In Pictures: 10 competitors Cisco couldn’t kill off

Some companies actually thrived while Cisco knocked off most of its competitors.

Brocade Brocade has been the market and technology leader in Fibre Channel switching for years now. It was first to have 8 Gig FC, 16 and will likely get to 32 Gig first as well. Despite much of the hype around FCoE, Brocade has kept its focus on delivering faster and more feature-rich FC and now owns about two-thirds of the market. The company appears to have a real shot now, as the shift to fabrics and software defined networks (SDNs) require data networks to be more efficient, resilient and reliable — like a storage fabric.

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