Consolidation in the enterprise networking space will likely pick up in the coming year as companies look to provide more effective turnkey solutions serving a broader set of needs.
The recent merger between Force10 and Turin Networks is a case in point. Force10 specializes in 10 GbE connectivity while Turin has made a name for itself providing carrier Ethernet and wireless backhaul systems. Together, the companies are hoping to capitalize on high-capacity system architectures and module software systems that are optimized for the packet-based infrastructures of the future.
It is widely expected that many smaller enterprises will adopt Ethernet-based unified fabrics for their data, storage and even voice networks. With Force10's presence in 10 GbE switching technology, the combined company will have a leg up in providing all-Ethernet connectivity for both local and wide area services.
Ethernet is not the only option for a unified fabric, however. Both Infiniband and Fibre Channel have their supporters, although with the emerging Fibre Channel over Ethernet standard all but finalized, it is likely that FC will become an Ethernet layer relatively quickly.
The new company will be headed by Turin CEO Henry Wasik, while Force10 chief will be named president of field operations. Headquarters will remain at Force10's San Jose facility.