Foundry-Brocade merger gets thumbs-up

Potential benefits in integrating the two companies' products, says Trade Me's head of infrastructure

Brocade’s planned acquisition of Foundry Networks has gone down well with one New Zealand Foundry customer.

Dave Wasley, head of infrastructure at Trade Me, says “we’re both a Brocade and Foundry user, so hopefully we’re looking at some positives down the line.”

There are potential benefits in integrating the two companies’ products, he says.

“We’d like to see some of Brocade’s Fibre Channel modules go inside Foundry chassiz.”

The scenario of a merger of two vendors whose products the company uses is becoming a familiar one, he says.

“We used to use IronPort email appliances, and they were bought by Cisco. We also used both BlueCoat and Packeteer, and BlueCoat bought Packeteer.” Other Foundry users in New Zealand include Weta Digital and the Manukau Institute of Technology.

The deal is expected to close later this year. Brocade, which makes storage networking gear, has agreed to pay US$3 billion (NZ$3.94 billion) for Foundry, which makes networking equipment.

The combined company will be led by Brocade CEO Michael Klayko and will use only the Brocade brand, though some product names from Foundry will remain.

Analyst Bob Laliberte, of the Enterprise Strategy Group, said in an interview with Network World that Brocade has “got this vast background of storage networking capabilities — what they didn’t have was a lot of core IP networking.

“By joining the two together, it instantly gives them the credibility, culturally, in large enterprises,” he said.

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