Brocade Announces New Core Fabric Switch for Storage Networks, Combining Integrated Fabric Intelligence and Multi-Protocol Support

New Products Are Foundation of Intelligent Fabric Services Architecture For

Next-Generation Storage Networks



Apr 10, 2001, 01:00 ET from Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.

    STORAGE NETWORKING WORLD, PALM DESERT, Calif., April 9 /PRNewswire/ --
 Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. (Brocade(R)) (Nasdaq: BRCD) announced
 today the industry's first modular, multi-protocol core fabric switch designed
 to support next-generation storage applications and services. The new Brocade
 SilkWorm(R) 12000 Core Fabric Switch, available in 64-port and 128-port
 configurations, expands the capabilities of existing Fibre Channel storage
 environments and is extensible to support both IP and emerging InfiniBand
 networks. Building on the proven Brocade SAN infrastructure, the Brocade
 SilkWorm 12000 raises the bar for performance, functionality, flexibility, and
 information availability in the storage environment, enabling customers to
 scale storage more effectively, support continuous data availability, and
 reduce the overall cost of storage management. The SilkWorm 12000 is expected
 to be generally available with 2 Gigabit per second (Gb/s) Fibre Channel
 support in the fourth calendar quarter of 2001. Options for support of 10 Gb/s
 Fibre Channel, and support for IP and InfiniBand protocols will be announced
 later in 2001.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010409/SFM105-a
              http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010409/SFM105-b )
     Brocade also announced today significant extensions to the Brocade Fabric
 OS(TM), which is the distributed operating system that controls the SilkWorm
 fabric switches. The extensions to Fabric OS introduce new security features
 that support secure storage networks that scale to support thousands of
 interconnected server and storage devices in a highly reliable, manageable
 environment. Advanced fabric services and expanded SAN management increase the
 intelligence in the SAN fabric, enhancing SAN application capabilities by
 providing comprehensive, timely management information for complete, proactive
 control of the storage infrastructure.
 
     The Brocade Intelligent Fabric Services Architecture
     The Brocade Intelligent Fabric Services Architecture defines a networking
 foundation to support the requirements of next-generation enterprise storage
 applications, such as resource optimization through server and storage
 consolidation; simplified management through storage virtualization and
 centralized management; and high availability architectures such as server
 clustering and data replication for disaster recovery. Together, the Brocade
 SilkWorm family of fabric switches-including the new SilkWorm 12000-and the
 Fabric OS form the industry standard for next-generation enterprise-class
 SANs. The architecture has received industry-wide support from leading
 companies including ADVA, BMC Software, Computer Associates, Compaq, Dell,
 EMC Corporation, Emulex, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, JNI, Microsoft, Micromuse
 (Nasdaq: MUSE), Nortel Networks, ONI Systems, Oracle, Hitachi Data Systems,
 StorageTek, StorageApps, and VERITAS Software.
     "Companies are relying on SANs as strategic IT infrastructure to help keep
 pace with storage growth and optimize storage resources. Increased
 intelligence in the SAN fabric promises to simplify the next generation of
 storage applications, facilitate new storage services and reduce the cost of
 storage management. SANs that scale easily, support core to edge requirements,
 and protect existing IT investments will allow customers to reduce overall
 cost of storage environments, and establish a storage infrastructure that will
 grow with the business," stated Nick Allen, vice president and research
 director, Gartner Group.
     The Brocade Intelligent Fabric Services Architecture comprises a family of
 multi-protocol switching platforms and an intelligent software platform. The
 software platform includes intelligent fabric services that increase
 performance in the storage network and enable new applications; a
 comprehensive suite of security features that secure the SAN fabric from
 unauthorized access; and an open fabric management interface that simplifies
 the management of large SANs. A white paper describing the architecture and
 its applications is available at the Brocade web site at www.brocade.com.
     "As storage area networks become the ubiquitous infrastructure for
 business-critical storage applications and services, increasing the
 intelligence within the SAN fabric is critical to supporting large networked
 storage environments. With the delivery of the multi-protocol SilkWorm 12000
 and the Brocade Intelligent Fabric Services Architecture, Brocade is enabling
 our partners and their customers to further expand their heterogeneous
 networked storage environments while protecting their existing and future
 investments in storage networking technologies," said Greg Reyes, Brocade
 President and CEO.
 
