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Brocade, McData Branch Out To Remote Offices

The two leading suppliers of SAN switches are branching out--literally.

Brocade and McData, best known for their switches for interconnecting SANs over dedicated storage networks, today both launched new efforts to grow into the fast-growing segment of branch-office data consolidation.

In the past year, branch-office consolidation has become a key play for both network and storage solution providers because customers want to house their branch-office data at data centers. They're doing so by deploying wide-area file services (WAFS technology), which effectively provides local caches for frequently accessed files, as well as WAN optimization products and application accelerators.

"It's a market that's very much ramping up," says Greg Schulz, founder and principal analyst at StorageIO, a Stillwater, Minn.-based consulting and market research firm. "It's a solution that has a play at the high end, as well as at the entry-level and midsize enterprise market."

McData, which has lagged its counterpart Brocade and key rival Cisco in offering branch-office consolidation solutions, has launched what it calls the ROC-Remote Office Consolidation portfolio of products and services.

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