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QLogic Picks Up Troika

QLogic has acquired intelligent switch appliance startup Troika Networks for $36.5 million and will try to give smaller enterprises looking for virtualization an lower cost alternative to EMCs Invista.

In announcing the deal Tuesday night, QLogic CEO H.K. Desai said QLogic will sell Troika’s virtualization products through OEMs. But he made it clear that he is targeting small and medium enterprises, while EMC tries to push Invista into large enterprises. (See EMC Unveils Invista.)

The deal can be good news for users that want an intelligent switch for virtualization, but are too small for Invista or are tired of waiting for EMC to build full functionality into its appliance.

Although Troika was shipping products, many organizations are reluctant to place mission-critical data on hardware from a startup. Others have settled on other virtualization options, such as IBM’s in-band SAN Volume Controller (SVC) appliance or Hitachi’s TagmaStore, which does virtualization in the array. (See Richmond Goes Virtual.)

At a virtualization panel at the Storage Decisions tradeshow earlier this month, Nationwide Insurance storage architect Alan Grantham said he prefers intelligent switches for virtualization. (See Users Wait for Switch Virtualization .) However, he didn’t consider Invista ready yet because EMC is just starting to ship its long-awaited appliance.

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