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Brocade Users Want to Route

NEW YORK -- Customers at the latest stop of a Brocade Communications Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: BRCD) road show here today say they like the idea of the company's new multiprotocol router, look forward to intelligent switches, and really want better management tools.

Despite the use of multiprotocol in the product name, Brocade executives say its main use is to link islands of Fibre Channel storage (see Brocade Ships Multiprotocol Router). Brocade customers today confirmed that's the way they see the router.

Consultant Peter Carucci anticipates using multiprotocol routers to help a Wall Street client upgrade from EMC Corp. (NYSE: EMC) Clariion to Symmetrix DMX systems. Two of the sites use only Brocade switches, while the third has McData Corp. (Nasdaq: MCDTA) directors running on an EMC Symmetrix mainframe. All of the storage is connected by Fibre Channel.

"My interest in the router is narrowly focused," Carucci says. "I want to join SANs without merging fabrics. That's the major benefit of the router. All the storage devices are the same protocol."

While his interest in the router is narrow, his task isn't. His client has 64 terabytes of data over three sites and expects the amount of data to double over the next year or so. "It's a fairly gigantic task," he says. "I see a lot of weekends of work this summer."

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