Looking Back: Top 10 Storage Stories for 2009

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As we wrap up a troubled 2009 and look towards a brighter 2010, a number of storage-related stories stand out as the top news candidates, ranging from increasing demand for capacity coupled with decreasing price tags to the ongoing soap opera that is poor Sun Microsystems. The following are Channel Insider's choices for the top 10 news stories for 2009.

#7 Brocade Battles Back

For a company that has seen its own share of recent speculation about possible suitors, including Cisco and HP, Brocade has been busy building new alliances and partnerships since Cisco announced UCS. Recently it has been signing partnerships with almost any vendor or distributor that will stand still, including IBM, Dell, Oracle and Westcon.

It's all about strategic alliances and open solutions, confirms Barbara Spicek, vice president of channels at Brocade. "We're very much focusing on a vendor-neutral, architectural-neutral strategy which is very unlike the strategy of Cisco."

Last month it announced record Q4 financial results with revenues up 31 percent year-over-year. Earlier this year it unveiled its global Alliance Partner Network channel program, designed to attract storage and IP networking channel resellers with a more selective, profitable alternative to existing channel programs. The new program maintains the elements of the existing Brocade storage networking channel program and expands these industry-leading best practices to include the Brocade IP networking portfolio of offerings. 


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