Posted By Rich Miller On October 5, 2009 @ 7:27 am In Networking | 1 Comment
Network equipment maker Brocade Communications (BRCD) is looking for a buyer, according to reports this morning by the Wall Street Journal  and Bloomberg . Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ) and Oracle Corp. (ORCL) may be interested, according to both reports, which cited unnamed sources, who said a deal was not “imminent.”
A sale of Brocade would continue an active season for data center service providers and hardware vendors, which has seen HP buy EDS , Oracle announce an acquisition of Sun Microsystems , and Dell acquire Perot Systems .
Brocade has been the leading player in storage networking using Fibre Channel, but last year entered the Ethernet networking market with its acquisition of Foundry System . The company has been building deeper relationships with server vendors, including IBM  and Dell, in moves seen as a counter-balance to Cisco’s entry into the blade server market. HP has been sharpening its focus on the networking sector and expanding its ProCurve line of switches .
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URLs in this post:
 Wall Street Journal: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125470560542363315.html
 Bloomberg: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601103&sid=af3CfB0Ci9UA
 HP buy EDS: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2008/05/13/its-official-hp-will-buy-eds-for-139-billion/
 acquisition of Sun Microsystems: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2009/04/20/oracle-agrees-to-buy-sun-for-74-billion/
 Perot Systems: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2009/09/21/dell-acquires-perot-systems-for-3-9-billion/
 acquisition of Foundry System: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2008/07/24/closer-look-brocades-deal-for-foundry/
 IBM: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2009/04/29/cisco-ibm-brocade-deal-is-targeting-hp/
 ProCurve line of switches: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2009/09/16/first-look-hps-new-procurve-blade-switch/
 Rich Miller: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/author/richm/
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