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Brocade Balks at 2-Gbit/s Test -- Again

The FC switch giant has ignored an OEM's requests to submit its 2-Gbit/s switch for testing

Brocade Communications Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: BRCD) has U-turned on an offer it made to include its recently launched 3800 2-Gbit/s Fibre Channel switch in a test currently being conducted for Byte and Switch by Network Test Inc., an independent, third-party testing firm.

At the Storage Networking World show in Orlando in October, Brocades CEO, Greg Reyes told Byte and Switch that this publication should work with Brocade's OEMs to obtain a switch for the test, because Brocade was "very busy" (see Brocade Ponders 2-Gbit/s Test and Brocade Unveils Fabric Switch).

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) told Byte and Switch that it was willing to supply OEM'd Brocade switches, but only with Brocade's approval. However, calls into Brocade by Shahid Zia, product manager at HDS, were not returned -- until tonight.

"Brocade has finally called me back. They say you have to deal with their PR people directly,” says Zia. [Ed.note: This could be a problem, since they haven't returned one of our calls since October.]

All this raises the question: Why doesn't Brocade want its switch tested?

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