Behind the firewall

Netliant going to the dogs ... JNI dumps InfiniBand ... The British aren't coming, The British aren't coming ... McData vs. Brocade: No love lost.

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Netliant is down to six people and one small dog. Things don't look good.

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We hear the Cisco/Andiamo beta sites have signed contracts whereby they can't say anything but niceties in public, or risk cement shoes. EMC has also been known to muzzle customers in the past. Take what you hear with a grain of salt - no way is Cisco dominating the Fibre Channel (FC) switch world - yet.
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Wall Street analysts officially hate Brocade's Greg Reyes. We think they're jealous of his looks.

Speaking of McData, don't get too carried away that the Brocade lawsuit issue is over, because the judge wouldn't issue an injunction against Brocade. They almost never do in a situation like this. Some of the language does lead one to believe that McData is going to lose this one, however.

Merrill Lynch has over 50 Brocade 12000s deployed. That either makes them the most sophisticated - or the dumbest - users in the storage world. We can't figure it out yet.

Sun bought Pirus and tied up CEO Rich Napolitano for two years. Brocade bought Rhapsody and tied up CEO Mike Klayko for three years - meaning that neither can leave unless they leave all their money behind. At current stock prices, they might need part-time jobs to subsidize their income.

Nexsan claims to have thousands of installations. We've found four. Send us an e-mail if you've got the stuff, and tell us how you like it.

Linda Sanford is out of storage at IBM, and moved into their on-demand computing stuff, whatever that means. Lieutenants Mike Zisman and Walter Reizner are still running software and hardware, respectively.

JNI is going to dump its InfiniBand efforts. The trashed host bus adapter company thinks it can make a business out of Fibre Channel alone, which of course is absurd because that market keeps getting pushed into the scary land of commoditization.

IBM is hot on using Cisco's NuSpeed 5428 as an iSCSI gateway to connect tier 2 or 3 servers into their Fibre Channel SAN. Gives the customer more SAN benefits at a low cost of entry - and fills up the IBM boxes.

Did you know that former Veritas bigwig Mark Leslie's son Josh is a sales rep for Veritas competitor CommVault? Talk about rebellion.

There are American, Israeli, Canadian, French, Japanese and even Slovenian storage companies. Where are the British? Or the Irish, especially since they became a wholly owned subsidiary of Dick Egan (EMC) Enterprises?

QUICK! look behind you! Ah, you missed it - it was Microsoft's storage strategy.

Behind the Firewall is written by a team of industry insiders who, for obvious reasons, prefer to remain anonymous. If you have tips, send them to btf@storagemagazine.com.
This was first published in January 2003

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