Networking vet to lead and align company’s technology strategy in APAC
Hos focus areas will include network functions virtualisation and SDN
BROCADE has announced the appointment of Matt Kolon (pic) to the role of chief technology officer (CTO) for Asia Pacific.
In this new role, he will be responsible for leading the company’s technology strategy and product roadmap within the region, the company said in a statement.
He will also help align technology initiatives and execution closely with customer needs across the region, particularly in the areas of network functions virtualisation (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN).
He will be based in Beijing, China, and report directly to Brocade vice president for Asia Pacific, Adam Judd.
With more than 15 years of specialised industry experience in developing long-term technical strategies with customers and partners, Kolon was most recently the Asia Pacific managing director for Evolved Programmable Network business and CTO for Service Providers at Cisco.
Prior to Cisco, he spent 12 years at Juniper Networks, holding various executive roles in customer service, sales and marketing, and systems engineering.
“2014 will be the year where service providers, specifically those in Asia Pacific, start to test and deploy SDN in their data centres to drive growth and innovation for their businesses,” said Judd.
“Matt [Kolon] is an industry visionary who has been working closely with customers and partners in Asia Pacific in understanding their needs and transforming their networks. We are very pleased to have him on our regional leadership team as the value he brings to our customers and partners will be tremendous.”
According to Datacenter Dynamics, Asia Pacific data centre spending is forecast to reach US$15.6 billion in 2014, representing an 8.6% growth driven by investment in data centre infrastructure management, containerised data centres and modular offerings.
“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 Kolon.
“I am thrilled to join Brocade at this exciting time to help our regional 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,” he added.
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