     The SilkWorm Family of Fabric Switches -- Core to Edge Storage Networking
     With the introduction of the SilkWorm 12000, Brocade now offers the
 industry's broadest product family for networking storage, meeting all storage
 networking needs from the entry-level to the enterprise. The SilkWorm 12000 is
 designed to deliver flexibility, high availability, and investment protection,
 combined with integrated fabric intelligence and multi-protocol support.
     Highlights of the SilkWorm 12000 include:
 
     -- Modular, bladed architecture based on a protocol-independent backplane.
        The SilkWorm 12000 offers industry leading Fibre Channel port density
        with 128 ports in a 14 rack-units enclosure for optimal space
        utilization and flexibility.
     -- Extensible and multi-protocol to support 1 Gb/s, 2Gb/s and 10Gb/s Fibre
        Channel, IP, and InfiniBand protocols.
     -- High availability architecture, with no single point of failure,
        designed for optimal data reliability and availability in a storage
        network. Features include hot swappable components that can be replaced
        or upgraded without interrupting network operations, including
        redundant power supplies; cooling systems; switch modules; and
        processors, and support for non-disruptive software upgrades.
     -- An application platform for high performance fabric services.
        The application platform will enable Brocade strategic partners,
        including BMC, Compaq, StorageApps, and VERITAS to tightly integrate
        applications such as storage virtualization and third party copy into
        the switching platform.
     -- Forward and backward compatibility with the entire SilkWorm product
        family, enabling a seamless upgrade path and optimal investment
        protection.
 
     An Intelligent Software Platform for Next-Generation Storage Services and
      Applications
     In addition to the multi-protocol switching platform, the Brocade
 Intelligent Fabric Services Architecture defines a platform for capabilities
 that are required for current and future storage applications. Integrated
 within the Brocade Fabric OS, these capabilities include Advanced Fabric
 Services, Enterprise-Class Security, and Open Fabric Management. Increasing
 the intelligence within the fabric simplifies storage network management,
 increases security, and for the first time, enables new types of services and
 applications that take advantage of advanced features such as content-based
 data routing and zoning.
 
     Advanced Fabric Services
     The advanced fabric services automate configuration and operation of the
 fabric, optimize performance, and increase overall application availability.
 Brocade is delivering a new level of advanced services with the SilkWorm
 12000, including:
 
     -- Inter-Switch Link (ISL) Trunking to support high-bandwidth, large-scale
        storage area networks that include core switches, whose primary task is
        to route data, and edge switches that aggregate connections to servers
        and storage. It simplifies network design and reduces the cost of
        storage management by optimizing bandwidth utilization and enabling
        load balancing of fabric traffic. ISL Trunking aggregates bandwidth of
        up to four ports, quadrupling the speed of the links between switches
        in a fabric. For example, at 2 Gb/s speeds, this feature delivers ISL
        throughput at up to 8 Gb/s.
     -- Hardware Enforced Zoning for secure access control to data and
        simplified SAN manageability. Zoning is the secure, logical
        partitioning of storage and server devices in a SAN to control access
        and support policy-based access control. Today, Brocade switches
        support hardware-enforced zoning at the destination fabric port to
        prevent unauthorized access to switches. With the SilkWorm 12000,
        Brocade will offer the industry's most comprehensive zoning, supporting
        zone configuration based on industry-standard worldwide names, port ID,
        Logical Unit Name (LUN), and AL_PA (Arbitrated Loop Physical Address).
     -- End to End Performance Analysis to track SAN resource utilization. With
        the SilkWorm 12000, performance analysis within the fabric will enable
        new SAN services such as billing and chargeback to departments based on
        resource usage, and help companies optimize resources by enabling
        proactive network capacity planning. In addition, the ability to
        monitor and measure storage network performance will help service
        providers to guarantee Service Level Agreements for storage services.
     -- Brocade Frame Filtering enables the fabric to process network traffic
        intelligently, based on the contents of the frame. With Frame
        Filtering, resources on the SAN can be zoned to control access to
        storage based on individual device characteristics, for example,
        enforcing read only access from specific servers to specific storage
        resources, and differentiating between server to server traffic and
        server to storage protocols to optimize network availability.
 
     Enterprise Class Security
     Brocade also announced today the Secure Fabric OS, which delivers the
 industry's most comprehensive storage network security, both in the data
 center and in a multi-tenant, service provider environment. Secure Fabric OS
 offers comprehensive authentication methods to support policy-based SAN
 management and secure access to the fabric at all access points. Secure Fabric
 OS uses the industry approved and standardized public key Infrastructure (PKI)
 based security. These capabilities include the use of digital certificates and
 digital signatures to provide the strongest commercially available
 authentication security in the market today. Secure Fabric OS is expected to
 be generally available from Brocade in CY Q3 2001.
 
     Open Fabric Management
     Open Fabric Management enables next-generation SAN management and
 administration applications, allowing SAN customers to more easily centralize
 storage network management and automate administration from within new and
 existing network and storage management applications. Brocade makes the
 value-added features of the Fabric OS and Open Fabric Management available to
 its partners through Fabric Access(TM), the API to Fabric OS. Open Fabric
 Management is available today from Brocade with the Fabric OS.
 
     About Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.
     Brocade provides the world's leading intelligent platform for networking
 storage. For more information, visit the Brocade website at www.brocade.com or
 contact the company at info@brocade.com.
 
