Channel partners need to be able to take customers on the journey to an agile, robust and high performance networking environment, helping them to prepare for the next-wave of innovation by deploying a future-proof network... today.
As customers look to adopt virtualization, embrace software-defined networking (SDN) and meet the needs of more demanding users, new research from Brocade (
The research -- conducted among 350 global resellers and systems integrators with the support of Avnet, TD Azlan, TechData, Arrow ECS, edsLAN, immix group, Mindware and Westcon -- found that 60 percent of end users view fabrics as the future of networks. However, willingness to invest in data center networks remains a key stumbling block to enterprises' ability to deploy the on-demand, highly flexible and robust infrastructure they need. Almost a third of the channel stated that their customers only invested in networks to support the deployment of a specific new application or service, and more than one in 10 admitted that investment was made only when the network was already failing.
Jason Nolet, vice president Data Center Solutions at Brocade said, "There is a growing recognition that fabrics are the future of data center networking. However, many enterprises are still relying on legacy environments that are no longer fit for purpose, especially as they look to leverage the benefits of software-defined networking -- and this presents the channel with a terrific opportunity. Channel partners that can help customers take the journey to fabrics will succeed in the new networking landscape."
Key survey findings include:
"Our findings clearly illustrate that there is an immediate need for partners to engage customers now, and help them on their journey to a fabric-based data center infrastructure," commented Bill Lipsin, vice president of Global Channel Sales and Marketing at Brocade. "In addition to a world-class solutions portfolio, the Brocade Alliance Partner Program and Capital Solutions offerings are uniquely positioned to help our partners stand out in what is a highly competitive market, and deliver customers a strategically differentiated offering."
"Brocade's survey identified specific needs and challenges faced by partners in the ever-changing world of information technology," said Scott Look, Vice President and General Manager, Connected and Secured Solutions, Avnet Technology Solutions. "Avnet Technology Solutions is uniquely positioned to support Brocade's partner community to overcome those obstacles with the powerful combination of Avnet's strategic solutions selling approach and our well-aligned partnership with Brocade."
"In partnership with Brocade, Tech Data was honored to participate in the development of the report," said Ken Griffin, vice president, Product Marketing, AIS Storage Solutions at Tech Data. "Tech Data and Brocade share a focus on adding value through customized education, training and marketing to meet the needs of solution providers in the channel. With the changing landscape in technology, channel partners are tasked with providing complete solutions around cloud, mobility, the Internet of Things and more -- from the data center to the living room. Through our partnership with Brocade, Tech Data is committed to delivering value through the channel enablement of our Brocade partners."
A report based on the findings, a presentation of the data, and a graphic showing the key findings is available here: http://bit.ly/1cjByQC