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QLogic buys Brocade’s converged network adapter business

Brocade sells converged network adapter division to QLogic, as the two firms announce SAN partnership

Brocade is selling its converged network adapter division to rival firm QLogic for an undisclosed sum.

The company entered the market in 2007, but had big competition from its new buyer and Emulex, which remained the dominant players in the storage networking host bus adapter field.

Now, Brocade has decided to exit the game and instead focus on areas where it feels it has a stronger future.

A statement from the firm said: “Brocade [has] announced the sale of its network adapter business to QLogic, as part of its stated business strategy to focus on meeting the datacentre networking needs of customers through next-generation fabrics and software-defined networking – the two critical building blocks for modern datacentres.”

But the deal between the pair goes further than just an acquisition. Brocade and QLogic have also entered a partnership to develop solutions in storage area networking (SAN), in a bid to “enhance end-to-end storage connectivity for end users and accelerate innovation.”

Specific areas the two companies will focus on include:

  • Developing capabilities to enhance Fibre Channel technology on an end-to-end basis with improved performance, manageability and reliability for enterprise customers;
  • Aligning on product plans and testing to accelerate deployment of Gen 5 and Gen 6 Fibre Channel technology;
  • Jointly marketing advanced SAN solutions for next-generation datacentres.

“QLogic and Brocade are in a unique position in the industry,” said Amit Vashi, vice-president of products, technology and planning at QLogic. 

“Between our two companies, we have the ability to innovate on server, fabric and storage connectivity to deliver end-to-end optimised solutions for our customers.

“Working together with Brocade will also allow us to accelerate the adoption of new SAN technologies and drive the future of Fibre Channel,” he added.

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