Buying Qlogic's high-end server interconnection products and hiring its employees supports Intel's supercomputing goal for 2018.
Company plans to acquire PathScale, which makes hardware and software to let computing systems use the high-speed networking tech.
The storage rivals agree to bring two patent infringement lawsuits to an end.
Storage networking equipment maker QLogic has lost a senior manager, Mark Edwards, who resigned from his post as senior vice president of technology and planning, the company said in a regulatory filing. Edwards had worked for Aliso Viejo, Calif.-based QLogic since 1996, joining the company from Unisys. QLogic said Edwards will continue working at the company through Aug. 15. Edwards has taken a job at No. 8 Ventures, a venture capital firm in New Zealand, QLogic spokesman Steve Sturgeon said.
Storage network hardware maker QLogic has acquired Little Mountain Group in a deal to expand its storage products. The cash and stock deal, valued at about $30 million over four years, gives QLogic the technology to embrace a future trend, the merging of special-purpose Fibre Channel-based storage networks with ordinary computer networks, the companies said. Little Mountain works on iSCSI, a protocol that maps data storage commands over ordinary TCP/IP networks.
QLogic has lured away David Hubbard from competitor Inrange Technologies to lead its switch products group, the company said. QLogic and Inrange make high-speed switches that connect servers and storage devices in sophisticated but expensive special-purpose networks dedicated to data-storage devices. Hubbard previously was Inrange's senior vice president of sales and marketing.
The Supported Solutions Forum (SSF), an effort to address the nagging difficulties getting storage systems and storage networks to work together, has qualified its first collection of storage networking products. The certified hardware and software is from Compaq Computer, IBM, Brocade Communications Systems, Emulex, QLogic and JNI. The SSF, part of the Storage Networking Industry Association is trying to ease interoperability problems that analysts say have held back the industry of storage area networking.