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On 3Com's Storage Trail

Several years after its former CEO helped start Intransa, enterprise switch and router vendor 3Com may be taking its own stab at the enterprise storage market. And it's heading straight for enterprise iSCSI.

But don't expect to see 3Com's storage stateside anytime soon.

Let's take it from the top. Since late November, 3Com's been waiting for final approval by the People's Republic of China for its planned buyout of 49 percent of H3C, a joint venture launched in 2003 by 3Com and China's Huawei.

3Com, which owns 51 percent of H3C, already relies on it for much of its revenue. For the three months ended December 1, 2006, 3Com reported that 48 percent of its $333 million in sales came from China. In comparison, 21 percent came from Europe, the Middle East, and Africa; 17 percent from North America; 8 percent from the Pacific Rim; and 6 percent from Latin America and South America.

3Com's revenues come primarily from the sale of networking and security products, along with voice gear and services. But H3C has been selling its Neocean IX series of iSCSI SANs in China based on technology from FalconStor, Intransa, iVivity, and Xyratex. (See FalconStor Focuses on China.)

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