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Brocade Unveils HBAs

NEW YORK -- Brocade (Nasdaq: BRCD), the leader in data center networking solutions that help enterprises connect and manage their information, today announced the general availability of a new family of server host bus adapters (HBAs) that offers unique breakthroughs in terms of performance and end-to-end data center networking capabilities. The new server adapters offer key advantages for customers who are considering and deploying server virtualization as part of their evolving data center operations.

The innovative Brocade HBAs utilize an industry-first integration of important adapter functions into high-performance hardware and have been designed to enable the adapters to deliver twice the throughput of competing products. This performance is an important factor in highly virtualized environments. The adapters also offer new Quality of Service (QoS), Data Mobility and Data Encryption features that help ensure faster and more secure communications between virtual servers and storage.

Available in both 8-gbps (the Brocade 815/825) and 4-gbps models (the Brocade 415/425), the new adapters are designed to support servers in the following environments:

  • Microsoft Windows 2003 and 2008 including Standard, Enterprise and Datacenter versions;
  • Enterprise Linux servers including Novell SUSE and others;
  • Enterprise Unix servers including Sun Solaris and others;
  • VMWare environments.

The new HBAs are available through a network of Brocade distributors and resellers including Arrow, Avnet, Bell Micro, Info-X and Tech Data. These channel partners will benefit from newly implemented Brocade partner programs, education, sales tools, server and support offerings, and joint marketing campaigns designed to make is easier to sell and implement total Brocade end-to-end server-to-storage solutions that include the new Brocade HBAs.

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