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 multipath forwarding and practical support for lossless 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.
"Colin has spent his career focused on where the network is headed, not where it is today, and this will serve as a big benefit to Brocade as we continue to refine our strategy," said
Dixon's work on SDN has been recognized industry-wide, including within the
Further, his work in standards bodies has been felt industry-wide. He worked with the
"Brocade has recognized the importance of open architectures for the future of networking and is aggressively focused on delivering the solutions built for the next era of networking," Dixon said. "The company's active participation in industry organizations beyond OpenDaylight is a testament to Brocade's commitment to this vision and one that I am excited to be a part of."
Previously, Dixon served in various research roles at
Dixon will join the engineering leadership team of the Software Networking business unit at Brocade and focus on open source initiatives, such as OpenDaylight. Other notable software networking and open source hires this year at Brocade include
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