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Brocade gearing up to fight 'Cisco fatigue'

Stephen Lawson | Sept. 18, 2008
Brocade told analysts its Foundry acquisition will make it uniquely equipped to battle Cisco.

Klayko said enterprises will move gradually to new technologies in their data centers -- an idea that serves a company founded on traditional Fibre Channel, the mainstay of SANs today.

"There are going to be multiple fabrics and protocols," Klayko said, and the needs of applications will determine which are best. Most shops aren't ready for FCoE, he said. "Having the technical capabilities and having the applications be ready to take advantage of those ... are a little out of sync," he said.

Also Wednesday, Brocade said its entry into HBAs (host bus adapters) for connecting servers to networks is on track. The company expects the HBAs it announced earlier this year to be qualified by its OEM (original equipment manufacturer) partners by the end of this year.

 

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