     Forward-looking Safe Harbor Statement
     This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding the
 Company's expectation that the SilkWorm 12000 will generally be available with
 2 Gigabit per second Fibre Channel support in the fourth calendar quarter of
 2001 and the Secure Fabric OS will generally be available in the third quarter
 of the 2001 calendar year. These forward-looking statements are subject to
 risks and uncertainties and actual results may differ. These risks and
 uncertainties consist of the Company's ability to finalize and make available
 the products within this timeline. The timeline could change if any design
 defects or other errors are discovered, there are shortages of components; or
 due to other third-party or manufacturing risks. These and other risks are set
 forth in more detail in the Company's Form 10-K for the year ended
 October 28, 2000. The Company expressly assumes no obligation to update any
 such forward-looking statements.
 
     NOTE:  Brocade, SilkWorm, SilkWorm Express, Extended Fabrics, Fabric
 Aware, Fabric Integrator, Fabric OS, Fabric Threads, Fabric Watch, Fabric
 Weaver, QuickLoop, and Secure Fabric OS are trademarks or registered
 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.
 
                                INDUSTRY SUPPORT
 
     ADVA Optical Networking
     "ADVA endorses the Brocade Intelligent Fabric Services Architecture as the
 multi-protocol platform for networking storage in enterprise environments. As
 SANs continue to increase in size and are internetworked over longer
 distances, ensuring end to end interoperability with metro area and wide area
 networks is crucial," said Brian P. McCann, chief sales and marketing officer,
 ADVA Optical Networking.
 
     BMC Software
     "The Brocade approach to providing an intelligent platform for storage
 networking enables BMC Software to more easily deliver SAN-designed management
 applications for our mutual customers. They gain simplified SAN management
 while protecting and securing business critical data," said Chris Gahagan,
 vice president and general manager, Recovery and Storage Management Business
 Unit, BMC Software. "With the release of PATROL for Brocade SilkWorm, we
 provide our mutual customers with advanced management applications that are
 optimized for Brocade-based networked storage environments."
 
     Cisco Systems
     "Through our joint initiatives with Brocade, we will be able to offer
 seamless internetworking of SANs through Cisco's iSCSI, metro optical DWDM,
 and Fibre Channel over IP solutions for the campus, metropolitan and wide area
 environments, respectively," said Mark Cree, general manager, Storage Router
 Business Unit at Cisco Systems. "We are pleased to be working with Brocade to
 verify interoperability of Cisco's storage routers with Brocade SAN solutions.
 Providing IP access to SANs and linking SANs across IP networks will enable
 our mutual customers to realize ubiquitous access to corporate storage and
 extend the benefits of their SAN infrastructure."
 
     Computer Associates
     "We are pleased to support the Brocade Intelligent Fabric Services
 Architecture, which defines the requirements for enterprise class storage
 networking and to work with Brocade to deliver next generation SAN solutions
 to benefit our mutual customers," said Philip Treide, vice president, storage
 solutions, CA. "Brocade-based SANs provide open management, enterprise class
 security, and advanced services in the fabric -- the essential networking
 foundation for CA's enhanced storage management solutions. As SANs are
 deployed widely across the enterprise landscape, it becomes even more vital to
 provide the best data protection and management options possible to our
 customers."
 
     Compaq
     "Compaq and Brocade continue to work together very closely to deliver
 solutions to support large-scale, enterprise SANs as a platform for
 next-generation storage applications such as virtualization, and centralize
 management of storage environments," said Mark Lewis, vice president and
 general manager of Compaq's Enterprise Storage Group. "Compaq's goal is to
 deliver a fully virtualized SAN that enables customers to reduce their storage
 management costs, increase the impact of data access on their business
 velocity, and leverage this increased power and efficiency into expanded
 revenue streams. The Brocade architecture provides the key elements required
 for these kinds of super-robust, high-value enterprise-class storage
 networks."
 
     Dell
     "As a greater number of organizations implement SANs, storage and storage
 management applications need to be fully SAN-aware in order to optimize
 resources and reduce the cost of storage management," said Russ Holt, vice
 president and general manager, Dell Storage Systems Group. "As a premier
 provider of standardized storage solutions for the Windows, Intel-based server
 environment, Dell supports Brocade's direction to drive simplification into
 the SAN infrastructure with the introduction of Brocade Advanced Fabric
 Services. These new platforms will improve the connectivity in SANs while
 providing advanced solutions for effective and efficient storage management."
 
     EMC Corporation
     "Customers depend on EMC to deliver networked storage solutions that
 provide the greatest amount of choice, interoperability, and management," said
 Don Swatik, EMC vice president of Global Alliances. "The Brocade Intelligent
 Fabric Services Architecture defines an innovative approach to addressing the
 evolving connectivity demands of these critical networked storage
 requirements."
 
