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Inrange buys services group

Inrange broadens its presence in storage networking with the acquisition of eB Networks.

Inrange Technologies Corp., Lumberton, N.J., is continuing its push into storage networking with the acquisition of eB Networks, a New Jersey-based network infrastructure consultancy and a wholly owned subsidiary of Computer Horizons Corp.

Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Founded in 1992, eB Networks specializes in the evaluation, design and implementation of enterprise-scale network infrastructures. Its solutions include enterprise systems and storage management consulting for systems management platforms from Tivoli, Hewlett-Packard, and Computer Associates.

The acquisition brings about 100 consultants to Inrange and increases its worldwide sales and service organization to more than 750.

Last year, the company announced the Inrange Global Consulting (IGC) strategy, a plan to grow by acquisition to keep pace with the demand for high-end infrastructure consulting. With this acquisition, the IGC business is ahead of targeted growth plans and now includes almost 300 consulting professionals worldwide, according to Inrange.

A recent report from International Data Corp., Framingham, Mass., said Inrange's recent acquisitions of Prevail, Computerm and ONEX gives the company the services needed to help end-users plan, implement and maintain a SAN. According to IDC analysts, this will ultimately help to drive sales of its upcoming 256-port FC/9000 switch.

According to IDC, the Fibre Channel director-class switch market is growing quickly, with a very limited number of suppliers. Currently, the only other supplier selling FC directors in volume is McData, which is the largest supplier to this market.

IDC believes that the FC/9000?s scalability past 64 ports, coupled with the desire of storage system suppliers for multiple sources for Fibre Channel directors, will help Inrange increase its OEM sales in 2001.

IDC expects the landscape to change in 2002, when Brocade joins the director-class market with its Silkworm 12000.

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