SAN vendors merge

Storage networking vendor QLogic snapped up Fibre Channel switch concern Ancor Communications in a continued consolidation of the SAN market.

The $1.7 billion stock swap brings together two companies with complementary products and common partners. QLogic manufactures Fibre Channel host bus adapters and components; Ancor markets Fibre Channel switches. Both have agreements with Sun and Hitachi Data Systems to resell their storage-area networks products.

Ancor makes the SANbox full-fabric switch, which comes in sizes ranging from 8 to 128 ports. The 8-port edge switch is the company's smallest and fits into fabric as well as Fibre Channel Arbitrated Loop environments. The 64/128-port Director is Ancor's fully fault-tolerant switch with redundant power supplies and controllers. The company also manufactures SANsurfer, a Web-browser based management tool, which monitors each of its Fibre Channel products.

QLogic manufactures PCI to Fibre Channel and PCI to SCSI adapters for connecting servers to SAN equipment. The company also makes the QLogic Management Suite, which provides remote configuration and management, load balancing and partitioning or masking when implemented with Fibre Channel host bus adapters.

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