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Univ of Iowa Uses Brocade

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Brocade(R) (Nasdaq: BRCD), the leading provider of networked storage solutions that help enterprises connect and manage their information, today announced that the University of Iowa, a major U.S. research institution, implemented Brocade Storage Area Network (SAN) directors, switches, and the Brocade Fabric operating system to increase application performance, simplify management, and reduce expenses.

"At the University of Iowa, we depend on scalable, high-performance storage systems to provide our user community with smooth, uninterrupted access to academic and administrative applications," said Peter Brokaw, Manager of UNIX Systems Administration for Information Technology Services (ITS), the university's central provider of IT services. "Brocade lets us meet current capacity requirements with room to grow as we add new servers and storage devices."

A Solution for High Performance and Scalable Growth

ITS maintains two data centers that provide academic and administrative applications for nearly 45,000 students, faculty, and staff throughout the University's 19,000-acre campus. The university's 11 colleges are devoted to the study of liberal arts, business, medicine, education, engineering, law, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, and public health. ITS uses the SAN to provide many essential services for campus, including e-mail and file services for most faculty, staff, and students, database support for many departments, software development, and library automation.

In 2000, ITS deployed a then state-of-the-art dual-fabric SAN to support rapidly increasing computing, data, application, and storage demands. However, these requirements grew exponentially over time with the introduction of new generation imaging and multimedia applications. To manage this growth, ITS added new servers and SAN devices. However, this strategy in the long term required new levels of SAN performance and scalability.

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