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Our world is now home to more mobile devices than people. More than 7.5 billion devices, by most accounts. We work, interact with our social networks, watch videos, and access the Internet. This generates a massive amount of mobile network traffic. And the networks that fueled the web and mobile communications boom of the past 20 years can’t keep up with the demand. 2G networks have evolved to 3G. 3G networks have evolved to 4G. Over the next few years, mobile service providers will evolve to 5G. The underlying static, physical, proprietary, and hardware-centric architectures simply aren’t capable of supporting the vast, evolving, dynamic demands of today’s mobile world.

The result is an industry in transition. Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) are shifting their technology focus from connecting devices to connecting people. From a network perspective, that means transitioning beyond device-specific and network-dependent services (think SMS), to universal communications and information access driven by highly flexible services and software (think iMessage).

This transition is fueled by the economies of scale that today’s virtualized data centers can provide, along with the ability to move the underlying hardware-based networking functionality into software that runs on commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware in that virtualized data center. For the MNOs, this tectonic technology shift unlocks new levels of agility and economics. And they are embracing technologies that are open, software-based, and productivity focused. Virtualization. Automation. Programmability. Software-Defined Networking (SDN). Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). They believe these technologies are central to meeting tomorrow’s mobility needs. We agree.

That’s why we’re laser-focused on enhancing our industry-leading foundation of data center switching and storage technologies with products and services for SDN and NFV. Our NFV offering includes virtual packet core, software-based routing for mobile backhaul networks, mobile edge virtual infrastructure and S/Gi-LAN functions, such as application delivery, load balancing, security, and network analytics products. And to deploy your virtualized datacenter and ease your transition to SDN, we’ve got an open SDN controller. We also have OpenFlow enabled data center switches that feature an OpenFlow hybrid mode, so you can run SDN and traditional networking flows on the same infrastructure. In fact, we have technologies for every location in your network, from cell sites to the data center.

Everyone Benefits

Software networking will help traditional MNOs increase revenues by providing opportunities to drive new business models, and by speeding the development and deployment of new services that cement customer satisfaction. It also offers a simpler operating paradigm that increases opportunities for productivity-enhancing, cost-shrinking automation. Automation leads to smaller, less complex, more efficient organizations with lower profitability thresholds. And it gives non-traditional players such as cloud service providers a better chance to deliver differentiated offerings in mobile access, services, and applications markets.

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Brocade products turn Possibilities into realities. Through industry transition and technology evolution. For large and small businesses, service providers, and the public sector. Our proven data and storage network fabrics, state-of-the-art virtual devices, management tools, and open approach are ready to support your success.