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Brocade Bags NuView

On the same day Brocade unveiled new products in its traditional switching and routing markets, it also added to its new software platform by acquiring file virtualization startup NuView for $60 million in cash. (See Brocade Bulks Up 4-Gig Gear and Brocade Acquires NuView.)

Brocade will place NuView's products into its Tapestry family of software, which it launched last year with a Wide Area File Services (WAFS) package and an Application Resource Manager (ARM) to provision blade servers. (See Brocade Busts an IT Move.)

NuView's main product is StorageX, which uses global namespace to help manage files on disparate NAS systems. Network Appliance sells StorageX as Virtual File Manager. A source with knowledge of NuView says more than 70 percent of its revenue comes through NetApp. NuView also sells data security, policy-based data management, and business continuity software.

File virtualization is an emerging technology that NAS users have been waiting to mature. (See Insider: Users Cite Virtual Savings.) Last year, EMC acquired NuView rival Rainfinity for $90 million, and NetApp acquired Spinnaker for $360 million in 2003. (See EMC to Buy Rainfinity and NetApp Annexes Spinnaker.)

But EMC and NetApp sell NAS devices, making them more logical pursuers of file virtualization. Brocade has never been in the file server business, and CEO Mike Klayko says he does not intend to change that.

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