Brocades decision to throw down $3 billion for router specialist Foundry may spark a flurry of activity from other vendors looking for a share of the "next-gen data center."
The rationale behind the multibillion-dollar acquisition was a fairly simple one, according to Marty Lans, senior director of Brocades data center infrastructure group.
This acquisition allows us to go well beyond the four data center walls, he told Byte and Switch, describing the firms long-term plan to bolster its networking strategy. Its what we see as the other side of the data center or the other side of the server, and we cant go there without routing capabilities.
By spending mega-bucks on Foundry, Brocade is, of course, issuing a challenge to networking giant Cisco Systems.
This is clearly a place where we think that we can give customers a choice in the market, says Lans. Today, if you want to go end-to-end, theres only one company that lets you do that, and thats Cisco.