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Best: EMC buys Kashya for $153 million. (See EMC Coughs Up for Kashya.) With the exception of VMWare, none of the myriad of acquisitions EMC made since 2003 gave it as much bang-for-the buck as its Kashya pickup last May. Kashya gives EMC heterogeneous replication software, CDP, and functionality that could jump-start its Invista virtualization platform.
Worst: Brocade buys McData for $713 million. (See Brocade Bags McData For $713M.) Brocade execs may rue the day they agreed to pay up to put their switch rival out of its misery. Proponents of the deal argue it was merely a matter of time before Brocade and McData got together, and they had to unite to fight off Cisco. But McData appeared well on the road to self-destruction and the massive integration can prove distracting to Brocade at a time when Cisco is renewing its storage push. (See McData Post-Mortem and Cisco Salvo in 4-Gig FC.) Maybe anti-trust regulators will do Brocade a favor and kill the deal.