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Cisco, McData Spar at Wal-Mart

It turns out the McData-Cisco faceoff for Wal-Mart business in mid-2004 was just round one in an ongoing brawl that may not be over yet.

Each vendor so far has won a bid to place its director switches in the retail giants data center. McData won the first tussle despite an alleged late plea by Cisco CEO John Chambers himself. (See Cisco, McData in Retail Faceoff.) But sources report that Cisco rebounded to win a rematch in the fall of 2005.

However, the second bid was apparently for additional directors. Though Cisco seems to have won, Wal-Mart did not replace its McData gear.

As with the previous deal, official comments are hard to come by regarding round two. Wal-Mart likes to keep a tight lid on what it’s using in its data center and did not return calls to its Bentonville, Ark., headquarters for comment.

Neither Cisco nor McData is about to upset a customer with one of the world’s largest SANs, either. Cisco would not confirm the win, and a McData spokeswoman would only say rumors that Cisco won a rip-and-replace deal over McData aren't true.

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