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Brocade Unveils 8-Gig HBAs

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Brocade(R) (Nasdaq: BRCD), the leader in data center networking solutions that help enterprises connect and manage their information, today announced a series of industry-leading data center fabric switches and server HBAs that deliver a new level of end-to-end data center networking performance. In addition, the Company announced new advanced networking capabilities across both switches and HBAs that greatly simplifies the end-to-end management of server and storage environments, including data migration and data security, in data centers.

Augmenting the industry-leading performance of the Brocade DCX Backbone and 48000 director, the new family of 8Gbit/sec fibre channel switches ranges in capacity from 8 to 80 ports, and offers the highest levels of performance in the industry. Brocade's new 8Gbit/sec HBAs also set new performance standards, and leverage Brocade's technological expertise in delivering advanced capabilities for storage and data center networks. Together, the new products offer unmatched server-to-storage connectivity and capabilities, supporting features such as fabric Quality of Service (QoS), traffic management and other Adaptive Networking services that benefit evolving data centers.

"The use of server virtualization for optimized asset utilization and cost-effective disaster recovery is driving the need for more dynamic movement of data and applications across different physical server environments," said Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) Analyst Bob Laliberte. "QoS and flow control characteristics associated with these 'mobile' applications need to follow the application as it moves among systems. Brocade's 8Gbit/sec switches and HBAs provide the performance levels and end-to-end adaptive networking services capabilities to address these real 'next-generation' challenges."

Brocade Communications Systems Inc.