Brocade acquisition adds virtualization services

By Kevin Komiega

—Brocade this week announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Strategic Business Systems (SBS), a privately held provider of IT professional services.

The SBS team of consultants is well-versed in providing data-center services based on shared storage architectures and is expected to beef up Brocade's professional services portfolio and add new services centered on server virtualization.

"We're adding a new practice area around data-center virtualization services," says Rob Buergisser, director of operations for service, support, and solutions at Brocade. "The other thing that SBS brings to the table is the fact that about 60% of all SBS consultants carry security clearance, which will be key to helping us build out our offerings in the government sector."

Buergisser adds that the SBS consultants retained after the acquisition will also augment and strengthen Brocade's existing services in the areas of data migration, data-center relocation, and security. He says the SBS acquisition also plays into Brocade's plans to expand its services through partners, stating that SBS's channel and OEM partners include vendors such as Hewlett-Packard, IBM, and Network Appliance.

Brocade currently offers professional services that span the data center, including services in the areas of SAN management, data movement, security, file area network (FAN) services for file management, and mainframe and network management services.

The acquisition is expected to be completed by the end of April, and new services based on the acquisition are due by the end of May. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Following the finalization of the deal, SBS will be managed as a wholly owned subsidiary within the Brocade Services, Support, and Solutions Division under Brocade vice president and general manager Hugues Meyrath.

This article was originally published on March 06, 2008