Monday, April 27, 2009

IBM to Resell Brocade Enterprise IP Networking Portfolio

IBM has agreed to rebrand and sell the Brocade enterprise IP networking family of products through the IBM global sales force and authorized IBM Business Partners. The OEM deal extends the existing relationship between Brocade and IBM for storage area networking (SAN) products. Initially, IBM plans to sell the following Brocade IP networking product families under the OEM agreement, with additional products to be added over time. IBM will offer multiple models in each product family:

  • Brocade NetIron MLX Series as IBM m-series Ethernet routers

  • Brocade NetIron CES 2000 Series as IBM c-series Ethernet switches

  • Brocade FastIron SX Series as IBM s-series Ethernet switches

  • Brocade FastIron GS Series as IBM g-series Ethernet switches

  • The products were initially developed by Foundry Networks, which Brocade recently acquired.

    "This agreement supports IBM's view of networking as an integral component of our dynamic infrastructure initiative, which helps customers manage the convergence of business and IT infrastructures," said Barry Rudolph, vice president, IBM System Storage. "IBM is focused on providing its customers with the best networking choices and options, which is why we're pleased to expand our relationship with Brocade."

    IBM currently rebrands and sells a broad portfolio of Brocade data center networking products and technologies, including the multiprotocol Brocade DCX Backbone along with Fibre Channel directors, standalone and embedded switches, host bus adapters, and related software.

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