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Another slice of Brocade carved off: Mavenir buys packet core business

Pretty much the last bits of Brocade have been sold, with the news that Mavenir Systems has slurped the networking company's virtual Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) product range, intellectual property, and development lab. As well as picking up Brocade's Mumbai R&D facility, the buyer says it's going to retain key Brocade staff in …

NetApp channel chief Bill Lipsin leaves firm

Bill Lipsin, NetApp's VP for global channels, is leaving the company. While NetApp looks for a replacement, the channel team will be headed up by Rick Hegberg, VP for OEM and alliances. The company said: "We wish Bill all the best and thank him for his many contributions." Lipsin joined NetApp in May 2015, leaving his …
Chris Mellor, 2 Aug 2017
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FTC approves Broadcom Brocade buy – if Cisco switch tech is walled off

Broadcom's $5.9bn purchase of Brocade has been approved by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) so long as Broadcom's technology used in chips for fibre channel switches built for Cisco is walled off from its storage networking business. The two main suppliers of fibre channel switches used in storage networking are Brocade …
Chris Mellor, 4 Jul 2017
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Brocade goes bye-bye: Out on a high note ahead of Broadcom slurp

+Comment Say goodbye to Brocade as an independent company. It has just published its last quarterly results before being gobbled up and dismembered by Broadcom. Revenues of $553m were up 6 per cent year-over-year and down 5 per cent quarter-over-quarter. Brocade_revenues_to_Q2fy2017 Brocade said SAN product revenue of $282m was down …
Chris Mellor, 26 May 2017
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Cisco goes 32 gigging with Fibre Channel and NVMe

Networking titan Cisco is adding both NVMe over Fibre Channel and 32Gbit/s Fibre Channel speed to its MDS Director and UCS C-Series server products. Fibre Channel speeds are doubling from 16Gbit/s to 32Gbit/s, what Brocade calls Gen 6 Fibre Channel. That company launched its 32Gbit/s Director product last July – a Director …
Chris Mellor, 11 Apr 2017
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Stealth-cloaked startup claims to be developing super-fast arrays. How fast? Well...

+Comment Vexata is a stealthy storage array startup with a product technology that it has been telling people is "25 times faster" than arrays from leading rival vendor and VC favourite Pure Storage. That's the claim made in pre-stealth emergence material, anyway. We have no product against which to measure performance data. The VCs …
Chris Mellor, 4 Apr 2017
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Extreme Networks to splash $55m on Brocade's data centre biz

Extreme Networks is to acquire Brocade Communications Systems' data centre, switching, routing, and analytics business for $55m (£44m) - part of a bid to beef up its portfolio and take on Switchzilla – aka Cisco. The deal follows Ethernet switch and wireless vendor Brocade's acquisition by Broadcom for $5.9bn last year. …
Kat Hall, 30 Mar 2017
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Brocade baits its switch: Entry level kit to ID abnormal VM activity

Fibre Channel switcher Brocade has introduced its second 32Gbps (Gen 6) switch called the G610. With an 8 to 24 port range, it slots in below the now one-year-old G620 and its 24 to 64 ports. Its role is to function as an entry-level switch for small shared storage fabrics to edge deployments in larger ones. Brocade has also …
Chris Mellor, 30 Mar 2017
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Arris slaps down US$800m to buy Brocade's wireless bits

Arris Technologies will buy Ruckus Wireless from Broadcom, for US$800m. Ruckus came to Broadcom when it acquired Brocade in November 2016. Selling the company seems a little odd as wireless was one of the few bright spots in Brocade's final earnings call as an independent entity. In Q2 2016, Ruckus added 51 per cent to Brocade …
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Brocade's sales growth outpaced by costs, ahead of Broadcom buyout

Ahead of its acquisition by Broadcom, Brocade has turned in another quarter of growing revenue but slumping net income. Revenue for the quarter was up 12 per cent year-on-year to US$675 million, and the company's full year 2016 result at $2.35 billion was 4 per cent better than 2015. Fourth quarter profit was $66 million ( …

Broadcom snaps up Brocade for $5.9bn

As rumoured storage network switch, Ethernet switch and wireless vendor Brocade is being bought by Broadcom for $5.9bn in an all-cash transaction. The price is for $12.75 per share, valued at approximately $5.5bn, plus $0.4bn of net debt. The cash will come from new debt financing and cash available on Broadcom's balance sheet …
Chris Mellor, 2 Nov 2016
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Broadcom would certainly be broader with Brocade on board

Analysis And so a storage networking era comes to a close, and we have been here before. Brocade is reportedly up for sale, as it has been three times before. The premier Fibre Channel SAN director and switch vendor has consistently tried to use its revenues to buy other companies and diversify, because it knew the market was …
Chris Mellor, 1 Nov 2016
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Before Bitcoin, digital cash was called Beenz – all that's left is a T-shirt

Conference Couture A couple of weeks back we wrote about the plan to have Oracle's NetBeans Java IDE become an Apache project and in an attempt to get some perspective on the move asked friend of the Regand former OpenStack board member Tristan Goode what he thought. Tristan's response? “The last NetBeans I remember was these in my old industry …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Sep 2016

Brocade broadcasts financial success. Well, if you call an 89% profit drop 'success'

Helped by two months of Ruckus Wireless ownership, Brocade's revenues for the third quarter of fiscal year 2016 were up seven per cent annually to $591m, a 13 per cent quarter-on-quarter increase. The company posted profits of a paltry $10.5m, 89 per cent down on the year-ago quarter's $91.7m, and 23.3 per cent less than the …
Chris Mellor, 26 Aug 2016

FibreChannel dead? Nonsense, says Brocade, here's our Gen 6 kit

Brocade's having none of this FibreChannel doomsaying, with the launch of its FibreChannel Gen 6 director family. The launch comprises the Brocade X6 Director, SX6 Extension Blade, and for monitoring, two new enhancements to its Fabric Vision. The X6 Director has 384 ports running at 32 Gbps, and supports aggregation of those …
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Here's what six storage suppliers will be doing for the next year or two

Analyst haus Stifel Nicolaus' MD, Aaron Rakers, has had some fireside chats with senior execs from Brocade and QLogic, Pure and Nimble, Seagate and WDC at a Stifel Nicolaus Technology, Internet & Media Conference in San Francisco. The execs gave their thoughts on HDD demand, HAMR HDD tech, NVME over fabrics, Gen 6 Fibre …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jun 2016
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Brocade tunes up Workflow Composer for network automation

Brocade has unveiled a set of network automation tools it claims will allow admins to script out provisioning and management tasks. Designed for large enterprises and cloud service providers, the Workflow Composer package is a server-based network management system that allows administrators to set scripts for performing …
Shaun Nichols, 25 May 2016
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Networking not cutting it: Brocade needs wireless to pull revs up

Brocade reported second quarter revenue of $523m, down 4 per cent year-over-year from $547m, and a 9 per cent quarter-over-quarter decline from $574m, as general storage networking sales weakness impacted its results. Segment-wise: SAN product revenue of $297mn was down 5 per cent year-over-year Fibre Channel directors …
Chris Mellor, 20 May 2016

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