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Brocade Intros Switch Support for HP

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Brocade(R) (Nasdaq: BRCD), the leader in networked storage solutions that help enterprises connect and manage their information, today announced that new Brocade Storage Area Network (SAN) switch support has been added to the HP BladeSystem c-Class portfolio of networked storage solutions, further extending Brocade's position as an industry leading SAN technology provider. Support is now expanded to include the HP BladeSystem c3000, a new blade enclosure that serves midrange customers as well as those with remote sites and branch offices.

The Brocade family of 4 Gbit/sec Fibre Channel SAN switches offers enterprise-class capabilities, giving organizations the performance boost to improve data availability, backup/restore operations, and overall IT efficiency while maintaining ease of configuration and use. The high-performance SAN switch is packaged in a compact blade form factor with Ports on Demand capabilities to enable scaling from 12 to 24 ports.

In addition, the Brocade 4Gb SAN Switch for HP c-Class BladeSystem extends a commitment to deliver energy-efficient interconnects, providing another part of the solution for reducing power and cooling requirements, as well as ongoing operational costs. The Brocade energy-efficient design also complements the HP BladeSystem Thermal Logic technologies.

"Combining the advanced capabilities of the Brocade 4 Gbit/sec SAN switch, HP BladeSystem, and HP storage systems provides customers with the industry-leading interoperability, improved IT efficiency, and scalability options needed in the rapidly changing SAN environment," said Tom Buiocchi, Brocade Vice President of Worldwide Marketing.

Brocade Communications Systems Inc.