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Standards Leadership

Brocade works with industry-leading organizations to facilitate the development of standards, technologies, products, and services designed to simplify data center infrastructure management and implementation. Brocade has a long history of being a major contributor to the evolution of industry standards ranging from Fibre Channel communication technology to storage network interoperability and management. As Brocade continues to expand its presence in the Ethernet space, the company's participation in associated standards groups continues to grow as well.

INCITS T11 Technical Committee
The INCITS T11 Technical Committee is the governing body for all Fibre Channel-related standards. Brocade assumes a leadership role in the T11 committee and is an active participant and contributor to the technical work in T11.

  • Steven Wilson: INCITS T11 Technical Committee Chairman
  • Dave Peterson: INCITS T11 Technical Committee International Representative

Brocade leads much of the technical work within T11. Brocade has served as editor for many Fibre Channel Standards which include FC-PI-5, FC-BB-5 (FCoE), FC-SW-5, FC-GS-6, and FC-IFR. Currently Brocade is a major contributor or editor for standards such as FC-BB-6, FC-SW-6, FC-GS-7, and FC-PI-6 (32GFC). In addition, Brocade chairs or has chaired many technical work groups within T11.
Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA)
The Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA) is a mutual benefit non-profit international organization of manufacturers, system integrators, developers, vendors, industry professionals, and end users. The FCIA is committed to delivering a broad base of Fibre Channel infrastructure technology to support a wide array of applications within the mass storage and IT-based arenas.

  • Steven Wilson: FCIA Board member
  • Scott Kipp: major contributor for many FCIA documents and white papers

In addition to its governance role, Brocade also participates in the marketing and interoperability efforts promoted and sponsored by the FCIA.
Ethernet Alliance (EA)
The Ethernet Alliance (EA) is a global community that includes system vendors, component vendors, end users, industry experts, and university and government professionals who are committed to the continued success and expansion of Ethernet technology.

  • Scott Kipp: President and Board member

Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA)
SNIA is a not-for-profit organization committed to delivering standards, education, and services to advance open storage networking solutions into the marketplace.

  • Steven Wilson: SNIA Technical Council member
  • John Crandall is the Brocade representative on the SMI Technical Work Group and SNIA Liaison to the DMTF.

Brocade also participates in various Technical Work Groups (TWGs) and marketing activities in the SNIA. Brocade contributes to the development of Fibre Channel management, green storage, and SMI-S.
Data Management Task Force (DMTF)
The DMTF, developer of the CIM standard, is the industry organization leading the development, adoption, and interoperability of management standards for enterprise and Internet environments.

  • John Crandall is vice-chair of the DMTF Technical Council and the Chair of the DMTF Schema Subcommittee.
  • DMTF representative to the INCITS Executive Board

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
In 802.1, Brocade representatives are major contributors and have co-authored many of the Data Center Bridging (DCB) proposals. In 802.3 Brocade representatives have co-authored a number of proposals for the 40 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and 100 GbE task force.
Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)
Brocade is a major contributor to the IETF standards and has co-authored many documents such as Fibre Channel over IP and MIB definitions. Most recently, Brocade participated in the TRILL working group and co-authored the TRILL RBridge base protocol specification. Brocade also participates on the IRTF/SDNRG.
Open Networking Foundation (ONF)
Brocade is a major contributor to the Open Networking Foundation. The Open Networking Foundation (ONF) works on the development and standardization of a unique architecture called Software-Defined Networking (SDN).

  • Curt Beckman is chairman of the Forwarding Abstractions working group.

Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS)
Brocade is a major contributor to ATIS. ATIS brings together the top global ICT companies to advance the industry's most critical business priorities.

  • Ram Krishnan - Technology and Operations (TOPS) Council - Software Defined Networking (SDN) Focus Group co-chair
  • Ram Krishnan - IPTV Interoperability Forum (IIF) Testing and Interoperability (T&I) committee co-chair

Other Industry Activities
Brocade also contributes to many other standards and industry bodies, including T10 (SCSI, SAS), the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF), Telcordia, the Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF), and the SFF committee.