More than meets the eye

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2008-07-22 Print this article Print


So, there's more to this deal than what shows on the surface. It is not a slam dunk by any means, even though both Foundry and Brocade CEOs spoke in superlatives on the conference call with analysts and journalists. Of course, no merger in any market is expected to be as smooth as glass; there are always obstacles-expected and unexpected-to clear.

"Brocade now is competing directly with Cisco in the data center, whereas they owned the storage networking sector in the past," Laliberte said.  "If you're Cisco, you're going to take notice of this [new competitor], because in the past, Cisco would go into a new prospect and say, 'Hey, we know IP, we own this market, we invented it. You need to go with us.'

"Now they can't really say that.  They can still say, 'We're the biggest, we're the baddest,' but now Brocade has a legitimate stake to put in the ground and say, 'We know Ethernet, too. We've been doing it for 12 years.'

"By combining the best of Fibre Channel and the best of what they can take from Foundry's expertise, Brocade can deliver a compelling solution as well."

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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