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IndyMac Bank

While some in the industry may believe Brocade Communications Systems Inc.'s (Nasdaq: BRCD) SilkWorm 12000 doesn't measure up as a "director-class" device, at least one of Brocade's customers says it does.

And it's putting its money -- actually, several billion dollars -- where its mouth is.

IndyMac Bank, an online bank and mortgage lender based in Pasadena, Calif., with $7.4 billion in assets, has had two 64-port 12000 Fibre Channel switches running in its production environment since the end of May 2002. The bank was also one of the first beta testers of the unit (see Bank Picks Brocade's 12000).

Hilary Swanson, IndyMac's first VP of IT operations, says when she joined the company in August 2001, its SAN was running on a 32-port McData Corp. (Nasdaq: MCDTA) FC switch, which was an OEM version supplied by EMC Corp. (NYSE: EMC).

Swanson had a few concerns with the McData switch. She says it had more than one single point of failure; it didn't have a true command-line interface; and it didn't support some of IndyMac's legacy storage devices.

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