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EMC & McData Get Smart

EMC Corp. (NYSE: EMC) today said it would develop and port software for McData Corp.'s (Nasdaq: MCDTA) intelligent switch platform, nearly a year after announcing plans to do the same for Brocade Communications Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: BRCD) and Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) switches.

EMC declared its intention to develop software for Brocades Rhapsody switches last March and to do the same on Cisco’s Andiamo switches in April (see EMC OEMs Brocade's Rhapsody Switch and EMC, Cisco Do the Deed).

What took so long to follow with McData?

Insiders say the delay had nothing to do with any real or perceived problems between McData and EMC, its former parent and the company that provides most of its business (see EMC Playing Hardball With McData?). It was a simple technology issue.

“A year ago, McData didn’t have their plans for intelligent switches,” says Chris Gahagan, EMC’s senior VP of storage infrastructure software. “This is the technology they acquired from Aarohi.”

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