"Think about who Brocade customers are -- [equipment manufacturers] like EMC, HP and IBM. These guys all want a unified network management component to offer to their customers, as there continues to be convergence of different protocols over a single wire," she wrote in an e-mail response to a Computerworld query. "And unified network management fits nicely with strategies these larger infrastructure suppliers have around automated IT service management/automated DC operations -- with network management being a piece of that."
DeBois added that there's still a long way to go in terms of converged data center management, but she said Brocade's new product is relevant to a larger developing trend.
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