Feeds

Brocade captures Silverback

Fibre channel switch gorilla buys into iSCSI

Reducing the cost and complexity of web vulnerability management

Storage switch vendor Brocade has bought privately-held network accelerator chip start-up Silverback Systems for an undisclosed sum.

Silverback's gear is aimed at speeding up iSCSI storage area networks. The Massachusetts-based firm was founded in 1999 with venture capital and has offices in the UK and Netherlands.

Silverback rival Aarohi was picked up by Host Bus Adaptor (HBA) vendor Emulex in April 2006. Some in the industry predicted the logical upshot would be for Silverback to then be picked up by Emulex's HBA nemesis QLogic.

For Brocade, the acquisition signals greater interest in iSCSI, and should see a broadening of its own fibre channel-focused product portfolio rather than deleloping Silverback's lines. Silverback's technology enables 10Gbit/s ethernet transfer rates for iSCSI, which is seen as a potential starting gun for the networks, which have seen cautious take-up so far.

The cash deal should go through in Brocade's 2007 fiscal Q1, and is expected to have no material impact on its finances. It's the third Brocade acquisition in the last 10 months, following the McData and NuView deals.

Brocade's news release is here. ®

Reducing the cost and complexity of web vulnerability management

More from The Register

next story
Wanna keep your data for 1,000 YEARS? No? Hard luck, HDS wants you to anyway
Combine Blu-ray and M-DISC and you get this monster
US boffins demo 'twisted radio' mux
OAM takes wireless signals to 32 Gbps
Apple flops out 2FA for iCloud in bid to stop future nude selfie leaks
Millions of 4chan users howl with laughter as Cupertino slams stable door
Students playing with impressive racks? Yes, it's cluster comp time
The most comprehensive coverage the world has ever seen. Ever
Run little spreadsheet, run! IBM's Watson is coming to gobble you up
Big Blue's big super's big appetite for big data in big clouds for big analytics
Seagate's triple-headed Cerberus could SAVE the DISK WORLD
... and possibly bring us even more HAMR time. Yay!
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.