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Brocade Intros Mainframe Options

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Brocade(R) (Nasdaq:
BRCD), the leader in networked storage solutions that help enterprises
connect and manage their information, today announced new breakthroughs
that allow IBM mainframe customers to dramatically reduce the complexity
and cost of data center and disaster recovery solutions.

The new Brocade solution -- enabled via a recent software release on
its Storage Area Network (SAN) director, switch, and router products --
allows System z customers, for the first time ever, to utilize
cost-effective IP Wide-Area-Network (WAN) links to transmit FICON(R) data
over long distances. The FICON protocol is used for mainframe storage

The unique Brocade implementation of FICON over IP WANs increases
efficiency for IBM mainframe disk and tape storage solutions, while
providing extended distance support for IBM Global Mirroring applications.
Previously, customers typically had to rely on more-expensive, dedicated
network links for these long-distance connectivity solutions.

"Many enterprises around the world continue to depend upon their
mainframe environments for their mission-critical applications, and they
need solutions that allow them to further boost data protection for these
critical systems while also reducing costs," said Richard Villars, Vice
President of Storage Systems research at IDC. "As a leading supplier of
storage networking solutions for IBM mainframe customers (through its
merger with McDATA), Brocade's delivery of FICON-over-IP extension options
for IBM storage systems makes it clear that the company intends to maintain
a leading role in helping enterprises better use and protect their core
information assets."

Brocade Communications Systems Inc.