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Brocade VDX 6720 Switch Tops the List of Most Important Enterprise IT Products for 2010

<p class='bwalignc'> <i>CTO Edge Recognizes the New Brocade VDX 6720 Data Center Switches as Heralding Fundamental Changes to Data Center Networks</i> </p>

Monday, January 10, 2011

Brocade VDX 6720 Switch Tops the List of Most Important Enterprise IT Products for 201008:00 EST Monday, January 10, 2011 SAN JOSE, Calif. (Business Wire) -- Brocade (NASDAQ:BRCD) was awarded the “Most Important Enterprise IT Product for 2010” for the Brocade® VDX™ 6720 Data Center Switches by CTO Edge, a publication of IT Business Edge. The Brocade VDX 6720 is the industry's first true Ethernet fabric switch that is purpose-built for highly virtualized and cloud-optimized data centers. “From an enterprise IT perspective, the honor of having the most important enterprise IT product of 2010 goes to Brocade for its Brocade VDX 6720 Data Center Switches. While the Brocade VDX 6720 may not be the most famous product of 2010, the Brocade Onearchitecture signals a new era in data center management,” said Mike Vizard, Contributing Editor at CTO Edge, in his online remarks. “Rather than requiring customers to standardize a particular set of servers, storage and networking gear from one vendor to lower operating costs, the Brocade VDX 6720 signals the embedding of management intelligence at Layer 2 of the network. And while most IT organizations have yet to appreciate the impact of this fundamental change to networking in the data center, this offering heralds a change in the way we think about managing data centers for years to come.” “This recognition is a tremendous honor and validation that the Brocade VDX 6720 switches with Brocade VCS™ technology are a game-changing innovation in the delivery of true cloud-optimized networking,” said John McHugh, Chief Marketing Officer at Brocade. “As Mr. Vizard notes, the Brocade VDX 6720 Data Center Switches are a new family of 10 Gigabit Ethernet offerings that revolutionize Layer 2 Ethernet networking to provide virtual machines with a greater sphere of mobility, increase network utilization, create more resilient networks and most importantly, simplify the management of data center networks.” Whether organizations want to enhance their classic hierarchical network architectures, deploy flatter scale-out fabrics for virtualized data centers, or converge networks, the Brocade VDX 6720 delivers the innovative technology to enhance and simplify their networks. The Brocade VDX 6720 Data Center Switches are available in one- or two-rack-unit (1U or 2U) form factors and provide the ability to scale from 16 to 60 ports with pay-as-you-grow Ports on Demand (PoD) licensing. The switches provide full 10 gigabits per second (Gbps) wire-speed performance from any port to any port, withlatency of 600 nanoseconds (ns). The switches are based on low-latency, lossless, 10 Gbps Data Center Bridging (DCB) technology and are capable of running all types of data and storage traffic—including traditional IP, iSCSI, CIFS, NFS and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE). The Brocade VDX 6720 switches protect existing investments by supporting current server, hypervisor and storage solutions, and by seamlessly interfacing with existing network infrastructures. More Information For more information, please visit www.brocade.com/VDX. About IT Business EdgePublished by Louisville-based NarrowCast Group, LLC, IT Business Edge delivers an intelligent approach to business technology information that is focused, practical, and concise. The site allows high-level technology decision makers to gain up-to-the-minute analysis of evolving issues and strategies, solve problems, download tools, and choose cost-effective approaches for their IT needs. A series of network sites provide strategic IT decision makers with technically-focused information to create strategies, plan and deploy new technologies. The company's events business innovates the way IT vendors and buyers meet and interact by providing small group and one-on-one settings. About Brocade Brocade(Nasdaq: BRCD) develops extraordinary networking solutions that enable today's complex, data-intensive businesses to optimize information connectivity and maximize the business value of their data. For more information, visit www.brocade.com. Brocade, the B-wing symbol, BigIron, DCFM, DCX, Fabric OS, FastIron, IronView, NetIron, SAN Health, ServerIron, TurboIron, and Wingspan are registered trademarks, and Brocade Assurance, Brocade NET Health, Brocade One, Extraordinary Networks, MyBrocade, VCS, and VDX are trademarks of Brocade Communications Systems, Inc., in the United States and/or in other countries. Other brands, products, or service names mentioned are or may be trademarks or service marks of their respective owners. © 2011 Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. All Rights Reserved. BrocadeElizabeth Walther, 408-333-6293 (Media & Analyst Relations)ewalther@brocade.comRobert Eggers, 408-333-8797 (Investor Relations)reggers@brocade.com