What will your storage network look like in three years?
Brocade has some ideas that may change the cabling and wiring of your
storage infrastructure.
April 01, 2007 (Network World) — Brocade Communications Inc. this week announced plans to incorporate 10Gbit/sec Ethernet and iSCSI technology into its Fibre Channel switches.

At the company’s annual Analyst Day in San Jose, CEO and President Mike Klayko reviewed how Brocade has diversified in the past year. He mentioned the acquisition of NuView in 2006, which brought Brocade into the burgeoning file-area network market (see “Brocade buys file management vendor NuView for $60M”) And he talked of the company’s acquisition of McData and Silverback Systems (see “Brocade acquires Silverback for storage chips”).

“If we had just stayed in the Fibre Channel SAN market, we would have had a market of about 1.8 billion dollars,” Klayko said. With the acquisitions and Brocade’s diversification, Klayko estimates that the company will make three times as much money — $5.4 billion. Klayko also addressed further diversification with the introduction of 10Gbit/sec Ethernet in 2008.

“You are going to see us incorporate [Silverback’s 10Gbit/sec Ethernet and iSCSI technologies] and incorporate it into the infrastructure that we are filling out for the future of the data center,” he said

Interesting times.

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