     Emulex
     "Brocade's new SilkWorm 12000 completely dovetails with our own 2Gb/s
 solutions, and further expands the SAN options for Emulex customers by
 providing multi-protocol support for storage area networks," said Mike Smith,
 Emulex executive vice president of Worldwide Marketing. "Our strategic
 partnership with Brocade enables our open approach to delivering scalable,
 heterogeneous SANs, and our commitment to providing customers with an
 intelligent, proven storage networking platform to achieve a new standard in
 performance, speed and reliability."
 
     Hewlett-Packard
     "The Brocade Intelligent Fabric Services Architecture matches
 Hewlett-Packard's commitment to provide customers with SAN technologies that
 protect equipment investments," said Don Kleinschnitz, general manager of
 Storage Network Solutions at Hewlett-Packard. "The new Brocade architecture
 offers customers a platform on which to scale large SANs using the equipment
 of multiple vendors to create a manageable, secure, intelligent, scalable
 networked storage environment."
 
     Hitachi Data Systems
     "Hitachi Data Systems is committed to expanding our relationship with
 Brocade to deliver the most advanced, highly scalable, storage platforms to
 support very large SANs and provide the highest investment protection that
 will further advance the SAN market," said Ron Gervenack, general manager,
 Enterprise Products and Solutions Business Unit, Hitachi Data Systems. "We are
 pleased to support the Brocade Intelligent Fabric Services Architecture as a
 basis for enterprise storage environments, providing intelligence in the SAN
 fabric that supports next generation storage applications and services."
 
     IBM
     "The IBM vision for Enterprise Storage Area Networks require us to provide
 our customers with a network that is flexible and expandable to meet a wide
 range performance and availability requirements," said Barry Rudolph, IBM Vice
 President, Disk Storage and Storage Area Networking. "The Brocade 12000
 provides exciting new opportunities for customers who plan to integrate their
 departmental SANs into an enterprise-wide SAN infrastructure under a common
 management system."
 
     JNI
     "As the first Fibre Channel company to introduce 2 Gb/s speeds, JNI
 endorses the Brocade Intelligent Fabric Services Architecture as the SAN
 platform that enables seamless transitions to 2Gb/sec speeds and higher," said
 Neal Waddington, President and CEO of JNI Corporation. "The fact that the new
 Brocade Core Fabric switches are extensible to 10Gb/s Fibre Channel and offer
 IP storage options aligns with JNI's commitment to providing customers with
 the unparalleled data throughput performance required by next-generation
 storage networks."
 
     Micromuse
     "We are pleased to work with Brocade to enable industry standard network
 management products to seamlessly manage storage area network environments,"
 said Andy Aiello, Micromuse's Senior Vice President, Business Development.
 "The Brocade Intelligent Fabric Services Architecture provides a sound
 infrastructure for next generation storage management applications and
 services. Our mutual customers will benefit from integrated network and SAN
 management," Micromuse.
 
     ONI Systems
     "With the ONI Systems ONLINE optical transport platform and the SilkWorm
 12000 core fabric switch and multi-protocol architecture, ONI and Brocade are
 providing a best-of-breed intelligent platform for internetworking SAN islands
 across all-optical metropolitan area networks (MANs)," said Andy Page, vice
 president of Business Development, ONI Systems. "The ONI ONLINE transport
 platform provides carriers with the flexibility and manageability of data
 services, such as Gigabit Ethernet and Fibre Channel, needed in today's metro
 networks. Through our partnership with Brocade, we offer joint storage
 solutions that enable the mission-critical data management applications of
 storage, backup, business continuance, and disaster recovery."
 
     Oracle
     "Oracle continues to reduce the complexity and cost of data management
 through the Oracle E-Business Suite and the Oracle9i platform. Brocade(TM)
 SilkWorm 12000 contributes to our joint customers' management of Oracle9i data
 by enabling simplified storage management with increased performance and
 overall cost-savings," Dave Dargo, Vice President, Oracle Corporation,
 Enterprise Technologies Division.
 
     StorageApps
     "Adding critical software services, such as virtualization, deeper into
 the SAN fabric is a natural evolution," said Dan Petrozzo, president and chief
 operating officer of StorageApps. "This represents another step forward to
 delivering on the promise of total interoperability across storage networks."
 
     StorageTek
     "Brocade and StorageTek share a common vision for heterogeneous SANS in
 multi-protocol environments that enable our mutual customers to leverage
 existing storage investments and keep pace with data storage growth.
 StorageTek supports the Brocade Intelligent Fabric Services architecture as a
 platform for next generation of storage applications and services and
 Brocade's commitment to continuing to increase the intelligence within the SAN
 fabric," said Mick Dungworth, StorageTek vice president of marketing and sales
 support, Storage Networking Solutions.
 
     VERITAS Software
     "With the Intelligent Fabric Services Architecture, Brocade is adding
 functionality to enterprise networks that can leverage sophisticated
 SAN-management applications such as VERITAS SANPoint Control," said
 Robin Purohit, vice president of product management, Availability Products,
 VERITAS Software. "By increasing the intelligence residing on the network,
 Brocade offers a comprehensive platform that optimizes our mutual customers'
 SAN implementations."
 
