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Brocade Surveys IT Managers

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Brocade (Nasdaq: BRCD - News), the leader in networked storage solutions that help enterprises connect and manage their information, today announced findings from its fifth annual customer survey. For the fourth consecutive year, the cost and complexity of managing and maintaining storage environments and company data were customers' primary concerns for the upcoming twelve month period. The need for faster server provisioning and server virtualization, redesign considerations for future data center needs, and file data management followed closely behind.

Brocade conducts its annual end-user survey to track the key priorities and concerns of its enterprise customers, and uses the results to improve the company's product and services offerings.

Of the 660 enterprise customers who responded to this year's survey:

  • 59 percent noted that reducing cost and complexity remains their top
    priority
  • 43 percent said the need to reduce server provisioning times, and
    provide server virtualization are top priorities
  • 42 percent rated business continuity and disaster recovery as top
    priorities
  • 37 percent indicated plans to re-architect existing SANs for growth or
    next-generation data center needs
  • 34 percent identified file data management as a top priority (the
    largest increase in a category from last year's results)

"The fact that solving issues around cost and complexity surfaced again as key priorities underscores the profound impact that data growth continues to have on the data center," said Tom Buiocchi, Brocade Vice President of Worldwide Marketing and Support. "Brocade offers a broad range of data center networking solutions and expertise to address these key IT priorities. Most importantly, we're working closely with our customers to ensure that they have the design approach and solutions to evolve their next-generation data centers."

Brocade Communications Systems Inc.