1. IBM: Big Blue has an OEM deal with Brocade whereby it resells Brocade storage and switching gear under IBM’s brand — a deal that was expanded shortly after Cisco made its foray into the server business in April.
2. HP: The Wall Street Journal likes HP as an acquirer because it would enhance HP’s own line of networking gear, called ProCurve. HP has been striking deals left and right in an effort to boost its unified computing products in light of Cisco’s foray into its server domain, but so far these have focused more on software partnerships, with HP depending on its own gear for hardware. Sramana Mitra does a nice job of explaining why this combo is so appealing.
3. Dell: Like IBM and HP, Dell also has an OEM deal with Brocade, and in August pinned its unified computing strategy to the company. Theoretically speaking, this deal helps Dell keep up with the IBMs, Ciscos and HPs of the world, although the amalgamation of various products, glued together by a services contract, isn’t Dell’s specialty. However, Dell is in a buying mood these days, with its CEO saying the company plans to make some acquisitions.
4. Juniper: This is our pick for the buyer, as it already shares some of the same server partnerships that Brocade does. Additionally, Brocade has a lot of networking R&D (and products) aimed at upcoming data center channels that Juniper could take advantage of. So while Juniper isn’t really in the position to make a big acquisition right now, this would allow it to focus on new carrier and service provider standards, like LTE.
I hope that was not the only reason to move from cisco to brcd. Otherwise it is pretty stupid decision unless you had improvement in performance or specific feature you couldn't do with out.