Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.
Feb 19, 2014

Brocade Extends Ethernet Fabric Leadership

Innovations to Brocade VCS Fabric Portfolio Enable Seamless Transition to the Cloud

SAN JOSE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 02/19/14 -- With the industry's largest Ethernet fabric installed base of more than 1,700 customers worldwide and more than 550,000 Brocade® VDX® switch ports shipped, Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD) continues to innovate and advance its leadership in Ethernet fabrics. Brocade announced today the availability of its multitenant solutions, including VCS Virtual Fabric, and new additions to the Brocade VDX switch portfolio, broadening its suite of cloud-optimized, fabric-enabled switches.

According to Gartner, "Traditional data center physical networks deploy primarily 'access, aggregation, core' architecture, with Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) for topology management and device base provisioning and operation model. Such architecture and model will not meet the demands of modern data centers. "1

Brocade recognized this more than three years ago, and set out to transform networking by delivering a highly automated, efficient, VM-aware Ethernet fabric architecture that provides the ideal network foundation for virtualized, cloud-based data centers. The innovations being announced today extend this vision with enhanced capabilities that address new data center imperatives, such as network virtualization, and evolving network requirements in Cloud Service Provider (CSP) and enterprise data centers.

An emerging requirement for both CSPs and enterprises that offer Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is the ability to provide multitenancy support at scale to ensure each tenant's traffic remains private while sharing a common infrastructure. To address this requirement, Brocade has developed two multitenant solutions: VCS Virtual Fabric and the VCS Fabric Gateway for VMware NSX.

Brocade also expanded its flagship VDX portfolio with new VCS Fabric-enabled switches based on Brocade's next-generation ASIC. The new products include the industry's first fabric-based 1 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) top-of-rack switch that can be upgraded to 10 GbE through a software license, offering customers unmatched investment protection. In addition, Brocade announced a complete suite of next-generation line cards for the Brocade VDX 8770 chassis switch ranging from 10 GbEBase-T to 100 GbE.

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Pricing
The Brocade VDX 6740T-1 starts at $14,995. The Brocade VDX 8770 starts at $45,000 for the 48x10G-T, rising to $60,000 for the VDX 8770-27x40G and then $96,000 for the VDX8770-6x100G.

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Jason Nolet, vice president data center switching and routing, Brocade
"Legacy network architectures are no longer able to cope with the rigorous demands that modern data centers are placing on them. As both enterprises and services providers move to cloud architectures, the need to rethink the legacy data center network has become apparent. Brocade VCS Fabric technology offers the ideal network foundation for the modern data center, addressing the most challenging data center requirements, including network automation and native network multitenancy at scale, with the most robust end-to-end portfolio of data center fabric solutions. With this announcement, Brocade is furthering its leadership in Ethernet fabrics, enabling customers to deploy an automated networking architecture that can radically improve business efficiency and agility, delivering 50 percent lower OpEx over competitive alternatives."

Katsutoshi Fukuzawa, General Manager, Cloud Infrastructure Dept., Bit-Isle
"Multitenancy support is a mandatory requirement for today's data center and cloud infrastructure. We appreciate Brocade's Virtual Fabric, which can help us easily deliver large-scale and highly intelligent multi-tenancy services. The result of the testing of this new capability turned out to be quite impressive. We learned that Virtual Fabric had the same semantics as standard VLANs and didn't require any new skills. We also found it compelling that Virtual Fabric could be seamlessly enabled in our existing VDX environment because of VCS Fabric Technology. With Brocade VDX switches and VCS Fabric Technology, we were able to reduce workload and time for network management and configurations, making our data center network more simple and resilient."

Robert Darrow, Vice President Operations, Peak, the industry's leading channel-focused cloud provider
"Future-proofing the data center is no easy task. We invest significant resources in ensuring that our vendors are able to support our immediate and long-term strategic requirements. When it comes to the network this approach is of critical importance, and with Brocade Ethernet fabrics we know that we have a solution that will scale and evolve as our business evolves. Being able to easily upgrade from 1GbE to 10GbE speeds without replacing hardware is highly attractive to us, and VCS Fabric Technology brings the simplicity, reliability and level of automation that we need to drive our business."

Ian McClarty, President, PhoenixNAP
"The Virtual Fabric feature of Brocade's VCS Fabric technology was highly attractive to us, as it removed the scalability problems inherent with traditional multi-tenant segmentation techniques. The whole solution was very simple to deploy, and helped us radically simplify our environment."

1 Emergence of Ethernet Fabric Will Push Users to Rethink Their Data Center Physical Switch Networks, 16 October 2013

About Brocade
Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD) networking solutions help the world's leading organizations transition smoothly to a world where applications and information reside anywhere. (www.brocade.com)

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