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Tom Trainer
Tom Trainer

ServerEngines For Sale? A New Land Grab May Be In Play

Industry sources in the investment community have told me that Ethernet NIC vendor ServerEngines may be looking for a buyer. ServerEngines is one of the key providers of 10GbE NIC connectivity. Apparently, there are a number of companies interested in acquiring the vendor, with LSI as the top suitor. LSI, which has seen its adapter business ramp up in recent quarters, wants to capitalize on a window of opportunity and gain market share from established vendors such as Emulex, QLogic and to some

Will the evolving dynamics of ServerEngines' ownership stifle Emulex's CNA plans? It certainly could have an impact. Will a sale of ServerEngines to LSI inflict a fatal blow to Emulex? There is no doubt that LSI (or any other potential buyer of ServerEngines) would not want to continue a long term relationship with Emulex, or any other potential competitor. This has the potential to be the event that kick-starts Emulex into in-house design and development, but from a market timing perspective, can they move fast enough to catch up to Brocade and QLogic, who are moving forward rapidly in this market segment?  One thing is clear:  an acquisition of ServerEngines will have impact on its current customers.

In upcoming blogs we're gong to take a closer look at each of the key players in this space: Broadcom, Brocade, Emulex, Intel, QLogic and ServerEngines.  We will pull back the curtain and inspect each one, taking a look at the upside of each company and some of the challenges they face moving into 2010 and beyond. If you would like me to add connectivity vendor to this list go ahead and comment with your suggestion and I will consider their addition. Also, I updated the Analytico FCoE Market Dynamic chart and have included it in this blog.





Tom Trainer is founder and president of analyst firm Analytico. Prior to founding Analytico, Trainer was Principal Storage Product Marketing Manager at Red Hat, and Director of Marketing at Gluster prior to its acquisition by Red Hat. Tom has worked as managing senior partner ... View Full Bio
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