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Brocade CTO Looking at Data Center

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Storage Networking World -- Brocade quietly replaced departed CTO Jay Kidd with an insider this week, promoting IT veteran Dan Crain to the post as it explores paths to move beyond merely Fibre Channel SANs.

Kidd left Brocade after five years to head an emerging technologies group at Network Appliance earlier this month. (See NetApp Has Kidd for New Group). Despite the change, Brocade appears determined to continue on the path it set for itself earlier this year by starting to dabble in networking software.

"We're trying to figure out where the data center's going," Crain says. "We're looking at servers, storage, and data center networking."

Crain has been at Brocade since 2003 as vice president and general manager of its systems infrastructure group. He was also executive VP at StorageApps, the software virtualization company that Hewlett-Packard acquired in 2001, but most of Crain's experience is as an IT director. He was global head of storage at Deutsche Bank and COO of Global Distributed Systems at Morgan Stanley before joining Brocade. He's been in the storage and IT industry for 20 years.

"I've moved a lot of data centers," Crain says.

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