Sunday, January 19, 2014

Brocade Divests Network Adapter Business to QLogic

Brocade has sold its network adapter business to QLogic for an undisclosed sum.

The deal includes the entire Brocade network adapter product portfolio:

  • Brocade 1860 Fabric Adapters
  • Brocade 815/825 and 415/425 Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapters, or HBAs
  • Brocade 1010/1020 Converged Network Adapters, or CNAs
  • HBA and CNA mezzanine adapters for select OEM partners.

The companies also agreed to work together closely to affirm their commitment to the storage area networking industry, collaborate on the development of the next generation Gen 6 Fibre Channel technology, and strengthen the Fibre Channel vendor ecosystem for the benefit of mutual customers.

Brocade said the sale enables it to focus on meeting the data center networking needs of customers through next-generation fabrics and software defined networking -- the two critical building blocks for modern data centers.

"This transaction continues the execution of our business strategy, which will further enable Brocade to focus on core networking technologies in the data center in order to better serve our customers and partners and to drive better value for our shareholders," said Ken Cheng, chief technology officer and vice president of Corporate Development and Emerging Business at Brocade. "This transaction also benefits our customers through the two companies firmly committing to the success of the current Gen 5 Fibre Channel technology as well as Gen 6 technology, which is now in development."

http://www.brocade.com
http://www.qlogic.com/pages/default.aspx

Huawei Signs On with Arsenal as Official Smartphone Partner

Huawei has been named the "Official Smartphone Partner" of Arsenal Football Club until the end of season 2015/16.

The deal brings together two high performing organisations with a global presence; Huawei, a global technology and communications market leader, and Arsenal FC, one of the world's biggest football clubs.

Tom Fox, Chief Commercial Officer at Arsenal Football Club, said: "We are delighted to welcome Huawei to Arsenal as an official partner. This is the first global deal we have signed with a Chinese brand, demonstrating our long-term commitment to the market through pre-season tours and sustained digital fan engagement.


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