has developed and acquired strategic assets, such as Vyatta and Vistapointe, that will be critical in the physical to virtual transition customers are seeking," Shatzkamer said.

"It is my job to take these tools and help customers build out the networks of tomorrow to support the ever-increasing mobile and Cloud workloads.”

Previously, Shatzkamer served as a distinguished engineer at Cisco.

He also currently serves as a board advisor for a number of companies, including DataRPM, Voltserver, and Penthera Partners.

Shatzkamer joins other recent hires in the Brocade Office of the CTO, including David Meyer, Tom Nadeau, and Benson Schliesser.

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