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McData Stirs Up Software

McData Corp. (Nasdaq: MCDTA) is hoping to pump up its software unit, geared around its SANavigator management software, and potentially expand into new markets. But it's still many miles away from becoming a storage software powerhouse.

McData entered the market through the September 2001 acquisition of SANavigator Inc., the storage network management software subsidiary of Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC) (see McData Snaps up SANavigator).

Now the company has made the software group a formal, standalone business unit with its own P&L (profit and loss) accountability. Earlier this month, it hired Gary Gysin to be VP and general manager of the unit. He was previously senior VP of products at Volera Inc., the Novell Inc. (Nasdaq: NOVL) caching software spinoff, and prior to that was president and CEO at PGSoft Inc., a systems software company that Novell acquired in 2000 (see McData Appoints Software GM).

Gysin says McData is currently evaluating expanding into new markets, including, potentially, storage resource management (SRM).

"The goals are very aggressive for the software business in terms of where we want to be," he says. "We're doing that hard analysis in the SRM market and other areas. At a minimum, we'll defend and lead the device management and SAN management space." Gysin, who is based out of McData's office in San Jose, Calif., would not say how many employees are in his group.

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