Network vendor Brocade has appointed Gabriel Breeman APAC OEM director in a bid to position the company as the datacentre networking partner of choice for original equipment makers.

In this newly created position, Breeman will drive OEM strategies, strategic partnerships and alliance initiatives for the region to help position Brocade as the datacentre networking partner of choice in the OEM partner business segment.

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Breeman will be based in Singapore and report directly to Brocade's vice president for Asia Pacific (APAC), Adam Judd. Breeman was most recently the senior director at Fusion-io, where he was responsible for leading worldwide revenue growth strategies through OEM partners.

Prior to Fusion-io, Breeman spent six years at Brocade as a global sales executive and corporate account director.

He has also held direct end-user, indirect channel and OEM leadership roles at Dot Hill Systems and Sun Microsystems. Judd said strategic partnerships with the world's leading vendors continued to be a vital go-to-market strategy for Brocade globally and regionally.

"These OEM partnerships are based upon the value of open standards-based computing, networking and storage platforms, which is paving the way for software-defined networking to deliver on its full promise," he said.

"Gabriel's astute understanding of the OEM ecosystem will bring tremendous value in ensuring Brocade and our OEM partners in APAC share a common vision on open networking and how to disrupt the status quo in the networking industry." Brocade's worldwide OEM partners include EMC, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Hitachi Data Systems, IBM and NetApp. Breeman said Brocade was uniquely poised to capitalise on the challenges and opportunities confronting the networking industry today by offering customers an alternative route to success.

"I am looking forward to working closely with our OEM partners to help transform our customers' networks and deliver a compelling value proposition for their businesses."