IBM is adding a new chapter to the high-tech industry's long history of "coopetition."
Big Blue is expected to announce on Tuesday that it plans to resell Ethernet switching equipment from Brocade, a much smaller rival to Cisco Systems. Under the agreement, IBM will rebrand and sell Brocade's enterprise IP networking equipment as its own through IBM's global sales force and authorized IBM Business Partners.
IBM's move is interesting for two reasons. One, it clearly pits IBM against one of its biggest partners, Cisco. And two, it puts IBM back in a market it … Read more