 

SOURCE Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.
    STORAGE NETWORKING WORLD, PALM DESERT, Calif., April 9 /PRNewswire/ --
 Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. (Brocade(R)) (Nasdaq: BRCD) announced
 today the industry's first modular, multi-protocol core fabric switch designed
 to support next-generation storage applications and services. The new Brocade
 SilkWorm(R) 12000 Core Fabric Switch, available in 64-port and 128-port
 configurations, expands the capabilities of existing Fibre Channel storage
 environments and is extensible to support both IP and emerging InfiniBand
 networks. Building on the proven Brocade SAN infrastructure, the Brocade
 SilkWorm 12000 raises the bar for performance, functionality, flexibility, and
 information availability in the storage environment, enabling customers to
 scale storage more effectively, support continuous data availability, and
 reduce the overall cost of storage management. The SilkWorm 12000 is expected
 to be generally available with 2 Gigabit per second (Gb/s) Fibre Channel
 support in the fourth calendar quarter of 2001. Options for support of 10 Gb/s
 Fibre Channel, and support for IP and InfiniBand protocols will be announced
 later in 2001.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010409/SFM105-a
              http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010409/SFM105-b )
     Brocade also announced today significant extensions to the Brocade Fabric
 OS(TM), which is the distributed operating system that controls the SilkWorm
 fabric switches. The extensions to Fabric OS introduce new security features
 that support secure storage networks that scale to support thousands of
 interconnected server and storage devices in a highly reliable, manageable
 environment. Advanced fabric services and expanded SAN management increase the
 intelligence in the SAN fabric, enhancing SAN application capabilities by
 providing comprehensive, timely management information for complete, proactive
 control of the storage infrastructure.
 
     The Brocade Intelligent Fabric Services Architecture
     The Brocade Intelligent Fabric Services Architecture defines a networking
 foundation to support the requirements of next-generation enterprise storage
 applications, such as resource optimization through server and storage
 consolidation; simplified management through storage virtualization and
 centralized management; and high availability architectures such as server
 clustering and data replication for disaster recovery. Together, the Brocade
 SilkWorm family of fabric switches-including the new SilkWorm 12000-and the
 Fabric OS form the industry standard for next-generation enterprise-class
 SANs. The architecture has received industry-wide support from leading
 companies including ADVA, BMC Software, Computer Associates, Compaq, Dell,
 EMC Corporation, Emulex, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, JNI, Microsoft, Micromuse
 (Nasdaq: MUSE), Nortel Networks, ONI Systems, Oracle, Hitachi Data Systems,
 StorageTek, StorageApps, and VERITAS Software.
     "Companies are relying on SANs as strategic IT infrastructure to help keep
 pace with storage growth and optimize storage resources. Increased
 intelligence in the SAN fabric promises to simplify the next generation of
 storage applications, facilitate new storage services and reduce the cost of
 storage management. SANs that scale easily, support core to edge requirements,
 and protect existing IT investments will allow customers to reduce overall
 cost of storage environments, and establish a storage infrastructure that will
 grow with the business," stated Nick Allen, vice president and research
 director, Gartner Group.
     The Brocade Intelligent Fabric Services Architecture comprises a family of
 multi-protocol switching platforms and an intelligent software platform. The
 software platform includes intelligent fabric services that increase
 performance in the storage network and enable new applications; a
 comprehensive suite of security features that secure the SAN fabric from
 unauthorized access; and an open fabric management interface that simplifies
 the management of large SANs. A white paper describing the architecture and
 its applications is available at the Brocade web site at www.brocade.com.
     "As storage area networks become the ubiquitous infrastructure for
 business-critical storage applications and services, increasing the
 intelligence within the SAN fabric is critical to supporting large networked
 storage environments. With the delivery of the multi-protocol SilkWorm 12000
 and the Brocade Intelligent Fabric Services Architecture, Brocade is enabling
 our partners and their customers to further expand their heterogeneous
 networked storage environments while protecting their existing and future
 investments in storage networking technologies," said Greg Reyes, Brocade
 President and CEO.
 
