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Storage Firms Take Passage to India

It's no secret that storage vendors have joined the throng of U.S. tech suppliers tapping into the vast pool of engineering talent in India, but now the pace is picking up.

McData Corp. (Nasdaq: MCDTA) is currently in talks with an outsourcer in that country to take on some of the switch vendor's software development, though no deal has officially been struck, according to Indian press reports. And during the past year, Brocade Communications Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: BRCD) has contracted Bangalore-based outsourcing powerhouse Wipro Ltd. (NYSE: WIT) for development and testing across a range of Brocade products. (See Brocade Outlines Market Plans.)

Spokespeople from McData and Brocade refused to provide further detail on their Indian operations.

Storage software expertise in India is growing -- and so too is the interest U.S. vendors are taking in it. Wipro and competitors such as Satyam Computer Services Ltd. (NYSE: SAY), SP Software Technologies (India) Pvt. Ltd. (SPSoft), and HCL Infosystems Ltd. are among the companies benefiting from the trend.

Wipro burst on to the storage scene back in 2002 when it snagged Storage Technology Corp. (StorageTek) (NYSE: STK) as a customer. Wipro took over development of the StorageNet 6000 product, even as StorageTek layed off roughly 200 employees in the U.S. and France (see StorageTek Outsources, Lays Off).

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