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Brocade revamps line-up, cuts jobs

Brocade is dropping some McData products and cutting 270 jobs now it has completed the acquisition of its former rival, it said last week.

The US$973million acquisition was formally completed last week, and Brocade said that it has made 128 employees redundant, with another 142 cuts planned.

The firm also gave more details of its product integration roadmap. With both Brocade and McData having strong offerings in the midrange and entry-level storage area network (San) switching market, Brocade said the product lines were largely overlapping in functionality and were not interoperable.

The Brocade fibre channel switch architecture will therefore provide the platform for a future San switch product line that will be interoperable with both McData and Brocade products. The McData switches will be phased out this year, but Brocade will continue to support them for a minimum of five years, the firm said.

On the San director side, both McData's Intrepid and Brocade's Silkworm family of products will continue to be made available, although the Intrepid brand will be dropped. However, Brocade is planning to provide a single San director product some time in 2008 that will be compatible with all existing products.

"After five months of focused integration planning, today we are ready to begin rolling out the advantages of this combined company to the marketplace," Brocade CEO Mike Klayko said in a statement announcing the changes.

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