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Brocade Workflow Composer Transforms IT Operations With DevOps-Inspired, Cross-Domain Network Automation to Increase Business Agility

Brocade have recently announced Brocade Workflow Composer, a new server-based network automation platform that enables enterprises and cloud service providers to improve their IT operations and drive greater business agility. Brocade Workflow Composer provides DevOps-style network automation for provisioning, validation, troubleshooting and remediation of multivendor networks--while integrating with workflows across multiple IT domains for end-to-end automation.

As companies move to digitize their business, they need an underlying network architecture, including automation, which supports business agility. This New IP architecture enables the network to become a platform for innovation and for developing, delivering and securing new applications. According to a global CIO survey(1), 75 percent of respondents stated that the network is impacting their organizations' ability to achieve business goals. The lack of network automation and integration of the network with other IT operations and tool chains is the single biggest inhibitor to capitalizing on digitization.

Automation has been a long-standing hallmark of Brocade solutions, starting with storage networking in 1995. In 2009, Brocade extended its automation position with the industry's first Ethernet fabric comprised of Brocade[R] VDX switches featuring Brocade VCS(R) Fabric technology. Earlier this year, Brocade expanded its data center fabric portfolio with Brocade IP Fabrics, an open, standards-based design that leverages cloud-proven BGP-based architectures, with automation delivered by the new Brocade Workflow Composer. More recently, Brocade acquired StackStorm, an innovator in event-driven automation software, to help bring DevOps-style automation capabilities to the network. StackStorm technology is now a foundational element of Brocade Workflow Composer.

"Embarking on the digital transformation journey can be overwhelming for most organizations requiring changes to the network infrastructure, organizational and operational models and new skill sets. However, when broken down into digestible and evolutionary steps, organizations can navigate the journey at their own pace," said Jason Nolet, senior vice president. Switching, Routing and Analytics Products Group, Brocade. "One of the first places to start is to bring a new approach to network...

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