Brocade has said it will put 10Gbit/s Ethernet and iSCSI technology into its Fibre Channel switches.
CEO Mike Klayko reviewed how Brocade has diversified in the past year at its annual analyst day. He mentioned the acquisition of NuView in 2006, which brought Brocade into the burgeoning file-area network market. And he talked of the acquisitions of McData and Silverback Systems.
"If we had just stayed in the Fibre Channel SAN market, we would have had a market of about 1.8 billion dollars," Klayko said. With the acquisitions and Brocade's diversification, Klayko estimates that the company will make three times as much money - $5.4 billion.
Klayko also addressed further diversification with the introduction of 10Gbit/s Ethernet in 2008.
"You are going to see us incorporate [Silverback's 10Gbit/s Ethernet and iSCSI technologies] it into the infrastructure that we are filling out for the future of the data centre," he said.
The company will set a road map for 10Gbit/s Ethernet in the second half of this year and plans to deliver products in 2008.
Brocade's iSCSI Gateway, a 1U (1.75-inch) high appliance, now boasts of two iSCSI and two Fibre Channel ports.
The company expects to generate $250 million in revenue in 2008 from Ethernet sales.