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Brocade, Intel Team on FCOE

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Brocade (Nasdaq: BRCD), the leader in data center networking solutions that help enterprises connect and manage their information, announced today that it will be working with Intel Corporation to deliver next-generation server adapters for evolving data center networks. Brocade will provide its storage networking software technology and expertise, along with Intel’s 10 Gigabit Enhanced Ethernet server adapter hardware, to deliver high-performance Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) server connectivity. Today’s announcement further advances the Brocade Data Center Fabric (DCF) architecture for high performance, multiprotocol data center networks.

The Brocade approach will provide customers with a new server connectivity option to seamlessly protect and extend their current investments in Storage Area Networks (SANs). The evolving FCoE standard is currently being worked on and supported by more than 15 Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA) members, including Brocade. FCoE offers a new choice for consolidated server I/O connectivity in the data center, which will result in a greater quantity of servers having access to the well-understood benefits of storage networks.

Customer benefits of this technology will include:

  • Seamless extension and protection of existing storage investments
    Lower, long-term operating costs via consolidated connectivity and management
  • A management model consistent with that used in today’s SANs
  • A unified data center fabric that meets the reliability, latency, and performance requirements for storage and broader data center connectivity
  • Additional server connectivity options for more cost-effective data center networking
  • A reduction in multiple server I/O and parallel network infrastructure commonly used in data centers

The FCoE standard is currently being worked on in the INCITS Fibre Channel (T11) Technical Committee and is expected to be completed in the second half of 2008. Additional information on FCoE is available on the T11 Web site at www.t11.org.

“Our collaboration with Intel brings together Brocade’s expertise in Fibre Channel with Intel’s strength in Ethernet adapters to enable the consolidation of server I/O into a unified data center fabric,” said Madhu Matta, Vice President of the Brocade Server Connectivity Division. “The solution will give our customers a choice to enable greater consolidation of server connectivity while preserving the benefits of their current storage networking and data center infrastructure.”

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