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The Next Step: Brocade

I am happy to announce that I am now a Product Manager at Brocade. This is a big move for me, and one I am very excited about. I will get to work on the future of networking with a lot of smart people .

Why Brocade?

It’s simple really:

He aha te mea nui o te ao?
He tangata! He tangata! He tangata!

What is the most important thing in the world?
It is people! It is people! It is people!

Brocade has hired a lot of very clever people. This includes several Tech Field Day delegates, such as @joshobrien77, @Cloudtoad and @DavidJohnGee. I want to learn & grow, and being surrounded by great people is one of the best ways to do that.

Of course there’s more to it than just people. The problem with attending events like Network Field Day is that it’s addictive. You spend a week talking with smart people about the future. Big discussions, about what’s wrong with the current state, and what the future could be.

Then you return to a job where you’re working with networks that haven’t changed operation in over a decade. Adding VLANs to a 3750 and editing Check Point firewall rules just isn’t that exciting anymore.

The Future

Working in Product Management for an SDN vendor will be very different. Less of the past, more of the future. That previous operational experience isn’t wasted though. You need to understand the current problems to help shape future solutions.

I’m going to be busy. Very busy. I’m going to be learning a lot, and I’ll probably be travelling a lot. But I think we’ll have a lot of fun along the way.

I intend to keep this blog going. Obviously I will be hopelessly biased, but then, we all have our biases. At least you’ll know mine.

Thanks to all those who’ve wished me luck, and a special thank you to @SFoskett and the Tech Field Day crew. The people I met and connections I made at NFD8 & NFD9 helped to make this possible.

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13 Responses to The Next Step: Brocade

  1. HarryS May 22, 2015 at 6:16 pm #

    Congrats, and good luck in the new job. As someone who works for one of the “bigger” vendors i will miss your neutral position, but look forward to seeing any Brocade messaging “influence”…

    Regards HarryS (UK)

  2. What Lies Beneath (@sjiveson) May 22, 2015 at 8:56 pm #

    Noooooo! Not another blogger lost to a vendor :(

    Good luck and safe journey on what is sure to be an amazing adventure.


  3. subnetwork May 23, 2015 at 1:16 am #

    Congrats! I’m happy for you, but sad that I won’t get to see you at the next NFD event. I believe in the decision you made, and the reasons you made it. Brocade is assembling quite the team, and you would be crazy if you didn’t want to be part of it.

  4. Sebastian Maniak (@sebastianmaniak) May 25, 2015 at 1:25 pm #

    Congrats! All the best

  5. Tim Hoffman May 25, 2015 at 1:53 pm #

    Congrats mate!

  6. George MacLachlan May 28, 2015 at 3:54 am #

    Congratulations on your new opportunity. I just read your review on the ScienceLogic EM7 product as I am in the process of trying to find a good configuration management system for network devices. From what I read in your review, the Science Logic EM7 product appears to fit the bill. Have you ever looked at the HP Network Automation product and do you have any opinions on how it compares to ScienceLogic? Thanks in advance for your opinion.

    • Lindsay Hill May 28, 2015 at 8:09 am #

      I have looked at HP NA. It’s solving a different problem to EM7. HP NA is primarily about configuration management for network devices. It provides some good abstractions for that, and lets you interact with your network programatically. But it doesn’t do monitoring. HP NA integrates with HP NNMi for that.

      EM7 comes from the other direction – it is good for monitoring (particularly pulling in non-SNMP data), and handling asset management, trouble tickets, etc. But it does not directly do network configuration management. EM7 can be integrated with other tools for that, and there’s a fully supported integration with NetBrain – I think you can even buy EM7 + NetBrain as a single SKU, under an OEM arrangement.

      • George MacLachlan May 28, 2015 at 8:30 am #

        Thank you Lindsay. I appreciate your feedback.

  7. vmrulz May 30, 2015 at 10:15 am #

    Oh no one of the few people blogging about HP networking… hope you can find time to keep up the good work. Enjoy your next adventure!

    • Lindsay Hill May 30, 2015 at 10:09 pm #

      Thanks – obviously my writing interests will shift, and I will be a little bit constrained in what I can say about other vendors, etc. But hopefully I can continue to write things that people find useful.


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