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Engenio Lowers Its Sights

Engenio is jumping into the low-end of the storage pool.

For the first time, LSI Logic Corp.s (NYSE: LSI) revamped Engenio storage systems division is planning entry-level networked storage products, in an attempt to leverage the company’s serial-attached SCSI (SAS) technology and server OEM partnerships.

Engenio came under new leadership when new LSI CEO Abhi Talwalkar reorganized the company last month (see LSI Logic Reshuffles and LSI Logic Changes CEO). Talwalkar dropped plans to spin Engenio public, and he merged the RAID Storage Adapter (RSA) group into Engenio.

Former Engenio CEO Tom Georgens disagreed with the decision and left the company, and former RSA head Phil Bullinger took over as Engenio general manager.

At LSI’s analyst day Wednesday, company executives laid out plans for the new Engenio, which remains a wholly-owned subsidiary. The biggest change is that Engenio will develop systems in the sub-$14,000 price range, marking the first time it has manufactured a system outside of the midrange.

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