     The SilkWorm Family of Fabric Switches -- Core to Edge Storage Networking
     With the introduction of the SilkWorm 12000, Brocade now offers the
 industry's broadest product family for networking storage, meeting all storage
 networking needs from the entry-level to the enterprise. The SilkWorm 12000 is
 designed to deliver flexibility, high availability, and investment protection,
 combined with integrated fabric intelligence and multi-protocol support.
     Highlights of the SilkWorm 12000 include:
 
     -- Modular, bladed architecture based on a protocol-independent backplane.
        The SilkWorm 12000 offers industry leading Fibre Channel port density
        with 128 ports in a 14 rack-units enclosure for optimal space
        utilization and flexibility.
     -- Extensible and multi-protocol to support 1 Gb/s, 2Gb/s and 10Gb/s Fibre
        Channel, IP, and InfiniBand protocols.
     -- High availability architecture, with no single point of failure,
        designed for optimal data reliability and availability in a storage
        network. Features include hot swappable components that can be replaced
        or upgraded without interrupting network operations, including
        redundant power supplies; cooling systems; switch modules; and
        processors, and support for non-disruptive software upgrades.
     -- An application platform for high performance fabric services.
        The application platform will enable Brocade strategic partners,
        including BMC, Compaq, StorageApps, and VERITAS to tightly integrate
        applications such as storage virtualization and third party copy into
        the switching platform.
     -- Forward and backward compatibility with the entire SilkWorm product
        family, enabling a seamless upgrade path and optimal investment
        protection.
 
     An Intelligent Software Platform for Next-Generation Storage Services and
      Applications
     In addition to the multi-protocol switching platform, the Brocade
 Intelligent Fabric Services Architecture defines a platform for capabilities
 that are required for current and future storage applications. Integrated
 within the Brocade Fabric OS, these capabilities include Advanced Fabric
 Services, Enterprise-Class Security, and Open Fabric Management. Increasing
 the intelligence within the fabric simplifies storage network management,
 increases security, and for the first time, enables new types of services and
 applications that take advantage of advanced features such as content-based
 data routing and zoning.
 
     Advanced Fabric Services
     The advanced fabric services automate configuration and operation of the
 fabric, optimize performance, and increase overall application availability.
 Brocade is delivering a new level of advanced services with the SilkWorm
 12000, including:
 
     -- Inter-Switch Link (ISL) Trunking to support high-bandwidth, large-scale
        storage area networks that include core switches, whose primary task is
        to route data, and edge switches that aggregate connections to servers
        and storage. It simplifies network design and reduces the cost of
        storage management by optimizing bandwidth utilization and enabling
        load balancing of fabric traffic. ISL Trunking aggregates bandwidth of
        up to four ports, quadrupling the speed of the links between switches
        in a fabric. For example, at 2 Gb/s speeds, this feature delivers ISL
        throughput at up to 8 Gb/s.
     -- Hardware Enforced Zoning for secure access control to data and
        simplified SAN manageability. Zoning is the secure, logical
        partitioning of storage and server devices in a SAN to control access
        and support policy-based access control. Today, Brocade switches
        support hardware-enforced zoning at the destination fabric port to
        prevent unauthorized access to switches. With the SilkWorm 12000,
        Brocade will offer the industry's most comprehensive zoning, supporting
        zone configuration based on industry-standard worldwide names, port ID,
        Logical Unit Name (LUN), and AL_PA (Arbitrated Loop Physical Address).
     -- End to End Performance Analysis to track SAN resource utilization. With
        the SilkWorm 12000, performance analysis within the fabric will enable
        new SAN services such as billing and chargeback to departments based on
        resource usage, and help companies optimize resources by enabling
        proactive network capacity planning. In addition, the ability to
        monitor and measure storage network performance will help service
        providers to guarantee Service Level Agreements for storage services.
     -- Brocade Frame Filtering enables the fabric to process network traffic
        intelligently, based on the contents of the frame. With Frame
        Filtering, resources on the SAN can be zoned to control access to
        storage based on individual device characteristics, for example,
        enforcing read only access from specific servers to specific storage
        resources, and differentiating between server to server traffic and
        server to storage protocols to optimize network availability.
 
     Enterprise Class Security
     Brocade also announced today the Secure Fabric OS, which delivers the
 industry's most comprehensive storage network security, both in the data
 center and in a multi-tenant, service provider environment. Secure Fabric OS
 offers comprehensive authentication methods to support policy-based SAN
 management and secure access to the fabric at all access points. Secure Fabric
 OS uses the industry approved and standardized public key Infrastructure (PKI)
 based security. These capabilities include the use of digital certificates and
 digital signatures to provide the strongest commercially available
 authentication security in the market today. Secure Fabric OS is expected to
 be generally available from Brocade in CY Q3 2001.
 
     Open Fabric Management
     Open Fabric Management enables next-generation SAN management and
 administration applications, allowing SAN customers to more easily centralize
 storage network management and automate administration from within new and
 existing network and storage management applications. Brocade makes the
 value-added features of the Fabric OS and Open Fabric Management available to
 its partners through Fabric Access(TM), the API to Fabric OS. Open Fabric
 Management is available today from Brocade with the Fabric OS.
 
     About Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.
     Brocade provides the world's leading intelligent platform for networking
 storage. For more information, visit the Brocade website at www.brocade.com or
 contact the company at info@brocade.com.
 
