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Brocade Announces New Fabric Switches for HP StorageWorks B-Series SAN Connection Portfolio

  • 20 June, 2008 11:52

<p>SYDNEY, 20 June 2008 - Brocade(R) (Nasdaq: BRCD), the leader in data centre networking solutions that help enterprises connect and manage their information, today announced the availability of three new Brocade 8 gigabits-per-second (Gb/s) fabric switches for the HP StorageWorks B-Series SAN Connection portfolio. Augmenting the industry-leading performance of the Brocade DCX Backbone and 48000 Director, the new family of switches offers the highest levels of performance in the industry and further reduces the amount of energy requirements in the data centre.</p>
<p>The new Brocade switches are designed to optimise data centres that plan to implement virtualised servers for consolidation efficiencies by increasing server and storage utilisation. With configurations that range from eight to 80 ports, the new fabric switches offer unmatched scalability, delivering full line-rate performance on every port and simplified management for today's virtual environment. In addition, the new products further advance Brocade's energy-efficient capabilities by consuming 40 percent less power per port than previous models.</p>
<p>Brocade also announced the general availability in July of a custom 8 Gb/s embedded SAN switch module for the HP StorageWorks 4400 Enterprise Virtual Array (EVA4400). The EVA4400 supports two embedded switch modules per enclosure, for a total of 20 high-performance FC ports, to offer customers a virtualised, easy-to-support storage area network (SAN) storage solution. The EVA4400 with embedded switches is designed for midsize customers implementing their first SAN.</p>
<p>"Integrating the newest Brocade fabric switches into the HP StorageWorks SAN portfolio enables HP customers to further consolidate servers, storage and the networking infrastructure, simplifying data centre connectivity and reducing costs," said Ian Whiting, Vice President and General Manager of the Brocade Data Center Infrastructure Division. "Companies will gain greater performance, scalability and cost savings from their existing data centre networking investments, while providing extendable and efficient infrastructure for the data centre fabrics of the future."</p>
<p>"Customers are looking for a low-cost, scalable storage infrastructure to support their company growth, and the EVA4400, combined with the HP B-Series SAN portfolio, meets this need," said Bob Wilson, Vice President and General Manager, StorageWorks Storage Platform Division, HP. "These solutions provide customers with high performance, scalability and simplified storage management for today's most demanding storage environments, at an affordable price. This means customers do not need to sacrifice technology investments for their business needs."</p>
<p>For more information on the new Brocade 8 Gb/s fabric switches, please visit:</p>
<p>About Brocade</p>
<p>Brocade is the leading provider of data centre networking solutions that help organisations connect, share and manage their information in the most efficient manner. Organisations that use Brocade products and services are better able to optimise their IT infrastructures and ensure compliant data management. For more information, visit the Brocade Web site at or contact the company at</p>
<p>Brocade, Fabric OS, File Lifecycle Manager, MyView, and StorageX are registered trademarks and the Brocade B-wing symbol, DCX, and SAN Health are trademarks of Brocade Communications Systems, Inc., in the United States and/or in other countries. All other brands, products, or service names are or may be trademarks or service marks of, and are used to identify, products or services of their respective owners.</p>
<p>SOURCE Brocade - 06/18/2008</p>

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