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McData Goes on Offensive

Its put-up or shut-up time for McData Corp. (Nasdaq: MCDTA) now that it has integrated technology from Nishan Systems and Sanera Systems into its product line.

McData is counting on its new technology to help it out of the sales slump it’s been in since around the time it bought the two companies for nearly $200 million 13 months ago (see McData Sweeps Up Nishan, Sanera and McData Stays Out of the Red). At McData’s Analyst Day in New York today, CEO John Kelley said he’s ready to cash in on that investment.

“You know how many people asked, ‘Are you crazy buying two companies at once? How are you going to integrate them?’ ” Kelley says. “Well, we have. Now we get to the upside where the stuff gets out into the market.”

By the end of the year, McData expects to ship a SAN router based on Nishan technology that it announced Monday and a director from Sanera (see McData Extends Router Family). The Intrepid 10000 Director is a 256-port switch that supports 10 Gbit/s for interconnect-switching links (ISLs). It also can be partitioned into four separate switches and 1,024 ports, similar to Cisco Systems Inc.'s (Nasdaq: CSCO) virtual SAN (VSAN) and Computer Network Technology Corp. (CNT)'s (Nasdaq: CMNT) Virtual Domains features.

McData also announced plans to ship its first 4-Gbit/s switches next year when it refreshes its midrange Sphereon family. Another part of the 2005 roadmap is a virtualization switch that partners can port software onto.

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