     Forward-looking Safe Harbor Statement
     This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding the
 Company's expectation that the SilkWorm 12000 will generally be available with
 2 Gigabit per second Fibre Channel support in the fourth calendar quarter of
 2001 and the Secure Fabric OS will generally be available in the third quarter
 of the 2001 calendar year. These forward-looking statements are subject to
 risks and uncertainties and actual results may differ. These risks and
 uncertainties consist of the Company's ability to finalize and make available
 the products within this timeline. The timeline could change if any design
 defects or other errors are discovered, there are shortages of components; or
 due to other third-party or manufacturing risks. These and other risks are set
 forth in more detail in the Company's Form 10-K for the year ended
 October 28, 2000. The Company expressly assumes no obligation to update any
 such forward-looking statements.
 
     NOTE:  Brocade, SilkWorm, SilkWorm Express, Extended Fabrics, Fabric
 Aware, Fabric Integrator, Fabric OS, Fabric Threads, Fabric Watch, Fabric
 Weaver, QuickLoop, and Secure Fabric OS are trademarks or registered
 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.
 
                                INDUSTRY SUPPORT
 
     ADVA Optical Networking
     "ADVA endorses the Brocade Intelligent Fabric Services Architecture as the
 multi-protocol platform for networking storage in enterprise environments. As
 SANs continue to increase in size and are internetworked over longer
 distances, ensuring end to end interoperability with metro area and wide area
 networks is crucial," said Brian P. McCann, chief sales and marketing officer,
 ADVA Optical Networking.
 
     BMC Software
     "The Brocade approach to providing an intelligent platform for storage
 networking enables BMC Software to more easily deliver SAN-designed management
 applications for our mutual customers. They gain simplified SAN management
 while protecting and securing business critical data," said Chris Gahagan,
 vice president and general manager, Recovery and Storage Management Business
 Unit, BMC Software. "With the release of PATROL for Brocade SilkWorm, we
 provide our mutual customers with advanced management applications that are
 optimized for Brocade-based networked storage environments."
 
     Cisco Systems
     "Through our joint initiatives with Brocade, we will be able to offer
 seamless internetworking of SANs through Cisco's iSCSI, metro optical DWDM,
 and Fibre Channel over IP solutions for the campus, metropolitan and wide area
 environments, respectively," said Mark Cree, general manager, Storage Router
 Business Unit at Cisco Systems. "We are pleased to be working with Brocade to
 verify interoperability of Cisco's storage routers with Brocade SAN solutions.
 Providing IP access to SANs and linking SANs across IP networks will enable
 our mutual customers to realize ubiquitous access to corporate storage and
 extend the benefits of their SAN infrastructure."
 
     Computer Associates
     "We are pleased to support the Brocade Intelligent Fabric Services
 Architecture, which defines the requirements for enterprise class storage
 networking and to work with Brocade to deliver next generation SAN solutions
 to benefit our mutual customers," said Philip Treide, vice president, storage
 solutions, CA. "Brocade-based SANs provide open management, enterprise class
 security, and advanced services in the fabric -- the essential networking
 foundation for CA's enhanced storage management solutions. As SANs are
 deployed widely across the enterprise landscape, it becomes even more vital to
 provide the best data protection and management options possible to our
 customers."
 
     Compaq
     "Compaq and Brocade continue to work together very closely to deliver
 solutions to support large-scale, enterprise SANs as a platform for
 next-generation storage applications such as virtualization, and centralize
 management of storage environments," said Mark Lewis, vice president and
 general manager of Compaq's Enterprise Storage Group. "Compaq's goal is to
 deliver a fully virtualized SAN that enables customers to reduce their storage
 management costs, increase the impact of data access on their business
 velocity, and leverage this increased power and efficiency into expanded
 revenue streams. The Brocade architecture provides the key elements required
 for these kinds of super-robust, high-value enterprise-class storage
 networks."
 
     Dell
     "As a greater number of organizations implement SANs, storage and storage
 management applications need to be fully SAN-aware in order to optimize
 resources and reduce the cost of storage management," said Russ Holt, vice
 president and general manager, Dell Storage Systems Group. "As a premier
 provider of standardized storage solutions for the Windows, Intel-based server
 environment, Dell supports Brocade's direction to drive simplification into
 the SAN infrastructure with the introduction of Brocade Advanced Fabric
 Services. These new platforms will improve the connectivity in SANs while
 providing advanced solutions for effective and efficient storage management."
 
     EMC Corporation
     "Customers depend on EMC to deliver networked storage solutions that
 provide the greatest amount of choice, interoperability, and management," said
 Don Swatik, EMC vice president of Global Alliances. "The Brocade Intelligent
 Fabric Services Architecture defines an innovative approach to addressing the
 evolving connectivity demands of these critical networked storage
 requirements."
 
     Emulex
     "Brocade's new SilkWorm 12000 completely dovetails with our own 2Gb/s
 solutions, and further expands the SAN options for Emulex customers by
 providing multi-protocol support for storage area networks," said Mike Smith,
 Emulex executive vice president of Worldwide Marketing. "Our strategic
 partnership with Brocade enables our open approach to delivering scalable,
 heterogeneous SANs, and our commitment to providing customers with an
 intelligent, proven storage networking platform to achieve a new standard in
 performance, speed and reliability."
 
