Storage Network Rivals Crank It Up

Since Cisco entered the market in 2002, McData and Brocade have replied with aggressive strategies to match the router titan's efforts

The market for computer gear that directs traffic on storage networks had always been hotly competitive. But by the summer of 2002, it had consolidated down to two players who dominated their segments: McData (MCDT ), with its high-end "director" class switches, and Brocade (BRCD ) with its less expensive "fabric" switches. One-time hot growers, including Ancor Communications, Inrange Technologies, and Gadzoox Networks were no longer seen as major players and were all soon gobbled up by larger tech outfits.

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