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Broadcom sweeps up winnings after enterprise storage gamble pays off

Data centres and storage sales sent Broadcom's third-quarter earnings sailing past estimates, thanks in part to the buy of Brocade. The company, HQ'd in San Jose, was chuffed to report quarterly revenues of $5.06bn, up 13 per cent year-on-year. Wired infrastructure continued to contribute the lion's share of the sales, $2.3bn …
Richard Speed, 7 Sep 2018

NetApp goes all in on Fibre Channel-based NVMe-over-Fabrics

NetApp has announced a real biggie for storage wonks: support for Fibre Channel-based NVMe-over-Fabrics (FC-NVMe) access to all-flash ONTAP arrays using Brocade gear. The firm also released a faster flash array, deeper public-private cloud integration, plus an object storage update. NetApp claimed it now has the first …
Chris Mellor, 9 May 2018

Highway to the auto-zone: Cisco is catching up to Brocade in Fibre Channel speed race

Cisco is releasing two auto-zoning 48 and 96-port Fibre Channel switches to speed up networking in data centres with all-flash arrays. The switches are accompanied by updated diagnostics and SAN management software. As all-flash arrays are increasingly used in data centres, their IO demands crank up the storage networking …
Chris Mellor, 27 Apr 2018
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Hoth stuff: Broadcom readies refined fleet of Fibre Channel kit

In what it has called its Hoth release, Broadcom said it enhanced its gen 6 Fibre Channel products with new NVMe technology, automation technology, and higher density hardware. Starting with the hardware, the G630 is a 128-port Brocade switch and a FC32-64 64-port X6 Director blade has also been announced. Brocade_G630 …
Chris Mellor, 10 Apr 2018
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Brocade undone: Broadcom's acquisition completes

Broadcom has completed its acquisition of Brocade. The US$5.9bn deal was announced in November 2016 but the United States' Committee on Foreign Investment took a long, hard look at the deal because Broadcom supplies Cisco with key components for its Fibre Channel products. Buying Brocade therefore represented a chance for …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Nov 2017
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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 …
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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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