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Brocade Busts Into HBAs

Brocade's had a big week. After unveiling an extensive series of products and enhancements Tuesday, the company today posted earnings, news of a settlement with the SEC, and word of its intent to enter the HBA market, competing against Emulex and Qlogic.

Taking it from the top:

Tuesday, May 29: Brocade revealed the addition of the FC10-6, a 10-Gbit/s director blade for the Brocade 48000 Director; enhancements for remote management and monitoring of the Brocade Fabric Manager and Brocade Enterprise Fabric Connectivity Manager; performance enhancements for remote DR applications using the 48000 or the Brocade 7600 Application Platform (a pizza-box device that runs intelligent applications like EMC's Invista); and a gateway between "classic" Brocade switches and "legacy" McData switches.

The vendor also unveiled file area network (FAN) products, including a new release of Brocade StorageX that boosts control over migration of CIFS and NFS files; a new release of the Brocade File Lifecycle Manager; and Brocade Branch File Manager 2.0, which the vendor claims speeds up centralized control of WAFS.

Thursday, May 31: Brocade made three statements. First, it says the investigation by the SEC of its handling of stock-option grants has concluded. Without admitting or denying any culpability, Brocade will pay $7 million in a civil penalty. This concludes the SEC investigation that jettisoned former CEO Greg Reyes in 2005. (See Top 10 Best-Read Stories of 2006 and 2006 Storage Winners & Losers .)

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