Brocade announced on May 8 the hiring of networking and open-source veteran Colin Dixon to the position of Principal Engineer.
An active contributor to the OpenDaylight Project, Dixon is considered an authority on Software-Defined Networking (SDN), specifically as it applies to scalable and distributed systems.
Dixon has spent the past decade focused on the advancement of networking, protocols and data center technologies through his academic and industry research initiatives. His most recent work examined how to build network fabrics using commodity Ethernet hardware controlled by software running on servers. This includes building millisecond-scale monitoring and control capabilities, hardware-agnostic multi-path forwarding and practical support for loss-less Ethernet.
Previously, Dixon worked on building enterprise networks using what the industry today refers to as “Network Functions Virtualization” (NFV) long before any such term existed. His research also spanned to far-reaching areas such as enabling the “Internet of Things” deployments in the home as part of the End to the Middle (ETTM) and HomeOS research projects.