     Hewlett-Packard
     "The Brocade Intelligent Fabric Services Architecture matches
 Hewlett-Packard's commitment to provide customers with SAN technologies that
 protect equipment investments," said Don Kleinschnitz, general manager of
 Storage Network Solutions at Hewlett-Packard. "The new Brocade architecture
 offers customers a platform on which to scale large SANs using the equipment
 of multiple vendors to create a manageable, secure, intelligent, scalable
 networked storage environment."
 
     Hitachi Data Systems
     "Hitachi Data Systems is committed to expanding our relationship with
 Brocade to deliver the most advanced, highly scalable, storage platforms to
 support very large SANs and provide the highest investment protection that
 will further advance the SAN market," said Ron Gervenack, general manager,
 Enterprise Products and Solutions Business Unit, Hitachi Data Systems. "We are
 pleased to support the Brocade Intelligent Fabric Services Architecture as a
 basis for enterprise storage environments, providing intelligence in the SAN
 fabric that supports next generation storage applications and services."
 
     IBM
     "The IBM vision for Enterprise Storage Area Networks require us to provide
 our customers with a network that is flexible and expandable to meet a wide
 range performance and availability requirements," said Barry Rudolph, IBM Vice
 President, Disk Storage and Storage Area Networking. "The Brocade 12000
 provides exciting new opportunities for customers who plan to integrate their
 departmental SANs into an enterprise-wide SAN infrastructure under a common
 management system."
 
     JNI
     "As the first Fibre Channel company to introduce 2 Gb/s speeds, JNI
 endorses the Brocade Intelligent Fabric Services Architecture as the SAN
 platform that enables seamless transitions to 2Gb/sec speeds and higher," said
 Neal Waddington, President and CEO of JNI Corporation. "The fact that the new
 Brocade Core Fabric switches are extensible to 10Gb/s Fibre Channel and offer
 IP storage options aligns with JNI's commitment to providing customers with
 the unparalleled data throughput performance required by next-generation
 storage networks."
 
     Micromuse
     "We are pleased to work with Brocade to enable industry standard network
 management products to seamlessly manage storage area network environments,"
 said Andy Aiello, Micromuse's Senior Vice President, Business Development.
 "The Brocade Intelligent Fabric Services Architecture provides a sound
 infrastructure for next generation storage management applications and
 services. Our mutual customers will benefit from integrated network and SAN
 management," Micromuse.
 
     ONI Systems
     "With the ONI Systems ONLINE optical transport platform and the SilkWorm
 12000 core fabric switch and multi-protocol architecture, ONI and Brocade are
 providing a best-of-breed intelligent platform for internetworking SAN islands
 across all-optical metropolitan area networks (MANs)," said Andy Page, vice
 president of Business Development, ONI Systems. "The ONI ONLINE transport
 platform provides carriers with the flexibility and manageability of data
 services, such as Gigabit Ethernet and Fibre Channel, needed in today's metro
 networks. Through our partnership with Brocade, we offer joint storage
 solutions that enable the mission-critical data management applications of
 storage, backup, business continuance, and disaster recovery."
 
     Oracle
     "Oracle continues to reduce the complexity and cost of data management
 through the Oracle E-Business Suite and the Oracle9i platform. Brocade(TM)
 SilkWorm 12000 contributes to our joint customers' management of Oracle9i data
 by enabling simplified storage management with increased performance and
 overall cost-savings," Dave Dargo, Vice President, Oracle Corporation,
 Enterprise Technologies Division.
 
     StorageApps
     "Adding critical software services, such as virtualization, deeper into
 the SAN fabric is a natural evolution," said Dan Petrozzo, president and chief
 operating officer of StorageApps. "This represents another step forward to
 delivering on the promise of total interoperability across storage networks."
 
     StorageTek
     "Brocade and StorageTek share a common vision for heterogeneous SANS in
 multi-protocol environments that enable our mutual customers to leverage
 existing storage investments and keep pace with data storage growth.
 StorageTek supports the Brocade Intelligent Fabric Services architecture as a
 platform for next generation of storage applications and services and
 Brocade's commitment to continuing to increase the intelligence within the SAN
 fabric," said Mick Dungworth, StorageTek vice president of marketing and sales
 support, Storage Networking Solutions.
 
     VERITAS Software
     "With the Intelligent Fabric Services Architecture, Brocade is adding
 functionality to enterprise networks that can leverage sophisticated
 SAN-management applications such as VERITAS SANPoint Control," said
 Robin Purohit, vice president of product management, Availability Products,
 VERITAS Software. "By increasing the intelligence residing on the network,
 Brocade offers a comprehensive platform that optimizes our mutual customers'
 SAN implementations."
 
 SOURCE  Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.