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130 Holger Way

San Jose, CA 95134

United States

Phone: 408-333-8000

Fax: 408-333-8101

Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. supplies networking equipment and software, including Storage Area Networking (SAN) solutions and Internet Protocol (IP) networking solutions for data centers and other networking connectivity in businesses and organizations. The company offers a line of high-performance networking hardware and software products, as well as services that enable businesses and organizations to make their networks and data centers adaptable to the changing demands of new network traffic patterns and volume. Its products and services are focused on meeting the requirements of data center infrastructure and applications. The company’s products have been designed to enable customers to deploy data center architectures and technologies, including virtualization, cloud computing, and software-defined networking (SDN). The company’s products and services are marketed, sold and supported worldwide to end-user customers through distribution partners, including original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), distributors, systems integrators, value-added resellers (VARs) and directly to end users by its sales force. Products and Services SAN Products The company’s storage networking products and services are designed to help customers reduce the complexity of managing business information within a shared data storage environment, while enabling high levels of availability of mission-critical business applications. In addition, its products and services assist customers in the development and delivery of storage and server consolidation, disaster recovery, data security, and in meeting compliance requirements regarding data management. Customers use the company’s Fibre Channel (FC) protocol based networking products to build storage area networks within their data center environments. The company’s products are used in conjunction with servers and storage subsystems, SAN interconnection components, such as host bus adapters (HBAs), which connect host computers to an FC network, and server and storage management software applications and tools. By utilizing shared storage, or networked storage solutions, enterprises of all types and sizes can share and consolidate server and storage resources, centralize and simplify data management, scale and provision storage resources, and improve application efficiency. The company’s family of FC SAN backbones, directors, and fabric/embedded switches provides interconnections, bandwidth and high-speed switching of data between servers and storage devices. Product models range from entry-level 8 port fabric switches to 512 port directors in a single chassis, addressing the needs of small departments and global enterprises alike. These high-performance solutions are available to support requirements both for open systems and mainframe operations. Switches and directors support applications such as data backup, remote mirroring and high-availability clustering, as well as high-volume transaction processing applications, such as enterprise resource planning and data warehousing. The company offers various FC fabric extension, switching and routing solutions that are designed to connect two or more data centers over long distances to enhance business continuity and disaster recovery. Its FC fabric extension solutions support FC SAN extension, mainframe extension (Fibre Connectivity), as well as other multiprotocol switching and routing technologies, including optical, asynchronous transfer mode, and IP networks. The company offers high-speed, highly reliable hardware, in both modular and fixed-switch form factors, that provides fabric-based encryption and compression services. The company delivers simplified management of these SAN products through its management tools, including Brocade Fabric Vision, a collection of technologies that maximizes uptime, dramatically simplifies SAN deployment and management, and provides levels of visibility and insight into the storage network. IP Networking Products—Ethernet Switching and Internet Protocol Routing The company’s IP networking products are designed to connect users over an enterprise network and within and


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